Industry headlines: Intriguing reads from around the web

REI workers speak out: The company is facing criticism over its handling of coronavirus cases as locations reopen across the country. [The New York Times]

Invest in outdoor: “It’s hard to go wrong with the great outdoors stocks,” says Jim Cramer.

A new retail experiment: VF Corporation is opening a multi-brand store in Milan, featuring products from The North Face, Timberland, and other subsidiaries.

The Nepal question: The country’s Ministry of Tourism announced it will issue trekking and climbing permits this fall. Does that mean it’s safe for climbers to visit? [AlanArnette.com]

A goodbye to Phil Powers: The 15-year CEO of the American Alpine Club is moving on to other opportunities. In honor of his service to the group, the AAC is hosting a virtual send-off.

Outerbike cancels 2020 events: The mountain biking event group has scratched all remaining gatherings this year.

Close call: Another frightening encounter with a bison was captured on video last week.

Resources for outdoor writers: After the success of its first virtual conference last month, the Outdoor Writers Association of America has committed to developing “further virtual content opportunities” for writers.

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