ReadySet FAQs

These are the frequently asked questions about ReadySet software and services. If we do not answer your question here, please feel free to visit our contact us page and send us a message or give us a call at (920) 632-6424.

General FAQs

What is ReadySet VR?

ReadySet VR is a provider of virtual reality software for manufacturers and brands to innovate. The ReadySet software is designed for users to autonomously build their virtual retail lab environments, plan visual merchandising or product concepts, and then instantly test their ideas by conducting research that generates real-time behavioral data.

How can virtual reality be used in retail?

Virtual reality in retail is used to create realistic consumer shopping experiences and lab environments where brands or retailers can build, plan, and test innovations. There are many organizations currently incorporating VR to improve their in-store experiences, establishing virtual stores for consumers to shop, and utilizing virtual retail labs for retail innovation. As virtual reality technology advances and the required hardware becomes more accessible to the public, it will likely become even more relevant in retail through the introduction of v-commerce shopping. V-commerce is similar to e-commerce because it is remote shopping over the internet, but it incorporates the in-store experience through consumers navigating a virtual store like they would in-person.

Is the typical retailer ready for VR?

As technology continues to advance rapidly and consumer preferences change faster than ever before, there is no better time for retailers to begin incorporating VR technology into their business strategy. Many of today's top manufacturers and retailers are already utilizing VR in retail processes for planning and testing, as it requires less resource investment and provides more efficient analytics and data than most traditional methods used in the physical world. Early adopters of retail virtual reality practices are actually setting themselves up for success as it is expected that eventually VR will radically influence customer experiences in the future and become the next form of digital commerce. A growing percent of retail brands are actively involved with VR for the benefit of generating audience insights. Virtual reality is proving itself both dependable and inexpensive compared to other avenues of research. Furthermore, retailers are flocking to the technology as they are discovering that VR market research uniquely provides a lens into future customer demands that no amount of data or retail market estimates can replicate

What is a virtual retail lab?

A virtual retail lab is a physical innovation lab recreated in VR to provide an easier and faster way to get your products to market. Virtual labs offer complete customization to your needs and do not require the space, time, and maintenance commitments of physical lab fixtures, products and signage. With ReadySet’s immersive, virtual testing ground, you’ll be able to accelerate the retail innovation process so you can get your merchandising or product ideas to market faster.

Model Library FAQs

Does ReadySet keep a repository of 3D models?

Yes, the ReadySet model library offers thousands of stock fixtures, signage, and products that are accessible by all users. Storing all of these 3D models allows retailers to further streamline the testing process, giving them a huge head start on custom VR experiments.

How often do you add new products to the model library?

ReadySet models and adds new items to the model library on a daily basis. Our collection of VR models features over 50,000 relevant products for all types of retail businesses.

What dictates the products that are added to the model library?

The types of products we model and the time they are added to the library are dictated by the needs of our clients and inventory provided by our retail partners. It is also important to note that the model library is accessible by the entire ReadySet user community. In instances where certain fixtures, signage and products may be considered intellectual property, then they can be created and added to a private library only accessible by that organization.

If a model is not available in the library, can I make a 3D model for free?

ReadySet can create anything you want in order to establish your virtual retail environment.

Planogramming FAQs

How do you planogram in VR?

Planogramming in virtual reality offers a faster way to establish, optimize, and test your visual merchandising. ReadySet virtual planogramming allows you to move fixtures, add products or create signage with the simple click of a button. It provides an easy, online way to collaborate on merchandising with others in your organization and forgos the hassles of managing inventory or space. ReadySet also offers JDA (Blue Yonder) integration that allows you to import your JDA files and auto populate entire planograms into 3D virtual reality.

How do you share virtual planograms?

Virtual planogram files can be sent and opened between ReadySet users for ease of collaboration and sharing. You can also take 2D screenshots of your VR planogram or use the 360 photo viewer tool in ReadySet to share your 3D merchandising plans internally or in an external presentation.

Retail Environment FAQs

How do you make a virtual store?

You can quickly create your own 3D, virtual store using the established retail environments in ReadySet. These virtual retail environments provide 100% to scale replicas of real-life storefronts that allow you to create the most realistic in-store experience for shoppers. You can also use other preloaded retail environments as a jumping off point for quicker customization.

What retail environments are offered in ReadySet?

ReadySet virtual reality store environments include Target, big box, grocery, club, drugstore, convenience store, front end and an endcap/product showcase. All environments are customizable and can be altered to provide a certain look by changing the store colors and adding brand logos. Although these are the standard retail lab environments provided in ReadySet, anything can be created in virtual reality that would be in the physical world. ReadySet offers services to assist you in the creation and design of any retail project, including category reinventions, innovation stores, and more.

VR Research FAQs

What is Virtual Reality Market Research?

Virtual Reality Market Research (VR Market Research) is the action of gathering consumers' need and preference information using retail store simulations. Virtual reality provides the ability to recreate the in-store experience in a life-size, realistic manner that draws out accurate consumer behaviors. Simply put, VR market research is the closest thing you can get to a live study. VR headsets also offer precise eye-tracking and data analytics that produce superior customer insights compared to traditional research methods.

Is virtual reality a proven method for market research?

Yes, virtual reality is a proven technology that is currently in mainstream business use for training, research, and construction visualization. There are numerous VR validation studies that compare how consumers’ behave in virtual reality and real life to show how it is incredibly useful for market research. These studies have shown that virtual reality accurately replicates the in-store experience for shoppers through life size environments. The realism of VR elicits natural behaviors that allow researchers to cost-effectively test and identify successful retail solutions before they are implemented in retailers.

Where can VR research be conducted?

Virtual reality market research involves the use of hardware that can be easily shipped via common carrier or brought along during air travel, so your lab can essentially be set up anywhere with an area of at least 10ft x 12ft. This means that you are able to conduct ReadySet VR Research in numerous easy to access locations such as an office at your organization, a hotel conference room, or even at home. Due to some of the built in safety precautions, injuries are extremely uncommon. The VR headset can be worn anywhere that you have a clear, open space to move around.

How is marketing research data collected in VR?

VR market research allows you to generate retail insights and data to help justify new retail solutions. The virtual reality headset, controllers, and base stations used in conducting market research feature the latest technology in collecting precise data such as eye movement, objects of interest, fixation time, and more. As you conduct market research in ReadySet VR, the software is collecting 60 data points per second that will be used in establishing robust respondent behavioral reports.

What data and analytics does VR research output?

VR research provides behavioral reports that can be used in combination with declarative data. ReadySet offers a dashboard view of aisle heat maps, path tracking heat maps and a detailed product information table. This data provides information on what items are noticed, what items are purchased, and the time it takes to find the items. This information can be further analyzed when compared to the shoppers’ declared attitudes and impressions gathered from a customized survey given after the virtual reality experience.

What types of marketing research can be conducted in ReadySet?

Any kind of market research you can conduct in the real world can be replicated in virtual reality. With a 3D simulated environment that can be explored in real time, researchers can gather insights from nearly any type of retail customer. Virtual reality consumer research makes it easy to gain insights on new products, package design, promotions, assortments and planograms, displays, and more.

Online Virtual Research FAQs

What is online virtual research?

Online virtual research is a secondary way to conduct market research in ReadySet that allows you to send consumers shopping studies online and collect their data from a standard webcam and mouse. It utilizes your established virtual reality environments so respondents can navigate and shop using their own computer or tablet. Online virtual research offers a way to perform large-scale, cost effective online studies with more realistic shopping experiences that provide higher quality data.

What are the differences in outputs between online virtual research and virtual reality research?

Virtual reality research offers the most realistic shopping experience due to its immersive quality and incredibly accurate insights via eye tracking that is built into the headset. While both research methods will provide the same data outputs, information collected from online virtual research webcam and mouse tracking will not be as robust and succinct as what is provided from the advanced nature of virtual reality research. Online virtual research provides an improved way to conduct research and gather information online from remote respondents with a computer. It will offer superior insights and data compared to traditional online survey methods.

Want to learn more?

Get a free demo of ReadySet retail software and learn how virtual reality can help improve your organizational performance. You can also contact us for any unanswered VR questions you have left.