Industry Buzz: The North Face + Girl Scouts, SIA survey, Bight Gear, DPS Skis, and more

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  • The countdown to Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2018 has begun. Dive into the show before it begins by reading The Daily Pre-Show edition, packed with tips for first-timers, wisdom from show veterans, and more fun insider details. 
The Daily Pre-Show edition for Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2018.

The Daily Pre-Show edition for Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2018.

  • Tariff news: Apparel, footwear, and travel goods were spared from the final list of products that will be subject to an additional 25-percent tariff beginning next month. A second list of products will undergo a review and public comment period before any additional tariffs are imposed. "While this is good news for outdoor companies and consumers, we urge administration officials to continue to engage their Chinese counterparts in a constructive dialogue to resolve legitimate concerns about China’s IP practices and forced technology transfers," Rich Harper, Outdoor Industry Association international trade manager, wrote in a news release.
  • Snowsports Industries America, in conjunction with the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, is leading an educational trade mission to Beijing, China, from September 16 to 19. Estimates show that by 2020, the total market size of the winter sports industry in China will reach $87 billion. Any domestic companies looking to learn more about the growing winter sports market in China are invited to join. 
  • Feral Mountain Co. is losing its building in Denver, Colorado. But the store is staying in the neighborhood and moving to a new spot a few blocks south on the same street. Earlier this month, Owner Jimmy Funkhouser opened a second location about 30 miles west in Idaho Springs.
  • Bight Gear contest: BACKPACKER Magazine has partnered with Bight to invite gear testers climb with RMI guides on a 4-day Mt. Rainier summit. Find out how to enter here.
  • The North Face has teamed up with the Girl Scouts to introduce 12 new badges, from mountaineering to trail running, expected to roll out over the next two years. "As part of Girl Scouts’ iconic outdoor experience, with The North Face’s support, Girl Scouts will introduce bold new programming that embodies both organizations’ shared mission to provide girls, regardless of socioeconomic status, with outdoor experiences that enhance their leadership skills and confidence and encourage them to seek challenges," according to a blog post.
  • The Conservation Alliance board and membership elected Amy Beck, brand manager at Waypoint Outdoor, and Kate Larramendy, design and sustainability advisor at Toad&Co., to serve on the organization’s board of directors. Beck was elected by the board of directors to fill an unexpected vacancy, while The Conservation Alliance membership elected Larramendy during an annual board election.
  • DPS Skis recently named Jamie Starr vice president of global marketing. Dan Benshoff, who has served as the brand’s marketing director and executive producer of DPS Cinematic for the past two and a half years, will pivot into the newly created role of digital director.