Grassroots Outdoor Alliance is inviting 100 non-member retailers and 100 non-member brands to kick off a new component to its trade show format, starting from this November's Fall '15 Summit show. The new event, called Connect, will extend the early season buying event for the retailers and brands in the two-and-a-half days following Summit, at the Knoxville Convention Center in Tennessee.
Asheville, N.C. — The Eastern Outdoor Reps Association (EORA) now has 500 members, following 18 newcomers for 2015. In addition, its first show of the year in Greenville, S.C., attracted more than 650 buyers. EORA dropped its dues for the 2015 year from $350 to $250 in an effort to attract more members. The organization is also continuing to look into growing its presence in the bike market, following an announcement it made in November.
Washington, D.C. — As drones are growing in popularity, including when it comes to attaching a camera and recording cool videos, the Federal Aviation Administration has proposed some new rules designed to ensure everyone plays nice up in the air. The public is welcome to comment on the rules until April 24.
Columbia Sportswear, one of the more aggressive companies when it comes to protecting patents, trademarks and other forms of intellectual property, has set its sights on Lululemon on behalf of its newest brand, Prana.
Los Angeles, Calif. — Port workers and employers have reached a tentative five-year contract but it will be months before retailers see any stock that’s been stuck out in the water. More than 30 boats aren’t even able to dock, which means that the products in them could be out of season by the time they actually make it to a store.
Vancouver, British Columbia — Watersports apparel brand SeasonFive has partnered with Trident Sports to strengthen their distribution across North America, especially into Canada. SeasonFive will be adding its light, waterproof and breathable outdoor apparel to Trident Five’s distribution family of Starboard, Airush, Severne, Alpinestars and Banshee.
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