Create New Supply Chain from Scratch

Building a supply chain consists of defining and combining just four entities that you create in this order:
1. Products –>  2. Facilities –>  3. Vehicles –>  4. Routes
To access this Online User Guide — click “Help” button in upper right corner of any SCM Globe application screen ]

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.

AVOID CONFUSION AND PROBLEMS — take a minute to read through Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

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).

(click on screenshots for bigger images)Demo Scr1

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).

(click on screenshot for bigger image)Define Product

 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.

(click on screenshot for bigger image)Define Facility

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.

(click on screenshots for bigger image)Demo Scr3

Zoom in on the map (2) and/or switch to satellite picture view. Click on the map where you want to locate the facility (1). 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

Vehicles are based at a facility. You must first select a facility then you can create a new vehicle that will be based there. Vehicles start and end their routes at the facilities where they are based.
Some vehicle types (trucks and trains) draw routes that follow existing roads. And other vehicle types (ships and planes) draw straight lines when calculating routes (see more about this below).
(click on screenshot for bigger image)Define Vehicle

4. Create Route and Add Stops and Products to Route

Routes are dependent on Vehicles. You must first select a Vehicle then you can create a route for that vehicle.
Routes can consist of many stops and can deliver and pick up many products on those stops. In this example we are just creating a short route from the factory with one stop at the store to deliver the candy product.
(click on screenshot for bigger image)Define 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.

TIP: 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. Then if a change doesn’t work out, you can restore from a saved copy.


  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. If you can’t deliver a certain product to a facility, it means you need to go to the facility and assign that product to the facility – you can only deliver products that are already assigned to a facility.

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 the next quick start tutorial on how to run simulations — “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. Models exceeding these limits will run slowly and experience other problems. See “Tips for Building Supply Chain Models” for further explanation and ways to work with these limits.

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