News: White papers


Global Sourcing Challenges in the Textile & Apparel Industry White Paper

Tue, 07/01/2014 - 14:15 -- Press Room

Alan Schwartz, President of Superior Uniform Group®, has inked his latest white paper on global sourcing.

The worldwide economic landscape changes every day and these changes present opportunity for great reward. Those who seek these rewards must navigate the minefield of risks in order to achieve successful outcomes. While global sourcing offers numerous benefits, there are various challenges that arise.  These challenges can greatly impact textile productions in the absence of knowledgeable and proactive guidance.

Get the Advantage: Reusable Textiles versus Disposable Textiles

Mon, 12/09/2013 - 08:57 -- Press Room

Medical textiles are one of the most vigorously growing sectors in the textile market. This includes such product categories as precaution gowns, patient gowns, laboratory coats and scrubs.  The rising need for medical textiles is due to the increase of patients, a result of longer life spans, more Americans having access to healthcare and more advanced healthcare procedures. Healthcare facilities could use cost-effective textile supplies to reduce operating costs, which are increasing due to the influx of patients, unpredictable economy and reduced Medicare assistance. A comparison of reusable versus disposable products reveals the overall advantages of reusable textiles, including cost savings, waste reduction and infection control.

Update on Global Shortage of Textiles from Alan Schwartz - June 17th, 2011

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 13:48 -- Press Room

First and foremost, it has been documented that the price of cotton has gone down from its all time high.  To put this in its proper prospective, at its highest price, cotton was selling at $2.35 per pound.  As of June 1, 2011, on the New York Board of Trade Futures Exchange, cotton was selling at $1.65 per pound.  At one point last month, cotton was even as low as $1.44 per pound.  It is very important to recognize the fact that a year ago cotton was selling at $.70 per pound, so even with the lowest current prices, the price is still more than double what it was just a year ago.

Update on the Global Shortage of Textiles from Alan Schwartz

Thu, 09/29/2011 - 08:49 -- Press Room
Last October, during a business trip to Asia, it became quite evident that global conditions were going to dictate an unparalleled increase in raw material costs. These dramatic cost increases would severely impact not only the price of fabrics moving forward, but their availability as well. In the last five months since the publication of our first white paper on the subject, we have seen all of the above come true. Raw material and finished fabric prices are at all time record levels and shortages are rampant throughout the marketplace. Those who failed to believe, understand, and then react quickly and decisively are now feeling the pressures brought on by this market frenzy.

Superior Uniform Group White Paper: Current Global Shortage of Textiles

Wed, 09/28/2011 - 09:30 -- Press Room

We are presently witnessing an unprecendented global crisis with regard to availability and pricing of fabrics that could greatly impact the uniform business.  The purpose of this paper is to provide you some historical background, bring you up to date and help you to understand what the future might look like.

Wicking & Moisture Management? What's all the news about?

Tue, 08/09/2011 - 10:52 -- Press Room

The term 'moisture management' is one which addresses the moisture created by the body and methods of dispersing that mositure from the body and beyon the wearer's clothing.  "Moisture Management" allows the body to stay dry and cool (or warm, depending on the weather).

In our everyday activities our bodies perspire.  Depending on the garments we are wearing and their fit, fabric, and thickness, this perspiration can become very uncomfortable.  As we exert ourselves, the perspiration can get trapped between our bodies and our clothing.  In cold weather, as this perspiration cools down, the body becomes cold.  Conversely, in hot weather, this perspiration can become heated by the air and the body, and create a very uncomfortable, sticky and humid atomosphere against the skin.