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Rhonda Hurwitz

Rhonda is a digital marketing expert helping companies grow.

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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

"Made in USA": The Outlook for US Glove Companies (Part 1)

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jun 30, 2014 10:01:00 AM

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The time is ripe for forward thinking companies in our industry -- apparel brands, manufacturers, and retailers --  to take a fresh look at domestic manufacturing.

But for goods that are currently made in China and elsewhere, "reshoring" isn't a slam dunk.

On the one hand, the American consumer wants more "Made in USA" options.  In fact, "made in USA" is a desireable label for many Asian consumers as well.

On the other hand, consumers remain price sensitive.  

How can this reshoring come about?  And what does it mean for a US glove company like ours, that makes labor intensive sports gloves?

In this 2-Part series, we take a closer look.

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Topics: Private Label Glove Company

3 More Sourcing Strategies to Manage Rising Glove Costs

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jun 24, 2014 10:58:00 AM

costsRising prices are one of the greatest business challenges for retail buying organizations. The challenge is to manage costs in a way that doesn't affect the consumer appeal of your product.

As we showed last week, value engineering your product is one cost management strategy we can use to do this.

By being creative with glove design, and using technical knowledge of the range of glove materials and available substitutes, we can often reduce costs in a way that doesn't affect product performance.

But many other costs are going up as well, so materials selection and value engineering your glove design is just one approach.

Here are 3 more sourcing strategies to use to manage rising glove costs.

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Topics: Private Label Costs/Pricing, Private Label Glove Materials, Private Label Outsourcing Services

Glove Manufacturers: Re-engineering Design to Offset Rising Costs

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jun 16, 2014 6:16:00 AM

costsLabor costs, leather and other raw material costs, freight, costs associated with consumer safety testing ...

If the prospect of higher costs and lower margins keeps you up at night you are not alone.

In a recent USFIA survey of fashion executives, 81% ranked rising sourcing costs as their greatest business challenge.

Here's an approach that just might lead to a better nights sleep.

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Topics: Private Label Costs/Pricing, Private Label Glove Materials

Sports Gloves Innovation: The Making of the GaGa Glove

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jun 8, 2014 8:05:00 PM

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The founders of Talon Athletics were working at a local day camp when the idea of protecting players' hands for the game of GaGa stung them like a bee.

Young players were getting hand injuries -- the thin baseball batting and other fingerless gloves being worn
in the GaGa pit were not protective enough.

A new, sport-specific glove was needed.

Sports Gloves: From Idea to Innovation

Throughout history, people have had new product deas ... but how many actually act on them?

When founders Scott Blumberg and Willilam Perez approached us in the fall of 2012 to develop a better glove for the dodgeball-like sport, they had an idea of what was needed, but not how to make it.

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Glove Materials, Private Label: Glove Design Process, Private Label Glove Innovation, Private Label Sports Gloves, Private Label: Case Studies

Glove Company Q & A: How To Optimize Glove Fit

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jun 4, 2014 2:07:00 PM

manufacturing gardening glovesA recent conversation with a glove buyer reminded us that sometimes, the easiest question can be the hardest to answer.

At the start of a new glove project, she asked for the overall measurements for 3 different types of gloves, to begin her initial design work.

Easy, right?

Even if the requirements of a glove change due to style, the basic dimension of a small, medium or large person's hand doesn’t vary … does it?

Don't all glove makers use the same basic size and hand measurements?

Well … yes and no.

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label: Glove Fit & Feel, Private Label Glove Company

Glove Manufacturing: Strategic Sourcing To Reduce Risk

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

May 19, 2014 9:37:00 AM

supply_chain_imageIs your glove line made in a single country or factory?  What about your raw materials ...

When events like the 2011 floods in Thailand, the recent violence in Vietnam, or even the port slow down on the West Coast of the US. occurs ...

How would disruption to your manufacturing supply chain impact your business?

And, more importantly, can we avoid this risk through better planning?

Here are 3 questions you can ask, to identify and plan for hidden risks.

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Sourcing Strategy

Improving Glove Quality: 3 Ways to Reduce Consumer Returns

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

May 1, 2014 1:28:00 AM

improving glove quality and reducing returnsAs the weather turns warmer and sales of motorcycle gloves pick up, we wanted to share a particular manufacturing problem that we once had to trouble shoot.

For a powersports brand, consumer complaints were running at nearly 1% of sales on one of their best-selling fingerless glove styles. The challenge was to figure out why, and remedy the situation. 

By making three simple manufacturing technique improvements, the return rate was reduced by almost 50% in the 2 years that followed.

Since "quality is job one", we thought it would be instructive to share not only what we did, but what we learned. 

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Topics: Private Label: Glove Quality

Diversifying Glove Manufacturers: 6 Factors to Consider

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, and how should you choose?

At first, this seems like a simple question.

There's no denying the appeal of lower cost. The growth of manufacturing in countries like Thailand, Vietnam, and others are all testament to that.

However, we also read about a return to "Made in U.S.A." in some cases.  While lower price is not part of this strategy, it offers other potential advantages.

As with most supply chain questions, it is not as simple as it seems on the surface.

If you are thinking about planning your glove production, what else should you consider?

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label: Glove Factory, Private Label Suppy 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: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Product Merchandising, Private Label Glove Innovation

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