Did you hear?... Eagle Creek remains optimistic

Eagle Creek has been running lean and mean since December of 2001, when it laid off nearly 10 percent of its staff in response to a soft travel market. We recently checked in with Ricky Schlesinger, executive VP for the company, who told us that while the travel market is still very soft, the company feels quite optimistic.
Author:
Publish date:

Eagle Creek has been running lean and mean since December of 2001, when it laid off nearly 10 percent of its staff in response to a soft travel market. We recently checked in with Ricky Schlesinger, executive VP for the company, who told us that while the travel market is still very soft, the company feels quite optimistic. In fact, the company will be launching its most aggressive new product debut in recent memory at this year's Outdoor Retailer Summer Market -- approximately 50 new SKUs, including two new luggage lines. "The travel market will come back around and we want to be sure we've got what our retailers will need with fresher brand story," said Schlesinger. One of the new lines will be for women, and that's no real surprise says Schlesinger. "Women have been buying a lot of our products for some time now, but we have not styled very well for them. That's about to change. It's not a luggage line really, but more an everyday bag line -- called Elements -- with travel implications." SNEWS® also asked Schlesinger about Europe as word has leaked into our offices that the January 2002 changeover to a third-party warehouse has been less than smooth. "We have run into the anticipated challenges of reconfiguring our business operations in Europe. When you re-engineer your business and move it from one country to another and into a third-party warehouse there are going to be issues. Certainly we have not been at peak performance in terms of delivery or service to our European dealers, but we think we have identified and solved a great many of the issues. One major change is that we have a team of U.S.-based operations folks regularly going over there to work through the problems and provide solutions. In the coming months our service and deliveries will be significantly improved from where they were the first three or four months of the year."

Related

ORV_Trunk.jpg

Eagle Creek ORV Trunk

When it comes to travel gear, Eagle Creek remains a dominating force in the market. And the new ORV Trunk makes it easy to see why. This is one of the most refined pieces of wheeled luggage available for those with serious wanderlust.As the name implies, the ORV Trunk is a big ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Despite rumors to the contrary, Outdoor Retailer show management confirmed with SNEWS that Winter Market remains a four-day show. Outdoor Retailer Trade Show Director Peter Devin told SNEWS that, "while there is strong interest in exploring a three-day show, there is by no ...read more

Outdoor: Did You Hear?...

>> Primedia -- Powder Magazine's parent company -- has officially removed the "for sale" sign Powder has worked under for the last year. The decision comes at a time when Primedia's ASG (Action Sports Group) is moving to develop its portfolio which currently consists of 13 ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> Quickly approaching the end of its second quarter June 30, Cybex CFO Art Hicks tells SNEWS there is no update on any refinancing the company said it expected by that date. He also declined comment on rumors that it may not now occur until the third or fourth quarter. "The ...read more

Outdoor: Did You Hear?...

>> The Avalanche Fund, formerly the American Avalanche Advisory Fund, has reorganized to best ensure access to winter backcountry avalanche forecast information. The first meeting will be Saturday, Feb. 1, at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City. Peter Metcalf, CEO of ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> "Farther Than the Eye Can See," the documentary portraying Erik Weihenmayer's historic and record-breaking climb of Mount Everest, will make its West Coast premier at San Francisco's Herbst Theatre on Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. Hosted by Mountain Hardwear, Outside Magazine and Merrill ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> A note about the devastating Southern California fires: Our friends in companies and stores throughout the region tell us that the fires all around them have so far meant not much more than smoke and ash everywhere … and some scary moments for friends and family nearby. One ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?…

For the week of March 8-14>> One new technical apparel company, Westcomb, from Vancouver, British Columbia, showed up at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market, holing up in a small room in the Marriot and enticing buyers and media to come take a look-see (we didn't mention the company ...read more