Supply Chain Trends

What Are Virtual Reality Supply Chains?

It may seem like a gimmick, but virtual reality has been finding its way into supply chains, and those using the technology are reporting they are happy with the results.

VR technology allows for supply chain managers to make more informed decisions than they otherwise would without the technology.

With VR, managers can increase sales options and up-selling possibilities; offer a “walk-thru” experience prior to purchasing; visualize parts, quotes and pricing in three dimensions; merge various aspects of the supply chain; simplify and speed up in the order fulfillment cycle; grow revenue, profits and a offer exceptional customer experience.

Making a VR Supply Chain Successful

While the use of virtual reality in supply chains is currently in the fledgling stage, it appears there are a few factors that are absolutely crucial to the technology’s widespread acceptance.

Crucial to the successful use of VR supply chains is that all stakeholders are fully incorporated and synchronized at all times. In larger projects, stakeholders can communicate in real-time to look at project plans. Consequently, virtual reality offers a fully integrated solution in three dimensions.

Companies looking to incorporate virtual reality into their supply chains should be aware that many of the solutions on the market only provide a 3-D rendered environment that is walled off from core business operations.

This leaves a major gap for transforming a static 3-D environment into a fully functional solution. It is essential organizations pick a VR solution that is fully incorporated with the appropriate digitalized interfaces for their complete enterprise architecture. The easiest way to demonstrate VR supply chains is via a live example.

How a Virtual Supply Chain Functions – A New-Build Case Study

One way to see the value of a virtual supply chain is to cite the example of a new commercial building project.

Formal quotes for new construction call for a massive volume of detail, and a quote can shift at any time due to the vagaries of the architectural company, project manager needs, shifting financial constraints and schedule switches. Most quotes mandate project specs on a room-by-room basis, the bill of materials for all products within the project, delivery and installation schedules, and a comprehensive price list. If this data was timely, accurate and complete, it would be invaluable to supply chain stakeholders.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the situation and there are significant problems in any quoting endeavor. Even so, orders are often placed with the idea of making corrections as the situation calls for them.

With a VR solution, a digitalized image of the room can be created. Concurrently, it can offer quote information in real-time at the project location any time. A trained sales agent has online access to a comprehensive directory of all available products and can populate every room with any furniture and equipment within the scope of the project.

Work With a Leader in Supply Chain Recruiting

Supply chain managers need more than just cutting-edge technology. They also need skilled workers to fulfill and ship orders. If your organization is in need of a high-quality staffing solution in the supply chain industry, feel free to contact ZDA and we can discuss a range of options.


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