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A Trade War ‘Halo Effect’ Could Be Damning

As tensions over an all-out global trade war mounted earlier this summer, particularly with the first salvo in the U.S.-China tariff spat that imposed duties on $34 billion worth of China- and U.S.-made goods July 6, the sporting/outdoor goods and footwear/apparel industries were spared any direct consequence.

But worry will mount in the months ahead, prompting swift actions, if any more trade rhetoric out of Washington or Beijing turns into further action, or other U.S. trading partners in Canada, Germany and Mexico implement retaliatory measures. The U.S. Federal Reserve has already warned that the trading conflicts are already impairing the stock market and could hurt overall economic growth going forward. Supply chain executives remain on high alert and deeply concerned.

China accelerated its dialogue on what the ongoing U.S.-China trade climate could mean for American consumers with China’s Commerce Ministry charging the U.S. with “typical trade bullying” that “will impact innocent multinational companies, ordinary enterprises and consumers alike.” Additionally, the Chinese government accused the U.S. of violating World Trade Organization rules and igniting “the largest trade war in economic history to date.”

For its part, the Trump Administration has argued its trade measures are needed to force China to make changes, including ending its practice of requiring companies to hand over valuable technology and making its markets more accessible to U.S. companies.

“We strongly urge the (Trump) administration to abandon its plans for tariffs on another $200 billion in Chinese imports, which would destroy thousands of American jobs and raise prices on virtually everything sold in our stores,” National Retail Federation President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Reining in China’s abusive trade policies is a goal shared by many countries, but a strategy based on unilateral tariffs is the wrong approach and it has to stop.”

On the manufacturing side, smaller footwear and apparel brands that don’t generate the same volume as their larger competitors, may be particularly vulnerable in any prolonged U.S.-China trade tiff. Larger firms, which have diversified their supply chains in recent years, are more protected.

The American Apparel & Footwear Association scored an important victory for the trade when the administration opted to remove most of the equipment and machinery used in domestic textile, apparel and footwear manufacturing from the initial 25-percent additional tariff placed on imports from China. But, AAFA President and CEO Rick Helfenbein remains concerned about the current trade environment.

“Any new tariffs present an immense burden for the American people. Further, China has already made clear that it will retaliate swiftly,” commented the trade group executive. “China previously identified almost $1 billion worth of American cotton exports to China as a target, which will hurt American farmers and U.S. textile manufacturers, and add costs to our supply chains.”

Closer to home, a new North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) was unlikely to be signed until after the mid-term elections in November. But the recent election of leftist leader Andrés Manuel López Obrador as president of Mexico is expected to delay the finalization of any new NAFTA pact further. Other NAFTA partner, Canada, in response to new U.S.-imposed tariffs, slapped new duties on $12.6 billion of U.S. products on July 1.

Nike Regains North American Momentum; Digital Remains Key Focus

Nike, in reporting a 13 percent increase in quarterly net income and
revenues for the fourth quarter ended May 31, said “momentum” returned to its home market with both 3 percent reported and constant-currency revenue growth that was paced by a slightly faster rate in apparel. With inventory up 2percent in North America, Nike said full-price sales are accelerating, gross expected to carry forward into the Swoosh’s new FY, was bolstered by new innovation platforms, “very strong” digital growth, continued momentum in sportswear and broad apparel expansion. Nike Direct paced the company’s growth globally with a 5 percent comparable store sales increase and 34 percent digital growth. In FY18, Nike Direct drove 90 percent of the company’s increase with 100 percent of topline expansion sparked by a combination of Nike Direct and partnered Nike consumer experiences.

“…We said that new innovation platforms will drive over 50 percent of
our incremental growth over the next five years,” CFO Andy Campion told
analysts. “In fiscal year ’18, revenue from new innovative platforms actually drove over 80 percent of our incremental growth, fueled by innovative new platforms such as the Air VaporMax, React, the Air Max 270 and ZoomX.”

For the FY, Nike revenues rose 6 percent to $34.35 billion with Nike
Brand apparel sales up 11 percent to more than $10.7 billion and footwear
revenues gaining 6 percent to nearly $22.27 billion. Despite a significant
decline in annual net profit, analysts liked what they heard about Nike’s
ongoing progression, including a lift in its FY19 revenue outlook to “high
single digits” and a newly announced $15 billion share buyback program. With most NKE analysts citing better-than-anticipated revenues and margins across all global geographies and most merchandise categories, more than 45 percent of them lifted their Nike stock price targets after the earnings announcement.

A closer look at some key segments:
Digital: Nike is using this focus to invent new manufacturing tools to help it with product creation, including computational design. Also, social media has become an important tool within the digital focus. For example, a “Choose Go” campaign with the Epic React launch resulted in more than one million Nike+ membership participating in a run and generated over 500 million social media impressions. Launching the NIKE app at retail in key markets currently, aiming to bring Nike+ membership into brick-and-mortar and accelerate the convergence of digital and physical. Executives called the SNKRS app one of Nike’s “largest upside opportunities for FY19 and beyond.”

“Digital is allowing us to realize our vision for smart retail to remove friction and personalize experiences through the intersection of digital and physical environments,” proclaimed Mark Parker, Chairman, president and CEO.

Parker, for one, thinks FY19 will be bring an acceleration in the use of data in how the company addresses product design and capabilities and manages its supply chain with additional manufacturing flexibility to respond faster to market trends.

Brand Jordan: Although FY18 revenues dipped 8 percent to $2,856 million, Nike sees segment growth going forward through more products for women, performance and apparel. In Q4, the size of Jordan’s women’s sneaker business tripled. Jordan apparel was higher in all geographies as sales of the Jordan Brand rose nearly 50 percent in China. North American revenue fell 2 percent in FY18, but the sales trend reversed in Q4 with Nike suggesting there is “sustainable momentum going into FY19.” 

North American inventories are said to be clean, helped by a “right
sizing” of supply within key distribution channels. 

Basketball: FY18 category revenues, fueled by the NBA apparel license, rose 16
percent to more than $1.49 billion. Nike, now faced with the upside dilemma of selling more LeBron James jerseys now that he has found a new team in Los Angeles, says its “biggest” category wins last were its edition-approach to jerseys; the Showtime Hoodie within its premium apparel subsegment and a steady flow of Lebron player edition footwear launched through the SNKRS app.

Converse: New approach and ad agency are on tap following an 11 percent
currency-neutral decline in annual revenues to $1.89 billion. Q4 sales were
down 14 percent although direct sales grew double-digits. Nike says the sales contraction was largely due to its decision to “right size” wholesale
distribution in North American and EMEA. FY19 will bring a diversified product portfolio and a more direct, branded and immersive digital experience.

Sales Tax Holidays Upcoming in 17 States

With the unofficial start of the Back-to-School selling season slated to begin next week across southern U.S. states that typically return to the classroom in late July or early August, 17 states have scheduled sales tax holidays, largely on clothing and school supplies, scheduled between late July and late August.

Alabama kicks off the season, July 20-22, by offering state residents tax-free purchases of clothing up to $100, school supplies up to $50, books up to $30 and computers up to $750 for three-day weekend. Mississippi (clothing and footwear up $100) and Tennessee (clothing and school supplies up $100 retail and computers up to $1,500) are up next with scheduled tax holidays slated for July 27-29.

The biggest weekend for sales tax holidays is Aug. 3-5 when eight states (Florida, Iowa, Louisiana, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Virginia) will offer one. Arkansas’ tax-free period is Aug. 4-5; Wisconsin allows its citizens to enjoy tax-free status for five days (Aug. 1-5) but only up to $75 on apparel purchases. Texas (Aug. 10-12), Maryland (Aug. 12-18) and Connecticut (Aug. 19-25) round out the tax-free holiday season.

Next week, Amazon will conduct its annual “Prime Day” between July 16 and July 17 with apparel products part of the 36-hour sale.

Footwear Insight
No Auction for Rockport Assets; 60 N.A. Stores Closing

Stalking horse bidder CB Marathon Opco LLC, an affiliate of Charlesbank Capital, is expected to secure substantially all the assets of the bankrupt shoe company Rockport on July 16. The acquisition will include global wholesale, independent and ecommerce operation and all of Asia and Europe operations and retail stores.

Rockport announced late Friday in a court filing that a scheduled July 10 auction for its assets was cancelled since no qualified bids for the company assets were received by the bid deadline.

Earlier, in a separate Chap. 11 filing, Rockport revealed it exit all of its own North American retail stores by July 31, including 27 locations in the U.S. and 33 in Canada.

Execs on the Move
Changes at VF Units, Under Armour, Puma

Travis Campbell

Travis Campbell is moving to VP/GM of The North Face, Americas after nearly 18 months leading another VF Corp. company, Smartwool, as president. He is a former executive for fly fishing products maker Far Bank Enterprises and previous executive at both Deloitte and Andersen Consulting. Meanwhile, Jennifer McLaren, a former Timberland CFO who took the same position at Smartwool in 2011, is now president of Steamboat Springs, CO-based Smartwool.
• Under Armour has realigned its regional management structure under Patrick Frisk, president and COO. Jason LaRose, who began at the Baltimore company in 2013 by leading its global ecommerce business, is now president of North America. Six-year UA veteran Jason Archer is named managing director for Asia Pacific; Manuel Ovalle, a former nearly 20-year veteran of Adidas, is managing director for Latin America; and Massimo Baratto will be based in Amsterdam as managing director of Europe, Middle East & Africa.

Kerstin Neuber

• Puma is moving 10-year company veteran Kerstin Neuber into a new role in charge of corporate communications, brand and product public relations and employer branding as Senior Head of Communication, effective Aug. 1. Ulf Santjer, global director corporate communications, leaves the company on July 31.

• Nike names 19-year company vet Noel Kinder as its new VP/Chief Sustainability Officer, effective Sep. 5. In the CSO role, he is replacing Hannah Jones who is becoming president of Nike Valient Labs, the company’s in-house new business model incubator.

• Clarks, the U.K. family-owned footwear giant, accepted the resignation of CEO Mike Shearwood late last month amid allegations he violated the company’s code of business ethics. Senior independent director Stella David was named interim CEO.

The Buzz

Black Lab Sports, a venture capital firm and innovation hub, is pledging an additional $15,000 in venture capital to the winner of this year’s Third Annual Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) slated to take place September 26 during the SFIA Industry Leaders Summit in Denver.

Lyft enters the bicycle share operator business via its acquisition of Motivate, which operates Capital Bikeshare in the nation’s capital and Citi Bike in New York City, for a reported $250 million. Lyft is expected to inject capital into the business model as it expands to other U.S. cities. Rival Uber acquired e-bike firm Jump Mobility earlier this year.

Pentland Group, the majority shareholder in JD Sports Fashion which is the new parent of The Finish Line, generated a 14 percent increase in Group operating profit to the equivalent of $496.9 million for the year ended Dec. 31, 2017. Annual Group revenues rose 25 percent to $4.76 billion. Within the Pentland Brands division, Ellesse generated 21 percent annual revenue growth; Speedo sales increase 8 percent bolstered by its move to a DTC business model in China; and the unit acquired U.S. footwear brand SeaVees. Subsequently, the company has acquired cycling brand, Endura.

Perry Ellis is recommending all of its shareholders vote to approve a $437 million takeover package by former senior executive George Feldenkreis that would take the Miami company private in a deal projected to close later this year. On July 1, the apparel company that owns and licenses brands, including Nike Swim, received a non-solicited higher acquisition offer from Randa Accessories.

The Walking Company, infused with more than $10 million in additional equity from Wells Fargo and an enhanced financing package, has emerged from Chap. 11 bankruptcy. The 185-door specialty retailer sells a selection of premium comfort footwear brands, including ABEO, Dansko, ECCO and Taos.

Tubes of the Week


Numbers In Play
The Sports Insight Index is our opinion of what we think are the 30 most important public companies in the industry, 15 vendors and 15 retailers. Space considerations prevent us from tracking more, but we will make changes over time.
Index base of 100 is key to the closing prices of 12/31/14
In Q2, a double-digit increase for the segment was bolstered by double-digit stock price increases by eight entrants. Shoe Carnival, Tilly’s and Macy’s were the biggest gainers with Camping World and Hibbett Sports as the only decliners. Meanwhile, over the last two weeks, the segment inched more than 1.6 percent higher as the Dow fell nearly 105 points over the period. Ahead of Amazon’s annual Prime Day (36 hours between July 15-16), Walmart introduced 3D virtual shopping at its website that takes its customers through a curated apartment, showcasing 70 products from national and private label brands. Camping World intends to dramatically increase its RV sales over the next 15 months. CWH, which intends to have 40 Gander RV Sales branded locations by Spring 2019, is also eying new store openings and continued acquisitions. There are currently 50 Gander Outdoor stores open. Sportsman’s Warehouse, which opened its second South Carolina store in Anderson last month, saw its same-store sales slide more than 6.7 percent June 28 despite a reiterated “Buy” rating from DA Davidson. Zumiez is introducing the Teddy Fresh streetwear label of 1980s-inspired apparel in all 607 locations. And two notes on retailers not listed here: Boot Barn, which currently has 232 doors across 31 states, has acquired certain assets of Tulsa, OK-based Drysdales, a two-store chain. Nordstrom, meanwhile, gets a stock downgrade from Cowen Group. Citing overvaluation and “a lack of prospects for significant stock growth.”
Segment gains nearly 20 percent in Q2 as 11 stocks increase double-digits over the three months ended June 29. Lululemon, GoPro and Deckers Brands were the largest gainers on a percentage basis. Over the recent two-week period, three stocks rose and 12 fell as the segment dipped 1 percent. Adidas taps Mediacom as its new media agency partner, according to Adweek. The Three Stripes, which spent approximately $300 million on measured media globally in 2017, according to market estimates, terminated a nearly 20-year relationship in the U.S. and U.K. with media buying/planning agency Carat. Deckers’ share dip is likely related to profit-taking after shares rose more than 17 percent following its report of Q4/FY results in late May. Puma unveiled its new soccer kit for AC Milan on July 6. Wolverine Worldwide, a defendant in 140 groundwater contamination lawsuits in Michigan, allegedly by one of its former tanneries, wants 3M to share liability in the cases, according to Michigan Radio. VF Corp.’s Vans is bidding adieu to the Warped Tour and its 75-percent sponsorship of the cross-country music tour after this summer due to waning interest by bands and attendees. Nike has lost endorser Roger Federer. The tennis star recently inked a reported 10-year, $300 million endorsement contract with Japan’s Uniqlo.





Weekly Review

Retail Name (Ticker Symbol)
Close on 06/21/18
Close on 07/05/18
% change over week
Big 5 Sporting Goods (BGFV)
Sports Direct (LON: SPD)
Camping World (CWH)
Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS)
JD Fashion (JD)
Foot Locker (FL)
Genesco (GCO)
Hibbett Sports (HIBB)
Kohl’s (KSS)
Macy’s (M)
Sportsman’s Warehouse (SPWH)
Shoe Carnival (SCVL)
Tilly’s (TLYS)
Walmart (WMT)
Zumiez (ZUMZ)
Brand Name (Ticker Symbol)
Close on 06/21/18
Close on 07/05/18
% change over week
Acushnet Holdings (GOLF)
adidas (ADDYY)
Amer Sports (AGPDY)
Callaway (ELY)
Columbia Sportwear (COLM)
Deckers Brands (DECK)
GoPro (GPRO)
lululemon (LULU)
Nautilus (NLS)
Nike (NKE)
Puma (PUMA)
Skechers (SKX)
Under Armour (UA)
VF Corp. (VFC)
Wolverine Worldwide (WWW)

Q2 Index

Retail Name (Ticker Symbol)
Close on 04/01/18
Close on 06/29/18
% change over period
Big 5 Sporting Goods (BGFV)
Sports Direct (LON: SPD)
Camping World (CWH)
Dick's Sporting Goods (DKS)
JD Fashion (JD)
Foot Locker (FL)
Genesco (GCO)
Hibbett Sports (HIBB)
Kohl’s (KSS)
Macy’s (M)
Sportsman’s Warehouse (SPWH)
Shoe Carnival (SCVL)
Tilly’s (TLYS)
Walmart (WMT)
Zumiez (ZUMZ)
Brand Name (Ticker Symbol)
Close on 04/01/18
Close on 06/29/18
% change over period
Acushnet Holdings (GOLF)
adidas (ADDYY)
Amer Sports (AGPDY)
Callaway (ELY)
Columbia Sportwear (COLM)
Deckers Brands (DECK)
GoPro (GPRO)
lululemon (LULU)
Nautilus (NLS)
Nike (NKE)
Puma (PUMA)
Skechers (SKX)
Under Armour (UA)
VF Corp. (VFC)
Wolverine Worldwide (WWW)

Sports Insight Extra Podcast Series

Nikki Barua

The old way of retail is dead, and there is a massive opportunity to re-invent, proclaims the CEO of Beyond Curious in Los Angeles.

Matt O’Toole

President of Reebok dishes on the brand’s mission and objectives from its headquarters in Boston.

Gabriella Santaniello

Retail expert dishes on what’s going right and wrong in industry today and weighs in on the Walmart vs. Amazon tussle.

Guy Yehiav

The CEO of Profitect addresses the right medicine for changing the paradigm of accountability—prescriptive analytics.

Pat Ryan

Batter Up! The global product director for baseball/softball at Wilson Sports details the new USA Baseball standard that took effect January 1 and what it means when you hit the store this spring looking for a new stick for junior.

Patrick Clark

President of Nextwave, a Buford, GA system integrator, discusses benefits of an on-demand apparel microfactory, a bridge to Just In Time manufacturing, from Sourcing at MAGIC in Las Vegas.

Shawn McBride

Ketchum Sports & Entertainment EVP talks Olympics—impact of three consecutive Games in Asia, social media, corporate guerilla marketing and drawing in younger consumers.

Tyson McGuffin

Tennis pro Tyson McGuffin, 28, talks about the rising popularity of pickleball and how he became a champion in the sport.

Bob Mullaney

The 20-year shoe and retail industry veteran, recently named president and CEO of RG Brands, dishes on the comfort footwear business and Barry’s iconic Dearfoams brand.

Bob Smith

The design consultant who began his 20-year career as a graphic artist for Nike dishes on the blur between lifestyle and performance and the importance of Struktur, the creative conference for active, outdoor and urban design.

Rob & Mike Barnes

The co-founders of Selkirk Sports, a Hayden, ID maker of Pickleball paddles and accessories, dish on the rise of the sport that counted 2.5 million participants in 2015.

Brendan Candon

CEO of SidelineSwap, an online marketplace for used sports gear and equipment, dishes on the market and whether it steps on the toes of traditional, full-line retailers.

Dave McGillivray

The long-time race director and long-distance runner weighs in on marathon participation, the future of event marketing and his latest venture that may bring a marathon to a MLB ballpark near you.

Paul Froio

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Aquiles M. Bermùdez P.

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W. Andrew Martin

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Mark Sullivan

The president of Formula4Media, LLC previews The Running Event conference and trade show set for November 28-December 1 in Austin, Texas.

Bryan Smeltzer

The general manager of Zamst Americas talks sports protectives, dispelling some of the consumer and athlete misconceptions about the category.

Emily Walzer

Formula4Media colleagues Emily Walzer, Textile Insight editor, Jennifer Beaudry-Ernst, footwear specialist, and contributor Kurt Gray, owner of SimplyGrayDesign, dish on key trends from the final Outdoor Retailer trade show in Salt Lake City.

Judith A. Russell

Shifting consumer purchasing patterns are vital to understanding today’s marketplace. Russell, a marketing and strategic planning professional, offered up her thoughts at TexWorld in New York on a panel with Sports Insight Extra’s Bob McGee.

Will Decker

Family-owned Silicon Valley firm Plug and Play, which dubs itself the “Ultimate Startup Ecosystem,” has raised over $6 billion in venture funding during its 11 years while bringing corporations, venture capitalists and start-ups together.

Matthew Lyon

In the fragmented hydration market, where price points for performance products are on the rise, HydraPak is an OE supplier to numerous brands and has its own lightweight, flexible products.

Eric Hayes

Superfeet Celebrates 40th Anniversary. The employee-owned company introduces footwear and rolls out a 3D printed insole program.

Shawn Neville

BOA introduces New Tech and Names New CEO. Nothing will constrict Boa Technology CEO Shawn Neville from helping the Denver company improve its customized fit solution.

Waingarten and Frydlewski

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Michelle Carmichael

The Co-founder and Managing Partner of Partners Growth, which brings premium brands into the U.S. market, talks Finnish children’s wear brand Reima. 

Brian Beckstead

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Declan Condron

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Hugues Gontier

Sly and Simple. and its technology enable a retailer to interact with customers in store and track traffic. No beacon required. The CMO explains the benefits of the platform.

Reza Raji

The CEO of Xenio Systems talks about the company’s new platform that tracks where shoppers spend time in physical stores and its patented hyper-positioning technology.

Jacob Torres Espino

The director of export promotion for Mexico’s Guanajuato State government agency addresses the proposed impact of the Border Adjustment Tax by the U.S. and the possibility of a renegotiated NAFTA free trade agreement.

Isabelle Ohnemus

The founder and CEO of EyeFitU, a former investment banker, talks ‘glocal’ assortments, shoppers’ personal sizing and global web payment options.

Tom Cove #2

The president and CEO of the SFIA addresses the most serious threat the industry has faced in the past half-century and the expected re-introduction of the PHIT Act by Congress.

Matteo Scarparo

The Italian global trade expert in footwear talks about the present and future of TheMicam trade show and the potential impact of a Border Adjustment Tax in the U.S. on imported shoes.

Dr. James Eakin

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Rusty Saunders

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Barbara Barclay

Expert Barbara Barclay, president of RightEye, talks eye-tracking technology and her company’s recent alliance with Major League Baseball and USA Baseball.

Julie Sylvester

Julie Sylvester, Executive Producer at Living in Digital Times, talks trends likely to emerge at Sports and FitnessTech Summit at CES in Las Vegas.

Chris Palmer

Chris Palmer, Founder and CEO of BoxFox, talks excess inventory and solutions for vendors, retailers and distributors.

Susie McCabe

Susie McCabe, SVP of global retail for Under Armour who previously spent 16 years at The Ralph Lauren Corp., dishes on UA’s retail strategy and new Brand House in Boston.

Tom Cove

On the eve of Election Day, we talk to three leading industry lobbyists on how the results may impact trade in the sporting goods, outdoor and apparel and footwear industries.

Rich Harper

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Stephen Lamar

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Bill McInnis

The president of Reebok Future discusses the intent of the unit and the brand’s plans to develop footwear in a new way.

Tom Fowler

Polar USA CEO Tom Fowler talks technology and the future of smart wearables.

Paul Schille

TREW CEO Paul Schille dishes on the eight-year old company in the process of completing its Series A round of funding and his dual career.

Jason Kaplan

Milestone Sports CEO Jason Kaplan dishes on the company’s low-cost, wearable pod and how it will help specialty retailers connect.

Duncan Finigan

OOFOS marketing executive talks about the recovery footwear brand and candidly about her courageous personal health journey.

Matt Priest

Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America President Matt Priest the likelihood of the Trans-Pacific Partnership being passed soon.

David and Josh Higgins

ING Source executives dish about compression technology and the Hickory, NC company’s breakthrough OS1st Brace Layer System.

Charles Liberge

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Jim Baugh

PHIT America’s Jim Baugh dishes on the inactivity pandemic.

Sue Dooley and John Daher

Rockport Group senior executives talk about the brand’s fresh start under new ownership that has a major emphasis on versatility.

Josh Shaw

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Tim Porth

Tim Porth of Octane Fitness talks trends, Zero Runner and the company’s January acquisition by Nautilus Inc.

David Costello

The principal and founder of Rising Tide Associates talks about industry advocate lobbying for the domestic textile and footwear industries.

Steven D’Angelo

The ‘47 brand executive dishes on the Boston company and long-time MLB licensee founded by his father Arthur and his late Uncle Henry.

Pam Gelsomini and CB Tuite

Pam Gelsomini, president, and CB Tuite, VP–sales, discuss the company’s products, partnerships and what’s new for the season ahead.

Kenneth G. Andres

The tradeshowdirector for the American Sportfishing Association casts comments on the activity’s popularity, and trends in fishing.

Dick Sullivan

The principal and founder of Rising Tide Associates talks about industry advocate lobbying for the domestic textile.

Dave Coradini

The VP of sales and sponsorships for Spalding, Dave Coradini talks Shot Tracker and basketball.

Scott McGuire

The executive brand and product innovation leader dishes to F4M’s Emily Walzer on an array of topics.

Kelly Davis

Snow Sports Industries of America’s Kelly Davis talks weather, participation trends and how to handle the psyche.

Kevin Davis

The CEO of Performance Sports Group dishes on new bat standards and Own the Moment.

Gene McCarthy, Pt 2

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Gene McCarthy, new president of Asics Americas, dishes to F4M’s Jen Ernst Beaudry in the first of a two-part podcast.

Richie Woodworth

Saucony’s Richie Woodworth offers his views on brand’s running business and what it takes to manage through change.

Bruce Cazenave

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Tony Armand

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Gary Smith

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Marty Hanaka

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Mike Dowse

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