Author: Eric Smith

CamelBak’s Greg Williamson Talks COVID-19 Challenges, Opportunities

CamelBak’s Greg Williamson Talks COVID-19 Challenges, Opportunities

In another installment of SGB Executive’s series of interviews with industry leaders exploring how businesses are coping with the coronavirus, CamelBak President Greg Williamson provides an update on product demand, ways that CamelBak is supporting front-line medical workers and the brand’s hope for a renewed emphasis on outdoor activities once the outbreak has ended. (Read More)

Retail Sales Plunge In March, But Bloodbath Just Beginning

Retail Sales Plunge In March, But Bloodbath Just Beginning

U.S. retail sales plummeted 8.7 percent to $483.1 billion in March from the previous month, their largest dip in three decades since the government started tracking the data, the Department of Commerce reported Wednesday. But that is just the first sign of what is sure to be a season-long bloodbath across the retail sector for any business not selling essential items such as groceries. (Read More)

OIA’s Lise Aangeenbrug On Outdoor Industry’s Challenges, Path Forward

OIA’s Lise Aangeenbrug On Outdoor Industry’s Challenges, Path Forward

In another installment of SGB Executive’s series of interviews with industry leaders exploring how businesses are coping with the coronavirus, Outdoor Industry Association’s new executive director Lise Aangeenbrug discusses the challenges facing the outdoor industry, how OIA is helping member businesses cope and the industry’s path forward out of this unprecedented crisis. (Read More)

Which Public Companies Will Emerge Strongest From COVID-19 Crisis?

Which Public Companies Will Emerge Strongest From COVID-19 Crisis?

How are active-lifestyle brands like Crocs, Nike and Lululemon plus retailers like Dick’s, Foot Locker and Hibbett navigating the coronavirus? Susquehanna’s most recent note says that the current crisis is weighing on all businesses, but some are better positioned than others. Here’s their ranking of 19 public companies based on who will emerge the strongest from this crisis. (Read More)

March M&A Roundup: Public Companies Make Moves Before Deals Dry Up

March M&A Roundup: Public Companies Make Moves Before Deals Dry Up

Three public companies—Compass Diversified Holdings, Sportsman’s Warehouse Holdings Inc. and Clarus Corp.—announced key acquisitions last month before the coronavirus all but stopped M&A activity. Most of the transactions that were announced came in the first half of March before social distancing took hold, the stock market collapsed, and businesses began shuttering operations and laying off employees. (Read More)

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