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-NBS INFORMATION-

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Nation's Best Sports to Exhibit at the 2022 ATA Show in Louisville This Week

We are excited to announce that NBS will be exhibiting at the upcoming 2022 ATA Show in Lousiville, Kentucky, from January 7-9, 2022. NBS will be in booth #1513. If you will be attending ATA later this week, we encourage you to stop by our booth! NBS has partnered with the National Archery Buyers Association (NABA) to form the Archery and Outdoor Alliance (AOA). At ATA, the AOA will have a large booth on the show floor only on Friday, January 7, that will only be available for NBS and NABA Members. The AOA Booth (#1701) will feature a combined NBS and NABA Hot Show Event where pre-selected Vendors will have an assigned table to promote their negotiated Hot Show deals to both Memberships. We look forward to seeing many of you at ATA!

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NBS Announces Dates for the 2022 Summer Athletic Market

We are excited to announce that our 2022 Summer Athletic Market will be held from June 22-23, 2022, at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Market registration will not be open until later this Spring, but go ahead and mark your calendars for our upcoming Market!

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Hotel Reservation Deadline is This Friday for the 2022 Spring Semi-Annual Market

The Hotel Reservation Deadline for the 2022 Spring Semi-Annual Market is this Friday, January 7. There is limited availability at all our hotel room blocks and we encourage you to make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. The Market will be held February 11-14, 2022, at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth Texas. To download the current schedule of events, click here

-NEW MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENT-

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A Place to Shoot from San Antonio, Texas, Joins the NBS Family!

We are excited to welcome A Place to Shoot to the NBS Family! A Place to Shoot is a shooting sports specialty retailer with a shooting complex located in San Antonio, Texas. The shooting complex consists of separate shotgun, rifle, pistol, and precision ranges, and an archery range. To learn more about A Place to Shoot, click here.

-INDUSTRY NEWS-

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January SHOT Show Updates: Only 2 Weeks to Go

Everything you need to know about SHOT Show is detailed in the 2022 SHOT Tracker. Packed with show schedules, networking details, education descriptions, exhibitor lists, and a sneak peak of the hottest products being displayed by their sponsors, the SHOT Tracker is key to effective pre-show planning. | For More...

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NSGA Announces 2022 Hall of Fame Class

The three inductees in the Class of 2022 of the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame share a common entrepreneurial spirit. Michael Gotfredson Sr., of Road Runner Sports, Wilson “Bill” Hunt of CHAMPRO, and Bill Sorenson of American Sports Products Group will join 175 retailers, team dealers, manufacturers, and industry influencers who have been honored with induction into the Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame since it was established by the National Sporting Goods Association in 1955. | For More...

-VENDOR NEWS-

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Federal Ammunition Turns 100 Years Old in 2022

Estimates show less than one percent of all companies make it to their 100th year in business. Federal Ammunition joins this extraordinary group in 2022 and has plans to celebrate all year long. Its official date of incorporation was April 27, 1922, but the festivities will start now. | For More...

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Veteran Innovative Products Rebrands to VIP Archery

Veteran Innovative Products recently announced a full rebrand heading into 2022. The company will now be marketed as VIP Archery and has launched a brand-new website, which features a rebranded logo and color scheme. | For More...

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GSM Outdoors Acquires SOG Specialty Knives

GSM Outdoors has acquired SOG Specialty Knives, the American knife and tool manufacturing company based in Lynnwood, WA. “Since 1986, SOG has been synonymous with austere-duty knives intended to meet the needs of defense professionals,” said Eddie Castro, CEO, GSM Outdoors.| For More...

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Vista Outdoor's CEO Discusses Stone Glacier Acquisition

Marking its seventh acquisition in the last 16 months, Vista Outdoor acquired Stone Glacier, an ultralight backcountry and hunting gear brand based in Bozeman, MT. Founded in 2012 by Kurt Racicot, Stone Glacier is described on its website as the “result of 15 years of solo sheep hunts from the Dall country of Alaska to the unlimited districts of Montana’s Beartooth Wilderness.” | For More...

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Alliance Consumer Group Acquires HALO

Alliance Consumer Group recently announced it has acquired substantially all the assets of the HALO operating unit from ZAGG Inc. The acquisition of HALO allows Alliance Consumer Group to extend its product offering of a complimentary category throughout its entire network of unique “go-to market” sales channels. | For More...

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Horizon Firearms Acquires Stiller's Precision Firearms Assets

Kaspar Outdoors/Ratliff Traditions, LLC, the parent company of Horizon Firearms, Iota Outdoors, and TX Ammo, announced the acquisition of Stiller’s Precision Firearms assets. Stiller’s Precision Firearms will operate as Stiller, under the Kaspar Outdoors/Ratliff Traditions umbrella, located in College Station, TX as a subsidiary of Kaspar Companies, Inc. | For More...

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Platinum Equity Completes Deal for Pelican Products

Platinum Equity announced that the acquisition of Pelican Products has been completed. Pelican operates in two primary segments: Pelican Products designs and manufactures high-performance rigid protective cases, advanced portable lighting systems, and outdoor consumer products for highly resilient government, commercial and consumer markets. | For More...

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Escalade Appoints CEO & President

The Board of Directors of Escalade Inc. announced the appointment of Walter P. Glazer, Jr. as CEO and president effective January 1, 2022. Glazer has been serving as interim CEO and president. | For More...

-RETAIL NEWS-

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Mastercard: U.S. Holiday Sales Grew 8.5 Percent

According to Mastercard SpendingPulse, holiday retail sales, excluding automotive, increased 8.5 percent year-over-year this holiday season, running from November 1 through December 24. Notably, online sales grew 11.0 percent compared to the same period last year, its preliminary insights show. | For More...

-MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA-

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-NBS MEMBER RECRUITING-

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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?-

Contact Catherine Rash via email at crash@nbs.com or via phone at 817-605-2223 to share your company's information with NBS!