Outdoor: Did you hear?...

OIA members get OR exhibiting discounts, Feurstein receives extension, Big City Mountaineers kicking off largest trip season, Outlast official supplier to Teva Mountain Games, DuPont might be selling DTI, Topostore offers in-store map stocking, Outdoor Research donates gaiters, Climbing mag launches Anchor Replacement Initiative, AHS opens first regional office, LL Bean buys land ...
Author:
Publish date:

>> OIA and Outdoor Retailer are offering a new benefit to OIA members. Beginning with Outdoor Retailer Summer Market, all OIA members will receive a 3 percent discount on exhibit space. Savings on a 20x20 booth space, for example, is more than $400 per year, businesses with 30x50 booth spaces will save $1,470 annually. All exhibiting companies that are current OIA members as of May 16 will be eligible for the savings. Call OIA to obtain your membership number. Simply enter this number in the space indicated on the 2003 Summer Market Exhibit Space Contract sent to you by Outdoor Retailer -- and the savings will be yours. The discount will be reflected on your final invoice from Outdoor Retailer. Call OIA's member services department at 303-444-3353, ext. 204, or email khayes@outdoorindustry.org for your membership number and save money!

>> Aaron Feuerstein, chairman of Malden Mills, has asked for and received a three-week extension on the deadline to raise the estimated $92 million he needs to keep control of Polartec once the company emerges from bankruptcy protection. Feuerstein now has until August 21. Insiders tell SNEWS it is likely that Feuerstein will raise the necessary funds to retain control. In related news, insiders tell SNEWS that Polartec has been ramping up production and been hiring staff to meet increased demand.

>> Big City Mountaineers, a volunteer organization devoted to mentoring urban youth during wilderness trips, will be releasing its remaining corporate volunteer spots on May 15. 2003 marks the largest season in BCM’s 14-year history, with 23 trips planned in Colorado, California, Washington, New Hampshire and Virginia. This year also represents the greatest number of industry volunteers giving back to their communities through participating in BCM’s eight-day trips. During 2003, corporations participating in BCM trips include Cascade Designs, W.L Gore, GoLite, SNEWS, Mountain Hardwear, JanSport, Timberland, Clif Bar, Backpacker Magazine, VNU Expo and Outward Bound. BCM has a few spots left for corporate participation, and will be releasing these spots for other volunteers later this month. Go to www.bigcitymountaineers.org or email info@bigcitymountaineers.org for more information!

>> Outlast Technologies, Inc. has signed on as official uniform supplier of the 2003 Teva Mountain Games in Vail, Colo., June 5-8. Outlast will provide Adaptive Comfort T-shirts to the 1,000-plus competing athletes, volunteers and VIPs, plus on-air announcers and VIPs will wear Outlast "Smart Fleece" pullovers. Outlast is also the title sponsor of the DynoClimb competition portion of the Teva games.

>> DuPont has made no secret that the company wants to shed itself of the DuPont Textiles & Interiors division, the one that produces Lycra-branded products. The company has also been in lengthy talks with Koch, a Wichita, Kan.-based, company that is one of the world’s largest producers of polyester. Now it looks as though DTI, which posted revenues of $6 million last year on sales of $72 million (making it the least profitable of DuPont’s operations), might actually be headed for a sale to Koch for over $5 billion. There’s no wet ink anywhere near paper now, so the deal could fall through at any time, but insiders say it is more likely than not to go forward.

>> OffRoute.com's wholesale map program Topostore has a super in-store map stocking program -- go to http://dealers.topostore.com. The in-store stock program allows retailers to create custom map sets for individual stores and order them online. OffRoute typically ships within one business day. Retailers earn 42 percent to 52 percent margin depending on the quantity ordered. OffRoute tells SNEWS that most of their savvy retailer partners are integrating the in-store stock with a web-enabled PC in the store to maximize their potential for sales outside of their local geographic area. OffRoute provides 50 state coverage of the custom topos and has recently introduced a fourth page size -- 24 by 27 inches.

>> Outdoor Research has donated 24 pairs of gaiters to the Appalachian Trail Conference (ATC) Ridgerunner program for 2003. This program is an educational and prevention-based program to protect high use sections of the 2,169-mile Appalachian Trail, its resources and users through the recruitment, training and supervision of individuals who live and hike along the trail.

>> Climbing Magazine is launching the Anchor Replacement Initiative (ARI). The ARI is an industry-supported program that will systematically replace worn or inadequate belay and rappel anchors at climbing areas across the country. In partnership with The North Face and Petzl, Climbing is coordinating a network of area enthusiasts, guides, local organizations and land managers to execute the needed anchor replacements. The hardware and tools are being purchased and donated by The North Face, Petzl and Climbing collectively. The goal of the ARI is to create safe, clean anchors at the country’s most utilized crags, addressing these areas first: Rifle Mountain Park, Colo.; North Conway, N.H.; Tahquitz and Suicide, Calif.; and Red River Gorge, Ky. The ARI will replace anchors on 300 routes in 2003, and become an ongoing program. The ARI is sensitive to bolting-related issues and will only engage in replacing existing anchors.

>> L.L. Bean is buying 33 acres of land on Coskery Point in Freeport, including 1,200 feet of coastal frontage to accommodate its growing Outdoor Discovery School kayak program. Cost of the land acquisition is approximately $2.6 million.

>> In mid-April, the American Hiking Society opened the non-profit's very first regional office in Chattanooga, Tenn. It’s a partnership position with the National Park Service -- the NPS has committed to supporting AHS staff for the next five years. Jeffrey Hunter will be taking AHS' vision of a 5,000-mile connected and protected system of trails in the southeast and turning it into a reality. The project was launched last year with a conference in north Georgia, of which REI was a lead sponsor. A second conference is planned for October 2003 in Tennessee. http://www.americanhiking.org/alliance/sai.html

>> Sospenders inflatable Personal Flotation Devices (PFD) has launchedwww.SOSPENDERS.com, the company's new website. The website features the entire line of Sospenders PFDs, an interactive product demonstration highlighting inflation technology, as well as enhanced customer service options.

>> Randy King, new U.S. general manager at Cocoon, has been on the road since February. During his time on the road, King re-launched the Cocoon brand name, spearheaded a national ad campaign for summer 2003, visited the company's major accounts, and opened dozens of new specialty dealers. In addition, King has assembled an experienced and motivated specialty outdoor sales representative team. This sales force spans the entire U.S. market and will handle both the Cocoon core brand as well as the travel sleepwear line -- Traveler's Tree.

>> Outdoor Retailer has promoted Andy Tompkins to the role of national sales manager and Kenji Haroutunian to senior account executive for Outdoor Retailer and Fly-Fishing Retailer. These promotions come on the heels of the recently announced departure of former national sales manager, Beth Gordon. Gordon's last day is May 14.

>> Ruff Wear, a Bend, Ore.-based, company, is expanding its line of canine gear into the Mid-Atlantic and South Atlantic regions with a new sales team and strategy. Andy Molter of Brandywine River Representatives is growing the Mid-Atlantic territory, while Brandon Simmons and Mel Chrestman are expanding the South Central region. The approach comes from Geoff Peddicord, who recently joined Ruff Wear as the company’s sales manager.

>> Catherine Frost has been named director of sales and marketing for Planet Dog. Frost joins Planet Dog from Eziba’s marketing department, a multi-channel retailer of handcrafted goods from around the world, where she was the circulation director. She also spent eight years in operations and leadership training at L.L. Bean.

>> Vasque has promoted Mark Mathews to national sales manager of the Vasque Division. Mathews was most recently responsible for Vasque product development. In related news, Pacific Crest Trading has been hired as the rep group in charge of managing Vasque's business in the Southwest region including California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii. Pacific Crest Trading also represents Gregory and Sierra Designs. Dan Miller, Derek Torio and Brian Wilson will cover this territory.

Related

Outdoor: Did You Hear?...

>> Hats off to the Outdoor Retailer trade show team! Though exact details are sketchy SNEWS has learned that as an added perk for qualified retailers (that means you have to have a retailer badge or no go), OR will offer free wireless access in the Retailer Lounge located in ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Auf Wiedersehen Vaude -- for now. Ever since Vaude and Windsong terminated their all-too-brief distribution relationship in a less than smooth manner, Vaude has been working on trying to re-establish a distribution foothold in the United States, which didn't get finalized. ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Rock and Ice magazine is partnering with the American Safe Climbing Association (ASCF) to replace aging desert bolts on the Canyonlands' Primrose Dihedrals route. Working with the cooperation of the National Park Service, Rock and Ice will pull all of the multi-pitch climb's ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Panoptx and L.L. Bean are loving the New York Times right now. In the June 8 Sunday Style page, the Times ran a Father's Day gift story with the tag: "Even if the paterfamilias can't find the Diaper Genie, Dad's bound to appreciate a Father's Day gift with maximum utility." ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?…

For the week of May 10-16>> For the first time since its inception in 1977, a ski mountaineer has been elected to the Colorado Ski Hall of Fame (www.coloradoskihalloffame.com) by the Colorado Ski Museum. Longtime advocate of alpine touring, Lou Dawson, 53, has earned his place ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Bustin' another rumor: GoLite is NOT going bankrupt, is NOT looking for outside investors, and is NOT under pressure by outside investors to pump up the profits for a quick sale. All three rumors were floating around the trade show halls during Outdoor Retailer and, according ...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?...

>> Dunham will be a co-presenting sponsor of this year's Banff Mountain Festivals. This year's events will be held at The Banff Centre in the town of Banff, Alberta, from November 4-9, 2003. Dunham will also be the co-presenting sponsor of the 28th annual Banff Mountain Film ...read more

Outdoor: Did you hear?...

>> Note to marketing flaks -- don't use a term to promote or define a feature technology if you really don't know what it means. Take for example, a recent story in Popular Science -- click here to read -- that takes Docker's to task for using the word "nanotechnology" to define ...read more