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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 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

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

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

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

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Topics: Private Label Sourcing Strategy, Private Label: Glove Factory, Private Label Leather Sourcing, Private Label Costs/Pricing, Private Label Suppy Chain

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