Finally a learning simulation that really quenches my thirst for knowledge (about Lean Supply Chain). Now available at 5S Supply!

Our friends at the Lean Leaning Center designed this beer supply chain simulation to illustrate the impact that systems, subsystems and other contributing factors have on organizational results. Fun encourages learning as participants are fully immersed into the simulation and fulfill the role of Factory, Distributor, Wholesaler or Retailer within the beer supply chain. Participants work strategically to fulfill their customer orders while keeping their weekly operational costs low.

Product Details

Participants will experience firsthand the ineffectiveness of firefighting problems while running their supply chain operation and upon review of their final results. Strategies for analyzing the intricacies of systems that cannot be easily seen at the surface level are exposed during an interactive and dynamic debrief. Participants will understand that better results will only be realized by addressing opportunities and problems at the system level.

The Training Package

The training package will accommodate up to 16 participants and includes:

  • One spiral-bound facilitator guide with detailed facilitation and debrief guidance
  • Participant Lean Systems Primer takeaway reference in 3 sizes (8.5″ x 11″, legal, 11″ x 17″) for easy reproduction
  • Presentation slides in Power Point format
  • Two full color supply chain game boards made of durable vinyl that resist permanent creases, clean easily and are conveniently sized to fit 2 standard folding tables (30″ x 144″)
  • Two colors of durable plastic chips that illustrate cases of beer moving to customers
  • Two complete sets of spiral-bound supply chain visual aids that illustrate game steps for every supply chain position
  • Two sets of pre-determined order cards that specify customer demand for the Retailer
  • USB drive with all instructional materials provided as editable Word files


To allow you the maximum amount of flexibility, your purchase includes a license that permits your organization to facilitate the simulation as often as needed and for any number of participants. The complete training package, including all instructional materials is available for $3,500.

The training package will accommodate up to 16 players. For organizations that will be facilitating larger groups, we offer new and existing license holders the option to purchase additional game kits for $650 each. Each additional kit will accommodate 8 players and comes complete with:

  • One 30″ x 144″ full color supply chain game board made of durable vinyl that resists permanent creases and cleans easily
  • Two colors of durable plastic chips that illustrate cases of beer moving to customers
  • One set of pre-determined order cards to specify customer demand at the Retailer position
  • One complete set of spiral-bound supply chain visual aids

Complete training package: $3,500

Usually ships in 2-3 days

For more information>> The Beer Game

Do you need Systems to Win?

September 13, 2012

5S Supply and Systems2win – a winning combination!

5S Supply has recently established an affiliation with our friends at Systems2win to offer you 150 Word and Excel templates for continuous process improvement. Dean Ziegler, owner of Systems2win originally developed these templates during 14 years of manufacturing systems consulting. Systems2win has all the bases covered from 5S to Value Stream Mapping and everything in between. Here’s a short list of some of their great offerings:

Value Stream Mapping

The Value Stream Mapping bundle of templates includes not only a simple drawing tool, but also the “power tool” that has dozens of lean calculations pre-programmed. There is also a Supply Chain Map, a Value Stream Plan, and a template for sorting out your Product Families.

Lean Tools

The Lean Tools bundle has a 5S Scorecard, Red Tag Log, Sustainment Checklist, and an entire suite of templates for Standard Work – with diverse tools to fit diverse processes.

Kaizen Bundle

The Kaizen bundle has templates not only for kaizen events – but also A3 problem solving, a Gantt Chart project plan, Hoshin strategic planning, Leader Standard Work, and other popular ways to organize your teams.

Six Sigma

The cornerstone of the Six Sigma bundle is the FMEA template – which (by some amazing programming) allows you to use Excel’s Filter and PivotTable features (that are usually disabled by merged cells within an FMEA). And it comes with the entire suite of templates for Root Cause Analysis, QFD, OEE, Pareto, etc.

Why choose Systems2win?

The most common reason for a company to standardize on Systems2win templates is… standardization.

A standardized set of templates, with a consistent standard user interface, consistent standard online training and videos, using familiar Microsoft Word and Excel that is now leveraged beyond where you thought it could take you.

For example… with the click of a button, any Systems2win Excel template can now be in Chinese, then Spanish, then Portuguese, then back to English.

For example… every time that you upgrade your templates in the future, Systems2win has a utility to cycle through YOUR legacy templates to find YOUR personalization’s and automatically merge them with the new version.

Check them out for yourself. You can download a free trial at wwwSystems2win.com.