“View the most recent BRA X M1 quarterly webinar about e-commerce featuring George right here.  You can also view the previous quarterly webinar about staffing plus all four 2021 BRA quarterly webinars here on demand at no cost” via BRA and Management One

“View the most recent BRA X M1 quarterly webinar about e-commerce featuring George right here. You can also view the previous quarterly webinar about staffing plus all four 2021 BRA quarterly webinars here on demand at no cost” via BRA and Management One

Once per Quarter, Board Retailers Association hosts relevant and helpful webinars on a variety of topics in collaboration with BRA Supporting Vendor Partner Management One. You can view the 2nd Quarter 2022 webinar as well as the 1st Quarter 2022 webinar and all four of the excellent 2021 collaborative quarterly webinars below (scroll down). Description of The 2nd Quarter 2022 Webinar: If the pandemic taught us anything, it’s that retailers who stayed ahead of the curve survived and thrived after the shutdown. Every business has unique internal and external factors that affect its ability to pivot and adapt to the evolving retail landscape, but it is critical to remain open to progression. View our live panel discussion with Nico and Dane of Management One, Dan of Retail smart Guys and George (our very own Chairman of the Board Retailers Association) on June 16th as we break down the strategies that are helping retailers achieve success in 2022 and beyond. Learn how independent retailers are strengthening their e-commerce, digital, and analytics strategies to maintain growth and overcome a changing economic landscape. Presented by Management One and Board Retailers Association Push play to view this informative and fun 2nd Quarter 2022 collaborative BRA + M1 webinar featuring BRA Chairman and Owner of Modern Skate & Surf, George Leichtweis, as well as BRA Supporting Vendor Partners Dan Jablons of Retail Smart Guys and Dane Cohen & Nico Cabral of Management One, We have embedded the recordings of the 1st Quarter 2022 webinar as well as all four of the excellent 2021 collaborative quarterly webinars below for your convenience. “Talent Acquisition: Building a Team Structured...
“How Outdoor Retailer Is Responding to Boycott Backlash Over Its Move Back to Salt Lake City” by Peter Verry via Footwear News

“How Outdoor Retailer Is Responding to Boycott Backlash Over Its Move Back to Salt Lake City” by Peter Verry via Footwear News

The Colorado Convention Center in Denver for 2021 Outdoor Retailer Summer. CREDIT: PETER VERRY After months of speculation, Outdoor Retailer announced late last week that it would again call Salt Lake City home. The decision was a controversial one, as the trade show departed Utah — its home for 22 years — for Denver five years ago, largely due to a disagreement over public land protection. Shortly after the move was revealed, several industry heavyweights including REI Co-op, Patagonia and Timberland — who backed last month’s statement from The Conservation Alliance against a potential return to the state — doubled-down on their decision to sit out the trade show if Utah was the location because of the stance of elected officials on national monuments and public lands protections. Show director and SVP Marisa Nicholson said OR is working to bring the power players back into the fold. “We are always going to be open and communicating with everybody who is a customer of ours, and working to align what their needs are and what we’re able to deliver,” Nicholson said. “We want to continue to have open dialog and communication to share with them what we’re doing, what our plans are and how we can continue to bring everyone together.” What makes the return to Utah different than the situation in 2017, according to Nicholson, is support from local officials — specifically Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall, who assumed office in January 2020. “There is opportunity for industry to have a voice and representation to speak to the things that are valuable to our community. Working with Mayor Mendenhall is aligned with our industry’s initiative,”...
“We’re [Outdoor Retailer] Moving Back to Salt Lake City” by Marisa Nichols and Jeff Davis via OutdoorRetailer.com News plus opportunity to be considered for OR SLC Lodging Scholarships

“We’re [Outdoor Retailer] Moving Back to Salt Lake City” by Marisa Nichols and Jeff Davis via OutdoorRetailer.com News plus opportunity to be considered for OR SLC Lodging Scholarships

Since 1982, Outdoor Retailer has brought the outdoor industry together for commerce, to share ideas, and to provide an experience that has grown into more than a trade show. Our community has become family, and for the past five years we’ve held our biannual gatherings in Denver. As our contract nears its natural end after 2022, we’ve been exploring our options and conferring with the industry to map our next steps. After much deliberation and input from all sides, we’ve decided the best move for Outdoor Retailer is to return to our basecamp. We’re heading back to Salt Lake City and County to the place we grew up and where our industry matured into the dynamic and powerful community it is today. Moving forward, Outdoor Retailer will bring the community together in January and June at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center. We have a strong relationship with Salt Lake City and a committed partner in Mayor Erin Mendenhall, whose values align with ours following tremendous investments in clean energy and a strong commitment to public lands. This proved to be a real turning point in our recent negotiations. A Commitment to Change Salt Lake City and County is our hometown, and we’re going back with a commitment to effecting meaningful change. It would be wrong for us to leave the way we did and simply go back as if nothing happened. In reality, leaving after 2017 has not brought the change we had hoped for, so we will push back, not pull back. We firmly believe that staying engaged and collectively contributing to the ongoing discussion,...
“Patagonia, REI, Public Lands threaten to boycott Outdoor Retailer trade show” by Cara Salpini via Retail Dive

“Patagonia, REI, Public Lands threaten to boycott Outdoor Retailer trade show” by Cara Salpini via Retail Dive

Dive Brief: A group of major outdoor retailers — including Timberland, Patagonia, REI, The North Face and Public Lands — are threatening to boycott the Outdoor Retailer trade show if it’s moved to Utah, according to a release put out by The Conservation Alliance.The retailers said they would not “support or attend a trade show event in Utah so long as its elected officials continue attacks on national monuments and public lands protections,” adding that Utah “leads the fight against designated national monuments and public lands.”The Outdoor Retailer trade show, worth $45 million, was moved out of Utah in 2017 in objection to the state’s rollback of national monument designations for Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante and has since been held in Denver. Outdoor Retailer said in a statement it has not made a decision around the location of the trade show. Dive Insight: The protection of Bears Ears and Grand Staircase Escalante in Utah has been a focus point for major outdoor retailers for years, with Patagonia in 2017 replacing its homepage with a black screen that declared “The President Stole Your Land” when President Trump reduced the size of the national monuments. The protections have since been restored under President Biden, but The Conservation Alliance on Monday said elected officials in Utah “are once again moving to strip these magnificent lands of federal protection” and asserted they wouldn’t attend a trade show in Utah for as long as the state “continues its assault on public lands.” Utah’s governor, Spencer Cox, released a video bid last year for the trade show to return to Salt Lake City, where it had been hosted for 20...
“Five Takeaways for Retailers from CES 2022” by Arick Wierson via The Robin report

“Five Takeaways for Retailers from CES 2022” by Arick Wierson via The Robin report

Well, that was interesting. When CES 2022 came to a close, one day ahead of schedule; attendees were dismissed early as “an additional safety measure” for minimizing the risks of Covid-19. (Apparently the brain trust at the Consumer Technology Association – the entity which produces the annual Las Vegas extravaganza – didn’t think that the risks of Covid-19 would be all that high on the first few days of the show.) The Show Must Go On Granted, show organizers were pretty much in a no-win situation. The pandemic had already forced the 2021 show to go completely online – an endeavor that was generally viewed by most long-term showgoers as something of a dud. I completely agree as I was involved in the production of several exhibitors’ “virtual CES showrooms” which amounted to producing a slickly produced half-hour magazine show that highlighted brands’ new products. It looked great, but CES is really the place you go because you want to touch and see the new tech up close. Retail executives as well as leaders at consumer brands should really be thinking now about how AR/VR can be leveraged to help position themselves for the day when the tech eventually matures, and adoption reaches the tipping point. But this year event organizers seemingly made a suicide pact and vowed to make sure the show would go on no matter how much incoming fire they took on– and boy was there pressure to cancel. It was undoubtedly all this pressure of high profile dropouts that compelled Consumer Technology Association president Gary Shapiro to post a lengthy Christmas Eve rant/missive/justification for why the show was still...
“Outdoor Retailer Releases Education Schedule and Floor Plan For Snow Show” by Outdoor Retailer via Shop Eat Surf (plus free hotel room scholarship opportunity for BRA Retail Members)

“Outdoor Retailer Releases Education Schedule and Floor Plan For Snow Show” by Outdoor Retailer via Shop Eat Surf (plus free hotel room scholarship opportunity for BRA Retail Members)

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, California – Outdoor Retailer Snow Show returns to Denver this month with a full schedule of in-person education and a redesigned floor plan structured around The Resource Center, a new information hub to access industry insight directly from experts. Snow Show runs from January 26-28, 2022, at the Colorado Convention Center, and the education lineup and floor plan are now available to help attendees start planning their schedules. “A wealth of resources and learning opportunities are available at Snow Show,” said Marisa Nicholson, Outdoor Retailer Senior Vice President and Show Director. “The new Resource Center will give attendees direct access to critical data, and every education session and new connection can provide the right insight or inspiration to help elevate business. This time together to learn and build relationships is invaluable, and it paves the way to discover more of what the industry has to offer.” Education at Outdoor Retailer brings together industry leaders and subject matter experts to provide attendees with knowledge that can help their business and the industry thrive. The schedule begins with the Snowsports Industries America (SIA) Industry + Intelligence sessions on Tuesday, January 25, the day prior to the opening of Snow Show. The Industry Breakfast kicks off Day 1 with a keynote on “The Art of Impossible” from bestselling author and peak performance expert Steven Kotler. Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA) daily lunch sessions will feature important community conversations. And programming throughout Snow Show at The Camp and Trend + Design Center will offer retailers, designers, brands, and all attendees an opportunity to learn more on a variety of topics, including design trends, sustainability and climate...