Supply Chain Simulation in 6 Easy Steps

Simulations are a great way to learn about and teach about how supply chains work. What used to be so complicated only a small group of experts could understand, is now accessible to  anyone wishing to use simulations to analyze supply chain operations and explore different possibilities – SCM Globe.

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Ancient Silk Road – First Global Supply Chain

CASE STUDY CONCEPT: Timeless Supply Chain Challenges (inventory, location, transportation, the Bullwhip)

Imagine it is the year 210 A.D. and you are the head of the largest merchant trading house on the Silk Road. The long prosperity of the Pax Romana has created strong demand in the Roman Empire for the luxury products that you import from China and India. Chief among those products is silk. Everybody who is anybody wants their clothes made of silk.

Along the four thousand miles of the Silk Road stretching from the borders of the Roman Empire in the west to the Middle Kingdom (China) in the east, there are many cities and many merchants, yet all know your company and your name — you are the Merchant House of Barmakid in the city of Merv.

Take2-Silk Rd Map
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Supply Chains of Rome – Mental Models

What we are seeing in this supply chain model and these simulations is the mental model you created and the intuitive understanding or “street smarts” you have acquired that enable you to comprehend and manage the business. This mental model enables you to run scenarios in your head and see how the different parts work together, the products, facilities, vehicles, and routes, and how changes to one affect all the others. (This article picks up where the previous one, Supply Chains of Rome — The Olive Oil Trade, left off.) Continue reading

Supply Chain Design and Simulation Made Easy

In SCM Globe, supply chains are created by comginations of the four supply chain entities – Products, Facilities, Vehicles, Routes. So to build a model of any supply chain involves defining the characteristics of these four entities and then combining them to create supply chain you are modeling. Continue reading

Alexander the Great Needed Great Supply Chains

In the spirit of the saying, “amateurs talk strategy and professionals talk logistics”, lets look at the campaigns of Alexander the Great.  For those who think that his greatness was only due to his ability to dream up bold moves and cut a dashing figure in the saddle – think again.

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SCM Globe Simulation Concepts

As the saying goes, “It’s not what you know, but what you can remember when you need it.” Since there is an infinite amount of detail in any situation, the trick is to find useful models that capture the salient facts and provide a framework to organize the rest of the relevant details.

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User Manual – Introduction Seminar on Edit View

The User Manual is moving to the Online User Guide. Look in the guide for the most up to date information about using SCM Globe. Start with the “Getting Started” section of the guide; it has what you need to get started – short videos and tutorials you can scan in 15 – 30 minutes.

This video is the first of the short video tutorials (see the other videos here). Get a quick understanding of how to create supply chains in SCM Globe. It’s all about defining and combining just four entities: 1) Products; 2) Facilities; 3) Vehicles; and 4) Routes… Continue reading