Upskilling Supply Chain with Virtual Reality: 4 use cases

Supply Chain is one of the most challenging sector: high-risk environments, deadline pressure, cost compliance, lots of processes, intensive periods or high recruitment… Today, there is a real need for agility in supply chain in order to train faster and more efficiently. Virtual Reality has proven that it meets these challenges thanks to a new form of immersive and interactive training: Immersive Learning.

How to recruit, onboard and train at scale? How to improve processes and reduce risks while saving money and training time? Find out how Immersive Learning contributes to improve the Supply Chain.

What is Immersive Learning and how does it benefits to Supply Chain?

With the rise of new technologies, companies have realized that training and learning of employees throughout their working life is strategic. Today, the teams in charge of “Learning” have access to a wide range of solutions to train workers better and faster. The latest solution is the use of Virtual Reality, more commonly known as Immersive Learning. This technology makes it to possible to bring theoretical content and practical exercises together, to provide learners with real-life situations.

With Uptale’s platform, it is now possible to provide on-the-job trainings, to practice and make mistakes without limits, risks and consequences on Supply Chain’s production. Research has shown that Virtual Reality significantly increases information retention and enables to catch 100% of learners’ attention.

Uptale’s SaaS solution consists in making a 360° capture of the real environment and building a scenario in which learners will have to interact (risk hunting, handling 3D objects, voice analysis…).

How can Immersive Learning be applied to Logistic?

There are many uses cases: training in fundamentals and in-depth skills, security, recruitment, hard-to-reach or remote sites… here are 4 concrete examples:

1. Risks and safety awareness

Create immersive modules with Uptale involving risky situations and pratical exercises to raise awareness of one’s work environment. Falling objects, incorrect markings, vehicles traffic, hazard risks, fires, muscular-skeletal prevention, contaminations (e.g. Covid-19). The purpose: to learn the right gestures and be more vigilant regarding potential dangers. Immersive Learning allows you to train in a real situation without constraints and risks. The learner will also experience the consequences of his mistakes in the simulation, which will generate way more emotions (e.g. being run over by a forklift truck).

Benefits: Reduce workplace accidents, allow better information’s retention through context and action. Immersion generates emotion, which makes it possible to impact and raise awareness more effectively, compared to so-called classic training.

Uptale’s immersive experiences in a logistics site

2. Job skills’ training

Familiarize with on-site procedures and professional gestures: order preparation, machine operation, quality and compliance checks, ensuring respect of the cold chain, etc. Immersive Learning allows you to replicate this reality by adding educational interactions (quizzes, 3D objects handling, finding the right PPE, …).

Benefits: reduce practical and theoretical training time and go beyond the usual organizational constraints (mobilization of trainers or job experts, mobilization of equipment and materials, production interuption, training room booking, etc.).

3. Onboard newcomers

Immerse and project future employees into their work environment, before they even join the company. Supply Chain’s industry regularly hires temporary workers, especially during periods of high activity. They need to be quickly operational. Immersive Learning allows you to optimize these onboarding phases: training in basic safety rules, order preparation… with a simple Virtual Reality helmet (which is now affordable for all).

Benefits: save time on newcomers’ onboarding, make them quickly operational, familiarize them with the work environment and free up time for the staff usually involved.

Immersive experience with a bridge operator on a logistics site

4. Recruit and attract new candidates

Test future rookies on their job skills and knwoledge as early as the recruitment phase. Validate their technical skills and their knowledge of basic safety rules. Some recruitment agencies and also companies in the Supply Chain industry use this technology to validate candidates’ profiles and ensure that they are a suitable for the position. It is also an excellent way to familiarize oneself with processes, lines (production or logistics) and safety. Thus, even before accessing the field, the operator is already at ease with his working environment.

Benefits: optimize the recruitment phases and receive candidates who are really qualified for the job. Increase number of CVs collected: be more attractive for new generation, which is a lot sensitive to new technologies.

To conclude

In the end, Immersive Learning is only limited by our imagination since Uptale’s training modules can be created regarding your needs and your field reality.

Today, it is essential for Supply Chain to train in an agile way and have innovative tools to improve existing in logistics and train more efficiently at large scale.

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