July / August 2019 Issue

How to Sell Style

Specialty Retailers Share their Apparel Secrets.

Selling apparel can be a tricky proposition for specialty sports retailers. It can be costly to invest in a space where consumers are able to get great pieces for less money at big box establishments. Sports Insight asked a few specialty retailers across the country to share the challenges and opportunities of selling apparel in our current marketplace. Here’s what they had to say… (Read More)

In The Market

Rolling Along

Big Peach Running Company puts a unique spin on retail.

Mike Cosentino, founder and CEO of Big Peach Running Co., a seven-door run specialty retail chain based in Atlanta, made a bold move in August 2018, purchasing a 33-foot vehicle from a company in Marietta, GA that specializes in food trucks.
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One for All

Fitness Brands Are Chasing the Holy Grail— The Right Styled, Right Price Shoe that Work.

When it comes to fitness shoes, consumers are looking for The One. With the popularity of high intensity interval training (HIIT) fitness and combo classes...
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In The Market

Reebok Aims for Growth

Matt O’Toole discusses digital efforts and blending sport with style.

With a new team, new offices and a fully redesigned digital strategy, Reebok is ready to open the aperture. That’s the message from brand president Matt O’Toole.
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In The Market

3 Top Technical Apparel Trends

Function meets fashion with a strong sustainability story.

When it comes to textiles today it’s all about creating product that is best for the athlete and best for the planet, too.
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In The Market

Outdoor Industry Stories to Watch

Including Arc’teryx Recommerce Program; The North Face's Futurelight; Hemp

Vancouver-based outdoor brand Arc’teryx, known for its technical, performance apparel and gear, is launching a recommerce program called Rock Solid Used Gear.
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In The Market

Nike’s Plans in Focus

Consumer connections, product innovation and a digital focus are top Nike initiatives.

Coming out of a fiscal year where global brand revenues topped $37.2 billion, and North American annual sales rose 7 percent to more than $15.9 billion...
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The Great 8 In Outdoors

Eight outdoor retailers that use special events to take their business to the next level.

From Outdoor Insight Magazine. (Read The Full Issue)

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MaY / June 2019 Issue

The Super Specialists

Shining a spotlight on 5 specialty stores — each excelling in different ways.

Spotlighting five specialty retail standouts:

In The Market

New Summit Sparks Greater Focus on Crucial Running Segment

Reporting Back from the Inaugural RIA KICK Show in Denver.

In a no-frills, get-down-to-business event that some attendees said had similarities to the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance Connect Show for outdoor specialty retailers, 24 key running brands and 65 to 70 key U.S. running shop owners and staff convened in Denver last week... (Read More)


Turning Heads

Top Tech in the Spotlight.

A look at new footwear tech and innovation to watch in the running market. Brands are focusing on upper materials, midsole technologies, energy return and more in the latest offerings. (Read More)

In The Market

Top Textile Trends

What’s Next in the Active/Outdoor/Sports Textile Scene

When it comes to textiles today it’s all about creating product that is best for the athlete and best for the planet, too. In the past these factors ran on two separate and distinct tracks of textile development — one steered toward elevating functionality in textiles, while the other progressed by focusing on organic materials. (Read More)


Previewing the SFIA Industry Leaders Summit

SFIA VP of Business Development John Peters answers our questions about the 7th Annual SFIA Industry Leaders Summit, which is set to take place in Baltimore, September 25-26, 2019. (Read More)