How to tell when it’s time to change PPE suppliers

How to tell when it's time to change PPE suppliers

The list of variables involved in getting employees kitted out with the right protective clothing and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) is virtually endless – size, colour, fabric, branded or not, short sleeve, long sleeve, waterproof, shower-proof – add to that personal preferences and a tight budget and the job of purchasing it all becomes a real headache.

But it needn’t be if you are working with a professional supplier of PPE and protective clothing whose services are designed to ease the burden on health and safety managers and help ensure that their employees are protected in their work.

If your PPE supplier isn’t helping you, they’re hindering you. Ask yourself the following questions to judge whether it’s time for a change:

  • Do you have access to an easy online portal?
    An online portal gives anyone with the responsibility for purchasing workwear, protective clothing and PPE the sort of up-to-date information that helps them do their jobs easily. Contego’s online management portal gives customers up-to-the minute visibility of your orders, control over the purchasing process and ultimately peace of mind. A number of reporting metrics are available on this bespoke portal, including KPI reporting, user usage reports, order tracking, copy invoicing, online customisation and the ability to implement order level restrictions and manager approval options if you’d like your account to be accessed by multiple employees.
  • Are they innovative in bringing out new products?
    An experienced and expert supplier will continually be looking for new technologies, materials, products and techniques in PPE and protective clothing, which will benefit customers. Our Research and Development team always listens to feedback and ideas from customers, and lead us to create our own-brand WEARMASTER® range, which has every safety requirement taken into consideration, but is also fashionable and flattering when worn. We recently added the new Bolle Prescription Safety Glasses pack to our range, providing a simple and straightforward way of getting prescription safety glasses organised quickly and efficiently.
  • Do they provide speedy, trackable delivery?
    In today’s fast-paced world speedy delivery is not only desirable, it is often a must-have, as is being able to track your delivery. At Contego we offer free delivery on all orders over £50 and endeavour to dispatch non-personalised orders within 24 hours through reliable couriers such as ParcelForce and Fed-Ex. Our experienced customer services team work with you on your branded items to make sure you receive them on time. All parcels are sent securely, and you’ll receive a tracking number on dispatch so you can keep an eye on the progress of your delivery.
  • Do they provide a WEARPACK® option?
    Another boon to the busy health and safety or purchasing manager’s life is the WEARPACK® option. No more boxes full of numerous items to be sifted, sorted and then handed out to individual employees; instead labelled workwear with the names of employees to make the internal distribution of clothing and safety equipment as easy as possible for you. What’s more, our WEARPACK® service allows you to track the employees’ usage of their items so you know when it’s time to reorder.
  • Do they provide ongoing support and advice?
    Is their website full of useful information about protective clothing, workwear and PPE? Is it easy to find the information you need to buy the right products? An experienced, professional supplier will want you to be as informed as possible in order to help you purchase products that are suitable for their application and meet all your requirements, including your budget. Contego’s website is packed with product details, buying guides and regular blogs on important issues concerning staff protection and PPE, while our friendly team is on call to answer any queries.
  • Can they help you create a strong business brand?
    Creating a strong brand for your business is about communicating what your business is all about and one of the most visual ways to do that is through the clothing your staff wear. Look for a workwear supplier that has in-house designers with the experience to create and manufacture bespoke corporate designs to support your brand identity. Contego has worked with numerous clients, for example Wyevale Garden Centres, to design and create professional uniforms, while our on-site embroidery and Heatseal printing facilities have the capacity to produce over 3000 garments a day, so you can personalise your workwear however you want.

So, is it time to change your supplier? For help and advice, or details of our extensive range of safety clothing and PPE, download the Contego Catalogue now, visit our website or contact our friendly team on 0800 122 3323 or

Published on 26 June 2018


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