In These Times of Disposable Glove Shortages, Vinyl Is a Solid Option

Nail & beauty is just one industry where vinyl gloves have found a home.

With disposable gloves in high demand, vinyl is proving its worth beyond food service and janitorial applications.

The disposable glove marketplace continues to suffer from chronic supply shortages. Because of COVID-19—as well as factors from labor and capacity issues to a lack of raw materials—nitrile and latex gloves are especially difficult to come by. Prices are high and only going higher.

Vinyl gloves, however, are proving a dependable alternative. Not only are they more affordable than other materials, but they are also simply more available. And they are better made than ever before.

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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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Technology Trends Impacting the Commercial Cleaning Industry

Digital technology and automation might have been slow to make their presence felt in the commercial cleaning industry, but adoption is now rapid given the cost and efficiency benefits delivered. In some cases, technology innovations are not simply being adapted to suit buildings—they are being designed into them from inception. As commercial cleaning enters the realm of Industry 4.0—incorporating the Internet of Things and cloud computing—it is not just those at the sharp end of the sector who must keep up to speed. Those who supply it can benefit if they too are ready to adapt.

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The Economic Challenges Facing Commercial Cleaning

On the surface, the commercial cleaning services market appears to be in relatively robust health. In fact, the sector is expected to be worth $74.3 million globally by 2022. Why is it, then, that few managers of the 54,000+ independent building service contractors (BSCs) in the U.S. will be celebrating? Why are so few of the key customers of janitorial and housekeeping products banking on growth in the years ahead?

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#NotWithoutGloves: The Danger of Dry Cleaning Chemicals

We host our annual #NotWithoutGloves social media contest for several reasons: to have a bit of fun with our followers and to highlight the need for disposable glove use. While many contest submissions focus on dirty jobs and rank substances no one chooses to touch without gloves, there are more dangerous substances that require disposable gloves – chemicals. Workers in the dry cleaning industry need to be particularly careful as they come into frequent contact with a harsh chemical called perchloroethylene.

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