Tactical apparel and gear company 5.11 has opened a brick-and-mortar retail store in Reno, NV, bolstering the company’s 2018 retail expansion goal of 50 company-owned retail stores.

Footwear and accessories retailer Shoe Carnival Inc. on Thursday announced the appointment of brand and marketing veteran Mark Worden to the newly created role of executive vice president, chief strategy and marketing officer, effective September 10.

Sears Holdings plans to close another 46 unprofitable stores this year including 13 Kmart and 33 Sears stores.

Apple on Thursday introduced new ways customers can enjoy and support America’s national parks with an Apple Pay donation program and Apple Watch Activity Challenge.

The United States and China went ahead with tariff hikes on billions of dollars of each other’s automobiles, factory machinery and other goods Thursday in an escalation of a battle over Beijing’s technology policy that companies worry will chill global economic growth.

The Footwear Innovation Summit by FMNII, to be held at Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown on October 2, will bring gather professionals from both technology and footwear sectors to present their latest innovations to 250 industry leaders from footwear brands, design institutes and factories.

Malibu Boats Inc., a manufacturer of recreational fiberglass boats, announced that the company has entered into a definitive agreement with S2 Yachts Inc. to acquire the assets of Pursuit Boats for $100 million.

LA Golf Shafts, a new business venture spawned by Southern California-based LA Golf Partners (LAGP), appointed product designer and shaft guru John Oldenburg to chief product officer.

Tennis star/entrepreneur Serena Williams and acclaimed radio personality and podcast creator Guy Raz will join executives from CVS, Snapchat, Google, Neiman Marcus and Kate Spade to headline the National Retail Federation’s annual Shop.org conference next month.

Adidas has signed a three-year sponsorship deal with Coahoma Community College in Clarksdale, MS.

Flojos on Thursday announced that Jeff Booth has been appointed director of sales at the footwear company.

More than 50 volunteers from five member companies recently participated in The Conservation Alliance’s Backyard Collective stewardship event in Grand Rapids, MI.

Work Sharp Outdoor, a manufacturer of knife and tool sharpeners, is in the fourth week of the company’s #WorkSharpStaySharp campaign. The campaign was designed to build engagement around annual Knife Day, which takes place nationwide August 24.

GlassesUSA.com has launched a new curated sports eyewear category for active individuals.

Ski manufacturer Atomic and FIS program Bring Children to the Snow have entered into a partnership to bring the next generation to snow sports.

Consumer Concept Group, the parent company of running content creator and race event organizer Motiv Running, has rebranded as Black Shamrock Partners.

At the public hearings being held this week in Washington, D.C. over the latest round of proposed tariffs, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) reiterated the association’s call for a swift resolution and warned any additional tariffs would harm U.S. workers, companies, consumers and communities.

Several Nike stores in South Africa have been closed after the online circulation of a video featuring an employee’s husband making racist remarks, according to a report from Reuters.

Foot Locker announced the launch of the new “Discover Your Air,” campaign which will serve as the creative platform for all Nike Air product and related content at Foot Locker.

Volt Athletics announced the launch of Cortex, a performance training AI.

The Outdoor Industry Association has announced the winners of the inaugural Together We Are a Force awards to celebrate the collaborative spirit of the outdoor industry.

Boosted by a 13 percent hike in comparable store sales, Urban Outfitters Inc. reported second-quarter profits rose 85.9 percent to $92.8 million, or 84 cents a share, exceeding Wall Street’s consensus estimate of 77 cents.

U.S. Lacrosse on Wednesday announced Yale men’s lacrosse coach and 2018 national champion Andy Shay as a featured speaker for boys’ lacrosse coaches at the 2019 U.S. Lacrosse Convention (LaxCon), set for Jan. 11-13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

Youth on Course—the nonprofit organization providing young people with subsidized golf, college scholarships, paid internships and a caddie program—has partnered with Pinehurst Resort and Country Club to include select golf courses to the company’s portfolio of 900-plus member properties.

Athletic apparel company Champion Athleticwear has expanded the company’s retail footprint with a second U.S. retail specialty store opening in New York City, at 434 Broadway.

REI Co-op is reaffirming the company’s commitment to sustainable, affordable pre-loved gear for customers, with a refreshed used gear website.

Target Corp. reported second-quarter earnings that topped Wall Street’s targets on comparable sales growth of 6.5 percent and traffic growth of 6.4 percent. The discount giant lifted its guidance for the year.

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) announced that Clay Crabtree has joined the ASA staff as policy director.

Gander Outdoors, formerly known as Gander Mountain, is now open in Plattsburgh, NY.

OrthoLite announced the hire of Marty Greenwald as global sales director.

Croakies announced the company has reached an agreement with the stand-up paddle community’s biggest race weekend, the Pacific Paddle Games presented by Salt Life (October 6-7, Dana Point, CA), returning as a Gold Level event sponsor and the exclusive eyewear retainer for 2018.

Building on the company’s partnership with NBA legend and television personality Shaquille “Shaq” O’Neal, J.C. Penney is unveiling an all-new, exclusive big & tall brand, Shaquille O’Neal XLG.

Nike Inc. has been taking a lot of heat on social media for selling a black balaclava that looks “menacing” and could incite gang violence, according to critics.

Hyland’s, a specialist in cramp relief for endurance athletes, is partnering with the Hood To Coast relay, an event that begins on August 24 at the base of Mount Hood and finishes 199 miles later in Seaside, OR.

TRX, the maker of functional training equipment and training content, announced #Made2Move, a new campaign that celebrates the universal beauty of human movement, regardless of body type, shape or size.

Football equipment manufacturer Riddell has launched a new line of NFL-licensed collectible helmets, the Chrome Alternate Collection, which is the company’s latest series of officially licensed alternate helmet designs.

Kohl’s Corp. has partnered with Authentic Brands Group, owner of Nine West, to include the lifestyle brand in the company’s brand portfolio.

Seattle-based outdoor apparel and gear manufacturer Outdoor Research has awarded the company’s second annual We Can Grant for $10,000 to The Winnipeg Repair Education and Cycling Hub (WRENCH).

Running specialty retailer Fleet Feet on Tuesday announced the launch of two new proprietary programs to further enhance and personalize the customer experience—Fit Engine and User Profiles.

Under Armour launched a new UA Sportstyle category through collaboration with a global team of “Pioneers” who will hold a series of forums designed to empower communities.

Officials from the Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) and Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) testified in strong opposition to proposed tariffs on Chinese-made sports, fitness and outdoor products. The officials stated that the proposed tariffs would likely raise prices for consumers and lead to job losses while also stressing how essential sports and outdoor products are in supporting healthy and active lifestyles.

Adidas and Twitter announced “Friday Night Stripes”—the first-ever live streaming series of high school football games on Twitter.

Aggregated data released last week by Inntopia in their monthly DestiMetrics Market Briefing revealed that while occupancy growth at mountain destinations is slowing slightly as the year progresses, overall metrics continue to creep upward toward an expected seventh consecutive summer record.

Shopify, a provider of e-commerce storefronts, has moved to ban certain firearms and parts on the company’s platform, including some semi-automatic weapons and 3D-printed guns.

London-based luxury online marketplace Farfetch filed for an IPO on Monday and plans to list on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker FTCH.

Li Ning reported revenue increased by approximately 17.9 percent in the six months ended June 30 to RMB4.7 billion.

Firstaid4sport said the company has recently created a new division, Greestone Distribution, to exclusively sell Mueller products to the sports retail and medical wholesale trade channel in the U.K.

Brad Kauffman, former SVP of business transformation and strategy at L.L. Bean, has joined Thos. Moser, maker of handcrafted American furniture, as the company’s new chief revenue officer.

The Trump administration’s consideration of tariffs on Chinese printed circuit assemblies and connected devices would cost the economy $520.8 million and $2.4 billion annually for the 10 percent and 25 percent tariffs, respectively, according to a new study commissioned by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

The Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation on Monday announced that the foundation would fully fund all baseball and softball Sports Matter projects currently on DonorsChoose.org.

Escalade Inc. reported sales in the second were slightly down to unseasonal spring weather but profits benefited from the sale of Stiga AB.

Alabama A&M’s athletic department has joined an apparel partnership with Nike and BSN that begins during the 2018-19 athletic seasons.

Agenda and Liberty Fairs announced plans to move out of the Sands Expo and Convention Center on the Las Vegas Strip to downtown Las Vegas, starting in February 2019.

United Legwear & Apparel Co. announced a new partnership with Epic Games to create a range of Fortnite bags and accessories, in a deal brokered by IMG.

The CEO of Peak Performance, Nicolas Warchalowski, has chosen to leave his assignment at his own request after the successful acquisition transaction with Amer Sports.

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