Gloves are a necessity in cafeterias around the country to ensure food safety. When people think of food production environments, cafeterias don’t often come to mind, but there are many of these establishments around the country. According to the most recent data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are more than 400,000 people employed in cafeterias across the U.S., in schools, hospitals, continuing care facilities and even office buildings. Schools are the most prominent of these environments, with more than 120,000 individuals in school cafeterias.
With foodservice overall set to to increase 29 percent to become a $4.3 billion market by 2022, this creates a great opportunity for distributors to sell more gloves! In the foodservice industry, employees are required to change gloves with every new task, meaning these institutions require a large number of gloves on hand to accommodate all the different tasks that need to be performed.
For those in the foodservice industry, vinyl and nitrile gloves are generally the smartest choices because they are durable and lack latex proteins which can contribute to sensitivity. Vinyl gloves provide great dexterity by conforming closely to the hand. Antimicrobial gloves can also be used to more effectively prevent the transfer of harmful bacteria.
Meanwhile, nitrile reacts to body temperature, which makes it conform for a perfect fit. Nitrile gloves also feature three times the puncture resistance of latex, which is useful in an environment that requires the use of sharp objects. Nitrile is also a smart choice for cleaning tasks, as it is resistant to many cleaning chemicals.
Contact us or your AMMEX representative to learn more about nitrile and vinyl gloves in cafeteria environments.
Microfiber is a material that is used in many industries, and it continues to increase in popularity simply because of its effectiveness. This material is created from finely woven polyester and polymide fibers, both of which are man-made materials. Polyester gives microfiber its durability, while polymide gives it greater softness. The combination of these materials, as well as the manufacturing process, create a material that stands up to rigorous use and is also suitable for detailing.
Manufacturing microfiber Before reaching suppliers, AMMEX microfiber towels go through a lengthy manufacturing process that begins with yarning and advanced warp knitting. The material is then dried, dyed, lint fixed, ironed, rolled, cut and hemmed.
The manufacturing process creates spaces and channels in the microfiber material that pick up and hold dirt, grime and water. As a result, you often do not need to use chemicals when cleaning with a microfiber towel and the material holds liquids without absorbing them completely.
The ratio of polyester to polymide material is a key consideration when selecting microfiber towels. Most companies sell a 70/30 blend of polyester to polymide, but AMMEX sells 80/20, creating a more durable blend that is suitable for a wider variety of tasks.
“Microfiber doesn’t absorb liquids; it holds them.”
Benefits of microfiber Many organizations seek out microfiber for cleaning purposes because of its unique properties. First of all, microfiber does not completely absorb liquids; it merely holds them. This ability makes microfiber towels reusable, while other types of materials would need to be thrown out. Because the towels don’t absorb liquid, they won’t collect bacteria.
Microfiber towels are effectively used in cleaning and detailing, especially in the automotive industry. These towels are durable and withstand more washes than other materials. Unlike rougher materials, microfiber will not scratch paint on cars or leave lint behind. They are ideal for use on glass and other glossy surfaces.
While microfiber towels are particularly popular in the automotive industry, they are used in any situation where cleanup is needed, such as janitorial work, housekeeping, daycare, hospitals and more. Workers in these situations benefit from microfiber because it does not collect bacteria and can be used repeatedly.
AMMEX’s microfiber towels contain 200,000 fibers per square inch, holding 7 times their weight in liquid. Each towel is 16 x 16, reusable and comes in four different colors: blue, green, white or yellow.
Contact us or your AMMEX Representative today to learn more about microfiber towels.
The chief information officer’s (CIO) role in business operations has evolved beyond managing only the information technology aspects of a company. Today, CIOs often spend more time collaborating with other members of the C-suite, looking at ways to improve efficiency and productivity, and this includes the implementation of automation throughout the business.
In fact, CIO Insight noted, “The modern CIO belongs at the fulcrum of all business matters,” lending expertise to various other departments. This ranges from chief financial officers to service desks. In regard to business process automation (BPA), CIOs likely usher in this process in their own departments, so why not utilize interdepartmental collaboration as a way to inject this time- and cost-saving practice throughout the business?
AMMEX understands the value of its CIO for the entire organization, with the role serving a crucial purpose in the company’s high standards for order accuracy and overall supply chain logistics. Through the insights of AMMEX’s CIO, the company was able to achieve the following benefits:
Improved accuracy Human error is a natural part of any business practice. However, this does not mean human error will not have extensive consequences. One misplaced figure could mean improper accounts of inventory, which then impacts fill rates and accuracy for numerous orders.
“AMMEX’s foray into BPA is another way it remains at the top of the industry.”
At AMMEX, the CIO has a hand in preventing such issues through automated workflows and reporting. Software keeps track of all orders and other movement along the supply chain, ensuring figures are accurate across all places where the data is stored. Additionally, less information falls prey to accidental exclusion, ensuring complete data. All of these advantages lend to cost containment.
More precise monitoring Automated data collection and analytics are huge parts of modern operations, and business intelligence (BI) overall is crucial for supply chain management. Through BPA and BI as a result of that process, AMMEX has a more granular view into the supply chain from procurement to distribution. As a result, the company is able to better forecast delays and pinpoint the possible sources of these and other issues.
Increased efficiency and productivity The CIO’s role in ushering in BPA for the purposes of efficiency is not unfounded. Harvey Nash’s 2015 CIO Survey found 61 percent of respondents reported increasing efficiencies was the top concern in 2015. AMMEX’s use of BPA is one way the company keeps this goal top of mind.
Improvements to productivity and efficiency result from enhanced accuracy and monitoring. Fewer errors means decreased redundancy, as workers along the supply chain spend less time backtracking to find errors and fix them. Automated monitoring tools alert AMMEX managers to only the reports they need to see, allowing employees to focus on only the business operations that require improvement.
Leveraging the CIO role to remain competitive BPA is not the only way the CIO role is influential in other departments at AMMEX. This insight has the power to help the company remain an industry leader in various ways and should not be understated. The Harvey Nash survey found CIOs worry their companies’ inability to leverage technology will cause them to fall behind in the market. However, 75 percent of respondents did not have a plan to roll out digital processes across their organizations.
While the survey put the impetus on CIOs to press for more automation and other digital workflows, AMMEX understands this is a collaborative process that requires the empowerment of the CIO role to usher in positive change. Like AMMEX’s pioneering spirit when it comes to digital marketing, ecommerce and innovative technologies like Doc-link, Vidyo and QR codes, the company’s foray into BPA is another way it remains at the top of the industry. Join AMMEX at the top, become a distributor today!
To stay competitive in the fast changing consumer world, companies need to have an innovative, growth-focused mentality. For AMMEX, that means integrating new technology to maintain a global presence and more effectively reach customers. Here are a few of the ways AMMEX has embraced new tools to improve business:
QR or Quick Response Codes are barcodes that store a wealth of information, such as URLs, text and other data. These digital codes are a smart way to connect physical products to the digital world. AMMEX products have begun featuring a QR code printed on the packaging that takes customers to product landing pages with informational videos. This feature provides a quick and seamless way for customers to learn more about AMMEX’s products. This solution supports AMMEX’s marketing efforts by providing information to help move customers down the sales funnel.
Doc-link The Internet has made cloud-based document storage solutions possible, which is crucial when you serve customers across the country. Doc-link is a product that enables AMMEX to seamlessly process orders from customers. The software captures documents to automate sales processes. Before implementing doc-link, AMMEX’s daily sales order process took twice as long and required twice as many staff members to complete. Implementing this tool has enabled AMMEX to continue to grow without becoming bogged down in manual workflows. Doc-link also makes the process more accurate, ensuring distributors get the shipments they ordered so they move inventory more quickly.
Vidyo One of the ways AMMEX keeps up with its staff at numerous locations worldwide in Southeast Asia and across the U.S. is through frequent contact. Staying in close touch with all team members is one of AMMEX’s core strategies. The desire for consistent contact is why the company has a morning huddle in every department every morning. AMMEX was quick to realize that Internet-based video conferencing solutions would enable the brand to easily maintain relationships and do business overseas without as much need for travel. AMMEX partnered with Vidyo, the company that pioneered video conferences. Vidyo’s solutions allowed AMMEX to reduce travel and time expenses by 32 percent while still maintaining the close relationships that drive business.
Technology always evolves. The most successful companies understand how to take advantage of new advancements and use them to improve business. AMMEX is proud to remain innovative in a fast-changing business environment and will continue to look for the next best technology that makes internal processes more efficient and improves relationships with customers.
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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
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.
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.
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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.