Phase 3. Configure and Run GFA Experiment

In the previous phase we added customers from Austria and Italy to our supply chain, and also generated demand for each customer on the territory of these countries. In this phase we will:

Let us set up and run the experiment. 

We do not need to provide any additional data or define parameters specifying how the experiment should change the supply chain structure. All we have to do is simply define:

Set up and run the GFA experiment

  1. Navigate to the settings of the GFA experiment.

  1. Set the Number of sites parameter set to 2. We want ALX to find 1 DC for each new region of our supply chain.

  2. Set Product measurement unit to kg.

  3. Click  Run to run the experiment.
    The new Result item will be created in the GFA experiment branch. You will be automatically taken to it.

Take a look at the map. It now shows three distribution centers supplying 30 customers in 3 countries. Let us enable the connections to see how customers are supplied.

Observe connections

  1. Click the  Show filters button to open the filter options.
  2. Click the Show connections button in the map view toolbar.

    The experiment considered all the existing objects and their connections prior to adjusting the supply chain structure for the two new DCs. As a result, the DC in Switzerland also supplies certain customers from Austria and Italy. 

Let us convert the received result to a new scenario and then analyze its input data.

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 GFA Result scenario.

Analyze the input data of the new scenario

As we know, the structure of the supply chain has been adjusted. Let us observe the input data to have a closer look at the changes, which affected the following tables: DCs and Factories, Groups, Locations, Sourcing.

Let us start with the DC and Factories table.

Observe data in the DCs and Factories table

  1. Click the In Use tab and open the DCs and Factories table. The table now contains records with the new DCs.
    Click DCs in this table to have them displayed on the map:

The dependencies between warehouses and customers are defined in the Sourcing table. 

Observe data in the Sourcing table
  1. Open the Sourcing table. It contains 3 new sourcing policies that are currently used, and one old policy that is not used anymore.

    NoteAll the customers have been divided into groups, one for each DC (complete list of customers referring to this or that group is available in the Groups table). These groups of customers are defined in the Delivery Destination column.

    Let us have a closer look at each record:

Finally let us examine the Groups table.

Observe data in the Groups table

  1. Open the Groups table. The table now contains 4 new groups:

That's it. That is all it takes to extend the existing supply chain. We have completed Phase 3 of this tutorial.

We have learned how to extend the existing supply chain by generating additional objects, their demand, and how to easily integrate the new objects into the new supply chain structure.

  Phase 2. Generate new customers and demand