Avoid Last Minute School Uniform Shopping

16/01/2018 12:59

With the start of the new school year just days away, the Consumer Council of Fiji is urging parents to avoid last minute shopping for their children’s uniforms.

The recent fire which affected theoperations of one of the largest suppliers of school uniforms for most schools, Lotus GarmentsNational Uniforms, simply means parents need to arrange uniforms immediately. Lotus has beenthe preferred supplier of uniforms for most schools according to their past advertisements.

In a recent survey, the Council established that there are few major suppliers who have stepped into the sudden vacuum created by unforeseen removal of Lotus Garments National Uniforms fromthe marketplace. Suppliers such as CK’s Easy Buy, M. Bhagwan and Hare Ram Traders areproducing the bulk required to fulfil the market demand and solely relying on them and few otherscould lead to delays and disappointments.

It was also found that there are number of shops sellingcommon uniforms such as white shirts and khaki pants.Parents are therefore encouraged to get their focus on children’s uniforms.

If parents opt forstitching then they must engage tailors who can deliver on time and with quality work. Parentsmust ensure uniforms are stitched according to the patterns or the designs set by the respectiveschools so that the colour, and other intricate aspects of the uniform complies with the particularschool’s requirements.

Furthermore, the Council wishes to advise parents to do an inventory check on last year’s schoolitems before going out shopping.

This includes last year’s uniforms, bags and shoes as some ofthese may still be in good condition which can be reused in the new school year.

The same appliesto school stationaries such as rulers, rubbers, pencils and so on.Parents must also start engaging their children regarding their financial circumstances so thatchildren don’t influence school shopping with their list of ‘wants’.

The Council urges consumers to be responsible shoppers by drawing up a shopping list andsticking to it during the new school year.