If you’re involved in design or production in any capacity your process has been greatly impacted by Covid-19 and restricted travel.
I can’t travel to source material and meet my manufacturers!
To increase transparency and allow for more effective collaboration in these covid-restricted times; established PLM companies such as Bamboo Rose https://www.bamboorose.com/about-us/ have increased their digitization- check out their work rooms and showrooms to see how the interface is driven by tech.
Material sourcing marketplaces and subscriptions at Material Exchange
https://material-exchange.com/brands/ and Swatchbook https://www.swatchbook.us/marketplace are leaders in digital raw material sourcing. Swatchbook is particularly favored by the footwear industry and for a review of their platform, read here:
Retailers such as Steve Madden Global Brands Group, American Eagle Outfitters as well as other designers, merchants and stakeholders in the production ecosystem have reverted to a cloud-based design process.
Supply chain management and sourcing has accelerated and pulled-forward digitization and retail tech adoption by many years.
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