The first workshop to simulate the supply chain was developed at MIT in the early 60s. This workshop, better known as "The Beer Game" was intended to make students aware of the dynamics of supply chains. Since then, it has been played around the world by thousands of people: college and university students, CEOs, directors, government employees…

In 2000, Swedish researchers adapted the Beer Game to the forest products industry. This sector is particular with its wide range of products being directed into the pulp and paper supply chain and the lumber supply chain. This adaptation of the Wood Supply Game is used in university forestry logistics courses.

In 2002, the FORAC Research Consortium adapted the Swedish game to the North American model. FORAC currently uses the Quebec Wood Supply Game in its workshop on supply chain management.