-INDUSTRY NEWS-
ATF Announces Release of New Form 4473
NSSF is pleased to announce that ATF is set to release its newest version of the Form 4473. The Form 4473 is used by all Federal Firearm License (FFL) holders to record pertinent information from persons seeking to purchase a firearm or firearms prior to the FFL performing a background check via the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) or state-approved point-of-contact law enforcement agency. | For More...
SFIA Survey: COVID-19 Hits Industry Hard, Yet Fitness Surges
Over 70 percent of sports and fitness manufacturers and businesses reported a sales drop of over 25 percent for the month of April (comparing April 2020 sales to April 2019 sales), with 30 percent of respondents reporting a sales drop of over 75 percent, according to SFIA’s COVID-19 Response Survey. | For More...
Solid Winter Ski Season Ends with a Thud at Western Mountain Resorts
Just six weeks after the winter season was abruptly ended on March 15 in the wake of complete ski resort closures mandated by the COVID-19 pandemic, mountain destinations “officially” ended the 2019/20 ski season at the end of April. | For More...
Sales of Outdoor & Sports Toys Surge
Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. families are turning to outdoor play to manage social isolation measures and the cancellation of schools and organized sports. Sales of Outdoor and Sports Toys surged by $193 million during April, 2020, a 51 percent increase over the same time period last year, according to NPD Group. | For More...
NSSF Cancels 2020 Range-Retailer Business Expo
As the public health situation showed signs of easing and businesses started to reopen, NSSF surveyed last year’s Expo attendees and exhibitors to assess their interest in attending this year’s event. As a result, NSSF made the decision to cancel this year’s Range-Retailer Business Expo but are planning to hold the Expo in the same location in July 2021. | For More...
The Big Gear Show Postpones Inaugural Event to 2021
The Big Gear Show (BGS), a new outdoor industry trade show focused on hardgoods, with an emphasis on paddling, cycling, climbing, and camping gear, announced the cancellation of its inaugural event, originally planned for July 22-25, 2020. The Big Gear Show will first stage August 3-5, 2021 in Salt Lake City. | For More...
-BUSINESS-
Handling Bad Reviews Online - A Game Plan
The internet never forgets and screenshots truly never go away. You cannot just erase what occurred, take back what an employee did or said or delete what was posted, even if you would love to step back in time and pretend nothing ever happened. Businesses and brands have been ruined by one small mishandled internet snafu, and it often starts with a bad review. | For More...
-MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA-
Market Your Pro Shop Using Facebook Groups
There is still a way that you can use Facebook without spending a fortune just to reach your own followers: Facebook groups. Managing a Facebook group lets you more easily communicate with your customers while increasing engagement and building a strong community. | For More...
-HUNTING-
Pandemic Side-Effect: Hunting Fever
The lockdowns to prevent spread of coronavirus seem to be having some beneficial, if not unintended, side effects. More people are getting into the woods and finding out nature provides. | For More...
50 Hunter Stereotypes from Every State
Every bar has its fly—the hunter who’s never without a drink in hand and a tall tale to tell…about how great of an outdoorsman he is, of course. As hunters, we run across these folks every season. | For More...
How to Hunt Gobblers That Go Ghost
Every turkey hunt is a head trip as much as it’s a pursuit of beard and spur. Your elation lights up the dawn when a wild tom on a distant limb gobbles in reaction to your bogus owl hoot or coyote howl. | For More...
-OUTDOORS-
Masks Have Become a Viable New Category for Outdoor Brands
One way to trace the progression of the pandemic is to look at the consumer demand for masks. Now, everyone is coming to terms with the fact that we will probably be wearing face coverings for a long time, which raises an important question: How will we run, hike, bike, ski, and socialize safely—in other words, incorporate masks more permanently into our lives—in a way that's not maddeningly uncomfortable and divisive? | For More...
-FISHING-
Retaining New & Reactivated Anglers After COVID-19
Fishing license sales are up nationwide since the COVID-19 outbreak. Many bait and tackle stores are reporting positive traffic and steady sales. Fishing, it seems, has been one of the few approved pandemic activities in most states. | For More...
-ATHLETICS-
NFHS Releases Guide for Returning to High School Sports
The National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) has released guidance for its 51 member state high school associations to consider in re-opening high school athletics and other activity programs across the nation. | For More...
Report: Disney World Seen as Front-runner for NBA's Return
Orlando’s Walt Disney World has reportedly emerged as a front-runner to host NBA games if the 2019-20 season resumes this summer. Disney World has been attractive to the NBA because it is private property that also has the facilities necessary to host the games and league personnel/players. | For More...
-CRASH'S CORNER-
How UV Sanitizers Work & Why You Should Invest in One for Your Phone, Keys & Wallet
One of the easiest ways to stay healthy is to sanitize your most oft-touched possessions well—and frequently. We should focus on maintaining sanitation on the items we most commonly come into contact with–like banisters, doorknobs, faucets, computer keyboards, and phones. | For More...
Online Reputation Management: What It Is & Why You Need It
Your business works hard to keep your customers happy. You connect with customers one-on-one and tirelessly develop new products and features to meet customers’ needs. By actively managing your reputation, you can minimize negative customer feedback and keep your online presence as positive as possible. | For More...
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-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, please contact Julie Cerza in the NBS Office via phone at 817-605-2212 or via email at jcerza@nbs.com .
-NBS OUTDOOR MAGAZINE-
Spring 2020 Edition Available Now
Click the magazine cover to view the digital version of the Spring 2020 edition of the quarterly NBS Outdoor Magazine. For more information on how you can be a part of the NBS Outdoor Magazine, please contact Steve Baker with Required Team Gear via email at steveb@requiredteamgear.com .   
-HAVE SOMETHING TO SHARE?-
If your company has news or information to share with NBS, please contact Catherine Rash via email at crash@nbs.com or via phone at 817-605-2223.