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Wednesday Blog: Rolling the dice on future logistics

by Ahmad Lala on Jul 2, 2013




Will a logistics board game inspire children to pursue a career in logistics later on in life?

This is a question that I pondered after reading a report on a new logistics board game winning a £9500 grant from the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) recently. According to the creators, the Business on the Move game “sees players responsible for running a business, where they have to respond to customers’ demands and move products to their domestic market by combinations of air, sea, rail and road”.

Many of the industry people that I meet, tell me that they’ve got into logistics by accident, rather than choice. That is no surprise. As children, we are sold on the appeal of the so called glamour careers – medicine, law, banking etc. – and we don’t even realise there is a whole host of job options based around the supply chain and logistics. And even growing up, unless you are actually working directly in the supply chain department of your company, the whole concept of logistics is generally ignored.

Hewlett-Packard’s 3PL vendor account manager for the Middle East, Prakash Kamble, made an interesting point in a column he did for this website in February. In the piece, he asked the question: have you ever heard of a logistics employee been awarded a commission for a sale? In short, he pointed out that the salesperson gets rewarded for securing a sale, but the logistics person, who is responsible for keeping the delivery costs to a minimum, ensuring the profits remain high, is ignored in the majority of cases.

So, in my opinion, it certainly would benefit the region and industry to have children growing up understanding the key tenants of logistics. If those same youth go on to pursue specialised careers in the industry, all the better I suppose. But what do you think? Is a board game the way forward to address future skilled shortage issues in the supply chain industry? Is it something that you as a logistics professional would endorse?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ahmad Lala is the editor of Logistics Middle East magazine.

A video about the logistics board game, Business on the move, can be viewed below. For more information visit: www.businessonthemove.org


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I am one of the 2 former teachers who developed "Business on the Move". You will be interested to know only 40 out of 54

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Andy Page (Jul 6, 2013)
Wakefield
United Kingdom

Supply chain board game
I am one of the 2 former teachers who developed "Business on the Move". You will be interested to know only 40 out of 543 students aged 9-19 who tested our game would prefer a computer version!They enjoyed the thrill of face-to-face competition and being able to physically move their multimodal game pieces to their customers. RBS is just one of the 42 sponsors who agree with us. We are just 5 sponsors short to complete our game board so that our pupils can follow up playing by learning about all the businesses featured in the game as part of the global supply chain.You can see a 2-minute video clip of young people playing our game at www.businessonthemove.org We anticipate getting our game free into 500 schools across the UK within twelve months and hopefully exciting and inspiring young people to explore the wonderful opportunities that your sector has to offer.

Armchair logistician (Jul 3, 2013)
Dubai
United Arab Emirates

Board games?
Good points, however, with all the playstations and X-boxes - do kids still play board games?


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