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    Vans launches a virtual environment for customization, play


    Vans is launching a game on Roblox, a virtual environment and platform for multi-player video games. Vans World, as the new interactive game is called, combines skateboarding, fashion and networked gaming. Players can use it as a tool with which customize any of four Vans shoe silhouettes or as a ...

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    The largest e-commerce sports shops in Europe - Q2 2021 Update


    This exclusive interactive chart shows the largest e-commerce sports shops in Europe ranked by the number of website visitors in Q2 2021, with % changes vs Q1 2021. Included are regular sporting goods retailers and pure e-tailers. The chart and data can be downloaded. This is exclusive data and analysis for Premium Members.

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    Zalando posts strong double-digit sales growth in Q2


    Zalando posted group revenues of €2,733.1 million in the second quarter, up by 34 percent from the second quarter of 2020. The gross merchandise value (GMV) jumped by 40 percent to €3.8 billion. GMV is the value of all merchandise sold to customers after cancellations and returns and including ...

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    Alibaba’s revenues rise by 34% but miss expectations


    The Alibaba Group posted revenues of 205.7 billion yuan renmimbi (€26.9bn-$31.9bn) in the first quarter of its financial year, ended June 30, an increase of 34 percent on the year earlier but below analyst expectations of a top line of at least RMB 209 billion (€27.3bn-$32.3bn) and lower than ...

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    Amazon’s sales growth is slowing down


    Amazon posted net sales of $113.1 billion in the second quarter ended June 30, representing a 27 percent increase as compared to the prior-year quarter - a significant slowdown from the second quarter of 2020, when sales jumped by 40 percent. Excluding a $2.5 billion favorable impact from changes ...

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    Twitter tests an e-commerce feature for brands


    Twitter has announced that it is beginning to allow businesses to add a shopping section at the top of their profile page. The “ Shop Module ” pilot has started with a dozen brands in the U.S. By tapping a product, the consumer reaches a listing with the option ...

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    Aquafil launches consumer e-shop for Econyl products


    Aquafil is reaching out to consumers: the Italian yarn supplier has just launched an Econyl e-shop platform, where – for the first time – customers can buy a range of sports, lifestyle and fashion products made from the company’s regenerated nylon Econyl directly in one place. According to ...

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    Blenders Eyewear expands e-commerce to U.K. and Ireland


    Blenders Eyewear , a fast-growing Californian lifestyle, surf and ski sunglasses brand in which Italy’s Safilo Group acquired a 70-percent stake in 2019, takes a further step in its growth and development projects to fuel international expansion outside the U.S. Following the go-live of the brand’s e-commerce platform ...

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    Smartwool appoints new sales and e-commerce executives


    Jennifer McLaren , CEO of Denver-based merino specialist Smartwool , has named two new executives for the brand’s sales and e-commerce departments. Corey Stecker , previously international general manager of sales and marketing, was promoted to global head of sales. He has been with Smartwool since 2016. In his ...

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    Consolidation in French sports e-tailing

    2021-07-23T17:12:00Z reports that Lefreto , a French e-tailer that already owns three other sports-related transactional websites, has taken over Glisse-Proshop , a French multi-channel retailer that specializes in products for all kinds of boardsports, including surfing and snowboarding. Glisse-Proshop is more surf-oriented than Glisshop , another French e-tailer owned ...

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    Arc’teryx opens new NY location, rebranding its Icon Stores as Arc’type


    Located across from Central Park in the Upper West Side of New York, Arc’teryx Equipment has just opened a newly rebranded micro-store concept called Arc’type , centered around the brand’ s most renowned designs. It features a curated selection of just 22 items, ”specifically selected to help introduce guests ...

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    Peloton opens a store in Leipzig


    Peloton Interactive continues to expand its presence at retail in Germany, one of the few foreign markets currently under its radar. It has opened its eighth German store in the city center of Leipzig, replacing a former pop-up area in the local department store of Breuninger . Located in ...

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    Decathlon launches its marketplace in the U.K.


    Decathlon UK has reportedly launched its own marketplace, offering domestic brands such as Donda Cycling and Pendle Bike Racks as well as items by international brands such as Adidas and Speedo . As previously reported , Decathlon is rolling out its marketplace in various European countries. ...

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    JD Sports Fashion on track to acquire Deporvillage


    Deporvillage has found a buyer. As we reported in January , the owners of this international sports e-tailer based in Catalonia had engaged a financial advisor with a view toward selling a majority stake. JD Sports Fashion has since stepped in through its controlled holding company in Spain, ...

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    Amazon the major channel for german sporting goods consumers


    Amazon is the major purchasing channel for german sporting goods consumers. This is an extract of the research study ”The sports brands winning the online race in Germany in which we analysed 60 leading sports brands in Germany and conducted a survey with 3.000 consumers in Germany.

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    Best-performing sports brands in the German online market


    This is an extract of the research study The sports brands winning the online race in Germany in which we analysed 60 leading sports brands in Germany.

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    A vertical in Vancouver buys Reigning Champ in the same town


    Aritzia , a vertically integrated designer and retailer of everyday women’s luxury clothing, has agreed to acquire Reigning Champ , a designer and manufacturer of premium athletic wear for men and women. Like Arc’teryx or a much larger vertical sports apparel company, Lululemon Athletica , both companies operate out ...

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    SSU will take over Wiggle and go public as the world’s leading sports e-tailer


    Signa Sports United (SSU), the big international sports e-tailer based in Berlin, has entered into a business combination agreement with Yucaipa Acquisition Corporation , a publicly-traded special purpose acquisition company (SPAC) based in Los Angeles, to finance the acquisition of Wiggle Chain Reaction Cycle , alias Wiggle CRC , ...


    Bike and sports e-tailer Bike24 plans to go public in 2021


    In September 2019, The Riverside Company bought back German e-commerce retailer for cycling, outdoor, fitness and swimming products, Bike24 GmbH , from a big British cycling e-commerce operator, Wiggle CRC . The private equity company had sold the continental European cycling online platform to the British industry giant in ...

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    ​Pinterest brings shopping functions to France, Germany, Canada and Australia


    The Pinterest photo app wants to become more of a shopping platform internationally. After the U.S. and U.K., the company’s shopping functions will now also be available in Australia, Canada, France and Germany later this year. Users will thus have the opportunity to buy products directly via pins, pinboards ...