By Business Wire, September 26, 2013, 10:52:00 AM EDT
Factors to consider include a seasonal workforce, heavy soil and
According to JPMorgan Chase & Co. analyst Andrew Steinerman, about 10
percent of Americans wear professional rental apparel to work each day—a
number research firm AnythingResearch
expects will increase as certain industries, such as manufacturing and
food service, hire more employees. To help business owners and operators
select an apparel program that best fits their organizations' needs, Cintas
Corporation (NASDAQ:CTAS), the largest professional uniform
provider in North America, outlined five factors to consider prior to
renting or purchasing employee uniforms.
"The decision to rent or buy employee uniforms is a challenging one for
businesses and determined by a variety of factors," said Rodger Reed,
Cintas Vice President. "Depending on the type of work or the number of
employees, renting may prove more feasible from a logistics, safety and
According to Cintas, five factors business owners should consider while
weighing the decision to rent or purchase workplace apparel include:
Image Standards - For many businesses, maintaining a
consistent, professional image is key to attracting guests and
differentiating from the competition. Although multiple factors make
up the image equation, staff uniforms play a significant role in
shaping guest perceptions and improving ease of identification for new
customers. With a uniform rental program, the provider measures
employees and equips them with a uniform uniquely fitted to their
sizes to ensure a proper look and fit. The provider also picks up
soiled garments on a daily or weekly basis to inspect and properly
launder the uniforms. Any garments damaged from normal wear and tear
are repaired or replaced, ensuring that staff always portray an image
consistent with their brand.
Safety Requirements - For the construction, oil and gas,
utilities, maintenance and electrical industries, employee safety is a
top priority. In the electrical industry alone, an unsuspecting arc
flash can kill or severely injure employees who aren't wearing the
proper flame-resistant clothing. Although the Occupational Safety and
Health Administration (OSHA) and the National Fire Protection
Association (NFPA) require businesses to equip employees with the
proper personal protective equipment (PPE) for the job, it can be
challenging to navigate the regulations and ensure the proper gear and
garment cleaning and maintenance. Under a uniform rental program, the
uniform supplier helps limit liabilities by conducting safety audits,
designing the right PPE program for the job and repairing damaged
garments with flame-resistant thread.
Soil Level - Due to the nature of their work, many employees,
such as landscapers, miners, oil rig workers, automotive workers and
foodservice employees, are frequently exposed to high levels of soil,
grease and oil. Because these elements make employee uniforms much
harder to clean, business leaders who opt for a uniform rental service
can ensure that their garments are professionally laundered. This
ensures clean, crisp apparel for employees and a consistent,
professional image for the company.
Seasonal Workforce - For many hotel and restaurant owners that
operate at peak travel or touristy seasons, a uniform rental program
is a simple way to outfit employees amid high employee turnover.
Whether an organization has to increase or decrease its staff, uniform
rental providers can adjust their programs accordingly so additional
or fewer uniforms are delivered at no additional cost.
Administration - It can take a sizeable amount of time and
resources for organizations to manage uniform inventory, inspect,
repair or replace damaged uniforms, and schedule deliveries to and
from the dry cleaners for laundering. In demanding environments with
limited staff, a uniform rental program conserves time and energy by
taking on these logistics for the business owner.
"Whether business leaders decide to rent, lease or purchase employee
uniforms, it's important for them to select a program that brings the
most value to their business," added Reed. "A uniform rental program can
be a welcome, cost-effective addition for many companies and make a
significant impact on organizational efficiency and professionalism."
For more information about uniform rental from Cintas, visit http://www.cintas.com/Uniform-Work-Apparel/Uniform-Rental/.
About Cintas Corporation:
Headquartered in Cincinnati, Cintas Corporation provides highly
specialized services to businesses of all types primarily throughout
North America. Cintas designs, manufactures and implements corporate
identity uniform programs, and provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning
and supplies, tile and carpet cleaning, promotional products, first aid,
safety, fire protection products and services and document management
services for more than 1 million businesses. Cintas is a publicly held
company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol
CTAS and is a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index.
Source: Cintas Corporation