Who doesn't recognize the workers in brown shorts and shirts who deliver packages? The UPS uniform is instantly recognizable and ...
Who doesn't recognize the workers in brown shorts and shirts who deliver packages? The UPS uniform is instantly recognizable and establishes brand loyalty. Thirty-two million Americans go to work in a uniform, and if you want your business to join that group, here are three things you need to know:
- Uniforms can protect, identify, and foster team spirit.
- You have a legal right to require a uniform, but you must pay for it if your logo's on it and can't be used elsewhere.
- You can require a security deposit for uniforms, up to the replacement cost. You must return the deposit with interest when your employee turns in the uniform.
Design and approve a logo entirely on-lineFirst impressions count. Wow clients with your logo embroidered or heat-sealed onto clothing.
Comparison shop for the best dealFive or six uniforms, designed to last three to five years, will set you back $150 to $250, not counting the cost of cleaning and repairs. If you rent uniforms, you'll most likely be billed a flat rate you've negotiated. Uniform rentals run $200 to $300 per employee every year.
Use a supplier who specializes in your industryYou'll find more choices and possibly lower prices among vendors who exclusively deal with your industry.
Quality countsHigh-quality uniforms last longer, but you'll pay more. Most are made of a cotton/polyester blend, with a matching color shirt and pants.
In harm's way? Get flame-resistant uniformsWorkers in manufacturing plants may need flame-retardant uniforms to help protect them on the job.
- It's cheaper to buy uniforms than to rent them.
- If you rent uniforms, save money by choosing a firm along a route already being served or nearby.
- Uniforms can set you apart from the competition and project a professional image. But remember: It can also result in too much uniformity of thinking. Prisoners also wear uniforms.