A Black Friday simulator at Walmart
Walmart is using virtual reality to prepare new employees for the holiday rush, said Lucas Matney in TechCrunch.com. By the end of 2017, each of the retailer’s 200 “Walmart Academy” training centers will be equipped with an Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset that will be used to simulate various real-world scenarios for trainees. The 360-degree training videos “include interactive on-screen cues asking trainees to make decisions after encountering various situations,” like what to do about a messy aisle spill or how to handle rowdy crowds. The programs were created by STRIVR Labs, a Silicon Valley startup initially focused on VR training for athletes. But STRIVR CEO Derek Belch says Walmart approached the company after an executive saw the University of Arkansas football team using virtual reality in its practices. “We have experiences for the lowest-level bagger all the way up to the store management,” Belch said.