Last update on: 9:17 am May 20, 2022 by fashionabc
SupplyCompass is one of the capitals for quickly evolving fashion brands. The creation of the SupplyCompass Moodboard Tool is original for two essential reasons: firstly, it solves the problem of disconnected teams and messy design, due to it making a new place for joining design teams to build new connections. Secondly, the moodboard tool gives brands the ability to share their ideas with everyone around them not only the team but also the factory workers , thus allowing the supply chain to move into the next stage. Both of these aspects will help to drive the fashion supply chain to another level and help all parties design better, together.
All fashion brands need to do is make an account on the supplycompass.com, the website and then easily they can upload images, share them with their team, annotate and comment, and then share and collaborate with their local factories. And it’s all free-to-use due to the COVID-19 crisis, for at minimum six months.
Single source of truth
SupplyCompass Co-Founder, Flora Davidson, says: “In this unusual time where teams are having to work from home, we realised fashion brands were using all sorts of collaboration tools and video conferencing software for some parts of the business (like Slack and Google Drive) – but not tools specifically designed for the unique needs of fashion brands. 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.
“That’s why we decided to create a tool specifically for fashion brands to help them design together, without being together. The SupplyCompass Moodboard Tool provides an easy way to create, save, share and collaborate on ideas and collections, wherever you are. Whilst working from home, design teams can annotate and comment collectively, and no inspiration is lost. As everyone’s input is captured in one place, in the cloud, this new tool provides a single source of truth in the design-to-delivery process – thus driving efficiencies.
“It’s likely we’re on the cusp of huge behavioural change in the industry. 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 & factories collaborating
SupplyCompass Co-Founder, Flora Davidson, says: “Currently, brands often start designing collections in a variety of tools such as PowerPoint, rather than using cloud-based software. This means people save images and documents in different places, and the process is disjointed. What’s more, information doesn’t get shared in the right way with factories. For example, it’s not always clear which parts are most relevant in the moodboard or the latest version is missed in an email, causing factories to work off the wrong designs.
“This lack of cohesion led to us to believe there had to be a new way of ideating. In creating the SupplyCompass Moodboard Tool, fashion brands can create tech packs in minutes, get instant costs, receive quality samples first time, manage all production and ultimately have supply chain transparency and traceability – all from one dashboard, wherever they’re working from.
“Most importantly, brands can now share ideas with their team and their factory partners. This is crucial in driving efficiency in the supply chain. Not only are changes never overlooked and factories can ensure they’re working on the correct version, but it actually brings the supply chain into the ideation phase. Allowing factories to feed into the design will speed up the whole process and save time and money for everyone involved.”
SupplyCompass is a product development and production management platform that enables fashion brands and manufacturers to produce better, together. The cloud-based software is transforming the fashion industry, by digitalising global supply chains and making sustainable sourcing easy and cost effective for brands and every player in the supply chain. The platform enables brands to manage the entire product development, sourcing and production process from design right through to delivery, all in one place.
SupplyCompass has also built a network of 200+ supply chain partners, visiting, vetting and handpicking only the best manufacturers, mills and suppliers to join. The majority of their network is in India, with some strategically placed partners in Portugal, Nepal, China and Spain.