We shall start our tutorial with creating ALX scenario from scratch. We will create a small chocolate supply chain in Switzerland, allowing us to distribute the new brand of chocolate bars. Then we will extend it to the boarding countries: Austria and Italy.
When creating a new scenario we will use the additional settings to allow ALX generate the required scenario data.
Off we go!
Create a scenario
Click the New Scenario button in the project tree.
The New Scenario
dialog box will open.
As you can see, the Scenario type option is already set to GFA since we are creating this scenario in the GFA experiment tab (it is highlighted in the toolbar):
Type Chocolate Distribution in the Scenario name field.
We will use these settings to define the data that must be generated for the new scenario.
The mouse cursor will be automatically placed into the search field that contains the Type to filter hint
Our supply chain will originally comprise 10 customers.
We know that annual chocolate consumption in Switzerland constitutes 10.3 kg per capita, which means that every 5 days 0.141 kg of chocolate is ordered per capita (10.3 / 365 * 5 = 0.141 kg). We expect to capture at least 10% of the market with the new chocolate, which would be 0.014.
Click OK. The new scenario will appear in the GFA tab.
Once the new scenario is created, you will see the default anyLogistix
interface, allowing you to observe:
As you can see, ALX generated:
Let us have a look at the generated demandObserve demand
As you can see:
Define the product
The product measurement unit specified herein will affect
calculations, since the default measurement unit is m3.
Further on we will have to specify the required unit in the experiment
Now we will set up the experiment and run it.Set up and run the GFA experiment
Leave the Number of sites parameter set to 1. We will assume that 1 distribution center will cope with 10 customers.
Click the toolbar Run button in the experiment's view to run the experiment.
Once the experiment is
completed, a new Result
item will be created in the
GFA experiment branch. You will be automatically
taken to the new item's page containing the experiment
The map now shows the distribution center (DC), which is created during the GFA execution. It is placed in the most advantageous location considering the scenario data.
The customers and the DCs are currently not visually connected on the GIS map.Observe connections
Note: The connections are drawn straight because the GFA experiment does not consider actual roads. Use the GFA with roads experiment if actual roads and population of the cities must be considered.
That's it, we have completed the first phase of this tutorial. We have created a new scenario, generated the required data, and found the optimal location for our distribution center.In the second phase we will generate customers for Austria and Italy, as well as demand for each customer.