So, you want to move a huge quantity of cocaine. Like, not just a few kilos. We're talking HUGE, as in quantities large enough to be measured in metric tons. That's right, tons. One metric ton equals 1,000 kilograms. That approximately 2,200 pounds (2,204.62 pounds to be exact).
One metric ton (mt) is actually the smallest quantity you can move in the strategy game known as GoCaine. Quantities go up from there, all the way to 12 mt or more. As you'll see though, those larger shipments entail considerable risk. In a future post we'll talk about the risk of interdiction, but right now lets just focus on the transportation mechanics. That is what this post is all about--how to move your coke! How to get from A to B to C, how to move it from Andean supply centers, through transit zones and get it to the lucrative northern markets where you can sell it at a very profitable price.
From Fukushima to Covid to the war in Ukraine, the last several years have provided plenty of example of how precarious our supply chains have become. For some managers, doing a better job managing supply chains will require a change in how they think strategically and how they assess risk. Such managers can benefit greatly buy playing the board game, GoCaine. In a competition to set up the most lucrative cocaine trafficking network, you cannot play a game of GoCaine and fail to learn lessons about supply source diversification and routing flexibility. It forces players to go through the mental exercise of finding the right balance between operational efficiency and risk mitigation.