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Rhonda Hurwitz

Rhonda is a digital marketing expert helping companies grow.

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Glove Manufacturer's Advice: 3 Ways to Reduce Minimum Order Quantity

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Sep 12, 2014 7:35:00 PM

no_moqA glove buyer's job is tough.

You watch retail trends, and develop new items to satisfy customer demand. But, forecasting a new item is hard.

If you could, you’d start small. Perhaps even fly in a small quantity to test, to gain confidence for a bigger follow-up order. 

Your gut tells you there are larger quantities to come, but until you see what sells, how can you be sure? There’s no crystal ball -- so to manage risk, you try to keep quantities small.

Problem is, the manufacturing world isn't geared for "small". That’s why you run into the MOQ issue.

Here's how to work around it.

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Glove Company Tips: 4 Things To Do NOW for 2015 Success

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Sep 8, 2014 10:45:00 AM

glove company tips: 2015 planning

What are your plans for next year? Are you thinking about new ways to delight your customers?

Last week we offered 3 tips for planning ahead for a more successful holiday selling season.

Today we want you to take a little longer view ... what else can we do to ensure next year's retail success? 

In our experience, planning,  preparation -- and a little risk taking -- is key to reaching new heights.

So here are 4 suggestions to kick off your thinking.


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Glove Company TIps: 3 Smart Year-End Strategies for Retail Brands

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Sep 8, 2014 9:57:00 AM

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Happy Thanksgiving amd Merry Christmas to you….

No, I am not mixed up ... though we are still in the heat of summer as the NFL season begins and US Open tennis winds down.

So why are we writing this?

It's time to get year-end inventory finalized and marketing plans all lined up, for the most critical time of the year.

Take these steps now, for a merrier December 31.

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Ultimate Glove Makers Product Planning Kit: Free Resource

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Aug 27, 2014 12:38:00 PM

People Together-8Designing a product line takes teamwork -- and the more clarity on goals and requirements, the better the results.

That's why we created this multi-part kit for glove buyers, and their product sourcing and design teams.

The Glove Maker's Product Planning Kit is a useful collection of free resources, to help you better manage the glove making process.

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Topics: Private Label: Glove Design Process

NEW Glove Company Resource: The Ultimate Glove Buyer's Kit

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Aug 12, 2014 8:39:00 AM

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Growing your glove business is the goal, but there's a lot to keep your eye on.

Product merchandising, and profitability. Quality, sourcing, and speed to market.

Well, here's some good news! An easy way to give your brand a tune-up, and get new projects off on the right foot.

Whether you’re outsourcing glove production or doing it all in-house, here's a free kit with everything you need to jump start your next season's glove line.

 

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Topics: Buyer's Kit

How Your Glove Company Can Shorten Leadtimes: 7 Essential Strategies

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Aug 7, 2014 11:21:00 PM

leopardWhen it comes getting your product designed, developed and delivered, Is your glove company more like a leopard -- the fastest land animal -- or a snail?

"Fast fashion" companies have figured out how to be responsive to consumer demand, and get product to stores FAST.

The consumer expects it, sales growth depends on it.

Can you say the same abut your company, and supply chain?

If not, what's slowing you down?
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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing

China Manufacturing: When Product Quality Goes South

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jul 28, 2014 10:50:00 PM

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This week, we heard an all-too familiar story of inconsistent quality, from an acquaintance in the accessories business. 

Unfortunately, they received a shipment of finished goods that was of such poor quality, that more than 40% was rejected.

As a result, customer back-orders could not be shipped.

How to avoid quality problems like this?

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label: Glove Quality

The Hidden Costs of Glove Manufacturing

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jul 28, 2014 10:47:00 PM

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Perhaps you're looking at this image, and wondering ... "What does an iceberg have to do with glove manufacturing costs"?

We chose this image because to fully understand the cost of something, often you need to look beneath the surface. 

When it comes to making gloves, there are explicit costs -- the ones you likely know about -- labor, materials, overhead ....

And there are also hidden costs that -- unless you are a glove expert -- you most likely wouldn't know about.

So, we decided to create a guide to these hidden costs, to enable you to better understand, and manage, your glove line.

Take a look. It just might help boost your margins!

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing

Imported vs. Made in USA Gloves: A Range of Options

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jul 10, 2014 4:51:00 AM

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Most gloves are imported, for the reasons we explored last week.

But there is growing interest in buying American made gloves, just as there is more interest in buying everything manufactured domestically. It explains why Wal-Mart had an open call for "Made in USA" products recently, and over 500 new vendors showed up.

Still, the  challenges related to domestic manufacturing of technical sports gloves  and reshoring in general, are considerable.

What are the options, and the labeling requirements, for imported vs. domestic apparel? What are the options for sourcing American made gloves?  

Here's what brands and retailers should know.

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing

10 Ways Your Glove Company Can Help You Achieve Market Success

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jul 8, 2014 1:18:00 PM

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We saw this saying recently, and it made us laugh.

<= "If you think it's expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur".

It's funny ... but also true!

In our industry, stories of contract factories that promise low cost and deliver little in the way of real value are legend.

Instead of promising pennies, a true manufacturing partner should help you make better decisions, get better product in less time -- and that in turn will enable more sales.

On the other hand, a "penny wise, pound foolish" supplier may causing "hidden costs" to add up.

Do you know how to recognize the difference?

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Topics: Private Label Costs/Pricing, Private Label Supply Chain

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