We made it: the end of 2020. 

The last month of the year was filled with some exciting previews of things to come in 2021. The buzziest development was the announcement by Dick Sporting Goods that the company will open a new chain of outdoor stores called Public Lands late next year. Even more fascinating: Todd Spaletto, the former group president of Wolverine Worldwide and global president of The North Face, will lead the effort. We also saw big news coming out of REI in the form of updated product standards, and there was considerable interest in the results of our 2020 SNEWS Retailer Survey among our readers.

In case you missed any of this month's important headlines, we gathered our top stories in one place to revisit. Here are the articles that drew the most attention in December.

1. Todd Spaletto tapped to lead new Dick's Sporting Goods outdoor concept stores

2. REI holds vendors accountable for climate and DEI with new product standards

3. 2020 SNEWS Retailer Survey results, part 3: Most difficult manufacturers

4. Dick's to launch new outdoor-focused retail stores in 2021

5. A more sustainable way for outdoor companies to ship product

6. 2020 SNEWS Retailer Survey results, part 4: Camping sales

7. 2020 SNEWS Retailer Survey results, part 5: Men's apparel sales

8. Pocket Outdoor Media hires two leaders from now-defunct Powder magazine

9. 2020 SNEWS Retailer Survey results, part 6: Women's apparel sales

10. 2020 SNEWS Retailer Survey results, part 2: Best manufacturers


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