Recently valued at US $28 billion globally by Nester Research, the workwear and uniform market is set for substantial growth in the coming years as a result of rising demand for workplace safety. By 2026, the market is expected to grow by 54% to US $43 billion.
This growth could be accelerated in the wake of COVID-19. As reported by consulting firm Gallup, 46% of US workers are concerned that returning to work could expose them to the virus, which could see businesses turn to protective clothing in order to alleviate fears and facilitate a safer return to the workplace. A recent analysis by Allied Market Research has suggested that the protective clothing sector will see sharp growth, climbing by 38% in the next seven years.
Ensuring that employees can return to work safely will play a vital role in recovering from COVID-19. However, soaring demand for protective workwear could also compound pre-existing issues in the uniform manufacturing supply chain. The industry will need to make considerable changes to the way measurements are collected in order to improve fit, minimize returns, and improve efficiency as demand soars.