BULLISH ON THE MARKET We are very bullish on the uniform industry, says Jon Radabaugh, owner of Uniforms Unlimited. The statement is not made with any hesitation in his expression. There does not follow some quick comment that certain economic indicators need to tick upward for business to improve. Indeed,…Read More »
By Hope Silverman,Professional Apparel Association Dena M. Stebbins is a take-charge type of person with a very outgoing personality. She knew she should be running her own business, so when she heard that Helens Uniforms in Lakeland, Fla., was up for sale in 1986, she bought it. Sixteen years later,…Read More »
BUILDING FOR GROWTH: After the city evicted it from the old building, Carpenter Uniform and Promotional Products could have searched quietly for another facility that would fit the bill.
By Susan Derby Things were looking a little unsure for Carpenter Uniform and Promotional Products two years ago. Split between two buildings and facing forced removal from one of them, owner Bob Carpenter made the decision to not be pushed around. He instead called on his education and the help…Read More »
The ins and outs of doing a breakeven analysis. Or, how to know when you actually begin to make a profit!
By Patricia M. Johnson and Richard F. OutcaltPrincipals, Outcalt & Johnson: Retail Strategists LLC Youve done it! Youve worked and budgeted and saved, and now youre able to take a three-week vacation! So…where will you go? How about an island adventure? You might want to choose a few islands where…Read More »
By Susan Derby After talking to David Selvin and Neal Susten, its difficult to imagine them as business competitors. But six years ago, thats essentially what they were. Each had been working in his own familys business, learning the trade and working his way up the management ladder. The two…Read More »
Taking the Cold Out of Iron and Steel, Railroad Workers Require an Abundance of Uniforms and Career Apparel
By Susan Derby The railroads of America have experienced both a great expansion and a drastic reduction in their 173-year history. And now it seems they are on the brink of another round of expansion, though spurred by a different need than before. While the first period of growth reflected…Read More »
By Ernie Jackson, NAUMD Police work can be very dangerous and stressful. In addition to the obvious dangers of confrontations with criminals, officers need to be constantly alert and ready to deal appropriately with a number of other threatening situations. Many law enforcement officers witness death and suffering resulting from…Read More »
Design and Distribution of Uniforms in the Restaurant Trade Requires Finding a Balance of Style and Function
By Rick Levine There is definitely a stigma about working in a restaurant. The attitude is that most of the work involves entry-level positions held by individuals that will work for a while and move onand as a uniform problem, when this happens, it means several shirts, perhaps an apron…Read More »
By Dick Cizek and Patricia Lennonof A.H. Rice Corp SELECTING MATERIALS Uniforms can make a fashion statement. They also can be downright dull looking or somewhere in-between. The way a garment is accessorized often will determine the statement a uniform or career apparel item makes. Using uniform braid to accent…Read More »
By CJ Ryce, Staff Writer,and Paul Malham, President, of Fast Embroidery Police, EMS and fire rescue staff, for example, rely on public recognition to do their job quickly and efficiently. It is important that embroidery on their uniforms retain its color and quality and is consistent and immediately recognizable. Although…Read More »