NBS Hosts 2019 Winter Softgoods Business Development Meetings
Last week from October 21-23, NBS hosted our annual Winter Softgoods Business Development Meetings (BDMs) to prepare for January's Winter Specialty Market! Thank you to our Committee Members and Advisors; Jason Larsen ( Al's Sporting Goods ), Cami Jung ( P.F. McMullin Company ), Brigitte Liedke ( Summit Sports ), and NBS Category Manager Ken Chandley; on hosting a great few days of meetings with a dozen of our winter softgoods vendor partners. We look forward to seeing everyone back in Fort Worth in a few months!
Shooters World's Two New Locations Earn NSSF Five-Star Ratings
Congratulations to our Member, Shooters World, on being awarded NSSF's highest Five-Star rating for range excellence to both of their two new locations in central Florida! Shooters World’s new second location is located in The Villages, about a 90-minute drive north from Shooters World’s original location in Tampa, while its third new enterprise has its footprint in Orlando. | For More...
Outdoor Foundation: 2019 Special Report on Paddlesports & Safety
Paddlesports offer Americans unique ways to enjoy the nation’s landscape and connect with its expansive waterways. Paddling activities are remarkably accessible, as they can accommodate a wide range of paddlers’ interests, locations, and skill levels. In 2018, 22.9 million Americans, or 7.6 percent of the U.S. population, took to rivers, streams, lakes, and oceans to participate in at least one paddling activity. | For More...
Snowsports Industries America Launches "Generation Snow"
Snowsports Industries America (SIA) announced a new platform, Generation Snow, to address the desire to increase participation in Winter snow sports. To launch this new initiative, SIA has partnered with the  Share Winter Foundation ; a national grantmaking organization working to improve the lives, health, and fitness of youth through winter sports. | For More...
5 Key Takeaways From the Sportfishing Summit
The Sportfishing Summit is where the ASA Board of Directors votes on actionable items for the upcoming year—not only changes to ICAST, but overall policy directions that can influence everything from tackle prices to funding for fisheries management and congressional legislation. Here are our top takeaways from the event. | For More...
Curt Mueller, Founder of Mueller Sports Medicine, Dies at Age 85
Curt Mueller, a 2002 Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame inductee and the founder of Mueller Sports Medicine, passed away on October 19, 2019 at the age of 85. Mueller founded Mueller Sports Medicine in 1959, coining the phrase “sports medicine. | For More...
Vista Outdoor Names Pearl Izumi's Chris Sword President of Bell/Giro
Vista Outdoor recently named Chris Sword, formerly president of Pearl Izumi, as president of Bell/Giro, effective October 30. He will serve as a member of Vista Outdoor’s senior leadership team, reporting to CEO Chris Metz. | For More...
Under Armour Founder Kevin Plank Steps Aside as CEO
Kevin Plank, the founder and CEO of Under Armour Inc., is stepping down as CEO. Patrik Frisk, the company’s chief operating officer, will take over as CEO at the end of the year. | For More...
Rossignol Group Reorganizes North American Apparel Team
Rossignol is restructuring its apparel and retail operations team in North America in order to more effectively support growth goals in the category and fuel initiatives in D2C and retail sales channels. | For More...
Supreme Court Hands Victory to Blind Man Who Sued Domino's Over Site Accessibility
An individual, who is blind, tried to order a custom pizza from Domino's using the company's website and mobile app. Despite using screen reading software, he was unable to place an order because the website is not accessible to blind people. Three years ago, the man filed a lawsuit against Domino’s. He alleged that the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to websites and mobile apps of businesses with physical locations. | For More...
Survey: Smartphones are the Most Popular Devices for Online Shopping
Smartphones have become the most popular devices for online shopping, with an 8% gain in planned usage to 56% of North American consumers, per a survey by mobile video ad network AdColony provided to Mobile Marketer. Less than a third (28%) of shoppers plan to use a desktop or laptop for shopping, while only 16% will use a tablet, the survey found. | For More...
Amazon Seen With Pricing Lead Heading Into The Holiday
Amazon is charging into the holiday shopping season with a strong appeal to consumer wallets, beating other U.S. online retailers on price by 20 percent, on average, across key product categories, according to Profitero’s latest study. | For More...
Holiday Shoppers Plan to Spend 4 Percent More This Year
Consumers say they will spend an average of $1,047.83 this holiday season, up 4 percent from the $1,007.24 they said they would spend last year, according to the annual survey released by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Shoppers between the ages of 35 and 44 plan to spend the most at $1,158.63. | For More...
Dick's Sporting Goods Reports New Gun Policies Cost Company Major Coin
Dick’s  Sporting Goods  continues to deal with ramifications after halting the sale of certain firearms, and implementing controversial purchase requirements for buying a gun from the retail store in February 2018. CEO Ed Stack ordered to remove hunting rifles from the store’s shelves and stopped selling ANY  firearm  to customers under the age of 21 and mandated the company  destroy $5 million in rifle inventory. | For More...
ATA Blog: Is My Business Competitive?
Top archers don’t shy from competition. They thrive on challenge. When facing fierce opponents, they stay focused and use their skills to find winning advantages. Successful businesses apply similar tactics. Competition forces stores to find innovative ways to encourage customers to spend. | For More...
Fall 2019 Edition Available Now!
Click the magazine cover to view the digital version of the Fall 2019 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 .   
Interbrand Celebrates 20 Years of Best Global Brands Report & Highlights Fastest Growing Sectors
Interbrand  recently released its Best Global Brands 2019 report ( bestglobalbrands.com ), the 20th edition of the world’s first brand valuation survey, showing that Apple, Google, and Amazon continue their success as the world’s three most valuable brands worldwide. | For More...
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