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Glove Manufacturing: The Ultimate Guide to Glove Cost (Part II)

Posted by Roger Heumann

Aug 21, 2014 3:31:00 AM

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In Part I of our "Ultimate Guide to Glove Cost" series, we covered the two most important cost variables, material costs and labor costs.

Today, we'll dig into Dies, Duty Rates, and other costs such as Embellishments, Packaging and Shipping.

The goal of our series is to help you weigh your options, and make better decisions.

As they say, "an educated buyer is our best customer!".

To learn about what makes up your glove costs, read on!

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

Glove Manufacturing: The Ultimate Guide to Glove Cost (Part I)

Posted by Roger Heumann

Aug 21, 2014 3:14:00 AM

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The first time I talk to a new customer, the question…”how much will the glove cost?” always comes up.

It seems like a reasonable question, but there are literally dozens of factors that can come into play.

Until we actually make a sample of the glove, it’s difficult to determine.

In today’s post, we wanted to explain the key factors that impact glove cost. We hope it leads to better decisions, from day one.

As you consider alternatives for your next glove project, here’s what you might find helpful to know.

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

Leather Price Challenges: Glove Supplier Costs 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.

It seems that everyone involved in sourcing and producing leather products will be attending the leather fairs with more keen interest. Why? 

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Sourcing Strategy, Private Label Leather Sourcing, Private Label Costs/Pricing, Private Label Glove Materials, Private Label Glove Innovation

Counterfeit Thinsulate Hunting Gloves: A Cautionary Tale

Posted by Roger Heumann

Feb 14, 2014 7:36:00 PM

3MLast week I happened to be talking to someone at 3M about hunting gloves, and the topic turned to counterfeit components.

Turns out, this supplier had caught a particular manufacturer using counterfeit Thinsulate while producing branded gloves. It seemed like an important story to share.

Here’s an unpleasant truth: there are disreputable factories promising brand name textiles, but what you see isn’t always what you get.

Here’s how to make sure that you get the glove -- and the components -- that you and your customers have paid for.

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label: Glove Factory, Private Label Suppy Chain, Private Label Glove Materials

Innovations for Glove Manufacturers: New Materials

Posted by Roger Heumann

Feb 8, 2014 4:34:00 PM

outdoor retailer show -- innovations for glove manufacturerd
Last month, we attended the 2014 Outdoor Retailer Winter Show in Salt Lake City.  

This show is always a source of inspiration, and if you’ve never been there, I’d highly recommend a future visit. Leading technical materials suppliers use this venue to introduce new materials for high performance gloves, apparel and sports gear, and manufacturers show off new product lines.

I wanted to share some of the highlights that have really excited us as we head into a new season of product development for our customers.

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

PHOTOS: Why Visit A China Glove Factory?

Posted by Roger Heumann

Jan 23, 2014 11:01:00 PM

Do you ever feel that you just can't get to the bottom of your inbox?

Each day, there's a new tidal wave of emails to deal with! 

Here's what I've come to realize.  In a global business, we need to travel more ... and email less.

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label: Glove Factory, Private Label Leather Sourcing

2014 Asia Sourcing: What's on the Horizon? (A Glove Maker's View)

Posted by Roger Heumann

Dec 21, 2013 6:27:00 PM

2014_outlookLast month, I spent a week working at our glove factory in China, and meeting with vendors, suppliers and customers.

I thought I’d share a “boots on the ground” report, on what I’m seeing and hearing, pertaining to the 2014 outlook for Asia manufacturing and supply chain impacts.

2014 Asia Sourcing Outlook from a Glove Maker: 

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Topics: Private Label Sourcing Strategy, Private Label: Glove Factory, Private Label Leather Sourcing, Private Label Costs/Pricing, Private Label Suppy Chain

Sourcing Tips: How to Visit a Glove Factory

Posted by Roger Heumann

Dec 12, 2013 9:23:00 AM

sewing maching from glove factorySuppose your son or daughter is deciding on which college to attend.

They’ve seen the brochures, talked to friends, read the online rating.

Should they choose the school where they will be spending the next 4 years, without a visit?

Similarly, it can very instructive for buyers and product managers to spend time visiting prospective and current manufacturing facilities.

My hope is that once you read this, you will know what to look for when you do.

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

3 Ways to Ensure That You Manufacture A Top Quality Glove

Posted by Roger Heumann

Dec 5, 2013 5:33:00 PM

mountain bike gloveWe visited several motorcycle glove dealerships recently. 

I have to be candid: the workmanship on some of the gloves I observed at retail was not good -- mainly at the lower price points, but not exclusively.

If you are responsible for a glove line, you might want to think about what steps you can take to engineer quality into the finished glove.

After all, quality has a huge impact on customer satisfaction with your brand.

The best time to insure that you get the quality you need? Before production starts!

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label: Glove Factory, Private Label: Glove Fit & Feel, Private Label Glove Materials

Thanksgiving: A Message of Gratitude from Your Glove Supplier

Posted by Roger Heumann

Nov 27, 2013 7:10:00 AM

thanksgiving

I wanted to take a moment to share some thoughts of the season with friends and customers.

At Olympia Gloves, here are a few things we are grateful for.  There is so much to appreciate this season: 

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Topics: About Olympia

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