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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

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

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

Strategic Sourcing: Keeping Glove Prices in Line When Costs Rise

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Mar 31, 2014 7:00:00 AM

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The past few weeks have seen some dramatic trends for importers and sourcing professionals.

The Chinese currency (RMB) has fallen steadily over the past year, reaching a 12-month low against the dollar in March.

On the other hand, leather prices -- a main material in many of our products -- have been rising steadily.

In fact at the APLF this week, that's all anyone talked about.

In the face of cost volatility, what can we do to manage margins and profitability?  How should it impact our planning?

Let’s take a closer look at what these changes mean for our customers.

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Topics: Private Label Sourcing Strategy, 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.

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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

Get a Grip! Manufacturing Gloves with Better Grip and Durability

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Mar 1, 2014 12:58:00 AM

use of kevlar in manufacturing glovesYour glove brand should deliver on the key performance characteristics that matter most to your end user, and enhance his or her product experience.

As glove manufacturers and designers, our goal is to help you do this, by raising the bar on glove performance, within your budget.

With careful materials selection and design, you can incorporate added performance features and maintain margins, too. Today, we are focusing on improving grip and durability.

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Costs/Pricing, Private Label: Glove Fit & Feel, Private Label Glove Materials, Private Label: Glove Design Process, Private Label Glove Innovation

How to FInd and Choose a Leather Glove Manufacturer

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Jan 14, 2014 11:37:00 PM

We recently attended a power sports trade show, and saw a wide range of gloves.  Our visit reminded us how difficult it is for a glove buyer to sort out manufacturing options. 

We saw everything from the best quality leather gloves, to inferior gloves made of mismatched scraps.

Never was the saying “buyer beware” more apt!

Today we want to outline a process to find and research the right leather glove manufacturer for your needs.

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

Glove Company Tips: What's the Best Leather for Gloves?

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Dec 23, 2013 8:25:00 AM

Glove company leather examplesBuyers ask us this question all the time: 

How do you choose the best leather for a glove?

Glove leathers vary widely, in terms of cost, finish, color fastness, abrasion resistance, suppleness, and many other performance factors.

Let's look the most common types of glove leather, their qualities, and best uses:

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

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