New Disposable Gloves Are Reasons to Cheer the New Year

AMMEX's new NX3 nitrile glove is versatile and lightweight.

New disposable gloves are good news for the start of 2021. AMMEX is offering four new gloves—two made of nitrile, one of vinyl, and one of synthetic hybrid vinyl—that fit a variety of applications.

We are almost a month into the new year. Gloves are still in short supply, especially nitrile and latex. We do expect nitrile availability to improve a bit by spring, but the market will be touch and go for a while.

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Synthetic Hybrid Gloves Help to Bridge the Nitrile Gap

Black synthetic vinyl gloves are a great alternative to hard-to-obtain nitrile.

Synthetic hybrid gloves provide a temporary solution to the high prices and shortages of nitrile disposable gloves in the first half of 2021.

AMMEX recently solicited feedback from our customers on their impressions of our Online Ordering Portal, as well as their experiences in the current glove market.

The answers, as you might imagine, were quite varied. Ratings for the portal covered the spectrum from 1 to 10, and customers offered a variety of opinions on what it’s like to sell disposable gloves during a global pandemic. (We will go into more detail as we talk with customers and share their stories in this space over the coming weeks.)

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Latest COVID Numbers Portend High Glove Demand, Prices

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With coronavirus infections steadily rising, 2021 is shaping up as another year of shortages for disposable gloves.

On Jan. 7, the United States reached another grim milestone in the COVID-19 saga, reporting more than 4,000 pandemic-related deaths in a single day. It was the third day in a row of record daily deaths in the U.S. from the disease, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

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Vaccinations May Make Disposable Vinyl Gloves the New Healthcare Champ

Disposable gloves will not be required for administering the COVID-19 vaccines, but it stands to reason that healthcare professionals will find them indispensable.

Synthetic hybrid vinyl gloves can be an excellent solution for the expected surge in exam-glove need due to arrive with COVID-19 vaccinations.

While the world has waited impatiently for a coronavirus vaccine, and we have all watched and worried and tried to guess who would get the first round of doses, AMMEX has remained confident that the demand for exam-grade disposable gloves will take off soon.

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AMMEX Continues to Support Distributors in a Volatile Glove Market

By working together at all stages of the disposable glove supply chain, we can weather the challenges posed by the current market.

With glove prices high and inventory in short supply, the road ahead for distributors will continue to be unpredictable. AMMEX is focused on making that journey less difficult.

Today’s market for disposable gloves is a great equalizer. It leaves everyone—manufacturers, shippers, distributors, end-users—feeling quite humbled.

The truth is, months after the coronavirus pandemic first appeared, disposable gloves are still hard to come by. Prices are higher than ever, likely only to rise even more.

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Take the Long View Toward Rising Disposable Glove Prices

Workers on the disposable glove production line. Photo by Song Qiuju/123rf

Thanks to COVID-19, prices for personal protective equipment, especially disposable gloves, have been on the rise as supply suffers acute shortages. In many cases, price jumps have been astronomical, and in the next 45 to 90 days, prices for all gloves will likely double. PVC prices may go even higher, delivering a serious blow to the affordability of vinyl gloves.

In simplest terms, it is a matter of overwhelming demand and a supply chain that cannot keep up. Disposable gloves have for years been viewed as a basic commodity that is widely available, but for many reasons, there has always been a limited manufacturing capacity. Glove makers and the supply chain were not prepared to deal with the sudden spike in demand.

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