Wednesday, September 18, 2019
Volume 2, Issue No. 17

Consumer Spending, JC Penney, Under Armour, Grassroots Outdoor Alliance

Unadjusted, year-over-year U.S. retail sales rose 4.6 percent last month. Sporting goods stores enjoyed a 3.8 percent gain in year-over-year sales and clothing/accessory store sales increased 2.3 percent for the month, according data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The National Retail Federation said the increases reflect “resilient consumer spending” despite a slower growth trend than in July, adding the impact of new tariffs on Sep. 1 “present downside risks to household spending” going forward.

JC Penney, which recently struck a partnership with secondhand retailer thredUP, is opening “Outdoor Shops” inside the men’s department of 100 stores on Oct. 4 in a bid to attract new customers. The 800-sq.-ft. areas will feature the retailer’s own St. John’s Bay line of outdoor wear, including jackets and vests; American Threads with a focus on denim and workwear; and offerings from Hi-Tec.

Under Armour’s SVP of corporate communications, Kelley McCormick, is leaving the Baltimore company but will remain on as advisor to the brand and Chairman and CEO Kevin Plank.

Brooks Running promotes Derek Lactaoen, who has worked in communications and public relations for the Seattle company for seven years, to product marketing manager.

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, ahead of its Connect buying show (Nov. 1-5 in Denver), has added six members to bring its total to 74 covering 144 doors nationwide. The new members are: High Country Outfitters in Atlanta;  Jax Mercantile  in La Porte, CO; Kristi Mountain Sports in Alamosa, CO; Mountain Sports in Arlington, TX; Tahoe Mountain Sports in Truckee, CA; and Walkabout Outfitter in Lexington, VA.

Lowa Boots has partnered with UPS to offset the carbon dioxide emissions generated by its shipments, the brand announced. Under UPS’ Carbon Neutral program, UPS will track every ton of carbon dioxide generated by Lowa shipments, which will be offset with a verified emission reduction project. “By participating in UPS’s program, LOWA will support emissions reduction projects that help mitigate the climate impact of shipping products to our customers,” Lowa GM Peter Sachs said. Lowa will pay the carbon offset surcharge for all products shipped by UPS Ground service; a surcharge will be added to orders placed by retailers or consumers for Priority Shipping.