What is the Kinaxis Supply Chain Game?
The Kinaxis Supply Chain Game is an educational simulation powered by Kinaxis RapidResponse, and designed to introduce students to supply chain planning and why concurrency matters. The premise of the game: order cookies to fulfill customer demand. All the students will be assigned to teams – within each team, there will be four nodes: Retail, Wholesale, Distribution, and Production. Every node will incur cost for excess inventory and retail will accumulate additional cost for any unmet customer demand. The simulation is run in two modes: standard and concurrent.
Capture the fundamental experience of a supply chain planner..
Understand the importance of real-time transparency, data, and communication in concurrent planning.
Impact of supply chain decisions
Realize the impact supply chain decisions make on financial performance.
Discuss change management practices in implementing new technologies.
For those of you that know the Beer Game, the Kinaxis Supply Chain Game might sound familiar. It’s not. The Kinaxis Supply Chain Game challenges students to collaborate and make supply chain decisions by using the capabilities of concurrent planning. Students will have visibility to real-time data.
Each team will compete to win by managing cost: the team with the lowest cost wins the game. Team scores will be shared in a live leaderboard. Instructors will use multiple rounds of supply chain simulation to help students experience the impact of their team’s decisions and formulate strategies based on applied learnings.
The instructor will be provided with graphs that summarize each team’s performance. These graphs empower the instructors to provide detailed instruction on effective supply planning practices.
Reduced visibility, communication gaps, and siloed information can no longer address supply chain issues. Concurrent supply chain planning is the continuous re-balancing of plans to reflect what’s happening in the real world. Teams instantly know the business impact of change. It's the complete real-time synchronization of all people, processes, and data across the supply chain.
The Kinaxis Supply Chain Game is aligned to modern teaching methods and can be played in person, virtually, or in a hybrid classroom environment. We strongly recommend an in-person environment for the best learning outcomes. For hybrid and virtual, faculty instructor will need to assign students to breakout rooms.
We recommend a minimum of 90 minutes to cover instructions, game play (standard & concurrent mode), and discussion questions.
The Kinaxis Supply Chain Game can be played with 4 –24 user IDs. We recommend having students play the game in groups so the game can accommodate class sizes up to 60. Students will be assigned to teams of four. Each team has four nodes in the supply chain: Production, Distribution, Wholesale, and Retail. In cases where the number of users is not evenly divisible by four, we recommend multiple students play together on a single node.
All groups will need an internet connection and a laptop or desktop computer with internet browser (Chrome, Edge, Safari, or Firefox) to play the game. The game cannot be played on a mobile phone. Players will receive a unique User ID and password to access the game online. The Kinaxis team will provide the professor with the Supply Chain Game URL and student login information prior to game day.
The Kinaxis Supply Chain Game in action.
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