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Choosing the Right Hi-Vis Vests for Workplace Safety: Understanding the Different Colours and Standards

Choosing the Right Hi-Vis Vests for Workplace Safety: Understanding the Different Colours and Standards

 

Are you in need of ordering hi-vis vests for your workplace? Hi-vis vests play a crucial role in enhancing safety and visibility in various work environments. Whether you want to distinguish between contractors, visitors, and staff or ensure the visibility of workers during the day or night, choosing the right vest is essential.

In this blog post, we will address some common questions and considerations raised by our client, M. B., regarding hi-vis vests. Let’s dive in!

 

  • M.B.:

“I’m needing to order some different colour hi-vis vests for my workplace to indicate the difference between contractors, visitors, and staff. It says in the blog that the hi-vis standards for the main colours are red, orange, and yellow (lime green). Red isn’t that common, or is the blog referring to pink?”

  • Cassie, from Red Roo Australia:

“That’s correct if you need to meet industry standards. Red is not as common as it used to be, with most hi-vis workwear shifting to either yellow or orange. Pink shirts will only meet standards for night-time use (so long as it has a reflective stripe). Do you require hi-vis to be worn day to day generally? Or are you only wanting vests to identify visitors compared to staff?” 

  •  M.B.:

“Definitely day to day. A lot of our visitors and contractors go into our manufacturing plant and warehouse. The staff also go into these places as well day to day.”

  • Cassie, from Red Roo Australia:

“To ensure compliance with Australian Standards, it is preferable to stick with the base colours such as yellow, orange, and red when selecting hi-vis vests. These colours provide the necessary visibility and meet the requirements for daytime use.”

  •  M.B.:

“Is the visibility tape on the vest only necessary for night-time work?”

  • Cassie, from Red Roo Australia:

“Yes, the reflective tape on the vest is primarily intended for night-time work when visibility is reduced. If you are just wearing the vests during the day, then reflective tape is not necessary. However, if you have forklifts or other machinery moving around a darker warehouse, having the reflective tape wouldn’t go astray.”

 

In summary, when choosing hi-vis vests for your workplace, it’s crucial to consider the industry standards, the purpose of the vest (e.g., identifying visitors, contractors, or staff), and the lighting conditions in your work environment. While yellow and orange are the most common colours, red is less frequently used in modern hi-vis workwear.

If you have any further questions or require additional assistance, feel free to reach out to us!

Disclaimer: The information provided in this blog post is based on a chat conversation with a client and is intended for informational purposes only. It is always recommended to consult relevant safety standards and regulations before making any decisions regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) for your workplace.

Elevate your Uniforms with one of these Four Decoration Techniques!

Elevate your Uniforms with one of these Four Decoration Techniques!

 

When it comes to customising uniforms, selecting the right decoration method is crucial. With many different options available, it can be overwhelming to decide which technique suits your specific business’ needs.

This blog examines four popular decoration methods that are ideal for uniforms and their unique characteristics. Whether you’re looking for a subtle embroidered logo or an eye-catching all-over design, this guide will help you make your uniform memorable.

  1. Embroidery: Adding Elegance and Detail

Embroidery is a classic and sophisticated decoration method commonly used on the left-hand chest of shirts, caps and beanies. It involves stitching the design onto the fabric, creating a raised, textured effect. Embroidery is particularly suitable for showcasing logos, monograms, or intricate details. Its durability and professional appearance make it a popular choice for corporate uniforms and team apparel.

  1. Heat Transfer: Vibrant Colours and Fine Detail

When it comes to designs with multiple colours, intricate patterns, or short runs, heat transfer is a versatile and cost-effective option. This method involves using heat to transfer a design onto the fabric. It provides excellent colour vibrancy and allows for intricate details to be captured accurately. Heat transfer is an ideal choice when you need to customise a limited number of shirts or when the design requires precise colour matching and shading.

  1. Screen Printing: Versatility for Large Designs

Screen printing is one of the most widely used decoration methods, renowned for its versatility and ability to create bold, high-impact designs. It involves applying ink through a mesh screen onto the fabric, resulting in vibrant and long-lasting prints. Screen printing is particularly suitable for large design areas, making it a popular choice for t-shirts, hoodies, and the backs of work shirts. Its affordability, durability, and ability to reproduce intricate artwork make it a go-to method for many uniform customisations needs.

  1. Sublimation Print: All-Over Design

For those seeking to make a statement with their uniforms, sublimation print offers a unique solution. This method enables you to achieve an all-over design that seamlessly covers the entire garment. Sublimation involves using heat to transfer dyes onto the fabric, resulting in vivid, permanent colours and exceptional detail. It is particularly effective for designs that cannot be achieved through screen printing or embroidery alone. Sublimation print is perfect for sports uniforms, event apparel, and situations where a visually impactful, customised look is desired.

Selecting the right decoration method for your uniforms is a crucial step in creating a visually appealing representation of your brand. If you need help choosing the right technique, we can provide personalised recommendations based on your desired outcome, budget, and timeline.

3 Reasons Why Winter Uniforms are Essential for your Industry

3 Reasons Why Winter Uniforms are Essential for your Industry

 

On the fence about whether to invest in Winter Uniforms? Listen up for three fast, fresh and simple reasons to purchase Winter Uniforms this year.

 

  1. Improved comfort and mobility:

Our Winter uniforms often include features such as adjustable cuffs and waistbands, as well as breathable fabrics, to ensure maximum comfort and mobility while wearing them. This can be especially important for workers who need to move around excessively or perform physical tasks, such as those within the Trades and Mining industries.

 

  1. Professional appearance:

Some industries require employees to wear uniforms as part of their job (mainly Corporate). By investing in high-quality Winter uniforms, you can ensure that your team look professional and presentable while dealing with clients and other professionals.

 

  1. Long-term cost savings:

While Winter uniforms can be a large initial investment, they can ultimately save your business money in the long run by providing durable, long-lasting protection from the elements – especially with Red Roo’s commitment to fast delivery without compromising on quality. With proper maintenance of your Winter uniforms, you can ensure they continue to provide adequate protection for multiple seasons.

 

Looking to buy Winter uniforms for your team? Speak with the Red Roo team to discuss all uniform choices and customization options.

How to Attract the Right Leads at your Next Trade Show or Exhibition

How to Attract the Right Leads at your Next Trade Show or Exhibition

Trade shows are a great opportunity for businesses to connect with potential customers and generate leads. However, with so many exhibitors competing for attention, it can be difficult to stand out and attract the right leads.

Now, we know you must have a lot on your plate, as you prepare for your next trade show or exhibition. From planning for a unique and attractive booth, to brainstorming tactics on engaging with the attendees, the to-do list is endless. So, we’ll keep this blog short and simple.

Below are some quick and easy tips and strategies to attract the right leads at your next event.

Whether you’re a small business owner or a marketing professional, these tips will help you make the most of your trade show or expo experience and generate valuable leads for your business.

  • Have a clear and eye-catching booth design that showcases your products or services.
  • Offer a free giveaway or raffle to encourage people to leave their contact information.
  • Have knowledgeable staff on hand to answer questions and engage with attendees. Make sure your staff are dressed to impress. Customised uniforms will give your staff a professional look and for your booth visitors, a lasting first impression!
  • Host a presentation or demonstration of your products or services to attract a crowd and generate interest. Be creative to increase the footfall for your booth. You can install digital screens, media walls or pull up banners to achieve this.
  • Network with other businesses and industry professionals to expand your reach and gain leads or strategic alliances within the industry.
  • Use social media platforms and email automations to promote your participation at the event and engage with attendees before, during and after the event.
  • Have a simple lead capture system, by using webforms or QR codes which are an easy way for attendees to submit their contact information.
  • Follow up with leads quickly after the event to maintain the momentum and convert them into customers.

If you are seeking assistance with customised uniforms, branded signage, or custom promotional products, you have landed at the right place! Red Roo has 35+ years of experience, serving a wide range of industries with customised uniforms, promotional products, and branded signage for all occasions. Talk to our team today to find out how we can put your brand in front of thousands of potential customers at your next event.

Understanding Your Different Uniform Decoration Options

Understanding Your Different Uniform Decoration Options

Pad print, screen print, DTG, embroidery, supacolour, supasub, heat transfer, supaflex, sublimation……… Have I lost you yet?  I could be here all day to discuss decoration types, but today we’ll talk about the most common decorations, and when each is most suitable.

 

Pad printing

Pad printing is an offset printing process, where the design is transferred onto a surface via a soft silicone pad.

It is commonly used on hard promotional products (which are often difficult to print on) – think pens, rulers, water bottles, stress balls.  It’s great for a one or two colour print on these items.

 

Screen printing

Screen printing involves pressing ink through a stencilled mesh screen and is usually used on clothing or fabric based promotional products.  It’s perfect for tshirts, jumpers, reuseable bags, travel bags etc.  A four colour print can easily be achieved with his method. It’s an oldie but a goodie.

 

Embroidery

Embroidery involves creating design with coloured thread. It is most commonly used on uniforms, but you will also see it on caps, beanies, jackets, travel bags, and backpacks.  It’s a great, long lasting option for small areas of decoration on apparel.

 

Supacolour

Supacolour is similar to a heat applied transfer, but way more exciting. It is at the forefront of new methods and delivers outstanding results. The colour vibrancy and detail that you can get with your decoration is incredible with Supacolour.  It is again used on fabric-based garments and promotional products It won’t let you down if you have a four colour, detailed design that you want to maintain brightness of colour for longer periods.

 

Sublimation

For sublimation, the detail is all in the fabric.  Think sports uniforms, or polo shirts that have designs printed all over, like the print is part of the fabric.  Over the years, the prices have really come down on this decoration method, and the results have only become better.  In order for this printing choice to be economical, you need a minimum quantity of 20, but it is a great choice for a design that really speaks.

 

Supasub and supaflex

Supasub and supaflex are similar but different.  They look like the old fashion badge decoration you would see on army uniforms or police uniforms.  Using this method, the designs are printed and then sewn or embroidered onto the garment. It looks incredible on caps, beanies and bags.

 

It can be confusing to choose which method is best for your uniform or promotional products. The choice ultimately comes down to longevity of the item, budget and design. But don’t worry, our team at Red Roo is here to help you make the best choice for your unique project. Give us a call for a no-obligation chat.

Small Business Spotlight- launching a business during COVID 19

Renee Guljas and her husband launched their new painting business in the midst of a national pandemic. As a small business owner in the trade and construction industry they were lucky enough to land on their feet, like many other in the industry. We spoke to Renee about launching her new business, advice she would have for others in a similar position, the power of marketing, networking and promotional products and other little gems of wisdom along the way.

 

 

Uniform Ordering Made Fast and Easy

Uniform Ordering Made Fast and Easy

Why Ordering Uniforms Can be Frustrating!

Life is busy! Too busy to be waiting forever for staff uniforms to be ready.  Buying from one supplier and then having to find someone else to decorate them can be frustrating and a waste of precious time.

And, being the frontline of your business, you want your employees to look and feel good with quality materials and embroidery.  Because seriously, what’s the point in paying good money for second-rate uniforms that don’t last the distance and have your staff looking and feeling drab?

What To Keep In Mind When Buying Your Uniforms or Promo Products!

When it comes to uniforms and promotional products, you want a

  • super-fast turnaround time whilst
  • being cost-effective and
  • expertly customised,
  • without compromising on product quality or customer satisfaction.

What Questions You Need To Ask Yourself When Ordering Uniforms!

So, here are some questions for you – when it comes to ordering uniforms, do you:

  • purchase different brands from different suppliers?
  • purchase the garments from one supplier and then take them to be embroidered?
  • wait more than 4 weeks for your uniforms?
  • purchase blindly online not really knowing what you’re going to receive?

If you answered YES to at least one of these questions, we at Red Roo may be able to help you.

How Can Red Roo Help You!

Here are 5 great reasons why we are the best are what we do:

First: We have 80+ Suppliers

Red Roo has 80+ suppliers of uniforms, so there’s a good chance that you can purchase all of your garment brands through us! One shop! And don’t worry, if 80+ is overwhelming, we can point you in the right direction. Nothing’s a problem.

Second: We Provide In-house Embroidery & Printing

Red Roo has their own in-house embroidery and printing equipment. That means we receive the uniform, we decorate the uniform and we dispatch the uniform with no further interaction required from our clients.

Thirdly: 10 Day Turnaround For All Orders

Red Roo controls the production lead time and has an average turnaround time on uniforms of 10 days. Yep, that’s right, your staff can be looking good and feeling like they belong to your company in just 10 days!

Fourthly: Try Before You Buy!

Red Roo has a sampling policy that allows you to view the uniform, get the touch and feel of the uniform fabric and we can even provide a trial uniform if you need to see how it stacks up in your work environment. How good is that!

Lastly: ‘Just Bloody Great Service’

That’s Red Roo’s brand promise. Heck, even our existing clients say that we can be trusted to provide a fast and easy, no-fuss process where you won’t need to chase suppliers, find someone to do embroidery and then wait forever.

 

So don’t waste any more time! Make uniform ordering fast and easy!

 

Call our friendly team at Red Roo on 07 3255 8755 today.

5 Ways to Stand Out at Your Next Trade Expo

5 Ways to Stand Out at Your Next Trade Expo

Are you ready for expo season?

Australia is expected to host more than 300 trade shows, expos and conferences in the FY2022-23. Expos are a great way to meet potential clients, build brand awareness and create valuable alliances.

With a stand at an expo, you and your team are ‘on the ground’, face to face with your market in a way that few other events or marketing channels can. So, it pays to make sure that you and your expo stand reflect who you are and what your branding is all about.

Let’s look at 5 ways to stand out at your next expo:

#1 Invest in an eye-catching display

At an expo, there are usually hundreds, sometimes thousands, of exhibitors in one area all vying for attention. It’s important to stand out from your competitors and attract potential clients over to your display.

You’ve only got one shot to make your first impression count so make sure you’ve got a clear goal on what you want to achieve, and the message aligns with your objectives. Things to consider include:

  • colours consistent with your brand,
  • maximising space within the confines of your stand,
  • graphics,
  • lighting,
  • music,
  • seating,
  • signs,
  • wording and product display for maximum visibility.

Items that can catch the eyes of potential clients include anything that moves. For example, flags, corflute signs, media walls, mascots and live animals. If you opt for some flags but there’s no breeze coming through your stand, use a fan.

#2 Give away a Freebie

Giving away free stuff is always a good way to grow brand awareness and attract potential clients. Branded t-shirts, drink bottles, reusable coffee cups, tech products, and even bottled water are just some of the giveaway ideas that are proven to work. Try these or opt for something a bit more unique, like socks, sunglasses, puzzles, headphones, bottle openers … the options are endless.

People always remember kindness and what made them happy.  Offer a freebie for anyone who puts their name in a barrel to win something big, and you’ve not only created a smile on somebody’s face with a free gift, you’ve managed to build a ‘potential client’ database at the same time.

#3 Dress like a Dream Team

Uniforms look professional and identify workers as individuals who are associated with your company and products. They can inspire confidence in your prospects and show that your company is established and reliable. This makes uniforms an essential marketing strategy.

Consistency in employee appearance can create a positive impression on customers and contribute to projecting a favourable corporate image. Requiring all of your staff working on the expo stand to wear customised uniforms can help promote a feeling of unity too, like the dream team!

#4 Create multi-sensory experiences

Connecting all the senses can be key when wanting to create lasting impressions with expo attendees. Create a multi-sensory experience by including something each for people’s sight, sound, touch, taste and smell.

Virtual reality simulators, distinctive changeable lighting, interactive displays, appropriate background music, touch-panel interfaces, live demonstrations, hands-on opportunities and pleasant scents can all amplify attendees’ sensory abilities, engaging them and providing them with an experience they won’t forget.

#5  Keep Calm and Smile

Expos can be long and sometimes exhausting but it’s always better to stand rather than sit. People are far less likely to come and talk to you if you’re sitting down behind the counter in your stand, even more so if you’re looking at your phone.

If you want to attract people, stand about a metre away from your exhibit, relax, be yourself and smile at everyone who goes past. Shake hands, be friendly and keen to meet people and they’ll be attracted to you.

Prepare to build and increase your brand exposure at expos with Red Roo. Our expert team can assist you through every step of the process, from signage to uniforms to branded promotional products.

Check out some of Red Roo’s exclusive range of customised solutions and speak with our team to get personalised recommendations relevant to your line of business and industry.

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