Survey: Parents More Concerned About Their Kids Returning To Sports

Only 53 percent of parents expect their child to resume sports activity at the same or higher amount when current COVID-19 restrictions are removed, according to a new national survey from the Aspen Institute’s Project Play initiative and Utah State University. That’s down from 70 percent in early May from a similar survey by North Carolina State University in partnership with Project Play.

Spenco Footwear Reborn As Waco Shoe Company

Waco Shoe Company’s Co-Owners, Jeff Antonioli and Brad Granger, talked to SGB Executive about the formation of Waco Shoe Company, the strong growth being seen across Spenco’s footwear range and untapped growth potential for Revitalign, Iron Man, Iron Sport, and soon-to-arrive Waco Shoe brand.Antonioli

Sustainability Is Good For Business, New Survey Finds

A new report from the Capgemini Research Institute, “Consumer Products and Retail: How sustainability is fundamentally changing consumer preferences,” finds that sustainability has risen with consumers with 79 percent changing their purchase preferences based on social responsibility, inclusiveness or environmental impact.

Retail Reports Roundup

Retail surveys and studies that arrived last week included Ernst & Young identifying five new consumer segments emerging from the coronavirus pandemic. Others explored back-to-school spending, in-store shopping comfort, holiday spending online, and returning merchandise.

ICR Recap: Which Brands Won Over Investors?

The ICR Conference in Orlando, FL, gave brands across the consumer and retail industries a chance to present their current financial profile and plans for 2019 and beyond. Some companies, like Lululemon (whose presentation wasn’t public), have seen values surge post-conference.

Companies Update Guidance In Advance Of ICR Conference

Late Friday afternoon and early Monday morning saw a host of preliminary sales and updated guidance releases from companies presenting at the ICR Conference, being held in Orlando, FL. Here’s a roundup of what retail and consumer brands announced over the last couple of days.

SGB Industry Outlook 2019, Part 3

Here is our final installment of the 2019 industry outlook. Thank you to all the industry executives and business owners who shared expectations, hopes and concerns for the new year. This was the biggest response we’ve ever gotten, with almost 60 participants, prompting three parts instead of the usual one or two.

SGB Industry Outlook 2019, Part 2

This is the second installment of our annual series that gauges what the industry’s key players are projecting for the coming year. Also, due to overwhelming response, we’ve extended our industry outlook to three parts due to so many of people wanting to contribute their thoughts on 2019. Look for even more commentary on 2019 in Friday’s edition of SGB Executive.

SGB Industry Outlook 2019, Part 1

Over the past week, dozens of executives across the active lifestyle industry shared their outlook for 2019 with SGB. We reached out to large, medium and small brands and retailers in sporting goods, footwear, apparel, outdoors and tactical with two simple questions that were fairly open-ended: What gives you optimism and what causes concern in the coming year? This is the first of a two-part series that gauges what the industry’s key players think will or won’t happen in 2019.