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Suppliers of athletic bags sharpen pricing edge

Makers are boosting cost savings for greater competitiveness in traditional and emerging markets.

China suppliers of athletic bags are taking various steps to mitigate the impact of domestic inflation on export prices. Most are striving to keep increases within 15 percent by adjusting operations to achieve more cost savings.

  
Racket bag
  The model 327 racket bag from Shingjiachang combines nylon with synthetic leather.

In line with this, companies are enhancing QC systems to reduce losses from wastage and defects. Some have even set up their own testing facilities for greater control.

With regard to procurement, makers are ordering raw materials and components several months in advance to negotiate for better rates. In addition, a number have invested in platforms
that will streamline purchasing from different providers and lower transaction costs.

Through these measures, athletic bag suppliers hope to fortify their foothold in the EU, the US and Australia. Many are also looking to expand in emerging markets, which are relatively more price sensitive than traditional destinations. Brazil, Argentina, Africa and the Oceania region are considered as having high growth prospects because of the strong interest in sports in these areas.

Ayp Group Firstclub Outdoor & Sports Co. Ltd, for example, registered an increase of more than 5 percent in shipments to Brazil last year. It is anticipating exports to the area will remain
on the upswing in coming months.


R&D efforts
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R&D efforts

Besides keeping prices competitive, suppliers are investing larger amounts in R&D to ensure selections meet the requirements of target markets. Most companies now spend between 5 and 10 percent of annual revenue on product development. Further, makers are releasing designs more frequently, with some rolling out 50 to 100 models per month.

Four areas are being emphasized, namely user comfort, gear protection, durability and functionality.

With regard to the first, bags are being fitted with thicker and wider shoulder straps. Padding is added to mitigate the pressure on the shoulder during use.

In terms of keeping gear safe, racket bag suppliers adopt polyester interlining to separate two or more rackets in one bag. PE padding is integrated to protect the equipment from outside impact.

Shingjiachang Sporting Products (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd offers models with thermal insulation to protect rackets from heat during storage or transit.

For durability, suppliers are turning to high-grade materials. Some even procure fabric from South Korea or Taiwan.

In the tennis bag sector, companies ensure that models are capable of carrying a minimum of 50kg. Fuzhou Hunter Bags & Luggage Mfg Co. Ltd tests the load capacity of its products in an
in-house laboratory.

To enhance functionality, multipurpose features are being incorporated in designs. These include special holders for water bottles, shoes, clothes, laptops, keys, wallets and cards. Certain
pieces come with holes for MP3 player earphones and chargers.

Racket bags that can be used during hiking are popular examples of the trend for versatile products. In such models, the main compartment is meant to carry rackets. The front pocket holds pens and cards, while the back pocket is for sundries.

Visual appeal is also being enhanced for differentiation. In this regard, some makers are combining different fabrics, including leather, to achieve a certain look.

A number are sticking to solid colors, timing releases to the season. During summer and spring, athletic bags in bright hues are popular. Winter calls for darker designs.

To keep current and prospective clients up-to-date on their latest releases, several promote via the Internet. New models are pushed to the market through online product galleries.

  
Ski boot bag
Product gallery

Fuzhou Hunter Bags & Luggage Mfg Co. Ltd

Model: SE-10002
MOQ: 1,000 pieces per color
Delivery: 55 days
Description: Ski boot bag; PU-coated 600d polyester with roller print; main compartment for helmet and other accessories; 46x36x45cm

  
Racket bag


Fuzhou Hunter Bags & Luggage Mfg Co. Ltd

Model: CF-09706
MOQ: 1,000 pieces per color
Delivery: 55 days
Description: Racket bag; PVC-coated 600d polyester, dobby; main compartment for two rackets; zipped front and back pockets; adjustable and removable shoulder strap

  
Ball bag


Fuzhou Hunter Bags & Luggage Mfg Co. Ltd

Model: CF-09704
MOQ: 1,000 pieces per color
Delivery: 55 days
Description: Ball bag; PVC-coated 600d polyester, dobby; zipped main compartment; expandable bottom with mesh; 29x29x39+8cm

  
Racket bag


Shingjiachang Sporting Products (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd

Model: 319
MOQ: 100 pieces
Delivery: 90 days
Description: Racket bag; PU-coated nylon; 74x30x20cm

  
Racket bag


Shingjiachang Sporting Products (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd

Model: 327
MOQ: 100 pieces
Delivery: 90 days
Description: Racket bag; PU-coated nylon, synthetic leather; 48x33x13cm

  
Racket bag


Shingjiachang Sporting Products (Shenzhen) Co. Ltd

Model: 3056 A
MOQ: 100 pieces
Delivery: 90 days
Description: Racket bag; PU-coated nylon, synthetic leather; 75x38x30cm

  
Ski bag


Xiamen International Trade & Industrial Co. Ltd

Model: EC109-0702
MOQ: 1,000 pieces
Delivery: 45 days
Description: Ski bag; PVC-coated 1680d polyester; front pocket; 180x33x15cm

  
Soccer bag


Xiamen International Trade & Industrial Co. Ltd

Model: EC103-0705
MOQ: 1,000 pieces
Delivery: 45 days
Description: Soccer bag; PVC-coated 600d polyester; bottom compartment for shoes and wet clothes; 52x32x49cm

  
Ski boot bag


Xiamen International Trade & Industrial Co. Ltd

Model: EC110-0702
MOQ: 2,000 pieces
Delivery: 45 days
Description: Ski boot bag; PVC-coated 600d polyester; 27x24x37cm




Note:This article was originally published by Global Sources, a leading business-to-business media company and a primary facilitator of trade with China manufacturers and India suppliers, providing essential sourcing information to volume buyers through our e-magazines, trade shows and industry research.

All price quotes in this report are in US dollars unless otherwise specified. FOB prices were provided by the companies interviewed only as reference prices at the time of interview and may have changed.

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