Retail sales rose 0.5 percent in May seasonally adjusted from April and up 3.2 percent unadjusted year over year, the National Retail Federation said Friday.

VF Corp., parent company of Vans, The North Face and Timberland, has formed a strategic partnership with B2C e-commerce marketplace Tmall to improve its ability to reach and sell to Chinese consumers.

Blizzard Tecnica USA announced the promotion of Justin Heanue to national sales manager. Heanue reports directly to Sam Cook, president of Blizzard Tecnica USA.

Outdoor and lifestyle socks manufacturer Darn Tough Vermont has hired Matthew Jacobs to its first-ever role dedicated entirely to sustainability.

Montreal, Quebec-based Altitude Sports on Friday officially announced its Marketplace, increasing their presence as a one-stop-shop for technical outdoor and urban apparel.

Olin Corporation announced Friday that Heidi Alderman, 59, was appointed as a new director by Olin’s board of directors to serve on Olin’s board effective August 8.

The Conservation Alliance has hired Conor McElyea as its new membership and development program manager.

New Balance Basketball celebrated Kawhi Leonard’s MVP performance and Toronto’s first-ever championship by posting a new “Board Man Gets Titles” billboard in Toronto. New Balance signed Leonard to an endorsement deal in November 2018 to mark its return to basketball.

The Housewares Division of Helen of Troy Ltd., the home to the OXO and Hydro Flask, announced the promotion of Mike Wallenfels to the newly created divisional role of senior vice president of global sales.

Shares of Callaway Golf Co. rose $2.29, or 14.4 percent, Thursday to $18.19 after activist investor Jana Partners revealed it had acquired a 9.5 percent stake in the company and planned to hold discussions with the company to explore a possible sale. Some analysts believe the action might lead to the divestiture of Jack Wolfskin.

MasterClass, the online education company, announced the appointment of David Schriber as chief marketing officer. Schriber most recently served as vice president, Global Brand Experience, Creative, and Innovation at Nike.

G-III Apparel Group Ltd. announced Thursday that Victor Herrero has been elected as a member of the board of directors.

Four members of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA) were elected to fill two at-large seats and two regional seats on the board of directors.

Superfeet on Thursday announced it has acquired RSscan International, which provides movement analysis and personalized products for athletes throughout Europe, effective immediately.

Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. on Thursday announced that Gary Burrell, aviation pioneer and co-founder of Garmin Ltd., died June 12 at the age of 81.

Sequential Brands Group Inc. announced Thursday that it has signed a partnership for yoga, fitness and wellness brand Gaiam to expand the brand into the growing natural personal care and wellness space.

PrimaLoft Inc. on Thursday named industry veteran Jim Frazier as new senior vice president, global marketing. Most recently, he served as vice president of product for United Sports Brands, a collection of several brands including Nathan Sports, Shock Doctor, McDavid, Cutters and XO Athletic.

About 600 Mares XR buoyancy compensation vests are being recalled. The deflation button can come unscrewed and result in loss of buoyancy, posing a drowning hazard.

Moody’s Investors Service confirmed all ratings of Camping World, including the B1 Corporate Family rating, and assigned a negative outlook.

Moody’s maintained Foot Locker‘s Ba1 corporate family rating after a periodic review.

La Sportiva promoted Chrissy Wise to marketing director, Quinn Carrasco to marketing manager and Wes Green to vice president of sales and marketing.

Patagonia is now allowing consumers to mail in their used Patagonia clothing for credit as part of its Worn Wear program.

The Outdoor Industry Association issued a statement on Wednesday asking Congress to fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) “to support the growing outdoor recreation economy and the 7.6 million jobs tied to outdoor recreation.”

Cherokee Global Brands on Wednesday announced that the company has appointed current director Evan Hengel to chairman of the board of directors, effective immediately.

Mirror, which sells $1,495 full-length mirrors that double as interactive home gyms, is closing a funding round expected to reach $36 million, according to TechCrunch.

Gympass, the Brazilian startup, has raised $300 million from SoftBank’s Vision Fund and SoftBank’s Latin America fund.

Gap Inc. announced that it will derive 100 percent of its cotton from more sustainable sources by 2025 across its banners.

Seattle-based outdoor and action sports retailer Evo, in partnership with Lake Union Partners, has announced its most ambitious project to date, Campus SLC, a collection of complementary businesses designed to drive community around a shared passion for outdoor culture.

Boot Barn Holdings Inc. announced that it amended both its revolving credit facility and term loan on June 6, 2019.

Vail Resorts Inc. announced that Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rob Katz has exercised stock appreciation rights (SARs) and will be donating 100 percent of the shares and proceeds received to his family charitable foundation and donor advised charitable fund.

Genesco Inc. announced that it has appointed Mel Tucker, 54, senior vice president of finance and chief financial officer, effective June 24.

Varsity Spirit announced a new sponsor, EZ FLEX Sport Mats, an athletic mat manufacturer located in Fort Worth, TX.

The North Face on Tuesday officially launched its inaugural Move Mountains Filmmakers Grant – a program created to address the inequitable representation of women behind the camera.

Merrell has launched their “One Day. One World. One Trail.” project.

Vans Park Series returns to São Paulo, Brazil, on June 22 to 23 as part of the second stop of the 2019 Pro Tour.

Garmont has hired Mauro Baldini as global marketing and communications manager.

Milliken & Company announced that it signed a definitive agreement to acquire Polartec LLC from Versa Capital Management LLC.

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) announced a call for CES 2020 speakers.

USA Triathlon announced a partnership with AfterShokz, the leading manufacturer of bone conduction headphone technology, as the organization’s official headphone.

Puma North America Inc. intends to spend at least $40 million to open a distribution center in Whitestown, IN, according to paperwork filed with Boone County.

Hudson’s Bay Co., the owner of Saks and Lord & Taylor, has received a bid to go private from a group led by Richard Baker, executive chairman of Hudson’s Bay Co.

Alpine Shop of St. Louis, MO, was named Retailer of the Year at the Grassroots Connect Show in Knoxville, TN, hosted by Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Mojo Outdoors on Monday announced Stevie Fry Barefield as head of marketing.

Mossy Oak on Monday announced a strategic partnership with sales and marketing agency Outtech Inc.

Olin Corp. on Monday announced that Beverley Babcock, 58, was appointed as a new director by Olin’s board of directors to serve on Olin’s board effective June 14.

Spyder on Monday announced the renewal and expansion of its sponsorship agreement with the U.S. Ski Team.

Asics said it will continue its multi-year partnership with Live Nation, the leading live entertainment company, as the exclusive footwear sponsor across select venues and festivals in the U.S. and Canada.

Wanda Sports Group Co., the China-based owner of Ironman, the Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon series and Cape Epic mountain biking event, filed an initial public offering in the U.S.

PVH Corp. announced that Cheryl Abel-Hodges is the new CEO of Calvin Klein.

Life is Good, the Boston-based lifestyle and apparel brand, announced the launch of The Life is Good Ping Podcast.

Nike’s “Dream Crazier” campaign out of Wieden + Kennedy and directed by Kim Gehrig of Somesuch was honored for Advertising Excellence/Single Commercial at the AICP Show, held by the Association of Independent Commercial Producers.