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Backcountry.com Acquired by TSG Consumer Partners
TSG Consumer Partners LLC has acquired Backcountry.com, LLC from Liberty Interactive Corporation and said it will help the online retailer expand into adjacent categories and international markets, as well as enhance marketing and brand building efforts. While the companies did not disclose any financial details of the transaction, they did confirm that Backcountry Founder Jim Holland will...(7/1/2015)

OIA Names Amy Roberts as New Executive Director
Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) has selected Amy Roberts, who helped build the trade group's lobbying practise, as its executive director. Roberts return to OIA following a nearly 30 month stint as at Mountain Equipment Co-op (MEC), where she head up sustainability initiatives...(7/1/2015)

Academy Sports + Outdoor to Open 200th Store
Academy Sports + Outdoor will open its 200th location Friday when the door open at its store in Tupelo, MS. Since 2007, Academy Sports + Outdoors has doubled its store count and annual sales, surpassing $4.1 billion in 2014...(7/1/2015)

New Balance Launches New Global Brand Platform
New Balance debuted a new brand platform - Always in Beta - the brand’s promise "to relentlessly improve, to never stop pushing and to always strive for more." At the same time, the brand highlights its focus on inspiring athletes around the world, both professional and every day, to reach for and achieve their goals, and then reset them towards even greater athletic accomplishments...(7/1/2015)

21sportsgroup Joins STMI Purchasing Cooperative
Germany's 21sportsgroup has become the latest European retail chain to join Sports Trade & Marketing International (STMI), which provides purchasing services for retailers with combined sales of about €2.1 billion...(7/1/2015)

Global Fashion Group Acquires Brazilian E-Tailer Kanui
Global Fashion Group has agreed to acquire Kanui, a Brazilian e-tailer focused on the surf and skate lifestyle that also sells a wide range of apparel, footwear and equipment from bicycling, outdoor and fashion brands...(7/1/2015)

Alpine Replay Launches Trace at Select Surf Shops
Alpine Replay Inc., which used Kickstarter to help fund development of the Trace action sports tracker in late 2013, has begun distributing the device through a handful of select surf shops...(7/1/2015)

Study: Fitbit Still Outselling Apple Watch
According to Slice Intelligence, Apple Watch saw an initial spike in orders after its launch but Fitbit still outsold Apple Watch during its launch-month...(7/1/2015)



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