29/05/2013

Business news : Nike Responds to Cambodia Factory Confrontations

(Reuters) - At least 23 workers were hurt in Cambodia on Monday when police using stun batons moved in to end a protest over pay at a factory that makes clothing for U.S. sportswear company Nike , a worker and a trade union representative said.

Police with riot gear were deployed to move about 3,000 mostly female workers who had blocked a road outside their factory owned by Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing in Kampong Speu province, west of the capital, Phnom Penh.

A Nike spokeswoman in the United States told Reuters by e-mail that the company was "concerned" about the allegations and was investigating. Nike requires contract manufacturers to respect employees' rights to freedom of association, the spokeswoman added.

Sun Vanny, president of the Free Trade Union (FTU) at Sabrina, told Reuters the injured included a woman who was two months pregnant and who had lost her child after military police pushed her to the ground.

"There was a pregnant woman among them. She lost blood and then she lost the baby," he said.
According to the International Monetary Fund, garments accounted for 75 pct of Cambodia's total exports of $5.22 billion in 2011.

Low-cost labour has attracted manufacturers making clothes and shoes for Western brands but strikes over pay and working conditions have become common.

This month, two workers were killed at a factory making running shoes for Asics when part of a warehouse fell in on them. Police revised down the original death toll of three given by a minister.
A series of deadly incidents at factories in Bangladesh, including the collapse of a building last month that killed more than 1,000 people, has focused global attention on safety in factories in Asia makes goods for Western companies.

Sun Vanny said the workers making the Nike clothing had been staging strikes and protests since May 21. They want the company, which employs more than 5,000 people at the plant, to give them $14 a month to help pay for transport, rent and healthcare costs on top of their $74 minimum wage.
"Police used an electric baton to hit me on the head and if other workers hadn't pulled me away, I would be dead," Leng Pros, a 28-year-old male worker, told Reuters from his hospital bed. "I didn't know what happened next, I fell to the ground."

Police and military police officials declined to comment on the clash, saying they were still collecting reports. (Reporting by Prak Chan Thul; Additional reporting by Amy Sawitta Lefevre in Bangkok and Phil Wahba in New York; Editing by Alan Raybould, Robert Birsel and Nick Zieminski)

Soure Reuters

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Business news : Iconix Acquires The Remaining Stake in Ecko Unltd.

Iconix Brand Group, Inc. has purchased the 49 percent minority interest in IP Holdings Unltd LLC, owner of the Ecko Unltd., Marc Ecko Cut & Sew and related trademarks. Previously, the company held a 51 percent controlling interest in IPHU. Marc Ecko Enterprises will continue in its role as the core apparel licensee for the brands.

"We believe there is a strong growth opportunity in the youth culture market around the world and are thrilled to increase our equity in the Ecko Unltd. and Cut & Sew brands. We look forward to continuing to work with our licensees as well as the MEE team to further expand the businesses," commented, Neil Cole, CEO, Iconix Brand Group.

The Company paid $45 million in cash for the remaining equity in IPHU.  In addition, as part of the transaction, the sellers will no longer have any obligations under a note payable by IPHU in the approximate amount of $52 million.

"We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with Iconix and being the leader in youth culture branding, merchandising and design," said Seth Gerzsberg, CEO, MEE.

Founded in 1993, Ecko Unltd. is a lifestyle brand that quickly became the leading face of global youth culture. Marc Ecko organically built a loyal following among the new generation's cultural icons like the Beastie Boys, Spike Lee and Chuck D and cemented a strong consumer base.  Ecko Ultd is currently sold in over 5,000 stores in 60 countries and has approximately 100 stand-alone retail stores.

In 2004, the Marc Ecko Cut & Sew collection was launched blending classic tailoring with bold graphics and tasteful embellishments. It was designed for men to start dressing a little more seriously while maintaining their youthful edge. Cut & Sew is available at better department stores including Dillard's, Macy's and key specialty stores and its product assortment includes apparel, eyewear and footwear.

CoMetrics Partners LLC acted as the financial advisor to MEE in the transaction.


Iconix Brand Group, Inc. owns, licenses and markets a growing portfolio of consumer brands including: CANDIE'S (R), BONGO (R), BADGLEY MISCHKA (R), JOE BOXER (R), RAMPAGE (R), MUDD (R), MOSSIMO (R), LONDON FOG (R), OCEAN PACIFIC (R), DANSKIN (R), ROCAWEAR (R), CANNON (R), ROYAL VELVET (R), FIELDCREST (R), CHARISMA (R), STARTER (R), WAVERLY (R), ZOO YORK (R), ED HARDY (R), SHARPER IMAGE (R), UMBRO (R), LEE COOPER (R), ECKO (R), and MARC ECKO (R). In addition, Iconix owns interests in the ARTFUL DODGER (R), MATERIAL GIRL (R), PEANUTS (R), TRUTH OR DARE (R), BILLIONAIRE BOYS CLUB (R), ICE CREAM (R), MODERN AMUSEMENT (R), and BUFFALO (R) brands

Source Iconix through SportsOneSource

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New product : Küat Racks Releases New 15mm and 20mm Dirtbag Racks

Springfield, MO, May 28, 2013 -
Springfield, MO (May 24, 2013) – Küat Racks, makers of lightweight, stylish and easy-to-use racks, introduces two new sizes of the revolutionarily and inexpensive bike rack – The Dirtbag. Like the original Dirtbag, the 15mm and 20mm options use the bikes thru axle to mount the fork to the Dirtbag.

Retailing at $19 MSRP for the new 15mm and 20mm sizes, The Dirtbags use it’s owner’s existing bike skewer to hold the wheel in place and bolts to almost anything, creating an easy and ultra-affordable bike rack. With its steel construction, the Dirtbag is durable and unlike it’s namesake, doesn’t take up couch space. The Dirtbag racks are likely the most inexpensive bike racks on the planet.

The two new sizes expand the Dirtbag line to address the popularity of the original, but the need to attach bigger forks to almost anything that’ll haul. 

 Luke Kuschmeader, President at Küat Racks, says, “These new Dirtbag sizes are solid, bold and go anywhere. With the popularity of the Dirtbag, adding bigger sizes for a variety of bikes makes sense…people love the Dirtbags and the ability to mount them almost anywhere for safe bike transport.

About Küat Racks
Founded in 2007, Küat designs lightweight, stylish, easy-to-use products that help cyclists and adventurers get out and do more. With each product, Küat aspires to deliver innovative solutions to their customers. For more information about Küat, visit http://www.kuatracks.com/.

Business news : Selk’bag USA, Inc Launches as Subsidiary of Chilean Parent Musuchouse, Receives Substantial Capital Investment

San Diego, CA, May 28, 2013 -
Manufacturers of the original Selk’bag® Sleepwear System enter new growth phase with substantial investor backing, added IP protections

Musuchouse Ltda of Santiago, Chile today announced that it has closed a financing deal to launch it’s U.S. subsidiary, Selk’bag USA, Inc., effective May 1, 2013. The first subsidiary for the company has exclusive access to the North American market for its award-winning Selk’bag® Sleepwear System line of products. The company is now executing on an aggressive strategy aimed at increasing its dealer network and developing new products for both the children’s and adult sleepwear system market.

The deal allows the 8-year old Musuchouse a more prominent and controlling foothold in the global outdoor industry for it’s award-winning line of Selk’bag® Sleepwear System products. Already distributed in more than 63 countries around the world, the U.S. subsidiary is receiving substantial funding from an outside investor group as the most important market for the Chilean- based design house.

Musuchouse, a certified B-Corporation (www.bcorporation.net), has been recognized as one of the premier high-impact start ups in Chile by Endeavor Global (www.endeavor.org) and has received considerable recognition for its past successes and future potential. This success allowed Musuchouse to attract investment group backing, which includes Chilean moguls from the finance, mining, telecommunications, consulting, and entertainment industries, among others.

“We are very fortunate and blessed to have such a high profile and capable group of investors backing our company”, stated Cristobal Murillo, co-CEO of parent Musuchouse and Vice President of the new Selk’bag USA. “The value that the investors bring to our growth strategy goes well beyond the financial commitments made. These investors are very savvy and are supporting our efforts in a myriad of ways. In addition, we are bringing our B-Corporation standing and business practices to our new U.S. subsidiary.”

Heading the new company is Philip Benson. Mr. Benson comes to Selk’bag USA as the owner of Sierra Marketing Partners (formerly Mountain’s Best Gear), the former distributor for the Selk’bag Sleepwear System and current agent for Zamberlan USA, Inc. Prior to his work in the outdoor industry, Mr. Benson spent time as a management consultant with LEK Consulting, as well as with such companies as Kimberly-Clark, Harley-Davidson, The Walt Disney Company and Warner Music.

“I’m very excited for the opportunities presented to our company today”, said Benson. “We have massive untapped potential in our market and with the new backing we will be very aggressive in developing existing and new opportunities. We have exceptional conviction that our brand and line of products is the most exciting in the industry today.”

In addition to the investment news, the company also announced major new IP protections that have been secured in both the U.S. and other foreign markets. These new IP protections take a major step forward in offering the company total protection in its Sleepwear System designs. Additional information will be made public in the coming months.

Included in the company’s growth plans are developing the market for existing products, including the Selk’bag® Original, Selk’bag® Lite, and Selk’bag® Kids products. In addition, the company is rolling out their new technical, high-end Selk’bag® Patagon (MSRP $259), which features removable booties and substantial design upgrades later this summer. Finally, the company is currently working on licensing deals with several major third-party brands, particularly for it’s kids line of products, with 2014 launch dates.

More information can be found on Selk’bag USA at the company’s website at http://www.selkbagusa.com or on Selk’bag® around the world at http://www.selkbagworld.com. Additional information on Musuchouse can be found at http://www.musuchouse.com

About Selk’bag USA, Inc.
Selk’bag USA, Inc. is a subsidiary of Musuchouse Ltda of Santiago, Chile, a certified B- Corporation. Formed in 2013, Selk’bag USA, Inc. is the exclusive source for Selk’bag® brand products in North America. The Selk’bag®, named for the lost Selk’nam natives of Tierra del Fuego, Chile, continues to be the most innovative Sleepwear System available today. Originally created by Rodrigo Alonso of Musuchouse in 2006, the Selk’bag® wearable sleeping bag has won numerous awards including being named an ISPO Brand New Award finalist in 2007. More information including a download of our latest catalog is available on the Selk’bag® website at http://www.selkbagusa.com.    Media inquiries can be made to info@selkbagusa.com or by calling the company at 1-858-568-7469. Selk’bag® is a registered trademark of Musuchouse Ltda.

Philip Benson | Cristobal Murillo
Selk'bag USA, Inc./ info@selkbagusa.com / 1.858.568.7469

Business news : Netherlands: the shipbuilding industry remained above 6 billion Euros in revenue

First sector, the commercial vessels for marine use. Dutch manufacturers have issued a total of 95 335 000 GRT, which is the average size of these vessels around that of a large supply. The revenue generated is about one billion euro of 58% for export. Orders placed in 2012 were down 35% in value over 2011. Including 61 ships

ordered in 2012, the backlog was at the end of this year, 129 ships worth $ 2 billion and a tonnage of 593,893 GRT.

For river boats, 90 units totaling 296,500 gross tons were delivered, including boat transportation, supervision, as well as barges or river cruise. If the market is seen as saturated in the short term in the transport of goods, the Dutch consider structurally expected to grow because of the environmental virtues of the waterway.

In terms of yachts, a major Dutch specialties, particularly in vessels of 40 to 80 meters with a metal shell, the cluster states 18 deliveries in 2012. And a backlog of $ 2.2 billion for 59 yachts. With a tendency to higher dimensions and the value of units.

Few figures on the ship repair activity, if it is up 13%.

In the area of ​​equipment, another Dutch specialty, cluster refers to a total of 670 companies, usually SMEs, posting a turnover of 3.4 billion, virtually unchanged for 2011, and made 61% export .

The total turnover of the Dutch shipbuilding industry is therefore € 6.1 billion, with a total workforce of 29,500 jobs. A great performance for a country of 16 million people where the national military commands weigh almost nothing.

French source lemarin.fr

business neys : Nike terminated its partnership with the Livestrong Foundation

The American sporting goods company Nike has ended its partnership with the Livestrong foundation against cancer, announced Tuesday the organization founded by Lance Armstrong, the fallen champion of his seven Tour de France for doping.

Nike has its part said the group gradually cease production of its Livestrong collection, which includes footwear, apparel and accessories, by the end of the year.

"We will continue to support the Livestrong foundation funding its works directly for help and improve outcomes for people facing cancer," however accurate Nike said in a statement, without mentioning the size or shape that funding will .

The foundation has minimized the negative impact that might have announced withdrawal of Nike: "This news will cause some people to draw conclusions about the future of the foundation (...) (But) we expected and aircraft. provided such changes and are therefore in a good position to adapt quickly. "

Nike had broken ties with Armstrong himself in October 2012, after the fall of the American finally forced to confess in front of the record compiled by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

Armstrong founded Livestrong in 1997 after undergoing chemotherapy to overcome testicular cancer spread to the brain and other body parts.

He had retired from his position as President and Board in 2012, and had apologized to the employees of the foundation in January, just before admitting at an American talk show that was doped well.

Livestrong announced that it raised more than $ 550 million and helped 2.5 million patients since its inception. The foundation thanked Nike Tuesday "for the time and resources invested in helping to improve the lives of cancer patients," stressing that the equipment had helped raise more than $ 100 million in 9 years of partnership, since 2004.

French Source AFP

28/05/2013

Retail news : Billabong Explores West 49 ( Canada )Sale

Australia-based Billabong International Ltd. is looking to sell its Canadian retail chain West 49 separate from the rest of its operations, according to a report.

The deal would include West 49, which has 70 stores, along with six stores operating under the Amnesia and Element brands, according to a report from The Australian.

A spokesman for Billabong International in Australia could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday 22th May morning.

Billabong International is the parent of Irvine-based Billabong USA, whose office campus on Waterworks Way also serves as the headquarters for some of the company's other brands, including Element, VonZipper and Honolua.

The news comes as trading in shares of Billabong International remain on hold as potential sale talks drag on for the company. An exclusivity period with Billabong Americas President Paul Naude, who has temporarily stepped away from the position to explore a possible sale, ended earlier this month.
The consortium led by Naude also includes New York private equity firm Sycamore Partners, with the group’s last conditional offer for the company coming in at roughly $299 million.

The company’s shares last traded on the Australian Securities Exchange at $0.47 for a market value of $229.86 million.

Billabong acquired West 49, which counted 138 mall stores in Canada at the time of the deal, for $93 million in 2010. The bidding for West 49 had briefly pitted Billabong against action sports retailer Zumiez Inc. of Everett, Wash. Zumiez later walked away from talks after it was unable to reach an agreement on a review of West 49's books.

The West 49 deal was part of a plan to bolster Billabong’s retail business, but the company’s store count swelled just as global economic headwinds took hold.

A turnaround plan outlined last summer calls for the shuttering of some stores along with inventory reduction and more operational efficiencies.

by Kari Hamanaka ( ocbj.com )

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Organization news : OIA ( USA ) Voices Concern over House Budget Proposal

Outdoor Industry Association® Voices Concern over House Budget Proposal
Proposed Budget Cuts Would Compromise Outdoor Recreation Opportunities 
and the Economic Benefits They Produce

Boulder, Colo., May 24, 2013 — Outdoor Industry Association® (OIA) voiced concern today over a House budget proposal that would have devastating impacts on the nation’s public lands and the economic benefits they generate. The proposed budget would result in reduced funding for the U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, directly impacting land management and access opportunities that generate $646 billion annually in direct economic activity in the United States.

House appropriators submitted a funding proposal to Congress that would cut funding to the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies Subcommittee to 14 percent below current levels, 18 percent below what Congress allocated before sequestration, and 20 percent below President Obama’s budget request. If enacted, such cuts would mean more park closures, greater threats to clean rivers and streams, fewer youth and educational programs, and reduced wildfire protection.

“This is the wrong place to cut the budget,” said Kirk Bailey, vice president of government affairs for OIA. “The nation’s recreation lands are beacons of economic opportunity and directly generate economic activity that is good for communities and this country. This proposal is short-sighted and will create more challenges than it will solve.”

Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer, when many Americans and international travelers embrace outdoor activities and recreate in outdoor destinations like parks, forests, rivers and lakes across the country. More than 140 million Americans participate in outdoor recreation each year, generating $646 billion in direct spending, supporting 6.1 million American jobs. This activity produces $80 billion in annual federal and state tax revenue, a number far greater than the proposed budget cuts.

In the coming weeks, members of Congress will consider the funding proposal when drafting federal budget bills. OIA urges outdoor industry representatives to contact their members of Congress and express their concern over this proposal.

About Outdoor Industry Association
Based in Boulder, Colo., with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. OIA supports the growth and success of more than 4,000 manufacturers, distributors, suppliers, sales representatives and retailers of outdoor recreation apparel, footwear, equipment and services. For more information, go to outdoorindustry.org or call 303.444.3353.

Avery Stonich / Outdoor Industry Association / 303.327.3511 / astonich@outdoorindustry.org

Business news : Deuter inaugurates new headquarters

Deuter the specialty manufacturer of backpacks and sleeping bag has completed the move to its new corporate building within Gersthofen/Germany.

The relocation to the new, state-of-the-art facility almost double the size of its former locale went smoothly and faster than expected – maybe also because the Deuter team itself managed the entire process and proved how focused and efficient the team works on any project.

The site in Gersthofen outside Augsburg, Germany has a total surface area of 20,000 square meters. The three-story main building comprises 2,100 square meters for offices plus 100 square meters for a shop. The warehouse occupies some 7,200 square meters and has enough space for the currently three million items that Deuter sells annually. As of now, the warehouse produces 2.1 million backpacks, 100,000 sleeping bags and 800,000 units of accessories per annum. About 1 million items are sold in Germany. It took approximately 1.5 years to complete the headquarters before its formal inauguration last Thursday and it cost circa €15 million.

CEO Bernd Kullmann says: “I’m extremely proud of the Deuter staff – they have done a tremendous job! Everybody was so dedicated and committed. It again made me realize how special this team is and how much we identify with the brand.”


The new address:
Deuter Sport GmbH & Co.KG   I   Daimlerstraße 23   I   86368 Gersthofen

Source Deuter and Ispo

Business news : Cambodian workers hurt in Nike factory clash

Police with stun batons were called to end a protest over pay by 3,000 mostly female workers making clothes for the US firm

Kim Leap, 44, the mother of a worker who died during an accident in a shoe factory, cries near the coffin of her son in Kampong Speu province. 
Workers at a Nike factory in the province are now protesting over pay. Photograph: Samrang Pring/Reuters

At least 23 workers were hurt in Cambodia on Monday when police using stun batons moved in to end a protest over pay at a factory that makes clothing for Nike, a trade union representative said.

Police with riot gear were deployed to move about 3,000 mostly female workers who had blocked a road outside their factory, owned by Sabrina (Cambodia) Garment Manufacturing, in Kampong Speu province, west of Phnom Penh.

According to the International Monetary Fund, clothing accounted for 75% of Cambodia's total exports of $5.22bn (£3.45bn) in 2011. Low-cost labour has attracted manufacturers making clothes and shoes for western brands but strikes over pay and working conditions have become common.

This month, two workers were killed at a factory making running shoes for Asics when part of a warehouse fell in on them.

A series of deadly incidents at factories in Bangladesh, including the collapse of a building last month that killed more than 1,000 people, has focused global attention on safety in Asian factories.

Sun Vanny, president of the Free Trade Union at Sabrina, said the workers making the Nike clothing had been staging strikes and protests since 21 May. They want the US sportswear firm, which employs more than 5,000 people at the plant, to give them $14 a month to help pay for transport, rent and healthcare costs on top of their $74 minimum wage.

Authorities declined to comment on the clash, saying they were still collecting reports. No immediate comment was available from Nike.

Source Reuters in Phnom Penh

Business news : Just Bones Boardwear awarded patent for innovative adjustable waist boardshort


Short Hills, NJ, May, 2013 – Jennifer Weisman, founder and creator of Just Bones Boardwear™, has been awarded a patent for a unique, hidden,  adjustable waist boardshort by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (U.S. patent number 8,429,762). Introduced to the market in 2011, Just Bones Boardwear™ is the first-of-its-kind original design boardshort with a perfect fit for boys of all sizes. Developed by mom Jennifer Weisman, who realized while shopping for her two boys that there was a void in the market for boardshorts that stay on comfortably, Just Bones Boardwear™ offers the ideal solution for boys who are between sizes, don’t fit into traditional boadshorts or want something more secure to wear.

Behind the Boardshort
While most boardshort brands fall down due to a discrepancy between the waist size and length needed for a growing boy, Just Bones Boardwear™ reinvents the design with full adjustability discretely hidden in a Velcro® flap at the waistband in the back. The patented design allows for ultimate comfort by keeping the adjustable mechanism on the outside of the shorts. Just Bones Boardwear™ boardshorts are innovative, versatile and flexible enough to be adjusted even while wearing.

Launch of Girls’ and Men’s Lines
In response to strong retail and consumer demand for a better fit boardshort in additional market sectors, Just Bones Boardwear™ will introduce lines for girls and men for the 2014 collection, which will debut at the Miami Swim Show, July 20-23. The girls’ line, which will be 4-way stretch, will feature both short-shorts and mid-thigh lengths in exclusively designed prints for a collection that is fun, flirty and functional. The men’s and boys’ 2014 collections will feature new prints in bold graphics and surf-inspired retro designs, including 4-way stretch, for the ultimate in comfort and movement.

“As the mother of twin boys who wanted to wear cool surfer boardshorts, I was surprised and frustrated that there were no boardshorts that fit growing boys well,” says Weisman. “After extensively researching the existing product offerings, I set out to create a brand that would exclusively cater to boys by designing a unique fitting boardshort never before seen in the marketplace. And now, based on the overwhelming positive response to the boys’ collection, I am delighted to extend that concept to the girls’ and men’s markets.”

Exclusive Prints and Vibrant Solids with an Edgy Spirit
Just Bones Boardwear™ boardshorts combine perfect fit with edgy prints to go from hanging ten to hanging out. As a former textile major at FIT, Weisman has co-designed and copyrighted a broad range of one-of-akind prints exclusive to Just Bones Boardwear™, and has created rich solids to merchandise along with them. The boardshorts are made of quick-dry, soft 100% polyester microfiber.

Since its initial launch in May 2011, demand for Just Bones Boardwear™ has been extraordinary. The number of stores and resorts that carry the brand across the United States and internationally has grown rapidly. The boardshorts are now sold in specialty stores nationwide, including popular vacation destinations, such as Hawaii, Florida, California, the Hamptons and Cape Cod, as well as in Mexico, Aruba, the Bahamas, the Virgin Islands and the UK. Consecutive year sales from the largest retailers have increased nearly 300% from the collection’s launch in 2011, indicating the tremendous growth potential of the brand.

Just Bones Boardwear™ participates in a variety of surf expositions, contests and charity events. This August, Just Bones Boardwear™ will serve as a sponsor for KidsFest Hamptons, presented by Free Arts NYC, which provides under-served children and families with a unique combination of educational arts and mentoring programs. In 2012, the company sponsored the Rip Pics Longboard Classic in Cocoa Beach, Florida. Just Bones Boardwear™ will also be outfitting the young cast members of the upcoming original movie, GHOST SHARK, a sequel to the original movie, SWAMP SHARK, on SyFy Network to be released this summer.

Just Bones Boardwear™ is available in specialty shops throughout the United States and internationally, as well as online. For more information and a list of retail stores, please visit www.justbonesboardwear.com. You can also visit our Facebook page.

Business news : French yachting market, professional demonstrates the difficulties faced by the industry

ActuNautique met a professional in the yachting sector reflects the difficulties encountered since the beginning of the year, problems exacerbated by the tax uncertainty.

For the professional, who wished to remain anonymous, the situation is very different for different types of sites. He distinguishes yards living primarily from the sale of new boats large, they tend to specialize on small boats, those active in the maintenance and repair and finally those with activities chandlery and rent.

Undoubtedly, the sites with the most, those are rather specialized in the sale of large new units. A paradox, because customers may purchase such units have been relatively little affected by the crisis. A double phenomenon would meet their place with a share of customers pushing their purchase, because of the tax uncertainty in France, and on the other hand, customers who buy a boat on the contrary, rather to large manufacturers that the durability is not in question, the premium leaders playing full, especially at the expense of Italian shipyards on the brink.

In contrast, specialized in the sale of small units in projects to come out pretty well, due to an accessible entrance ticket and a customer again little affected by the crisis, including retirees.

The economic situation pushing boaters keep their boats longer, would boost the current maintenance activities and those of ship chandlers, activities are often carried out by small local structures generating local jobs, with one caveat, namely climate calamitous early this year that do not encourage the boat out ...

Finally, the surprise would come from leasing activities. Many boaters currently délaisseraient distant destinations in favor of more locations hexagonal, while a new customer would emerge, namely boaters who postponed their purchase but wishing to rent their future boat to enjoy ... in advance!

French Source actunautique.com

Business news : Intersport not liable for eybl / Sports Experts ( Austria )

The sports trade association Intersport has the liabilities for their partner eybl / Sports Experts in relation to suppliers as at 16 May set. This was confirmed by a company spokeswoman of Eybl / Sports Experts of the sport + mode. 

As the "Salzburger Nachrichten" report, the supplier Salewa have already responded: "Until further notice, we will deliver nothing more," Salewa Austria CEO Christoph Mannel is quoted in the report. In Tecnica (Blizzard and Rollerblade), says managing director Helmut Exenberger: "We believe that eybl finds a partner, we want to signal." It will be further delivered. The planned sale of sporting goods retailer should go in two to three weeks across the stage. 

Who will be the purchaser, is still unclear. Last was from Intersport Austria's speech repeatedly been, it would be in the report "SN". But in recent weeks have been observed in several branches eybl representative of the Russian sports chain Sports Master. Since the beginning of the French sports trading and sports Decathlon size check has been speculation among others on investments. 

From the perspective of the financially ailing Eybl / Sport Experts of step with Intersport from another focus was to be considered. "We have the third-party processing exposed jointly by agreement with Intersport," said company spokeswoman Catherine Brunner. 

"It is better for both of us, the market advantage in this segment of the partnership - at least temporarily - to suspend, but to have in the phase of realignment, the full flexibility" also emphasize Mike Weccardt and Hubert Schenk, CEO of Eybl / Sport Experts in a joint statement with Intersport boss Gabriele Fenninger. Intersport Austria aspires to a majority holding by Intersport Germany; SSG hope to announce a "good news" (Brunner) in the next three to four weeks. Because of the liability to be "in deep dialogue with partners" - including Salewa.

German source Spomo.de

Business and retail news : PacSun unveils first-ever NYC pop-up shop


May 24, 2013, Anaheim, Calif. – Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. (Nasdaq: PSUN) (collectively, “PacSun”) unveiled a new pop-up retail experience in New York’s SoHo district. Featuring its most prominent men’s and women’s brands in new, creative ways, the new PacSun pop-up shop at 583 Broadway will be open Memorial weekend through Labor Day. The pop-up shop will host special events throughout the summer, beginning with live, in-store DJ performances from May 25-27 as part of the grand opening activities this weekend.

“We are excited about opening our first-ever pop-up store right in the heart of SoHo on Broadway in lower Manhattan. Our primary objective is to bring the best of PacSun and showcase the best of our industry at one of the world’s most influential fashion and shopping destinations,” said Gary Schoenfeld, CEO of PacSun. “At more than 10,000 square feet, the store is much larger than our typical footprint and includes expansive selling space and distinct merchandising assortments that will feature many of our key branded partners including: Nike, Hurley, Vans, Diamond Supply Co., Modern Amusement, Beats by dre, Brandy Melville and our exclusive collaboration with Kendall & Kylie Jenner.”

Mr. Schoenfeld continued, "For more than 30 years, PacSun has brought the most authentic brands and latest trends from our backyard to consumers across the country. Our Soho pop-up store is an opportunity for tourists and locals alike to experience the best of PacSun’s ‘Golden State of Mind’ and the creativity, diversity and optimism that is the true essence of California lifestyle.”

The dual-level, 10,000 sq. ft. space features a custom design that fuses New York City elements with PacSun’s California heritage and Golden State of Mind brand essence. Upon entry, visitors of the SoHo shop will be transported to a place where Death Valley, Calif. meets New York City skylines and brands and fashion are a celebrated experience. An edited assortment of additional brands will also be featured including: RVCA, Volcom, Crooks & Castles, Neff, Young & Reckless, Us Versus Them, Stance, Rook Billabong, Roxy, and Bullhead Denim Co.  Both men’s and women’s will also feature a shop that houses new and exclusive brand offerings, rotating every two weeks.

For more information on PacSun and the New York pop-up shop, visit PacSun.com. For inspiration on styles and trends, visit GSOM.com
 
About Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc.
Pacific Sunwear of California, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, "PacSun" or the "Company") is a leading specialty retailer rooted in the action sports, fashion and music influences of the California lifestyle. The Company sells a combination of branded and proprietary casual apparel, accessories and footwear designed to appeal to teens and young adults. As of November 29, 2012, the Company operates 722 stores in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. PacSun's website address is www.pacsun.com.

Source Press release Pacific Sunwear

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Awards : SORP Announces 2013 Award Recipients — OIA Receives National Leadership Award

Society of Outdoor Recreation Profressionals Announces 2013 Award Recipients
Outdoor Industry Assocation Receives National Leadership Award

The Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals (SORP) is pleased to announce its 2013 award winners. The awards recognize outstanding accomplishments in the field of outdoor recreation research, planning, management, and policy. The SORP Board of Directors will present eight awards in three categories during the awards luncheon that takes place on May 23 at the National Outdoor Recreation Conference in Traverse City, Michigan.

National Leadership Award
We are proud to announce that the recipient of this year’s National Recreation Resources Leadership Award is the Outdoor Industry Association. Each year the SORP Board of Directors presents this prestigious award to a select individual or organization considered to have had a significant national impact on outdoor recreation and the outdoor recreation profession.  Selection criteria include an individual or organization deemed to have:  (a) demonstrated national leadership through science, education, policy change or advocacy, (b) had a significant national impact, and (c) had a lasting national impact.

The Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) was founded in 1989 by outdoor industry professionals to preserve and promote standards for their industry. In addition to this core mission, the OIA works with more than 4,000 members to advocate for issues critical to the future of the outdoor industry; build stronger business leaders; and celebrate, inspire and grow the active outdoor community. Among many other relevant activities, the OIA has supported full funding for the federal Land and Water Conservation Fund, promoted youth participation in the outdoors, and has been an active and important national leader on a wide range of outdoor recreation issues.


Distinguished Service Award
The Distinguished Service Award is presented annually to up to three individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the outdoor recreation profession. The award may recognize one specific contribution or a series of contributions over one’s career. Selection criteria include: (a) employment as an outdoor recreation professional, and (b) significant and lasting contributions to the profession. Recipients of the 2013 Distinguished Service Award are:

Dr. Lowell Caneday, Regents Professor, Oklahoma State University
During his 32 year career at Oklahoma State University Dr. Caneday has instructed hundreds of future outdoor recreation professionals and served on or chaired about 200 Masters Thesis and Doctoral Dissertation committees. He has also completed hundreds of presentations, research reports, monographs and publications. His numerous administrative roles include Associate Dean of both Graduate Programs and Undergraduate Programs.  Dr. Caneday has received numerous awards, including three separate awards as the university’s Outstanding Faculty Member. He is a devoted advocate for the outdoor recreation profession and the benefits of outdoor recreation for everyone.

Robert A. Fonte, Director, Stark County (Ohio) Park District
Mr. Fonte was nominated by his staff for his “… exceptional advocacy and leadership since 1994 that has transformed the Stark County(OH) Park District from a 4-park, 400-acre district to a district providing 14 parks with 4 lakes, 7,500 acres, 80 miles of multi-use trails, including 25 miles of the historic Ohio & Erie Canal Towpath Trail, and hundreds of educational programs.” Annual revenues increased from $750,000 to over $7 million as a result of four countywide park levies approved by voters during his tenure.  A park commissioner noted: “His visionary leadership and emphasis on long-range planning leaves no doubt that Stark Parks will continue to be an asset to our community.”

Dusty Shultz, Superintendent, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
During her amazing 40 year career with the National Park Service, Superintendent Shultz has worked her way up the ladder from a high school summer job with the Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site to superintendent of four different National Park Service units. She was the first female superintendent at three of those units, including Sleeping Bear Dunes. She has also served on numerous committees, panels and boards; taught classes for the NPS; managed special programs; and has stayed involved in local community and civic efforts wherever she has lived and worked.  While crediting those who have helped her in her career, she is quick to point out the importance of mentoring others as they strive to advance their careers.


Project Excellence Award

The Project Excellence Award is presented annually to exemplary projects in the field of outdoor recreation research, planning, management, and policy. Selection criteria include: 1) Unique or special circumstances, 2) Problem solving, 3) Level of innovation and creativity, 4) Impact or effect of project, 5) Collaborative team planning effort. Recipients of the 2013 Project Excellence Award are:

Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Partners – North Eastern State Trail
This 71 mile Michigan Rail Trail connecting 11 rural communities in the northeastern tip of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan was a project of true collaboration among the Michigan Departments of Natural Resources and Transportation, the Top of Michigan Trails Council, and local governments.  It is the longest trail in the regional system and offers an extended journey for snowmobilers, hikers, bikers and equestrians through some of the most remote and unpopulated regions of the state.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, (M-NCPPC) Montgomery Parks; Montgomery County Department of Recreation; and GreenPlay, LLC – Vision 2030 Strategic Plan and 2012 Parks, Recreation and Open Space Plan, Montgomery County, Maryland
The 2030 Strategic Plan, along with the 2012 Parks, Recreation, and Open Space (PROS)Plan, includes both an innovative, long-term vision component and a practical, analysis-based implementation component to guide the two agencies in meeting the needs of one of the fastest growing and urbanizing communities in the country. The planning process was one of problem solving, innovation and creativity, and collaborative team planning. The Strategic Plan provides the vision, goals, objectives and action items that will shape the parks and recreation system for years to come. The PROS Plan gives planners and decision-makers the tools they need for an urbanizing county.

Jeffco Parks and Open Space, Jefferson County, Colorado – Elk Meadow Park Dog Off-leash Area
An informal dog-training ground that grew into a 107-acre dog off-leash area was at risk of being “loved to death”. A concerted effort by Jefferson County Open Space staff and stewardship-minded teens and volunteers resulted in the installation of 3.2 miles of designated trails, sustainable water crossings, and amenities for 2 and 4-legged visitors. This helped control erosion, trespassing, hazards and confusion for visitors. All of this was completed two years ahead of what was promised to the public. Community engagement was a key to the success of the project and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.

Missouri State Parks – Trail Inventory Database and “Trails of Missouri State Parks” book
The database and book will provide better customer service, fulfill internal management needs and provide an outstanding trail guide, all of which is the result of collective staff ingenuity. An exhaustive and complete inventory resulted in the development of a groundbreaking database that contains information, images and maps of every trail within the system. This is available to and used by staff for a variety of planning, development and management purposes. The beautifully illustrated book responds to visitor demand for more trail information and maps.

Brenda Adams-Weyant / Society of Outdoor Recreation Professionals
(814) 927-8212 / Brenda@RecPro.org

New product : First launch of the new Django 6.70 from the french shipyard

With this launch, the finisterian ( France ) boat builder, Marée Haute's goal is to boost the success of the Django 7.70

With a hull designed for the Mini-Transat and particularly versatile, the Django 6.70 is designed to be able to cope with serious conditions. It is thus possible to consider navigations coastal cruising as crossed off, all in maximum conditions.

Django 6.70 is structurally designed to fail frequently. It has a bulb for this cast of rudders. Once failed, the balance is provided by two small crutches.

Django 6.70 is entirely built in infusion and displays a weight / power ratio remarkable, especially as a large part of the movement consists of the keel, participating in its high stiffness.

The keel is hinged to put the boat on a trailer by crane from. The mat is designed for manual caulking autonomy. The 670 is also available in DJANGO fixed keel with 1.60 m draft.

On the inside are: a large Breton bed, two beautiful sea berths (1.20 m wide), the Django 6.70 allows you to navigate easily to 4 people for a few days. Just like its big brother the 7.70, it has a square panoramic view of the sea, offering a unique comfort for this size of boat.


Technical Datasheet Django 6.70

-Length: 6.70m
-Width: 3.00m
-Headroom: 1.45m
-Draft: 0.50m to 1.60m in position of the keel
-Displacement: 1000 kg
-GV: 19m2
-Arisable Solent: 18m2
-Spinnaker: 55m2
-Engine: outboard 4-6 hp electric can
-Safran: double and relebable
-Ballast: 450 kg
-Certification: Class B
-Mast and boom: aluminum
-Architect: Pierre Rolland

French source bretagne-info-nautisme.fr

Business people : Rusty hires Matt Rockhold as Northern California rep and brand ambassador


Irvine, California - 5/24/2013 - Rusty North America is proud to announce the latest addition to it's rep sales force with the hiring of Matt Rockhold to represent the brand in the Northern California territory.

Matt or "Rocky" as he is better known throughout the area, has been a professional surfer for nearly two decades, landing the cover of Surfer Magazine in 2003, and getting the first ever Stale-Fish air cover with TWsurf in 2001. His roots have long been tied to the Rusty brand, having been his first sponsor 21 years ago, and the first sponsor he ever got a photo published with as well.

"We are extremely excited to have Matt flying the flag for Rusty in the Northern California region, and we are looking forward to and increased opportunity to help support the local retailers and area with a professional who has helped to shape the community and the sport", said Rusty North America Sales Director Kevin Kosha. 

"I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to work for a company with such a long surfing history and to be a part of a solid program. I'm psyched and honored to be a part of the Rusty family again!" Rockhold added.

For more information on Rusty products please visit www.rusty.com
 
About Rusty
Rusty is a brand with its roots firmly planted in the pursuit of the surfing lifestyle. By 1984, Rusty Preisendorfer had already established himself as a young legend in the surfboard shaping world. When the Rusty brand officially launched in 1985, there were few people who didn't recognize the R-dot logo on surfboards across the globe. With the initial goal of making the best surfboards on the planet, it soon became clear that the tremendous demand for Rusty boards and recognition of the name would easily translate to apparel. What began with t-shirts quickly grew into a comprehensive collection driven by authentic surf roots, progressive product, and the signature R-dot.

Decades later, Rusty continues to be an iconic brand in surf culture, featuring a product mix for guys and girls that includes boardshorts, hoodies, tees, knits, dresses and accessories; all available at leading surf shops worldwide. Inspired by art, fashion, music and design, Rusty delivers surf products that represent the classic, casual beach lifestyle defined by the risk-taking spirit and irreverence of today's youth.

Source Rusty by press release

Business news : Abercrombie challenged in Q1, lowers 2013 outlook

ABERCROMBIE & FITCH REPORTS FIRST QUARTER RESULTS BOARD OF DIRECTORS DECLARES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND OF $0.20

New Albany, Ohio, May 24, 2013:  Abercrombie & Fitch Co. (ANF) today reported unaudited first quarter results which reflected a net loss of $7.2 million and net loss per basic and diluted share of $0.09 for the thirteen weeks ended May 4, 2013, compared to a net loss of $21.3 million and net loss per basic and diluted share of $0.25 for the thirteen weeks ended April 28, 2012.

Mike Jeffries, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Abercrombie & Fitch Co., said:
"Our results for the first quarter reflect a sixteen cent improvement in earnings per share versus last year, including better than expected gross margin rate improvement and tight expense management.

The first quarter proved to be more difficult than expected on the top-line due to more significant inventory shortage issues than anticipated, added to by external pressures.

However, comparable sales trends progressively improved during the quarter and with the inventory headwinds largely behind us, we expect to see continued sequential improvement in the second quarter.  We are also making good progress on our cross-functional initiatives, which we expect will generate substantial operating margin improvement on a sustainable, long-term basis."
First Quarter Summary

Net sales for the thirteen weeks ended May 4, 2013 decreased 9% to $838.8 million from $921.2 million for the thirteen weeks ended April 28, 2012. Total U.S. sales, including direct-to-consumer sales, decreased 17% to $534.9 million. Total international sales, including direct-to-consumer sales, increased 10% to $303.9 million. Total Company direct-to-consumer sales, including shipping and handling, decreased 10% to $132.7 million.

Due to the 53rd week in Fiscal 2012, first quarter comparable sales are compared to the thirteen week period ended May 5, 2012.  The effect of the calendar shift was not material to total sales.
Total comparable sales for the quarter, including direct-to-consumer sales, decreased 15% with comparable store sales decreasing 17% and comparable direct-to-consumer sales decreasing 6%.  Comparable sales for the quarter, including direct-to-consumer sales, decreased 14% for the U.S. and decreased 16% for international.  Within the quarter, comparable sales were weakest in February and March.

By brand, comparable sales, including direct-to-consumer sales, decreased 13% for Abercrombie & Fitch, decreased 5% for abercrombie kids, and decreased 18% for Hollister Co. Total sales by brand were $325.0 million for Abercrombie & Fitch, $73.0 million for abercrombie kids and $421.2 million for Hollister Co.

The gross profit rate for the first quarter was 65.9%, 720 basis points higher than last year`s first quarter gross profit rate.  The increase in the gross profit rate was primarily driven by a benefit from a higher mix of spring merchandise selling and a decrease in product costs.

Stores and distribution expense for the first quarter was $449.1 million, down from $455.7 million last year.  As a percentage of sales, expense savings in store payroll, repairs and maintenance, and other stores and distribution expense were more than offset by the deleveraging effect of negative comparable sales.
Marketing, general and administrative expense for the first quarter was $118.8 million, a 2% increase compared to $116.9 million last year. The increase in marketing, general and administrative expense was due to increases in IT and outside services, partially off-set by decreases in incentive compensation and other compensation related expenses.

The effective tax rate for the first quarter was a benefit of 53.7% compared to a benefit of 29.1% last year. The current year rate reflects a net reduction in reserves resulting from the settlement of tax audits.  The Company now expects its full year tax rate in the range of 33% to 34%.

During the first quarter of Fiscal 2013, the Company repurchased approximately 350,000 shares of its common stock at an aggregate cost of approximately $16.3 million.

The Company ended the first quarter with approximately $555.9 million in cash and cash equivalents and borrowings under the Term Loan Agreement of $146.3 million compared to $321.6 million in cash and cash equivalents, $37.9 million in marketable securities and no borrowings last year.
The Company opened four international Hollister chain stores, including its first store in Australia, and a combined Hollister and Gilly Hicks outlet store in the UK, during the quarter.

Other Developments

On May 21, 2013, the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share on the Class A Common Stock of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. payable on June 18, 2013 to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 3, 2013.

2013 Outlook

Based on a modestly more cautious view for the remainder of the year, the Company now expects full year diluted earnings per share in the range of $3.15 to $3.25.  This projection assumes comparable sales, including direct-to-consumer to be slightly down for the balance of the year.  With regard to the second quarter of Fiscal 2013, the Company expects diluted earnings per share in the range of $0.28 to $0.33. Guidance for all periods does not include the impact of potential impairment and store closure charges.

The Company continues to anticipate opening international Abercrombie & Fitch flagship locations in Seoul and Shanghai, as well as approximately 20 international Hollister chain stores throughout the year.  In addition, the Company now anticipates opening a small number of international multi-brand outlet stores during the year. The Company continues to expect to close approximately 40-50 stores in the U.S. during 2013, through natural lease expirations.

Based on current new store plans and other planned expenditures, the Company continues to expect total capital expenditures for Fiscal 2013 to be approximately $200 million, predominately related to new stores and investments in IT initiatives.

At the end of the first quarter, the Company operated a total of 1,053 stores. The Company operated 264 Abercrombie & Fitch stores, 144 abercrombie kids stores, 481 Hollister Co. stores and 20 Gilly Hicks stores in the United States. The Company operated 19 Abercrombie & Fitch stores, five abercrombie kids stores, 112 Hollister Co. stores and eight Gilly Hicks stores internationally. The Company operates e-commerce websites at www.abercrombie.com, www.abercrombiekids.com, www.hollisterco.com and www.gillyhicks.com.

Source Press release Abercombie and Fitch

Web and business news : Intersport's survey on online shopping in order

One-third of Internet users in Germany sees the lack of advisory services as the largest problem when shopping online. The survey shows a representative who has the opinion research institute TNS Emnid conducted on behalf of the Intersport. 

TNS Emnid surveyed 1,000 people on behalf of Intersport. Online shopping has become for most Germans to be an integral part of everyday life accordingly. But in addition to benefits such as time savings, choice, price transparency and flexibility, users also see some disadvantages. Women 30 percent more frequently than men, with 21 per cent - so about a quarter of the respondents is disappointed by the products obtained. The resulting performance disappointment with the lack of consultation about the products supplied also predominates among women (36%) compared to men (29%). While a third of the women surveyed doubt the data safety for online shopping, this is only one man in four critically. 

Exchange is a hurdle 

Among the top 5 of the drawbacks of online shopping are noisy survey also inflexible payment. It is especially disturbing users with lower household income (20%), ie a net income of less than 1,500 euros, compared with higher earners from 3,000 euros net per month (13%). By age groups can be due to the different survey perceived weaknesses when shopping online find. So after all, have a third of under-24s problems with returns. A problem that call the over-55s less frequently. Older people are also less likely disappointed by the delivered products (22%) than younger (33%). 

"Retailers should increasingly rely on the multi-channel distribution, where the shop is closely linked with the local dealer to ensure high customer satisfaction. The consulting services for many customers is still the alpha and omega, "says Jan-Thomas Metge, Managing Intersport multichannel GmbH Since the end of March, the Intersport group an online shop. So be it Intersport customers, for example, possible to return an item purchased online from a dealer of their choice or to seek advice there.

Source spomo.de

New product : Release of the “CYGNUS RAY Z,” Yamaha’s second scooter for the Indian market

May 27, 2013 –  Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announces the May 2013 release of the new “CYGNUS RAY Z” as the Yamaha brand’s second scooter model for the Indian market. This model will be manufactured and marketed by Yamaha Motor group company India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. (IYM).

The CYGNUS RAY Z is a model developed to target young male users in their late teens and early twenties with its concept of “Aggressive Sporty Design.” It keeps the same basic performance of the “CYGNUS RAY” model released in September 2012 while giving it a sporty look and feel with
1) a smoked-finish visor for a motorcycle-like image
2) aluminum rear wing-shaped tandem rider grab-bars
3) a new instrument panel with a carbon fiber patterned background
4) a carbon fiber patterned seat cover material
5) dynamic coloring and graphics.
The new model adopts the same air-cooled 115cc engine as the CYGNUS RAY with its smooth start-up acceleration and good pickup.

India’s motorcycle market surpassed China’s in 2012 to become the world’s largest with an annual demand of approximately 14 million units (Yamaha Motor survey), with especially rapid expansion of the scooter category in recent years. Partly in response to the growth in demand for scooters from an increasing number of women turning to them for personal mobility in India today, Yamaha developed the CYGNUS RAY to target young women. Since its release last year, its signature compact size and ease of use has made the CYGNUS RAY popular not only with women but with men as well, resulting in sales of about 70,000 units as of the end of April 2013. In India, where market growth is expected to continue, the release of the new CYGNUS RAY Z specifically targeting male users gives Yamaha a stronger scooter lineup to expand and increase sales.

June 2013 will see the release of two new model variations in the Yamaha SZ sport model series named the “SZ-RR” and “SZ-S.” The SZ-RR is defined by the sporty styling and look of quality in its exterior design with special features like its smoked windscreen, aluminum grab-bars and 3D “SZ” emblem. The SZ-S features a simpler design in the fuel tank that creates a calmer, more composed impression that will also be appreciated by all members of a family.


Model name: CYGNUS RAY Z / SZ-RR / SZ-S
Release date: CYGNUS RAY Z – May 2013 / SZ-RR and SZ-S – June 2013
MSRP: CYGNUS RAY Z – 48,555 INR / SZ-RR – 62,500 INR / SZ-S – 59,500 INR
(store price in Delhi)
Sales target: CYGNUS RAY Z – 50,000 units / SZ-RR and SZ-S – 50,000 units (total)
(first full year after release, in India)


Source Yamaha through motorsportsnewswire

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Business news : Sport Scheck gets an IT professional on board

The KPS Consulting has won Sport Scheck as customers. With "future-oriented IT architecture and proven processes" KPS will continue to support the multi-channel sports retailer.

Already in February 2012 KPS took over the entire project and implementation responsibilities for the transformation project "Storm" at the Munich Otto-daughter. The project of the sports retailer wanted to ensure that its IT systems and processes keep pace with the growth in distance and step counter retail. To secure this, check sports builds on that developed by KPS rapid transformation method, it said in a statement. Based on this approach arises a future-oriented IT architecture, integrating the various distribution channels of commercial enterprise under the heading Cross Channel. As a unified system platform, the SAP solutions SAP for Retail and SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) are used.

The transition to the new process and system world is planned for 2014 and will take place in several steps. In the first step, all relevant procurement processes for the new season in the SAP system are represented, in parallel gradually follow the branches, and the shop and the call center.


Source Sport Scheck through spomo.de 


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27/05/2013

New product : Athletic Propulsion Labs Steps into the Future with Launch of APL Concept 3 Basketball Shoe

Combines Revolutionary Upper Construction with Patented Load ‘N Launch Technology 

Los Angeles (PRWEB) May 23, 2013
Athletic Propulsion Labs® released its cutting-edge next generation Concept 3 basketball shoe today. After almost 2 years in development, the APL ® Concept 3 takes performance basketball footwear to a level not previously seen in the category. The innovative design features the company’s newly patented Load ‘N Launch® technology designed to help instantly increase a player’s vertical leap along with a technologically advanced upper and outsole design.

“Today’s launch of the revolutionary Athletic Propulsion Labs Concept 3 basketball shoe raises the performance bar in the basketball footwear market to a level not previously seen. Our goal was to combine the benefits of our patented Load ‘N Launch technology and some of the most innovative materials and construction techniques to create a truly breakthrough basketball playing experience”, said Ryan Goldston, Co-Founder of Athletic Propulsion Labs.

“The Concept 3 is the ultimate playing shoe designed for use both in the gym and on outdoor courts, while providing the player with the comfort, performance and confidence to literally and figuratively raise their level of play”, said Adam Goldston, Co-Founder of Athletic Propulsion Labs.

The upper of the APL Concept 3 basketball shoe is a combination of the finest multi-dimensional synthetics, microfiber mesh and special anti-microbial linings in a construction featuring minimal seams and stitch lines to keep the foot comfortable and performing at the highest level throughout extended periods of play. The unique FloZone layer offers incredible breathability and unrestricted airflow across key areas of the foot and there are strategically placed support structures in critical areas of the shoe. Airflow can freely pass through the upper to the internal open-air, ¾ mesh bootie, keeping the foot cool and comfortable even in the most intense playing conditions. Synthetic suede overlays and the molded high-density collar padding are designed to maximize comfort and provide lock-down support for quick lateral bursts. The APL Concept 3 fits completely true-to-size and provides the secure feeling of a basketball shoe designed to perform at the highest level of competition while providing maximum versatility for team play and recreational use.

The Concept 3 outsole uses a segmented herringbone design and translucent performance windows surrounded by orbital grooves to maximize surface contact and increase traction in every situation across multiple playing surfaces. The forefoot of the Concept 3 features the patented, spring-based Load ‘N Launch® technology. The Load ‘N Launch device is implanted in a cavity in the forefoot of the basketball shoe and is designed to provide an instant improvement in vertical leap.* The device works in conjunction with the advanced materials of the outsole, midsole, insole and sockliner to create an integrated, high-performance experience unlike any other basketball shoe. Midsole compression grooves work in concert with the high-performance sockliner and internal shankplate to provide efficient cushioning and responsive court feel.

The APL Concept 3 uses ambient air to its advantage. Aerodynamically designed to allow unrestricted flow throughout the shoe, The Concept 3 provides a unique combination of materials and technology designed to deliver an experience never before seen in the basketball market. The sleek design and cutting-edge construction will allow players who wear the APL Concept 3 to realize the full benefit of the patented Load ‘N Launch technology, while achieving maximum comfort. The future of vertical enhancement has arrived.

The $175.00 APL Concept 3 will be available exclusively at http://www.athleticpropulsionlabs.com and will be initially offered in 3 colorways: Black/Grey, Green/ and Silver/Black/Magma. Pre-sale for this revolutionary new shoe will begin on May 23, 2013 at http://www.athleticpropulsionlabs.com.
About Athletic Propulsion Labs®:

Athletic Propulsion Labs was founded in Los Angeles, California by twin brothers Adam and Ryan Goldston, two former University of Southern California basketball players. The company is dedicated to the creation of world-class, breakthrough technology that significantly enhances the performance of athletes in a variety of sports. All APL basketball shoes are available exclusively at http://www.AthleticPropulsionLabs.com and feature the revolutionary Load ‘N Launch® Technology.

The patented Load ‘N Launch® device is implanted in a cavity in the forefoot of the shoe and serves as a “launch pad” by taking the energy exerted by the player and increasing lift with the aid of an intricate, spring-based propulsion system designed to increase vertical leap up to 3.5 inches based upon athletic ability and physical conditioning of the individual*.

The APL Concept 1 basketball shoes were introduced on March 24, 2010. The NBA ban of the APL® Concept 1 shoes occurred on October 19, 2010 and marked the first time in the 64-year history of the NBA that a shoe was banned because it provided an “undue competitive advantage”.



For more information on Athletic Propulsion Labs, please visit the website at http://www.AthleticPropulsionLabs.com or http://www.APLbasketball.com.

Contact:
NJ Falk / The UXB / 310.229.9098 / nj(at)theuxb(dot)com

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New Products : 2014 Husaberg Lineup Announced – Final Edition Before Husqvarna Merger

FE 250
HUSABERG CELEBRATES 25 YEARS OF PASSION FOR PURITY WITH THE LAUNCH OF THEIR 2014 MODELS 

created by Husaberg , 21.05.2013

Husaberg is all about enduro. For 2014 – Husaberg’s final year as an independent brand – the entire seven-bike, 2-stroke and 4-stroke, model range has been improved and refined. Husaberg is PURE ENDURO.

Following the hugely successful introduction of a completely new and extended model range for 2013, for 2014 Husaberg’s focus is simple – to advance and optimise the rideability of all seven of its models. Put simply, overall handling of all models has been upgraded to ensure improved manoeuvrability and rideability – no matter what the terrain. In addition the FE 250 is fitted with an all-new motor, one that delivers class leader enduro power and increased performance.
Husaberg’s 2014 models are the result of 25 years of commitment, innovation, and passion for enduro sport. They also signify the final chapter in the companies celebrated history. As Husaberg’s state-of-the-art technology joins together with Husqvarna’s rich heritage, under the Husqvarna brand, the 2014 model range represents a fantastic and unique opportunity to own a pure Husaberg for the very last time. 

A bike for every rider
As Husaberg celebrates 25 years of innovative off-road motorcycle design and manufacture, they’re offering an extensive range of pure enduro 2-stroke and 4-stroke models. From the smallest capacity machine – the TE 125 – to their largest – the FE 501 – Husaberg has a bike to suit all riders. As the only brand that focuses exclusively on enduro, that’s exactly what their R&D engineers have done – improved, lightened and optimised the entire model range as they celebrate 25 years of Husaberg.

2014 MODEL HIGHLIGHTS

New 250cc 4-stroke engine
For 2014 the FE 250 sees numerous improvements as the bike sets new standards in the Enduro 1 class. Featuring a completely new engine, which offers notably more torque than its predecessor, the quarter litre 4-stroke features an all-new cylinder head that offers a significant increase in power. A shorter stroke, new crankshaft, 5 per cent heavier flywheel, new crankcases, updated Engine Management System, as well as the addition of the proven DDS clutch system, ensures the new FE250 engine packs a serious punch.

New suspension settings for all models
Improved traction and greater rider comfort is one of the most significant highlights of the 2014 Husaberg range. All models, both 2-stroke and 4-stroke, receive optimised suspension settings, which ensure improved traction and a smoother ride. Improvements to the WP PDS shock don’t stop at upgraded settings – for 2014 they also feature simplified seal changing and preload adjustment. FE 250 suspension settings are now identical to the FE 350.

Reworked 4CS USD WP Closed Cartridge forks
The sophisticated 4CS USD WP Closed Cartridge forks have been extensively revised for 2014, making them more durable, offering better performance, and making them easier to both adjust and maintain. Delivering impressive and constant damping characteristics, it is now easier than ever before to bleed the forks of air. Springs can also be changed without the need for special equipment.

Improved 250/350 4-stroke frames
Chassis development of the FE 250 and FE 350 models has resulted in significant weight savings as well as handling improvements. When added to the suspension improvements introduced for 2014 they ensure truly optimised levels of traction and handling. With thinner walled down tubes, added to revised cylinder head braces, the new frames allow better absorb energy generated from rear wheel impacts. Improved torsional rigidity also improves high-speed stability and precise cornering.

New 25th Anniversary graphics
Husaberg’s 25th Anniversary is celebrated with assertive new styling as the entire model range receives a sleek and unique new look. Enhancing the slender bodywork on all of the state-of-the-art machines, the striking new graphics compliment the performance upgrades by ensuring a clean, contemporary look.

Optimised tank cap mechanism
Optimisation of the ¼-turn bayonet filler cap allows quicker and easier opening and closing of the fuel cap.

New lower triple clamp
Redesigned for 2014 the lower clamp delivers more consistent force transmission between triple clamp and fork tube. The high-end CNC machined reduce unwanted influences on the damping to ensure a smoother fork action.

New speedo
The new speedometer, developed together with TRAIL TECH, stands out due to its superior ergonomics. Easier to use it provides a better read-out, with the time now visible in any display mode.

New ECU for FE 250
With the focus on saving weight and simplifying the electrical system the wire harness, new ECU, connector and fuse mounts, have all been improved with the TE 250 and TE 300 models also receiving a stronger battery for 2014.

Reworked exhaust system for the 250 4-stroke
For 2014 the FE 250 receives a new exhaust system matched to its new engine. Featuring a new header pipe and a silencer with dual cone perforated pipes, it ensures low sound levels and outstanding performance.

SEVEN OF THE VERY BEST
FE 250
Swift, maneuverable, and agile – the FE 250 may be small but it’s far from tame. In its second year, the FE 250 gets a completely new engine with even more enduro power. It is the new weapon of choice for all E1 racers.
  • New motor delivers increased torque
  • DOHC cylinder head with increased flow rate
  • Optimised enduro specific power
  • 2.7mm shorter stroke, larger bore and intake valves
  • Lighter forged bridged piston
  • 5% heavier flywheel for optimum traction
  • Plain big-end bearing for increased service intervals
  • Completely new crankcase design – lighter & stronger
  • Multifunctional counter balance shaft
  • 42mm Keihin EMS throttle body – improved throttle response
  • New exhaust system with dual cone perforated pipes.
  • DDS clutch for unbeatable reliability
  • Lightest possible clutch operation
  • No kick starter ensures minimum weight
  • Oil-cooled AC alternator powers fuel injection
FE 350
Agility and uncompromising enduro performance are the core values of every Husaberg. In the Husaberg FE 350, lightness of handling and the significant power of the DOHC engine come together perfectly, for every terrain and long race days.
  • Plain big-end bearing for increased service intervals
  • No kick starter ensures minimum weight
  • 42mm Keihin EMS throttle body – improved throttle response
  • Twin oil pumps
  • DDS clutch for unbeatable reliability
FE 450
FE 450 & FE 501
The FE 450 features state-of-the-art 4-stroke technology, perfectly packaged in an ultra-light and super-maneuverable enduro chassis. Ferocious, yet easily controllable, power throughout the rev range it offers the perfect blend of strength and ease of use.
Loved by many but mastered only by very few, the FE 501 not only bears a name with a heritage but also perfectly represents what Husaberg stands for: Ultimate readability without compromise. Massive power combined with low weight for maximum agility and fun, and when it comes to racing it is the ultimate 4-stroke weapon in the E3 class.
  • 10% lighter SOHC
  • Optimised cylinder head gasket – increased durability
  • Strengthened automatic decompression mechanism
  • High-tensile, ultra lightweight Pankl con rod
  • Plain big-end bearing for increased service intervals
  • New high performance piston rings
  • DDS clutch for unbeatable reliability
  • 42mm Keihin EMS throttle body – improved throttle response
TE 125
The TE 125 is the nimble little powerhouse of the Husaberg enduro range. With top of the range components it is the perfect choice for all racers wanting the best price/performance ratio in the E1 class. There’s no overlooking the TE 125 when it comes to winning performance.
  • Newly developed reed valve with Boyesen high performance reeds
  • Optimised piston grinding shape – increased durability
  • Improved carburettor settings for better throttle response
TE 250
The TE 250 is an established force in the E2 class - the most hotly contended class in enduro sport. A light and powerful E2 alternative to the FE 450, it delivers all a mid-sized two-stroke should and much more. With a lively power delivery and sporty performance, the bike can handle anything thrown at it. With a six-speed gearbox and an electric starter there’s simply no challenge too great for the TE 250.
  • New cylinder head with optimised combustion chamber
  • Newly developed reed valve with Boyesen high performance reeds
  • Modified ignition mapping for improved motor performance
  • Refined DDS clutch for unbeatable reliability
  • Improved carburettor settings for better throttle response
  • Stronger battery for improved starting
  • Improved WP PDS settings
TE 300
The TE 300 truly is the go anywhere, do anything bike – the ultimate Extreme Enduro machine yet equally at home battling for race wins in the Enduro World Championship. With its super-smooth, tractable power the TE 300 excels with an unbeatable power-to-weight ratio. In the hands of Graham Jarvis it’s a bike capable of almost anything. In the hands of the world’s weekend warriors it’s dependable and capable as it is enjoyable and easy to ride.
  • New cylinder head with optimised combustion chamber
  • Newly developed reed valve with Boyesen high performance reeds
  • Modified ignition mapping for improved motor performance
  • Refined DDS clutch for unbeatable reliability
  • Improved carburettor settings for better throttle response
  • Stronger battery for improved starting
  • Improved WP PDS settings
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