-NBS NEWS-
Registration Deadline This Friday for the 2021 Spring Semi-Annual Virtual Market
If you are planning to participate in the 2021 Spring Semi-Annual Virtual Market, please navigate to the NBS Member Website or the NBS Vendor Website to register now as the registration deadline is this Friday, February 5. The Spring Virtual Market dates are February 22-26 and you must register to obtain access to the Virtual Platform.
Kendall Whitley Featured in Team Insight Magazine Article
Team Insight Magazine recently launched its The 1-On-1 Project which kicked off with a series of interviews with a diverse collection of team dealers, association and buying group executives, and even an independent sales rep. Our very own Kendall Whitley, NBS Vice President of Team and Retail Athletics was interviewed for this article and we encourage you to check it out! | For More...
-NEW MEMBER ANNOUNCEMENTS-
SK Arms in Midland, Texas, Joins the Nation's Best Sports Family
We are excited to welcome SK Arms to the Nation's Best Sports Family! SK Arms is a shooting sports specialty retailer with two locations. Their main location is in Midland, Texas, and their second location opened in Flower Mound, Texas, in Fall 2020. They carry a variety of firearms, ammunition, shooting accessories, and more. To learn more about SK Arms, click here.
Four Guns in Lafayette, Indiana, Joins the Nation's Best Sports Family
We are excited to welcome Four Guns (DBA: 15 Point LLC) to the Nation's Best Sports Family! Four Guns is a shooting sports specialty retailer with one location in Lafayette, Indiana. They carry a variety of firearms, ammunition, shooting accessories, and more. To learn more about Four Guns, click here
-VENDOR NEWS-
Rocky Brands to Acquire Original Muck Booth Company & Xtratuf
Rocky Brands, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the performance and lifestyle footwear business of Honeywell International, Inc. including The Original Muck Boot Company and Xtratuf footwear brands, for a purchase price of $230 million. | For More...
Salomon's Presidents Exits
Amer Sports announced that Michael White, president of Salomon, has left the company to “pursue other interests.” An external search has been initiated for a permanent successor. White first joined Salomon in 2005 as country manager for the U.K. and Ireland and became president of the brand at the start of 2020 with the retirement of Jean-Marc Pambet. | For More...
Pelican Marks 45 Years of Excellence
Pelican Products is gearing up to commemorate its 45th year in business and commitment to its vision of “Protecting All That You Value”. | For More...
-INDUSTRY NEWS-
ICAST Headed Back to Orlando in July
The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) plans to hold its 64th ICAST recreational fishing trade show from July 20 to 23, in the North/South Building at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. | For More...
NSGA 2021 Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit Moves Dates
The National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) has moved the dates of its 2021 Management Conference & Team Dealer Summit to September 26 to 28, 2021, at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Resort in Naples, FL. The event was initially scheduled for May 16 to 18. | For More...
-SOCIAL MEDIA & MARKETING-
-WINTER SPORTS-
Boom in Snowshoe Sales Fueled by COVID-19 & Resort Restrictions
The backcountry skiing market isn’t the only winter outdoors segment seeing a huge boom this year. COVID-19 and resort restrictions have also fueled a surge in demand for snowshoes, affording consumers another way to enjoy Old Man Winter. | For More...
Vail Resorts Sees 17 Percent Drop in Season-to-Date Skier Visits
Vail Resorts reported season-to-date total skier visits were down 16.6 percent compared to the prior year season-to-date period. Season-to-date total lift ticket revenue, including an allocated portion of season pass revenue for each applicable period, was down 20.9 percent compared to the prior year season-to-date period. | For More...
Winter Sports: To Play or Not to Play
As the winter sports season in America continues to take shape in various forms across America – and as professional leagues get back to their seasons with decidedly mixed results – debate remains on exactly what should be done in youth and high school sports and, most importantly to the team sports business, whether games should be played at all in the midst of an ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. | For More...
-ATHLETICS-
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NPD Report: Athletic Footwear & Activewear Sales Decline in 2020
U.S. athletic footwear dollar sales declined in the mid-single-digits in 2020, and units were down in the low-teens, according to The NPD Group. Activewear sales were also down in the mid-single-digits for 2020. | For More...
-CRASH'S CORNER-
2021 Color Trends from Shutterstock
Colors are so important to our every experience. Even when you don’t notice them, there they are, shaping a place or supporting a visual with warmth or coolness, brightness or darkness, similarity or contrast. | For More...
Super Bowl Consumer Spending Expected to Decline
A poll of 1,500 past Super Bowl viewers found that 38 percent will spend less this year on food and drinks, with 29 percent planning to reduce spend and 9 percent not making any purchases for this year’s game. The decline reflects fewer repeat watchers and fewer gatherings. | For More...
-CRASH'S MEME OF THE DAY-
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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, 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.