Order-picking in virtual space: DB Schenker has signed a contract with a young team of game developers with the aim of deploying additional training courses using gamification as part of the design. Photo: DB Schenker
DB Schenker is increasingly relying on computer games for its employee training – a direction that has now led to a contract for a development team specializing in this field. Members of the team at Wayward Studios, a start-up established in 2019, previously worked for the logistics service provider as student trainees. In that role, they had developed the 3D environment and the animation for a game that is used to train warehouse staff members the skills of order-picking and packaging. Under the new general agreement, the young developers from the German city of Frankfurt will be working on other such projects.
The collaboration with Wayward Studios was headed in exactly the right direction, said Gerald Müller, Vice President Process and Efficient Management at DB Schenker. He added that the logistics service provider would be reaping the benefits both in terms of specific projects and also in a more general sense: “Working with enterprises in the digital sector tends to have a rejuvenating effect on our corporate structure. The digital sector has a lively, agile corporate culture that complements and enriches our own culture very well.”