THE MAIN IDEA — all supply chains are combinations of just four entities:
DEFINE ENTITIES and place them on a map (like Google Maps) to create an accurate supply chain model.
RUN SIMULATIONS of that model to see how well it performs and find where problems occur.
FIX PROBLEMS and improve performance based on what the simulations show you.
Watch the three videos below; and be sure to check out the seven Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Introduction to SCM Globe — Creating a Supply Chain from Scratch
NOTE: This video models a small supply chain in detail and defines products at the individual item level. Normally, products are defined as standard shipping case or pallet load quantities. 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. Products can be defined in amounts equal to cases, pallets, or even 40 foot shipping containers.
2. Modeling and Simulating Supply Chain Operations
Use best data available when modeling your supply chain, but do not obsess over levels of accuracy beyond what is realistic. Supply chain models must always be approximations to some degree because getting exact weights, speeds and measurements for every product, facility, vehicle, and route in a supply chain is not possible. You can easily change any number in your supply chain model if you get better information (see more in All Supply Chain Models are Approximations).
Flip back and forth between the two browser tabs – Edit and Simulate. On the Edit screen you run a simulation by clicking the “Simulation” button. Then you have two browser tabs open – one for editing, and one for simulating. Avoid opening additional browser tabs, just flip back and forth as you make changes to your model and run simulations.
3. Improving your Supply Chain Design based on Simulation Results
Simulations find problems and identify areas for improvement in your supply chain. Apply what you learn in your class and what you already know about supply chains to fix problems you find in the simulations. Solutions that work well in simulations will also work well in real supply chains. Skills you acquire working with these simulations are directly applicable to the real world. Learn more about analyzing simulation results and making improvements to your supply chain in “Analyzing Simulation Data“.
*** You will encounter problems described in the seven Frequently Asked Questions and the six Known Issues and Bugs… so please do read the FAQs and Known Issues & Bugs
SAVE BACKUP COPIES of your supply chain model from time to time as you make changes. 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.
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 for building new supply chains or add new products, facilities, vehicles and routes to existing supply chains.
STUDENT ACCOUNTS DEFAULT TO 90 DAYS FROM DATE OF PURCHASE — if your semester is a few weeks longer, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org. State your name, email address used to register, school and semester end date. We can extend your account to cover your entire semester.
When you first log in to SCM Globe you start in your Account Management screen as shown below. You can also access the online library of case studies.
In the Account Management screen you can:
- click on “View Library” (1) in the upper right corner of screen to view the online library of case studies as shown in the second screen.
- create a new supply chain from scratch by clicking on “Create a New Supply Chain“ (2)
- upload a supply chain model sent to you by another person (3)
- manage your account subscription (4)
- click the “Edit” button next to the supply chain you want to work with to open the edit screen and see the supply chain drawn on a map
- send a copy of your supply chain model (.json file) to other SCM Globe users – see ““Download and Share Supply Chain Models”
From the Library you can import as many supply chain models as you wish into your own account:
- click on “Import” button next to the case study you want – best case to start with is “Cincinnati Seasonings“
- dialog box opens, type in the name you will use for this case study model and click “Save“
- click “My Account” button in upper right corner of the screen to return to your account screen.
…SEE THE NEXT quick start tutorial — “Create New Supply Chain from Scratch“
SCM Globe Webinar – Q&A Session
Watch this video only if you need more information. It is an hour long recording of an online Q&A session with a group of students. It further explains material already presented in the short videos above.