Sell What You Know
Arkansas Uniform Retailer with Years of Experience in the Healthcare & Medical Fields
Sometimes the best person for handling a uniform supply business is someone with direct experience in that industry. This is certainly the case with My Uniform Corner, which has been in business four years in Fort Smith and Springdale, Ark. The store was created and established by Karen Stewart, registered nurse, and Angela Canclini, retail buyer and regional manager, with the purpose of becoming the leader in medical uniforms, shoes and accessories in Northwest Arkansas and Eastern Oklahoma.
“In our area, we have the best prices, largest selection, best brands and unbeatable service,” explains Stewart. “We carry all sizes from XXS to 5XL, including talls and petites and can customize image programs for group accounts.” The company also prides itself on its convenient location near large shopping malls and next door to PRN Medical Staffing, Home Care and CNA School in both its locations. My Uniform Corner carries the largest inventory in the area for medical uniforms, shoes and accessories, offering special orders with no fees, EMT uniforms, Littmann stethoscopes, monogramming, name tags, lab coats, payroll deduction, facility shows, chef wear, Razorback scrubs and accessories, and group discounts.
“Coming from the medical field, I realized from the start that our customers deserve to be as comfortable as possible while they do their jobs – and look good too,” says Stewart. “And equally important is that they get all of that without spending all their hard-earned money on work clothes; I can definitely empathize with what they are up against in their work lives.”
“We have an active website stocked with more than 2,000 items for ordering with free shipping,” explains Stewart. “We actively inform our customers of special discounts and sales through emails and postcards and regularly have in-store drawings for free uniforms, stethoscopes and shoes.”
The communication with customers serves to also reinforce the company’s brand, and the result is an increased repeat customer base. But customers must first be satisfied with their first purchase, and that means finding exactly what they are looking for.
“The brands we offer seem to fit the many tastes of our diverse customer base. We also work hard to stay on top of the latest styles each season to keep our customers looking professional and fresh without hurting their budget. With our wide offering of brands and sizes, I feel that it’s easy for our customers to find their perfect style.” Karen Stewart
Stewart says, “My Uniform Corner dedicates itself to offering our customers the best quality medical uniforms and scrubs that will meet the demands of their job and will be easy to care for. We offer many choices in colors, pockets, buttons, necklines, zippers, ties, cotton, wrinkle free and more. My Uniform Corner also handpicks the wide selection of brands we carry and stands behind our quality.”
An important strategy from the start with this company as it put its program together was the belief that its customers should get the best prices for their uniforms, scrubs, shoes and accessories so they can afford as large a wardrobe as they want and have the best, most comfortable updated styles.
“Coming from the medical field, I realized from the start that our customers deserve to be as comfortable as possible while they do their jobs – and look good too,” adds Stewart. “And equally important is that they get all of that without spending all their hard-earned money on work clothes; I can definitely empathize with what they are up against in their work lives.”
Stewart’s medical uniform company is fully computerized in its inventory and product ordering with the most up-to-date software and equipment in the industry. “We have our own back office accounting staff managing payroll deductions as well as doing facility show bookkeeping for nursing homes and hospitals in addition to all the daily sales journals and reporting.”
My Uniform Corner carries all the best name brands of medical industry uniforms, shoes and accessories including Cherokee, Dickies, Landau, Urbane, Peaches, Med Couture, Koi, Sanita, Nurse Mates, Crocs, Wink, NRG, Antidote, White Swan and many more well-known brands.
“We also provide new uniforms and special order deliveries for group accounts. We feel this always gives us an edge by maintaining our ability to give unbeatable customer service,” says Stewart. “By offering a large variety of medical uniform styles from all the leading uniform brands, we can bypass for the most part revamping of our uniform program on a periodic basis. The brands we offer seem to fit the many tastes of our diverse customer base. We also work hard to stay on top of the latest styles each season to keep our customers looking professional and fresh without hurting their budget. With our wide offering of brands and sizes, I feel that it’s easy for our customers to find their perfect style.”
The public apparently agrees with Stewart’s approach to business because they are receiving the My Uniform Corner programs well, which in turn seem to be meeting a critical need for durable, fashion workwear for the hardworking healthcare employees in the local and regional area.
“Our company welcomes any customers either into our actual store to shop around or to do business by ordering online,” says Stewart. “It’s nice that we offer free shipping to our online customers as well. I encourage my employees to be as helpful as possible to our customers. In the end, we all believe healthcare professionals are some of the hardest working people on the planet. This shows in our store, the service customers get and the selection that is available to them.”
In addition to all of that, the store also has promotional items that make great gifts for those in the medical field. A doctor, hospital worker or nursing student might enjoy the Liquid Syringe Pen the company offers. This is a pen with medical theme so it fits right in with the environment customers at the store may come from. The syringe pens are shaped like a hypodermic needle, write in black ink, have fluid measurements on one side and come with colored liquid inside the pen’s body. The liquid inside is harmless and is available in a wide range of colors. These pens also can be imprinted with a logo, slogan or any information of a particular customer’s needs.
The store’s website contains a blog with the latest news of the business, including new items such as the pen described above. A recent blog on the My Uniform Corner website also noted that, for many pregnant women, pants are the biggest confrontation to dressing with confidence. Choosing the right pants that will give a comfortable fit while still looking great for both office and casual settings can be frustrating for women. My Uniform Corner offers some of the most stylish of categories among maternity clothing. Maternity clothes have always been a tough sell over the years for a variety of reasons.
“The uniform industry has come a long way with various styles of maternity pants,” explains Stewart. “We think that these pants that we offer make the wearer look and feel the best. One great staple every pregnant woman needs is a pair of black maternity pants. These are one of the best wardrobe pieces a woman can use during her pregnancy. You can shop online to find the greatest and latest maternity pants. You will surely get to choose among a wide line of sizes, styles, colors plus more. My Uniform Corner can be one of your one-stop shop solutions to get an immense collection of uniform apparel.”
The flare pants manufactured by Cherokee can be a wonderful fitting for every pregnant woman, according to Stewart. This item features a soft stretchy tummy panel, double needle stitches, double cargo pockets and one back pocket. The side vents offer the pant a finished look. Fabric is a blend of 65 percent polyester and 35 percent cotton/algodon. Customers can choose from black, Caribbean, chocolate, galaxy blue, ceil blue, hunter green, navy, pewter, royal, white and wine. Women can also get them in a size range of XS to 3XL.
“The slacks we offer can really be a fun addition to our women customers’ maternity wardrobes. They can go with colors of their choice and wear them for varied occasions. Jeans are also new additions to maternity clothing. I don’t want anyone to get worried about not being able to stride down the street in their favorite jeans. These are specifically designed with a wide waistband which is stretchable and has belly coverage too,” Stewart says.
“A pair of these pants can go a long way. Always classic fit pants should be chosen so as to make them last long or use them in multiple pregnancies. In short, maternity wear is something there will always be a need for, something that will never truly go out of style.”
My Uniform Corner
4500 Rogers Ave.
Fort Smith, AR 72903