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    Decathlon France supports the recovery of grassroots sports

    2020-06-02T16:41:00Z

    Decathlon is supporting the “Soutiens Ton Club” (=Support your Club) initiative, a platform for donations to help sports associations in France, which have been seriously affected by the coronavirus crisis and are likely to have a hard time recovering from it. The program, which was launched on May 19, ...

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    McArturGlen to launch rent relief package for its retail partners

    2020-06-02T14:25:00Z

    McArthurGlen , the international operator of designer factory outlet centers, has launched a rent relief package for its retail partners until the end of this year. The group is waiving all minimim base rent, turnover-based rent and marketing charges for tenants in all of its centers that were closed from ...

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    Falke offers its own Community Mask

    2020-06-01T14:17:00Z

    If you can make good sports socks, you can also make good face masks to protect consumers from coronavirus contamination. We have already reported about the ergonomic UYN Community Mask by Italy’s Trerè Innovation, the former licensee of X-Bionic and X-Socks. It’s now another knitting ...

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    A new antibacterial towel for sweaty faces

    2020-05-28T17:19:00Z

    ProSane Wear , an apparel company based in New York, is launching a reversible antibacterial microfiber towel hoodie, designed to make it possible to wipe sweat from the face without touching the towel directly with the hands. This special design helps minimize bacterial transfer from potentially contaminated surfaces, objects and ...

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    Burton cancels 2021 snowboarding event

    2020-05-28T07:22:00Z

    Burton Snowboards announced that the company had cancelled the 2021 edition of the Burton U.S. Open Snowboarding Championships, scheduled for March 1-6, 2021 at Vail Mountain Resort in Colorado, due to ongoing uncertainties around the Covid-19 pandemic. Burton’s chief executive, John Lacy , explained that it was a ...

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    Sportmaster managed to avoid staff cuts

    2020-05-27T20:45:00Z

    In contrast with earlier reports, Russia’s biggest sporting goods retailer managed to avoid the threatened elimination of nearly 2,000 jobs from its payroll because of the retail lockdown introduced in Russia to slow down the spread of Covid-19. Roughly 1,800 Sportmaster employees found temporary jobs with some major Russian ...

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    Temporary layoffs stop at XXL in Norway and Finland

    2020-05-27T20:41:00Z

    A recovery in the demand for sporting goods products in Norway and Finland has led XXL to cancel all the temporary layoffs that it had announced on March 23 due to a considerable sales decline caused by the Covid-19 situation. Sales normalized in April and have picked up recently ...

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    Sports Direct blasts at delayed store reopenings

    2020-05-27T20:41:00Z

    The Frasers Group , the British company formerly called Sports Direct International , announced on May 22 that it would continue to guarantee full payment of its employees’ wages in the U.K. through the end of this month, as it did in April, but it’s not sure whether it will ...

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    Adidas launches reusable face mask

    2020-05-27T14:10:00Z

    Adidas has launched its own washable face mask to help consumers battle the coronavirus pandemic. It is called Face Cover and is made from a soft and breathable material, using a minimum of 40 percent recycled content. Face Cover is not a medically graded mask nor a Personal ...

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    Italy’s sporting goods industry calls for public support

    2020-05-27T14:10:00Z

    Assosport , the Italian Association of the Sporting Goods Industry, is urging the Italian government to adopt effective measures to help the sector recover, after three months of inactivity. In its opinion, the measures should include, among others, an exceptional reduced VAT rate of 4 percent on sporting goods until ...

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    Technogym supports fitness clubs’ re-opening

    2020-05-27T14:09:00Z

    Technogym ’s Mywellness platform will be offering additional features to assist fitness clubs in their re-opening phase. During the lockdown, fitness facilities were able to connect with their members via the Mywellness platform, which allowed them to offer digital coaching and remote support services. Members of the Mywellness community ...

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    Macron announces a virtual version of the Bologna Marathon

    2020-05-25T20:48:00Z

    Macron , the Italian sportswear company based in Bologna, has announced a virtual replacement for the annual Bologna Marathon , which was supposed to take place on March 1. The brand is the official technical sponsor of the event. The first Bologna Virtual Marathon is scheduled to take place on ...

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    Ispo measures the pandemic’s effects on sports retail

    2020-05-25T15:57:00Z

    Ispo has released the results of a survey it launched on April 9 to determine the effects of the pandemic on European sports and outdoor retailers. Among other interesting points, the survey indicated that Covid-19 began to strike their businesses early, that many resorted to home deliveries and ...

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    Good first “virtual” sales meetings from Europe

    2020-05-22T15:04:00Z

    The first virtual sales conventions organized by Schöffel and Oberalp went well, according to the two companies. Schöffel’s 100-percent digital sales meeting was held on May 19 and 20, involving roughly 130 participants from about 15 different countries in all the major markets, more than originally expected. A ...

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    Nike lets New Balance finish up the season with the Liverpool team

    2020-05-22T10:12:00Z

    If the football season is resumed in the U.K., as has already happened in Germany, the Liverpool team will be allowed to continue wearing the New Balance jerseys until the end of the season. The English team was close to winning the title before the coronavirus pandemic struck. ...

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    Icebreaker works with a start-up on temperature-taking armband

    2020-05-22T08:03:00Z

    Icebreaker , a brand of VF Corp., is partnering with a start-up on the development of a smart armband designed to monitor the wearer’s temperature, which could become a key tool in the post-coronavirus world. Nightingale MedTech , the company behind the armband idea, was only formed on May 1. ...

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    The IOC and WHO renew cooperation to promote physical activity

    2020-05-22T08:03:00Z

    The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) have announced a new cooperation agreement that reiterates their joint commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles, including physical activity, sport and active recreation, as a tool for better health conditions across the globe. The agreement was signed by ...

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    Giant’s Q1 results are hit by the pandemic

    2020-05-22T08:03:00Z

    Giant saw its revenues in the first quarter decline by 9.3 percent on an annualized basis to $444.5 million. The net income before taxes dropped by 16.9 percent to $27.4 million. Sales of e-bikes and traditional bikes in many European countries were hit by strict shutdowns in connection with ...

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    Arc’teryx urges politics to include climate among post-Covid 19 priorities

    2020-05-21T17:39:00Z

    Arc’teryx Equipment has joined 155 multinational companies in a statement jointly issued by the Science Based Targets Initiative, the UN Global Compact and the We Mean Business coalition that urges governments to include climate action in their strategies to rebuild the economy after the coronavirus epidemic. ...

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    Down supplier makes masks

    2020-05-20T19:15:00Z

    Allied Feather Down , the down supplier and maker of bedding, is switching a large portion of its bedding production over to face masks. The company will be using the tightly-woven cotton that it normally employs for pillows and comforters to make washable two-layer face masks. Allied has ...