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....