prAna Launches New Merchandising Contest

prAna is launching a new merchandising program to encourage retailers to design and build prAna-themed environments in their stores. This focus on merchandising is intended to maximize sales on the retail level, highlight best merchandising practices and

Sugoi Opens New DC In Europe

Less than a year after opening a United States distribution center in Bedford, Connecticut, Vancouver, B.C-based Sugoi Performance Apparel has announced plans to open a distribution facility in Oldenzaal, Netherlands…

Scott Sible Promoted to President of Merrell

Wolverine World Wide promoted Scott B. Sible to the position of president, Merrell. In this new capacity, Sible will continue reporting to Jacques Lavertue, president of the Outdoor Group of Wolverine World Wide…

Thule Sold to Private Equity Group

Nordic Capital Fund VI has signed an agreement to acquire the Thule Group from Candover. Thule's current pro forma revenues are SEK6.6 billion (€721 million; $937 million) including recent acquisitions…

Forzani Denies Private Equity Buyout Rumors

In response to recent reports in other publications stating that the Forzani group is about to be acquired by certain private equity firms, the company announced that it is not currently in discussions with an potential suitors…

Nike Sets New Corporate Social Responsibility Goals

NIKE, Inc. announced a series of business targets for 2011 that more deeply integrate corporate responsibility goals into the company’s long-term growth and innovation business strategies. The targets set benchmarks to improve labor conditions in contract

Ocean Kayak and Necky Kayaks Continue to Support BCF

Ocean Kayak and Necky Kayaks, made their latest contribution in the fight against breast cancer, a quarterly donation of $8,655 to the Breast Cancer Fund. Ocean Kayak donates one percent of gross sales from their Venus 10 and Venus 11 kayaks, while Necky

Genesco Q1 Earnings Fall on Slow Urban Market

Genesco Inc. first quarter earnings before discontinued operations were $2.2 million, or 10 cents per diluted share. For the quarter ended April 29, 2006, earnings before discontinued operations were $10.7 million, or 41 cents per diluted share. Net sales

Foot Locker Abandons Pursuit of Genesco

Foot Locker, Inc. confirmed that it had made a proposal to Genesco Inc. to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Genesco for $51 per share. In light of Genesco's public release on Thursday, Foot Locker announced that it was no longer pursuin

Freestyle Brings Marketing Team In-House

Freestyle has launched a broad initiative to restructure its business bringing all sales, sales support, marketing and graphic design in-house to its Newport Beach headquarters. The company also expands its print and online advertising efforts, and secure

Vaude to Launch New Footwear Line

Vaude will be launching a new footwear line that will be backed by a specially devised custom-fitting shoe design. The company has brought together a new team that been working on the line for two years. VAUDE product manager Marco Lachner and his orthopa

Holding and Purdy Partner for New Sales Agency

Bob Holding, senior VP at Arc’teryx, is partnering with Jim Purdy, principle of Purdy Associates to form a new sales agency for the Pacific Northwest, Waypoint Outdoor. The new agency combines Holding’s extensive brand building experience at Patagonia an

EMS Inks Sponsorship Deal with Scout Show

Eastern Mountain Sports will serve as title sponsor for this week’s Connecticut Rivers Council Scout Show Boy Scouts of America 2007 in Hebron, Conn. This “jamboree,” expected to draw over 7,000 boy scouts, is a 3-day festival featuring outdoor activities

Arc’teryx Appoints New VP of Sales

Gary Bryant, European Brand Manager for Arc’teryx, will be taking the newly created position of Vice President of Sales. Bryant will be responsible for worldwide sales for the brand. Bryant is taking over the Sales responsibilities of current Senior VP o