Enter the total wait time and the total throughput time into the calculator to determine the delivery cycle time.

Delivery Cycle Time Formula

The following equation is used to calculate the Delivery Cycle Time.


  • Where DCT is the delivery cycle time (days)
  • WT is the average wait time (days)
  • TT is the total throughput time (days)

What is a Delivery Cycle Time?


A delivery cycle time is defined as the total amount of time it takes for a customer to receive an item once ordered.

How to Calculate Delivery Cycle Time?

Example Problem:

The following example outlines the steps and information needed to calculate Delivery Cycle Time.

First, determine the average throughput time. This is the total time it takes for the product to be produced and ready to ship from the manufacturer. In this example, this is 10 days.

Next, determine the total wait time. For this example, the wait time 5 days.

Finally, calculate the delivery cycle time using the formula above:


DCT = 10+5

DCT = 15 days