In large and even in some small organizations uniforms are required for various purposes such as in schools they require a uniform for students, school staff, etc. In addition to this, offices have a dress code for their employees and staff. Therefore, ordering it from wholesalers is the cheapest, fastest and the most convenient mode because:
- Buying uniforms individually can cost more per piece. Thus, wholesale suppliers and manufacturers save costs.
- Designing custom made uniforms gets tougher and increases the chance of having no symmetry but getting them made from wholesalers can ensure uniformity.
- Having an extra stock of uniform is next to impossible because no one can hold the extra emergency stock for you. However, some retail manufacturers of uniforms can provide services like holding up the extra stock of uniforms for you.
- Some organizations have custom dress codes such as embroidery and printed designs which only retail manufacturers can easily provide.
While dealing with retail manufacturers there are some common terms which you need to know for transaction and references purposes as these are industry terms and need to be used while exchanging information by the buyer to the dealer:
- Requesting a quote– after selecting a supplier we need to ensure if they can deliver on their promise and hence, the buyer has to request a quotation or quote. It is like a call for bids and invitation for bid.
- RFQ– Request for quotation is the first step of communication with the supplier. It is the only way to find out prices from a supplier. It can be done by sending an email or sending a message on the retailer’s website asking how much quantity you want to buy and what costs will incur.
- Minimum quantity order (MQO) – Asking for their minimum order quantity and if that is under your range because some suppliers only do heavy discounting for large quantity orders.
- Shipping timeline– The next step is finding out the turnaround time and shipping time. For instance, how long does it take them to ship the item to you and their payment terms, what modes of payment do they accept and how they want the payment to be made, etc.
- Sample orders– Asking for sample orders is important to get a feel for the product you’ll be getting and then providing the item to your customers, workers, etc.
With the help of these terms, we can easily communicate with the supplier, manufacturer and can judge them to be a good fit for us. If they are not then we can move on to next as there are plenty to choose from.