If you are considering a work uniform rental program for your business, you’ll want to find the best option for your industry and your budget. But should you go with a nationally recognized brand or a local independent? Do you need specialty uniforms? What are the costs and how do you avoid providers that have high employee turnover and lose uniforms?
Before you make your choice, here are a few things to keep in mind.
National or Local Suppliers?
As the big national uniform providers buy up smaller, independent suppliers, customers looking for the right uniform rental service find themselves with fewer choices. The national chains can seem like a good option at first, with enticing offers and a national footprint. But the experience of clients who have used both reveals good reasons to be cautious. The big national suppliers can not compete on service and national supplier pricing is often subject to frequent increases, sometimes with very little communication, if any.
More often than not, clients of local uniform rental companies are more satisfied than those who switch to national suppliers. Using a local uniform provider means you’ll be doing business with someone who is part of the same business community as you, and whose success depends on yours. That’s a level of accountability no national provider can match. And sure, as a third-generation, family-owned local business, we’re biased – but if you do your homework, we think you’ll come to the same conclusion.
What Kind of Uniforms Do You Need?
The right work uniform program provides your business with a lot more than uniforms. It can provide a level of safety for your employees and your customers and enhance the credibility of your business.
From garments with features designed to keep employees safe on the job to specialized garments designed to maintain safe manufacturing processes for food and health products, or specialized uniforms for other specialized work, a work uniform program is a built-in troubleshooter for your business and demonstrates to your customers that you are diligent in your commitment to health and safety.
- Enhanced Visibility Garments: Enhanced visibility garments feature reflective striping that helps prevent accidents that can occur wherever people and moving equipment intersect. From drivers to workers who share space with forklifts and other moving equipment, to employees who work under low-visibility conditions, enhanced visibility uniforms provide added safety.
- Food Production Uniforms: Employees who work with food or health products need uniforms that meet enhanced standards of safety, including uniforms that prevent loose items from falling into product and uniforms that are laundered under specific conditions for water temperature and rinse processing.
How Much Is It Really Going to Cost?
Of course, business owners have to be mindful of where they spend their money, but as the saying goes: you get what you pay for. You don’t just want a reasonable price – you want to know that you are getting what you pay for.
It doesn’t matter what price you’re quoted if you sign on with a company likely to ramp up your price year after year, or a company with unreliable service. From missing uniforms to shoddy repair and laundering practices, an unreliable uniform partner is going to cost you more in the long run. Look for transparent billing practices and happy customers.
The Choice Is Yours
Budget Uniform Rental has put its clients first for nearly 60 years. We want to be the last uniform company you will ever need. Contact us to see what a reliable, high-quality uniform program can do for your business. We have a wide variety of uniforms for a wide variety of clients. We can also provide an assortment of other products to promote the health and safety of your employees.