company’s kiosk takes the guesswork out of cutting fabric
By LINDA MCALPINE - Daily News
Jill Repp, vice president of
sales and marketing for June Tailor Inc. of
Richfield, introduces the company’s newest product,
a self-service fabric cutting kiosk to the media
Linda McAlpine/Daily News
RICHFIELD — A new product developed by June Tailor Inc. of
Richfield, a maker of tools for quilting, crafting, sewing and
home decor, was born of the frustration of standing in long
lines to have material cut at fabric stores.
“I’ve been sewing since I was about 5 years old, and getting
fabric cut at a fabric or retail store has always been a process
done by hand,” June Tailor Inc. vice president of Sales and
Marketing Jill Repp said Thursday afternoon just before the
company’s latest product debuted to media at its headquarters in
That’s about to change.
June Tailor Inc. is introducing to the market, a free-standing,
self-service fabric-cutting kiosk.
“It really is easy to use,” Repp said as she stood in front of a
kiosk to demonstrate it. “The kiosk has a touchscreen. The
customer enters the amount of fabric they want, such as 2 yards.
They then open the kiosk, place the bolt of fabric inside and
close the door. The machine then cuts it precisely.”
Once the fabric is cut, the cost to the customer is calculated
and displayed on the touchscreen, Repp said. When the customer
indicates their order is complete, they pick up their material
at the bottom of the kiosk, which then prints out a receipt that
contains a bar code that the customer presents at checkout.
While a boon to crafters, quilters and those who sew, the kiosk
can save a retailer money.
Repp said during the development of the kiosk, she would go out
and buy material at various sellers and bring it back to the
company and measure it. Almost always, the measurement was above
what had been requested, meaning that over time, a lot of money
could be lost in overages.
“The kiosk, in addition to making accurate
measurements and precision cuts can help a retailer keep track
of inventory,” Repp said. “All they have to do is put a bolt of
fabric in the kiosk and it will display how much material is on
it and how much has been sold.”
The kiosk software will allow a retailer to
enter sale pricing and the display seen by customers can even
have an advertisement on it to entice them to do even more
shopping in the store, Repp said.
The kiosk made an appearance recently at the
International Quilt Market trade show in Houston, and the
response was positive, Repp said.
“We knew we would have the interest of quilt
shop owners and retailers that sell fabric, but we were
surprised by the attention it has received from Internet
companies,” Repp said. “There are many companies that sell
fabric-by-the-yard and kits that contain fabric online that
could use the kiosk instead of cutting by hand.”
Hancock Fabrics in Marshfield has tested the
kiosk in its store, Repp said, and it was greeted with
enthusiasm by customers.
“The kiosk is extremely intuitive for the
customer and offers us an opportunity to promote products on the
display screen that directly relate to their purchase,” Hancock
Fabrics Senior Vice President of Store Operations Cheryl
McDonald said in a news release regarding the kiosk. “We also
have a better grasp on our inventory than ever before and can
respond quickly to purchasing trends.”
The kiosk took about two years to develop,
June Tailor President Fran Yogerst said.
“When we first started talking about making
something like this, we wondered why no one had thought of it
before,” Yogerst said of the self-service kiosk. “We did a
patent search and found that no one had taken one out for
something like it.”
Economic Development Washington County is
sold on the idea and is supporting the company’s expected growth
and the production of the kiosk with a $300,000 low-interest
“While we have fun
working with numerous growing companies in Washington County,
June Tailor has been an especially exciting project for our team
because the kiosk that the company has created is a real game
changer for the entire textile industry,” EDWC Executive
Director Christian Tscheschlok said Thursday after the paperwork
for the loan was completed. “This is a homegrown innovation for
Washington County that our communities can take pride in having