Facemask Sales Surging, Becoming New SKU

While it’s hard to point to many silver linings of the pandemic from a retail perspective, one has surfaced that several manufacturers — and even retailers — have taken advantage of: facemasks, in all shapes and forms, as a new, fast-selling SKU to the retail arsenal.

LifeLabs CEO Discusses New Line Of Thermal-Efficient Material

LifeLabs recently introduced a thermally-efficient material. The company’s CEO, industry-veteran Scott Mellin, who drove the development of Futurelight product as global GM of The North Face’s Mountain Sports division, spoke about its thermal regulating properties with SGB Executive.

Grassroots’ Rich Hill Discusses Fall Trends, Hurdles And Upcoming Connect Show

Sixty specialty retailers can’t be wrong. In fact, taking the pulse of the 60-plus members of the Grassroots Outdoors Alliance provides a tell-tale barometer of the state of outdoor specialty retail heading into the upcoming winter season as well as the Association’s upcoming Connect retailer show in November, its first in-person get-together in more than 700 days.

Evo And FlyLow Make Case For Smaller Brands  

As autumn slowly yields to winter and consumers’ minds gravitate to winter goods, in particular outerwear, retailers and manufacturers are still consulting their Ouija Board to see what kind of sales season it’s shaping up to be 18 months into the pandemic.

Manufacturers Turning To Sugar For Sustainability, Performance

With Halloween just around the corner, sugar may still get a bad rap when it comes to health and dental hygiene. But outdoor manufacturers are finding it plenty sweet as an eco-friendly material for certain products. Picture, Allbirds and Big Agnes are using the sustainable material in their offerings.

Gore-Tex Introduces Expanded Polyethylene (ePE) Membrane

There’s a new waterproof/breathable fabric coming out from Gore. In a heralded media presentation with company executives on September 30, W. L. Gore & Associates announced that it’s introducing expanded Polyethylene (ePE) membrane as a new complementary material platform to serve as the basis for its membrane technologies.

Oboz President, Amy Beck, Discusses Ownership And Growth Under Kathmandu

Oboz parent Kathmandu, which purchased the Bozeman, MT-based footwear brand in 2018, recently released its fiscal year results for three of its brands—Rip Curl, Kathmandu and Oboz. With total group sales increasing 15.1 percent to $922.8 million, Oboz helped lead the way, with sales growing 44.9 percent to reach $78.4 million. SGB Executive discussed this and more with its president, Amy Beck.