Starting this month, SCARPA North America will become the U.S. and Canadian distributor for Edelrid, the German-based manufacturer of ropes and other climbing equipment. Moving forward, SCARPA North America will handle all sales, customer service and marketing functions for Edelrid in North America, and warehousing and distribution will be handled from SCARPA NA’s headquarters and warehouse, located in Boulder, Colo.
Since late 2012, SCARPA North America has served as the North American warehouse and fulfillment center for Edelrid. An effective working relationship with Edelrid, as well as similarities between the brands and the sports and customer bases they serve, led to a decision to deepen the business relationship, said Kim Miller, CEO of SCARPA North America.
“Anybody who’s a climber or a mountaineer knows the Edelrid brand. And there’s so much similarity between the philosophies and the business model of both companies, with both being very well established and specialized brands, it was a good match in terms of culture and goals,” Miller said. “It made this business relationship a logical next step and an easy transition.”
At the upcoming Outdoor Retailer trade show, Edelrid and SCARPA will each have separate booths, as at past trade shows, with booths located a few aisles from each other. SCARPA North America will be at booth 3001 and Edelrid will be at booth 2037.
Based in Germany, where more than 60 percent of its production takes place, Edelrid builds ropes, carabiners, climbing harnesses, helmets and a variety of other climbing, recreation, safety and industrial gear. A well-known brand in Europe with 150 years of ropemaking experience, Edelrid has been growing sales in North America for the last several years.
For Edelrid retailer inquires in North America, contact SCARPA North America sales-service at (866) 998-2895.