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In The News: Manitobah, OrthoLite, NB, Adidas, Sorel


Winnipeg-based footwear brand Manitobah announced it has been certified as a B Corporation (B Corp), an assessment that evaluates a company's lasting impact on employees, communities, suppliers, customers, governance, and the environment. Founded in 1997 by Métis founder Sean McCormick, Manitobah is a global brand rooted in Indigenous culture that aims to honor and make a positive impact in Indigenous communities through their traditionally crafted mukluks, moccasins and accessories. The brand also opened its first U.S. pop-up store earlier this month at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN.

Glenn Barrett, founder and CEO of OrthoLite, is among four industry figures who will be inducted in the Class of 2024 of the National Sporting Goods Association (NSGA) Sporting Goods Industry Hall of Fame. The 2024 class of NSGA Hall of Fame inductees also includes Cathy Pryor (Hibbett Sports), Karsten Solheim (PING Golf) and Mike Thompson (Rawlings). The NSGA Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony takes place in Phoenix in May 2024.

New Balance has opened a new, 360,000-sq.ft. distribution center in Lebanon, TN that will handle the brand’s growing North American direct-to-consumer, wholesale apparel, retail, and digital businesses. Automation features at the facility, which has annual shipping volume capacity of 20 million units and employ more than 100, will improve brand efficiencies.

Adidas has partnered with logistics robot company Geek+ to open a new, 139,000-sq.-meter automated distribution center in Suzhou, China. The company says the facility, which has the capacity to process more than 1 million pieces daily and store more than 10 million items of apparel and footwear, will help it improve supply chain responsiveness and operational efficiency.

Shoe Carnival announced that Patrick Edwards has been named the company’s senior vice president, CFO, secretary and treasurer. Prior to his appointment Edwards was a Shoe Carnival executive officer, having served as the company’s chief accounting officer and secretary since 2021 and as VP and controller since he joined the company in 2019.  

Sorel, a Columbia Sportswear brand, has opened three pop-up shops in Hudson Bay flagship stores in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto that will remain operational through Jan. 2024. The 500- to 800-sq.ft. shops will showcase a range of signature styles, including waterproof boots in leather and nylon, as well as silhouettes for women and kids made from suede, wool, and shearling. The Fall assortment will feature Sorel’s marquee Caribou boot.