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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

Manufacturing Gloves and Strategic Sourcing: How To Speed Up Delivery

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Feb 23, 2014 3:06:00 PM

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If you are on the product planning side of things, you undoubtedly know about “standard” lead times for product coming from Asia.

But in the real world, we often don’t have the luxury of lots of extra time.

Forecasts aren’t perfect. What if sales exceed expectations, or your size breakdown comes in differently than forecast?

How can your supplier help you expedite product?

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label: Glove Factory, Private Label Product Merchandising, Private Label Suppy Chain, Private Label Glove Materials, Private Label Inventory Solutions

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

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

Cost of Gloves: A Framework for Glove Buyers

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Nov 14, 2013 6:19:00 PM

Cost of Gloves Example: Sport Gloves

Recently, we were working on a new line of sport gloves for a client.

As it happened, the first samples were more than satisfactory, but cost was not.

At this point, the challenge becomes, how to get the same look and function, and hit the target cost? Where can we save some money?!

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label: Glove Factory, Private Label Costs/Pricing, Private Label Glove Materials, Private Label: Glove Design Process

Glove Manufacturing Resource: What Goes Into the Cost of A Glove?

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Nov 14, 2013 6:02:00 PM

Glove manufacturing: cost of a glove

Here’s a question we get asked: how come one beautiful glove costs $20, and another "similar" one is twice that?

It’s a really important, basic question, with a pretty simple answer.

To answer it, we'll begin by looking at how a target glove cost is determined --

Then, examine the key factors that impact glove costs during development:

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

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