Joe McGarry - Also know as the Glove Guru
Joe formerly founded Polygenex International, Inc. in 1989, the largest specialty knit glove manufacturer in the world at the time. Thousands of companies and users follow his advice on glove manufacturing, or user guidance, and utilize his gloves every day. Joe's specialty is in industrial work and critical environment high-tech gloves.
Joe founded Gloves-Online in 1996 to assist consumers needing to locate hard to find gloves and educate consumers about different glove features and benefits. With just over a quarter century of glove experience, he undoubtedly can give you useful and practical glove advice.
This week I had the pleasure to meet another Glove Guru who represents one of the best glove companies in the world. (No pun intended for those in the know)
As with any good glove business guy who wants to establish a rapport, he followed up with an e-mail (nice touch).
I found it interesting that his e-mail signature contained some very useful information.
FACT: Each hand contains: 29 major and minor bones, 29 major joints, at least 123 named ligaments, 34 muscles which move the fingers and thumb, 48 nerves and 30 named arteries. Those facts put a whole new perspective on what our products are actually protecting…
I’ve since invited him for lunch when he is in the area again and I’ll make sure he adds cut protection and heat protection issues to his agenda. He knows best, but he is also helping raising the bar with hand protection issues.
I am very pleased to announce that last Friday the 29th; GO Gloves received the prestigious award as a “Top Holiday Seller in 2009” from the management of Amazon.com.
The award certificate states that we were honored for outstanding performance on Amazon.com over the 2009 Holiday Season. We were praised for providing an exceptional shopping experience for Amazon customers and thanked us for our hard work and dedication.
Additionally, GO Gloves ranked among the top of all Amazon Sellers over the 2009 season on the basis of net sales, and customer satisfaction metrics. We also received the highest marks (in other words A+) over this period.
Amazon isn’t the only one happy with our holiday gloves sales. They should have seen what our staff accomplished from our own web site shipping about 2,000 glove orders per day. (Enlarge image on the right for a look at our shipping dock for a typical 1st of 2 daily outbound shipments during December)
And GO Gloves has managed to help with hard-to-find White Gloves for the last 15 years.
As a matter of fact, White Gloves were our first major glove line on our web site back in 1996. (To put that in perspective that was 2 years before Google’s beta version.) Today, our White Glove program remains our largest product line by far and we estimate that we are the largest supplier of white glove in North America.
Besides providing gloves to doormen (see article) around the world, we have many types of white glove styles for any occasion or event. For all age groups, too. Check them out for yourself.
Click on the title of this post to see the “New York Times” article on the Latest Doormen fashion.
I’m sorry for my absence here but all I can say is WOW. Our Holiday sales were overwhelming and we literally worked around the clock through December processing glove orders. We thank all of you for your support and your business.
Another success story was the Caiman Deerskin Gloves. (pictured) Besides making them in Men’s, Women’s, and children sizes, they are popular due to their warmth and comfort. My hat goes off to the guys at Caiman since they allow us to sell them to you at a great price, too. You also need to check out the other Caiman glove models.
I could say more but I’m just happy to be back here and feel fortunate and grateful for your support.
In my next posts, I’m thinking about talking about trends I’m seeing in glove technology and glove products. Looks to me like another interesting year in Gloves.
It is amazing how many friends and colleagues sent me this You-Tube video featuring employees of the Providence St. Vincent Medical Center in Portland, Oregon. I’m not sure why but I guess I better know about this glove stuff, too. It’s a very fun-filled video and well done. Although we don’t currently carry pink disposable gloves, I think I better look into them.
Click on the title of this post to link to the video.
That’s not a typo in the headline but it does confirm to me that I am in the right business. I just wish I had my hands in the deals.
The first was Michael Jackson’s flashy glove he wore during his performance at the 1983 Motown 25 (shown). It sold for $420,000 to a buyer in Hong Kong, China. I sure wish I thought of putting rhinestone sequins on a store bought glove.
The other was a NASA award of $250,000 for developing a more flexible space glove for use by astronauts. This is the second year in a row that Peter Homer in Maine won. I made a post here last year about his first space glove achievement.
Several years ago I helped a NASA prime contractor develop glove liners but I think I might be better off hooking up with Mr. Homer. Maybe I’ll even get luckier for the bigger prize and have a new stage performer find me. The bottom line is that I think NASA got a deal looking at the numbers and the gloves.
Personally, I think they are more of a fashion statement and I develop, design, make, sell, and distribute gloves. Besides, I think good golf grips are a better option. Just like a good grip on a carpenters hammer.
What’s more, we would have to stock golf gloves like fingerless for ladies with nails, men’s, men’s winter, women’s, women’s winter, juniors, all in either left hand or right hand, 6+ sizes, 31 colors, 15 Brands, and so forth and all for a $10 glove.
I don’t think my accountants would like the idea either. So for all of you that always ask me if we sell golf gloves, you get the idea now. I’m sticking with what we do best: Offer gloves that people need and wear.
Click on the title to see the post by Frank Thomas on the Golf Channel web site. He’s also the inventor of the graphite shaft.