Everything you need to build supply chain models is contained in this screen. This is where you create the four entities and combine them to build a model of your supply chain.
On the right side of the screen is a sidebar menu and control buttons for editing supply chain entities. The four supply chain entities – Products, Facilities, Vehicles, Routes – are shown in the sidebar menu on the right. When you click on one of the entities, the menu opens up to show the different instances of that entity in the supply chain model.
As you work with the different entities in the menu, keep these points in mind:
- Product – need to create at least one product to begin building a supply chain model
- Facilities – supply chains contain two or more facilities, and every facility needs to have at least one product assigned to it
- Vehicles – select facility where the vehicle will be based before creating or editing the vehicle
- Routes – select the vehicle that will travel the route before creating or editing the route
In the screenshot above the Facilities entity (1) has been clicked on, and the Facilities menu opened up to show a list of all the facilities in this supply chain. Click on one of those existing facilities to begin editing it or click on the “New” button to create a new facility. This works the same way for the other three entities.
Once the menu for an entity is opened, there are three button (2) that enable you to create new, edit existing, or remove instances of that entity. Click the button labeled “New”, or “Edit”, or “Remove” depending on what you want to do.
Above the three buttons is the name of the supply chain model you are working on. If you click on the drop down list it will show and allow you to select any other supply chains you have in your account.
Next to the supply chain name is a button labeled “Options” (3). Click this button to access four options for managing this supply chain model. “New” allows you to clear the screen and start a new supply chain. “Edit” allows you to change the supply chain name. “Remove” allows you to remove the current supply chain from your account. “Save” allows you to save a copy of the current supply chain to a save state that you can restore from later.
At the top of the screen are four navigation buttons (4) for moving around inside SCM Globe. “Tutorials / Wiki” takes you to the video tutorials and this wiki. “My Account” takes you to your account screen. “View Library” takes you to the library of case studies. “Support Ticket” allows you to send an email with a technical support request.
SCM Globe leverages the power of Google Maps, so features such as the location finder (5) can be used – type in the address of a facility and it will take you right there. You can also zoom in and out on the map and switch from the map view to the satellite picture view (6). This is a good way to understand the environment in which your supply chain operates.
When your supply chain model is ready, click on the “Simulation” button (right above the supply chain name). This will open a new tab in your browser and take you to the SCM Globe SIMULATE screen