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- Xero Shoes on tariffs and moving manufacturing out of China: “It’s a really challenging and dangerous thing to do, and especially for a small business. You’ve got to re-educate the factory. There are likely to be delays. You could run into quality problems.”
- Major kudos: Kathmandu just became certified as a B Corporation, meeting the highest standards of social and environmental impact. The outdoor and adventure brand is the first publicly listed B Corp in New Zealand and the first outdoor apparel and equipment retailer in both Australia and New Zealand to become part of the global ethical business movement.
- JC Penney and the outdoors: The department store is opening outdoor apparel shops within 100 existing locations, pushing its new gear label "St. John's Bay Outdoor." A spokesperson for the store used a figure that Outdoor Industry Association leverages often. “With this expansion, [Penney] is taking part in the nearly $900 billion outdoor recreation industry by offering functional, durable apparel with our customer expectations at the core, all at an incredible value.”
- Seeking "Sodfather": The National Park Service is hiring for a very special role at the National Mall and Memorial Parks. Apply here.
- New magazine: Active Interest Media, parent company of SNEWS, is launching a new multimedia platform, NatuRx, which will focus on cannabis. The first issue of the magazine is hitting newsstands in the next few days. Online education will follow later this month.
- Recall: Decathlon recently recalled a batch of carabiners with screwgates assembled upside down, "which can cause unpredictable unlocking.” The issue affects about 240 products.
- Plastic Impact Alliance: Dakine just joined the growing movement of 250 brands. You can too, and in fact, SIA's Nick Sargent is encouraging snow sports brands to do so.
- Go: Climate Week is slated for Sept. 23 to 29 in New York City. Events are categorized under Youth & Climate Activism, Energy Transition, Sustainable Travel and Leisure, and more topics.
- ICYMI: Grassroots Outdoor Alliance welcomed six new retail members from California, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, and Virginia.
- Houdini, the Swedish outdoor apparel brand of sustainable performance design, has partnered with JAM Collective as its public relations agency of record in the U.S.