During the current “soft lockdown” in Germany, the family-owned outdoor brand Schöffel has launched a new campaign to support local businesses. With video messages and social media postings, Schöffel is calling for solidarity with stationary retailers. In a commercial, which has been played out via the company’s social media channels since the lockdown started on Nov. 2, Schöffel asks: “Who will grind and wax your skis if your local sports retailer is out of business?”

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What´s remarkable is that the campaign is not only aimed at the Schöffel brand, but also encourages consumers to buy other sports and outdoor brands. In a different posting, the brand asks: “Schöffel, Nike or On? It doesn’t matter! Your sports retailer needs you now”. The campaign has already gone viral in social media with more than 550,000 impressions on Facebook and Instagram.

Peter Schöffel, managing partner of Schöffel: “The Corona pandemic and the second lockdown are an immense challenge for the entire stationary trade and thus also for the specialist sportswear retailers. We are convinced that the effects of the pandemic can only be mastered if we all work together. This is why we are using the Schöffel brand to call for solidarity.”