Jonesboro, Ark. – Arkansas-based specialty retailer Gearhead Outfitters is opening its sixth location, branching out to the northwest area of the state. It will be in the Pinnacle Hills Promenade shopping center in Rogers, Ark.
A year ago, it was revealed that Uzbekistan uses forced labor, including that of children, to harvest its cotton. Since then, about 139 brands have pledged to remove Uzbek cotton from their supply chains. A new report from the Responsible Sourcing Network picked 49 and graded them on their efforts, ranking Adidas at No. 1 for eliminating Uzbek cotton.
Minneapolis, Minn. – Outdoor brand Filson and bike/urban gear maker Shinola, are opening their first stores in Minnesota. They'll be splitting the space of a former Dunn Bros coffee shop in Minneapolis' trendy North Loop neighborhood; an interesting move given that both brands sell to other retailers in the area.
San Francisco, Calif. – Chrome Industries has staked out a mostly urban market when it comes to its bike bags, apparel and accessories. But the latest offering signals a push into the outdoor market, as it releases a line of waterproof rolltop packs and duffels geared for bike camping and adventure biking.
The Mammut RescYou crevasse rescue device is a pulley system used in ski mountaineering and mountain climbing to hoist a skier or climber who is trapped in a crevasse. The device uses mechanical ascenders comprised of a cam that grabs a lifting rope. An orange rope threads through the pulleys connecting the ascenders. Mammut's RescYou device has been recalled because: “The pull cord lock cam can fail, posing a risk of death and injury during rescue,” reports the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
According to the CPSC, the defective devices can be identified by the batch numbers 12-12 and 03-13, printed in white on the side of the blue ascender that also reads “MAMMUT RESCYOU”. About 70 units were sold in the U.S. and 80 in Canada via specialty retailers and online from June 2013 to January 2014 at roughly $125 each.
Portland, Ore. – U.S. Specialty retailers might not be happy with Columbia Sportswear Co.’s plans for 2014. The outdoor company dropped its 2013 Earnings Report and 2014 Outlook, and direct-to-consumer (DTC) sales were a big focus.
Patagonia recently hired Adam Fetcher as its new Director of Global PR and Communications, a position that's been open for the past six months or so. Fetcher's background is a bit nontraditional for the outdoor industry; he cut his teeth in politics and worked his way up to President Barack Obama's deputy national press secretary for the 2012 election.
Could this be the sign of a deepening relationship between politics and outdoor brands?
Berkeley, Calif. – GU Energy Labs, maker of the GU energy gel product, announced new appointments to the management team with three internal promotions at the California based company.
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