Shortage of Nitrile Leaves Glove Customers to Rely on Vinyl

Nitrile butadiene rubber is in short supply the world over, making nitrile gloves both expensive and difficult to obtain.

Nitrile butadiene rubber is in short supply the world over, making nitrile gloves both expensive and difficult to obtain.

Nearly a year since the first cases of COVID-19 appeared in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, the world is still reeling from the pandemic’s effects.

Global cases are in the tens of millions, with deaths over a million. In the U.S., the virus is proliferating. Economies continue to sputter. Still, we may not have yet seen the worst of COVID’s impact on society and the disposable glove marketplace in particular.

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Easily Manage Your AMMEX Account With Our Online Portal

AMMEX's Online Portal is your one-stop shop for everything you need to manage your disposable glove distribution business.

During these volatile times of COVID-19, inventory and pricing levels for disposable gloves are changing frequently. AMMEX has set up a faster, easier way for you to view your monthly glove allocation and pricing.

Our updated Online Portal helps distributors take control of their disposable glove business. Whether you need to order gloves, determine how much inventory you’ve been allocated, or discover pricing levels, the Portal is your one-stop shop for all things AMMEX.

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Demand for Disposable Gloves Will Not Be Easing Anytime Soon

With flu season upon us and COVID-19 likely to spread even further, demand for disposable gloves will remain at all-time highs.

Average sales prices of disposable gloves are going in one direction only: up.

The increased need for gloves worldwide, due to both the COVID-19 pandemic and a greater general awareness of health, safety, and hygiene, drives demand. Manufacturers simply cannot produce enough gloves to satisfy their customers.

COVID-19 is not going away, and if predictions are to be believed, its spread will increase this fall and winter with the arrival of flu season.

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Disposable Glove Supply Shortage Keeping Prices High

In these times of soaring prices, vinyl disposable gloves offer great value in both medical and industrial applications.

Average sales prices of disposable gloves, regardless of material type—nitrile, latex, and vinyl—are going up. Shortages of raw materials also constrain latex and nitrile production, which puts additional pressure on pricing.

The increased need for gloves worldwide continues to drive demand, due to both the COVID-19 pandemic and a greater general awareness of health, safety, and hygiene. Glove manufacturing’s inherent limitations—raw materials, labor, and capacity shortages—constrain supply.

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Vinyl Is the Best Buy in a Difficult Disposable Glove Market

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Disposable gloves are costly, with prices rising every day. For those seeking economies in this difficult market, vinyl gloves are worth your consideration. They are the most readily available and face the fewest manufacturing constraints.

In this era of COVID-19, personal hygiene is at the top of everyone’s mind. Demand for disposable gloves has consequently gone through the roof.

Problem is, so have prices.

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Disposable gloves will play essential role in reopened economy

In the reopened economy, gloves will be required almost universally for restaurants.
Restrictions placed on businesses during the COVID-19 shutdown have been eased, at least partially. What business and governmental leaders are learning, however, according to The Wall Street Journal, is the new economic reality in the age of coronavirus: Being open for business is almost as hard as being closed.

Facing higher costs to keep workers and customers safe, businesses are forced to make significant changes to their operating models to maintain a profit, the Journal reported. Some are cutting services and jobs; others are raising prices, including imposing coronavirus-related fees aimed at getting customers to share some of the expenses.

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Lighter Gloves a Likely Trend in COVID-19 World

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In 2020, demand for disposable gloves and personal protective equipment is at all-time highs. The global spread of the novel coronavirus has completely taken over the conversation—and the market—as glove manufacturers struggle to keep the supply chain moving.

Also on the rise, of course, is the cost of doing business. With shortages of raw materials and labor, and restrictions on who gets priority access to PPE, glove prices are going up. It’s not a matter of gouging, but simple economics: demand rises, supply drops, gloves get more expensive.

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Unprecedented Demand Beyond COVID-19 Drives Glove Industry Growth

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The global disposable gloves market is experiencing explosive growth. Today’s overwhelming demand for personal protective equipment is expected to continue unabated as glove manufacturers in Southeast Asia struggle to keep up with orders.

Health-related fears driven by the novel coronavirus are of course a major factor in the industry’s current economic boom. But beyond that, the use of disposable gloves, especially in the industrial safety sector, has been steadily on the rise.

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Best Disposable Gloves for Food Service

Those who work in food service know how important maintaining proper hygiene is to the health of their customers, employees—and their business itself.

From cafeterias to hot dog carts, sandwich joints to fine-dining establishments, the number one priority for employees—other than keeping customers happy—is to keep them healthy by preventing the spread of foodborne illness.

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