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

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For more information>> The Beer Game

5S Supply is pleased to announce its affiliation with Gemba Academy.Gemba Academy

5S Supply is always seeking out ways to continue to bring value to its customers and having access to Gemba Academy highly rated training videos will assist any organization on their lean journey. With over 230 high quality videos available 24/7 this subscription service is a great way to train people on lean concepts. 

About Gemba Academy

The mission of Gemba Academy LLC is to provide high quality online video training for individuals and groups. By leveraging leading edge technologies such as high definition (HD) video delivered via a global network of servers on high bandwidth connections, they can deliver high quality training, on demand, anywhere in the world. Gemba Academy was created by three of the leading providers of business transformation knowledge and services. Their experience and networks allows them to tap into the best content and knowledge resources available.

“Partnering with 5S Supply is a great fit for Gemba Academy. Our goals are the same – to help organizations learn and apply lean principles and practices. We’re excited about this new avenue to help educate and advance awareness of lean thinking.” – Ron Pereira, Managing Partner, Gemba Academy LLC.

Gemba Academy DVDsTo celebrate this new partnership, 5S Supply and Gemba Academy have put together a limited time special offer. Get 34 DVDs free with a 6 month subscription. Click here for more details>> Lean Training DVDs.

Benefits of Gemba Academy Training

  • Cost Effective – A one year subscription to Gemba Academy costs less than bringing in most consultants for a single day.
  • Site-based Subscription – you pay one price to train all associates in a single site. There are tiered discount pricing available for multi-site subscriptions.
  • Self-paced Learning – online based training allows your associates to learn at their own pace – or fill up a conference room and train a group of people at one time.
  • Enhanced Instructor Lead Training – add a little variety to live classroom style training (think day 1 of kaizen events) by mixing in short and energetic Gemba Academy videos.
  • Slow Internet? No Problem – all Gemba Academy videos are available on DVDs for those times reliable Internet access isn’t available
  • Off-line Learning – downloadable learning material (PDFs, Excel templates, Quizzes, etc.) allows the learning to continue offline.
  • Spend more time in Gemba – no need to travel to training seminars saving money and time away from the gemba, or the place the work is done.
  • The Lean Journey and Lean Learning Never Ends – New training content added regularly creating an extremely dynamic learning environment.
  • Kaizen Case Studies – real life kaizen case studies included in learning modules along with interviews from lean thinking leaders from all over the world.
  • Learn from the Best – Gemba Academy is affiliated with the Kaizen Institute allowing you to tap into the best lean thinking minds in the world.
  • World-class Video Delivery SystemFlash and iOS ready videos are streamed through a Global Network of Edge servers meaning it doesn’t matter if you are in Arkansas or New Zealand… these videos will play.