We shall start our tutorial with creating a scenario, one of the principal elements of anyLogistix. Further on during this tutorial we will populate it with complete information on shipping and related operations, as well as all the data on vehicles, warehouses etc. This information will be used for running experiments and building reports.
Let us begin.
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 My Supply Chain in the Scenario name field and leave all the rest fields as they are.
Click OK. The new scenario will appear in the GFA tab, since the Scenario type option was set to Greenfield Analysis (GFA) in the New Scenario dialog box.
Once the new scenario is created, you will see the default anyLogistix interface, which consists of the following areas:
Note: When in experiment mode this area may contain either a dashboard menu (in case of simulation based experiments, available in the SIM tab) or a list of results (in case of Network optimization experiment).
Now, that the scenario has been created, we can start populating its tables with data.
As you might have noticed, the Products and Periods tables already contain records, this is automatically done by anylogistix in the tables that are required to run the experiment. These records can be edited later.
Let us start with adding customers to our model. Each customer is located in a certain city on the territory of the Unites States of America. The following cities will be considered in our supply chain: Washington DC, Dallas, Philadelphia, Jacksonville, San Diego, Chicago, New York, San Antonio, Los Angeles, San Jose, Phoenix, Orlando, Denver, Nashville, Detroit, Boston, Atlanta, Seattle, Kansas City, Salt Lake City.
Note: You can either follow our scenario and use the same list of customers or you can use your own set of customers. In either way, make sure that you follow this tutorial steps as we design our supply chain.
Add a customer via GIS map
Use the GIS map to navigate to the USA and zoom in close enough to be able to see the city names. Let us locate our first customer in Washington, DC. You can see it on the screenshot below.
Click the Create Customer icon in the GIS map toolbar.
Note: Each time you place a new customer by double-clicking the GIS map, ALX creates new record in the Customers, Locations and Demand tables for it.
Now that we have created a new customer, we must give it a meaningful name. Below the GIS map you will see the automatically opened Customers table containing the record with the previously created Customer customer.
Rename a customer
The mentioned location is automatically set based on the GIS map spot that we clicked when creating this customer. All the available locations are stored in the Locations table. If you navigate to this table, you will be able to manually define the location of the customer.
Navigate to the Locations table
Scroll down the list and click Locations. You will be taken to the Locations table.
Now we can edit locations. There are two alternative ways to manually define the location of the customer:
Enable Fill coordinates automatically, edit the Name of the city, and specify the name of the Country (e.g. Washington DC, USA). ALX will connect to OpenStreetMap GIS search to get the exact coordinates and place the customer at Washington DC (the Latitude and Longitude columns will be automatically filled with the received data).
Note: Use the second method if you want locations of your customers to have actual geographic names that you can refer to from other tables.
Now that we have created our first customer, we can proceed to add all the other customers in the very same way.
To save some time and eliminate the possible customer locating issues we provide you with the exported scenario MS Excel data sheet containing all our customers and their locations. Use it to Import the data into the existing scenario.
Note: The importing data does not contain the previously created Washington DC customer.
Import customers to this scenario
When done, you will see the customers on the GIS map located in the corresponding places.
Once you have added all the customers, you can move on to the next step to specify the product your supply chain will be providing the customers with.