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- New trade developments with Thailand and China: Outdoor Industry Association's Rich Harper provided an update this week, with news of the U.S. preserving duty-free market access for backpacks, sports bags, and other travel goods under the Generalized System of Preferences. Harper also said the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) launched a formal process for companies to file petitions to exclude products sourced from China – including outdoor apparel, footwear, equipment and sporting goods – from the 15 percent punitive tariff that went into effect on Sept. 1 (List 4a). Read more from OIA here.
- ICYMI: Backcountry CEO responded to the passionate boycotters scraping goat stickers off their cars and professing that they'll never buy from the online retailer again. Here's the full story.
- Food trucks, WiFi, Amazon in National Parks: The conversation over Trump advisers' proposal to modernize National Parks is picking up speed and major attention. Do you think these services should be allowed in our national treasures?
- For podcast lovers: The Channel Mastery Podcast just announced a seasonal partnership with Snowsports Industries of America (SIA) through March 2020. Channel Mastery will also be launching monthly episodes specifically for the audience of SNEWS, and continues to provide episodes produced in tandem with Bicycle Retailer & Industry News.
- Outside the industry: Microsoft experimented with a 4-day workweek and discovered productivity jumped 40 percent in a Microsoft subsidiary in Japan.
- Patagonia is keeping an eye on Trump: The brand says it's preparing to take the president to court over the new Endangered Species Act regulations, which change how the government would protect rare plans and animals.
- Recyclable running shoe: Salomon just debuted a running shoe (pictured above) that can be fully recycled into a ski boot shell. It's part of the brand's Play Minded Program, which aims to protect playgrounds and produce sustainable products.
- Bike news: The Philly Bike Expo wrapped up its 10th show—the biggest show ever with more than 200 vendors and nearly 5,000 attendees to the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Diversity and inclusivity were the prevailing themes of this year’s show.