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Strategic Sourcing: Keeping Glove Prices in Line When Costs Are Rising

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Mar 31, 2014 7:00:00 AM


The past few weeks have seen some dramatic trends for importers and sourcing professionals.

The Chinese currency (RMB) has fallen steadily over the past year, reaching a 12-month low against the dollar in March.

On the other hand, leather prices -- a main material in many of our products -- have been rising steadily.

In fact at the APLF this week, that's all anyone talked about.

In the face of cost volatility, what can we do to manage margins and profitability?  How should it impact our planning?

Let’s take a closer look at what these changes mean for our customers.


Topics: Private Label Sourcing, Cost/Pricing

Glove Supplier Challenges: Leather Prices 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.


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Private Label Sourcing, Leather, Cost/Pricing, Materials, Innovation

Glove Supplier Q & A With a Twist: Which Services Are Right For You?

Posted by rhonda hurwitz

Mar 9, 2014 8:09:00 PM

Glove 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.


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Private Label Sourcing, Supply Chain, Glove Fit & Feel

Innovations for Glove Manufacturers: New Materials

Posted by Roger Heumann

Feb 8, 2014 4:34:00 PM

outdoor retailer show -- innovations for glove manufacturerd
Last month, we attended the 2014 Outdoor Retailer Winter Show in Salt Lake City.  

This show is always a source of inspiration, and if you’ve never been there, I’d highly recommend a future visit. Leading technical materials suppliers use this venue to introduce new materials for high performance gloves, apparel and sports gear, and manufacturers show off new product lines.

I wanted to share some of the highlights that have really excited us as we head into a new season of product development for our customers.


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Private Label Sourcing, Materials

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.

An “Unofficial” 2014 Report, from Unofficial Sources


Topics: Private Label Sourcing, Glove Factory, Leather, Cost/Pricing, Supply 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.


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Private Label Sourcing, Glove Factory

6 Personas of a Private Label Buyer

Posted by Peter Kiernan

Nov 23, 2013 7:20:00 AM

If you're a private label buyer, you are good at what you do because of your unique management style.

In our experience, working with many different private label buyers, each has a slightly different way of approaching the sourcing process.

Of the 6 glove management types we have identified, which management style best describes you?


Topics: Private Label Sourcing

A Private Label Glove Sourcing Conversation

Posted by Roger Heumann

Oct 28, 2013 7:40:00 AM

Welcome to The Glove Maker's Blog

Welcome to our new blog, where we plan to share our glove manufacturing, design and sourcing experience, as well as more general views, tips and news for glove buyers and others within our industry.

sourcing leather for glove manufacturing Let’s kick off our conversation about glove sourcing with a story.

A new food store opened in my town last week. On my first visit, I tried a few items from their private label food line.

Specifically, store brand almonds, vanilla ice cream, mango salsa, and some salads.

 Packaging? Nice.
 Assortment? Interesting.

Price? Fair.  Quality? Meh.

Actually, the vanilla ice cream was gummy, and the salads were just so-so.

What does this have to do with gloves sourcing?


Topics: Glove Manufacturers, Private Label Sourcing, Glove Fit & Feel, Outsourcing


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