“Fishing equipment supplier Plano Molding Co. is acquiring fellow sporting goods company Frabill Inc. in a move that will allow Plano to offer a wider variety of outdoor equipment.
Plano, based in Plano, Ill., has been injection molding tackle boxes since 1952 and it continues to make a variety of tackle boxes and tool boxes as well as carrying cases for items ranging from archery equipment to golf clubs. Its Caboodle line of cases focus on storage for cosmetics and crafts.”
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“TORONTO, June 13 (Reuters) – Ice-hockey and lacrosse equipment maker Bauer Performance Sports Ltd said on Wednesday it will buy Cascade Helmets Holdings, a privately held U.S. maker of lacrosse helmets, for $64 million cash.”
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The new Nike+ SportWatch GPS is the newest gadget for runners. GPS meets indoor tracking capabilities in a watch you can take on the road, trail, treadmill or any other terrain. Outdoors, GPS technology pinpoints your location to accurately record your time, pace and distance. Indoors, the included Nike+ Sensor uses an accelerometer to give you the same data. Used together, GPS and the Sensor seamlessly calibrate to your pace so you get accurate stats wherever you run, even if the GPS signal gets interrupted. Tap the screen to mark laps and activate the backlight during your run, and personalize the data that you want to see during your run. For direct connect, USB contacts are built into the watch strap—just plug the watch directly into a USB port on your computer to upload run data and recharge the battery.
Before your run the Nike+ SportWatch GPS keeps track of your location, pace, distance, laps, and calories burned. With the Polar Wearlink+, it also tracks your heart rate. It stores all your run history and keeps tabs on your personal records, giving you encouragement along the way. It doesn’t just tell time. During your run it keeps you motivated and on track with unique features like automatic run-reminders. It’s like having your own personal running coach, right on your wrist. After your run you can set goals, track your progress, view your splits, and connect with other runners. Check out your mapped runs, and see how elevation affects your pace. Find the best places to run and compete on a Nike+ Top Route.
If you want to track your runs accurately, you should get one of these. You can buy one at the Nike Store, they retail for $169.00.
Strong Sales In Sports Apparel & Athletic Footwear Boost Industry Performance
In 2011, U.S. wholesale sales of sporting goods equipment, sports apparel, licensed merchandise, athletic footwear, and fitness equipment were $77.3 billion – according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association’s (SGMA) State of the Industry Report (2012). That was a 4.2% increase over 2010, when sales were $74.2 billion. This boost in sales indicates the second straight year that the sporting goods and fitness industry has shown signs that it is ‘on the comeback trail’. It’s the first time since 2007 that the industry’s wholesale sales reached $77 billion. And, the sporting goods industry, for the second straight year, outperformed GDP in the US.
The ‘hot’ categories in the industry which drove this growth were branded activewear (up 9.6%), golf clubs (up 8.9%), running footwear (up 7.6%), elliptical machines (up 7.1%), outdoor/adventure footwear (up 6.1%), classics/originals footwear (up 5.6%), and performance apparel – tops (up 5.4%).
One of the leading industry business topics is mass customization where manufacturers are producing customized, quick-turnaround gear for the consumer. And, there are two types of mass customization: for performance (fitness) and for style (personalization).
Consumer Spending Trends
In this report, SGMA surveyed 13 categories of consumer spending. Of those 13 categories, six of them revealed higher consumer spending in 2011 than in 2010. The top two categories that exhibited the highest percentage of ‘more consumer spending’ were Lessons, Instructions, & Camps and Team Sports at School. Of those consumers who spent money on the former, nearly 25% of those consumers said they spent more in 2011 than in 2010. As for the latter, just more than 22% of those consumers said they spent more in 2011 than in 2010. The category which had the least amount of change, where consumers kept their spending steady, was Tennis Membership Fees, where 71% of those who spent money on tennis memberships in 2010 actually spent the same amount of money in 2011.
“It’s not surprising that team sports had a big jump in spending because it means that parents are making the athletic needs of their children a high priority,” said SGMA President Tom Cove. “Team sports are the heart and soul of athletic competition in the U.S.”
It’s worth noting that in seven of the 13 categories, more than 20% of the consumers from those various categories expect to spend more this year than in 2011.
“The growth and/or emergence of sports such as gymnastics, rugby, lacrosse, and field hockey are helping to fuel this spending,” noted Cove.
Dick’s Sporting Goods plans to open a new format focused on runners later this summer. The new concept called True Runner will be located on Walnut Street in an affluent area of Pittsburgh known as Shadyside, the company said. Dick’s offered no additional details on the opening date, store size or product assortment, but it is clear from the limited comments made by a company executive that the store will focus on running enthusiasts.
“We’re excited to announce our new retail model, True Runner, which will outfit local runners with the best running apparel, footwear and equipment,” said Joe Schmidt, Dick’s president COO. “In our continued efforts to explore new ways to serve athletes and build upon Dick’s Sporting Goods already deep commitment to the sport in Pittsburgh, we believe that True Runner will provide a top-of-the-line experience to those who enjoy the sport.”
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Sports Authority, one of the nation’s largest full-line sporting goods retailers, announced today the launch of its first-ever customer Rewards program, The League, which offers members 5% back on their total point balances of 100 points or more earned quarterly. The League offers one of the highest reward funding rates, as well as the lowest reward threshold amongst leaders in the full-line sporting goods retail industry, allowing members qualify for Rewards sooner.
Customers can sign up for free in-store or online to enjoy exclusive cost-saving benefits for every dollar spent. Members of The League receive one point for every dollar spent on qualifying purchases at Sports Authority or S.A. Elite by Sports Authority. Those who accumulate 100 points or more during the quarterly earning period will receive 5% back on their total point balance in the form of a reward to use on all in-store merchandise. Rewards are issued to qualifying members and can be redeemed within 60 days of issuance.
The League members will also receive additional benefits including bonus point opportunities to help members qualify for rewards faster, member-only in-store events, special surprises and delights, such as a Birthday Reward to use the month of your birthday, and much more. Every member that enrolls will receive a $5 Welcome Reward email just for signing up. For more information to sign up at SportsAuthority.com.