1. Products –> 2. Facilities –> 3. Vehicles –> 4. Routes
Watch this video (if you haven’t seen it already), and scan the screenshots and explanations below for a quick guide to creating a new supply chain.
NOTE – This video models a small supply chain in detail and defines products at the individual item level. Normally, you define products at the standard shipping case or pallet load level. For instance, if Product A is typically shipped in cases of 100 items, then define Product A using the price, weight and volume data for a 100 item case, not an individual item. Define and track products at the case or pallet level, or even at the 40 foot shipping container level.
As shown in the screenshots below, on your “My Account” page (1) select “New Supply Chain” button (for new users this will say “Start Here”). A dialog box will open up (2), enter the name of your new supply chain and click the “Create” button in the dialog box. A new screen will open with a blank map of the world, and you can start creating products (3).
1. Create Products Used in the Supply Chain
As shown below, click on “Products” in the edit menu on right side of screen. Click “New” button (1). Enter product data into dialog box (2). Click “Update” button to close box. Products are usually defined at the pallet load or shipping container level (even though this video tutorial uses individual product item level data). Do not leave any product data fields blank – use zeros but not blanks.
2. Create Facilities and Add Product Demand, Production, and On-Hand Quantities
Click on “Facilities” in edit menu on right side of screen. Click “New” button. Enter facility data into dialog box (1). Enter information about the facility; start by selecting a facility type. The facility type you select will assign an icon to the facility and also populate the dialog box with default data for the facility. You can type over any of the default data – use real data when modeling real supply chains. Do not leave any input fields blank – can use zeros but not blanks in numeric fields. Enter a zero if there is no demand, or production or quantity on-hand. Blank fields result in “null” values which cause problems.
Assign products to the facility (2). All facilities need at least one product assigned. When creating a facility be sure to add all the products that will delivered to the facility. Vehicles can only deliver products that are assigned to the receiving facility.
NOTE: When building your own supply chain from scratch we recommend you set facility storage capacity and product quantity on-hand numbers to high values to start with. You can always come back and lower these values later. Setting quantity on-hand for a product to 10 times the daily demand will ensure your supply chain runs for at least 10 days. The simulation and the data it displays will then show you what you need to do improve and grow the supply chain you are building.
Zoom in on the map (1) and/or switch to satellite picture view. Click on the map where you want to locate the facility (2). In the screenshots above the first one shows the location of the factory using the map view. The second one shows location of the store (3) using the satellite view to find the exact location of a facility (4). Switch between map and satellite views by clicking on the small box in upper right corner labeled “Map / Satellite”.
Or just put a facility in the general area and come back later to drag-and-drop it to an exact location. To drag-and-drop a facility to a new location, go the the Edit screen, open the Facility menu, click on the facility you want to drag and see the dialog box for the facility open up. Put your cursor on the facility and drag it to a new location. If there are vehicles and routes assigned to the facility they will move with the facility to a new location. Sometimes vehicle icons overlay the facility icon – zoom in on the facility and the icons will spread out, then you can click on the facility and drag it. When finished moving the facility be sure to click the “Update” button in the facility dialog box to save the new facility location.
3. Create a Vehicle
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4. Create Route and Add Stops and Products to Route
After you select the vehicle, click on the Route menu and click the “New” button. A dialog box opens up (1) showing information about the vehicle that will travel that route. Adding a new stop will create the route on the map for you to see (3). You can add one or multiple stops to a route. Stops are where the vehicle delivers product.
You need to assign at least one product to each stop. Click on “Product” in the dialog box and another box opens up with information about products to add to the route (2). In this example we assign the one product, candy, to the route and specify the delivery amount.
SAVE BACKUP COPIES of your supply chain model from time to time as you make changes. Click “Save” button next to your model in Account Management screen. There is no “undo”, but if a change doesn’t work out, you can restore from a saved copy. And sometimes supply chain model files (json files) become damaged and they no longer work, so you want backup copies of your supply chain to restore from when that happens.
- Vehicles set to truck or train will attempt to find driving directions from Google Maps. If that fails, it will draw a straight line between starting facility and destination facility. You can click on the assigned route and drag it over to a different road is needed. Vehicles set to airplane or ship draw routes in a straight line between start and end facilities and you can edit those route lines by clicking on the white globes and dragging them as needed so ships don’t cross land and airplanes don’t cross closed airspace.
- If your facility uses a truck for its vehicles be sure it is near a road. Likewise for use of trains and railroads, ships and waterways, and airplanes and airports
You will encounter several of the issues described in the Frequently Asked Questions and the Bug Report, so please read the FAQs and BUG REPORT
Now you have a basic supply chain. You can expand upon this supply chain by adding more products – facilities – vehicles – routes, or you can run a simulation right now and see how well this supply chain performs (click on “Simulation” button in upper right corner of screen). For more advanced information on building supply chain models see: Tips for Building Supply Chain Models
To share your supply chain model with other SCM Globe users see ““Download and Share Supply Chain Models”
…SEE NEXT quick start tutorial — “Simulation Tutorial“
NOTE: The academic version of SCM Globe supports supply chain models containing up to 15 – 20 products and a similar number of facilities, vehicles and routes. See “Tips for Building Supply Chain Models” for ways to work with these limits, and for useful techniques you will need when you build new supply chains or add new products, facilities, vehicles and/or routes to existing supply chains. And learn more about analyzing simulation results and making improvements to your supply chain in “Analyzing Simulation Data“.
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