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    Outdoor Industry Association with new executives


    The U.S. Outdoor Industry Association ( OIA ) has named Arlene Charles chief operating officer and Kelly Davis director of research. Charles has served as general manager for Girls Inc. of Columbus and Phenix Russell as well as COO for the YWCA of Greater Atlanta ...

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    Review: Outdoor Trade Show (OTS) 2021


    From Tuesday to Thursday, retail buyers came to browse the assortments of more than 120 brands, from big players like Mammut to perennial market players like Helinox and new ventures like Dirtbags . Source: Charles Ross Andrew Denton, CEO OIA, opening the Sustainability Breakfast ...

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    Olpro reports successful reforestation project


    Source: Olpro British camping brand Olpro has planted 1,680 trees in the six months after launching an initiative to plant one tree for each Olpro tent or awning sold. The Worcestershire-based company has contributed to reforestation projects in Madagascar, Mozambique and Nicaragua. The Outdoor Industry ...

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    Climate Action Corps publishes Progress Report, aims to become climate positive industry by 2030


    The U.S. Outdoor Industry Association ’s ( OIA ) Climate Action Corps , launched in January 2020, unveiled its first Annual Impact Report to mark year one progress and announced an unprecedented goal to become the world’s first climate-positive industry by 2030 . To address the threat of climate change, ...

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    OIA announces board election results


    The U.S. Outdoor Industry Association ’s ( OIA ) annual board elections ended May 28 with the election of Toad Co CMO Sarah Matt and Merrell CMO Janice Tennan as new board members. They will begin their three-year terms in July. The election also resulted in ...

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    U.S. outdoor industry applauds governmental proposal to expand funding for Great American Outdoors Act


    U.S. Outdoor Industry Association ( OIA ) has welcomed the U.S. Departments of Interior and Agriculture ’s Fiscal Year 2022 proposal to allocate $2.8 billion in funding for projects authorized in the Great American Outdoors Act , a landmark conservation legislation. OIA applauded the Biden Administration ’s continued commitment ...

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    U.K. trade shows Slide and OTS to join forces for winter 2022


    The owners and organizers of Slide , the U.K. trade show for action sports and streetwear retailers, and the Outdoor Trade Show ( OTS ), the U.K.’s only large-scale outdoor sports and leisure trade show, have announced the creation of a combined winter show that will meet the needs ...

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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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    U.K.’s Outdoor Industries Association advocates sustainability in British companies


    With a checklist and advice for the ecological conversion of enterprises, the British Outdoor Industries Association ( OIA ) aims to encourage its members to be more environmentally aware and take concrete action. With the outdoor industry committed to net-zero carbon emissions by 2030 and an intact environment seen as ...

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    Outdoor Retailer Summer Market moves from June to August


    Emerald Expositions has announced that Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2021 has been moved from its original date of June 15-17 to Aug. 10-12 as a physical trade show at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver with a digital extension for exhibitors and attendees unable to attend in person. ...

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    London Mountain Film Festival to take place during 2021 London Mountain Week


    The London Mountain Film Festival ( LMFF ) is broadening its horizons and reaching out to retailers, brands, sporting clubs, venues, community projects and any other organization that wants to host their own event as part of the city-wide London Mountain Week April 16-25, 2021. While LMFF will ...

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    U.S. Outdoor Foundation names new managing director


    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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    UK sport and physical activity sectors demand Covid-19 sports recovery fund


    The Outdoor Industries Association ( OIA ) reports that leaders of more than a hundred sports and exercise institutions in the UK have sent a letter to Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging him to reserve funds for the rehabilitation of the sports and activity sector - or risk ...

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    OIA asks U.K. outdoor industry to support Ordnance Survey National GetOutside day


    The British Outdoor Industries Association ( OIA ) is again supporting the Ordnance Survey ’s National GetOutside day, which will take place on Sunday, Sept. 27. The OIA is calling out to all members and the entire outdoor industry to support the initiative. The industry is ...

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    OIA elects new board members


    The U.S. Outdoor Industry Association ( OIA ) has completed its 2020 elections and announced one returning as well as four new incoming directors, who will officially begin their three-year terms at the upcoming board meeting on June 22. The new board consists of the returning director Scott Buelter, ...

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    VF Corp. brands support OIA and its small business members


    Several VF Corp. brands, including The North Face , Timberland , Icebreaker , Smartwool , Eagle Creek and Altra , will donate 15 percent of their Outdoor Retailer Summer Market refunds to the U.S. Outdoor Industry Association ( OIA ). The funds are to support OIA’s ...

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    Mountain Hardwear wins OIA award


    Mountain Hardwear , a subsidiary of Columbia Sportswear , has won an U.K. Outdoor Industry Association ( OIA ) Award in the clothing category, for its Ghost Shadow Hoody . The jacket is made with 100 percent postindustrial recycled fabric and semi-recycled trims, and is insulated with 100 percent ...