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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?
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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing

The Hidden Costs of Glove Manufacturing

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Jul 28, 2014 10:47:00 PM

iceberg

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!

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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

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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

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 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

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

How A Private Label Manufacturer is Like A Point Guard

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Mar 24, 2014 11:37:00 PM

award_winning private label glove manufacturerWhen you manufacture private label gloves, it's like being a point guard, in a way ...

You create scoring opportunities for your teammates.

When they score, you take satisfaction in knowing you've done well.

You don't take credit for what you do.
That's just part of the job, and part of being on a team. 

So today's post is to share a bit of good news for a client of ours -- who shall remain nameless. 

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, About Olympia, Private Label: Glove Design Process, Private Label Glove Innovation

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