As the 2013 baseball season geared up toward opening day, Team Express-owner and operator of and other sports-specific retail websites-achieved 11 percent sales growth in first quarter 2013 over the same three months in 2012, in part due to a 25 percent increase in shopping from first-time consumers.
Driving the overall revenues rise were sharp surges in purchases of outerwear (29 percent), catchers equipment (25 percent) and footwear (21 percent), alongside a nearly 10 percent climb for baseball gloves. Sales soared 27 percent in January, followed by seven percent increases in February and March.
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Our strategic marketing, such as intensified promotion and targeted online tools, has led to an 11 percent increase in website traffic, says Mark Marney, CEO of Team Express. Athletes, parents and sports teams and leagues clearly appreciate our no-hassle shopping experiences, competitive pricing and wide array of top brands.
Team Express features 50,000-plus SKUs from adidas, Easton, Louisville Slugger, Mizuno, Nike, Rawlings, Schutt, Wilson, Under Armour and scores of other premium brands. Renowned for its simple process of personalizing gear and quick turnaround times, the company is the exclusive supplier to thousands of schools, as well as professional and amateur teams, leagues and sports organizations.
New Team Express management led by Marney-who founded The Golf Warehouse ( and modernizing the companys infrastructure, enhancing websites and creating even stronger inventory management. It is also expanding existing soccer and basketball operations while exploring entry into hockey, lacrosse, rugby and other sports.