Nintendo DS–based eSmart to enable employees’ training at McDonald’s Japan; new software to cut training time to half

March 21, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Nintendo DS is donning the role of a trainer. In a bid to cut down on training time to half, McDonald’s Japan is developing a Nintendo DS training program for its part-time employees. The reason why McDonald’s Japan is deploying Nintendo DS is that almost everyone in Japan is familiar with Nintendo’s portable gaming device.

From what we hear, McDonald’s is christening the new training program software eSmart and is being developed at a cost of ¥200,000,000, which in dollar terms comes to around $2.2million.

As per plan, the part time employees at the fast food giant will, soon after being hired, use the new software as a tool for training. McDonald’s Japan intends to have the new training software implemented at around 3700 outlets in Japan. Each restaurant will boast of at least two Nintendo DS Systems.

McDonald’s Japan had already brought in the Nintendo DS via the Nintendo Zone service to let its customers download demos, information and other exclusive content to their DS systems. With the eSmart program kicking off, McDonald’s will have the DS prepare newly recruited staff members for effective service.

(Via Andriasang)

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