There are plenty of good reasons companies with mandatory uniform policies choose to rent uniforms on behalf of their workers. In many cases, the driving factor is money. Uniform rental is often cheaper than outright purchase when you consider all of the factors that go into uniform ownership. The Ottawa (Canada) Police Department (OPD) just recently learned that lesson.
News sources say the OPD scrapped a $23,000 uniform project just two months after initial implementation. Why? It ended up costing them more than they had planned. Yet it probably didn’t have to turn out that way. They might have been able to still supply the uniforms without running into budgetary constraints.
The issue boils down to the combined costs of uniform purchase and laundering. Purchasing the uniforms was simple enough. It was the laundry bill that got the OPD in trouble.
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