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Mon, Aug 28, 2017
Vol 1, Issue No. 33

The Buzz: Grassroots Connect, Lynx Golf, Krenzien, Krenzien, & Associates

Apparel shipments into the U.S. grew nearly 24 percent in July from June and 9 percent from July 2018 as retailers accelerated orders ahead scheduled tariff hikes, according to data from the U.S. Dept. of Commerce’s Officer of Textiles and Apparel (OTEXA). Year-over-year apparel shipments from China climbed 12.45 percent as imports from Vietnam (+11.7 percent) and El Salvador (+14.6 percent) also rose. Meanwhile, apparel imports from Bangladesh (-10.3 percent), Indonesia (-12.1 percent) and Mexico (-6.9 percent) declined in July.

Buffalo Groupe, a golf-focused marketing platform agency formed in Feb. 2019 after its first company was spun-off from Billy Casper Golf, makes its third acquisition in a deal for Charlotte, NC-based 54 Brands. Besides 54 Brands, the company owns Rawle Murdy.

Grassroots Connect, the national buying show of Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, will return to Denver, as scheduled, from Nov. 1-5. The event will kick-off with vendor move-in and member-only seminars followed by four days of pre-booked retailer and vendor meetings. Retailer inquiries about the show should be directed to Dana Howe at with vendor questions going to Gabe Maier at

Happy Retirement wishes to Ron Issacs, VP of Sales for Krenzien, Krenzien & Associates who is retiring Sept. 27. He spent more than 23 years at KKA after working for Nelson/Weather-Rite, Berkley, Tasco and Daisy Manufacturing, where he began his industry career after graduating from college.

Lynx Golf, a family-owned British company, launches, to provide U.S. golfers with access to its product lines, including its new Black Cat series.