Friend or Foe -- Will help or hurt the outdoor industry?

Three years ago, when Rich Hill was vice president of sales at Patagonia, he wanted nothing to do with Amazon. The online mega-retailer would send bright-eyed representatives to pitch him at the Patagonia booth during the Outdoor Retailer trade shows. These were not your typical outdoor industry sales reps. They were kids who knew more about Silicon Valley than the Yosemite Valley, and as far as an industry vet and brand-savvy player like Hill was concerned, they had no future in the quickly evolving landscape of the outdoors and of online retail. Furthermore, the overriding image of Amazon in the outdoor industry was one that was no better than a virtual flea market. It had no place in the specialty retail sweet-spot where techie outdoor gear garners high margins and loyal customers. How times change....



Truth hurts

If you have worked in the retail industry long enough you will inevitably come across the customer without any spacial boundaries. “Does my butt look good in these,” speaking of tight yoga pants. “Can you see my panty line?” I replied with, “The fitting room has a nice three more

Helping out an industry friend in need

On Oct. 3, Marilyn Cieszykowski, partner of Osprey Packs' marketing director Gareth Martins, was seriously injured during a bicycle crash in the highlands of Ecuador. A remarkable coordinated effort was made to medical air evacuate Cieszykowski to Denver University Hospital to more


Seeking a better down for the outdoor industry

Throughout the next month, SNEWS will recap its coverage of Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2012 with select stories from the O.R. Daily we published at the show Aug. 2-5. It’s an opportunity for you to catch up on stories you might have missed in O.R.D., and for us to update and more