Network modeling provides a decision support platform for many critical aspects of supply chain strategy and is performed in order to design an efficient and lean distribution chain. The goal is to establish a network of facilities with efficient flows to ensure optimal service to the customers with minimal risks and disruptions. But what does the network modeling process entail? What is the process for planning, implementing and gathering meaningful outcomes from a project like this?
BEFORE YOU BEGIN: THE INTERNAL BUY-IN
Before you begin any network modeling project, a key aspect of the process is to first sell it internally. To do so, one must ask a number of key questions of your organization:
- How will this project be run?
- What data, resources and budget do I need?
- What level of modeling is best for my company?
- What are some of the outcomes I can expect from the project?