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Phase 1. Import Scenario, Check Transportation Cost

In this phase we will analyze the supply chain data. At this point it does not really matter which scenario you are using, because we need to understand the usage of transportation policies, and be able to analyze and compare results of using different policies.

You may either provide your own data or you can instantly import the scenario. Either way, you should have a supply chain model with:

  • Customers and their demand
  • Distribution centers supplying those customers
  • Suppliers replenishing inventory of the distribution centers

The numbered lists in tutorials are actually checklists. Click the numbers to save your progress!

Download and import the scenario

  1. Download the scenario. No internet connection is required, since the scenario is supplied with anyLogistix.
  2. Import the downloaded scenario. The GIS map will appear showing the content of the imported scenario.
  3. Explore the connections by clicking the Show filters button to open the filter options, and then clicking the Show connections button.

In this scenario we have 100 customers that are supplied with plastic chairs and plastic tables by the three DCs in Baltimore, Dallas, and Los Angeles. The DCs are supplied by the supplier located in McKinney.

Transportation cost calculation policy

anyLogistix provides a set of transportation cost-calculation policies out of the box. They define the way the transportation costs are calculated.

In this scenario we are using the Product&distance-based cost calculation policy, which considers not only the distance the product should be delivered to but also the amount of product to deliver. The value defined in the Cost Calculation Parameters field of the Paths table will be used as the cost of transporting 1 unit of product per 1 distance unit.

As we can see, the Paths table contains 2 paths using the same cost calculator, but the Cost per unit differs. The cost for delivering products to the DCs usually come with a discount of 50%.

Simulation experiment results

Now that we understand the configuration of the supply chain, we can run the Simulation experiment and analyze the received statistics.

The Profit and Loss Statement tab shows statistics on the major financial results of the simulation.

The value of the ELT Service Level stays at 1 throughout the simulation, which means that all the customers receive their orders within the expected lead time.

The Transportation Cost tab shows statistics on transportation costs per source and per destination.

The Transportation cost from Supplier and from DC Dallas are almost the same, and they constitute almost 85% of the transportation cost of the whole supply chain. This is expected behavior, since all the products the company sells have been obtained from the Supplier, and most of the customers have been supplied by the DC Dallas.

Now Let us move on to the second phase to have a closer look at the transportation cost calculator itself.

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