Polar Bottle Research Confirms US Consumers Value USA Made

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Recent research conducted by Boston Consulting Group shows today’s consumers value and place a considerable premium on USA made products. These findings align with a recent study carried out for Polar Bottle by national research firm Research Insights. In this study, 74% of general retail customers said it was “Very important” or “Important” to them […]

Global Footwear Product Safety Guide Released

The Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America (FDRA) and TÜV SÜD released the first ever Global Footwear Product Safety Guide. The guide covers both chemical and physical testing requirements and suggested protocols for footwear.  Previous FDRA guidebooks only covered chemical testing. The guide provides a concise and tiered approach to understanding exactly what chemicals are used […]

Lorpen Brand Acquired

The majority shareholder of the Spanish company IASA (owner of the brands ASTORE and TERNUA) has acquired Lorpen, a company based in Navarra, Spain. Lorpen is dedicated to the design, manufacture and marketing of technical socks for outdoor activities. The company will continue its activity in Etxalar as a new entity called Lorpeland S.L. Based […]

Academy Sports + Outdoor Opens La. Door


Academy Sports + Outdoors announced it will open a store in Denham Springs, La. just outside of Baton Rouge. The new store, located at the northwest corner of Juban St. and I-20, is part of the Juban Crossing retail development and will add 150 new jobs to the area. Academy also announced the renewal of […]

Nikwax North America Names New President

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Nikwax named Rick Meade as the company’s new North American President, effective immediately. Meade will provide strategic leadership and tactical management for the North American arm of the UK-based company. Meade joins Nikwax after a 15-year career with Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) where he was a recognized for growth strategies with leading brand partners. Most recently, […]