Sunday 23rd Oct 2016 - Logistics Manager

Now logistics really is a game

The UK Warehousing Association and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport are supporting a new board game, “Business on the Move” which is designed to inspire children about business and logistics.

The game challenges players to deliver customer orders, as profitably as possible, while responding to dynamic environmental and economic factors. Each player’s business must buy logistics assets such as ships and trailers, pay for staffing, and optional insurance.

The game has been designed to work with various national curriculum subjects and for various age groups, by teaching veterans Pat Smedley and Andy Page. The makers are called The Very Enterprising Community Interest Company, and as a community interest company all dividends will return to the business or to benefit communities.

Roger Williams, UKWA chief executive, said: “Andy and Pat have developed a product that will broaden young peoples’ understanding of global supply chains and raise their career aspirations. I am sure the industry will give this excellent project the support it deserves.”

To get the game into classrooms, the makers are appealing to logistics operators to sponsor slots on the board or the identity of the player roles.

CILT chief executive Steve Agg said: “Children will learn a lot from playing this game. Things like the different ways of transporting freight and business words like profit, assets, balance sheet, logistics and globalisation.”