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26 Jan

Scrubs: Unisex is out & style is in

Scrubs: Unisex is out & style is in

Healthcare today is changing at a rapid pace. Not only is it changing in the way we receive and administer patient care and a focus on the patient as a consumer, but also in the type of uniforms being requested by today’s healthcare employees.  In an effort to keep up with this feverish pace, laundries are looking for new ways to accommodate the evolving needs and desires of today’s new age healthcare employees.  

Over the years, the uniform of choice for many commercial laundries has been the basic unisex scrub shirt and unisex drawstring pant. This look has been the industry’s staple uniform for rental in the healthcare marketplace. By utilizing the unisex look, it helped laundries to control their SKU’s and keep their annual spend under control while taking care of their customer’s needs and still maintaining inventory levels.   

The healthcare environment continues to change daily, as do the needs and desires of today’s female healthcare employees. Female employees no longer want to wear the unisex, one style fits all scrubs with that typical boxy look. They want more stylish garments that are manufactured with the female body in mind. New styles made of softer fabrics, like brushed poplin or 100 percent polyester, with moisture-wicking properties are becoming desirable in the market place today as they offer enhanced comfort for the end user. Because these types of garments have not been readily available and stocked by commercial laundries, employees have been flocking to their local uniform shops in search of garments that meet their new needs and desires.  

Typically the uniforms sold by the local uniform shops are geared for home laundering and they will not withstand the rigors of the commercial laundry equipment. The newer, softer fabrics being introduced in the healthcare industrial market place are developed with this commercial equipment in mind. These new fabrics are being used in new female cut, retail-inspired styles that will withstand the rigors of the commercial laundry equipment. Laundries can now add these styles to their line of offerings to give their customers more of what employees are looking for.

With the introduction of these retail-inspired scrubs, laundries have the option of either offering a direct sale program and/or a rental program that will help them compete in the marketplace and add to their bottom line. They can now add business that was once being driven away to the local uniform shops and bring it back into the rental arena.

Today’s new age healthcare employees want to wear uniforms that are comfortable and stylish while still meeting the dress codes established by healthcare facilities. The bottom line to a commercial laundry’s success and growth is to evolve with the times and be willing to introduce industrial-laundry friendly uniforms that are cut and sewn to meet the demands of the female employee in the healthcare environment. Unisex is out and style is in and now commercial laundries have the means to offer these desired products.

What uniform requests have you received that are polar opposites of the basic unisex scrub shirt and drawstring pant?

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