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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.



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?

Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing

China Manufacturing: When Product Quality Goes South

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jul 28, 2014 10:50:00 PM


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?


Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label: Glove Quality

The Hidden Costs of Glove Manufacturing

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jul 28, 2014 10:47:00 PM


Perhaps you're looking at this image, and wondering ... "What does an iceberg have to do with glove manufacturing costs"?

We chose this image because to fully understand the cost of something, often you need to look beneath the surface. 

When it comes to making gloves, there are explicit costs -- the ones you likely know about -- labor, materials, overhead ....

And there are also hidden costs that -- unless you are a glove expert -- you most likely wouldn't know about.

So, we decided to create a guide to these hidden costs, to enable you to better understand, and manage, your glove line.

Take a look. It just might help boost your margins!


Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing

Imported vs. Made in USA Gloves: A Range of Options

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jul 10, 2014 4:51:00 AM


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.


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


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?


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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

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