Help for Beer Game
Here is the list of options and what it means
Possible supply chain partners : Factory, Distributor, Wholesaler and Retailer.
Default players : Brewery (Raw material Source) and Customers
Time delay between supply chain partners : By varying
this option (0 weeks, 1 week and 2 weeks) we can change the shipping and
information delay between the supply chain partners.
2 weeks : In this case both shipping and information delay between supply chain
partners is set at 2 weeks.
- 1 week : In this case both shipping and information delay between supply
chain partners is set at 1 week.
- 0 weeks (No delay) : In this case there is no information delay between
supply chain partners, but there is a 1 week shipping delay.
Exception to all these settings:
There is no shipping or information delay in case of the customer and the
immediate supply chain partner.
- There is only one week production (i.e.
shipping) delay between Brewery (Raw material source) and Factory, regardless of delay settings (0,1 or 2 weeks)
information delay between factory and brewery is always 1 week, regardless of
delay settings(1 week or 2 weeks).
- Is Wholesaler Present? By setting no to this option, you can remove
the wholesaler in the supply chain setting.
- Is Retailer Present? By setting no to this option, you can remove the
retailer in the supply chain setting.
Note: You can remove both Wholesaler and Retailer in a game. Every time you change option please press update to reflect the change
Demand Pattern There are two customer demand patterns for this game.
Pattern 1 is the default pattern. Pattern 2 has a steep increase in demand
before stabilizing. To inquire more about the customer demand pattern, send an
Holding cost, it could be set to any real number. Default setting is
Backorder cost, it could be set to any real number. Default
setting is $1
Reset this game, by clicking this button, you reset the game to week 1
(starting week). The game is also reset to default
settings, namely 2 week delay, along with wholesaler and retailer been present
as supply chain partners with a holding cost of $0.5 and backorder cost of $1.
Player pwds, You can change the passwords
of individual supply chain partners using this option.
NOTE: The passwords are case-sensitive and contains no zeros or ones.
Update, by clicking this button you can record the changes you made to
the individual games. You should click update every time you change the
settings, else the changes will be not be reflected in the game.
Reset all the games, similar to the reset option of individual games,
only difference it resets all the games to default settings.
Change the number of games, by clicking this button you add or remove
the games for this account
Print all pwds, this option will help you
to print a copy of all the passwords for the players in a label format, which
could be distributed to the class as flash cards.
Freeze or Freeze/Pause all the games The instructor could freeze/pause
the game. This allows the instructor to carryout class discussions during the
course of the game to clarify issues like backorders, orders not being shipped
etc. After the discussion/recess the instructor could restart the game from
where they left, by clicking the “Continue” or "Continue all the games"
Additional Features of the Game
Details of the features will be available in the instructor screen
1) Information Sharing : 5 levels
Only Customer demand of all players
Only Order Data of all players
Only Inventory Data of all players
Data of all players
No information sharing
2) Create Custom Demand Pattern
3) Update all Initial settings
Number of Players
Initial Order and Shipment data
Week to Stop
4) After the game is over, all players will be able to view the results of
all the teams in the class.
5) Fast and more stable than earlier versions and works in all platforms
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