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    EOG supports expansion of database for outdoor benchmark report


    Pauline Shepherd , head of research and insights at the European Outdoor Group ( EOG ), and Richard Payne, from market research firm Sports Marketing Surveys ( SMS ), recently held a webinar on the current state of the European outdoor trade and the association’s plans for ...

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    Columbia sues Wuxly over heat-reflective design


    Columbia Sportswear is suing Wuxly , an outerwear company registered in Canada, for allegedly infringing a design patent regarding heat-reflective material. The lawsuit (U.S. number 655,921) was filed on April 27. According to the plaintiff, Wuxly’s Sabertooth line of jackets uses lightweight underlining that infringes Columbia’s Omni-Heat ...

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    A round table on the future of Italy’s outdoor industry


    The Italian Outdoor Group ( IOG ) hosted an online round table for the actors of the Italian outdoor industry on April 29, titled “ Outdoor: domani è adesso ” ( tomorrow is now ). The IOG is part of Assosport , the Italian association of sporting goods manufacturers. The ...

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    How outdoor and sports companies are dealing with Brexit


    The European Parliament voted on April 27 to approve the agreement signed by the British government and the EU on Christmas Eve to regulate trade relations after the U.K.’s official exit from the European Single Market on Jan. 1. It’s been hard for the companies in our sector, especially ...

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    Joint social media campaign of vds and other German associations calls for store reopening


    With #wiederöffnen („reopen“), the Association of German Sports Retailers ( vds ) has launched a joint social media campaign with other national retail trade associations, which all German retailers are invited to support by sharing on their own social media channels. “We want to achieve ...

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    Afydad launches online marketplace


    Afydad , the Spanish association of sporting goods manufacturers and retailers, has launched a new website, , to serve as an omnichannel B2C marketplace and B2B showroom. The marketplace is operational, can take orders from final customers and can “geolocate” for them the nearest distributor or retailer of a ...

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    European Parliament to vote on Brexit deal April 27


    On April 27, the European Parliament will vote on the post-Brexit trade deal agreed between the EU and the U.K., its spokesman, Jaume Duch , said on Twitter. EU lawmakers are expected to clear the deal, which faces an end-April deadline for approval and was backed last ...

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    German Parliament wants to set new rules for Click&Meet and Click&Collect


    The German Bundestag has decided to raise the minimum threshold for non-essential retail Click Meet services for counties or municipalities where 150 out of 100,000 residents are infected with Covid-19. If the incidence is higher for three consecutive days, only Click Collect is possible. The Federal Council is scheduled to ...

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    Two new SOG members


    The Scandinavian Outdoor Group ( SOG ) has announced two new members for 2021 with Dometic and Superstainable . Dometic is a Swedish brand offering solutions for mobile living, providing products for recreational vehicles, vans and boats and now expanding into product categories solving the same needs but ...

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    Microfibre Consortium approves first third-party lab member


    The Microfibre Consortium ( TMC ) has officially approved the Swiss verification, testing and certification company SGS as its first third-party laboratory member. TMC, founded in 2018, facilitates the development of solutions for the industry to minimize textile fiber fragmentation and its release into the environment from textile manufacturing ...

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    HDE calls for new retail regulations; retailers fear 60% loss with compulsory corona testing


    In view of the amendment to the Federal Infection Protection Act announced for next week, the German Retail Federation (HDE) is calling for targeted measures to effectively contain the third wave of Corona currently affecting the country. The HDE is critical of a possible further lockdown with store closures ...

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    European Fishing Tackle Trade Association confirms move from London to Brussels


    The European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA) has confirmed its plan to relocate its headquarters and EFFTEX trade show subsidiary from London to Brussels later this year. EFTTA confirmed the move to its members in its latest newsletter, according to a report by Angling International , ...

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    German Bicycle Industry Association welcomes new managing director


    On April 1, Burkhard Stork officially took over as the new managing director of the German Bicycle Industry Association (ZIV) . He is filling the big shoes of former Siegfried Neuberger , who passed away suddenly in the middle of last year. Stork is no newcomer to the industry. He ...

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    Anta reportedly quits Better Cotton Initiative to continue sourcing cotton from Xinjiang


    According to several media reports, Anta Sports has announced it is exiting the Better Cotton Initiative ( BCI ) to continue sourcing cotton from Xinjiang despite concerns about forced labor. Asics reportedly confirmed on Chinese social media that it also plans to continue sourcing cotton from Xinjiang. Both ...

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    Swiss referendum in June on new CO2 law


    On June 13, the Swiss people will vote on the new CO 2 Act . The legislation provides for a halving of CO 2 emissions by 2030 compared to 1990. In addition, Switzerland is pursuing the goal of being climate-neutral by 2050. To achieve this, 75 percent of ...

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    EOCA online Spring 2021 conservation vote starts


    The European Outdoor Conservation Association ‘s ( EOCA ) annual spring Vote for Conservation will run over the next two weeks, and everyone is invited to help choose some of the projects to be funded on the EOCA voting website . The association will fund more conservation projects ...

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    Delays in Covid-19 vaccinations could cost EU €123 billion


    According to credit insurance company Euler Hermes , the delay that the European Union is experiencing in its Covid-19 vaccination campaign may cost the bloc €123 billion in lost economic activity in 2021. According to the company, the EU is currently seven weeks behind its vaccination program, compared with a ...

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    Europe’s patchwork of Corona regulations


    Daily changes to local Corona safety regulations for retail stores make it difficult to stay on top of things as the pandemic situation heats up again in most European countries. Here is an overview (as of March 25, subject to change and with regional variations) of the status of non-essential ...

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    Patagonia and Anheuser-Busch settle trademark dispute


    Patagonia and Anheuser-Busch have reached a settlement over Patagonia’s lawsuit, filed by the outdoor brand in 2019, claiming that the beer giant appropriated Patagonia’s identity by launching a “Patagonia” beer label with an allegedly similar logo. The two parties reached a settlement on March 15 and filed a ...

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    BSI calls on German government to revise Supply Chain Act


    In a public statement, the German Sporting Goods Industry Association (BSI) criticizes the German government’s draft law on due diligence (we reported earlier ), which has just cleared the first legislative hurdles. The bill aims to force companies to comply with human rights in their supply chain. It targets ...