Proposal of a Beer Distribution Game Considering Waste Management and the Bullwhip Effect

Mizuho Sato, Masaru Nakano, Hajime Mizuyama, Christoph Roser

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The beer distribution game is a role-playing board game that also helps people learn about the importance of supply chain management. However, the game does not include the major difficulties in managing food and beverages supply chains. Food and beverages are assigned expiration or best-before date. If these goods cannot be sold within the period of the expiration or best-before date, they are wasted. Therefore, the purpose of this study is to extend the beer distribution game for incorporating these issues and to investigate the effects of the issues with playing the refined game. So, we set a time limit for products in the beer distribution game and include a rule that the products will be considered wasted after the time limit. We subsequently examined the effect of the time limit on food supply chain management. As a result of a preliminary game experiment, we find that the back order is highest at the distributors. Stock is the largest at the factory. Wholesalers and factories cause excessive waste. If the expiration date has passed, delivery is not possible, and the items will therefore be wasted. Furthermore, items will not reach the end consumer. In addition, higher inventory and waste are generated upstream. This result reflects the actual situation in the real world food and beverage industry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSerious Games - Joint International Conference, JCSG 2020, Proceedings
EditorsMinhua Ma, Bobbie Fletcher, Stefan Göbel, Jannicke Baalsrud Hauge, Tim Marsh
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages7
ISBN (Print)9783030618131
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event6th Joint International Conference on Serious Games, JCSG 2020 - Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
Duration: 2020 Nov 192020 Nov 20

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12434 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference6th Joint International Conference on Serious Games, JCSG 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


  • Beer distribution game
  • Bullwhip effect
  • Food waste
  • Supply chain management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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