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We conducted research before the COVID-19 pandemic (in late 2019) to take the pulse of the supply chain network design landscape. The timing was coincidental, but it allowed us to poll the market at a critical turning point. Nearly 3 years later, we decided to conduct a new survey to assess how the market has changed in a post-pandemic world.

This guide explores how the state of supply chain network design has changed since 2019 – including how the tools, maturity models, and market demands are transforming the network design practice.

For instance, while organizations are moving away from spreadsheets and towards advanced tooling, most companies are still not using advanced analytics, indicating progress isn’t fast enough. Furthermore, driving agile decision-making is proving challenging – it takes months or weeks to get key answers for most companies polled. Of those that get immediate answers, most are using dedicated network design software.


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About AIMMS Network Design

AIMMS Network Design is fueled by powerful mathematical optimization in the back end, and intuitive scenario analysis capabilities in the front, empowering you to create exible designs and expose hidden risks in your network. The application is ideal for organizations that have reached the limits of Excel and are looking for powerful software to run various scenarios, know the impact of each in terms of costs and service levels, and make informed decisions.

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Comparing Leading Supply Chain Network Design Software Vendors

Capabilities Recommended by Analysts

AIMMS has been listed as a Sample Vendor for Supply Chain Network Design in numerous Gartner reports, including Gartner’s Hype Cycle for Supply Chain Strategy, 2020. The app also supports scenario planning, a key capability recommended by analysts to build supply chain resilience today.


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“We chose AIMMS because its app wraps a state-of-the-art solver engine in an easy-to-use data interface with strong scenario modeling and results visualization tools. This enables us to quickly evaluate various scenarios that drive supply chain efficiency and customer satisfaction. The system allowed us to be up and running very quickly.” – Read the press release

“AIMMS provides outstanding value. It allows us to quickly answer very specific questions affecting our business. The benefits from optimizing our business based on those answers provides a great ROI for FMC-NA.”

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“A lot of network design decisions have cost implications. We can use AIMMS to get answers we can trust and believe in. These answers add weight to those conversations.” – Read an interview