One of Germany’s major fishing tackle retailers has been forced to put its 25th anniversary celebrations on hold as the Coronavirus pandemic takes hold across Europe.
Fisherman’s Partner Angler-Fachmarkt group, which has shops and retail partners in Germany, Austria, France, the Netherlands and Italy, had planned to mark its milestone alongside the opening of a new store in Pinneberg, near Hamburg last week.
The company's Managing Director, Hans-Jürgen Gäbler, told Angling International: “We put together an extensive and expensive marketing campaign, but our efforts were in vain because we are not allowed to open.
"All our stores have been closed for some time now and will remain so by law until April 19th. However, I don't think they will be back in business before May.
“The situation for the fishing tackle industry is more than serious. We are at the beginning of the season and the shops are full of goods.
“The most important months for our retail business are from March to May. It is when we make 35% of our annual turnover and this year we will lose a major slice of that.
“Without making that turnover most retailers will not be able to pay invoices to suppliers or the rent. Fisherman’s Partner will only be able to remunerate its staff for a certain amount of time, but many other companies will not.
“We are..Continue Reading
It has been business as usual for award-winning fishing rod component supplier American Tackle during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Florida-based company, supplier of the MicroWave Line Guide System, says that it is dedicated to remaining open to service the needs of its customers in the US and across the globe. And its co-owner, Darrin Heim, believes that its actions will help it emerge from the crisis stronger.
He told Angling International: “It is an opportunity for us to steel a march on our competitors who have closed their businesses during the pandemic. When some semblance of normality returns you have to be prepared, and we believe that staying open will help us in that respect.
“We are taking safety precautions by maintaining mandated distancing, using PPE and following state operating guidelines.
“Around half of our workforce is operating remotely and we are fully staffed. While our showroom is currently closed, we are available via email and telephone to provide technical support for all industry and custom builder inquiries.
“We are 100% operational. There are a lot of rod builders out there who are still working and being open for business is important to them.”.. Continue Reading
Andrew Race, Managing Director of scales supplier Reuben Heaton, predicts fundamental changes in the structure of the fishing tackle industry as a result of COVID-19.
“It will have a huge impact on society and global markets and in some cases change them forever,” says the new Chairman of the UK’s Angling Trades Association (ATA). “Attitudes to supply chains, resources, carbon footprint, social mobility and recreation will all change.
“Some of the impact will be permanent and effect social change on a large scale. Inevitably there will be losses within the trade.
“In part it reinforces my view that British manufacture will start to play a big role in the tackle industry again. I think many countries will see an increase in home manufacture.”
Race could not have taken on the role of ATA chairman at a more difficult time. Some of his plans will take longer to execute, but he is already working with the Environment Agency, Angling Trust and Canal and River Trust to bring the industry together to engage anglers past and present.
“Our combined social media capability will enable us to do a lot towards this,” he says. “The ATA is working with the aforementioned on a project to inform government on the position of angling’s role in society after COVID-19.
“Thirdly, as a trade, we need to be ready to supply anglers with the items..Continue Reading
The American Fly Fishing Trade Association (AFFTA) has postponed this year’s IFTD show in Denver, Colorado.
Its President, Ben Bulis, said in a statement that in view of the completely unpredictable path of the COVID-19 virus and length of the industry’s – and nation’s – social and economic recovery, it has elected to take decisive action to protect the association’s people and businesses.
He said: “Make no mistake, this was an exceedingly difficult decision for the AFFTA Board. We are in completely uncharted waters, but we promise to be as diligent and as responsive as possible in leading our industry through these tough times.”
Bulis added that the factors it considered to arrive at this decision included:
• The safety and health of every last member of the industry;
• The length of time that preventative measures will be in place is unknown;
• The industry’s uncertain financial picture today and in the future;
• With the economic loss the industry is facing, AFFTA does not want members to incur the cost of travel, lodging and time away from businesses to attend IFTD.
The solutions it is currently working on include:
• Logistics for how exhibitor deposits are handled;
• Working with its show vendors, hotels, registration and the convention centre to postpone IFTD to 2021;
The head of Columbia Sportswear and at least 10 other top executives have taken voluntary pay cuts to help employees and the business through the Coronavirus crisis.
The move coincides with the decision to extend the closure of all its North American stores until April 10 amid safety concerns surrounding the outbreak.
It is being reported that Tim Boyle, President and CEO of the company will be reducing his annual salary to $10,000. His total remuneration package was $3.3m in 2019.
Announcing the extended closure, Columbia, which is a regular exhibitor at the ICAST fishing trade show, said in a statement: "Out of concern for the health and safety of our employees, customers and their families, we are extending the closure of all our North American brick and mortar stores to April 10.
"Our retail employees will continue to be paid during this period and we hope to have them back at work soon. We encourage consumers seeking our products to visit our e-commerce site. Some of our administrative facilities remain open so that we can continue to provide customer support with the least disruption possible.
"Columbia has been in business since 1938 and has weathered many storms by keeping our focus on the wellbeing of consumers, employees and the larger community. We have taken many steps to carry out health and safety advice from the relevant authorities around the world..Continue Reading
Dometic, the global supplier of coolers and freezers for the outdoor leisure sector, has won an award at one of the world's most renowned design competitions.
Its new generation portable fridge/freezer – the Dometic CFX3 series – has been given a Red Dot Award, the world's largest competition of its kind that attracts more than 18,000 entries annually.
Dometic is a regular exhibitor at ICAST and its CTO, Dr Anton Lundqvist, said: "We listen to what the customer really wants and developed the CFX3. Active people on adventures still want fresh and healthy food without having to limit the time they spend off the grid.
"It is great to see the smart and beautiful design of this product, backed by our industry-leading technology, has won the Red Dot."
Red Dot CEO, Professor Dr Peter Zec, said: "The winners have proved that they have created excellent products worthy of winning an award. They won over the jury not only through their aesthetic, but also thanks to their incomparable functionality.
"With their designs, the award winners are setting new standards in their industry. I wish to congratulate them most sincerely on their success.".. Continue Reading
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