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- Amy Roberts is leaving Outdoor Industry Association and heading to The North Face to become the new senior director of communications and corporate social responsibility.
REI has resumed selling CamelBak and other Vista Outdoor brands, in light of news about the Savage Arms sale. Vista's ties to guns was at the heart of a boycott of its brands after the February 2018 school shooting in Parkland, Florida. “REI does not sell guns or ammunition, and does not oppose hunting or the Second Amendment, but we believe companies that profit directly from the sale of guns have a civic responsibility to engage in the national discussion about gun safety, as Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walmart and others have done,” REI said in a statement. Stay tuned for our deep dive on the news later this week.
- VF Corporation announced the appointment of Denny Bruce as global brand president of Dickies, the iconic durable workwear brand. "I’m honored to be joining VF and leading the Dickies brand,” Bruce said. “Dickies embodies a strong work ethic, a dedication to your craft and taking pride in the work as much as the finished product. I look forward to partnering with the global teams to leverage the brand’s well-earned reputation and consumer loyalty to advance the long-term vision and accelerate the global growth strategy.”
- Connecticut retailer Denali announced last week that it will be closing all seven of its locations. After their rebranding last year, the company spent months restructuring; unable to find a "responsible path forward," it was decided that they would close shop.
- In an effort to cut down its use of "virgin plastic"—or plastic that hasn't been recycled—PepsiCo is testing Aquafina canned water alongside the traditional bottles. The company predicted that this, along with several other sustainable initiatives that will go into effect in 2020, will eliminate more than 8,000 metric tons of new plastic and about 11,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions.
- The Steamboat Geyser—the tallest active geyser in the world—is on track to set a record number of eruptions this year, hitting 25 this month. Scientists assure park visitors that the spike in eruptions is not a cause for concern, as geysers are often unpredictable and random in their patterns.
- A privately-owned southern Colorado ranch is set to open to the public for the first time, with the potential of becoming a state park.
- DPS Skis is unveiling the limited edition collection of skis during Dreamtime, their two-week summer sale. Dreamtime is the only time of year when DPS offers discounted prices on its in-line skis through its key retailers and online.
- Founder of American Sporting Goods Corp. and athletic footwear pioneer Jerry Turner died in his sleep on Tuesday at the age of 84. He will be missed by many.
- River Network controversy: "We had a number of Native Americans and advocates at the conference with us who called us out,” Silk said. “How could we possibly hold River Rally at a place that has in its name a derogatory term for Native Americans?” Read more here. James Edward Mills also wrote about diversity, equity, and inclusivity for The Voice, in which he explored the recent controversies in the outdoor industry.
- Outdoor Story is the newest experience in Macy's experiential store concept. The department store acquired Story—the experiential Manhattan retailer known for reinventing itself with a new theme every couple of months—over a year ago, and Outdoor Story is only the second theme since. Partnering with Dick's and Miracle-Gro, there will be over 70 brands involved and several community-focused programs like indoor gardening workshops and terrarium-building classes.
- And lastly, RovR and Pelican made appearances in Today's list of all the best accessories you need to enjoy the last few months of the 2019 beach season.