Insider expertise across key industries

From automotive and chemicals to industrial manufacturing and retail, our insider knowledge across major industry sectors is creating new benchmarks for bottom line success. By understanding the industry landscape, we can customize our cost-saving solutions based on the unique characteristics of our clients and align our clients with the best suppliers in the marketplace.

We know the territory

  • Industry experience lets us source highest qualified suppliers.
  • Proprietary technology built around unique characteristics of leading industry suppliers ensures optimal management of RFP processes.
  • Negotiating terms and conditions leveraging Fine Tune industry expertise shifts the playing field to your advantage.
Automotive Parts and Service

Automotive Parts and Service
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Uniform Services

Car repairs, tune-ups and oil changes all demand a clean working environment and a mechanic workforce dressed professionally. Fine Tune has the industry covered with uniform programs tailored to make everyone look good—including the CFO.

“Uniform programs for the automotive service industry are challenging due to the high-turnover, high-soil nature of the business. The industry’s suppliers view many of these accounts as borderline undesirable, so they are constantly looking for ways to extract more money from these accounts after the deal is done. They’re particularly good at feasting on the opportunities created by changes in your business: turnover events, transfers from store to store, image changes, you name it. When something changes in your account, you can bet that your uniform supplier is finding ways to hurt your bottom line. At Fine Tune, we manage some of the largest automotive parts and service accounts in the country, and we can be your line of defense against the troublesome expense.”

– Brian Gamble, Vice President of Uniform Services, Fine Tune

Waste Services

By leveraging our insider knowledge of the automotive space, Fine Tune can create an optimal hauler base that keeps a lid on costs while managing supplier complexities. On average, Fine Tune delivers cost savings of 27% on waste disposal programs—significant savings for regional and national automotive chains.

“For large, regional and national automotive parts and service chains, sourcing and managing waste disposal services presents unique challenges. On one hand, the simplest route is finding either a single hauler or a broker to manage the category for you. But either of these approaches leaves money on the table. However, as you diversify your hauler base, costs may go down, but more and more resources are required to source and manage the category. With Fine Tune, we will deliver the best of both worlds for you. Your costs will be optimized and you’ll be spending your time on higher priorities.”

– Curtis Hill, Vice President of Waste Services, Fine Tune

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Chemical

Chemical
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Fine Tune manages some of the largest chemical uniform programs in the country. In fact, through a combination of supplier consolidation, contractual improvements and “boots on the ground” optimization initiatives, Fine Tune was able to cut costs for a leading specialty chemical manufacturer throughout their U.S. and Canadian operations by 35% – in just the first year!

“Chemical uniform accounts are challenging because requirements tend to vary substantially from location to location (and even department to department), and safety is always the primary concern. But that doesn’t mean your chemical company shouldn’t have a uniform program at optimal market cost levels. We look forward to helping you implement a best-in-class uniform program from both a safety and cost perspective.”

– Brian Gamble, Vice President of Uniform Services, Fine Tune

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Food Processing

Food Processing
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The need for safe and controlled working environments has left companies exposed to hidden charges in their uniform programs. Fine Tune helps to ensure you meet HACCP standards while minimizing the program expense.

“Uniforms are obviously important in food processing environments. HACCP compliance and functionality within your processing environment are the primary concerns, and yet that doesn’t mean that your company shouldn’t have a uniform program at optimal market cost levels. This is particularly challenging, though, with food processing accounts—especially so when some or all of your account may entail “bulk” uniform service. In these accounts, inventory management and supplier billing practices related to inventories tend to lead these accounts far astray from market-competitive levels. Fortunately, our experts have managed some of the largest food processing accounts in the country—so we know we can help you.”

– Brian Gamble, Vice President of Uniform Services, Fine Tune

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Food Service & Grocery

Food Service & Grocery
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Implementing two main hauler contracts and managing supplier transitions of nearly 100 grocery stores led to waste hauling savings exceeding $750,000 over a three-year period for a large U.S. grocery store chain.

“If you work for a regional or national grocery chain, I know your day-to-day obligations involve bigger priorities than waste disposal. You’re in a fast-paced environment, and keeping up with all that’s going on at the back of the store is enough of a challenge. And yet, maintaining optimal cost levels for your waste disposal services is a constant joust. If you’ve aligned all of your stores with one hauler or a single broker, you’re inevitably leaving money on the table. And if your stores all sign their own contracts, you’re lacking the sort of cohesive strategy and control that is needed in this space. With Fine Tune, we will deliver the best of both worlds for you. Your costs will be optimized and you’ll be spending your time on higher priorities—like running your stores and serving your customers.”

– Curtis Hill, Vice President of Waste Services, Fine Tune

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Manufacturing

Manufacturing
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Getting “boots on the ground” across spread-out field operations allowed Fine Tune to determine the optimal supplier mix for this nationwide rail company, helping to streamline and simplify contracts in the client’s favor and reduce costs by 34%.

“Manufacturing uniform accounts are challenging because requirements tend to vary substantially from location to location (and even department to department). In my nearly twenty-five years working for a leading uniform supplier and in my capacity at Fine Tune, I have managed many of the nation’s largest manufacturing accounts. We look forward to helping you implement a best-in-class uniform program.”

– Brian Gamble, Vice President of Uniform Services, Fine Tune

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Oil & Gas/Energy

Oil & Gas/Energy
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In the Oil & Gas/Energy industry, Flame Resistant Clothing (FRC) uniform expenses can easily run from $2 million to $10 million each year. Fine Tune’s industry experts will turn up the heat on your suppliers to significantly reduce your expense.

“In 2011/2012, new OSHA requirements forced the oil and gas industry into the uniform business. For many companies in this space, it has been a rude awakening. As oil and gas companies have been scrambling to protect their bottom lines, uniform services have hindered these efforts—through discretionary charges, back-end liabilities, and a host of other practices which have made this a nuisance for the industry. At Fine Tune, we can optimize your costs–and help take you out of the uniform business so that you can remain mission-focused.”

– Brian Gamble, Vice President of Uniform Services, Fine Tune

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Pharmaceuticals

Pharmaceuticals
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Within one year of partnering with a leading life science company, Fine Tune was able to identify over $500,000 in unnecessary costs and redesign their supplier inventory system to guarantee the cost savings would stick while ensuring adequate supply to keep business running smoothly.

“Pharmaceutical uniform accounts – particularly those involving cleanroom services – are challenging for a number of reasons. First and foremost, quality and processing integrity are always the primary concerns. Secondly, cleanroom contracts are troublesome, especially when you require “non-standard” merchandise, which tends to leave you feeling trapped on the back end of your agreement. Finally, inventory management in these types of accounts is a major challenge, and the industry’s suppliers don’t share your interests in controlling costs – so inventory and charges related to your inventory tend to spiral out of control. We can help.”

– Brian Gamble, Vice President of Uniform Services, Fine Tune

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Retail

Retail
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Convenience stores. Truck stops. Shopping malls. Franchise locations or national chains. Fine Tune’s coast-to-coast capability lets us develop a centralized waste disposal strategy to keep track of contracts, suppliers and unforeseen expenses so trash collection won’t cost you a bundle.

“For large, national retail accounts with locations from coast-to-coast, sourcing and managing waste disposal services presents unique challenges. On one hand, the simplest route is finding a single hauler or broker to manage the category for you. But either of these approaches leaves money on the table. However, as you diversify your hauler base, costs may go down, but more and more resources are required to source and manage the category. With Fine Tune, we will deliver the best of both worlds for you. Your costs will be optimized and you’ll be spending your time on higher priorities.”

– Curtis Hill, Vice President of Waste Services, Fine Tune

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Steel

Steel
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For leading steel companies, uniform service may not represent a large percentage of an overall budget, but it is a highly visible and important expense category. Unfortunately, the expense tends to be a thorn in the side of the category manager – and frequently the end user as well. In a fast-paced environment, with an ebbing and flowing workforce, and ever-evolving safety requirements, there always seems to be something related to uniforms that interferes with your monetary goals and disrupts productivity. Fortunately, Fine Tune has been managing large steel accounts for years and can help ensure your costs remain under control while you remain focused on steel.

“During the course of my career at Aramark, I directly serviced and later oversaw the servicing of many of the nation’s largest steel accounts. I understand the challenges you face as you attempt to balance the interests of controlling costs, ensuring safety, and maintaining high levels of employee satisfaction in a union environment. I also understand how the ongoing joust with uniform suppliers can be frustrating particularly as your business goes through good times and bad. These experiences have helped Fine Tune add value for our steel industry clients. We look forward to helping you, too.”

– Brian Gamble, Vice President of Uniform Services, Fine Tune

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Other

Other
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We’ve also partnered with clients in many other industries, including:

  • Healthcare
  • Laboratories
  • Medical Equipment Manufacturing
  • Mining
  • Paper Manufacturing
  • Printing
  • Railroad
  • Transportation
  • Trucking
  • Wood Products

Even if you don’t see your industry listed here, it is the deep knowledge of the categories we manage which ultimately adds value for our clients. Call us today to find out how we can help you!

“NBTY selected Fine Tune to evaluate, recommend, implement changes to, and provide ongoing management of its uniform services program. Through in-depth initial auditing and site visits, the program was optimized, service levels improved, and Associate satisfaction enhanced. Most notably, these enhancements have led to better positioning with suppliers and more advantageous agreement terms. Fine Tune stands out as a partner that has delivered both cost savings and significant productivity advantages to support NBTY’s vision, values and leadership within the wellness industry.”

– Miranda Townsend, Category Manager, Business Process Outsourcing, The Nature’s Bounty Co.

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"NBTY selected Fine Tune to evaluate, recommend, implement changes to, and provide ongoing management of its uniform services program. Through in-depth initial auditing and site visits, the program was optimized, service levels improved, and Associate satisfaction enhanced. Most notably, these enhancements have led to better positioning with suppliers and more advantageous agreement terms. Fine Tune stands out as a partner that has delivered both cost savings and significant productivity advantages to support NBTY’s vision, values and leadership within the wellness industry."
Miranda TownsendCategory Manager, Business Process Outsourcing, The Nature’s Bounty Co.
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Serving major clients coast-to-coast

Fine Tune’s growing list of clients have all realized hard-dollar savings to their program expense.

ACME Fresh Market
Advance Auto Parts
AZZ Galvanizing
Buehler’s Buy Low
Carquest
CAT
Express Oil Change
Fiesta
Flint Group
Glanbia
Holly Frontier
Hydrite Chemical Co.
Klement’s
Lord Ask Us How
Millipore Sigma
Nine
NLMK
Nucor
Pep Boys
Peterbilt
Ram Tool
Save A Lot
Siemens
Snap-on
SNF
Subway
TMK IPSCO
TTX
Valvoline
Vulcan Materials