Jennifer Ernst Beaudry
Obituary: Stephen Freeman, Sales Representative
Industry stalwart Stephen Freeman died on August 21, shortly after being diagnosed with cancer. He was 64.Freeman most recently served as the U.S. line builder for Ara Shoes, as well as sales representative for New York City, the Mid-Atlantic, the Southeast and Midwest.
In The News: Zappos, Grassroots Connect, Skechers and More
Amazon-owned Zappos sees the retirement of CEO Tony Hsieh after two decades. He sold the Las Vegas company, which began as Shoesite.com in 1999, in 2009. COO Kedar Deshpande becomes CEO on Aug. 31.Specialty organization Grassroots Outdoor Alliance has partnered with...
Cozy @ Home
Our places of residence have taken on a lot of new roles over the past months: (Home) office, (home) gym, (home) school. These days, home base means more than ever. So maybe it’s not surprising that the categories consumers are embracing are the footwear favorites perfect for life around the house.
Sock It To Me
Whether it’s for cozy times at home or lunch hour runs around the neighborhood, these socks are ready for action.
What’s Working Now
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a sea change in the retail landscape, altering not only what consumers buy but also when and how they buy it. It’s also changed every aspect of how stores run their business, from buying shoes to building community.
Q&A with Gazelle Sports’ New CEO Jen Brummitt
Running retail is facing a sea change in the way it does business, and Gazelle Sports CEO Jen Brummitt says she’s excited for what the future holds. In June, Brummitt was named the Kalamazoo, MI-based independent running chain’s first-ever CEO. She assumed day-to-day leadership of...
Product Roundup: Casual Style
New sustainable comfort brand Vibae wants to bring casual, unstructured style to the market. Headed by Ludo Malmoux, founder of OTZ and former design voice at K-Swiss, Royal Elastics and more, the brand is launching with a single unisex style retailing for $143, with plans to expand as it grows.
GOA Cancels November Grassroots Connect
The November Grassroots Connect show is canceled, the latest casualty of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.The show, hosted by outdoor specialty organization Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, was slated for Nov. 9-12 in new show location Kansas City, MO. “In the same way that it takes months for...
In The News: Adidas, Enjoiya Group, the Great American Outdoors Act and More
Kasper Rorsted will serve as Adidas CEO for an additional 5 years, the supervisory board of Adidas AG announced yesterday. His new term will run until July 31, 2016. Rorsted has been a member of the executive board since August 2016, and served as CEO since October of that year.
In The News: Dick’s, SFIA, Mizuno and Teva
Dick’s Sporting Goods will close its stores and distribution centers, including all Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream locations, for the day on Thanksgiving (Nov. 26). Additionally, the company announced it will continue to pay store and distribution center teammates a...