VR Training: 4 applications in the world of logistics

Guido Helmerhorst
Founder & CGO

The logistics industry is a 24/7/365 business. Logistics can never stop because without it we won’t be able to go about our daily processes as we normally would.

An industry that literally never sleeps, needs training that is easily accessible and remotely available. No wonder that logistical companies around the world, for example, the Super Retail Group in Australia, already started implementing new technologies like Virtual Reality in their daily operating procedure.

Learning is something everybody does their entire life and career, but instead of being in large classrooms with big groups, Virtual reality learning is personal, effective and very real for every individual that experiences such a training. For an organization, it is also more efficient as it takes away the pre-planning and everything involved arranging training courses for big groups. All their employees need is a smartphone and a pair of VR goggles.

Here are 4 examples of how VR training could be very effective for the Logistic industry.

1. Learning the basics

One of the most important processes within logistics is teaching new hires the basics of what they would do on a daily basis. Think about truck drivers checking their shipment before transport, warehouse employees learning to know their respective warehouse and how everything operates, and of course the safety training for every employee.

Voton BV, a Dutch manufacturer of concrete piles, created a VR training for their new employees and its visitors to show their production process and how their logistical system is structured. By using a professional actor the entire process is clearly explained and is easy to follow. Because the videos of the training were shot with 360° cameras the viewer can check out everything around him as if he was present at the actual location.

2. Safety & security

One of the most important things in a large organization is safety and security. What should an employee do in case of a fire, an accident or other hazardous situations? How to deal with these situations can be a matter of life and death so therefore proper and recurring training is necessary.

KLM created multiple safety training scenarios. During this training, it is up to the trainee to show how they would deal with such a specific situation, what decisions they think are the right ones and reflect on why. Because you could also make mistakes during these training courses, it is the perfect training to reflect on how and why trainees made those decisions and the consequences.

SRG group was confronted with to challenge to “improve and increase knowledge retention for their warehouse health and safety training, minimize downtime and keep employees engaged during the safety training.” Not a small task, where the use of VR allowed them to move from “small simply ‘learning’ about warehouse safety protocols to ‘identifying’ and ‘seeing’ the potential hazards and risks.” Learn about the why, how and process in this article on LinkedIn.

3. Technical use

When working in a warehouse there are a lot of different tools to smoothen the process for the business as for the employee. Practice and time are required, and a scarcity. Virtual reality can show you how to deal with the equipment by letting you control it in a virtual environment. Not only will you learn what to do, but it will also take less time than normal.

KLM is developing a portfolio of training courses for their Engineering & Maintenance department to be able to follow specific procedures while being in the actual cockpit of the airplane. Huge manuals take a back seat as actually learning by doing the steps of the required procedure is the new way to go. There are multiple paths to follow with again multiple different outcomes and possibilities to experience the consequences for your own choices.

Endless possibilities

Those are just 3 examples of how to use VR training courses inside an organization. But there are a lot of other possibilities within the logistics industry. Examples are:

  • Sorting of order/packages
  • Labeling & processing
  • Truck driver onboarding
  • Dangerous goods training
  • and more

It is up to the leaders, the creators, the innovators to think about the possibilities and start creating and prototyping. This is the moment to start utilizing this new immersive technology.

VR for you

As these examples prove, there are already practical, cost-friendly and high impact applications of VR in Logistic. Warp Studio enables the easy creation and distribution of these kinds of VR training courses. Everyone can do it. Our VR Services can help you create your own first VR scenario. Contact us for questions about VR training for your company or take a look at our website.

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