Amazon issued a strong response to the American Apparel & Footwear Association’s call for a number of its non-U.S. platforms to be included in the next USTR Notorious Markets List.

Anta Sports reported retail sales of Anta branded products for the third quarter increased by mid-teens compared to the same period of 2018.

Arc’teryx announced it will offer immersive travel experiences designed to give participants unrivaled access to wild places through its new Arc’teryx Trips Program.

Asics Ventures Corporation, a subsidiary of Asics Corp., has taken an equity stake in Pyrates Smart Fabrics, a Spanish startup that develops and supplies advanced and responsible fabrics.

Barneys, the luxury chain that filed for bankruptcy in August, reached an agreement to sell its assets to Authentic Brands Group (ABG) and investment bank B. Riley Financial for $271.4 million.

Beeline Bikes, which provides software that helps bike shops schedule service work and fulfill online sales, has been sold from Accell’s remaining North American portfolio. Buyers include Ken Crafford, CEO of the StrataFusion Group, a business dedicated to IT and security infrastructure.

Boa Technology announced the launch of its Performance Fit Lab at the company’s global headquarters in Denver. In partnership with the University of Denver, Boa is conducting independent scientific studies that measure the biomechanical impact of its fit solutions.

Burton will become the first snowboard company to become a Certified B Corporation.

Daxko acquired TennisSource, a provider of tennis facility management software solutions.

Feetures promoted Steve Hallinan as national sales manager of footwear specialty.

Fitt, a location-based platform that connects people to healthy living experiences across fitness, food, outdoors, and events,  completed an investment round led by Mountain State Capital with participation from Riverfront Ventures and Mindbody, as well as continued support from previous investor TNC Ventures.

Gap Inc. opened its first location for Hill City, its men’s activewear brand. The 12-month pop-up shop is located at 522 Octavia Street in San Francisco.

Gear Aid named Tanner Merrill as supply chain planning manager.

Gildan Activewear significantly reduced its full-year guidance after citing weaker than expected imprintable demand in North America and ongoing softness in international imprintable markets.

Hayes Performance Systems appointed Scott Grall as marketing director.

Hydro Flask, a subsidiary of Helen of Troy Ltd., hired Dena Blevins as creative director.

J. C. Penney Company Inc. appointed Laurie Wilson SVP, planning and allocation and pricing.

Kind Healthy Snacks (Kind) acquired Creative Snacks Co., a family-owned better-for-you snack manufacturer based in North Carolina. The deal represented Kind’s first acquisition.

Major League Baseball will open the MLB Flagship Store, next summer in New York City located at 1271 Avenue of the Americas. The store will be the league’s first permanent retail location in the U.S.

Nike acquired TraceMe, the Seattle-based startup founded by Russell Wilson, the quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, that supports fan engagement.

POC, the maker of bike helmets, and MIPS, the Swedish safety technology company known for its Brain Protection System, announced a deeper partnership.

Pure Fishing named Jim Murphy director of fly fishing.

REI will open a store in San Luis Obispo, CA, on October 25.

Rod Bremer, who founded CRKT (Columbia River Knife & Tool) 25 years ago, is transitioning out of the day-to-day operations with president Mark Schreiber assuming more responsibilities.

Russell Athletic opened the first limited-engagement Russell Athletic Pop-Up Shop in downtown Manhattan.

Skechers USA Inc. announced that it has won another major victory over Nike Inc. in a case relating to Nike’s wholly-owned subsidiary Converse Inc.

Sports Direct, the U.K.’s largest sporting goods chain, called for a Europe-wide investigation into the dominance of Nike and Adidas in the sports retail market. The call follows ongoing moves by Nike to stop selling to “undifferentiated, mediocre” retailers and apparent fears that Adidas may follow suit.

The National Lacrosse League (NLL) named Wilson Sporting Goods and its EvoShield line as an official supplier of sports protective gear. It is the first time that Wilson will actively engage in the sport of lacrosse.

The National Retail Federation reported retail sales in September were down 0.1 percent seasonally adjusted from August but up 4.5 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Velofix, the mobile bike shop operator, announced new hires and other investments, including a new U.S. headquarters.

Verona Sports Center in New Jersey is closing after nearly 50 years of business.

Winmark Corporation, the franchised owner of Play It Again Sports, reported net income in the third quarter ended September 28 rose 9.0 percent.

Wolverine World Wide Inc. appointed Angelo Ng, formerly at Levi Strauss, as the company’s first chief merchant officer.

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