I am predicting that we will see significant and sudden price increases in most cowhide grain and split leather work gloves during 2014. This comes on the heels of the 5 – 10% annual increases over the last three years. Some of our leather work glove suppliers are anticipating another 10% hike in 2014 but I am predicting that the increases will be around 15% and on some models as much as 30%.
Global conditions have resulted in shortages of most cowhides and multiple influences are contributing to the price increases. Examples are:
- China’s recent environmental policies resulting in closure of over 100 leather tanneries that do not use eco-friendly metal-free tanning processes.
- Reduced number of cowhides due to higher feed prices and global droughts.
- Cost of labor increases in China.
- Increased leather demand from auto, clothing, and shoe industries.
Some manufacturers have sourced cheaper gloves in India and Pakistan but the quality of the leather and the craftsmanship is not currently comparable to that in China. Recently, due to customer complaints, we have had to replace some of those inferior leather glove lots that were sent to us without our knowledge and were unfortunately shipped our larger leather glove industrial users. Subsequently, these inferior gloves have been returned to the manufacturer.
As an option to the cowhide leather price increases, I encourage you to consider other alternatives with minimal price challenges such as pigskin, synthetic leathers, and grain goatskin or sheepskin. Otherwise, place your orders now if you want some immediate price protection.
Over the last 25 years, people are always curious when we tell them we are in the glove business. Most never think that gloves play an important role in our daily lives beyond just providing warmth during the winter months like this year in particular or safety for construction and manufacturing workers. As a matter of fact, we even have two (2) different web sites due to our vast glove inventory – 1 for our Consumer gloves and 1 for our Industrial gloves.
A perfect example of our diversity is our Food Service & Restaurant Glove selections. These include gloves such as Cotton Beaded Server Gloves, Cold (Freezer) Resistant Gloves, Cut Resistant Gloves, Glove Liners, Heat Resistant Gloves, Kitchen Utility Gloves, Single-Use Disposable Gloves, and even Stainless Steel Metal Mesh Gloves (shown).
You can view these gloves at the following links:
This is also a reason that we refer to ourselves as the world’s largest glove store so let us know how we can glove you. The only thing better than our vast glove selection are our prices.
Starting January 1, 2014, many states across the USA have made revisions and additions to their Food Service Sanitation Rules by their Public Health agencies. These revisions are derived from the 2009 FDA model food code to allow more science based regulatory inspections.
Most important is a well needed rule regarding “Bare Hand Contact with Ready-To-Eat Foods” (RTE).
Example Rule (15A NCAC 18A.2600):
Food handlers will not be allowed to touch RTE foods with their bare hands to prevent contamination of food that is not cooked or food that will not be cooked again before serving. The use of utensils such as deli tissue, spatulas, tongs, single-use gloves, or dispensing equipment will be required.
During my cursory research, this rule (in some states) also includes bar tenders handling ice and drink garnishes such as fresh fruit. I can just imagine how excited some macho bar tenders will feel about having to wear disposable gloves on ladies night.
In any case, we are prepared to service those new customers needing single-use disposable food service gloves. You can see these gloves at this link: Food Service Gloves
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Recently, I discussed a plan to set up a Glove Kiosk outside of the frigid MetLife Stadium at the Meadowlands Sport Complex in East Rutherford, NJ during the Super Bowl in February.
Today, I learned some bad news via the NESN (New England Sports Network Article link) that the NFL is providing gloves, hand warmers, and ear muffs to every seat holder not in a luxury box seat. After all, the Accuweather channel is predicting a 31% chance of snowfall with an expected high of 36 degrees on February 3 in the metro NY/NJ area.
The good news is that we’ll still be selling winter gloves to our customers in the North and my wife and I will make our semi-annual trek to our Glove Shop in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. Not a bad plan after all and not a bad place to watch the Super Bowl every year.
My wife has a great sense of humor and she asked me for a caption for these brave Russian gents for a recent post on our Facebook page.
We sell gloves after all.
Enjoy, the Glove Guru
For almost 20 years, Church gloves have always been a large part of our glove sales, especially our White Gloves. They range from our special imprinted white usher gloves to our bell choir gloves and our beaded white palm gloves for handling collection plates.
A unique way to support your church would be to purchase a GO Gloves Gift Certificate. This way your church can purchase the gloves they prefer or need. And, no more guessing about sizes or quantities.
Click on the gift certificate image to see how simple it is to send your church a GO Gift Certificate which never expires.
If you know what gloves your church needs, you can browse our popular church gloves here > Church Gloves
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It’s getting cold outside so spread the word so others can learn about this easy gift giving solution.
We also have this option available at Olga Gloves since we have other glove models at that shop:
Standard Time is here and High Visibility Work Gloves are a necessity when you need to stand out in any work zone – day or night. Our Hi-Vis Gloves not only protect your hands, they keep you safely visible when working.
Choose from a variety of high visibility gloves including insulated, water-proof, warm weather, thin knits, leather, safety, police traffic control, and utility and mechanics gloves.
The only thing that looks better than our Hi-Vis Gloves are our prices.
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