With businesses across the country largely working from home as a result of COVID-19, technology and team management tools are now vital in order to maintain some level of business as usual.
That’s why Supply Compass has launched a mood-board tool for collating and sharing collection inspiration that’s free to use during COVID-19, in the bid to help fashion brands collaborate around the globe.
The new Supply Compass Mood Board Tool solves the issue of disjointed teams and clunky existing design processes by creating a centralized place for design teams to build new collections. It also allows brands to share ideas with their factory partners, as well as their team, pulling the supply chain into the ideation phase. Supply Compass said both of these aspects will help to drive efficiencies in the fashion supply chain and help all parties design better together.
All fashion brands need to do is sign up to supplycompass.com, create mood boards and upload images, share with their team, annotate and comment, and then share and collaborate with their factories.
“In this unusual time where teams are having to work from home, we realized fashion brands were using all sorts of collaboration tools and video conferencing software for some parts of the business, but not tools specifically designed for the unique needs of fashion brands,” Supply Compass co-founder Flora Davidson said.
“It’s hard pulling ideas together for next season when you’re not all in the same place. Ideas tend to live in multiple places, including different documents and individual desktops,” she added. “That’s why we decided to create a tool specifically for fashion brands to help them design together, without being together.”
While working from home, design teams can annotate and comment collectively, and no inspiration is lost, Davidson said. As everyone’s input is captured in one place, in the cloud, the new tool provides a single source of truth in the design-to-delivery process.
“It’s likely we’re on the cusp of huge behavioral change in the industry,” she said. “This presents an opportunity for real change and transformation of the fashion industry, something which can only happen with the right combination of technology and collaboration.”
Brands can now share ideas with their team and their factory partners, Davidson added, which is crucial in driving efficiency in the supply chain.
“Allowing factories to feed into the design will speed up the whole process and save time and money for everyone involved,” she added.
The Supply Compass Moodboard Tool will be free to use for the first six months, until mid-October. From then on, it will be available as part of a subscription to the Supply Compass platform for design and production.