What is Supply Chain Network Design?
Using AIMMS for Supply Chain Network Design
Network Design is a common use case for optimization technology and most network design problems are quite generic in nature. For these reasons, AIMMS has built an off-the-shelf Network Design app with generic functionality that caters for 90% of supply chain design problems, so that you don’t have to build apps yourself.
Supply chain network design, explained
Companies want to maximize service levels, but they also want to cut costs. These goals often contradict each other. How do you find the optimum balance? That’s what Supply Chain Network Design is all about. Supply chain network design is primarily a strategic planning activity. Until recently, supply chain network design was done once or on a project basis. Rising volatility and uncertainty have changed that. Companies are now running models on a quarterly basis and sometimes more frequently, as an ongoing activity, to adjust to changes in their business landscape.
Explore Technology Types for Network Design
Which capability is right for you?
Use AIMMS Network Design off-the-shelf, work with a consulting partner to build-your-own, or take a hybrid approach?
Creating a Strategic Digital Twin of your Network
Creating a digital twin of your supply chain is now a best practice to assess the impact of unexpected events and identify opportunities. This digital representation is like a robust robust chassis from which you can install diverse sub-assemblies, including optimization and prescriptive analytics to help you understand the business implications of different scenarios.
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Bespoke Network Design Applications
There are some Network Design use cases where a bespoke app is a better fit. Feel free to call us to discuss in more detail which option is best for you.