global lockdown has brought significant change to the design world with firms and showrooms shut down, fulfillment networks disrupted, and sales reps, designers, and architects trying to navigate virtual relationships. there are so many uncertainties and unknowns that lie ahead, and we need to keep the engagement and momentum going in the design community. we need a solution to hold everything together.
with work taking new shape and going digital, material bank is helping architects and designers continue to push projects forward during this unprecedented time. the world may be complicated right now, but the design and sampling process doesn’t have to be. material bank, the world’s largest material marketplace of its kind, is keeping its members productive by enabling them to continue discovering brands, sampling materials, and engaging with reps on projects.
material bank is bringing search, speed, and sustainability to the homes of design professionals across a wide range of industries — including architecture and design, construction, real estate, government, retail, healthcare, education, and hospitality. saving time, energy, and frustration, architects and designers can perform complex searches across hundreds of brands in seconds, order materials until midnight (ET), and receive samples in a single box, by 10:30 AM the next day—always free for design professionals.
not only is the process of specifying extremely efficient and timesaving on material bank, it’s also sustainable. materials across multiple categories including, textiles, wallcoverings, paint, flooring, stone, products and more, are aggregated into one shipment reducing wasteful packaging and unnecessary shipments. unneeded samples can be sent back to one location, the material bank logistics hub, at no cost, to be reclaimed and reused.
for sales reps and brands, material bank’s platform is driving new business by connecting hundreds of brands to thousands of designers who continue to work remotely on active projects. amidst the disruption, brands’ products and scheduled launches continue to be discovered and sampled, without brand reps being present in showrooms or out in the field. material bank is facilitating introductions between its 240 brand partners, and 25,000 (and growing) vetted members while face-to-face interactions are momentarily on pause.
safety is a factor too. material bank is taking preventative measures to keep their operations healthy, clean, and safe. all inbound deliveries, including sample returns, are quarantined for seven days to rid bacteria and viruses before being processed through the system, and all outbound orders get treated with Lysol before being shipped. material bank has brought in medical professionals, implemented new sanitation guidelines, assigned safety zones, and safe-distanced workstations, and their entire member support team is working remotely.
while we’re all adapting to the new normal, material bank continues to drive the industry forward by bringing its community together and delivering a reliable service that design professionals can count on even in today’s rapidly changing environment.