It is always fun to launch a new product or service that inspires people to change the way they work and interact. We think the time is right to return the passion to the way retailers shop competitors, suppliers and the market to reflect the way their consumers shop their stores and online sites. But of course, retail buyers need a lot more information and need to create more complex transactions, which is when the passion ebbs and carpel tunnel syndrome begins.
To tell it in parable form, it is a story about a Panda and a Turtle. So, on to the story:
A friend of mine is a buyer for a major retailer, which means her behavior often fluctuates between that of Kung-Fu Panda on Red Bull and Yertle the Turtle on Ambien.
Her Kung Fu Panda self lives life large, racing around the globe in a state of constant exhilaration (or is that over-stimulated exhaustion?). She shops competitors and she shops the market, running from tradeshows to supplier showrooms inspired by ideas, images, and great new stuff that she is sure her customers will love. Even on vacation, she never rests, as she re-imagines the sinewy beauty of cheetahs lapping at the edge of a watering hole into a new twist in designing bags and belts.
But at the end of each shopping trip, she crawls onto a plane and spends the next 17 hours mutating from Kung-Fu Panda to Yertle the Turtle.
As Yertle, she staggers under the task of organizing, sharing, and following up on samples, sketches, and photos representing her great finds. My friend’s creative passion is sapped by the drudgery of data input, filling out trip reports, sending follow up emails. She swipes through the thousands of pictures she so joyfully snapped to cull them down to a manageable group that can be shared with her designers, suppliers and other team members. Over the next few weeks she struggles to create inspiring PowerPoints that never capture the essence of her shopping experience. She circulates flat and lifeless presentations soliciting feedback so she can finally settle on the items she actually wants to include in her line, programs and collections.
And then? Yertle nearly weeps as she faces even more technology that requires the very same data to create tech packs, publish RFQs and confirm orders.
And that is why we started Bamboo Rose. We want to unleash your creative Kung-Fu Panda. Throw off the rusty chains of email, data entry and PowerPoint! It is time for Good Luck (Bamboo) and Great Love (Rose)!
Share your great finds, inspirations and wishes in real time with your teams and suppliers. Make decisions faster, collaborate earlier and when you are ready to develop, quote or buy? Simply Tell TradeStone and Bamboo Rose sends the information needed to create tech packs, publish RFQs and issue purchase orders!
As for my friend’s life post Bamboo Rose? Today, she is vacationing in Kwa Zulu Natal sitting on the veranda; sipping chardonnay and watching cheetahs slink up to the watering hole. Oh wait, she’s inspired! Channeling her Kung Fu Panda she jumps up, grabs her Bamboo Rose App, and snaps away. Seconds later her designers are inspired by the sleek image, her suppliers are sharing virtual showrooms of products they think match up to her inspiration. Two days later, an animal print handbag sample is on its way.
Ahhhh…she flops back into her chair, a languid hand reaches for her chardonnay and she relaxes. Kind of like a turtle on Ambien.