Unitec recently published an article outlining the disadvantages of rental uniform programs. The hidden fees, convoluted contract terms, and lack of flexibility make renting or leasing uniforms cost-prohibitive and unsuccessful for most organizations. Rental uniform expenses can be 2-3 times the amount of a purchase uniform program for the same clothing! Not to mention, your employees are often wearing the same clothing for the entire length of the contract.

If you are considering a change to your uniform program, Unitec Distribution Systems has a variety of articles for review to help with your decision process. We’ve also compiled the top reasons to switch to a purchase uniform program:

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of purchased uniform program expenditures are still in use four years after service!

Advantages of a Purchase Uniform Program

No Additional Fees

Rental program terms include unnecessary CPI increases, startup fees, damaged clothing charges, and so much more. Purchase programs, like Unitec Distribution System’s Managed Uniform Program, don’t include those fees.

Ownership

Business-savvy people understand the value of an asset over time. It doesn’t make sense to rent uniforms with high fees and have nothing at the end. With a purchase uniform program, you own the clothing.

New Items

Some rental uniform programs may never release new items. You could have the same shirt for the life of the contract or one that was used on previous contracts. Purchasing allows all employees to order new items at pre-determined intervals.

Better Style

Because rental uniforms are reused often, customization is very limited. You’ll often see large, tacky patches used for customization. Direct embroidery on a purchased item, including name and logo, offers a more professional appearance.

More Options

To control costs, rental uniform programs limit the available items. A managed uniform provider is able to offer a wide range of items with no additional costs.

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Compliance

When employees are given a choice of uniform items, they are more likely to follow the company’s uniform requirements. This keeps your team on brand, feeling great and looking their best.

Control

Managed purchase uniform programs have inherent control mechanisms that allow employees a choice of job-specific items while staying within a predetermined budget. Costs are controlled and management doesn’t need to get involved.

Employee Satisfaction

Happy employees offer better customer service, conduct their job better, and stay on your team longer. Purchase uniform programs are more flexible to include updated product styles and take your organization’s preferences into account.

The Top Reason to Use a Managed Uniform Provider: 

Cost

At the end of the day, most business decisions come down to the bottom line. Unitec Distribution Systems can save organizations 23% on average on their uniform programs.

Is a Managed Uniform Program Right For You?

Our scorecard, crafted by experts in business efficiency and management, consists of nine straightforward questions about your uniform program. After completion, you'll receive a personalized score along with suggestions on how to refine and improve your uniform management process.

Making the Switch: Top Considerations for Your New Uniform Program

When it’s time to revamp or switch your uniform program, the decision shouldn’t be taken lightly. A well-executed uniform program can boost employee morale, reinforce your brand identity, and even save you money. Here are some top considerations to ensure you make the right choice for your team and business.

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Employee Comfort and Preferences

First and foremost, consider what your employees will be comfortable wearing throughout their workday. Comfort increases satisfaction and productivity. Engage with your team to understand their preferences in terms of fit, fabric, and functionality. Remember, happy employees lead to happy customers.

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Brand Alignment

Your uniforms are a visual extension of your brand. Choose attire that reflects your company’s ethos, values, and aesthetics. Consistency in branding across all uniforms strengthens brand identity and promotes a professional image to your customers.

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Durability and Maintenance

Consider the longevity of the uniforms you’re selecting. Durable materials that withstand frequent washing without fading or wearing thin are ideal. Also, factor in the ease of maintenance — uniforms that are easy to clean and quick to dry can save time and reduce costs in the long run.

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Cost-Effectiveness

While quality is paramount, the cost is always a consideration. Evaluate the balance between upfront costs and long-term value. Sometimes, investing a bit more initially for higher-quality, durable uniforms can be more cost-effective over time.

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Sustainability

More businesses are recognizing the importance of sustainability. Consider eco-friendly uniform options that minimize environmental impact. This not only supports the planet but can also resonate positively with your customers and employees.

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Flexibility and Scalability

As your business grows, your uniform needs may change. Look for a uniform program that offers flexibility and can scale with your business. Being able to adjust your program easily will save you time and hassle in the future.

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Legal Compliance

Ensure your uniform choices comply with any industry regulations or standards, including safety requirements. Compliance not only protects your employees but also your business.

Choosing a new uniform program involves balancing several considerations to find the best fit for your company. If you’re ready to explore your options and find a solution that ticks all the boxes, our team is here to help. Dive into the possibilities and elevate your uniform program to the next level.

Switching your uniform program is a significant move, but with the right approach and considerations, it can lead to a more satisfied workforce, a stronger brand, and even cost savings.

Full-Service Custom Uniform Supplier

By partnering with Unitec Distribution Systems, organizations can get out of the uniform business and focus on their core operations. Schedule a Demo or 15-minute consultation to learn more about how our managed uniform program can simplify your operations.

Start the Switch to a Managed Uniform Program Today

Ready to elevate your uniform program and streamline the entire process? Starting the switch to a managed uniform program today is your first step towards simplifying your operations, ensuring brand consistency, and enhancing employee satisfaction.

With a managed program, you’ll enjoy customized solutions tailored to your business needs, cost-effective strategies to keep your budget in check, and a hassle-free system that takes the uniform management load off your shoulders. 

Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you achieve your goals.

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