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Milk Runs

This table is used within the simulation-based experiments (i.e., Simulation, Variation, Comparison, Safety Stock Estimation, Risk Analysis).

This table allows you to form a succession of destination points (customers) that will be served in a certain order, allowing a truck to fetch orders for a number of destination points. Once the final destination point of the milk run has been served, the truck will head to the positioning site (DC or factory).

See the changes that must be made to properly configure your milk run.

Column Description


Defines product source for the milk run that you are creating. It can be of either DC or Factory type .

Double-click the cell and select the source site from the drop-down list of available sources.


Defines the milk run structure, i.e., the objects the orders must be shipped to (customers, DCs or factories), and their succession, thus forming the route that the specified in the Vehicles Type column vehicle(s) will be using to reach each customer of the milk run. Details on defining destinations and their order.

Vehicle Type

Specify the vehicle that will be shipping the product to the specified customers/sites of the milk run.

To properly configure your milk run

The following changes must be made to properly configure your milk run:

  • The route back to the positioning site must be additionally specified in the Paths table.

  • Make sure to specify the vehicle type that the milk run will be using in the Paths table for the corresponding routes.

To specify destinations and their order

  1. Double-click the cell in the Destination column to open the dialog box allowing you to specify destination points and their succession.
  2. Click Add to create a new record in the table.
  3. Double-click the cell in the Destination column of the dialog box and select the customer or site to include it into your milk run.
  4. If required, click the cell in the Index column of the dialog box and set the index number (ordinal) for the current destination point.
    All the destinations specified in the Destination column will be visited by a truck in accordance with their indexes. Customer/site with index 1 will be the first to be visited by a truck, while the site with the greatest index will be the last.

  5. Click OK to close the dialog box. The cell of the Destination column will now contain the list of the specified customers/sites.

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