Poler, the Portland, OR-based outdoor apparel firm, has filed a Chapter 7 bankruptcy to liquidate.

The Premier Lacrosse League in Los Angeles announced that it has partnered with Baltimore-based STX to be an equipment supplier for the PLL’s inaugural season.

Season-to-date total lift ticket revenue at Vail Resorts Inc.’s North American mountain resorts, including an allocated portion of season pass revenue for each applicable period, was up 12.2 percent compared to the prior year season-to-date period.

Lacrosse Unlimited announce the re-opening of its store in Avon, CT, bringing the companies fleet to a total of 41 stores in 12 states.

Sears Chairman Eddie Lampert has submitted a revised bid of roughly $5 billion in a last-ditch attempt to save the retailer from liquidation. The offer comes one day after Lampert’s initial $4.4 billion bid was rejected by the company as being financially inadequate.

Target Corp. reported comparable sales grew 5.7 percent in the November/December period. Given last year’s increase of 3.4 percent over that same period, comparable sales have grown more than 9 percent over the last two years.

PVH Corp. announced that it plans to incur pre-tax costs of approximately $120 million over the next 12 months in connection with a Calvin Klein restructuring.

DSW Inc. announced the creation of several new executive positions. The changes will create clear brand leadership following the 2018 acquisition of its Canadian business, formerly known as Town Shoes Limited (TSL), and Camuto Group.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA), representing the nation’s recreational boat, engine and marine accessory manufacturers, on Thursday announced that retail unit sales of new powerboats were up an estimated 4 percent in 2018 to approximately 280,000 units, the highest total since 2007.

G-III Apparel Group Ltd. on Thursday announced that the company has repurchased approximately 723,000 shares at an average price of $28.09 per share under its existing authorized share repurchase program.

Golf retailer PGA Tour Superstore on Thursday announced it will open at least six new stores in 2019 as it accelerates its growth strategy to expand its brick-and-mortar presence by more than 50 percent over the next three years.

The European Commission opened an investigation into Nike Inc.’s tax deals with the Netherlands. The probe could potentially lead to Nike having to pay back millions of euros.

Dr. Bernice Sandler, known as the “godmother of Title IX” for her work advocating for women’s and girls’ rights in education and athletics, has passed away at the age of 90.

Gridsum Holding Inc., a provider of cloud-based big-data analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) solutions in China, announced that it has expanded its relationship with Nike Inc., with the addition of data analysis, consulting, and data modeling services.

Professional Pickleball Registry (PPR) on Thursday announced the hiring of its first full-time employee, Nicole Hobson, as member services manager.

Nemo Equipment, designer of outdoor gear and accessories, has hired Tom Ceulemans as its European sales manager. Nemo also announces the transition of leadership of international sales from Brent Merriam, COO, to Mike Welch, VP of global sales.

Unifi Inc. on Thursday announced the appointment of Albert P. Carey as non-executive chairman of its board of directors, effective immediately.

The Buckle Inc. on Thursday announced that comparable store net sales, for stores open at least one year, for the 5-week period ended January 5, 2019, decreased 0.2 percent from comparable store net sales for the 5-week period ended January 6, 2018.

Kohl’s Corp. on Thursday reported comparable sales for November and December 2018 combined. On a shifted basis, which compares the nine weeks ended January 5, 2019 and January 6, 2018, comparable sales for the Holiday period increased 1.2 percent.

Badger Sportswear in a statement posted to its website said it will no longer do business with a Chinese company that allegedly used workers from an internment camp holding targeted members of ethnic minority groups, according to the Associated Press.

ClassPass announced it signed an agreement to acquire GuavaPass, an aggregator of fitness experiences operating in Asia and the Middle East.

Macy’s slashed its outlook for profit, sales and gross margin, citing a weakening in sales in late-December. The company reported holiday-period same-store sales growth of 0.7 percent, compared with 1.0 percent growth in the same period a year ago.

Congressional Democrats on Tuesday introduced a bill that would move toward universal background checks for firearms.

Nike and Flex, a contract manufacturer, have agreed to wind down its footwear manufacturing operations in Guadalajara by the end of the year.

GSM Outdoors LLC, a multi-brand manufacturer of specialized hunting and shooting products, has acquired Mainstream Holdings, the Windom, MN-based company that owns and operates Muddy Outdoors, Hawk and Big Game Treestands.

Varsity Brands has officially opened submissions for the fourth annual 2019 Varsity Brands School Spirit Awards.

J. C. Penney Company Inc. announced that its comparable store sales for the combined nine-week period ending January 5, 2019, decreased 3.5 percent on a shifted basis. On an unshifted basis, comparable sales decreased 5.4 percent.

Dakine Equipment LLC—a division of JR286 Inc., in partnership with Marquee Brands—on Wednesday announced the appointment of David Orr as global general manager.

Zumiez Inc. on Wednesday raised its fourth-quarter outlook based on comparable sales increasing 4.9 percent for the five-week period ended January 5, 2019, compared to a comparable sales increase of 7.9 percent for the five-week period ended December 30, 2017.

La Sportiva on Wednesday announced its membership in 1% for the Planet.

POC—a manufacturer of ski, snowboarding and cycling helmets, eyewear, apparel and protection—has named Brendan Murphey as marketing manager for North America.

The Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) announced a new addition to the organization, Rick Salomone, who will be responsible for leading and expanding the SFIA sponsorship program.

Velocity Outdoor announced that Mike Weinkauf of Ravin Crossbows is now vice president of marketing communications for Velocity Outdoor.

Brunswick Corp. announced that it had 126 United States patents granted to the company during 2018, up nearly a third from its 2017 results and nearly twice as many as it was awarded in 2015.

New Balance Athletics plans to open to open an advanced manufacturing facility in Methuen, MA.

Croakies announced, effective immediately, the introduction of a new Manufacturer’s Lifetime Warranty policy across the breadth of its product categories.

Huntsman Textile Effects and The Chemours Company FC LLC have agreed to expand their long-term alliance in the area of durable water repellence (DWR).

The USA Cycling Board of Directors has named Rob DeMartini as president and chief executive officer of USA Cycling.

Lacrosse Unlimited announced that Sean Haggerty has been brought on as executive vice president of institutional sales.

CCM Hockey announced a four-year partnership extension with NHL All-Star Connor McDavid.

Adidas announced the start of the second tranche of its current multi-year share buyback program announced in March 2018. The company intends to repurchase own shares worth around €800 million in 2019.

Suunto has announced the new Suunto Partner Program, inviting interested companies to join Suunto’s growing digital ecosystem.

Vibram has announced Burten Distribution as the exclusive distributor for Vibram’s Furoshiki line of footwear in the U.S.

Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports have slowed down after a months-long rush to beat increased tariffs on goods from China, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

BSN Sports announced that it has finalized the acquisition of Sports Page Team LLC based in Pella, IA.

ClearSports, the producer of the ClearSports golf ball, announced the appointment of Ed Brown, former president and CEO of Patron Spirits International, as chairman of its board of directors.

WWE announced the appointment of Sarah Cummins as senior vice president, consumer products.

Velocity Outdoor on Tuesday announced the promotion of Dayne Lester to the new role of vice president of archery products.

Federal, an ammunition manufacturer and a brand of Vista Outdoor Inc., is rolling out a branding refresh that the company calls “The New Look of Authority.”

Kim Highfield, CEO and founder of SportPort, a U.S.-owned, women-operated specialty athletic apparel company, announced the appointment of Sector Sports & Associates to help develop strategic retail placements, business development activities and product line expansions for its women’s activewear business.

Outdoor Afro, a national nonprofit whose mission is to create and inspire black leadership in nature, just announced its newest board member, Ashley Williams, senior director, global marketing Keen Inc.

During the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sports Innovation Lab, a market intelligence firm for sportstech, launched the first-ever Leadership Boards for the sports industry.

Camping World Holdings Inc. announced that it has closed on the acquisition of Coates RV with locations in Hugo and Cloquet in Minnesota.

The Freeride World Tour (FTW) reached new safety partnerships with backcountry brands, Black Diamond, Pieps and Vibram, while continuing its partnerships with ISTA and RECCO (search and rescue devices).

G-III Apparel Group Ltd. announced the appointment of Fran Della Badia as president of AM Retail Group, Inc., the retail subsidiary of G-III that operates stores and websites for its DKNY, Wilsons Leather, G.H. Bass and Karl Lagerfeld Paris brands and stores for the Calvin Klein Performance brand.

Camping World has closed a Gander Outdoors store in Appleton, WI, the third Gander Outdoors to close since re-opening the former Gander Mountain chain.

Hybrid Apparel on Monday announced that Bill Hutchison will join the company as CEO, effective January 14, 2019.

Lifekey, a new brand that aims to transform the way people access and share their personal health data, has launched its system of smart wearables, designed to protect and connect people by providing one-touch access to important information like health data and user-triggered location updates for friends and family.

Vital Outdoors, an outdoor and recreation lifestyle retailer, on Monday announced that it will open its second store in Colorado at the end of February.

Dorel Industries Inc. on Monday announced it has replaced the president and CEO of Dorel Juvenile Europe (DJE). Raul Sepulveda has assumed the duties of Charles De Kervénoaël, who has left the company to pursue other opportunities. In addition, Adriano Nascentes, previously with Dorel Sports, has been named to the newly created position of COO, DJE.

Brookville, PA-based Koola Buck, a meat-processing company and the inventor of the Koola Buck portable refrigeration system, announced Monday that is has purchased privately owned Viper Archery Products.

The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) elected Laurie Aronson, president and CEO of Lipsey’s LLC, to chairwoman of the board during the 2018 annual NASGW Expo in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the first woman to lead the association as the board chair.

Yeti Holdings Inc. on Monday announced the appointment of Melisa Goldie to the newly created role of chief marketing officer, effective immediately.

The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) celebrated the passage by the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives of the Modern Fish Act.

PXG has signed PGA Tour professional Scott Langley to its 2019 touring staff.

Surf Technicians has launched a new sales strategy and team to support further growth, including Ryan Mahoney, Joe Scaturro and Kyle Kamstra.

Retail industry employment in December increased by 15,200 jobs seasonally adjusted from November and 37,600 jobs unadjusted year-over-year, the National Retail Federation said.

Haydenshapes Surfboards has formed a new global distribution partnership with Surf Technician.

Reef welcomed Coco Ho as an ambassador.

Vans sued Primark for the alleged “intentional knock-offs” of one of its signature designs.

Aquilo Sports, known for its recovery pants, announced the continuation of its partnership with the Movistar Professional Cycling Team. 2019 marks the teams 40th consecutive season with its 25-rider men’s team and 12-member women’s team.

WSS, the sneaker retailer based in California, this holiday season, through their WSSCares! Initiative, and in partnership with Adidas and Mattel Toy Store, invited families throughout the season to WSS to host locations to pick out toys with their boys and girls.

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