Rail Strike Appears Averted, So Glove Market Shouldn’t Be Affected

You may have heard that a potential rail strike has been looming in the U.S. It would have shut down most domestic rail operations just before the Christmas holiday.

Fortunately, it appears that no strike will happen. The U.S. House on Wednesday resoundingly approved legislation to avert a strike by imposing a labor agreement between rail companies and the unions representing their workers.

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Maximize Your Profits Within Your Disposable Glove Client Base

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Most distributor partners of AMMEX count disposable gloves as only a small percentage of their overall business. That figure is between 2% and 5%, depending on which industry they’re servicing.

That may not seem like much emphasis. But in truth, success is less about how much significance you attach to the percentage of gloves in your overall catalog. What really matters is market penetration and the percentage of overall glove spend you’ve captured within your customer base, says Corey Townsell, vice president of sales at AMMEX.

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Opportunity for Distributors Abounds in Today’s Disposable Glove Market

Glove formers hang on the factory production line.

The disposable glove market is in a vastly different position from the last couple of years. Yes, it’s still dynamic and unpredictable, but opportunities for glove distributors are everywhere.

The first two years of the pandemic caused havoc for everybody, and the glove market was certainly no exception. A global surge in demand for gloves sent manufacturers scrambling to keep up. The resulting fallout from being unable to deliver needed product pushed every manufacturer to increase production capacity. That led to ample supply coming online in the second half of 2022.

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Do Gloves Protect Against Fentanyl? What You Need to Know

A law enforcement officer wears Gloveworks black nitrile gloves while holding a walkie talkie.

Fentanyl is a national health menace. The damage it causes is far-reaching and heartbreaking, and first responders are well aware of the dangers it poses in even casual contact.

Up to 100 times stronger than morphine, this synthetic opioid was developed for managing extreme pain in cancer patients. It has also been subverted as a highly addictive “recreational” drug, added to heroin or mixed into other drugs that pose potentially fatal risks to unknowing victims.

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Top 3 Reasons to Choose Nitrile Gloves Over Other Materials

A man works on a lawnmower while wearing X3 Industrial Black Nitrile Gloves (BX3) from AMMEX.

Of the most common disposable glove materials, nitrile is far and away the most popular. Latex may have better fit, feel, and comfort—and vinyl may have a lower price point—but it’s difficult to beat nitrile for its all-around appeal.

Nitrile disposable gloves have for years been a popular alternative to latex in many industries, especially those that require more interaction with harsh chemicals and solvents, such as automotive work.

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Disposable Glove Market Right-Sizes Itself as Supply Chain Improves

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For importers and distributors affected over the last couple years by supply chain dysfunction—in other words, pretty much everybody—the big picture is looking a bit brighter.

Shipping bottlenecks are beginning to loosen. The recent drop in wholesale inflation (for the first time in two years) provided a sign that some of the U.S. economy’s inflationary pressures have begun to cool. The New York Fed’s Global Supply Chain Pressure Index fell for the third straight month in July, hitting its lowest point since January 2021.

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Grow Your Glove Business With Sales Tools in Our Online Portal

AMMEX's Online Portal offers a number of sales support tools.

Looking for sales tools that can give your glove distribution business a boost? Our Online Portal can help.

Once you log into your account, get started by clicking on Your Product Toolkit, then choose Product Info Hub. There you can choose among data and specification sheets as well as download print-quality product images, guides, catalogs, and our Chemical Resistance Chart, invaluable for choosing the right glove for the job.

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Black Nitrile: The Right Glove for You. And You. And You. And You …

Gloveworks Black Nitrile Gloves (GPNB) are popular in automotive uses.

Gloveworks Industrial Black Nitrile Gloves (GPNB) are the disposable glove world’s jack-of-all-trades. If your customers need a job done, their first and most important ally should be GPNB.

These black, professional-looking gloves are a star performer and welcome addition to any distributor’s product lineup. After well over a decade, they are still among AMMEX’s most popular gloves.

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