Personal protective equipment (PPE) is essential for workplace safety in many industries. Although retailers sell many types of PPE, including disposable vinyl gloves, you can also source your equipment from a specialized PPE wholesaler.
Learn about the advantages of buying your vinyl gloves wholesale and how a specialized supplier is a better long-term source for your PPE.
Order Size and Cost-Effectiveness
The primary advantage of ordering your nitrile and vinyl gloves (or any other type of PPE) from a specialized wholesaler is the possibility of ordering large quantities. The average box of disposable gloves typically contains 100 units. While purchasing a few boxes from a retailer every month may be sufficient for home or personal use, most retailers don’t allow bulk purchases, and the cost per unit is higher.
If you run a business where your employees must use disposable gloves for their daily tasks, your personnel likely go through several boxes every week. Therefore, restocking requires making bulk purchases.
Ordering from a wholesaler offers two advantages when operating as a business. You can place larger orders and benefit from a lower price per unit, making wholesale a more cost-effective way of sourcing your disposable gloves.
Average retailers typically only stock the types of gloves in the highest demand. If you have specific PPE requirements (such as gloves with a particular thickness or medical grade), retailers may not carry what you need.
A specialized PPE wholesaler typically stocks as many types and variants of each item as possible. If you need multiple types of latex gloves, a wholesaler is more likely to stock models made of both natural rubber and synthetic rubber materials in lightly powdered or powder-free glove varieties.
If your business needs to use gloves of different colors for differentiating tasks when handling products in the food industry, wholesalers may stock uncommon combinations of colors and materials. Examples include transparent vinyl, red latex, or black nitrile.
Certifications and Reliability
When choosing a professional PPE wholesaler, you want to partner with a supplier with specific credentials. Whether you’re in food services or medical care, look for qualifications like “FDA-approved,” “CDC-approved,” or “ASTM-tested.”
The purpose of these certifications is to prove the wholesaler supplies quality products in compliance with all relevant laws, standards, and regulations. Vinyl gloves sold in the United States must meet the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) standards under ASTM D5250.
Additionally, if the company is registered with the FDA or SAM.gov, they are approved to do business with the federal government. In turn, government entities are likely to buy from (and therefore, trust) that company, adding a layer of legitimacy.
The Customer Service Advantage
Partnering with a specialized supplier also means you can benefit from quality customer service. They can give you accurate product information and offer suggestions according to your needs.
If some of your staff have a latex allergy, a PPE wholesaler can recommend latex-free alternatives that won’t cause harmful allergic reactions. If you need gloves for specific high-risk tasks, ask about a particular model’s tear and puncture resistance.
You can also ask them whether you need powder-free or powdered gloves, the difference between N95 and KN95 masks, or which level of protection you need for your medical gowns. Reputable suppliers should answer all your questions about their products and help you make the best choices for your needs.
Choose a Reputable PPE Wholesaler
At ICU Production Inc., our objective is to supply our customers with the highest-quality PPE available. We offer disposable gloves of all types (vinyl, nitrile, latex), face masks, medical gowns, and more.
We are FDA and SAM-registered, and our products are tested or approved by all relevant organizations in the United States (FDA, CDC, ANSI, AAMI, ASTM).