-MEMBER NEWS-
Crown Enterprises Featured in Article Titled 'The Right Thing to Do" in Outdoor Retailer Summer 2020 Magazine
Want to know what it takes to not only survive, but thrive in today’s COVID-19-crushed retail world? Take a lesson from Joe Power, president of employee-owned Crown Enterprises, which operates five outdoor retail store across Montana, Idaho and Washington. Crown Enterprises found a simple way to thrive during the pandemic. The shop puts employees, community and customers first. | For More...
Al's Sporting Goods Opens Third Location in Idaho Falls
Al’s Sporting Goods is opening its third store in Idaho Falls, Idaho, this week. Our Member already operates two stores in Logan, Utah, and Orem, Utah. The new store will open in a former Toys R Us building measuring 30,000 square feet.| For More...
-INDUSTRY NEWS-
First-Time Gun Buyers Grow to Nearly 5 Million in 2020
NSSF updated retail survey-based estimates and concluded that nearly 5 million Americans purchased a firearm for the very first time in 2020. NSSF surveyed firearm retailers which reported that 40 percent of sales were conducted to purchasers who have never previously owned a firearm. | For More...
SHOT Show Blog - "Why I Wouldn't Miss Shot Show 2021: Vista Outdoor"
Planning for one brand to be represented at SHOT Show® is a big job. Planning for multiple brands under one umbrella serving multiple sectors of the industry, at the rate of 60 shows per year, is a year-round job for multiple people. SHOT Show recently caught up with Michael Kinn, Events Director for Vista Outdoor, to see what Vista has underway for the 2021 SHOT Show in these challenging times—and why they wouldn’t think of missing it. | For More...
FFL Disaster Preparedness Plan - It's Never Too Early to be Ready
Severe weather and other natural disasters have become all too common — and too often businesses aren’t prepared to respond appropriately when extreme conditions emerge. Statistics show that when businesses close due to a disaster, 25 percent never reopen. As they say, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and taking precautions before a crisis occurs is easier than doing a lot of fixing afterward. | For More...
-VENDOR NEWS-
Vista Outdoor Hosts First-Ever Virtual Event
Vista Outdoor has commenced a series of virtual sales shows to support its Buy Group Partners, Independent Dealers and Distributors. Throughout the month of August and into September, Vista's brands will host dedicated weeks for various business partners in which attendees will join live discussions through an online portal. During each session, information on new products will be presented as well as detailed reviews on marketing campaigns, trade marketing tools and displays, plus other in-channel activities. | For More...
-BUSINESS-
Walmart Announces Membership Service in Attempt to Compete with Amazon
Walmart is rolling out its newest and much-anticipated attempt to compete with Amazon Prime: a membership service that will give customers free shipping on tens of thousands of items, including produce and groceries. The service, Walmart+, will cost $98 a year. That is lower than the $119 charged for Amazon Prime, which set the bar for e-commerce membership services, but Walmart+ will require an order of at least $35 to qualify for the free shipping, while Prime does not have a minimum. | For More...
-MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA-
-FIREARMS-
Blog: Why Are Women Buying Guns?
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, gun sales and interest in firearms training have surged. Surveys, studies, and wild guesses have tried to capture the reason why people, particularly women, are purchasing firearms and gun safety training. This article reviews the trends, explores the impetus for the surge, and offers quotes from women who share their stories in their own words. | For More...
6 Ways to Enhance "The Experience" at Your Range
Succeeding in retail today is all about “the experience.” This trend has impacted nearly every business, with large corporations investing millions of dollars to ensure a customer’s experience (either in-store or online) is smooth, satisfactory and enjoyable. | For More...
-ATHLETICS-
SFIA Announces Virtual Conference Titled "Back on Track: Insights & Strategies"
With a focus on preparing attendees and their businesses for the future, the SFIA Back on Track Virtual Conference appeals to sports & fitness executives and other professionals who are looking for a dynamic learning & networking event that will not take them away from their daily operations for an extended period of time. | For More...
SFIA Releases All 89 Single Sport & Fitness Reports
The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) has released 89 Single Sport & Fitness Reports, covering all sports and fitness activities ranging from basketball to barre to MMA fighting to scuba diving to pickleball, and much more. | For More...
-CRASH'S CORNER-
How Social Media is Pushing Us Toward 1984
In his dystopian novel, Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell created “Big Brother” and, with it, the perfect metaphor for Big Tech. Orwell’s “telescreens,” which can’t be switched off and which record every conversation and monitor every movement of his characters, bear striking resemblance to our smartphones. | For More...
One Thing the Pandemic Could Be Changing? Meeting Lengths
As more people work from home, one feature of the typical workday appears to be changing shape: the humble meeting. This essential workday function, once carried out in conference rooms, cafés, or in the office kitchen, is becoming more frequent—and with more meetings comes a longer day overall. | For More...
-CRASH'S MEME OF THE DAY-
-NBS OUTDOOR MAGAZINE-
Summer 2020 Edition Now Available
The Summer 2020 edition of the quarterly NBS Outdoor Magazine is now available! Click here or click the magazine cover to view the digital version. For information on how you can become part of the NBS Outdoor Magazine, contact Steve Baker with Required Team Gear via email at steveb@requiredteamgear.com.  
-NEW MEMBER RECRUITING-
Do You Know Any Independent Retailers That Would Be a Good Fit For NBS?
In case you are not aware, NBS provides a stipend to those who refer and actively assist in our recruiting effort. For more information, or to discuss possible leads, contact Julie Cerza via phone at 817-605-2212 or via email at jcerza@nbs.com.
-HAVE SOMETHING TO SHARE?-
If your company has anything to share with NBS, please contact Catherine Rash via email at crash@nbs.com or via phone at 817-605-2223.