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Glove Manufacturers: Re-engineering A 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

GAGA


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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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

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 were reminded of 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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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

Leather Glove Manufacturers: Inspiration from the 2014 APLF

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Apr 3, 2014 7:10:00 PM

This year's  Asia Pacific Leather Fair (APLF) wrapped up earlier this week.  With over 1,200 exhibitors and 20,000 visitors, it's a huge showcase for the leather industry, where you see everything  from classic leather selections to emerging trends on display. 

The show is a great place to exchange ideas and information with colleagues in the industry. This year the need to source alternatives due to rising hide prices was a particular topic of discussion.

And of course, we all want to see what's new.  Bright colors, distressed textures, alternatives that offer price advantages --  you can see it all here, under one roof. The APLF is  a great place to look for innovative materials, designs, finishes and colors for the forthcoming seasons.

As they say ... a picture is worth a 1000 words. We are sharing some pictures from the fair,  if you're interested in leather.  Enjoy!

Below:  pictures don't convey the scale. 
So many leather producing countries represented, from Brazil to Turkey to Pakistan to Italy -- like a session at the United Nations. 
 

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Topics: Private Label Leather Glove Manufacturing

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