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Apparel and Accessories Marketing: How OmniChannel Helps Glove Sales

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Dec 2, 2014 8:44:00 PM

omnichannel_1-304694-editedDid you enjoy your turkey?

 Has the food coma worn off?

What about Black Friday or Cyber Monday ... Did you hit the stores?

Gas prices will soon dip below $2, but the consumer hasn't opened her wallet ... yet.

But here are a few reflections on the retail climate this holiday season ...

... and how online shopping trends might be very, very good for glove sales.


Topics: Private Label Product Merchandising

3 Merchandising Lessons for Private Label Buyers, From Trader Joe's

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Oct 11, 2014 6:54:00 PM

trader_joesThis week, a story from the food retailing world got our attention.

While reading about why Trader Joe's thrives compared to competitors, a statistic jumped of the page for us.

Eighty percent (80% !!!) of Trader Joe's products are private label!!!

Their store brand acts like a magnet, pulling people into their stores. It must be a pretty special brand.

Are there lessons for your apparel, accessories, or glove business?  Hmmm ...

Keep reading. Actually, there's an important lesson for all of us, regardless of apparel category.


Topics: Private Label Product Merchandising, Private Label: Glove Design Process

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.

Topics: Private Label: Glove manufacturing, Private Label Product Merchandising, Private Label Glove Innovation

Glove Company: A Peek Behind the Product Planning Curtain

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Mar 23, 2014 3:00:00 PM

Glove company product innovations from nature


 If you manage a product line, it's a good idea to periodically conduct a line review. 

Do you have a process to do this annually or biannnually?

Today we'll pull back the curtain on our own product planning process.

By sharing our process for analyzing customer needs, trends, and innovation ... we hope you find some ideas that are useful.

So what does the turtle shell pictured above have to do with powersports gloves?  Read on.


Topics: About Olympia, Private Label Product Merchandising, Private Label Glove Materials, Private Label Glove Innovation, Private Label Product Planning

Manufacturing Gloves and Strategic Sourcing: How To Speed Up Delivery

Posted by Rhonda Hurwitz

Feb 23, 2014 3:06:00 PM



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?


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

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