REALLY simulating the Supply Chain Block 1-5

One critical activity of a distribution center is order processing. Facilities receive orders, schedule them and plan resources such as headcount, equipment and floor space daily, or continuously.

It is essential to assure pickface replenishment to avoid idle times. Then, picking routes have to be planned efficiently.

Picking is all about selecting the right product and the requested quantity, with a quick inspection to prevent shipping orders with defects. Pickers capture all outbound product with the help of IT such as WMS, ERP or a simple inventory database to assure record integrity. Often, aside from picking, operators also pack, and consolidate orders.


Today we build on our picking model. A simple straightforward process flow to direct the picking activities, and managing its cycles and decisions


By using labels to point to relevant objects, you will make your life much simpler!

Today's key concepts:

  1. OBJECTS CONTAINED IN OBJECTS

  2. USE RELATIVE REFERENCES TO OBJECTS

  3. REUSE YOUR OBJECTS

  4. NAMING OBJECTS WILL SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE

  5. CREATING CYCLES TO ORGANIZE THE PICKING PROCESS

Stay with us because next we will use statistical distributions to better replicate real order profiles, handle process exceptions and hand out the First Problem Set


This is REALLY simulating the Supply Chain, your best source for simulation tutorials and references. I am Enrique Elizaga head of simulation projects at Supply Chain Institute and I'm very excited to help you become a simulation expert!

Here are the assets used in the exercise for download:

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