The supply chain is an important component of any organization. A supply chain simulation game can help the players understand it better. The main goal in any supply chain simulation game is to be the first to get a product from point A to point B, and to do so cost effectively. Supply chain games provide this type of simulated experience.

In supply chain simulation game, players act as independent contractors. They are given various tasks that must be completed in a certain period of time, all the while increasing their net income. For every task successfully completed, the player earns money. At the end of the game, the player earns a set number of dollars and receives a letter informing him that he has been paid his net profit. The higher the number of player wins, the higher the payout.

There are many different supply chain simulation games available online for a supply chain planning gamer to choose from. Some are more complex than others. A simple supply chain simulation game will only tell the player where to place the orders, and how to deal with customer complaints. Complex supply chain games will have more involved decisions to make about the supply chain.

One popular supply chain simulation game is the 'beer game'. In the beer game, players have to buy supply units, create an order, place the order, and then get the order delivered to the customer. If the player's order cannot be fulfilled within the deadline, they lose the game. Sometimes the supply chain will not allow for human intervention. In this case, the software will do all the work.

Some supply chain simulation games are based on real-life activities. The supply chain for a restaurant might actually run through several restaurants until one of the restaurants sells the last cup of coffee. Supply chain games based on real events are the best because there is less room for error. For example, in the beer game the manager for every store could potentially be fired. However, the software checks to make sure that each employee knows what is expected of them.

The supply chain simulation game is a great tool for all levels of business supply management professionals. It can teach even the novice about the way in which changes in supply chain processes affect business performance. It helps the professional to manage both long-term strategies and short-term budgeting. The simulation games help players learn how to better control their resources and increase profits.