Here I am, shopping in Kravets' design showroom at the Boston Design Center and using Kravet's new e-shop program. It was exciting to know I was one of the first designers, in the nation, to test out this new program. With my little knowledge of using a smart phone, this process was very easy and saved me not only time, but freed up one hand from holding a pad of paper or pencil.
The only two things that I had issues with was.... one, when there was no scanning option I had to input the numbers myself and make sure I typed in each number or letter correctly. Not really a problem, but I was quickly spoiled by the point and click scanning option. The second thing I did not like was the loud sound/buzzer that the device would make if the fabric was discontinued. After a few cups of morning coffee, before my day of shopping, my startle response was on high alert. :-)
Kravet is introducing a new shopping technology in Kravet showrooms. Called e-Shop, this program combines detailed product information with memo sampling and scanning. Using an iPod Touch and attached scanner provided by the showroom, simply log on with your account number and scan the ticket of any fabric in the showroom. You'll immediately see price, available yardage, fabric details and additional colorways. With one touch, you can request a memo from the showroom memo desk. When you submit memo requests using the scanner, the items will be pulled by memo room staff in real time as you shop. The more you know about the fabrics you've requested, the more efficient your shopping process will be, plus the memos will be ready for you at the memo desk once you submit your order. Kravet is committed to improving our products and our processes to make it easy and convenient for designers to shop with us. E-Shop is currently available in Kravet showrooms in Bethpage, NY and Boston, MA and will be available in additional showrooms in 2013.
New England Fine Living's Web site http://www.newenglandfineliving.com and this blog was created by Linda Calder, The Fine Living Muse, as a Girl's Guide to Decorating in Style, Entertaining in Style, and Living in Style.