Chaco Raises Thousands for the Conservation Alliance

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Rockford, Mich.,- In its fourth annual flip sale, footwear company, Chaco, raised more than $7,000 for the Conservation Alliance, which provides funding for community campaigns to protect North American wildlife habitats that are threatened as well as areas for outdoor enthusiasts to explore. In the past four years, these flip sales have raised more than $40,000 to support the mission of the Conservation Alliance.

Nick Cienski will take Cocona technology to the 14 Tallest Peaks in 2014

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Nick Cienski MISSION14 Boulder, Colo.— When Nick Cienski sets off to climb the 14 tallest peaks on the planet, he will be wearing Cocona fabric technology. Cienski is attempting to scale the peaks in two years – five years and 10 months faster than the current record. His attempt begins in January 2014, to bring awareness to the issues of child poverty and human trafficking and to raise funds to fight those issues through his charitable foundation, Mission 14.

Cienski has designed all of the clothing he will wear, and every layer, from foundation to outerwear, will include Cocona technology.

Marmot Athlete Embarks on Climbing Tour to Benefit Global Cause

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Paige-Claassen-encadena-To-Bolt-or-Not-to-Be-8b-2Rohnert Park, Calif. – At just 23 years of age, Marmot athlete Paige Claassen—a professional rock climber who at a very young age has already established herself as a top sport climbing athlete—will be taking her skillset across the globe to bring awareness to the issue of abuse and exploitation of women and children.

One Step Closer to Mainstreet Fairness

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Mainstreet Fairness Act Passes SenateThe Mainstreet Fairness Act has officially passed the Senate by a binding vote of 69-27. The next stop for the bill is the House of Representatives. The prospective legislation is designed to level the playing field for brick and mortar stores and prevent large online retailers from dodging state sales tax.

International Sports Businesses Work Together Against Product Counterfeiting

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customs find counterfiet products webProduct counterfeiting is a salient issue in the outdoor industry affecting many manufacturers. A memorandum of understanding was signed last Apr. 25 during the 7th Global Congress on Combating Counterfeiting in Istanbul. It was signed by Kunio Mikuriya, secretary general of the World Customs Organization (WCO), Frank Dassler, president of the Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (Fesi), André Raduan, executive director of the Brazilian Sporting Goods Industry Association (MOVE) and Vyacheslav Strashinov, president of the Russian Association of Sports Industry Enterprises (RASIE).

Marketplace Fairness Act Final Senate Vote Approaches

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SenateMonday, May 6th, 2013 will be an important date for brick-and-mortar retailers as the U.S. Senate holds its final vote on the Marketplace Fairness Act. Before the Senators put in their votes, members of the industry can urge them once again to support the act with a number of actions suggested by the Alliance for Main Street Fairness:

Helly Hansen Walks With the Wounded

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Helly Hansen Walking With the WoundedOslo, Norway – UK-based charity benefitting wounded servicemen and women, Walking With the Wounded (WWTW), will once again be outfitted by Helly Hansen as its official clothing partner for the third year in a row.

WWTW stages expeditions for wounded service members. In its inaugural expedition in 2011, the organization went to the North Pole. In 2012 they attempted Mount Everest. The 2013 expedition will send three teams of wounded service members from the U.K., U.S., Australia and Canada to race each other to the geographic South Pole.

Helly Hansen will be supplying the members of the expedition with key apparel pieces including down parkas and trousers, shell jackets, mittens and baselayers.

eBay Opposes Tax Barriers for Small Businesses, Advertises Easy Tax Collection for Online Retailers

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Tod Cohen, eBay VPOn e-fairness legislation, the line to Congress from Tod Cohen, eBay VP and Deputy General Counsel of Global Government Relations is that it would be too costly for its sellers, and that “Congress should reject any Internet sales tax legislation that throws a new tax barrier in front of small businesses.”

At the same time, the company contradicts itself with its own ProStores website advertising software to make tax collection easy for online retailers: “Avalara’s AvaTax delivers small and mid-sized businesses a fast, easy, accurate and affordable solution for achieving sales and use tax compliance.”

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