MSMS Glove Program: Improve Your Bottom Line with Savings on Gloves and Supplies

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MSMS Glove Program: Improve Your Bottom Line with Savings on Gloves and Supplies

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Health care providers from Colorado to Maine are saving money on exam gloves, masks and other disposable products using a purchasing program developed and administered by Association Gloves and endorsed by the MSMS. 

Is your practice among the thousands nationally that are adding to its bottom line the easiest way possible -- by spending less on the essential products used in volume daily? 

Every dollar saved is pure profit. If you save $40 or $50 on one case of gloves, and you use even 100 cases a year, you could enhance your bottom line by as much as $5,000 simply by changing your purchasing practices. Those savings can really add up, too. For instance, in five years you could save $25,000 -- $50,000 in 10 years. 

Association Gloves provides members like you with the opportunity to drive down costs on exam gloves by offering nationally known brands at prices substantially below other distributors' prices. And, a percentage of profits are returned to the Michigan State Medical Society. When MSMS physicians buy from the MSMS glove program, they are creating non-dues revenue for the organization, which means more money is available for member services without raising dues. 

Participating in the MSMS glove program truly is a win-win for members. While it may seem challenging to find gloves that your whole team likes, the depth of the glove program's product line, free samples and sample boxes makes it pretty easy to find the right gloves for your office. There's a high likelihood the glove program offers the gloves you already use. And, shipping is free. Two warehouses in different parts of the country hold inventory for Association Gloves and drop-ship orders. Customers receive their purchases via United Parcel Services in two to four days. 

Expanded lines 

The glove product line has already expanded appreciably this year. There are now more than 90 gloves available, with the introduction of sterile and surgical gloves, flavored gloves, and expansions in the Innovative Healthcare Corp. (IHC) product line. Brands available include Halyard Health (formerly Kimberly-Clark), Sempermed,IHC, Microflex, Cranberry, EcoBee and Plak Smacker. You can choose from nitrile, chloroprene, powder-free latex, powdered latex, vinyl gloves and fitted gloves. Halyard Health Lavender has been the number-one glove in health care for many years. Its Sterling product is also popular with doctors and hospitals. 

More masks are also available than in the past. In addition to the Halyard Health line of ASTM-rated masks, you can also purchase the BeeSure Level 2 mask from Association Gloves. Other mask manufacturers may be coming aboard soon. 

Because of the glove program's success, it has expanded into other disposable products: masks, sterilization pouches, drinking cups, gauze, cotton rolls and cotton-tipped applicators. More products are under consideration. 

Another feature of the glove program that participants tell us they enjoy is the recurring order program. Think of it as a standing order that ships to your practice on the schedule you determine so that you never run out of gloves. A glove representative can call you to confirm the shipment prior to releasing the shipment in case your needs change. 

Finally, buying from the glove program is risk-free. If you are dissatisfied with your purchase, simply call Association Gloves to arrange a return shipment and a refund. 

Endorsed nationally

Almost as soon as Association Gloves began in Michigan in 2007, associations across the country wanted to offer the program to their members. Currently, 20 state dental associations and four medical-related organizations are affiliated with the glove program (see sidebar).

What began as a small enterprise is now approaching $4 million in annual sales, thanks to the loyalty of association members nationwide. Association Gloves is able to deliver quality products at low prices because by buying at wholesale, applying a lower mark-up and taking a smaller margin of profit.

Beginning in the fourth quarter of 2015, the glove program began offering multiple quarterly special promotions, presenting members with extraordinary values on products from several manufacturers. Quarterly special promotions are expected to continue into the foreseeable future to bring even more value to the program and greater savings to members. Watch for these promotions in MSMS publications. 

Ease of buying

It's vital to make it as easy as possible to buy from the MSMS glove program. That's why it developed have a great website. MSMS members visit to shop securely at their convenience. 

The glove program stays abreast of current technology and marketing tools and just introduced a free mobile app. Find it in the Apple App Store or Google Play under the Association Gloves name. App-only specials and discounts are offered. Download the mobile app and place an order to receive $5 off a purchase of $175 or more on regularly priced products. "Like" to stay on top of special promotions and to keep up with glove program news.

Staying in touch

One of the biggest competitive challenges Association Gloves faces is the consistent, face-to-face contact that medical distributors have with association members. In order to keep prices low, the glove program doesn't have staff out in the communities calling on member physicians. It strongly relies on direct mail and participation in MSMS events to make members aware of the program. Look for the Association Gloves booth at the upcoming House of Delegates meeting April 30-May 1 at The Henry in Dearborn, and at the Spring Scientific Session May 19-20 at the Somerset Inn, Troy. 

Always evolving

In response to requests from customers, the glove program is looking at further enhancing its product line to help them save on even more essential products. Association Gloves continues to evolve by building alliances with other manufacturers to help us respond to the changing marketplace and to the needs of health care professionals throughout the United States.

The continued success of Association Glove depends on reaching more members and persuading them to shop for the best value in gloves, masks and disposable products. The glove program is committed to providing excellent prices on quality products and to listening to customers to learn what they want and need.

You can shop the entire product catalog at, or call 877-484-6149 for personal assistance.

A Great Benefit of Membership!

Saving You Big Money All Year! MSMS Gloves is a fantastic membership benefit. That's because you, as a MSMS member, benefit from these exclusive low, low prices. This extraordinary value is not available to non-members -- they can't get these great prices. Only members get MSMS Gloves pricing. 

Here's another way to look at it -- the savings you get from MSMS Gloves could actually cover the entire cost of your yearly MSMS dues. Check out the prices and do the math -- great savings, great value, great gloves! 


The Association Gloves mobile app is now available on the Apple App Store and Google Play. Click here to download from your mobile device. Use the app to place an order and receive $5 off a purchase of $175 or more on regularly priced products. 


2nd quarter brings with it the introduction of the new Association Gloves product catalog, containing the full line of gloves, masks and our ever-expanding line of disposable products. Learn more about the products you already love and new products you will want to try! Click here to download a PDF of the catalog. 


Free samples of all our gloves and masks are available by calling 877-484-6149. Click here or call 877-484-6149 to order, request free samples and for more information. You'll be glad you did!