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In The News: Outdoor Retailer, OS1st, Kamik, Oboz, OrthoLite, Genesco


Outdoor Retailer, which is working on what it calls a “new approach to serving the outdoor and winter sports marketplace,” announced a shift in its future winter show dates to go along with several other changes to its trade show offerings. Outdoor Retailer is aiming to provide more opportunities for the industry to engage in the “timeframes that best support the industry,” according to Marisa Nicholson, Outdoor Retailer SVP and show director. The new OR format will be:      

  • January 2023: Outdoor Retailer Snow Show returns to Utah January 10-12, 2023, at Salt Lake City’s Salt Palace Convention Center. A new addition this year is The Summit by Outdoor Retailer on-mountain experience on January 9, 2023 at Brighton Resort.
  • June 2023: Outdoor Retailer Summer Market will take place in June at the Salt Palace at the front of the summer buying season, with a new Outdoor Adventure X (OAX) consumer festival staging the weekend prior at Snowbasin Resort. 
  • Starting November 2023: The OR Snow Show winter trade show rebrands as Outdoor Retailer Winter and moves to early November in the Salt Palace at the start of the seasonal sales cycle.
  • Launching January 2024: The Summit by Outdoor Retailer expands into a new multi-day leadership conference with an immersive on-mountain winter experience. The event being held in late January will align it with Winter Sports Market, the specialty buying group trade event from Snowsports Merchandising Corporation (SMC) and Sports Specialists Ltd. (SSL).

“These changes are based on feedback we’ve received from brands, retailers, reps and suppliers, all working on earlier product deadlines,” said Nicholson. “So, we’re transforming to make sure we’re providing the most relevant platform to showcase product and do business. Outdoor Retailer Winter and Summer are now both at the beginning of the respective sales seasons and in position to support the greater buy/sell ecosystem.” 

Industry veteran Chris Bevin is joining OS1st as the brand’s Senior Vice President of Business Development, where he will lead efforts to maximize growth, helping to identify new opportunities to sell in independent retail stores and work with like-minded brands to further reinforce the brand’s legacy as a leader in the category.

Bevin joins OS1st with 23 years of independent retail and product industry experience, including time spent as the Director of Franchise Operations for Fleet Feet Inc. and more than 15 years in sales and business leadership for Balega International/Implus.

Kamik appointed Steeve Côté as Chief Operating Officer. In his new role, Côté will lead Kamik’s global operations including supply chain management, manufacturing, and logistics. Côté was most recently the VP of Operations at fashion label Joseph Ribkoff.

OrthoLite, which recently introduced Cirql, the first EVA plastics-free, recyclable, biodegradable and industrially compostable foam, has hired Juan Cutina as sales director of the patented footwear solution based in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. 

Oboz Footwear has hired Rob Leo as its VP of Finance. Leo joins Oboz from Skullcandy Inc.

Genesco, parent of the Journeys retail chain, has named two independent directors to its board. Joining the Nashville company’s board on Jan. 29, 202 are: Matt Diamond, CFO of Best Buy Co., and Carolyn Bojanowski, EVP of merchandising for Sephora USA. With the appointments, Genesco has expanded its board to 11 directors from nine until its 2023 annual meeting.

An estimated 114.9 million consumers intend to holiday shop on Black Friday and 63.9 million on Cyber Monday (Nov. 28), according to recent data from the National Retail Federation. And some 67 percent of Black Friday shoppers’ intent to head to brick-and-mortar stores, up from 64 percent in 2021. In total, approximately 166.3 million people will undertake holiday shopping over the five days (Nov. 24-28), nearly 8 million more than last year and the highest estimate since the trade group began tracking the data in 2017.