Trends in the Linen and Uniform Industry

The uniform and linen industry is changing at a rapid pace. With acquisitions and environmentally friendly practices playing a big role in 2016, it’s important for customers to be aware of the trends that will shape your uniform costs and business expenses moving forward.

Printer Towels May Soon Be a Thing of the Past

Big players in the linen industry are beginning to phase out the production and cleaning of printer towels. Due to their use of solvents and other metals, businesses have started to react to the negative impact it can have on workers and the environment. If your business is reliant on the use of printer towels, you may not be able to rent or buy them in the future. Luckily, these same providers are moving their business more toward disposable wipes which can be just as effective and much safer.

Acquisitions Changing Customer Service Experience

In many parts of the country, some of the biggest uniform and linen providers are growing by acquisition. While some businesses enjoy working with reputable, well-known suppliers, this can leave others feeling trapped. Especially if said business was signed into a contract with the smaller, Supplier A, and is suddenly dealing with the much more corporate, Supplier B.

Be Weary of Higher Fees

Due to the drastic changes taking place in the uniform and linen industry, suppliers have begun protecting themselves with higher fees. Big suppliers have begun using a variable-rate system for service charges, which is dependent on the value of your account. What was once a simple, flat-rate of $25 can now go as high as a 75% of your total account value. When dealing with the cost of uniforms and linen suppliers, it’s imperative that you read the fine print.

For some, working with large, corporate suppliers is no issue, but if your business is interested in looking elsewhere, just know that you have options. There’s no replacement for high-quality customer service and a local supplier you don’t feel distant from! 

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