You might remember the SNEWS column called "Movin' & Shakin." Well, we're bringing it back and calling it "Industry Buzz." It will still feature people, products, and companies making changes, but you also can read about events, what's trending on social media, and anything else creating a stir.
Do you have buzzworthy news tips? Email us at SNEWSedit@aimmedia.com.
- Outdoor Gear Exchange in Burlington, Vermont is adding an extra 4,000 square feet — once a neighboring Panera Bread — to its 20,000-square-foot space full of bikes and skis, outdoor apparel, and consignment gear.
- Speaking of Burlington, the National Outdoor Recreation Conference will be held there from April 23 to 26. Keynote speakers include U.S. Congressman Peter Welch, Vermont Governor Phil Scott, and Burlington Mayor Miro Weinberger.
- O Canada! On Monday, Smartwool opened its first Canadian retail location in the iconic mountain town of Banff, Alberta.
- Citizens for Ethics and many others tweeted about how Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke appointed 15 representatives of the outdoor recreation industry to advise him on how to operate public lands, including three people whom department officials flagged as potentially having a conflict of interest on the matter.
- Mammut, the Swiss producer of premium outdoor equipment and apparel since 1862, today announced that Joe Prebich will be the new managing director of Mammut North America. Bill Supple will transition from his role as CEO in late April, following 17 years of launching and leading the brand in the North American market.
- Alaska Wilderness League and California Wilderness Coalition received $50,000 each from The Conservation Alliance for projects aimed at protecting public lands and waterways. The alliance this year sent grants totaling $800,000 to 21 organizations.
- Want to learn how to be a top Yakima retailer? The vehicle rack company is growing its retail training program this year. The Yakima Garage will feature more content, including a library of sales and installation videos, company news, and quarterly sales contests.
- Park City’s Thin Air event is just around the corner set for April 5 to 7. Now in its third year, Thin Air is a mix of speakers, concerts, networking, and skiing. Panels include topics from how Swift is revolutionizing the used car–buying experience to lessons and insights from theComic Con intellectual property throw-down. Speakers include Lonny Mayne of Red Shoes Living; Vipe Desai, entrepreneur & philanthropist; Tom Kelly, U.S. Ski & Snowboard, and several Olympians from PyeongChang 2018.