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Why Uniform Suppliers Invest in a Uniform Management System (UMS)

Category: Supplier Uniform Management

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A strategic investment in a Uniform Management System enables uniform suppliers to greatly attract new, often higher-value customers and optimise their business. Customer demands are continually evolving, and efficiency is the key to success. By putting a powerful, yet easy to manage uniform portal such as Smart Red in place, they can greatly enhance their customer experience and drive new business. 

The suppliers that we work with have also seen improvements in order and inventory management which help to drive overall efficiency gains. Their Uniform Management System has a positive effect on customer loyalty. 

Let’s look at some key benefits for suppliers:

Win More Tenders

It is becoming increasingly common for uniform suppliers to be asked to have a Uniform Management System in place as part of the procurement/tender process. This is because a UMS allows organisations to choose a supplier who can reliably offer specific operational and customer service needs. The platform ensures that the supplier has the necessary systems and capabilities to manage orders within any agreed SLAs and to keep a reliable, digital record of activity.

Enhanced Order Management

A tried and trusted UMS streamlines the whole order management process by enabling suppliers to easily handle requests, track orders, and manage inventory. The system also integrates with existing systems, to allow customers a quick view of vital tasks, such as order processing, invoicing, and delivery tracking. This reduces the manual resource required from suppliers, enhances operational workflow and increases customer communication immeasurably.

Inventory Control

With a UMS, uniform suppliers gain significant control over their inventory. They can monitor and prioritise stock levels by tracking usage right down to customer staff level. This enables them to predict future demand more accurately, leading to cost savings and happier customers… what’s not to like about that?

Automated Communication

Communication is handled automatically by the system. The portal allows your customers and/or their staff to submit orders, request changes, and track order progress online. All the while, it provides real-time update notifications on order status, fulfilment, and delivery schedules. This efficiency not only saves a huge amount of time and resource for suppliers, it strengthens customer relationships and reduces errors.

Powerful Reporting

A UMS generates reports and provides analytics at the touch of a button that offer valuable insights for suppliers, and their customers. They can easily analyse data related to sales, customer preferences, inventory, and other key performance metrics to make informed business decisions. These insights help to identify trends, plan inventory, and develop targeted marketing strategies. This data also forms a crucial part of account management meetings as it helps with planning and feedback that’s vital to strengthen customer relationships. 

Scalability and Customisation

As uniform suppliers expand their businesses, managing operations manually becomes increasingly challenging. A UMS provides a scalable solution that means suppliers can connect new customers whenever they need to. So, in essence, their uniform portal grows along with their business. 

With Smart Red it is also possible to customise the experience by adding customer logos and colours so that when they login, they see a user-friendly interface that reflects their own company. Also, for larger, or more security sensitive accounts, e.g., police or government departments, with Smart Red it is also possible to create a separate, secure ‘satellite’ portal. If this is relevant to your business, just ask our Sales Manager about this feature.

By combining convenience, reliability, personalisation and powerful reporting, a UMS helps uniform suppliers create a positive and seamless user-experience for their customers. This builds trust and fosters long-term customer loyalty. It also helps them to win more tenders.

If you are a uniform supplier looking to drive strategic improvements, we’re ready and waiting to tailor Smart Red to your needs. It takes less than a minute to send us a few details and then we will be in touch for an initial, no obligation consultation.

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Hi, thanks for reading this article. I'm Big Red Digital's Managing Director and have been with the company since 2012. After starting my career in one of Glasgow's busiest advertising and design agencies, I made the natural shift to web design and digital marketing. I'm passionate about getting the very best results for our clients.

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