A good way to explore a given supply chain design is to make changes and run simulations to see what happens. A good supply chain design addresses problems in areas such as facility operating costs, transportation costs, inventory costs and stock-outs. As you refine your design and make changes, it’s a good idea to save copies of your supply chain model. That way, if a particular change doesn’t work out, you can restore your supply chain model from an earlier saved copy.
Create save states from the Edit screen as you are working on a supply chain model. When you get a supply chain model that performs well in simulations its a good idea to save a copy in a save state. As shown below, click on the “Options” button to the right of the name of your supply chain model. A drop down menu of four options appears. Click on “Save” at the bottom of the drop down list.
Once you save a copy of your supply chain, you may want to change the name of the supply chain model you are working on so as to reflect the changes you will make to it, such as adding new vehicles and routes, or new facilities, etc. As shown above, you can edit the name of a supply chain by clicking on the “Options” button and then select the “Edit” option in the drop down menu that appears. A dialog box will open where you can edit the name of the supply chain you are working on.
You can also create save states from your Account Management screen by clicking on the “Save” button next to the supply chain model you want to save. A dialog box opens up where you type in the name you want to give to this save state. Enter a name and click the “Save” button in the dialog box.
When you save a version of your design you can restore your supply chain design to that “save state” at any time in the future. You have the option of restoring your model to a previous save state version if you make changes that turn out to be not so good. As shown in the screenshot below, click the “Restore” button next to the save state you want to restore, and it will appear at the bottom of your list of active supply chain models in the top half of your account screen.
You can also download a copy of your save state model to your computer and share it with other people who are using SCM Globe (see more about downloading and sharing supply chain models).