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It’s difficult to maintain efficiency in managing your supply chain without new technologies. The management of multiple flows of goods and information across complex networks of suppliers, carriers, freight forwarders, and other key players is a sizable task. Simulation modeling can help you manage complexity, increase profitability, and improve customer service to enhance competitiveness.

Let AnyLogic empower you and your subject-matter experts to tackle decision-making like never before. Explore the great number of interrelated, dynamic and random events that drive your business. Utilize real-time data to develop “what-if” scenarios. Stress your system and optimize strategies – all in a virtual environment. Supply chain management systems equipped with simulation-based decision support allow optimization according to your requirements, considerably increasing efficiency, agility and the bottom line.

Customers just like you are using AnyLogic to:

  • develop strategic plans based on market trends, company goals and competitors' strategies
  • create adaptive operational management strategies that respond to internal and external dynamics such as demand fluctuations, change of suppliers, competitors’ activities
  • produce holistic plans considering strategic planning, marketing, and HR issues

We also offer anyLogistix, a specialized solution for supply chain optimization.

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Reviews & testimonials

  • AnyLogic was the clear choice after comprehensive evaluation of multiple systems and further prototyping in those that were shortlisted. Furthermore, it continues to impress the deeper we get. There's no doubt the right simulation and modelling tool was selected for the majority of our current and future needs.

    Jay Ta'ala, Senior Modeller, Supply Chain Analytics,
    BHP Billiton Iron Ore
  • One of the most important AnyLogic features is the ability to build our own libraries. We only have to build them once, but can use them multiple times in different models.

    Gunnar Feldmann, Assistant Operations Research Specialist,
    Norfolk Southern Corporation
  • I am new to the AnyLogic product, but have gotten up to speed quickly. In part, this reflects the strength of the product itself - the ability to design the simulation logic graphically, using the extensive set of tools provided. However, the AnyLogic staff has also played a large role, through training and support. The technical team even added custom features to the language to better support my specific needs.

    Roger Baugher,
    TrAnalytics LLC
  • TSG Consulting has been a long time user of Arena simulation software, and a couple of years back we decided that we needed a more scalable and powerful simulation tool so we surveyed the market and spent around 6 months extensively testing a large number of simulation software packages. AnyLogic was the tool that stood clear of the rest. Our consultants have adopted AnyLogic with enthusiasm and we are seeing gains in their productivity and the quality of the models they produce. To say we are pleased with AnyLogic is understating our enthusiasm for the product and as a company we look forward to a great future working with AnyLogic.

    Peter Bodon, Technical Director,
    TSG Consulting
  • AnyLogic is a tool where a modeler can implement any of his ideas. Easily, fast and with enjoyment. A special thanks to the AnyLogic documentation and Support Team! Their perfect work makes your induction into AL world smooth and happy!

    Yuriy Pidvalny, ML-IS,
    Kuehne + Nagel
  • The most flexible simulation modeling tool on the market - 1) through the Java platform and access to Java programming when needs for tailor-making the model appears 2) through the possibility to mix different modeling methods. Good libraries with predesigned objects and building blocks (with great flexibility in themselves), continuous improvements and enhancements in new versions, and a very good and customer-oriented support function, makes the big picture more or less complete in my view!

    Stefan Bengtsson,
    County of Stockholm
  • I go back with AnyLogic to the very beginning: over ten years now. Ten years ago, AnyLogic was what I call the only industrial strength product that had a hope of doing both system dynamics, agent based, and discrete event in one package. As best as I can tell, it’s still the only package that has that capability. As we do more especially in the realm of agent based models, there are some open-source tools, but none of them has anything close to the functionality that AnyLogic does.

    Dr. Mark Paich, Director,
    PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
  • We use AnyLogic to understand better, improve and demonstrate how complex systems work. My personal favorite aspect of AnyLogic is the fact that it compiles the simulation models into a general purpose, fully object-oriented program language, like Java. Which allows us to embed optimization algorithms into simulations without writing unnecessary code.

    Onur Dulgeroglu, Senior Analytics Engineer,
    GE Global Research
  • We chose AnyLogic for three reasons, technology, support and people. I think AnyLogic has the best technology in the simulation software industry, it has the agent based, process based and system dynamics, plus it is written in Java, which means many available resources and ease of finding people who can model in AnyLogic since many know Java code. AnyLogic can be deployed on the internet, you can develop an AnyLogic model and easily share with colleagues, partners, etc.

    Clark Chang,
    Norfolk Southern Railway
  • The benefit of agent based modeling in AnyLogic is to truly model our supply chain. Each of the agents we use in our simulation can correspond to vessels, distribution centers, ports of loading, ports of discharge, our retailers, etc. with their own behaviors. AnyLogic makes it easy for me to give our many agents their own customizable behaviors and let them interact together in a fully integrated software.

    Beth Tyrie,
    Fruit of the Loom, Inc
  • I have seen a lot of simulation products and this is the only one that can combine all three methodologies. Plus, the ability to show all the graphic components has a great impact on who I present the models to. This allows AnyLogic to be THE choice for simulation modeling.

    Kelvin Blyden, Supply Chain Analyst,
    Campbell’s
  • AnyLogic is extremely powerful, state of the art simulation software. The multimethod modeling capabilities and the ability to customize with Java are just two of the many reasons this software is so functional.

    Mike Prince, Senior Operations Research Specialist,
    BNSF Railway
  • I’ve been using AnyLogic for about three or four years now, and I found that it’s probably one of the better solutions out there for really being able to implement models if you don’t necessarily have a very extensive coding background to start with.

    Joseph Simkins,
    Battelle Memorial Institute
  • We chose AnyLogic because of its flexibility. We have many customers in many industries that have very different requirements because their supply chains are different, and we’ve been very easily able to change our models quickly to interact with the customers. The agent based tool is very powerful for us, our automated robots are highly intelligent, so we want to represent those behaviors using the agent based approach inside the AnyLogic tool, and we have very large fleets, up to 500 robots in a system, and AnyLogic is able to handle the complexity of the interactions amongst those 500 robots and able to do computations efficiently.

    Dr. Larry M. Sweet, CTO,
    Symbotic LLC
  • We use simulation tools, including AnyLogic, to analyze alternative capital investment solutions in order to help decide on the best investment decision. AnyLogic has helped with that decision process by providing our company with a tool that is flexible/adaptable to build models in different groups within our company using the team license server. We can easily use and combine multiple simulation methods to create the best modeling approach for each problem. The built-in functionality allows for new users to get up and running quickly and the use of Java means advanced users are able to build and customize more complex models.

    Jeremiah Dirnberger,
    CSX
  • The competition is constantly getting tougher, and today you have to compete for a one-hundredth of a percent of a market share in many industries. That’s why AnyLogic is unique. It allows you to optimize business processes and rise your resource utilization rate up to the level unachievable for most of the competitors.

    Alexey Mashanov, CTO,
    Magnat Group
  • It is the most powerful multi-paradigm simulation tool I´ve ever seen. In spite of the fact I am not a software expert, I could develop high quality simulation models in the field of container terminals supply chain.

    Rebeca Caceres,
    International Maritime University of Panama
  • AnyLogic is certainly the most powerful simulation tool I've worked with. During the last decade I've been in the logistics simulation market and during that time I've developed projects with at least a dozen of different modeling tools. Me and my team have always been struggling with some major shortcuts specially regarding the capacity of properly representing complex logistics processes taking into account their behavior essence and definitive attributes. Thus, for me, it is the capacity of creating, in a single model environment, multi-paradigms simulation projects that places AnyLogic as unique cutting edge simulation tools in world.

    Thiago Brito ,
    University of São Paulo, Brazil
  • I started with system dynamics simulation in 2009, using Vensim because it was a free tool, to test a little bit and share some ideas with my colleagues. When I attended AnyLogic Training in 2010 with Ilya Grigoryev, I learned about the ability to import my Vensim models into AnyLogic, which is quite cool and allowed me to test data rather begin building new models in a new modeling language. Then I found out and could see that AnyLogic is quite interesting because I could combine problematic restrictions which I couldn’t use, for example with Vensim.

    Fabian Walter, Chair of Management and Logistics,
    Technical University of Darmstadt
  • AnyLogic is an extremely powerful tool! Thanks to this program I have been able to simulate a whole transportation network for my master’s thesis. This software is user friendly and the AnyLogic product support team is very reactive and efficient. Every time I have a problem, it is solved within 24 hours. I recommend this software to all logistics and transportation companies that wish to develop efficient and optimized distribution networks.

    Dimitri Cordenier, Master's Student ,
    National University of Singapore
  • AnyLogic is one of the key instruments for of transportation processes and systems research and decision making for supply chain management. We chose this software due it its flexibility, multitasking and possibility to carry out huge simulation researches.

    N. Mayorov, Associate Professor,
    St. Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation
  • AnyLogic is a very powerful software that enabled me to create a simulation model using two different simulation paradigms at once. By this it enables me to create simulation model that is scalable - very detailed scale at the one hand and a large scale representation of another aspect of the system on the other hand that is simulated with the discrete-event approach. Furthermore, AnyLogic provides the possibility to establish hierarchy in the simulation model itself. Thus the software can be used to create simulation models of any complexity.

    Tobias Rahm,
    Ruhr University Bochum

These companies already use AnyLogic for supply chains and logistics

Case Studies

  • Selecting the Best Inventory Policy Using Gojii
    Existing supply chain and S&OP tool sets do a great job of managing supply to meet a selected "forecast." However, there is no single "correct forecast" of future demand, and existing tools are not designed to select the best demand level for the business. There is a "tool gap" between forecast inputs and selection of the best demand signal (aka "forecast") to drive your S&OP system. Gojii is the tool created by DecisioTech that fills that gap.
  • Maximizing Push Boat Fleet’s Net Voyage Revenue
    InterBarge, a first-class waterway operator, affiliated with SCF Marine, a part of Seacor Holding Group, operates freight along the HPP Waterway (Hidrovia Parana Paraguay, located in Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil, and Uruguay) on a dedicated contract carriage. The company’s challenge was to use the boat capacity free from dedicated contract commitment as a fleet, maximizing net voyage revenue.
  • CSX Solves Railroad Operation Challenges with and without AnyLogic Rail Library
    CSX is a US railroad company that operates about 21,000 route miles (34,000 km). AnyLogic allows the railroad industry users to simulate line-of-road, terminal, and yard problems. The following three projects, completed by CSX in 2014, covered a variety of tasks that were solved using AnyLogic software.
  • Supply Chain Design for Vaccine Manufacturer
    GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) was the world’s sixth largest pharmaceutical company in 2014. The company was launching a new vaccine product on a new market that needed a distribution network different from what they had before. Therefore, the company needed to design a new supply chain and align manufacturing processes with it.
  • Apparel Company Chose Location for New Distribution Center Using Simulation Modeling
    Fruit of the Loom (FOTL) is one of the largest US apparel manufacturers and marketers. The company was expanding, and the executives wanted to know if it would be beneficial, in terms of shipping costs, to add a new distribution center (DC) on the east/west coasts of the US, or to redistribute products to a pre-existing DC. The contractors decided to simulate the whole supply chain in order to visualize DC locations on a GIS map, and the supply network between them.
  • Improving Mining Outbound Logistics with Agent-Based Simulation Modeling
    One of the largest resource companies in the world, with over $80 billion in sales, decided to enter a new market. It was planning to build a new potash mine with 90% of the resources exported. They wanted to design a reliable supply chain, with a high speed of supply replenishing, and the ability to recover from natural disasters and man-made crises benefiting from such volatility. Amalgama and Goldratt companies contracted this project to design the potash mining operations and a full supply chain of outbound logistics.
  • Bullwhip Effect in Semiconductor Supply Chain
    The supply chain management at Infineon, a huge semiconductor manufacturer, wanted to investigate the bullwhip effect in their market in order to decrease expenses and better forecast market behavior. They used AnyLogic software to build a model of a supply chain – from raw materials to the market.
  • Distribution Network Planning & Inventory Optimization Supported by Simulation
    Diageo is a British multinational alcoholic beverages company. Diageo Russia is one of Russia’s top five wholesale alcoholic beverage distributors, which is traditionally a low margin business where the bottom line is sensitive to the customer service level and high logistics costs. Diageo sought assistance from the consulting company Amalgama, LLC when they experienced an increase in sales volume, but failed to realize larger profits due to logistics costs per unit.
  • Simulation Modeling of Offshore Offloading System for Arctic Oil and Gas Condensate Field
    The Novoportovskoye oil and gas condensate field is located in the Yamal peninsula and owned by Gazprom Neft, the fourth largest oil producer in Russia. Oil from the field is transferred via 100km pipeline to the sea terminal at Cape Kamenny, where it is loaded into arctic cargo tanks for further transportation. The main issues in planning tanker transportation in an arctic region are the harsh ice environment and difficult sea conditions.
  • Supply Chain Optimization: Choosing the Right Location for Warehouses
    Eldorado Company, a huge electronics retailer in Russia, with stores in 350 cities, needed to determine the optimal number of warehouses, and where they should be situated, in order to better fulfill customer demand and minimize delivery and storage expenses. The analysis showed that the problem could be solved with introduction of the anyLogistix supply chain optimization system. Input data provided by the customer described potential warehousing points: rent cost, investments for building new or modernizing old warehouses, average level and cost of storage, overall costs for staffing and security, etc.