Did you hear?... Looking to expand outside of the United States?

Looking to expand outside of the United States?

Looking to expand outside of the United States? Economic experts say Japan is the most expensive country in which to operate a business because of high labor, rent and expatriate costs. Other expensive countries include (in no particular order): Belgium, Germany, and the United Kingdom.


Did you hear?... Vibram is expanding its operations in the United States

Vibram is expanding its operations in the United States in order to boost brand penetration, increase its visibility and explore new product categories. Tony Post, president and CEO of Vibram USA, chatted with SNEWS® recently to talk about the new energy -- dare we say, soul? ...read more

Did you hear?... Clarks looking to expand

Clarks, the family owned shoe retailer with 14 percent market share in the United Kingdom wants to expand in Europe and America to boost sales, according to reports in UK's Outdoor i trade newsletter. With 500 UK stores, sales grew 7 percent to GBP 937 million (USD $1.4 billion) ...read more

Did you hear?... Looking for a winter adventure?

Looking for a winter adventure? How about mountain biking across Siberia? The Trans-Baykal-Bike Expedition across the frozen Lake Baykal will take place starting Feb. 15. Trip sponsors are asking for applications from people 18-23 years of age from different countries, including ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?…

For the weeks of Jan. 25-Feb. 7 >> At the end of January, Moonstone Mountain Equipment said it's now in more than 300 storefronts, an increase of 50 percent over this time a year ago. The apparel-maker credits the increase primarily to retailers' response to Moonstone's fall 2004 ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> The eighth annual Outdoor Industry Association Rendezvous held in Vail, Colo., from Oct. 2-5, brought together 202 industry leaders, a 10 percent increase over last year's attendance. The event was strongly supported by a long list of sponsors including: REI, Merrell, ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> Settling into our seat last week on a flight home from D.C. for National PE Day lobbying (look for our upcoming story the week of May 11), we hear a hustle and bustle at the door. Olympic gold-medalist sprinter and long-jumper Carl Lewis is rushing in at the last second, also ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> New data from the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) reported that hiking boot sales declined 8 percent between October 2003 and March 2004. Retail sales of athletic footwear rose 0.2 percent during the six-month period. Sales for the six-month reporting period were ...read more

Fitness: Did you hear?...

>> efi Sports Medicine is expanding its Gravity Training System quickly, including clubs in Australia and Europe. This month, it will debut at the Rimini Fitness Festival in Italy. >> The American Council on Exercise (ACE) has announced it has entered a strategic marketing ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Vasque has promoted Rick Appelsies to the position of director/general manager of the Vasque division. Appelsies recently served as the interim general manager. Appelsies has over 12 years of outdoor industry experience. Before joining Vasque, he served as an REI store ...read more