March / April 2019 Issue

Finding a Way

The 2019 Power Retailers Have Similar Challenges but Different Strategies for Success.

This is Sports Insight’s ninth annual Power Retail report. You don’t need us to tell you that things in the sporting goods retail industry have changed quite a bit in that timeframe. (Read More)


Sweatshirt Redux

Don’t call it a comeback. They’ve been here for years. The classic sweatshirt is on the rebound.

Sweatshirts are having a bit of a moment right now. On Facebook and Instagram, it’s rare NOT to see a celebrity or sports figure donning something fleece, cozy or of the athleisure variety.(Read More)

Retail strategy

People Power

The 2019 Power Retailers Have Similar Challenges but Different Strategies for Success.

Hiring and retaining good people in a low unemployment market is not easy. But for retailers, it remains very important. (Read More)


How Sporting Goods Consumers Really Feel About Amazon

It’s no secret that a major competitor for the power retailers in sporting goods is Amazon. We asked consumers how they feel about shopping on Amazon for sporting goods products. Some of their answers may surprise you. (Read More)


By Bob McGee. As we map out the year ahead, leaders at trade groups from around the industry share their thoughts on the future. From sporting goods to running to footwear and outdoors – cautious optimism rules the day in 2019. (Read More)

Sponsored Content

14 Billion Bottles Recycled, 300 Leading Brands

This week, Unifi will announce the winners of its second annual REPREVE® Champions of Sustainability Awards at the Outdoor Retailer Snow Show. Get a sneak preview of the awards and our partners in innovation. (Read the full story here)


Up To Bat

The new products, technologies and key issues facing the baseball category at retail and beyond.

While Major League Baseball may be baseball’s marquee vehicle, the lifeblood of the game remains at the youth level. From five-year-old T-ballers to the 70-plus year-olds who gather play in events such as the Roy Hobbs World Series in Florida, baseball retains its hold as the National Pastime because it can be played at so many different levels. (Read More)


Taking the Pulse of the Running Market in 2019

Specialty Running Retailers Sound Off on Key Issues for 2019.

From a business perspective, what are you most optimistic about in 2019? “Even though they say less people are defining themselves as runners these days, I think people are more than ever getting excited about getting outside to explore and test their limits in other ways than just races. (Read More)

INSOLES & shoeCare

Stretching the Boundaries

It’s a new year and with it comes new opportunities and new products.

Here’s a look at the latest from insole and shoecare brands — including a few “outside the box” product ideas. (Read More)


Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is

Four Reasons Selling Mouthguards Makes Sense for Retailers.

Now equal parts protective equipment and fashion statement, mouthguards are a staple of team sports ranging from football, wrestling and hockey – where they are mandatory in most competitions – to soccer and basketball, where both the performance and safety aspects are catching on. (Read More)

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