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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


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!


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


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.


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

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

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

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.


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.

Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Glove Materials, Private Label: Glove Design Process

Glove Manufacturing: Strategic Sourcing To Reduce Hidden Risks

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

May 19, 2014 9:37:00 AM

supply_chain_imageWhat steps are you taking to anticipate and mitigate supply chain risks? 

Is your glove line made in a single country or factory?  What about your raw materials ...

Events like floods and natural disasters, political overseas -- even the occasional port slow down -- are inevitable. 

How would disruption to your manufacturing supply chain impact your business?

Can we avoid these risks through better planning?

Here are questions you can ask your suppliers, to enlist their help in identifying hidden risks, and be better prepared.


Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Sourcing Strategy

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