Phase 2. Generate New Customers and Demand

In the previous phase we created a new scenario and found the optimal location for our distribution center. In this phase we will:

Let us start with converting the received result to a new GFA scenario. 

Convert result to a new scenario

  1. Right-click Result in the GFA experiment branch and select the Convert to GFA scenario option in the pop-up menu.
    The current results will be converted to the new Chocolate Distribution GFA Result scenario.

Let us examine the tables of the Chocolate Distribution GFA Result scenario that have been updated with the new data: 

The next step is to add new customers.

This time we will generate customers in the 10 largest cities of Austria, rather than manually place them on the map.

Generate customers in Austria and Italy
  1. Navigate to the Customers table and click the Generate... button in its toolbar.
    The dialog box will open.

  2. Click the Select country/countries drop-down list and start typing Austria to filter countries. Then select the checkbox next to Austria

  3. Click OK to close the dialog box and generate customers. The map will instantly depict the new customers.

  4. In the same way generate 10 customers in Italy.
    Eventually we will have 30 customers in 3 countries.

On generating customers, ALX scenario acquires new data, which is available in the following tables: We have generated new customers, but they currently have no value for the experiment, since they do not generate any demand. Let us define demand for the new customers.

Generate demand for new customers

  1. Open the Demand table and click the Generate... button in its toolbar.
    The dialog box will open:

  2. Define the following parameters:

  3. Click Generate. The Demand table will acquire 10 new records. Each record refers to a customer located in a certain city of Austria. The generated demand is distributed according to the population of each city.

  4. In the same way generate demand for customers in Italy. Set the Quantity parameter to 0.005.

With the last step we have completed Phase 2 of this tutorial.

We have extended our supply chain with additional customers in Austria and Italy. We have also generated demand for the new customers.

In the third phase we will set up and run the GFA experiment, examine and convert the results to a new scenario.


  Phase 1. Create Scenario and Find DC Location | Phase 3. Configure and run GFA experiment