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    New trade body in the U.K. to support digital retail


    Six major U.K.-based e-tailers – Asos , Boohoo , Gymshark , the Ocado Group , AO World and The Hut Group (THG) – have launched the UK Digital Business Association (UKDBA) , a new trade body to support the fast-growing e-commerce sector. The new association will back the ...

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    Italian alpine regions demand a dedicated ministry


    Italy’s Unione Nazionale Comuni Comunità Enti Montani ( Uncem), the national organization of mountain municipalities, calls for the creation of a new post of minister or undersecretary for mountain areas, “Ministero alla Montagna e alle Aree Interne,” it suggested. The new government department would be in charge of developing ...

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    Apparel brands are urged to use more recycled polyester


    Textile Exchange and the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change’s Fashion Industry Charter for Climate Action have partnered to launch the 2025 Recycled Polyester Challenge , a joint initiative to further encourage a shift in the market towards the uptake of recycled polyester (rPET) and the associated ...

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    New Zealand Merino launches 100% regenerative wool platform with Icebreaker, Allbirds and Smartwool


    The New Zealand Merino Company ( NZM ) and global Merino wool apparel and footwear brands Icebreaker, Smartwool and Allbirds will work collectively with 167 sheep growers in New Zealand to create ZQRX , the world’s first regenerative wool platform. “ZQRX is an important and necessary evolution ...

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    Free EOG Outdoor Retail Benchmark Report webinar on Feb. 25


    The European Outdoor Group ( EOG ) will host a free webinar on Zoom revealing further details about the Outdoor Retail Benchmark Report on Thursday, Feb. 25 (10:00 CET, 09:00 GMT). The event will provide an overview of the following: Introduction of the report and ...

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    Join the #itsgreatoutthere Outdoor Activity Days kick-off event on Feb. 24


    All of our readers are invited to attend the Outdoor Activity Days kick-off event on Zoom next week hosted by the It’s Great Out There Coalition . The It’s Great Out There Coalition, founded in 2017 by the European Outdoor Group ( EOG ) and still ...

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    Update on EOG's 2021 Annual Assembly


    The European Outdoor Group (EOG) held its annual meeting on Jan. 29. For the first time, the meeting was held digitally on Zoom but included all of the business the association typically covers at this event. Each EOG division provided an overview of its 2020 activities and ...

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    EOG research results illustrate impact of Covid-19 and future opportunities


    The European Outdoor Group (EOG) has provided an update to its market research program with recent findings from both the sell-in and sell-through projects. The State of Trade (SoT) measures sell-in wholesale trends in the outdoor industry and the Outdoor Retail Benchmark Report measures sell-through retail trends ...

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    Starboard and ICF partner up for the environment


    To make future paddling competitions more environmentally friendly, SUP and windsurfing board manufacturer Starboard , founded in 1994, and the International Canoe Federation ( ICF ) have entered into a partnership that focuses on climate and water protection. The federation joins Starboard’s already extensive activities and will calculate the ...

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    OS Maps launches in Australia, prior to expanding to more countries


    Ordnance Survey (OS) , the national mapping agency for Great Britain, has launched its walking and cycling app, OS Maps , in Australia. It is the first nation outside of Britain to have full access to this service, helping people create their own adventures in the outdoors. OS Maps ...

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    First labs receive approval to screen genetically modified cotton in organic cotton value chain


    A total of 14 laboratories in different continents have been approved to carry out a test for the presence of genetically modified (GM) cotton along the organic cotton value chain. In 2019, Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) , the Organic Cotton Accelerator (OCA) and Textile Exchange partnered ...

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    Fitbit and Garmin win an IP round against Philips


    An administrative law judge of the International Trade Commission of the U.S. issued an initial determination that clears Garmin and Fitbit of a charge that they have been infringing on patents held by Koninklijke Philips and its North American subsidiary. In December 2019, the Dutch electronics multinational ...

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    EU panel proposes restrictions on lead use in fishing and outdoor firearms use


    The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has brought forward a proposal for further EU-wide restrictions on the use of lead in fishing sinkers and lures, and ammunition for hunting and outdoor sports shooting. The proposal addresses the risks of lead in these activities to people, wildlife and the environment. ECHA ...

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    Denmark walks together


    A new initiative was launched on Jan. 25 to get the Danish people to walk more for a month. Working with Danmarks Radio , the national TV station, the Danish Sports Company Association ( Dansk Firmaidrætsforbund ) has asked participants to record how many steps they take daily on ...

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    Dorel to appeal decision on retrospective tax payment in Europe


    Montréal-based company Dorel Industries said it plans to appeal a decision that would force one of the company’s subsidiaries to pay €46.8 million in taxes plus interest in connection with the transfer of certain assets made in the context of an international corporate reorganization made in 2015. The ...

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    A petition to reopen indoor climbing gyms in Italy


    A petition has been created on suggesting that indoor climbing gyms should be reopened despite the pandemic. The petition was launched by Marco Paco dell’Aquila , the manager of Rockspot in Milan, which claims to be the largest climbing gym in Italy. The text of the petition ...

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    OSV calls for support for the French outdoor industry


    Outdoor Sports Valley (OSV) , the French trade association dedicated to outdoor sports, urges the French government to support the outdoor industry, which is threatened by the coronavirus crisis and the shutdown of ski resorts specific program. According to OSV, and as reported by , the French outdoor industry ...

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    Idealp Sport is placed under administration


    Idealp Sport , a French skiwear company based in Albertville, has been placed under administration (“procédure de sauvegarde” under French law) by the Chambéry commercial court, as reported by . The Henri Duvillard brand, which Idealp sold to Amateis in Dec. 2020, is not involved in the ...

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    Google is under second investigation by the EU


    Google is under dual investigation in the EU for alleged abusive practices in its advertising business. This month, EU antitrust regulators sent a 13-page questionnaire to several advertisers regarding the “Include Google Display Network” default setting for search campaigns on Google Ads , which was introduced in 2018, according ...

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    Anti-dumping duties on e-bikes from China do not benefit EU manufacturers as expected


    Due to the anti-dumping and countervailing duties on Chinese e-bikes announced in mid-January 2019, e-bike exports from China to the EU shrank by 84 percent to 105,803 units the same year compared to 2018. While this double-digit decline was entirely at the expense of e-bike manufacturers in China, who were ...