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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

"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 Manufacturer Toolkit: Designing Winter Gloves for All Budgets

Posted by Peter Kiernan

May 24, 2014 1:28:00 PM

winter_tracks_in_snow_is_photoThe only thing worse than cold hands, is cold and wet hands.

In a recent post, we covered warmth and insulation solutions. But client specs usually call for designing gloves that keep hands both warm AND dry.

Today, we’ll talk about windproof and waterproof barriers, and other materials we can use to protect hands from the elements.

As you’ll see, the solution we recommend varies by budget.
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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Glove Materials, Private Label: Glove Design Process

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

Glove Company Challenge: Making Warmer Gloves

Posted by Peter Kiernan

May 9, 2014 1:31:00 PM

glove company challenge:  making warmer winter gloves

Until about 40 years ago, hands were protected with shell materials like heavy weight deerskin or bison and lined with fur or hand knit wool.

Now we have a wide variety of technologies that make the outdoors a better experience in all weather conditions.

Great materials exist. The glove designer's real challenge is to develop gloves with the right performance features for weather conditions WITHIN your budget.

Here's a 2-Part series on the materials and technologies we use to design gloves for cold weather..

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label: Glove Fit & Feel, Private Label Glove Materials, Private Label: Glove Design Process

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