Getting Started

Use SCM Globe to draw any supply chain on a map of the world — and see how it performs!

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SCM Globe lets you easily and accurately model and simulate any supply chain anywhere in the world with just four entities: ProductsFacilities Vehicles Routes 4 supply chain entities MedRes

Define combinations of these four entities; drag-and-drop to place them on a map; and you have a model of your supply chain…

Then simulate that supply chain’s operations to see how well it performs. Based on simulation results, keep refining your model (changing and moving the four entities) until you get a supply chain that gives you the best performance.

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To access this Online User Guide — click “Help” button in upper right corner of any SCM Globe screen ]

SCM Globe leverages Google Maps and lets you define the four entities to model real supply chains or design new ones. These screenshots show the real supply chain of a company that makes furniture in Indonesia and sells to customers around the world.


Scroll down further and read INTRODUCTION TO SUPPLY CHAIN SIMULATIONS. Then come back here and click on the 6 links below. This will take you 15 – 30 minutes and you will be ready to start. Revisit this material as needed and see even more detailed information in the Online Guide — just click the “Help” button in the upper right corner of any SCM Globe application screen.

  1. Activate Prepaid Account or Purchase New Account – how to get your account on SCM Globe
  2. Video Tutorials – three short videos show how to start building supply chain models and running simulations
  3. Creating a New Supply Chain – quick introduction to creating a new supply chain from scratch
  4. Supply Chain Simulation Tutorial – once you create a supply chain, simulations show you how it performs
  5. How to Work with Case Studies – tips and techniques to help you start working with case studies


  • Academic subscriptions are 90 days from date of purchase. If your semester extends beyond 90 days please send your name and email used to register, your school and semester end date to:
  • To create more accurate supply chain models be sure to read Tips for Building Supply Chain Models for the advanced modeling techniques you will need.


STEP 1: Start a supply chain model by defining PRODUCTS in the supply chain – both finished goods and raw materials. Define products at the pallet load or shipping container level. Enter volume, weight and cost information for pallets or shipping container amounts of each product. (Start with just a few products, 10 or less, you can always add more later.)

STEP 2: Define FACILITIES in the supply chain – factories, warehouses, stores etc. Facilities are places where products are made, stored, sold or consumed. Enter operating costs, production rates, daily demand and initial amounts of on-hand inventory. (Start with 10 facilities or less, can add more later, drag-and-drop facilities to change locations.)

STEP 3: Define the VEHICLES and ROUTES to move products from one facility to another to meet demand. Specify delivery schedules, and product amounts dropped off and picked up at different facilities. (Start with 10 or fewer vehicles and routes, add more later.)

[ NOTE — you begin with a MUCH SIMPLER supply chain than the one shown here. A supply chain with one product, one factory, a distribution center and three stores is provided in the Cincinnati Seasonings case study.]

STEP 4: Then RUN SIMULATIONS of the supply chain to see how well it performs. Get day-by-day data displays showing on-hand inventory, operating costs and transportation costs for each facility in the supply chain.

STEP 5: Simulations show when and where a supply chain will fail, and they provide you with information to fix those problems. Keep improving your design and simulating the results until the supply chain meets desired performance levels.

STEP 6: See the big picture and understand how all the supply chain entities work together. Explore new supply chain designs to improve efficiency and reduce risk as situations change. Download your simulation data to spreadsheets for further analysis.

When you start building more complex supply chain models please read Tips for Building Supply Chain Models to learn advanced modeling techniques.

As you work with SCM Globe, you can always click on the “Help” button in the upper right corner of the application screens to open up this online guide again. It will open in a separate browser tab so you can keep it open and look up more detailed information when you need it.

To send a copy of your supply chain to other SCM Globe users see ““Download and Share Supply Chain Models


  • Read instructions here to Activate a Prepaid or Purchase a New Account.
  • Student accounts are for 90 days from the date of purchase, but if your semester is a few weeks longer, please send an email to: State your name, the email address you used to register, your school, and your semester end date. We can extend your account to cover your entire semester.
  • An instructor may request extended access for themselves at no charge, and if a student has an Incomplete for the course, the instructor can request extended access for the student. The student must discuss this with their instructor who will make the extension request if it is approved by the instructor.

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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