Industry Updates

May 19, 2023
Imports Expected to Remain Below 2022 Most of This Year 
Import cargo volume at the nation’s major container ports is climbing back from a nearly three-year low in February but is expected to remain well below last year’s levels heading into this fall, according to the Global Port Tracker report released by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates. “Consumers are still spending, and retail sales are expected to increase this year, but we’re not seeing the explosive demand we saw the past two years,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “Congestion at the ports has largely gone away as import levels have fallen, but other supply chain challenges remain, ranging from trucker shortages to getting empty containers back to terminals. We were pleased by recent reports of progress related to the West Coast port labor negotiations but will continue to monitor the situation closely until there is a new agreement ratified by both parties.” | More Information

Outdoor Retailer Summer Show Returns with New Floorplan 
Outdoor Retailer reported it changed its floor plan for the upcoming summer show, June 19-21, in Salt Lake City, UT, to be organized by activity. The floor plan works in zones: Camp & Hike, Climb, Lifestyle, Overland & Travel, Retail Services, Run & Cycle, Snow (Winter), Sourcing, and Water (Summer). The Venture Out section will include outdoor brands and advocacy organizations with integrated education spaces. A new area, The Hub, will include The Camp education area, the tent zone, matchmaking, and workspace. OR will launch a new website timed with the show that includes new icons for each activity zone and an “enhanced” exhibitor list to aid attendees with on-site navigation.  | More Information

NRF Says Retail Sales Rose in April as Consumers ‘Remained Engaged’ 
Retail sales bounced back in April, showing both month-over-month and year-over-year growth, the National Retail Federation said. The U.S. Census Bureau said overall retail sales in April were up 0.4% from March and up 1.6% year over year. In March, sales were down 0.7% month over month but up 2.4% year over year. | More Information

Industry Updates

May 5, 2023
Ignik Grows Product Line, Launches Tank Accessories
Ignik, a Bainbridge Island-based brand, expanded its product line with new offerings in propane tank accessories. The 20LB Tank Case/Seat and 20LB Tank Tote make transporting and hauling large-scale propane tanks “seamless.” Both tanks are made with 900 denier polyester fabric, rigid corrugated plastic, foam-reinforced base, and Molle webbing, which allows for attachment of other gear, accessories and secure transport. The 20LB Tank Tote is constructed with wrapped webbing handles on each side. Its Case/Seat offers a reinforced lid that doubles as a seat when shut and a removable padded shoulder strap for carry. Both the Tank Tote and Case/Seat propane carrying cases “cradle and protect the tank from impact.” When not used to transport propane, both store extra gear and beverages and could double as a camp trash can. | More Information 

U.S. Consumer Confidence Dips to Lowest Level Since July 
According to the Conference Board, U.S. consumer confidence dropped in April to the lowest since July on more pessimistic views about the economic outlook, even as current conditions improved. The Conference Board’s Consumer Confidence Index, which measures attitudes toward the economy and the job market, fell to 101.3 in April, down from 104 in March, marking the lowest level since July 2022. The Conference Board’s Present Situation Index—based on consumers’ assessment of current business and labor market conditions—increased to 151.1 (1985=100) from 148.9 last month. | More Information 

ICAST Brings Global Recreational Fishing Trade to Orlando in July 
Celebrating its 66th year, the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades—better known as ICAST—returns to Orlando, Fla. and the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) from July 11-14, for the planet’s largest sportfishing trade show. Produced annually by the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the show is the largest, single event for the recreational fishing trade. “ICAST is the cornerstone of the global sportfishing industry,” said ASA President Glenn Hughes. “ICAST is where connections are made that create business opportunities for our industry. It’s also where most new products make their debut into the fishing marketplace.” ICAST offers more than 12,000 attendees representing dozens of countries the opportunity to see and interact with thousands of products from hundreds of manufacturers displaying colorful lures, clothing and watercraft, glowing marine electronics and multi-hued rods and reels. Tackle manufacturers, retailers, distributors and a host of global media all mingle at this once-a-year event. | More Information 

Industry Updates

April 25, 2023
Less Common Firearm Sales: Do You Know these FFL Compliance Rules
There are multiple situations of uncommon sales that gun retailers may find themselves facing.  Some may include online sales, sales to customers with dual residency, and the effect a customer's CCW has or does not have on background checks and waiting period requirements. This article highlights some of the more uncommon types of gun sales that may occur in retail and how merchants should handle these situations and following the proper and legal procedures that are required. For more information go to or click the link | More Information 

Report: Year-Over-Year Online Prices Fell Again in March but Apparel  Shows Increases
Adobe reported that online prices in March 2023, as tracked via the Adobe Digital Price Index (DPI)*, powered by Adobe Analytics, fell 1.7 percent year-over-year (YoY), marking the seventh consecutive month of YoY price decreases with over half of the categories (10 of 18) tracked by Adobe seeing falling prices on an annual basis. On a monthly basis, online prices in March remained flat (up 0.03 percent) versus February. Eight categories experienced YoY price increases, including personal care, office supplies, pet products, groceries, non-prescription drugs, tools/home improvement, medical equipment/supplies and apparel. | More Information 

NRF Says Retail Sales ‘Moderated’ in March but Still Sees ‘Positive Growth’ for 2023
Retail sales slowed in March, but spending was still higher than the same time last year, the National Retail Federation said. “Retail sales moderated in March after posting strong gains in the first two months of the year,” NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said. “Continued easing of inflation and the overall strength of the job market and wages are keeping the fundamentals of the consumer economy strong and should support their ability to spend on household priorities through 2023. Retailers recognize the pressure on consumers from increased prices in services and experiences, and the impact of higher interest rates, and are prioritizing product mix, competitive pricing and convenience to help consumers stretch their budgets.” | More Information 

Study: Global Supply Chain Volatility Falls To Lowest Level Since July 2020 
The GEP Global Supply Chain Volatility Index* concluded that global supply chains operate more efficiently today, signaling the lowest stress level since July 2020. GEP’s Global Supply Chain Volatility Index, produced by S&P Global and GEP, fell to 0.32 in March from 0.48 in February. GEP found that although global demand for raw materials and components remained subdued, the trend has improved since hitting its trough in December 2022. Asian purchasing managers increased their component orders again in March, with manufacturers in China and India driving the gains. In Europe and the U.S., demand for raw materials and components is no longer falling as rapidly as companies continue to draw down excess warehouse inventories. | More Information 


Industry Updates

April 7, 2023
NRF Forecasts 2023 Retail Sales to Grow Between 4% and 6%
The National Retail Federation issued its annual forecast, anticipating that retail sales will grow between 4% and 6% in 2023. In total, NRF projects that retail sales will reach between $5.13 trillion and $5.23 trillion this year. | More Information 

Toy Association & Clamour to Reveal Best Spring & Summer Toys  of 2023 as Chosen by Influencers 

Toy and game companies are invited to submit their most creative and innovative products to be voted on by leading influencers with millions of social media followers and monthly views. Chosen products will be named to the official “Best of Spring & Summer 2023 Influencer Choice List,” presented by The Toy Association and powered by Clamour, producers of the largest industry summit from professional online video influencers. The influencers from the Clamour network who will be casting their votes are required to have a minimum monthly following of at least one million views on their main platform and a social reach of more than half a million followers. Influencers will review each submitted product’s details (including photos and physical product, if available), before voting for their favorites. Voting will take place online from April 26 to May 5. No employees or representatives of Clamour or The Toy Association will have any role in determining the selected products. | More Information 

Industry Updates

March 23, 2023
Yeti Recalls 1.9 Million Coolers and Cases for Magnet Hazard
Yeti has recalled 1.9 million soft coolers and gear cases because of magnets that could detach and be ingested. The magnet-lined closures on Yeti’s Hopper M20, Hopper M30 1.0 and 2.0, and SideKick Dry products could fail and the magnets could dislodge, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Yeti issued a Stop Sale notice on these items in early February. See SGB Executive coverage on the recall HERE and the resulting economic impact of the massive recall HERE. | More Information 

Report: U.S. Retail Sales Climb 6.9 Percent in February
According to Mastercard SpendingPulse*, U.S. retail sales excluding automotive were up 6.9 percent year-over-year (YOY) in February. “Following a dynamic holiday season, consumer spending returned to a familiar and healthy balance in February,” said Steve Sadove, Mastercard senior advisor and former CEO of Saks, Inc. “Consumers have remained resilient, prioritizing discounts where possible to counteract inflationary pressures.” | More Information


ASA Report: Economic Contributions of Recreational Fishing
The American Sportfishing Association (ASA) released its 2023 Economic Contributions of Recreational Fishing: U.S. Congressional Districts Report, an update to the data collected by the ASA in partnership with Southwick Associates, which noted angler participation and the economic impacts across all 50 states and the country’s 435 congressional districts. America’s 52.4 million anglers contribute $148 billion to the economy and support 945,500 jobs in the U.S. while contributing $1.8 billion towards conservation. While jobs supported include the manufacturing and selling of fishing equipment and gear, recreational fishing also supports jobs in other industries, including hotel lodging, restaurants, charter boat trips, and more. | More Information 

'Pause' on Credit Card Tracking Code Welcomed but Firearm Industry Keeping Watchful Eye
VISA, Mastercard and Discover – all announced they were “pausing” efforts to implement a newly-created Merchant Category Code (MCC) to track gun store purchases. NSSF worked diligently with lawmakers in several states and the federal government last year when the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) adopted a credit card tracking scheme proposed by antigun activists at Amalgamated Bank and The New York Times. The result is several states are on the verge of passing legislation that would block the use of firearm retailer-specific code and protect the privacy of customers of firearm retailers, including West VirginiaFlorida and Mississippi. Congress is also looking at the issue. | More Information 

Easter Spending Expected to Reach Record $24 Billion
Consumers plan to spend a collective $24 billion on Easter this year, up from $20.8 billion in 2022 and the previous record high of $21.7 billion in 2020, according to the annual survey released today by the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics. Eighty-one percent of Americans will celebrate the holiday and spend an average of $192.01, the highest figure on record. | More Information

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