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Hope everyone is having good week with great sales. I am in the process of renegotiating my employee’s uniform contract. It is sorta the same old thing start low then get higher. Could I get some feedback on how you guys are handling this. I have looked at buying uni’s for my guys. In my area it is expensive and they do not want to update my guys. Just lchecking some ideas . Thanks guys. David

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Hey David,

Several years ago, we decided to buy our own uniforms, rugs and rags.  Over the past 10 years, we spend less than 40% of what it was cost back then.  That equates to roughly $25k for our single shop with 10 uniformed employees!  For us, it is worth it.

Happy to chat with you in more detail if you want to shoot me an email [email protected]

Chris

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On 6/14/2018 at 11:20 AM, tirengolf said:

Hope everyone is having good week with great sales. I am in the process of renegotiating my employee’s uniform contract. It is sorta the same old thing start low then get higher. Could I get some feedback on how you guys are handling this. I have looked at buying uni’s for my guys. In my area it is expensive and they do not want to update my guys. Just lchecking some ideas . Thanks guys. David

@tirengolf Were you able to renegotiate? Who is your uniform supplier?

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Buy your own! You get nicer, higher quality, more professional  and no contracts!  I'm saving over 5k a year. 

The same goes for rags. We used to use Cintas and the rags had holes, smelled like sewage and after you wash your hands they were still oily. You can buy new rags for half of what they charge for the disgusting things theyll rent you. And what can you do about it? You'll have a 5 year contract.

Auto repair isnt nearly as dirty as it used to be. Dont be treated like it is and pay for it. Our Cintas guy gets 1 week vacation every 6 or 8 weeks for picking up laundry!. You can help pay for that or you can use the 5k you earned for yourself. Signing a uniform contract is one of the worst business decisions you can make.

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      It always amazes me when I hear about a technician who quits one repair shop to go work at another shop for less money. I know you have heard of this too, and you’ve probably asked yourself, “Can this be true? And Why?” The answer rests within the culture of the company. More specifically, the boss, manager, or a toxic work environment literally pushed the technician out the door.
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