+++ Puma and Zalando is going to be upgraded from the MDAX to the DAX index of the Frankfurt Stock Exchange on Sept. 20, joining Adidas and 28 other companies



+++ Riccardo Rossi, who joined Nike Europe a year ago as digital account merchandiser in charge of relations with Zalando, is now taking care of Asos and some other strategic pure players for Nike’s Connected Marketplace

+++ Eisbär has a new head of global sales, Manuel Kronberger, who previously worked for the former Sport Eybl & Sports Experts and then for Adidas

+++ Fredrik Johanson, who led Intersport Sverige for six years until September 2012, is now running Aroma Frukt & Grönt, a fruits & vegetable retailer based in Gothenburg



+++ Unisport, the international Danish-based e-tailer specializing in football products, has opened its third physical store in Stockholm, joining those it already has in Paris and Copenhagen, and it is said to be working on a similar project in Oslo

+++ Lidl has started offer its collection of cheap and colorful chunky sneakers in Denmark, as it has already done in Germany and some other European countries, reportedly triggering a very lively resale market



+++ While it has 23 other full-price stores in Spain, Rip Curl’s largest store in the country will be a 200-sqm. factory outlet due to be opened shortly in the Vildecans The Style Outlets center near Barcelona


Legal & Institutional:

+++ Superdry has sued Asos in the British High Court, according to The Mail, because the e-tailer refused to remove “identical” items that use the same “Osaka” branding of its T-shirts and sweatshirts



+++ Wilson is launching the Blade v8, a new racquet with an innovative “returns to the wild” look and elevated performance in connection with the U.S. Tennis Open in New York



+++ Castore, which already has a deal with McLaren, has signed up as official supplier of Le Mans for the next three years, including the celebration of its 100th anniversary of the French automotive race in 2023


Trade Shows & Other Events:

+++ Citing the spread of the Delta variant of Covid, the American Fly Fishing Association (AFFTA) has cancelled the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show (IFTD), which was due to take place in Salt Lake City on Oct. 20-22, postponing it to next year


CSR & Sustainability:

+++ Keen launches a certification program for parts of its range to provide transparency on recycled content (more in The Outdoor Industry Compass)