Monday, January 22, 2007

This Week in The B.O.S.S. Report

We had some pretty big news happening this week, but that usually happens right before trade show season starts.

o Environmental Concerns drive technology for vendors
and retailers alike.
o SIA Retail Audit: Global Warming is Impacting Retail Sales...
o Five Regional Magazines Form Alliance.
o Lowa Boots Acquires X-Socks U.S. Distribution.
o Peregrine Opens New Western Warehouse.
o Cloudveil Parent SBI Sells Off Fila Business...
o Colorado Sees Record Skier Visits.
o Malden Sale Hits a Potential Roadblock.
o Yue Yuen gets China lift.
o Other Stories include OIWC, Sugoi, Spy, Optic Nerve,
Osprey, Nikwax, Icebreaker, and many more...

The Malden story was by far the biggest news.

But the cover story on "green design" was equally as important to the industry.

...However today, the majority of the advances seem to be taking place in footwear. Simple has created their line of eco-friendly shoes, dubbed the Green Toe initiative; Timberland is putting FDA-style “Green Index” labels on all of their footwear and powering their warehouses with solar energy; Teva is launching their “curbside collection” made out of recycled plastic bottles; and Merrell has licensed the Patagonia name and launched their own “green” footwear line.

In addition, Simple and Deckers are hosting the first ecoETHICS forum at the WSA show on February 3rd, 2007. The forum is designed to bring all footwear companies together to share best practices in green design and marketing....


Peggy Farabaugh said...

Thanks for bringing all this green design "out in the open". Your pics for footware companies, especially Patagonia have been wonderful eco champions for so many years.

Another important area for green design is in outdoor furniture, normally made from the dense woods of tropical rainforests. As you know the rainforest is quickly disappearing so it's important to buy outdoor furniture that is certified by the Forest Stewardship Council as being sustainably harvested from a well managed forest.
Thanks for your article,
Peggy Farabaugh
Fine Furniture from Sustainable Sources

Mark McKnight said...

I think sustainability has finally hit the "tipping point" in the outdoor industry. Let's hope it spreads to the mainstream through our collective interest in the topic. On that note, I love this new Patagonia video- check it out on the Rock Creek Chronicle