Exclusive Products for Specialty Retailers

For years, the action sports industry has produced exclusive collaborations between retailers and manufacturers on certain products and limited-edition lines. Specialty retailers have always asked for exclusive product as a means to help them stand out, in what has become a very crowded retail world. Manufacturers comply to varying degrees, but specialty retailers often aren’t able to compete for these deals with bigger and larger retailers. Despite the difficulties that often accompany exclusive deals, the resurgence of the movement is one good indicator that the economy is recovering. Andrew Asch, Retail Editor for California Apparel News recently wrote an article on the “The Art of the Exclusive.” Be sure to check it out to delve into this issue further at...

Update on Active Ride Shop, A Year After Bankruptcy

To read an update on the Active skate retail chain one year after they filed for bankruptcy, check out the California Apparel News article by Andrew Asch, Retail Editor, available at http://www.apparelnews.net/news/details?article_id=12386&page=1. The article talks about the chain’s new ownership team, previously unpaid debts, vendor relations, current business strategy and plans to not open or close any new shops in the next year or...