Joann launched a new service that lets shoppers customize their fabric choices by color, scale and pattern repetition from among a selection of thousands of designer fabrics, according to a company press release.
The program, named MyFabric, is enabled by WeaveUp, a software company focused on digital textile printing and customization. In all, there are about 8,000 designer fabrics included in the program, which also allows customers to choose from dozens of high-quality fabric substrates on which the designs can be printed.
Early next year, the retailer plans to expand the MyFabric capabilities to allow shoppers to upload their own pattern designs on selected fabrics.
Joann is embracing new technologies and an innovative mindset as it faces competition from fellow craft stores like Michaels, as well as from the likes of Target and Amazon. According to GlobalData, consumer spending on arts and crafts is growing at a healthy rate, so there is an opportunity for a long-time player like Joann to make moves to grab more of the market.
Earlier this year, the retailer opened up a concept store in Columbus, Ohio, dedicated to showcasing cutting-edge technologies. The store innovations include self-ordering kiosks, live online streaming of in-store classes and areas for customers to make their own T-shirts and other crafts.
In addition, over the last year and a half, Joann has rebranded, launched a new mobile app and created a program called JOANN+ to target professional makers — a booming segment of people who sell their creations on Etsy, Amazon and other marketplaces.