A recent study revealed that over 70 percent of small business owners thought uniforms were a better form of marketing than TV, radio and newspaper advertising. With this in mind, it’s clear why so many businesses are embracing employee uniforms. But after deciding to implement a uniform program at your company, a big decision must be made: should you buy the uniforms or rent them? Purchasing uniforms might seem more cost-effective at first, but there are benefits to uniform rental programs you should consider before you make a choice.
Cost Effectiveness and Time Management
Like we said before, purchasing uniforms may seem like the cheapest option because rental programs come with recurring payments. However, the management time that comes with buying uniforms is where companies tend to incur the most losses. When you rent uniforms, Rentwear takes care of all the hard work so your employees can get back to completing tasks that generate revenue for your company.
Also – uniform rental programs from Rentwear don’t include an up-front inventory charge. This saves your company money and doesn’t stick you with unwanted uniforms if an employee leaves your company.
Image and Branding
Industry Specific Considerations
The type of work you do is essential to consider when deciding whether or not to rent uniforms. Auto mechanics, landscapers, oil and gas workers and kitchen employees are often exposed to dirt and grease making their uniforms much harder to clean. Businesses in these industries almost always opt for uniform rental over purchase because professional laundering ensures their employee uniforms are clean and free from stains.
Other industries are prone to high turnover rates making purchasing uniforms an expensive endeavor. Each time an employee leaves, their purchased uniform is a sunk cost. Uniform rental allows employees to come and go without incurring an extra uniform cost.
Connor is the Director of Marketing at Rentwear Inc. and writes about how uniform, floor mat and linen service can help your company.Connor Clay