Custom Caps in The School Yard

Unless you have kids you may not have noticed but all kids are required to wear caps when they play outdoors. This is mainly due to the fact that schools are becoming increasingly conscience of the fact that kids need protection from the sun when playing outdoors in the sun. This is regardless of whether it is a sunny day or not. Summer and winter kids need to wear caps where playing outside. Long gone are the days when you would see children playing outside in the playground or the park without protection. With the increasing awareness of skin diseases this is no long the case.

It is not not just kids caps which kids are wearing. It is also hats. Wide-brim hats are an increasingly popular item for kids in the playground. They tend to protect more of the head than traditional caps and with their little eyelets they can help keep kids heads cool. Though the legionnaire cap also has good coverage as there is a flap at the back of the cap which covers the neck. Normal caps mainly protect the face, whereas this cap also protect the back of the head.

The caps are also being customised. Especially with private schools the school administration likes to put the school logo on the cap. It is usually as a way to fit in with the uniform. Of course the caps can be colour matched to the school uniform colours. This makes for a very smart looking ensemble with everything matching and looking good. It also makes it easier to identify students from afar so that they don’t get lost during school excursions. These custom caps are a brilliant addition to any school attire.


The Effects of Trade War on Branded Caps

The news has been full of reports about Donald Trumps new tariffs ona whole range of goods worth over AUD$120 billion against China. This is a trade conflict which has been brewing for some time now and has the potential to cause major headaches in global trade. President Trump was very forward about his intention to fight China in trade and their perceived protection of their own industries during the presidential election. Indeed it was very popular amongst his constituents. Now he has hit out with a whole range of tariffs with China reciprocating with its own. President Xi has also been trying to set a conciliatory tone in order to calm the situation.

Whilst the tariffs mainly only on Chinese goods entering the United States of America they have the potential to a profound effect on global trade. China is the second largest economy in the word and is the largest purchaser of commodities from a range of countries which including Australia. Any disruption to their supply chain can have a domino effect on the world economy according to leading economists. Any effect on China’s demand for commodities has the potential to exert downward pressure on prices. Similarly a cut in China’s own industrial production might push prices higher for consumer and promotional goods such as branded caps.

How this will effect promotional caps and branded caps is something that remains to be seen. Capss are manufactured from raw materials which are purchase on the international market like cotton. Therefore any movement in those raw material pricing can have an effect on baseball caps pricing. On the flip side if Chinese loses access to the US lanyard market then there may be excess supply of capss which could push prices lower for the rest of the world. So as you can see the effect of President Donald Trump’s new protectionist policies have on baseball cap pricing is a real concern to the promotional products and corporate merchandise industries.

Most caps are manufactured in China or other countries in Asian like Vietnam. If there is a disruption to the markets then one might expect a broader effect on the pricing of such products. Factories in countries like Vietnam might see opportunity to raise prices. What effect they will have we will have to wait and see.