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Choosing Glove Manufacturers: Are You Diversified?

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Apr 21, 2014 10:34:00 AM

choosing glove manufacturersIs working with just one supplier is the best way to control glove cost?  How many suppliers should you have?

At first, this seems like a simple question.

There is no denying the appeal of finding lower cost apparel manufacturing.  We all read about the shift of manufacturing to western China and beyond, in search of lower costs. The growth of manufacturing in countries like Thailand, Vietnam, and others are all testament to that.

We also read about manufacturing shifting back to the U.S in some cases.  While price is not part of that equation, manufacturing on this side of the world, when feasible, offers other potential advantages.

As with most supply chain questions, it is not as easy as it looks.

If you are thinking about diversifying your supply chain, what else should you consider?

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Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Glove Factory, Supply Chain

Glove Company: 5-Steps to A Short and Long Term Product Plan

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Apr 13, 2014 11:23:00 AM

How a Glove Company process for "new and improved" productIs your glove line in need of a refresh? 

What about new products ... is there a need for improvements to a current line ... or for a new line entirely? 

Sales and customer feedback is the best barometer of where you are versus where you need to be.  And here's a 5-step process you can use for planning ahead and closing any gaps.

This is a 50,000 foot view but hopefully gives you some fresh ideas for your product planning process.
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Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Product Planning, Innovation

Leather Glove Manufacturers: Ideas and Inspiration from the 2014 APLF

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Apr 3, 2014 7:10:00 PM

This year's  Asia Pacific Leather Fair (APLF) wrapped up earlier this week.  With over 1,200 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors, it's a huge showcase for the leather industry, where you see everything  from classic leather selections to emerging trends on display. 

The show is a great place to exchange ideas and information with colleagues in the industry. This year the need to source alternatives due to rising hide prices was a particular topic of discussion.

And of course, we all want to see what's new.  Bright colors, distressed textures, alternatives that offer price advantages --  you can see it all here, under one roof. The APLF is  a great place to look for innovative materials, designs, finishes and colors for the forthcoming seasons.

As they say ... a picture is worth a 1000 words. We are sharing some pictures from the fair,  if you're interested in leather.  Enjoy!

Below:  pictures don't convey the scale. 
So many leather producing countries represented, from Brazil to Turkey to Pakistan to Italy -- like a session at the United Nations. 
 

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Topics: Leather Glove Manufcturers

Strategic Sourcing: Keeping Glove Prices in Line When Costs Are Rising

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Mar 31, 2014 7:00:00 AM

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The past few weeks have seen some dramatic trends for importers and sourcing professionals.

The Chinese currency (RMB) has fallen steadily over the past year, reaching a 12-month low against the dollar in March.

On the other hand, leather prices -- a main material in many of our products -- have been rising steadily.

In fact at the APLF this week, that's all anyone talked about.

In the face of cost volatility, what can we do to manage margins and profitability?  How should it impact our planning?

Let’s take a closer look at what these changes mean for our customers.

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Topics: Private Label Sourcing, Cost/Pricing

How A Private Label Manufacturer is Like A Point Guard

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Mar 24, 2014 11:37:00 PM

award_winning private label glove manufacturerWhen you manufacture private label gloves, it's like being a point guard, in a way ...

You create scoring opportunities for your teammates.

When they score, you take satisfaction in knowing you've done well.

You don't take credit for what you do.
That's just part of the job, and part of being on a team. 

So today's post is to share a bit of good news for a client of ours -- who shall remain nameless. 

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Topics: Glove Manufacturers, About Olympia, Design, Innovation

Glove Company: A Peek Behind the Product Planning Curtain

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Mar 23, 2014 3:00:00 PM

Glove company product innovations from nature

 

 If you manage a product line, it's a good idea to periodically conduct a line review. 

Do you have a process to do this annually or biannnually?

Today we'll pull back the curtain on our own product planning process.

By sharing our process for analyzing customer needs, trends, and innovation ... we hope you find some ideas that are useful.

So what does the turtle shell pictured above have to do with powersports gloves?  Read on.

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Topics: About Olympia, Product Planning, Materials, Innovation

Glove Manufacturer's Guide to Branding

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Mar 15, 2014 6:58:00 PM

harley davidson tatoo brandingThere is no disputing the importance of brand when it comes to consumer apparel. Think about 3 iconic brands, and how they make the wearer feel:

... the lifestyle conveyed by a Nike swoosh,

... the exclusivity of an LV logo,

... the “this is my tribe” feeling of a Yankees baseball cap.

Each of these brands makes the wearer feel good, admired, confident. And in each case, there are many variations when it comes to physical execution.

What are our branding options when it comes to gloves?

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Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Supply Chain, Branding

Glove Supplier Challenges: Leather Prices Continue to Rise

Posted by Roger Heumann

Mar 9, 2014 9:27:00 PM

Two key leather fairs take place over the next two weeks.  Lineapelle will take place in Bologna this coming week.   APLF (Asia Pacific Leather Fair) will be the first few days of April.

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Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Private Label Sourcing, Leather, Cost/Pricing, Materials, Innovation

Glove Supplier Q & A With a Twist: Which Services Are Right For You?

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Mar 9, 2014 8:09:00 PM

Glove sourcing isn’t one size fits all.

In fact, it’s more like visiting a buffet. Some companies completely outsource all aspects of glove manufacturing, others simply need a specific service to supplement current capabilities.

You may need help with design … or sourcing and manufacturing … or have things pretty well in hand (no pun intended) and just need occasional consulting.

How do you decide? Here’s a Q & A with a twist … use it to learn which kind of glove manufacturing services can help take your business to the next level.

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Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Private Label Sourcing, Supply Chain, Glove Fit & Feel

Get a Grip! Manufacturing Gloves with Better Grip and Durability

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Mar 1, 2014 12:58:00 AM

use of kevlar in manufacturing glovesYour glove brand should deliver on the key performance characteristics that matter most to your end user, and enhance his or her product experience.

As glove manufacturers and designers, our goal is to help you do this, by raising the bar on glove performance, within your budget.

With careful materials selection and design, you can incorporate added performance features and maintain margins, too. Today, we are focusing on improving grip and durability.

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Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Cost/Pricing, Glove Fit & Feel, Materials, Design, Innovation

     

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