Supply Chain Simulation

Supply Chain Simulation

What is supply chain simulation?

Supply chain simulation is the computer-based modeling of a real supply system. Simulation enables an organization to analyze and experiment with its existing supply chain process in a virtual setting, reducing the time and cost requirements associated with physical testing. Through the model, the individual events that make up the entire system are represented, and uncertainties such as machine breakdowns that might occur in the system are incorporated.


FlexSim is powerful yet easy-to-use software for simulation. A comprehensive and innovative simulation engine is hidden behind drag and drop controls, drop-down lists and many other intuitive features that make it accessible for anyone to experiment with a model. All simulation models are created to scale and are presented using 3D visuals, making it easy to watch a virtual system go through its daily operations and visually observe which elements of the system are lacking in efficiency. FlexSim also gives decision makers the tools to confirm their observations, with impressive statistical reporting and analysis built right into the software.

Why simulate supply chains?

The need for efficiency in industry has never been greater, with personnel, transportation, warehousing and material costs continuing to rise each year. Simulation provides a way to put a system to the test in a risk-free environment, validating size, layout and operational considerations through factual statistical analysis. It also enables users to determine minimum storage costs without sacrificing the required output. Through the use of supply chain simulation software, businesses can understand the factors that affect their system, including evaluation of unknown problems, decision analysis, risk management, and future project planning.

Why simulate with FlexSim?

Answer important questions – Supply chain simulation with FlexSim can answer important questions that supply chain decision makers face every day. Just a few examples:

  • Can we optimize our existing process to reduce the occurrence of stockouts and overstocks?
  • Would adding additional equipment and operators allow for better management of inventory levels?
  • Would our new supply process actually reduce the risk of bullwhip effect?


Full 3D simulation – Take a leap out of the outdated, flat simulation environment and into something better. FlexSim brings a better visual experience to the world of simulation models, providing rich 3D objects to make your simulation look more realistic. 3D simulation modeling brings the model to life, and aids in communication and discourse for staff members at all levels.

Easy to use, yet powerful – FlexSim presents user-friendly tools like drop-down menus and drag and drop functionality allow beginners to build and test models in just minutes, with no background in computer coding. And with a bit of practice in FlexSim’s intuitive Logic Builder, or by using some basic commands, users can get the most out of this extensible and powerful simulation engine.

Consider every viewpoint – Unlike other simulation software products that are built with a narrow focus, FlexSim has the flexibility to answer any question about your supply chain process. It works in every phase of the project, from the warehouse all the way to the customer, so you can discover bottlenecks, uncover equipment needs, and optimize at every level of your supply chain system.

No project is too big – Our supply chain simulation software is capable of simulating any sized project, no matter the scope or complexity. Large and complex models suddenly become manageable, and greater levels of detail are available at lower levels of your system model.

Competitively priced and cost effective – With a variety of license types and a comprehensive support network, FlexSim provides industry-leading value to its customers. Our 3D simulation software is competitively priced and doesn’t come with any hidden costs or add-ons, so even a basic license comes packaged withpowerful features such as the experimentation engine and the ExpertFit® distribution-fitting software.

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