MARCH 01, 2004 -- Are two industry retail execs about to find another retail challenge?
More than 42,000 sports and recreation-related eye injuries were reported in 2000, with most of those in people under age 25, and with most associated with baseball and basketball. In the joint policy statement, "Protective Eyewear for Young Athletes," the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Academy of Ophthalmology strongly recommend protective eyewear for all participants in sports in which there is an eye injury risk. Polycarbonate is the most shatter-resistant clear lens material and should be used for all safety eyewear. Also, young athletes should throw away sports eye protectors that are damaged or yellowed with age.
An employee at a Dick's branch in Ohio was charged with theft recently. Allegedly, he stole hunting and gun equipment valued at $2,548.38, between August 2003 and February 10, 2004.
Sportsman's Warehouse already has stores in Portland and Salem, but may open in Bend for its third Oregon location. The Midvale, UT-based company has begun the permit application process with the city of Bend, according to a story in the Bend Bulletin. The site plan shows a 45,250-square-foot building adjacent to a Home Depot on the north end of town, the Bulletin reported.
Gravis Footwear, the board sports-focused shoe company owned by Burton Snowboards, promoted Brian Moore to GM. In his new role, Moore will set the strategic plan for Gravis, manage brand marketing and communication and oversee product design, development, sourcing and distribution. He started at the company in June of 2003 as the senior business unit director. In six months, Moore wrote and presented a brand business plan for Gravis, restructured the product departments and re-designed much of the 2004 Gravis Footwear that will hit stores this fall.
Nike stockholders are up in arms? Why? The company's Yahoo! message board, which allows investors to give their opinions about the stock or discuss the news, has been taken over by a group of poker players who use the space to discuss online gambling.
Hat World signed a license agreement with mainland Headwear Holdings Ltd to open retail headwear stores in Hong Kong and the PRC under the Hatworld and Lids banners. Hat World will supply assistance and support in compiling the product range, sourcing and negotiation with vendors, system know-how, as well as establishing store concepts. The 10-year license calls for Mainland to open a minimum of 200 stores over the coming five years. A management and logistics center will be set up in Shanghai. Each Chinese store will carry caps from American colleges, MLB, NBA, NFL and NHL, as well as specialty fashion headwear.
The Women's National Basketball Association and Russell Corp. have reached a new multi-year marketing partnership beginning with the 2004 WNBA season. The partnership will focus on the Women's Division of Russell Corp., which includes products under the Russell Athletic and Moving Comfort brands. The relationship will promote the importance of fitness and health through a series of events, clinics and promotions. The Women's Division of Russell Corp. will sponsor a new series of WNBA fitness clinics featuring WNBA players and geared toward active women with a focus on maintaining a healthy lifestyle through fitness training.
Target has exercised its option to extend the license agreement for the Cherokee brand through January 2006.
Umbro has its unveiled the new England away kit, which the company claims breaks new ground in terms of technology. London's Science Museum was the venue for the launch of the new away kit which contains a performance garment technology called X-Static, which is made from 99.9% pure silver weave and was originally developed in conjunction with NASA, according to Umbro. The new kit will go on sale to the public from March 31, when England wears it for the first time vs Sweden in Gothenburg. X-Static is said to give the kit outstanding thermodynamic properties, possessing, it is claimed, a superior heat transfer and moisture management system, helping players keep cool under intense pressure and heat as well as warming them up in climates. With silver being recognized for some time as an effective and natural anti-microbial agent to counter bacteria, X-Static is said to be able to keep the wearer free from microbes, odor and ultimately helps them remain comfortable. As well as delivering advanced performance, the new kit is anatomically fitted and while the shirt retains the classic vermilion color, is also said to have has a distinct silver sheen due to X-Static. (Source: SGB UK)