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    Vasque Footwear has a new president

    2020-10-02T22:58:00Z

    In September, the hiking brand Vasque Footwear appointed Bryce Wernsman as its president, in replacement of Allison Gettings . Wernsman had spent the previous three and a half years as senior director of global marketing at Vasque’s parent company, Red Wing Shoe , helping to steer its brand, ...

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    Eurobike will be trade-only, limited to 10,000 visitors per day

    2020-10-02T17:07:00Z

    Physical attendance at the special Nov. 24-26 edition of the Eurobike show in Friedrichshafen will be limited to 10,000 trade-only visitors per day. Only 400 exhibitors will participate in the leading European bike show, compared with more than 1,400 in September 2019. Described by the organizers as ”The Place ...

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    Decathlon Germany benefits from multi-channel model

    2020-10-02T13:33:00Z

    Decathlon Germany will close the 2020 fiscal year with seven new openings and two expansions. In addition, André Weinert , chairman and chief executive officer since September 2019, reports an unspecified increase in sales for the year and the fact that not a single employee had to be laid ...

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    ​The North Face introduces the Explorer Team

    2020-10-02T11:04:00Z

    The North Face ( TNF ) has announced the launch of a new team that will involve everyone around the world who see themselves as explorers or adventurers – from scriptwriters and photographers to trail runners and powder enthusiasts. TNF took the inspiration for its “ Explorer Team ” ...

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    ​Cake boosts its executive management team

    2020-10-02T11:04:00Z

    Cake , the Swedish manufacturer of light electric high-performance motorcycles and a member of the Scandinavian Outdoor Group ( SOG ), today announced the hiring of three new executives at its headquarters in Stockholm. Per Werin joins the company as chief operating officer. He previously served as chief ...

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    ​MIPS presents its own team of sponsored athletes

    2020-10-02T08:26:00Z

    MIPS , the Swedish supplier of helmet-based safety and protection of the brain, has announced the formation of its first professional athletic team, “ Team MIPS .” The team will serve as an “ever-growing global force of helmet safety advocacy,” with athletes from around the world with a wide range ...

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    Jack Wolfskin has a new CFO

    2020-10-02T08:25:00Z

    André Grube has been appointed new chief financial officer of Jack Wolfskin . He has been in charge of the company’s financial division as well as the tax legal, human resources and office management departments of the German outdoor brand since Oct. 1. Grube succeeds Ante Franicevic ...

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    Norrøna opens factory in Lithuania

    2020-10-02T08:23:00Z

    On its blog, the Norwegian brand Norrøna revealed that it has just opened its own new factory in Kaunas, Lithuania, which has been developed and built since 2018 to make highly functional products with premium quality more sustainable. “Having our very own factory also allows us to improve innovation ...

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    Safilo expects Q3 sales to be better than expected

    2020-10-02T07:25:00Z

    Safilo estimates that in the third quarter its net sales grew by a mid-single digit rate at constant exchange rates compared to the same quarter of 2019. It also expects to return to a profit at adjusted Ebitda level. Previously, the company had forecast a moderate decline in ...

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    Wildberries faces sanctions in Ukraine

    2020-10-02T06:24:00Z

    Ukraine may impose sanctions against Russia’s largest online retailer, Wildberries , according to a proposal by the Ukrainian Minister of Culture and Information Policy, Oleksandr Tkachenko . The recommendation was made after Wildberries announced plans to begin sales in Ukraine. The minister called on the government to consider the ...

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    Ecco joins effort to recycle polyurethane

    2020-10-01T16:26:00Z

    RePURpose , a consortium made up of the Danish Technological Institute and several Danish companies, among them Ecco , might have taken the first steps towards a recycling method for the ubiquitous plastic known as polyurethane (PU) that results in no loss of quality. For the moment, says Ecco’s ...

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    U.S. retailer REI will again close all shops on Black Friday

    2020-10-01T12:57:00Z

    For the sixth year in a row, outdoor retailer REI will close its 167 locations – stores, activity centers, distribution centers, call centers and headquarters – and pay its more than 13,000 employees to #OptOutside on Black Friday , Nov. 27. Since 2015, REI has made the decision ...

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    New sales director at Cascade Designs

    2020-10-01T12:56:00Z

    Jeremy Hancock is the new senior director of sales at Cascade Designs , the Seattle-based company behind the Therm-a-Rest , Mountain Safety Research ( MSR ), Platypus , SealLine and PackTowl brands. Hancock is joining the company after previously serving as director of North American sales ...

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    Outdoor Research helps to promote a safe and secure 2020 U.S. election

    2020-10-01T12:56:00Z

    U.S. company Outdoor Research ( OR ) has partnered with Business For America to help support safe voting this election year. In response to the urgent need for supplies and support at the state and local level for this election, Business for America has launched Operation Vote Safe ...

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    U.S. Outdoor Foundation names new managing director

    2020-10-01T12:36:00Z

    The Outdoor Foundation ( OF ), the philanthropic arm of the U.S. Outdoor Industry Association ( OIA ), has named Stephanie Maez its new managing director. Maez is a longtime strategic policy advocate and nonprofit executive and a former state legislator from New ...

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    Bergzeit receives EMAS certification

    2020-10-01T11:54:00Z

    The Chamber of Industry and Commerce of Munich and Upper Bavaria and the Bavarian Environmental Agency awarded the mountain sports retailer Bergzeit for its long-standing holistic environmental commitment that goes far beyond legal obligations. The company based in Otterfing near Munich received the EMAS certification on Sept. 25. ...

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    Huski Wear: a new Swedish digital-only skiwear brand

    2020-10-01T11:30:00Z

    With the backing of a Chinese firm and a brand of hot chocolate, three veterans of the sports apparel industry, Lena Claesson , Magnus Liljeblad and Jonas Olsson , have launched a digital-only brand of sports apparel in Gothenburg, Sweden, called Huski Wear . Claesson was formerly design and ...

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    Norway's Beach Mountain and Response Nordic join forces

    2020-10-01T11:30:00Z

    Spex Holding is acquiring all the shares of two Norwegian wholesale distribution companies, Beach Mountain and Response Nordic . As reported by the Norwegian Sports Industry Association , Invest42 , until now the sole owner of Beach Mountain, is becoming a co-owner of Spex. Both Beach Mountain and Response ...

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    The EOG announces a digital get-together on Nov. 18-19

    2020-09-30T21:13:00Z

    Replacing its annual European Outdoor Summit in Annecy, which has been postponed to Oct. 7-8, 2021, the European Outdoor Group has decided to organize a two-day virtual get-together on Nov. 18 and 19, 2020 around the theme “Sustain the Momentum.” Held in partnership with Suston Magazine , it ...

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    Save the Duck opens second store in Milan

    2020-09-30T16:30:00Z

    Known for outerwear made exclusively with animal-free and “cruelty-free” materials, Save the Duck was, in June of last year, the first Italian fashion company to receive B Corp certification for the sustainability of its products and processes. In contrast with Moncler or Canada Goose , it produces ...