Outdoor gear is meant to be used outside, so why do we keep gathering in convention centers with artificial lighting and climate control to discover new products and build the relationships that keep our industry thriving? The disruption caused by the pandemic in 2020 gave us the opportunity to re-examine everything about The Big Gear Show, right down to challenging the use of a traditional… Read More »Why The Big Gear Show is Going Outside
What can the bike, outdoor and paddle industries learn from each other? Luckily our own Kenji Haroutunian recorded a podcast with the National Bicycle Dealers Association and discussed these issues at the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. When COVID-19 hit the US, there was a painful disruption and halt to specialty retailers in all of these categories. The industry was able to get back on… Read More »A Look Back at Cross-Category Learning with Kenji Haroutunian
As we know, endurance sports has seen a huge uptick in new cyclists and runners which has led us to ask the question, are the newbies here to stay? A study was just released from the Department for Transport, National Travel Attitudes Study, which revealed that 94% of survey respondents said they would continue to cycle and walk more once COVID-19 restrictions were removed. “The… Read More »Are Cycling Newbies Here to Stay?
COVID-19 hit the world by storm this year and the retail landscape had to quickly adapt accordingly. When gyms were forced to close down and social distancing practices were put in place, the outdoor industry saw a huge increase in new consumers in the outdoor recreation market. This new growth in the industry provides both opportunities and challenges for retailers. We went to a few… Read More »Five Key Takeaways From the New COVID Retail Landscape