In the face of a natural disaster, it is important to respond quickly, as this can save lives. One of the greatest challenges in the midst of a natural disaster is to get the necessary supplies to the affected areas quickly and efficiently. This could make the difference between life and death and it requires a reliable supply chain that’s effective and works quickly.
SCM Globe provides supply chain management simulation technology that is engaging, educational and entertaining. SCM Globe worked with the World Food Programme’s Global Logistics Cluster to create an online training and planning platform for their logistics staff and the staff of other organizations they work with in humanitarian and disaster response missions.
SCM Globe’s software was used to create an online supply chain training and planning platform. We created a case study and simulation of the supply chain set up by the World Food Programme for their response to the Nepal earthquake in 2015.
This supply chain is modeled by combinations of four types of entities that are defined and then located on the map:
Examples of these entities are shown below. Data used to define the entities in this case study was provided by the World Food Programme’s Global Logistics Cluster. See more about the Global Logistics Cluster in this short YouTube video.
The screenshot below shows a group of the four entities that define the segment of the supply chain that moves products between Kathmandu DC airport and the regional Deurali warehouse:
Each of these four entities is defined in their dialog boxes in the screenshot above.
- PRODUCT – Size and weight of a product called “Food (pallet)”
- FACILITY – Storage capacity, internal demand for products and quantities of products available for the facility named”Kathmandu DC Airport”; food production in the warehouse represents food that is purchased locally
- VEHICLE – Volume and weight of cargo, and speed of a vehicle called “Medium Trucks -20” which is composed of 20 medium trucks.
- ROUTE – The time and distance of the round trip in the route called “Kathmandu – Deurali” that those 20 trucks use to deliver products from Kathmandu to Deurali; the quantities of different products they deliver to Deurali are shown; route is shown in blue on the map.
SCM Globe’s supply chain simulations have been used to examine what actually happened and how improvements could be made for future disaster response missions. The simulations show what really happened and allow for improvements to be made to the supply chain. This way people can use data from past disaster response experiences to learn from and plan for the future. People can learn from working with simulations how to optimize their operations and create an efficient supply chain for rapid response to disasters that may happen anywhere in the world.
SCM Globe is a powerful tool for education and training in supply chain management.
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