Year after year, we think there can't be such laundry lists of changes at fitness retail as happened in the previous year. Year after year, we are proved wrong.
In 2006, there might not have been the spectacular bankruptcies and acquisitions, but changes nonetheless peppered the retail industry from coast-to-coast, hitting large, mid-sized and small specialty retailers.
All this and more is detailed in the FitBiz annual spring edition by SNEWS®, now our fourth-annual look at the industry and its changes with a summary of "top retailers" by store numbers. We again also look at the summary of leading retailers in sporting goods and mass that are important to the fitness industry.
Once again, this FitBiz edition is all-electronic -- as it has been since March 2006 -- making it timelier, more easily accessible and, with its PDF format, more convenient to print out and study as needed. And, once again, you, our SNEWS® subscribers, get an early look at this Spring 2006 FitBiz, since we won't post it on our GearTrends.com and SNEWSnet.com websites for another two weeks or otherwise make it available to others in the industry.
This edition is brought to you by SNEWS®, AccuFitness, Fitness Master, Body Bar Systems, Schiek Sports, Quantum Fitness, SGMA Spring Market, and the Health & Fitness Business Expo.
Since our FitBiz publication is now electronic, we've also made it easier for you, the readers, to access our sponsors' websites and additional information, since every advertisement is hot-linked. Want more about one of the company's products or news? Just click on the ad and you'll go straight to their websites.
So, as we say, Wake Up to Real News! With SNEWS®, of course. And don't forget to pass it on that qualified fitness retail sales staff members can get their very own FREE subscription to SNEWS®, considered THE inside voice of the fitness industry, full of news, features, reviews and business training articles. Just tell your non-subscribing sales staff colleagues and friends to go to www.snewsnet.com and click on "subscribe" to find out if they qualify under our Retail Staff Subscription program.
But, enough already, to access your copy of FitBiz, click here, and let the reading begin.
Note: Retailers, the annual SNEWS® Retailer Survey is kicking into gear soon. Let your vote and voice count. Our fifth-annual survey will open by early April. If you have not been surveyed in the past or want to make sure you are included this year, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your store name and contact information (including email, phone and fax), as well as the name of the best single person to be in charge of responding to the survey for your business. Don't let you or your suppliers be left out.