Online sourcing startup SupplyCompass has launched a free moodboard tool to help fashion brands collaborate internally and with factory partners during the coronavirus crisis. 

The design and production platform for fast-growing fashion brands, based in the UK and India, notes that with businesses largely working from home as a result of the pandemic, technology and team management tools are now vital in order to maintain some level of ‘business as usual.’

The new Moodboard creates a centralised place for design teams to build new collections and allows brands to share ideas with their factory partners as well as their team, bringing the supply chain into the ideation phase. Firms 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, the company 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 – but not tools specifically designed for the unique needs of fashion brands,” explains SupplyCompass co-founder, Flora Davidson.

“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.”

Davidson adds that enabling brands to share ideas with their team and their factory partners “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.”

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Fashion firms can sign up online and the service is 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 SupplyCompass platform.

SupplyCompass has also launched a new full-service platform to help fashion brands to design, develop and produce collections more quickly and efficiently. The majority of its network is in India, with some strategically placed partners in Portugal, Nepal, China and Spain.

Click here to read more on how 3D virtual design and fit tools are helping fashion businesses stay on track.