Model Feature Overview

This section contains a list of constraints and limits that you can enforce in the model. It also includes instructions on how you can activate a particular constraints/limitation and what data you need to provide to use this.

Note

This list is under construction, so existing model features will be added to this list from time to time. Please check with support if you have any questions about certain model features that are not yet documented.

Customers

You limit the number of resources that can serve a group of products and locations. This allows you to indicate, for instance, that the demand for all “Slow Moving Products” in the “State of New York” must be served by at most 2 resources. If you want to use this functionality, you need to check the wizard question “Include maximum number of resources that can serve demand by product and location group” and provide data for the attribute “Maximum # of Resources” on sheet “Product Location Data”.

Resources

You can indicate that all resources at one location need to open and close simultaneously. This allows you to indicate, for instance, that all five resources in a certain location must either be all open or all closed. You cannot have that some resources are open, and some are closed. If you want to use this functionality, you need to check wizard question “Include ability to make open and close decision by location” and provide data for the attribute “Location Open/Close” on sheet “Location Period Data”.

You can indicate which mode of transportation each resource can use. This allows you to specify that resource X can ship using “LTL” and “Parcel Carrier”, while resource Y can only ship using “LTL”. If you want to use this functionality, you need to check wizard question “Include which mode of transportation can be handled by which resource” and provide data for the attribute “Mode Allowed In” and/or “Mode Allowed Out” on sheet “Trans Type Resource Data”.

You can indicate that you want to restrict DC capability by product. This allows you to indicate that resource X can only handle product group “A” and “B”. If you want to use this functionality, you need to check the wizard option “Define DC Capability by Resource & Product”. If you also want to include capacity limits by product, you need to check the options “Define maximum DC Throughput capacity by DC Facility & Product” and “Define minimum DC Throughput capacity by DC Facility & Product”. The new attributes “Available (DC)”, “Minimum Capacity (DC)” and “Maximum Capacity (DC)” will appear on sheet “DC Product Data”.

It is also possible to define DC capacity for a group of products. To use this functionality, you need to check wizard options “Define DC Capability by Resource & Product” and “Enable Product Grouping”, after which you can check the option “Enable option to consider DC capacity by Product for Product Groups”. The new attribute “Capacity for Product Group (DC)” will appear on sheet “DC Product Data”.