Finding the best company for uniform distribution depends on the needs of your organization, including your industry, number of uniformed employees, and the requirements of your uniform program. We’ve broken down some of the key factors to consider when outsourcing your employee uniform distribution in this article.
1. Range of Products and Services
Successful managed uniform providers offer a broad range of products and services. When determining if a uniform supplier is the right fit for your organization, ask questions about the uniform products and brands available.
Types of Uniforms Available
A company supplying uniforms to your organization should have comprehensive knowledge and access to different shirts, trousers, jackets, coveralls, and other uniform apparel items for every environment. This gives your organization the greatest flexibility when selecting uniforms.
Large Selection of Manufacturers
A good uniform supplier is able to offer products from a broad selection of uniform manufacturers. Not only does this provide the best uniform options for your company, it ensures you have easy access to quality alternative options if a product is discontinued, delayed, or facing quality issues.
Access to Specialty Uniform Items
Many uniform programs include products with specific requirements based on the demands of the employee’s job. Find a uniform distributor who carries a variety of options for specialty uniform products, such as high visibility, flame resistant, and wickable fabrics. This allows you to have one point of contact for all your uniform needs.
Accessories and Additional Options
A complete uniform program requires more than just shirts and trousers. An employee uniform supplier should be able to provide jackets, hats, belts, and other uniform accessories. By creating a “one-stop shop” with everything an employee needs for their daily uniforms from one provider, companies improve employee uniform compliance and simplify accounting.
2. Insider Knowledge: Quality, Durability, and Alternatives
When you purchase directly from a uniform brand supplier, you’re likely to get a biased opinion regarding the best products and a limited number of options. Working with a managed uniform distributor, you have access to a customer service representative who is able to guide you towards the best uniform products based on past experience. These uniform experts have the industry knowledge across a variety of uniform brands and a deep understanding of materials, production process, and quality control measures. They’ve also received feedback from other businesses that gives them unique insight into which products actually perform as expected.
If you notice that an employee uniform distributor largely promotes only a handful of brands, they may not be able to provide the same level of insider knowledge.
3. Customization and Branding Options
The order fulfillment process is streamlined and quality control increases when a uniform supplier has in-house tailoring and customization capabilities. Attempting to coordinate with multiple parties could result in mismatched colors, inconsistent logo size, or other unfortunate uniform mishaps. A managed uniform provider offers a range of services to ensure your employees uniforms fit properly and are appropriately branded.
Tailoring and Alteration Services
Appropriately hemming pants and other basic alteration services ensure that your employee uniforms fit appropriately and look professional. Having this incorporated into your employee’s uniform distribution saves your team members from needing to find a third-party to provide alteration services. It also helps make sure that the uniform items are ready to go upon delivery to your employee. Unitec Distribution Systems is also able to custom manufacture company uniforms if a commercially available option doesn’t meet your needs.
Embroidery provides a classic, more professional look. Having quality embroidery as part of the order fulfillment process helps ensure that any embroidered logos are consistent and allows for easy employee personalization. Depending on the nature of the work, having the name embroidered directly onto the uniform provides critical advantages over separate name tags. Unitec Distribution Systems has 24 heads of high-capacity embroidery in-house for quick turnaround of embroidered products.
Screen printing offers a vibrant, flat, smooth finish that results in a bold and visually striking design. It’s a great cost-effective option for high-volume uniform programs and more casual apparel items. Unitec Distribution Systems has full-service screen printing and heat-sealing capabilities in-house.
There are cost and appearance advantages to using emblems instead of direct embroidery. To take advantage of this you need a uniform distribution partner who understands the cost-benefit of different options and has the ability to source and attach emblems efficiently. Unitec Distribution Systems has these capabilities in-house.
The other important aspect to consider about uniform customization and branding options is the uniform distribution company’s ability to provide color matching and adherence to brand guidelines. This is particularly important if some of your employees have embroidered logos while other uniform items use screen printing.
By working with a well-rounded uniform distribution company, you can consult with their account management team on the best products and customization options for your entire organization.
4. Quality Account Management and Customer Support
Speaking of account management, finding an employee uniform provider with proactive and efficient customer support is critical to the success of a managed uniform program relationship. You are trusting these individuals to handle everything related to your uniform program in a timely and cost-efficient manner. When it is difficult to get support ordering uniforms, your uniformed employees start to become disgruntled and less likely to comply with uniform requirements. This is particularly true if support is needed after the sale.
Unitec Distribution Systems provides dedicated account managers to work with your uniformed employees and your management team on all aspects of your uniform program. Our customer service team can help individual employees manage exchanges, questions about allocation, or other inquiries. This frees up your team to focus on more important work.
5. Timely Order Processing and Delivery
Now that you have a quality uniform that’s been customized to your organization’s branding, it needs to get to your employees in a timely manner. A managed uniform provider handles all aspects of your uniform inventory and processes individual orders quickly. This is particularly critical when onboarding new employees who don’t have other uniform items to wear for their job.
Unitec Distribution Systems is able to process most orders in a matter of days and provides tracking information to your employees and managers.
What is a Managed Uniform Provider?
A managed uniform provider is an organization that handles all aspects of your company’s uniform program. They offer everything you need from product selection and customization to individual employee allocation and distribution. Organizations, like Unitec Distribution Systems, are built to solve a variety of uniform challenges and make it easy for you to control your uniform program.
We invite you to learn more about the Role of an Employee Uniform Distributor and How to Work Effectively with a Corporate Uniform Supplier.
We Take You Out of the Uniform Business!
Unitec Distribution Systems takes the headaches out of managing your uniform purchases and distribution. The magic of Unitec Distribution Systems is the combination of our proprietary uniform management software, The Proximity System™, and our dedicated account managers. Together, we’re able to streamline uniform distribution while improving morale and reducing waste.
Unitec is a certified women-owned small business.