END OF SUPER SHOW: The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association is ending the Super Show after the upcoming edition in Orlando, Fla., later this month and instead will offer two regional shows.
The new shows are timed to coincide with seasonal selling cycles, SGMA said in a statement. The first of the new shows will be held in June 2007 in Las Vegas and will be focused on holiday and first-quarter deliveries, while the second show is planned for October 2007 in a yet-to-be-determined location on the East Coast and is expected to focus on back-to-school and third-quarter deliveries.
SGMA president and chief executive officer Tom Cove said the two events are planned to “facilitate more efficient and productive sales opportunities” for its members.
FILA SELLS ONLINE: Fila has started selling its products online at its Web site, fila.com. The online store carries the range of Fila’s apparel and footwear for men and women. The highly interactive site uses Flash technology and allows consumers to view merchandise on models and from multiple angles. Consumers can also text chat live with a Fila personal assistant.
BISHOP NAMED AT MOONSTONE: Brent Bishop has been named president of Moonstone Mountain Equipment, the Seattle-based outdoor apparel company owned by London Fog Group.
The president position is a new one, but Bishop is taking over many responsibilities formerly held by Hobey Douglass, who had been vice president of sales and has left the firm. Bishop will oversee brand and product development, in addition to sales and marketing.
An avid rock climber who also co-owns a mountaineering store in Bozeman, Mont., Bishop has tested products for Moonstone and has been a consultant to the firm since 2001.