Decathlon, the owner of the Caperlan fishing brand, has reported the most successful new store opening in its history.
The French retailer told The Irish Times that almost 300,000 people have passed through the doors of its Dublin store in the Republic of Ireland since it opened in June, bettering any other launches in the 59 countries it operates in.
It has also reported 15 per cent of its activity coming outside of Dublin via the internet, reinforcing its expansion plans in the country which will include stores in Cork, Galway and Limerick subject to finding local partners in real estate, Decathlon's Chief Executive in the Republic, Bastien Grandgeorge told the paper.
It plans to open nine stores in all to add to the Dublin outlet in which it has invested €13m.
To deal with Brexit, Decathlon has announced plans to ship all of its products directly from France and is using the European Union rather than the UK in its supply chain.
Founded in 1976 by Michel Lecleron, the retailer posted sales of €12.9bn last year... Continue Reading
Following the staging of its first exhibition since the lockdown, Millennial Fair in Italy has this week confirmed that its 2021 CarpItaly event will also go ahead as planned.
Millennial Fair has acted quickly to set the record straight amid widespread concerns about the status of global events in the early months of 2021. The concerns are in light of the cancellation of Japan's two major tackle events – the Osaka Show and the Japan Fishing Festival – which were due to take place in January and February and Carp Den Bosch (formerly Carp Zwolle).
In a Facebook posting, Millennial Fair says that 17,000 people attended an event at the Fiera Millenaria di Gonzaga venue earlier this month without any hitches. “The public was perfect in respecting all the procedures put in place to combat COVID-19 infection, giving us the confidence to make this announcement,” said a show spokesperson.
“At the moment we cannot say how many exhibitors will confirm their attendance, but we have received many calls from companies and anglers asking for details of CarpItaly 2021.
“We are all worried about the health situation and we don't know what will happen in the coming months, but we will be monitoring the situation in the run-up to the show and act accordingly.
“We fervently want to stage CarpItaly, which will take place from February 12th to 14th, and will in the coming..Continue Reading
Australia’s award-winning Schneider Fishing Lines is under new ownership. The 70-year-old business has been acquired by Reidy’s Fishing Lures, owned by Colin and Karen Burdon.
“Schneider Lines are quality products that we hope to enhance into the future,” said Colin Burdon. “Nothing will change except that all orders will be sent from our Darwin factory and we are looking at adding to the brand and range.”
Burdon added that customers can look forward to the same level of service they have enjoyed from the Schneider team.
Reidy’s Lures manufactures its products in Australia and is well known for its barramundi, bluewater and metal jig products. Founded in the late Seventies by Jeff and Cheryl Reid, the business was sold to Tasmanian hotel owners Colin and Karen Burdon in July 2007. It moved to a new factory in Darwin, Northern Australia, last year.
Schneider was established in 1950 by John Ungar and has forged a reputation for premium quality lines. The brand won the Industry Achievement Award at the 2015 Australian Fishing Tackle Association (AFTA) trade show.
Schneider Fishing Lines’ manufacturing plant originated in Germany and later relocated to Portugal to accommodate increasing demand... Continue Reading
Patagonia has appointed Ryan Gellert as CEO of Patagonia Works, the umbrella company for all its ventures.
Managing Director of Patagonia Europe, Middle East and Africa for the last six years, he replaces Rose Marcario, who stepped down after 12 years at the company three months ago. He joined Patagonia in 2014 after 15 years at Black Diamond, where he was most recently Brand President.
COO Doug Freeman has been the interim CEO while the privately-held company’s Board and founder, Yvon Chouinard, undertook the recruitment process.
“The Board took a lot of factors into consideration and ultimately felt Ryan’s deep commitment to Patagonia’s mission and values – that the company has had since the beginning – and his experience leading internationally, best positioned us for success in these uncertain times,” said Board member Kris Tompkins.
“I am honoured and humbled by the opportunity and keenly aware of the responsibility to lead this company in this critical time,” said Gellert. “No one’s expectations of Patagonia are higher than our own. Everything we do needs to ladder back to our mission of being in business to save our home planet, and we need to do that in a way that is just, equitable and inclusive of all people.
“Ambitions don’t get much bigger than that. And while there will be more tough days ahead as we challenge norms, I am excited to do the work alongside..Continue Reading
Products from two top brands are making the headlines on the Tacklestream digital platform this week.
Retailers have been checking out the 12 new colours for the Rapala Deep Down Husky Jerks. The baits themselves have a really wide wobbling action that is perfect for anglers trolling wide-open basins where walleye are the quarry.
Thanks to its oversized, deep-diving lip, it can reach depths of up to 20ft when trolled and runs extremely straight at the same time.
Also from the Rapala stable are new colours on the ever popular Vibrax spinners from its Blue Fox brand. The new patterns include a fish-scale design on the spinner blade in a colour that matches the Vibrax bell.
A great feature to really grab the attention of fish is the bright UV colour splash on the blade's tip.
Tackle organisation is a key factor out on the water and Z-Man Fishing has come up with the Bait LockerZ that will keep all manner of its bait packs together in a neat and secure way.
The product itself is hard-wearing and features magnetic flaps that keep the lid shut, but allows quick access. It is designed to take up to 50 packs of Z-Man Elaztech baits and has optional dividers that can separate your CrawlZ from your TubeZ so anglers know what to grab and when... Continue Reading
The organiser of The Fly Fishing Shows, which comprises six shows across the USA, has extended the deadline for 100% refunds on the cancellation of booth space.
It has been extended from the end of this month to the last day of October. The deadline for final payments has also been extended by a month.
Ben Furimsky, CEO of The Fly Fishing Shows, said: “It is our priority to have safe and successful events. and our hope is that by the end of October we will have a clearer picture of what the situation is as regards COVID-19 as we approach our 2021 show season.
“If we are forced to cancel or delay any events, 100% refunds or deferrals are possible. We are invested in a long-term relationship with our exhibitors and want them to feel comfortable with their investments.
“We began planning for the 2021 shows before Coronavirus was an issue and must continue if we are going to be successful. However, we are working on a number of alternative solutions if we are faced with cancellations.
“All our shows are in different states and counties and face different mandates. They also run over three months so we may find ourselves in a situation where we need to address each event individually, but we will keep you informed. We are constantly monitoring the situation.”.. Continue Reading
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