For some business ordering uniforms can be a nightmare. But it doesn't have to be. Take advantage of our years of experience to understand the top 5 mistakes when ordering uniforms so you can avoid them.
1. Having too many people involved in the decision making process.
Simply put, having too many people involved in choosing your uniforms will prolong the process, cause disruption & likely end up in conflict. Instead, keep it on a ‘need to know’ basis & only involve a few key people who are positive & receptive to the idea.
2. Buying uniforms from an unknown online vendor.
Purchasing uniforms from online websites that are not reputable doesn’t often turn out well. It’s important to know where your uniforms are coming from & ensure there is someone you can easily contact if something goes wrong. Online stores that provide only a gmail or hotmail address & mobile number, but no physical address, should be carefully considered before the decision to purchase is made.
It’s not uncommon for these types of vendors to provide cheap & tacky garments, counterfeit garments, poor quality or incorrect branding on garments, or for the items to simply not arrive at all. To avoid losing money & wasting time, it’s best to go with a vendor you can trust.
3. Approving quotes without carefully reviewing them first.
It may seem like an obvious one, but you’d be surprised how many people fail to carefully check their quote & end up with the wrong items or incorrect branding. Suppliers will provide exactly what is approved on the quote, which means if there has been a slight miscommunication or error in the quote provided & it is not flagged upon customer review, the items received may not match what was desired.
Uniforms are a financial investment & should present your brand in the best light possible, therefore, it’s important to check your quote to ensure you are getting exactly what you asked for - it’ll save you both time & money.
4. Going for the cheapest services available.
Everyone loves getting a good deal, however, there are many things to consider before simply choosing the cheapest uniform provider you can find.
Going with the cheapest option on the market often results in disappointment due to factors such as long lead times, hidden freight costs or setup fees, receiving low-quality or incorrect goods or failure to receive any goods whatsoever from providers that turn out to be ‘dodgy dealers’.
Cheap garments are often cheap for a reason - they are low-quality. Uniforms that fall apart quickly, are poorly constructed or are made from low-quality fabric will devalue your brand. They will also need to be replaced more often so in the end don't save you any money at all as you'll have to re purchase them more often.
Finding the best deal when it comes to uniforms really depends on a combination of garment quality, service, lead times, convenience & the businesses ability to meet your needs & action your requests.
5. Having branding artwork in the wrong format.
If you wish to have your logo or any artwork produced on your garments it should be provided in vector format, either in AI or EPS file. Artwork provided in other formats is generally not suitable for branding reproduction as the quality isn't good enough & therefore produces a poor quality end product.
If you're interested in learning more about how to brand & market your SME check out our easy to follow guides below.