-INDUSTRY NEWS-
How COVID-19 is Impacting the Outdoor Recreation Industry
The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR) surveyed its member trade associations representing over 100,000 businesses from the RV, camp, boat, hunt & fish, and bike categories about the impact each organization and member companies have experienced during the pandemic. | For More...
Canada Announces Immediate Ban on Military-Grade Firearms
On Friday, May 1, the Canadian government announced an immediate ban on some 1,500 makes and models of “military-grade” firearms. The measures ban the purchase, sale, transport and use of the firearms.  | For More...
NPD: Sporting Goods, Home Fitness, and Cycling Sales Surge in the U.S.
As U.S. consumers tackle ways to keep themselves and their families busy, active and fit during this time of social distancing, sports and home fitness equipment, as well as children’s and adult leisure bicycles, have seen double- and triple-digit sales increases according to retail sales data from The NPD Group. | For More...
Ducks Unlimited Joins Forces to Promote #ResponsibleRecreation
Ducks Unlimited (DU) has joined forces with other leading conservation organizations to spearhead #ResponsibleRecreation – a media campaign encouraging Americans to enjoy outdoor recreation while adhering to proper COVID-19 safety protocols. | For More...
Event Cancellations Plague Emerald's Q1 Performance
Because of numerous event cancellations due to the COVID-19 pandemic, San Juan Capistrano, CA-based Emerald Holding Inc.—the operator of Outdoor Retailer, Surf Expo and other trade shows—reported revenue for the first quarter declined 27.4 percent to $99.7 million. | For More...
-VENDOR NEWS-
Escalade Repays $5.6 Million PPP Loan in Full
Escalade Inc., a maker of a wide range of sporting goods, announced that it repaid its outstanding loan of $5,627,500 received from the Paycheck Protection Program. | For More...
Outdoor Product Innovations Acquires Wicked Tree Gear
Outdoor Product Innovations made their second acquisition in 30 days with the purchase of Wicked Tree Gear, a leader in tree trimming equipment, after their acquisition of Big Dog Hunting. | For More...
Danner Produces Face Masks & Shields for Healthcare Workers & First Responders
During the COVID-19 crisis,  Danner  has been focused on lending a helping hand and doing their best to keep moving forward, reorienting its Portland, Oregon factory to produce face masks along with their  other footwear . | For More...
Smith & Wesson Takes Action to Support Local Hospitals & First Responders
Leveraging its manufacturing capabilities and specialized equipment, Smith & Wesson has re-purposed a portion of its manufacturing capabilities to help alleviate a nationwide shortage of personal protection equipment (PPE) and help keep front line personnel safe. | For More...
-BUSINESS-
The Battle Between Google & Amazon Might Actually Help Small Retailers
When it comes to online shopping, Amazon has steadily stolen search traffic from Google for years. More and more, shoppers are beginning and ending their product searches on Amazon, from initial query to final purchase. This is bad news for Google, as the company makes much of its money from ads on product searches run through its various platforms. | For More...
Amazon's Q1 Sales Jump 26 Percent
Amazon.com Inc. reported net sales increased 26 percent with North American sales surging 29 percent. Net sales increased 26 percent to $75.5 billion in the first quarter, compared with $59.7 billion in first-quarter 2019. | For More...
-MARKETING & SOCIAL MEDIA-
Facebook Closes in on New Milestone of 3 Billion Total Users Across its Platforms
Across all of its apps – Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram – Facebook has also shared that it’s now close to reaching its next major milestone – 3 billion total users. | For More...
-FIREARMS-
Background Checks for Firearms Remain High Amid Pandemic
The number of April background checks to purchase a firearm showed Americans flocking to gun stores in high numbers for the second month in a row amid worries about the coronavirus pandemic. The new FBI numbers released with anticipation since March smashed previous records with 3.7 million checks conducted. | For More...
Key Elements of a Successful First Shots Experience
NSSF’s  First Shots  is a program designed to help member ranges attract new customers. The program includes a flexible, easy-to-follow curriculum, a survey feedback system, class resources and a rebate program funded by NSSF and its partners that, essentially, pays new shooters taking part in a First Shots class to come back to the range. | For More...
-FISHING-
Fishing License Sales on the Rise as Manufacturers Adjust to New Climate
In Minnesota, fishing license sales are up 45% on the year. In Vermont, fishing license sales rise have climbed 62%. In South Carolina, sales of resident freshwater licenses have risen by about 20%. And in Kansas, license sales are up about 15%—all since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. And though some tackle stores remain closed across the country, one message seems to be ringing loud and clear from coast to coast: people are fishing.| For More...
-OUTDOORS-
For National Parks, It's More Complicated Than Just Open or Closed
In the midst of the pandemic, nothing is as simple as we might hope. While many of us are looking forward to the day America's national parks resume operations, the situation is more complicated than just throwing open the gates and letting people in. | For More...
-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 .   
-CRASH'S CORNER-
Fitbit Data Shows We're Sleeping Better During the COVID-19 Lockdown
Americans don’t typically sleep well.  One large survey  showed that people get a full, uninterrupted night of sleep on only about one out of four nights. Data from fitness and sleep trackers shows that the duration and quality of many people’s sleep has improved during the coronavirus crisis—likely because we no longer need to commute. | For More...
15 Mind-Blowing Stats About Workforce Productivity
Many people from all over the U.S. are trying their hand at remote work for the very first time. What's the key to keeping your newly remote workforce productive? And could working from home actually improve performance? | For More...
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-NEW MEMBER RECRUITING-
Do You Know Any Independent Retailers That Would Be a Good Fit For NBS?
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-WHAT DO YOU WANT US TO KNOW?-
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