Milk Run in the Lean Lexicon ©

Milk Run

A method to speed the flow of materials between facilities by routing vehicles to make multiple pick-ups and drop-offs at many facilities. By making frequent pick-ups and drop-offs with milk-run vehicles connecting a number of facilities rather than waiting to accumulate a truckload for direct shipment between two facilities, it is possible to reduce inventories and response times along a value stream. Milk runs between facilities are similar in concept to material handling routes within facilities.

From the Lean Lexicon 5th Edition
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