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Rhonda Hurwitz

Rhonda is a digital marketing expert helping companies grow.

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3 Merchandising Lessons for Private Label Buyers, From Trader Joe's

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Oct 11, 2014 6:54:00 PM

trader_joesThis week, a story from the food retailing world got our attention.

While reading about why Trader Joe's thrives compared to competitors, a statistic jumped of the page for us.

Eighty percent (80% !!!) of Trader Joe's products are private label!!!

Their store brand acts like a magnet, pulling people into their stores. It must be a pretty special brand.

Are there lessons for your apparel, accessories, or glove business?  Hmmm ...

Keep reading. Actually, there's an important lesson for all of us, regardless of apparel category.

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Topics: Private Label Product Merchandising, Private Label: Glove Design Process

5 Elements of Great Glove Design: Lessons from 5-Star Reviews

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Oct 8, 2014 3:23:00 AM

fashion-1-854932-editedThe introduction of the new Apple iphone 6 got us thinking about great design.

Great design ...

  • creates demand days or weeks in advance

  • commands a premium price

  • creates waiting lists once the item sells out, even when substitutes are available.

Here's a quote that sums it up for us:

"Consumer loyalty always follows great design".

Well, gloves aren't phones or computers, and they aren't software ...

But customers aren't shy about telling you what they like ... and don't like.

So, we turned to 5-star glove reviews, to hear what design elements lead to the happiest customers.

The qualities we uncovered will result in the fierce customer loyalty we all strive to achieve.

Here's how consumers define great glove design:

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Topics: Private Label: Glove Design Process

Glove Design: The Surprising Story of A New Snow Sport Glove

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Sep 23, 2014 6:15:00 AM

dreamstine_helmet_ski_glove

What makes a great new glove design?

Recently we worked on a new ski glove project, and the development process took a surprising turn.

We thought we'd share the story ...

All great designs ... and brands ... start with knowing your customer.

And in this case, the merchant REALLY knew his.

Glove expertise, technical factors or leather knowledge are important ...

But for this design, "intangibles" made all the difference. 

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Topics: Private Label: Glove Design Process, Private Label Glove Innovation

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

glove company & glove buyer planning checklist

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

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