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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

Glove Manufacturer's Guide to Branding

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Mar 15, 2014 6:58:00 PM

harley davidson tatoo brandingThere is no disputing the importance of brand when it comes to consumer apparel. Think about 3 iconic brands, and how they make the wearer feel:

... the lifestyle conveyed by a Nike swoosh,

... the exclusivity of an LV logo,

... the “this is my tribe” feeling of a Yankees baseball cap.

Each of these brands makes the wearer feel good, admired, confident. And in each case, there are many variations when it comes to physical execution.

What are our branding options when it comes to gloves?

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Suppy Chain, Private Label: Branding

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.

It seems that everyone involved in sourcing and producing leather products will be attending the leather fairs with more keen interest. Why? 

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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

Glove Supplier Q & A: Which Outsourced Services Are Right For You?

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Mar 9, 2014 8:09:00 PM

is_photo_sewing_machine_BWGlove sourcing isn’t one size fits all.

In fact, it’s more like visiting a buffet. Some companies completely outsource all aspects of glove manufacturing, others simply need a specific service to supplement current capabilities.

You may need help with design … or sourcing and manufacturing … or have things pretty well in hand (no pun intended) and just need occasional consulting.

How do you decide? Here’s a Q & A with a twist … use it to learn which kind of glove manufacturing services can help take your business to the next level.

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Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Sourcing Strategy, Private Label Suppy Chain, Private Label: Glove Fit & Feel

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 offer advice 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

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

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