Outdoor Retailer, Outdoor Industry Association and Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Collaborate to Launch RISE, Retail Inspired Specialty Excellence

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Outdoor Retailer, Outdoor Industry Association and Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Collaborate to Launch RISE, Retail Inspired Specialty Excellence

Day 0 focused programing and content designed to provide
value and support for specialty retailers

Boulder, CO – December 22, 2015–Outdoor Retailer, Outdoor Industry Association (OIA), and Grassroots Outdoor Alliance (GOA) announced the collaborative launch of RISE – Retail Inspired Specialty Excellence. Designed to be an inspiring day of training, instruction, peer-to-peer collaboration and working sessions for specialty retailers, the goal is to provide insight and resources that can be put into action. This event ensures attending specialty retailers receive tailored education and experiences that will help them succeed in an ever-changing competitive retail landscape.

RISE features an afternoon of roundtables, breakouts and keynotes focused on topics that will help specialty retailers shape, refine and grow their business. Sessions include: How to Compete as a Specialty Retailer in an Omni-Channel World, Specialty Retail’s Top HR Imperatives, Targeting with ConsumerVue Customer Identification Tool and more.

RISE will welcome specialty retailers the afternoon of Day 0, January 6, 2016, at the Leonardo Museum, 209 500 S, Salt Lake City, located within a short distance from the convention center. Activities will begin at 12:00 p.m. through 6:30 p.m. allowing retailers the opportunity to spend their morning at the All Mountain Demo, or travel in to Salt Lake City the morning of, eliminating the need for an additional day out of their stores. For more information, visit: https://outdoorindustry.org/events/rise/

About Outdoor Retailer:

Outdoor Retailer (OR) brings together retailers, manufacturers, industry advocates and media to conduct the business of outdoor recreation through tradeshows, product demo events and web-based business solutions. Produced by Emerald Expositions and based in San Juan Capistrano, California, Outdoor Retailer also provides and promotes retailer education, advocacy, responsibility and critical face-to-face business initiatives within the outdoor industry.

Consistently named among Trade Show News Network's 25 fastest-growing tradeshows by attendance, Outdoor Retailer (www.outdoorretailer.com) connects approximately 50,000 attendees on a semi-annual basis for its Summer and Winter Market shows, and thousands more through its year-round online resources and platforms.

About Grassroots Outdoor Alliance

The Grassroots Outdoor Alliance is a group of independent outdoor retailers organized to serve the needs of its member operating over 100 independent specialty outdoor stores throughout North America. Grassroots is dedicated to creating benefits to its members through sharing information, fostering communication, promoting best business practices and protecting our natural environment, locally and globally. Independent outdoor specialty retailers are a key ingredient to the future success of the outdoor industry. By collectively combining its members’ knowledge, experience and energies, Grassroots will work to promote the outdoor specialty retailers’ viewpoint for the benefit of its members, the end consumer and the industry as a whole.

About Outdoor Industry Association

Based in Boulder, CO, with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. OIA supports the growth and success of more than 4,000 employees of manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers of outdoor recreation apparel, footwear, equipment and services. For more information, visit outdoorindustry.org or call 303.444.3353.

Media Contacts:

Kate Blom-Lowery

Outdoor Retailer

Director of Public Relations

949-226-5779

kate.lowery@emeraldexpo.com

Todd Walton

Outdoor Industry Association

303.444.3353

twalton@outdoorindustry.org

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