Poll | Do you have a succession plan for your shop?

Retirement doesn't have to mean the end for your store.
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We want to know: What's next for your store after you retire?

There's no doubt that you've poured a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into your business to make it a great outdoor retail store. Tell us what is your store's fate after you are ready to move on.

Need help figuring out your next step? We have 6 tips to pass the torch successfully

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"Did you have a good (Outdoor Retailer) show?"

There was change in the air at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market. We all felt it. After months of speculation, debate, and wait, we finally know where we'll be for the next five years (Denver).  Despite some of the big players being absent (Patagonia, Arc'teryx, and Polartec), the ...read more

Woman on dock carrying a YETI cooler and fishing rods

Poll | Do you sell YETI products in your shop?

Earlier this year, YETI sent formal, ice cold letters to some independent outdoor retailers terminating the distributor-seller relationship. We want to know how many others received the same letter, which is attached below. "As a result of this termination, your dealership is no ...read more

Red and white holiday gift bags

Poll: How are you planning to shop this holiday season?

It's going to be a chaotic year for holiday shopping, that's for sure. Local stores are doing their best to keep customers safe, as they have been for months, but it looks like Amazon will be poised to capitalize (once again) on a difficult situation. Read more: The outdoor ...read more


Poll | What's your favorite type of SNEWS story?

At SNEWS, we have the pleasure of covering a wide variety of interesting outdoor news. We profile retail shops for our #CoolShop stories and hear out companies for an Elevator Pitch. We cover breaking news stories and reporting on important industry issues. Of all the types of ...read more

Outdoor Products: a table display of shoes, packs and apparel at an outdoor retail shop in California. A husky sleeps on the wood floor.

Want better gear training for your shop's sales staff?

It's a common refrain we've heard from retailers over the years: "I wish I had more training resources for my staff." What if you had unlimited access to free online gear training modules that are independently taught, not tainted by any one brand trying to get you to sell more ...read more


Poll: Do you pay your salespeople commissions?

In the Summer 2019 issue of The Voice, we explored the ins and outs of wages in the outdoor industry. We set out to answer one simple yet important question: As an outdoor employee, is your paycheck big enough? As the pandemic continues to affect wages across the industry, we're ...read more

"I Voted" sticker lying in a pile of leaves

Poll: Do you get Election Day off?

Lots of news has been coming out recently about companies joining the Time To Vote movement, which encourages employers to give their staff time off work on Election Day. Patagonia, The North Face, REI, L.L.Bean, and dozens of other outdoor businesses have gone in for the cause. ...read more

Speedway Grand Opening

Moving on: How to build a succession plan for your beloved shop

In the summer of 2015, when Brent Troncalli of Outside World, a Georgia-based outdoor specialty store, decided to give up one of his two locations to spend more time with his family, he needed a plan. "We looked at our options and decided we could either close the store ...read more


Poll | Have you ever busted a shoplifter in your store?

Whether you nabbed some stupid kid slipping carabiners into his pocket or you've succumbed to a more elaborate or sinister scheme, we want to know: Have you had to deal with criminals in your shop? Share you story in the comments section. Summit Hut recently in Tucson, Arizona, ...read more