Getting Started

Draw any Supply Chain on a Map of the World — and See How it Performs!

SCM Globe lets you easily and accurately model and simulate any supply chain anywhere in the world with just four entities: PRODUCTS — FACILITIES — VEHICLES — ROUTES

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Define combinations of these four entities and place them on a map to create 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.

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


Scan through the six links below and you will have what you need to get started (you can learn more advanced techniques as the need arises). The short videos and tutorials will take 15 – 30 minutes. You will avoid confusion and frustration if you check these out. And be sure to look at the FAQs too… 🙂

  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

You can always revisit this material and see more detailed information in the Online Guide by clicking on the “Help” button in upper right corner of the application screens.


STEP 1: Start a supply chain model by defining PRODUCTS in the supply chain – both finished goods and raw materials. Define products typically at the pallet or shipping container level. Enter volume, weight and cost information for each product. (Start with just a few products, 10 or less, can 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 just a few facilities, 15 or less, can add more later.)

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 just a few vehicles and routes, 15 or less, add more later.)

NOTE — People usually start 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.

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.


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