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

The Buzz: Academy Sports + Outdoors, Colt, Gildan Activewear

Academy Sports + Outdoors is testing a next-generation store format in Richmond, TX that allows in-store customers to purchase out-of-stock items online with free shipping and features a new design and floor layout with natural light and a wood and stone façade for an outdoors feel.

Colt is suspending production of rifles for the civilian market, including the AR-15. Going forward, the West Hartford, CT gun maker will focus on fulfilling military and law enforcement contracts for rifles.

Gildan Activewear is included in the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for seventh consecutive year, cited for its strengths in codes of business conduct, environmental policy and product stewardship among other areas.

HEAT-MX Worldwide of Montreal inks a Memorandum of Understanding with Korea’s Busan to jointly develop packaged fabrics for footwear applications, combining Washable Silk by Kim’s with HEAT-MX’s technologies.

National Fitness Foundation (NFF), which has a mission to expand youth sports and fitness programs across the U.S., strikes a partnership with SportsEngine Inc., a provider of sport relationship software. The two intend to focus on programs that promote the participation of girls and youth in underserved communities with an endowment aiming to raise more than $100 million for the initiatives.

PLAE extends its performance equipment and flooring solutions with its ROGUE Fitness Collaboration, Scout Lockers via a partnership with BeaverFit, its Stealth subfloor system and its new Outdoors division focused on elite outdoor training surfaces and competition tracks and fields.

Polartec announces the 2019 Apex Design Award winners. The 13 winners include the Burton Mine77 Power Top and Pants that utilize Polartec’s Power Air fabric; Giro helmets, including the Jackson and Range, with Polartec’s Alpha insulation; the No Bull soft shell jacket that uses Polartec Power Shield Pro fabric.

Schoeller introduces its new collection of biodegradable textiles, PROEARTH. Comprised of bluesign-approved fabrics with biodegradable polyester, the joint venture collection with Taiwan’s Formosa Taffeta Co Ltd. debuted last week at Premiere Vision Paris and will be shown at the upcoming Functional Fabric Fair in Portland, OR (Oct. 22-23). Company says PROEARTH was created to help offset the more than 16 million tons of textile waste produced annually in the U.S. alone.