A Little Preparation will Prevent a lot of Chaos
Have you been charged with ordering solid medical scrubs for your office or department? Perhaps the thought of trying to please everyone has already caused a sudden increase in your stress level. Here are a few pointers to help you navigate your way to hopefully pleasing most of the people, most of the time.
Establish the requirements first. How much time do you have? What is the required color? Generally, if you are doing a group order, your goal is to have everyone in your office or department have a professional appearance that is easily identifiable. Find out also if warm-up jackets or lab coats are allowed or required before you start. You may want to ask if men and women can wear different styles such as a unisex style with a chest pocket vs. a traditional v-neck with 2 lower pockets. You may also want to ask if everyone must wear the same type of scrub pant. Sometimes there are flare pant options for women, elastic waist options and drawstring options.
Finally, inquire about embroidery Many medical departments are opting to add an embroidered logo or name to scrub tops to finish the look. Knowing in advance exactly what the requirements are will help you to channel your scrub outfitting efforts in the right direction from the beginning. Use your list of questions and answer as your road map.
Purchasing Solids for a Group‚ÄîNow that you know what color you are looking for, keep in mind that dye lots in solid medical scrubs vary from brand to brand even within the same manufacturer so be sure to order solid tops and bottoms from the same manufacturer AND the same line within that manufacturer. For example, ">Cherokee Workwear solids are not always identical to Cherokee Studio B. Similarly, Cherokee Workwear solid colored scrubs are not going to match exactly to White Swan Fundamentals solid colors even if you are ordering navy, ceil or black.
Evaluate the Group. A large group promises a range of sizes, not to mention preferences. Generally, large manufacturers such as White Swan or Cherokee will offer the most options for sizing and styles which will make your job considerably easier. First, are you outfitting men and women? Men tend to prefer a chest pocket and a drawstring waist pant so make sure there is a unisex option. If your employer prefers that everyone wear the same style, you may want to look for a 3 pocket scrub top option. Do you need talls, petites or shorts in scrub pant lengths? Having different length options for both men and women will help ensure a better fit and reduce exchanges, another benefit for you. Cherokee Workwear and White Swan fundamentals offer those options in almost all colors. Do any of the women require skirts? Marcus Uniforms offers skirts by White Swan Fundamentals in several colors.
Finally, establish your plus size requirements in advance so that you can be sure everyone‚Äôs scrubs will match. Marcus Uniforms offers talls, shorts, petites and plus sizes in both Cherokee and White Swan. We can also access the manufacturer‚ inventory for you if there is a size or color that we don‚Äôt have in our warehouse.
Size the Group. No matter what brand you select and what retailer you choose, sizing information should be made readily available to you including instructions on how to take the required measurements. Marcus Uniforms includes a manufacturer size chart at the bottom of every product page. Each person should individually consult the size charts and submit size requirements to you including pant lengths. Keep in mind that pant lengths are listed by inseam. A spreadsheet becomes a valuable tool at this stage.
Select your Retailer. When ordering medical scrubs for a group, you want to make sure that your retailer will continue stocking your selected scrubs so that you can easily replenish from time to time. Is there a free shipping or group discount option? How long does it take to ship? What is the return policy? Watch out for fine print on return labels. If there is a return label included in the package and you use it, will you be charged for it later against your exchange or refund? Is embroidery available? If you don‚ see exactly the scrub style you want, will the retailer check with the manufacturer and find it for you? Can you speak with a person directly to get your questions answered? Is pricing competitive? Ask questions or even ask for a price quote in advance. You are an important customer and the retailer should be happy to assist you to earn your business. If you need assistance with a group order, we‚Äôd be happy to help. We can even go through these questions with you and help you sort out your information, make suggestions and help with sizing issues.
Consider Samples. It may be a good idea to order some samples in advance. Even if you have to pay for samples, check the return policy. You may be able to return them within a certain period of time for refund. Samples will allow you to make sure that the color and style that you‚Äôve selected meet your expectations. They may also allow you to establish size guidelines and minimize returns later.
Pat Yourself on the Back. Even if you haven‚Äôt pleased all of the people all of the time, you've outfitted a group in medical scrubs and you deserve a little praise. Hopefully, a little advanced planning made it a relatively smooth process‚Ä¶until the required colors change. Let us know how we can help at Marcus Uniforms.