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How it works

Supply chain analysis software tools employ different methods for managing and optimizing complex supply chain problems. Beyond simplistic spreadsheet-based modeling, the most powerful methods for supply chain planning are analytical optimization and dynamic simulation. What’s the difference between them?

Analytical optimization tools, such as those employing mixed-integer and linear programming solvers, are ideal for solving large-scale high-level problems. For example, locating sites, determining product flows, or conducting master planning by period. These problems do not usually require a great level of detail in modeling but can be large-scale and data intensive. Analytical optimization is the best tool to deal with such problems — it is fast, works well with data, and provides answers for high-level questions.

There are, however, problems that cannot be resolved this way, such as safety stock estimation, multi-echelon inventory optimization, risk assessment, and determining how processes within the four walls of a network node may influence a network as a whole. To solve them, you need to consider the reality of your supply chain: the real-time network dynamics, real-world randomness, and specific site-related rules. Analytical optimization cannot handle this level of detail and does not consider time or uncertainty. These problems require dynamic simulation.

anyLogistix provides state-of-the-art analytical optimization and dynamic simulation in one package, giving you the right tools for any logistics problem. Optimization results can be converted with one click into a scenario for a dynamic simulation and vice versa, the methods are fully integrated.

Overall, with a detailed dynamic simulation of your supply chain combined with data from your operations, you have a supply chain digital twin. With the digital twin, you can understand the behavior of your supply chain, make predictions, and develop reasoned and tested action plans.

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Extensibility and Flexibility

Most supply chain optimization software tools use proprietary analytical methods and solvers. This means they are based on mathematical formulas and are inflexible by nature — they are designed to focus on solving predefined problems. If your challenge differs from these, it will require changing the mathematical model. However, since this type of change in a mathematical model is extremely cumbersome you will likely need to look for a workaround if one exists. anyLogistix frees you from those limitations by combining analytical AND simulation modeling methods within the same solution, providing you with a powerful toolset to capture the uniqueness of your supply chain.

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anyLogistix Studio Edition has a built-in engine of AnyLogic Software — the most powerful general purpose simulation tool on the market. This means you can open an anyLogistix supply chain element in AnyLogic Professional: modify it, extend its behavior, add new parameters, add statistics, add custom animation and export it back to anyLogistix, all the while maintaining the full integrity of your model. Thanks to this integration, the ability to customize your supply chain model is limitless!

With anyLogistix, you decide what factors to consider when modeling your network. It allows you to build supply chain models with a set of predefined policies and behavioral patterns of network elements, objects, and sites, as well as easily extending them to the level of detail required to resolve the problem.

Add more details to your supply chain model

Thanks to its flexibility, ALX allows you to model any element of a supply chain with the level of detail you need:
  • Manufacturing processes at a production site — taking into account conveyors, pipelines, workers, machine-tolls, working schedules, etc.
  • Warehouses and distribution centers — considering order-picking algorithms, layouts, the number of forklift trucks, workers, the number of gates, etc.
  • Consumer markets — discovering the influences on customer decisions and the factors affecting demand.

In short, anyLogistix can be used to optimize and analyze any supply chain and the processes that affect it.

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Enhance Your Existing Solutions

Integrating anyLogistix with your other supply chain applications adds powerful optimization technology to your toolset. Doing so improves planning accuracy and efficiency when making key decisions.

anyLogistix integrates with:

  • Supply chain management
  • ERP
  • Business intelligence
  • Transportation management
  • Demand forecasting
  • Production planning
  • Inventory management

By using data directly from your demand planning software in a supply chain model, you will get precise data for confident forecasting and optimization.

Enhance your existing software strategy with an anyLogistix supply chain digital twin, for robust planning and analysis.

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