How to Reduce the Cost of Employee Uniforms 2020

here at branded, we want to provide some cost savings ideas when ordering your employee uniforms

everyone knows that uniforms are an important way to market and set a professional atmosphere for your business. The staff uniforms are a way for the business to distinguish itself from the others, but it doesn’t have to be a huge investment. below are a few ways to save on your staff uniforms.

As a business owner, we know that there are many important costs to consider when deciding on how to spend funds. Sometimes this can lead to company uniforms becoming less of a priority. However, it is important to know that your staff should look good and presentable when representing your company.  While it may be tempting to go without staff uniforms, you will be missing out on branding opportunities for your clients and the staff unity that bring your team together.

The good news is that you don’t have to spend a lot to outfit your team.  Branded can help you with a wide variety of options, print methods and quantity choices to help with offering the best possible custom uniforms at the best pricing.

Below are a few ways to help you choose the best options for your brand.  These can help you decide what is best for your staff and business needs, with the goal of having your team look great for a long time, and that can help you Get Noticed.

Print Methods

Branded generally offers a few different methods for employee uniforms.  The type of business that you have does influence the type of print method that you choose.  


Although it can be more expensive, embroidery is a professional option for work wear, dress shirts, jackets and hats. It can lead to a more polished look for professional staff, such as hotel staff, front desk associates, sales people, medical offices, etc.  To reduce the cost of embroidery, you can make sure to keep the logo small.  The embroidery cost is based on stitch count, so the smaller it is (or the least amount of fill in the logo) the less expensive it will be. Branded also has a number of inexpensive polo options, like this one Click Here To View for $11.24 each, before embroidery.  The higher the quantity of the order, the lower the cost as well, but we do have a low 12 piece minimum to get your order started.


Screen Printing is one of the most widely used forms of uniform printing and can be very inexpensive.  Screen printing is perfect for bulk orders or for casual work environments.  Generally screen printed uniforms are on more casual attire, like t-shirts, sweatshirts or sometimes jersey knit polos.  These casual options can help clients identify a waitress at a restaurant or a customer service person at a retail store. Screen printed t-shirts can be a marketing tool to give away at a grand opening or sell in a gift shop. Here are some of Branded’s best priced t-shirts Click Here To View. For the best print pricing, printing the lowest number of colors will help reduce the cost.  Like embroidery, the higher number of items will reduce the cost and we do only have a minimum of 12 pieces for screen printing as well.

DTG (Direct to Garment)

Sometimes a company may have a full color logo with a very intricate design, or maybe they only need a few shirts to get started.  In either of these cases, DTG printing may be the best option. There isn’t a set-up fee for DTG printing and there aren’t any minimum orders, so if you are just getting your company started this type of printing would work great.  If you have a shirt idea that would require a full color image (like a zoo getting an animal picture), direct to garment printing would work great as well.  To save money on direct to garment printing, we would recommend going with a smaller logo, if possible.  Like embroidery, it is based on the size of the logo, so the smaller it is, the less it will cost.  If you would like to get started with DTG printing, get a Quote today!


Apparel Choices

The next important decision when creating your custom business uniforms would be the apparel that you would like to use.  The apparel can be very important to project the look and feel you would like to let clients know about your business.  For example, if you are a business office, having a nice, woven button down with embroidery would have a polished, professional look.

Another great option for a professional setting, that can be less expensive would be a polo shirt.  Polo shirts can start at less than $10 and can be screen printed or embroidered.  However, choosing a mid-grade option may work out better in the long run, if the uniforms will be washed frequently.  For example, a restaurant may want to go with a shirt or apron that isn’t the least expensive option, so that they don’t have to be replaced as often.  Also, choosing colors that work well in those environments can be wise as well.  Darker colors can hide stains, or shirts that are heathered may show stains less too.

When it comes to t-shirts, 50/50 fabric shirts are often a great choice when picking out a new uniform shirt.  Unlike cotton, 50/50 shirts won’t shrink and the color will last longer when washed frequently. They start at only $3.50 each (before printing, sizes S-XL). Here is some more information on the fabric differences of t-shirts Click Here To View.   

Order Size

If you’re looking for a way to keep your uniform costs down, only order what you need right away.  While the cost of the uniforms does go down with a higher quantity, buying many extra uniforms will use funds that a new business may not have right away.  Deciding on what you need is important. 

Once you have decided on the type of printing that you would like, the type of shirts and the size of the order, contact us and we can give you pricing right away.  We are happy to meet your budget and help you figure out the best options for your business uniforms.  

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