ActionWatch Industry Reports for Q3 Posted

ActionWatch has released their Q3 Industry Report utilizing information gathered from hundreds of specialty board sport retailers across the country. If you want a benchmark report to gauge your retail shop against others in the industry or if you are a manufacturer looking for sell-through product information, you want to see the Q3 ActionWatch Report. The Same-Store Year-over-Year Report is also available. You must be a member of the Board Retailers Association or a participating retailer to access this valuable information for free. For additional information contact Melissa Clary at...

Attendee Comments on the BRA Retail Summit

“It (The Retail Summit) gave me the opportunity to meet some new friends and reconnect with some old ones. There was so much good information and healthy interaction that I almost wanted to get back into retail. I look forward to helping further the retail/manufacturer relationship in the future. There is so much to consider with fully vertical retailers, internet sales, domestic and international economy pressures and our customers changing lifestyles. The more we all understand our changing business environment and the effect on each other, the better chance we have to grow our business together. Lets be smart and work hard to keep this open communication and exchange of information going. I’m still reeling from the stoke.” Glenn Brumage, IASC “I had a killer time (in Puerto Rico), learned an assload of stuff, danced with some Puerto Rican babe and met some incredible people.” Shawn Taylor, Santa Cruz Surfboards “I just wanted to say that I got a lot out of the Summit, and the content was extremely rich. I’ve been doing this retail thing for a long time and sometimes it can be quite uninspiring. I walked away from last week feeling re-charged and inspired. I’m not a big group email kind of guy, but I just wanted to say that you did a good job. Keep it up!” Pete Censoplano, Sun Diego “I know that all the Sk8 shops, Sk8 Park owners and retailers that attended were very stoked on [IASC’s] presentation. Your state of Skate combined with the Skate Deck merchandising report and creative thinking exercise were a big hit! I’ve received a ton of...

BOARD RETAILERS ASSOCIATION CELEBRATES FIVE YEAR ANNIVERSARY

East and West Coast retailers formed the Board Retailers Association (BRA), a non-profit representing over 500 specialty board sport retailers, in February 2003 in an effort to consolidate our voices, experiences and visions into a cohesive organization. Five years later and under the direction of BRA’s Chairman and Board of Directors, the association now serves as the preeminent voice for independent retailers on a grassroots level with manufacturers, trade show representatives, and other associations. “As someone who was there in the beginning, it is hard to believe that five years ago a dozen retailers on a trip to Sonoma came together with a vision of forming an independent association for specialty retailers. That vision has become a reality” said BRA President Mike Duncan. Since its inception, BRA has brought about many positive initiatives and we’re looking forward to building on them throughout the coming years. Among our goals are to identify ways to help lower the day-to-day cost of doing business and to negotiate as a group what is beneficial to individual stores, thus strengthening our distribution base and helping the industry grow. Most important is the mission of the association to provide specialty retailers the educational tools necessary to remain successful and profitable in the board sport industry. Currently, the association represents over 500 board sport retailers across the country, or approximately 3000 separate retail stores. “It is an honor to serve as BRA Chairman. I am proud to be part of an association that works tirelessly to help specialty retailers like myself. The knowledge and experiences that I have gained from interacting with other retailers in the...