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A Road Warrior Reports on his OR Experience

OR exhibitor Pool Candy takes a peek over the Concept III booth to check out what's new in textiles.

I traveled to Denver for the Outdoor Retailer Show not really sure what to expect. When I got there, it was quite an eye-opener. The entire show was held on the upper level. Even that hall was not filled. We all know, and have written about how outdoor recreation has been hot this year. Yet the show was quiet. So who gave up on whom? Was it the brands? The retailers? Was it the timing of the show? The location? How much did COVID alter travel plans? Was it the supply chain disruptions? Store staffing? Some of the above? All of the above? For the retailers in attendance at OR, they certainly got a chance to spend quality time with the brands that did decide to support the show. I hope that new and stronger business relationships were formed as a result for those brands and retailers who were there.

A word about my hotel in Denver, if I may. As a road warrior, I just have a few small expectations of any hotel that I stay at: a bed that should be made after I leave the room, breakfast available and free wifi. You know, the simple things. I gave up on fresh towels long ago. I got one out of three. Hint: I was able to get online. Yet when I checked out, there was, and I kid you not, an amenity charge tacked on to each night, for the complimentary coffee and wine bar in the lobby and wi-fi. Really?