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    A minefield for legal disputes? Model names on websites


    Does your online store conform to trademark rules? Our legal expert shares a cautionary tale.

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    Activewear brand Bandier seeking a buyer for its intellectual property


    American activewear brand Bandier is seeking a buyer for its intellectual property and assets, including but not limited to all of Bandier’s rights, inventory, intellectual property and all accounts receivable as of the closing date of a purchase. The move is an alternative to bankruptcy. The company, which operates five ...

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    Belgium gets its first Blue Tomato retail store


    Austrian board sports and lifestyle specialist Blue Tomato has opened its first store in Belgium. The 240-sqm shop is located in the center of Antwerp, on the historic Wiegstraat. Of the decision to open a store in Belgium, Tillmann Ruprecht, Director of Sales and Service at Blue Tomato, said: “Antwerp, ...

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    What to expect from McKinsey’s Sporting Goods Report 2024


    What’s coming up in McKinsey’s Sporting Goods Report 2024? We bring you the 4 key trends McKinsey is predicting, as presented at ISPO Munich.

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    Farfetch suspends Q3 results


    Luxury fashion platform Farfetch Limited has announced that it will not be announcing its financial results for the third quarter of 2023. Accordingly, the related conference call on Nov. 29 was also canceled. The company expects to provide a market update in due course. At the moment, no forecasts and ...

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    Decathlon acquires Bergfreunde from Backcountry


    Bergfreunde GmbH, the German online specialist retailer for mountain sports, climbing and outdoor equipment, has a new strategic partner: French sporting goods manufacturer and retailer Decathlon is acquiring the German company from US outdoor retailer Backcountry. The purchase agreement was signed on Nov. 24, 2023. The transaction is still pending ...

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    Snowboard brand Forum returns to Europe


    Austrian board sports and lifestyle specialist Blue Tomato, part of the portfolio of US retailer Zumiez since 2012, is exclusively bringing the snowboards and snow and streetwear from US company Forum back to Europe. The brand went off the market in 2014 and relaunched exclusively online in 2022 in the ...

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    How Sport 2000’s "One Sport" strategy is evolving


    Ahead of ISPO Munich 2023, Sport 2000 International has released an update of its One Sport 2000 strategy and progress. In a statement, Margit Gosau, CEO of Sport 2000 International and Sport 2000 GmbH, discusses a three-pronged approach which includes expanding specialization and progressively implementing this in brick-and-mortar retail formats, ...

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    Alibaba’s founder mulls cutting stake


    Jack Ma, founder of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba, is weighing whether to sell 10 million shares in the company through his family’s trust and re-invest the proceeds in agriculture and public welfare projects. Ma disclosed his potential transaction in a regulatory filing on the same day that Alibaba reported ...

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    Digitalization is key for 85% of European SMEs, but gaps in tech adoption


    Digitalization is a powerful growth lever in today’s economy, but companies are not always up to speed with technological developments, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). According to new research from Sage, 85 percent of European SMEs consider digital tech as a key element to their growth ...

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    eBay supports voluntary offer to acquire Adevinta


    eBay has announced its support for the voluntary tender offer led by Permira and Blackstone for all publicly traded shares of Adevinta, a publicly traded Norwegian company and the world’s largest operator of online classifieds portals. Under the terms of the transaction, eBay would sell 50 percent of its shares ...

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    Smith has a new partner in Switzerland


    US goggle and helmets brand Smith has announced a strategic partnership with Spoco, who is to be its sole sales agency of record for the Swiss territory. As part of Smith’s ongoing efforts to expand market share and grow brand presence within the heart of Europe, the partnership with Spoco ...

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    Latest StockX report gives an insight into what sneakerheads want


    Sneaker resale platform StockX has unveiled its latest annual Big Facts: 2023 Trends report, giving an insight into what’s popular in the sneaker market this year. Retro Adidas styles and character-inspired Crocs are among the best-performing trends.

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    New name for Rentle, expansion into resale


    Finnish retail rental specialist Rentle, which lists Decathlon, Rab and Scandinavian Outdoor, amongst others, as customers, has changed its name to Twice Commerce. The name reflects the platform’s expansion from purely rental into resale. There will be no change in the rental platform, but brands can now benefit from the ...

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    Sport Conrad invests in automated warehouse and commissioning system


    With a customized Autostore system including new peripheral solutions, the German multichannel retailer Sport Conrad is increasing its efficiency and equipping itself for the future. With 16 robots and around 16,000 bins, the system from global Autostore partner and worldwide intralogistics specialist Kardex is helping Sport Conrad’s warehouse in lffeldorf ...

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    Footway Group presents reorganization plan


    After the Swedish Footway Group AB filed for voluntary company reorganization in July, the company submitted a preliminary reorganization plan to its creditors at the beginning of November. The plan includes a proposal for debt relief of approximately 70 million Swedish kroner (€6.02m) and a new share issue of the ...

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    WeSports acquires RunningXpert, prepares Keller Sports relaunch with customer-centric concept


    WeSports announced the acquisition of a stake in RunningXpert, a Danish running specialist that operates the stores Lø, Lö and RunningXpert claims to be the leading running specialist in the Nordic region, with a turnover of €35 million in 2022. The company currently serves over 1 million active runners ...

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    German consumer sentiment worsens


    Despite a certain stabilization in the economy as a whole, consumer sentiment in Germany fell noticeably for the first time in twelve months in November, according to the latest consumer barometer from the German Retail Association (HDE). As a result, private consumption is no longer expected to stimulate growth in ...

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    ThredUp reports 21% sales increase in Q3


    California-based online resale platform ThredUp Inc. reported a 21 percent year-over-year increase in revenue for its third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2023, reaching $82.0 million. Adjusted Ebitda loss was $3.6 million, or negative 4.4 percent of revenue, compared to $11 million, or negative 16.2 percent of revenue, in Q3 of ...

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    Signa Holding: Benko steps down, hands over chairmanship to restructuring expert


    As the company announced on Nov. 8, 2023, Austrian real estate investor René Benko has stepped down as Chairman of the Advisory Board of Signa Holding and handed over the chairmanship to Arndt Geiwitz. The German restructuring specialist is also taking over the chairmanship of Signa’s shareholders’ committee, as reported ...