OR Show Floor Trends: Lines We Like
By Jennifer Ernst Beaudry. The 2019 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market kicked off in Denver yesterday, and the trail styles, water shoes and hiking boots for the season were on full display. We’ve picked 5 styles that caught our eye — reach us on Twitter at @FootwearInsight and tell us what you’re loving at OR! Read the full story here.
Tariffs: What Retailers Need to Know
By Jennifer Ernst Beaudry. Confused by what’s happening with tariffs? You’re not alone. Import duties have been top-of-mind for the footwear industry since May 5, when President Trump announced on Twitter that he would impose 25 percent duties on $325 billion worth of Chinese imports — including footwear, apparel and consumer electronics — that had been excluded from previous tariff announcements. Read the full story here.
OOFOS’ Duncan Finigan
By Bob McGee. Footwear industry veteran and global head of marketing and brand management at Oofos Duncan Finigan passed away on May 26. She was 59. Finigan had worked tirelessly during her Oofos tenure to raise money for breast cancer research and created the firm’s Project Pink program. Read the full story here.
RIA KICK Show Sparks Greater Focus on Crucial Running Segment
By Bob McGee. In a no-frills, get-down-to-business event that some attendees said had similarities to the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Connect Show for outdoor specialty retailers, 24 key running brands and 65 to 70 key U.S. running shop owners and staff convened in Denver last week on the eve of Global Running Day for the inaugural KICK Show from the Running Industry Association. Read the full story here.
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Sporting Goods Sales Up, Famous Footwear Sales Dip, Lululemon tests new categories
By Bob McGee. May sales in U.S. sporting goods stores were up 1.1 percent from April’s level, but were down 2.4 percent year-over-year, according to monthly data reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. Overall year-over-year sales growth of 3.2 percent unadjusted in May had the National Retail Association proclaiming... Read the full story here.