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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 .

The cell contains a list of sources.


Defines the milk run structure, i.e., the customers in the required succession the orders must be shipped to. In this way the route is formed that the vehicle(s) specified in the Vehicles Type column 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 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. Open the Destination column's dialog box allowing you to specify destination points and their succession.
  2. Click Add to create a new record in the table.
  3. Open the drop-down list in the Destination column cell, and select the customer to include 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 vehicle in accordance with their indexes. The Customer with index 1 will be the first to be visited by a vehicle, 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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