Transportation and warehousingView Other Application Areas»

Optimization of your supply chain is a multi-faceted exercise. From warehousing decisions, to optimized transportation management, it takes a lot to stay ahead in the game. 

The warehouse is an essential part of any supply chain. Effective supply chain management is impossible without considering all parameters of the warehouse, its resources and product movement dynamics. The performance of the entire logistics structure substantially depends on the efficiency of warehouse logistics. One of the most substantial simulation modeling applications is the analysis of warehouse/terminal networks. Simulation models help you analyze various options of warehouse/terminal locations, evaluate terminals response to traffic growth, and define the priority of terminal development. An Anylogic analysis would be based on real stochastic characteristics, delivering accurate results.

Transportation and fleet management includes many different aspects: transportation acquisition, transportation planning, routine maintenance planning, fleet maintenance and scheduling, and risk management as well as human resources management. AnyLogic helps users to deal with any these complicated issues, including the most challenging task - transportation management. Simulation modeling will allow you to maximize the transportation load, minimize your costs, and also calculate the probability of traffic costs overrun. You will be able to “play” various schemes of transportation and fleet management, which will allow you to reveal and prevent potential problems.

Decision support in transportation logistics is one of primary areas of AnyLogic usage. Typical tasks are: 

  • longer-term planning of warehouse infrastructure based on business dynamics 
  • day-to-day warehouse resource management 
  • detailed simulation modeling of warehouses based on physical dimensions of buildings, fork-lift-trucks, shelves, products and pallets, aimed at finding the optimal management policy
  • strategic and operational transportation and fleet control based on the real-time data monitoring, accumulated statistics and simulation-based forecasts 
  • optimal fleet management: planning of maintenance, purchases, renting or leasing of trucks, rail cars, ships, airplanes
  • risk assessment and risk management in transportation logistics 

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

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Reviews & testimonials

  • 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
  • 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 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 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,
  • I would recommend AnyLogic software because it is a mature platform that allows a combination of multimethod modeling paradigms, in a very user friendly and open manner. Plus it takes advantage of Java which is also a technically mature and secure way of building models. The advantages of agent-based modeling with AnyLogic is that you can combine it with other methods and combine existing knowledge with agent based approach. Also, it’s fairly user friendly, the facilities in the graphical user interface and development are very good.

    Artem Parakhine,
    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
  • 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
  • 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
  • AnyLogic is a simulation package that provides value to users at all levels. The visual UI allows entry level users to quickly develop insightful simulation models. The ability to customize models with Java provides the flexibility and freedom for advanced users to develop highly detailed and complex models efficiently. The integration of AnyLogic with such a widely known language such as Java makes it accessible to a very broad talent pool, and eases the learning curve for good programmers to become advanced AnyLogic users.

    Paul Corry, Lead Simulation Analyst,
    Aurecon Australia
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Our company is constructing a new elevated transport system, and we chose AnyLogic because we have so many variables, and we need a tool that can not only help us with operations, but to properly size the very complex system.

    Rolanzo Samorano,
  • I have been using AnyLogic for 5 years for various commercial projects (transportation, demographic projection, etc.), and in education. Taking into consideration my experience in using different agent based modeling tools, I can say that AnyLogic leaves them all behind. AnyLogic provides you with the possibility of visual design of elements in models and a rich library of controls. According to my experience, students show better performance and learn material efficiently when using AnyLogic. I would like to point out the growing popularity of this tool, as you can often see various AnyLogic models presented at Social Dynamics congresses.

    Albert Bakhtizin,
    CEMI Russian Academy of Sciences
  • 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
  • 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

These companies already use AnyLogic for transportation and warehousing

Case Studies

  • Modeling Operations at Pharmaceutical Distribution Warehouses
    Cardinal Health, a billion dollar pharmaceutical distribution and logistics firm, manages multiple products from brand name pharmaceuticals and generic drugs to over the counter drugs, health & beauty items and their own private label. They face a multitude of typical distribution warehouse challenges that are further complicated by the nature of pharmaceutical products. Brian Heath, Director of Advanced Analytics at Cardinal Health, and an experienced user of AnyLogic software, employed agent based modeling to solve various business problems, saving Cardinal Health over $3 Million annually.
  • Warehouse Simulation for Choosing Optimal Picking Algorithm
    Kuehne+Nagel, a leading global provider of logistics solutions, was involved in planning a new warehouse for one of their clients. The warehouse would process 13K order lines or 750 picking cartons per day. The project included the development of the best algorithm for multi-order picking. It was planned that the orders in the warehouse would be served by workers with trolleys (or fangos). Workers with trolleys would pick the goods and put them in cartons by order.
  • Rail Yard Capacity Modeling
    Aurizon is an Australia’s largest rail freight operator, managing more than 700 locomotives and more than 16,000 wagons. Aurizon is widely engaged in coal, iron ore, and mineral transportation. In order to increase operational efficiency the company decided to move one of their rail yards to other town. This rail yard was mainly engaged in wagon and locomotive maintenance and locomotive preparation.
  • 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.
  • Evaluating Introduction of Warehouse Automation Systems
    Symbotic is a warehouse automation solutions provider. Its systems are based on mobile robots that can travel freely throughout a dense storage structure, accessing products in all locations and handling them at a very high throughput rate. The company needed a tool to help their customers learn the impact of warehouse reorganization and compare capital investments against expected operational savings before the actual introduction of automation systems.
  • Customer-Centric Transportation Network Modelling
    The public transportation company employed PwC Australia to develop a solution that could provide a customer-centric view of their railway infrastructure and help the company understand the current incident effects on rail network operations and how to improve the situation. PwC consultants decided to build a model of the transportation network that would simulate train movements, incidents, and customers at stations and in trains.
  • 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.
  • Preventing “Bus Bunching” with Smart Phone Application Implementation
    In public transport, bus bunching refers to a group of two or more transit vehicles (such as buses or trains), which were scheduled to be evenly spaced running along the same route, instead running in the same location at the same time. Dave Sprogis, Volunteer Software Developer, and Data Analyst in Watertown, MA, used AnyLogic to confirm his thesis that preventing "Bus Bunching" would improve the experience of public transit bus riders.
  • Emergency Evacuation Planning: Minimizing Gridlock and Improving Public Safety
    A typical rush hour impedes the mobility of individual vehicles and significantly slows the overall flow of traffic. This phenomenon is compounded by events of mass mobilization, such as during an evacuation due to a hurricane or other event. When this occurs, traffic can reach a state of gridlock. ITS researchers sought to understand how public safety could be improved during such events by incorporating communication among a percentage of the vehicle population.
  • Simulating Port Berth Capacity with AnyLogic
    Evans & Peck used AnyLogic software to simulate port berth capacity. The goal was to find out how much additional product could pass through the port without upgrading it.