Business Journal


Should you leave your shop unattended? One daring apparel brand says the practice has boosted trust—and sales.

Not every carbon credit is created equal

Shuttered doors, distribution delays, and lost revenue; for these outdoor businesses, climate change is already wreaking havoc

As only the third Black owner of a specialty outdoor shop in the U.S., Mandela Echefu went out in search of a mentor, and found one

Lexicons evolve. Let's grow ours by ditching these outdated expressions.

Utah Governor Spencer Cox expressed indifference this week to Outdoor Retailer's possible return to Salt Lake City

National Geographic is set to publish outdoor journalist James Edward Mills’ second book, "Unhidden," which examines the historical connections Black people have to areas managed by the National Park Service

Four explorers paving the way for a new outdoor industry speak in their own words

From weighing every binding to throwing ski-club parties, here's how the country's top winter retailers rule the snowy season

Our businesses know they have a polybag problem. Here, we take a closer look at the issue—and a better way forward.

TikTok is one of the fastest-growing social media apps in the world. It might be time the outdoor industry got on board.

Citing Utah's record on public lands, dozens of outdoor brands released a statement today protesting Outdoor Retailer's potential move to Salt Lake City

A look back at the inspiring history of one of the nation's most iconic independent retailers on the eve of its 50th anniversary

The pandemic created—and exposed—broken links in the global supply chain. Here's how five outdoor brands navigated those hurdles.

Amid turmoil over federal vaccine mandates, some outdoor brands have quietly issued their own requirements

ORTOVOX and Arc’teryx have collaborated to build an avalanche airbag system meant to set a new standard in backcountry safety

Outdoor brands are finally starting to see that building clothing and gear in plus sizes is a boon for the bottom line

Outdoor brands are building new retail channels through the sale of used gear

Black Creek Outfitters in Jacksonville, Florida, is a retail unicorn—a legacy shop with deep community roots that remained under family ownership for nearly four decades. A year shy of its 40th anniversary, the owners have decided to wind it down.

Will new tech take the instructor out of instruction?

Jake Lah, the founder of DAC Poles, may dislike camping—but his genius with aluminum has turned him into the wizard behind many of the world’s best outdoor shelters

Two brand representatives—one independent, one internal—make their cases

Finding people’s superpowers, keeping it fun, and staying focused on the consumer are Sicotte's keys to success

Publicly traded outdoor-focused companies saw their shares fall 8.9 percent in January, capping a turbulent month

When it comes to meaningful environmental action, former Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario believes most outdoor businesses are woefully ineffective

As more urban dwellers venture into local green spaces, outdoor brands should seek them out—strategically

The program invites everyone to donate used gear for a new nonprofit centered around planet, inclusion, and adventure

How are independent outdoor shops retaining employees—not to mention morale and integrity—in a pinched hiring market?

A roundup of happenings from the show floor—new gear, education recaps, and more

As the world reconverges, one trade show producer has fine-tuned a simple tool for navigating—and respecting—personal comfort

The steps my company is taking to reduce its environmental impact

Member stores in Grassroots Outdoor Alliance continued to expand, despite ongoing pandemic and supply-chain challenges

Workers at the company's SoHo location in New York have filed for an election to be represented by the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union

Conor Hall will aim for sustainable economic growth and conservation of public land when he takes over the position in February

Outdoor Retailer's contract with the City of Denver is set to expire at the end of 2022. Utah—the trade show's former home—and other states are fighting for a chance to host the event in years to come.

Activists launch The Outdoorist Oath to promote social justice on the trail

Following the continued growth of its retail business, evo plans to turn a full city block in Seattle into a mixed-use development combining retail, restaurants, experiences, and more

The former VF Corp. executive discusses his plans to modernize the legacy travel brand

The Lebanon, Tennessee, facility will run on 100 percent clean energy and produce zero waste

Nicole Otto will step into the role in June, taking over from Steve Murray

Merrell has pulled out of OR’s Snow Show two weeks before it stages in Denver, citing COVID concerns

After making a slow climb from substantial Q3 losses, the OBJ Outdoor Index experienced another smaller loss under holiday supply chain strains and Omicron variant worries

The brand has challenged other outdoor companies to join effort

The Italian ski boot company hopes to recycle 30,000 pairs of used boots by the end of 2025

Sponsor Content: Envoy B2B

If your brand has both a considerable wholesale operation and a growing direct-to-consumer business, it’s critical to communicate your story strategically across those different channels

Wilderness medicine training is officially regulated one. We need to change that.

The role will report to founder Davis Smith, who will remain CEO

The company’s innovation lead says it's only the beginning of the brand's aggressive growth plans

Only a handful of outdoor companies saw their shares grow rather than decline last month as the new Covid variant sent jitters through the market

The addition of a CCO signals a possible new retail strategy for the outdoor giant

The list honors entrepreneurs innovating in business while focusing on social impact

At this Canadian canoe maker's factory, a specialty material oven caught fire on Oct. 1, halting operations until yesterday. As it turned out, the timing wasn't all bad.

Sponsor Content: Outdoor Retailer

Outdoor Retailer is the great intersection of the outdoor industry. It’s where commerce and community meet, and the aisles are famous for paving the way for growth.

The legacy backpack brand has entered into a sale agreement with the portfolio company Helen of Troy

Clay and Meredith Diers are fitting right into the Crested Butte community and keeping the spirit of the store alive

We sat down with an angel investor to learn the secrets of getting startups funded

The Portland startup is focused on making sustainable gear accessible for everyone

The footwear brand has greatly expanded its KEEN Corps program, which rewards customers for volunteering and donating to charities

Nevada-based footwear startup Erem has built a business around circularity and sustainability

Sponsor Content: Heliconia

Influencer Ken Whiting’s secrets on how to connect with, and inspire, millions of participants within the growing outdoor adventure industry

Last month, a string of fraudulent websites started posting fake Cotopaxi ads on Facebook. Leaders of the outdoor brand say response from the social media giant was slow.

After 25 years of foreign ownership, the renowned compass maker is returning to its roots with the new acquisition

Planet+Purpose Solutions creates action plans for brands seeking to make sustainability a priority

The findings highlight some surprising sales trends at specialty retail

The numbers paint a clear picture of the outdoor industry's troubles in 2020

Indie Outdoor, launched this week, aims to harness the collective power of independent retailers

The 24,000-square-foot store signals a continued push into smaller markets for the retail giant

Limmer Boots has produced world-class footwear since 1919. After working through a few years of transition, the business has new leadership in Chris Sawyer and Adam Lane-Olsen, two brand loyalists who want to carry the company's legacy forward.

Shawn Neville, who joined BOA five years ago, dishes on his company’s recent ownership change, how COVID impacted demand, threats to the brand’s success, and what’s next

Inkwell Media, a creative marketing agency, and ROAM Media, a company specializing in online education, joined the Outside family this week

The retailer is dedicating $30 million to two initiatives that will aid BIPOC entrepreneurs in scaling their outdoor businesses

Women-Led Wednesday is a growing annual shopping day elevating women leaders

The Recreate Responsibly Coalition is asking artists to put greater emphasis on responsible media creation in the outdoors

More outdoor companies saw their shares grow rather than decline in October, but the industry still lags behind other sectors as supply chain concerns intensify

Stio’s new circular commerce program, Second Turn, works to further reduce the brand’s carbon footprint