Workwear Uniform Group: A Pioneer in Professional Clothing

The premier sponsor for the 2024 PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards is Workwear Uniform Group, an innovative uniform and workwear organisation under which two of the UK’s largest, independently owned uniform and PPE brands sit. PCIAW® would like to share some information about our sponsor with event delegates, showcasing what makes Workwear Uniform Group a pioneer in professional clothing.

In this article PCIAW® interviews Workwear Uniform Group to learn how their management of brands creates a stronger manufacturing ecosystem.

How will Direct Corporate Clothing (DCC) and Incorporatewear (ICW) customers benefit from the consolidation of brands under Workwear Uniform Group?

Incorporatewear specialises in the design, manufacture, and roll-out of branded corporate uniforms as a managed service, while Direct Corporate Clothing (DCC) is an expert in large-scale co-ordinated rollouts of high-volume PPE and technical workwear orders.

Our brand portfolio also includes Workwear Uniform Group BV, which services our European customer base, global sourcing specialists GiSa International, and Sri Lanka-based K&D Manufacturing, which provides in-house production support and zero-waste manufacturing.

Consolidation allows us to offer that same excellence in each brand to our entire customer base as a managed service.

It also gives us a unique level of supply chain control and visibility so we can supply the best products at the best prices, all underpinned by robust real-time reporting and online ordering portals that connect directly to a central ERP system shared by DCC and ICW. This ERP speaks directly to our state-of-the-art £15m warehouse, which is used to significantly reduce lead times and eliminate human pick errors.

What investments has the Workwear Uniform Group made to enhance the performance of its brands?

Our internally financed, multi-million-pound investment programme touches many foundational areas of our business that will benefit every customer.

For instance, our £15m state-of-the-art automated warehouse continues to significantly decrease lead times through automation, reduces the emissions associated with each pick by 75% (vs manual warehouses), and enables us to quadruple usable storage space to store greater volumes of our customers’ stock ready for immediate dispatch.

Real-time data from this system also feeds into our new best-in-class ERP system, which can provide customers with real-time data about their stock, SLAs, and product rollouts all within a fully configurable dashboard.

Finally, we’re rolling out new online digital portals to our customers that will make it even easier to place and monitor orders, centrally control expenditure, and enforce rules determining what can be ordered across thousands of sites.

We believe this sends a clear, substantive message about our long-term commitment to our relationships with our customers and to providing the best service and solutions in the industry.

How will combined capabilities of manufacturing, distribution and managed service arms allow the group to meet customer needs?

Workwear Uniform Group is a true one-stop shop for our customers, providing transparency and professionalism across our entire supply chain.

Direct control over manufacturing and distribution enables us to offer a level of customisation, quality assurance, and responsiveness that is only possible in vertically integrated supply chains.

This, coupled with our global network of audited third-party suppliers means there is virtually no workwear product we cannot manufacture or supply at a competitive price.

Workwear Uniform Group is a contract-based business that focuses on long term, non-transactional relationships with customers. That’s why our managed service is such a key part of our offering. From inventory management and large scale mobilisations to managing the transition away from incumbent suppliers, our coverage of the entire workwear lifecycle allows us to take care of all of our customers’ needs through a single service.

How does Workwear Uniform Group help neutralise complications in the process of changing suppliers?

The Group has many decades of experience managing operationally complex stock transition projects and mobilisations, with established processes for managing customers’ transition away from their incumbent supplier.

The key to reducing risk in supplier transition is proactive stock management and forecasting. We are able to identify potential risks to supply well in advance and mitigate them.

From the initial transfer of wearer data and forecast information through to stock checks, pre-production of products and the development of the customer’s online ordering portal, we provide a detailed critical path outlining every event that needs to occur as part of a successful stock transition project.

This is underpinned by our industry-leading warehouse automation which allows us to store large volumes of stock ready for rapid dispatch. We can therefore work closely with customers to phase in their new stock as and when needed, ensuring continuity of supply.

How has Workwear Uniform Group reduced its carbon footprint and what targets has it set for the group going forwards?

We have committed to net-zero emissions by 2050 in line with the Science-Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Sustainability is high on our agenda and was a key factor in our choice to invest in our automated warehousing system. Compared to manual warehouses, AutoStore technology reduces the emissions associated with every pick by 75%.

From our zero-landfill policy to phasing in sustainable packaging across our customer base, we’re taking demonstrable steps to protect the environment. These include:

  • Reducing CO2 emissions by 80% through biofuel-only shipping, which has been in place since January 2024
  • Preventing customers’ waste from going to landfill by recycling and finding end-uses for the fibres as part of our managed service
  • Conducting customer Polygiene wearer trials to reduce garment allocation and allow for washing at lower temperatures
  • Using state-of-the-art machinery in our Group-owned factory to enable zero-waste manufacturing via the reuse of fabric offcuts for carpet underlay

PCIAW® would like to thank Workwear Uniform Group for supporting the PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards, and we look forward to opening our doors to the professional clothing industry once again this 18th – 20th November 2024.

The PCIAW® Summit, Exhibition & Awards event takes place over three days from 18th – 20th November 2024.

  • 18 November – PCIAW® Factory Tours showcases UK-made professional clothing, textile processing and state-of-the-art automated warehousing.
  • 19 November – PCIAW® Summit & Exhibitor Workshops 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.
  • 20 November – PCIAW® Summit & Exhibitor Workshops 9:00 am until 1:00 pm.
  • 20 November – PCIAW® Awards begins with a champagne reception at 6:00 pm followed by a three-course gala dinner. The PCIAW® Awards ceremony begins at 7:30 pm until 10:00 pm, complete with an evening of networking and entertainment.

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