Ketchup, Velveeta, and Lunchables can be found on shelves faster thanks to Kraft Heinz and the metaverse.An agreement was made last month to assist in safeguarding the company’s supply chain through automation and the online replication of the company’s facilities.

It is possible for Kraft to virtually address problems because of the creation of “digital twins” in the metaverse. Kraft’s strategies aim to speed up the distribution of its products to supermarkets and maximize the efficiency of its manufacturing facilities.Lorraine Bardeen of Microsoft Industry Solutions said, “We’re extremely dedicated to assisting our clients in…  As a result of this, Kraft Heinz could take its products into customers’ hands more quickly.

When you think of “metaverse,” you don’t just think of a virtual world; you think of everything virtual—including logistical solutions that Kraft Heinz and Microsoft are working on.Carlos Abrams-Rivera, Kraft Heinz’s North American President, said the agreement “increases our reliability,” It should “ensure we’re there whenever you need us… regardless of the scenario that the globe is experiencing.”

Early in the epidemic, when restaurants shut down, and people started panic buying in supermarkets, supply networks like Kraft were put to the test. Prioritizing popular items over specialized ones and specific pack sizes over others was necessary to keep up with the often shifting demand.

Kraft Heinz (KHC) was forced to increase the manufacturing of ketchup packets for takeaway. Abrams-Rivera stated, “We managed that fairly effectively.He stated that other portions of the system “stuff [was] getting stuck,” he stated.As a result of keeping tabs on global trends, Kraft could forecast that demand for ketchup packets would rise significantly. However, when demand unexpectedly shifted in some towns or states due to, for example, an increase in Covid cases, Kraft was unable to adapt as swiftly.A lack of Kraft products might have left customers with little choice but to shop at another company instead, which is terrible for both customers and Kraft.

Kraft believes that the new technology will help avert shortages in the food supply. The correct place at the right moment is essential.As a result, what role do virtual manufacturing facilities and automation play in getting goods onto store shelves? When a West Coast merchant offers a promotion on Lunchables, the demand for the product increases, as Abrams-Rivera explained.That usually needs personnel to operate a large number of levers. After a merchant places an order, someone from Kraft’s team has to view the request and notify the warehouses, etc., of the upcoming shipment. However, Kraft may speed up the process by automating more of these procedures with the aid of Microsoft (MSFT).

Then there are the digital twins. ‘ The management of Kraft may better understand how its production facilities function and what needs to be improved by using virtual replicas of them.

According to Abrams-Rivera, the Kraft facility may produce various products, such as Ketchup, sauces, and vinegar. To find and fix design issues and improve operational efficiency, Kraft uses digital mapping to create these facilities. According to Abrams-Rivera, Kraft does not have “a technology that allows us to map the entire production to see the optimal flow.” That will change, though, thanks to digital twins.

The virtual option may also help Kraft spot mistakes in advance by simulating manufacturing. “Normally, you wouldn’t know until you run the product on the line,” Abrams-Rivera said of the test. There are several benefits of doing online testing for new products. Firms are turning to the metaverse for help. Increasingly, businesses are seeking methods to engage with customers in the virtual world.When it comes to employing technology to solve logistical problems, Kraft isn’t only relying on it behind the scenes. As a result, it’s reaching out to a wider audience, including gamers. Coca-Cola (KO) and PepsiCo (PEP) are also looking into new virtual venues to reach customers. As part of PepsiCo’s strategy, this covers gaming, as well. In conjunction with the computer game Fortnite, Coca-Cola (KO) released a limited edition “Pixel” beverage.

SVP of media, sports, and entertainment at PepsiCo Adam Harter earlier told CNN Business: “I view gaming as really the trampoline into this new phenomenon we call the metaverse.” To be relevant in the next years, companies like ours must be present in the metaverse where their customers are spending more and more of their time, according to its CEO.