Words from our CEO, Fred Crosetto:
Entering a new market is probably the last thing anyone wants to hear, but I would argue it’s one of the best strategies if you are going in with a partner. At AMMEX, the majority of our market entry strategies have had us in control both strategically and operationally. However, some of our biggest partnership successes have come through relinquishing tactical decisions to our partners and letting them run with it. They know the local culture, customs, angles and they can simply operate more fluidly than a foreign company could hope to do.
“This approach is not for the faint of heart and if one relishes micro managing things & people, avoid this at all costs.”
At AMMEX, our experience has been that if you elect to partner with a group overseas you need to let it go so they can show you what they can do!
AMMEX has expanded into an international company using these methods. AMMEX iSupport was created for the purpose of providing North American & Australian companies with a DEDICATED, FLEXIBLE & SCALABLE platform that they can customize to drive their global expansion. Everyone wants access to a market entry strategy that is “low risk” & “high trust”.
With the countdown to the National Football League 2015 season looming, not to mention thousands of high schools and colleges preparing for upcoming seasons of their own, it is worthwhile to consider the place disposable gloves hold in football stadiums.
This year’s NFL kickoff takes place on Thursday, Sept. 10 at Gillette Field in Foxborough, Massachusetts, where the Pittsburgh Steelers will face off against the New England Patriots. According to the stadium’s website, up to 5,000 staff members are needed to operate the stadium for each game, including food service, janitors, medical professionals and vehicle support. The number may be larger or smaller in high school and college stadiums around the country, but one thing is for sure: Football stadiums require quite an arsenal of disposable gloves to meet the needs of employees. While the athletes themselves won’t sport nitrile, latex, or vinyl gloves, there are many employees in the background who rely on gloves to get their jobs done. Where would a football stadium be without food service employees to keep hungry fans happy, janitors to keep the stadium clean, physicians to deal with injuries and vehicle support staff to ensure players make it to games?
Foodservice Gillette Stadium boasts that Patriots fans eat more than one ton of Italian sausage on a typical game day and consume 186 gallons of clam chowder. To safely deliver these food items, as well as any others a stadium sells, workers need disposable gloves to prevent cross-contamination. These employees need to change gloves frequently and go through up to 20 pairs each day. For this reason, food service employees are most likely to wear poly or vinyl gloves, which provide the required protection at a low cost.
Janitorial and maintenance Overall, Gillette Field has a capacity of almost 67,000 people and covers nearly 2 million square feet, according to the stadium’s website. That’s a lot of space to clean. To protect themselves from cleaning chemicals and bacteria, janitorial staff require disposable gloves. These employees may use vinyl, nitrile or latex gloves. Vinyl is the most cost-effective option, but nitrile and latex provide superior chemical and puncture resistance.
Medical Football players often sustain many injuries throughout the course of a season, ranging from serious concussions to minor cuts and scrapes. Medical professionals don disposable gloves, such as latex or nitrile, to provide a barrier against potential bodily fluid contact and protect wounds from contamination.
Vehicle support When watching players face off on the field, it’s easy to forget many of them had to travel hundreds of miles to get there. A CBS News profile of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ travel to a game in Pittsburgh noted all the players board a bus to and from the airport, and roughly 16,000 pounds of equipment accompanies the team to each away game. Stadiums may keep mechanics and vehicle maintenance staff on-site to make sure vehicles are in working order to transport players and gear from point A to point B. These staff are most likely to wear durable latex or nitrile gloves for their enhanced protection.
Hundreds of thousands of spectators across the country will fill stadiums this season, but without disposable gloves, it would be impossible for them to watch their favorite players on the field. Disposable gloves are every year’s most valuable player.
AMMEXWhy Disposable Gloves are the MVP of Football
Nitrile disposable gloves are a popular alternative to latex gloves in many industries. In fact, wholesale nitrile gloves are a key driver of growth in the industrial disposable glove market, particularly in applications that require contact with harsh chemicals and solvents, such as the automotive industry. One of the more immediate benefits of these gloves is they are latex free, which is a benefit for both users and consumers who come into contact with the gloves. In a tattoo shop, for example, an artist may not have a latex allergy. However, some customers might, and nitrile gloves protect these customers from having an allergic reaction.Know Your Glove Materials: Part I Nitrile –
Know Your Glove Materials: Part I Nitrile
Wholesale Nitrile Gloves
What makes these gloves so appealing to the automotive, safety and other industries? The answer: a durable synthetic rubber, nitrile.
What is nitrile? Unlike latex disposable gloves, which are made from natural rubber, nitrile gloves are synthetic. Nitrile is short for acrylonitrile-butadiene rubber. This material is created from monomers – acrylonitrile and butadiene – which are molecules that are bonded together.
Nitrile gloves come in a wide variety of colors, which can help to differentiate sizing and prevent cross contamination. For example, there are blue gloves for size medium and indigo gloves for size large to differentiate sizing or blue gloves for poultry and green gloves for vegetables.
AMMEX Nitrile gloves are available in a wide variety of colors and styles. Black, blue, orange, and indigo gloves are featured here, representing the automotive, medical, industrial and tattoo shop applications, respectively.
What are the benefits of nitrile gloves?
The chemical resistance, a result of the acrylonitrile monomer, is one of the most important features of nitrile gloves. Nitrile is able to withstand mineral oils, vegetable oils, grease, gasoline, diesel fuel and many acids. This is why these gloves are among the preferred choices for automotive, food processing and safety applications. In fact, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency recommends nitrile gloves as a barrier between auto technicians and paints and organic solvents.
“With durable nitrile gloves, dentists and hygienists can better maintain a safe barrier between themselves and their patients.”
Additionally, nitrile gloves are highly puncture resistant – three to five times more so than latex. They are also more elastic than vinyl. Dentists prefer this material because of the strength and durability, especially with the sharp tools they use. With durable nitrile gloves, dentists and hygienists can better maintain a safe barrier between themselves and their patients.
One key consideration for all disposable glove materials, especially wholesale nitrile gloves, is how they conform to wearers’ hands. Thanks to the butadiene, nitrile is a flexible rubber, which allows wearers to experience optimal tactile sensitivity. Additionally, nitrile gloves conform to hands as they are warmed by body heat. This attribute offers excellent dexterity, which is particularly important for medical professionals or persons working with small parts or tools.
Nitrile gloves are offered in both powder and powder free in a variety of styles and thicknesses. The range of options provides disposable gloves that are personalized to the application. AMMEX is a global distributor of disposable gloves that provide the most innovative sales and marketing tools in the industry to grow our clients’ businesses. Utilizing our proven marketing program, AMMEX distributors grow their glove sales by an average of 31%. How do we help our distributors achieve this astonishing growth in glove sales? Contact us to learn about AMMEX Distributor opportunities.
In the agricultural industry, workers are involved in a number of tasks where gloves serve as a protective barrier. These duties include working with livestock, handling chemicals such a herbicides and disinfectants and dealing with contaminated soil.
With regard to herbicides and insecticides, there are hundreds of varieties that are used in agriculture, each with chemicals that can be harmful to humans. Furthermore, it is important that personal protective equipment is used to reduce or eliminate exposure to these chemicals.
In the dairy farming sector, glove use has become more common in recent years. Gloves help prevent the spread of bacteria, which is key for dairy farming, as a sick animal is unproductive until it can be brought back to health.
There are various zoonotic diseases, which are those transmitted from animals to humans. One example is brucellosis, a disease that is caused by a bacteria known as brucella and primarily affects animals. However, humans can contract brucellosis if they come in contact with infected animals or animal products. Additionally, livestock handlers need to ensure they are not passing diseases from infected animals to healthy animals.
Workers also need protection when repairing and maintaining their fleet equipment. Whether tractors or combine harvesters, the machines contain chemicals that can cause health issues if they get onto a worker’s hands and absorb through the skin.
With these risks, agricultural employees need a glove that can stand up to harsh chemicals and bacteria.
Nitrile and latex gloves for chemicals and pesticides Agriculture is currently trending toward lighter weight nitrile gloves which offer durability and chemical and pesticide resistance at a competitive price.
Nitrile, a synthetic rubber, provides the best overall chemical resistance. Agricultural workers who spend their days spraying pesticides on crops have the risk that they could get the chemicals on their hands which could be absorbed through the skin. Nitrile gloves provide protection that will not easily break down when it comes into contact with harsh chemicals. This protection is also beneficial for guarding against the many fluids that workers can come into contact with while they are performing maintenance on vehicles.
Latex gloves are the second most-common glove in agriculture. These gloves are also donned when workers are dealing with pesticide residues. When handling plants and plant products, workers use latex gloves to protect themselves even if there are not visible signs of pesticides.
While latex previously was the most-used glove type in agriculture, nitrile gloves have become more popular.
Vinyl gloves for tending livestock When it comes to tending livestock, vinyl gloves are a more suitable option compared to other glove materials, particularly for tasks that require several glove changes in a short time. Vinyl is an inexpensive material that is perfect for short-duration tasks as workers move from animal to animal to prevent cross contamination. Vinyl gloves are common in breeding applications.
Regardless of the application, it is important to remember gloves are not solely for safeguarding workers and livestock. They also protect government and private inspectors. These parties should also don the appropriate gloves to guard themselves and livestock they inspect and ensure the integrity of agricultural facilities.
Sept. 1 kicks off the National Restaurant Association’s National Food Safety Month (NFSM). The event, which recently passed its 20th anniversary, highlights the need for proper food handling throughout the food industry. Over the course of the month AMMEX will support NFSM and provide extra insight into safety throughout the food industry.
The theme for this year is “Let it Flow,” focusing on the movement of food through the food service industry. It will raise awareness for how to maintain proper food safety at each point in the restaurant, from receiving the goods and storing them to serving prepared meals.
As food service workers gain knowledge about food service over the next 30 days, they may run into some unfamiliar industry-specific terms for various kinds of distributors and businesses. Here is a short guide to some of these terms:
Center of the plate This term generally refers to meat suppliers, or vendors that restaurants and other food service environments work with to source beef, pork, lamb and other animal products. Most food service businesses’ pay more for center-of-the-plate items than anything else. Finding a high-quality meat source is a key consideration for many businesses.
Broadline Distributors that describe themselves as broadline carry a wide variety of products, from dry and frozen goods up to paper goods, and are often considered a one-stop shop for many food service environments. They may also carry meat, dairy and produce and offer delivery services. According to food industry research firm Technomic, the average broadline distributor carries between 8,000 and 12,000 stock keeping units. Increasingly, businesses are moving into broadline distribution because it is more lucrative to offer more options to customers.
C-Store A c-store is a convenience store, such as 7-Eleven and Speedway, which sell prepared foods for immediate consumption. As businesses recognize the need to create a space for customers to eat, the average size of the convenience storing is increasing, according to the Association for Convenience and Fuel Retailing. In addition, as sales from tobacco decrease, food service sales are fast becoming the category these businesses profit from the most.
As food moves throughout the supply chain, it is key for foodservice workers to handle ingredients carefully to prevent cross-contamination and other issues. Disposable gloves play a central role in food safety, from the center of the plate to the convenience store.
No matter the application or needs of your staff, AMMEX has a glove that fits. Be sure to follow along with us through the month of September and show your support by using the hashtags #FoodSafetyMonth and #LetItFlow2015.
AMMEX’s standard glove lineup is the industry standard for disposable gloves. This X3 series provides barrier and chemical protection suitable for tasks in food service, automotive, janitorial and other applications. These gloves are available in extended size ranges and are offered in 200 count boxes for greater value. AMMEX offers the following standard gloves:
X3 200 Nitrile Gloves
With 200 gloves per box and 2,000 gloves per case, this option gives you twice as many gloves as the X3. This allows you to save time by restocking less often and reduces shipping costs.
X3 Black Nitrile Gloves
These gloves give you all the features of the X3 Nitrile with a bold black color to hide dirt, grease and grime for a professional appearance.
X3 Black 200 Nitrile Gloves
These gloves provide all the benefits of X3 Black Nitrile but come with twice as many gloves in a box. The 200 count boxes reduce shipping costs and time restocking inventory.
LX3 Latex Gloves
These lightweight gloves offer impressive dexterity and the best fit and feel.
GPX3 Vinyl Gloves
GPX3 Vinyl Gloves are the least expensive barrier protection and are fully featured with a smooth polymer coating, which makes them easy to don and doff.
GPX3 200 Vinyl Gloves
These gloves are the same as GPX3 Vinyl gloves but come 200 gloves per box and 2,000 per case which offer time savings in restocking.
AMMEX X3 standard gloves are appropriate for most applications. AMMEX also provides select and premium offerings for jobs that require more puncture and chemical resistance and strength. Always be sure to get the right glove for the right job!
Contact us or your AMMEX Representative today to learn more about standard, select and premium gloves.
After gloves are manufactured, they need to be finished to facilitate donning and doffing. The material of gloves often makes it difficult for users to don without some type of finishing technique. Now there are several different ways to go about finishing a glove, including polymer coating, chlorination and polyurethane finishes. Finishing the Glove: How does it Work?
Powdered gloves, as the name implies, use a powder coating to help users don and doff disposable gloves by absorbing excess moisture on the hands. Powdering takes place following manufacturing. In the past, gloves had powdered formers, making powder a byproduct of manufacturing. Due to advancements in manufacturing technology, gloves are powdered with food-grade cornstarch, before they are taken from their formers and turned inside out. Powdered gloves are not suitable in situations where the powder could interfere with biological and chemical processes, such as chemical sealing or wound closure. Powder also damages paints and varnishes by leaving a residue behind. For this reason, manufacturers have adopted alternative ways to finish gloves.
Chlorination Chlorination is a finishing method for powder free gloves. Manufacturers wash gloves in a chlorine gas or a solution of hypochlorite and hydrochloric acid. Gloves are then rinsed to prevent the chemical from interacting with the glove further. The solution reduces the surface tackiness of the glove and also gives it a softer texture. When used on latex, the chlorination process also reduces the amount of latex proteins, to make them less likely to cause an allergy. One thing to keep in mind is that chlorination slightly reduces the shelf life of products because the chemicals break down the glove material. This method was developed for latex gloves, but new advancements in technology have made the process available for nitrile gloves.The AMMEX Gloveworks Heavy Duty Orange Nitrile Glove is an example of a chlorinated glove.
Polymer coating The majority of disposable gloves on the market are now powder free. Applying a polymer coating is a more recent method: Manufacturers use polymers, such as silicones, acrylics and hydrogels, to make gloves easier to don. The polymer coating has less surface friction than the glove material, which makes it slip on the hand more easily. The polymer is generally applied while the glove is still on the former. Polymer coating is most frequently used on nitrile and latex. For example, AMMEX GlovePlus Black Nitrile Gloves are polymer coated.
Polyurethane A polyurethane coating on the inside of the gloves reduces tackiness, making the glove easier to don and doff. Polyurethane is most frequently used on vinyl gloves.
Finishes allow glove users to don and doff with ease, creating a seamless experience as they change gloves. Finishes, particularly chlorination, also make the glove softer for people who need to work with their hands all day. These processes also reduce latex proteins that lead to allergies and irritation. Simply put, finishing makes disposable gloves easier and more comfortable to wear.
It is easy to add disposable gloves to your product line up. Become an AMMEX distributor to get started today.
The business world has changed significantly over the past decade. Ecommerce is now a crucial part of the economy, and companies that do not have an online presence will suffer. According to data from research firm eMarketer, ecommerce in the U.S. is expected to grow 14.2 percent in 2015, accounting for 7 percent of total retail sales and reaching a total of $349 billion in sales. As the years go on, online revenue will continue to take a bite out of overall retail sales. AMMEX took the right steps to stay on top of the ecommerce trend, remain ahead of the curve and helps its customers do the same. In addition to embracing ecommerce, AMMEX developed digital marketing resources to increase Web traffic and engage with customers.
Remain competitive with ecommerce
In 2015, having an ecommerce platform is crucial to maintaining a successful business. Customers expect to be able to purchase items online. They are unlikely to work with a vendor that does not provide an ecommerce solution, especially if another local vendor does allow online sales.While there will always be a place for in-store sales, customers enjoy the flexibility of online shopping. According to PricewaterhouseCoopers’ Total Retail Survey, nearly half of respondents indicated they like being able to go online whenever they want: day or night.In addition, 27 percent say they shop online because a wider variety of products are available. These days, it is common for businesses to have more inventory available online than in their physical locations. A big-box chain may have 900,000 SKUs available on its Web store. This means all mid-sized distributors that maintain traditional stores need to also have an online site to remain competitive.
Support ecommerce with digital marketing Many companies fail to adapt to a changing marketplace and perform badly as a result. Just think about how Kodak failed to understand customers’ interest in digital cameras and continued to invest in analog film. Despite being the first company to invent a digital camera, the company filed for bankruptcy in 2012. In contrast, AMMEX recognized early on the need to develop a robust online presence. As a multinational corporation with offices that span the globe, it was necessary for AMMEX to invest in digital solutions. As a result, AMMEX has been named one of the fastest growing companies by both Puget Sound Business Journal and Inc. magazine.
Distributors that partner with AMMEX have the benefit of working with a forward-thinking supplier. AMMEX recognizes the need to support online sales with digital marketing. AMMEX leverages marketing support as a key differentiator. With the shift toward online stores and ecommerce spaces, AMMEX embraces digital marketing.
“Digital marketing engages customers and earns their trust.”
Along with the availability of an online store, digital marketing programs are also an important way to keep customers engaged and earn their trust. According to PwC, 56 percent of customers research a purchase by using a search engine. Moreover, customers regularly turn to social media, especially Facebook, YouTube and Twitter, to learn more about companies and their products.
For this reason, AMMEX developed digital marketing assets, which distributors use as a resource when developing their own campaigns. AMMEX provides educational videos, a blog and social channels to educate potential customers and lead them to make a purchase online.
Whether or not customers choose to make a final purchase online, the Internet figures heavily into their decision-making process. It is important for all businesses to have an online presence bolstered heavily by digital marketing efforts such as search engine optimization, social media or email campaigns. AMMEX develops resources to support distributors and help them get started with digital marketing to bring in more customers. AMMEX embraced the digital revolution head on. It is the company’s mission to help customers do the same.
Each September, the National Restaurant Association celebrates National Food Safety Month as a way to increase awareness and education about proper food handling. The event was established in 1994 and recently passed its 20-year anniversary. This educational event raises visibility about food safety, and it’s also a great opportunity to sell more gloves. Restaurants and other food service venues all have a large number of staff who need disposable gloves for safe food handling. Thus, the food industry represents a great opportunity for glove sales. In 2012, glove revenue from this industry reached $3.3 billion and will grow 29 percent to $4.3 billion in glove revenue opportunity by 2022. Throughout September, AMMEX will support NFSM and help to educate buyers regarding the uses of gloves.
Food safety in restaurants The NRA comprises 970,000 restaurant and food service outlets in the U.S., covering a workforce of close to 13 million employees. The term food service also applies to any environment in which food is served, including sit-down restaurants, food trucks, college cafeterias, and more. If staff members handle or serve food, it is a food service establishment, which means they need to be aware of proper sanitation and hygiene guidelines.
“All food service environments need to be prudent about containing possible pathogens.”
Despite the wide variety of businesses and organizations that are in the food service industry, they all have one thing in common: the need to be prudent about containing possible pathogens and protecting employees and consumers from illnesses. Disposable gloves are among the first line of defense against foodborne illnesses like salmonella, as well as bacteria that may be transferred to food through contamination, such as E.coli or hepatitis A. That’s why the NRA’s NFSM event is so important: It helps food service organizations prevent foodborne pathogens.
Every year, NFSM designates five educational topics: one for each week in September. This year’s educational theme is “Let It Flow,” which focuses on the movement of food through the restaurant and preventing contamination issues at each stage. Here are the topics the month-long event will cover:
Week one: Receiving
Week two: Storage
Week three: Thawing and Holding
Week four: Preparation
Week five: Service
Food service establishments will learn each week about a different step and best practices to ensure the food remains safe to eat. At each stage, gloves help staff prevent contamination and cross-contamination of ingredients.
Gloves in foodservice In addition to best practices offered by the NRA, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has several rules regarding the necessity of gloves for food contact. These rules are in place to protect both workers in food processing and consumers.
Workers must minimize bare hand and arm contact with exposed food that is not ready to eat.
Gloves or utensils such as tongs and spatulas must be used for contact with exposed, ready-to-eat foods except when washing fruits and vegetables.
Gloves are used for a single task and must be discarded when workers switch to a new task, the gloves become soiled or the task is interrupted.
The FDA also requires all food processing employees wash their hands. This step reduces the chance of contamination because it prevents pathogens and other hazardous materials from touching the inside of the glove – one of many best practices for donning gloves.
The right gloves for the right job Food service positions, while they all require some sort of glove, involve handling different ingredients and kitchen equipment. Moreover, individual positions within the organization require unique gloves depending on the scope of the job. Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and vinyl gloves are common throughout the industry because of their relatively low cost and the loose fit, which makes them easier to don and doff. These features are important in food service, where workers have to change gloves frequently.
Vinyl’s advantage over poly is that it conforms to the hand more closely, increasing dexterity. Employees are also able to obtain extra protection with AMMEX Anti-Microbial Vinyl Gloves, which have built in antimicrobial agents to prevent organisms from growing and help prevent cross-contamination.
However, food service establishments should not feel the need to limit themselves to vinyl. Other glove materials are equally useful in this industry. Why not consider a premium glove, such as nitrile or latex? Both materials provide superior dexterity, as well as greater puncture resistance vinyl.
AMMEX’s X3 Series provides a number of options for food service applications. This lineup includes the following gloves:
Xtreme X3 Nitrile Gloves: Microtexture enhances gripping power in wet and dry conditions, and these gloves provide three times the puncture resistance of latex. Xtreme X3 Nitrile Gloves also feature chemical resistance and are FDA approved for food service.
X3 Black Nitrile Gloves: These gloves have all the same benefits as X3 Nitrile, with a classic black color that provides a professional appearance.
GPX3 Vinyl Gloves: GPX3 Vinyl Gloves are low-cost and loose-fitting for light duty applications where employees change gloves repeatedly.
LX3 Latex Gloves: These latex gloves are lightweight, provide superior puncture resistance than vinyl and offer more elasticity than nitrile.
GPX3, X3, and BX3 gloves also come with a choice of 200 gloves per box, which adds up to 2000 gloves per case. Buying larger numbers of gloves at once means you spend less on packaging and replace boxes half as often.
No matter what the application or the needs of your staff, AMMEX has a glove that fits. Be sure to follow along with us through the month of September and show your support by using the hashtags #FoodSafetyMonth and #LetItFlow2015.
Unique industries require different varieties of gloves. AMMEX’s offerings move from standard to select to premium gloves for the toughest environments. When you need a midlevel glove with qualities in between standard and premium, select is your best bet. Here are some of the select gloves AMMEX offers:
Gloveworks Latex Gloves
These gloves have great elasticity. Chlorination makes Gloveworks Latex Gloves extra soft and comfortable.
Xtreme Nitrile Gloves
Xtreme Nitrile Gloves offer three times more puncture resistance than latex,. These gloves also conform to the hand for better dexterity.
GlovePlus Blue Vinyl Gloves
With GlovePlus Blue Vinyl Gloves, wearers gain a high-visibility blue color that is perfect for food service and food handling applications.
AMMEX Stretch Synthetic Vinyl Gloves
Stretch vinyl provides enhanced flexibility along with the comfortable fit you expect from latex, but without the latex proteins. Greater sensitivity in the palm and fingertips makes these gloves ideal for many tasks.
Xtreme Green Nitrile Gloves
Xtreme Green Nitrile Gloves have all the benefits of Xtreme Nitrile gloves combined with a bold green color that is useful for color coding.
These gloves balance price with performance. They offer supreme comfort with a variety of color coding options and also come in powdered versions depending on your needs. To add select gloves to your line up, contact us or your AMMEX representative.