The first half of 2012 started off on a positive note for the tennis industry in terms of wholesale shipments of racquets and balls, as well as retail sales for tennis racquets. While much of the success for the first half of the year was driven by a strong first quarter, the second quarter was defined by a lingering cautious optimism among tennis players and their buying habits.
In a critical development in anti-counterfeiting, two apparel brands recently won millions of dollars against websites selling counterfeit products and were awarded the money from the defendants’ PayPal accounts, a practice previously not possible.
According to SGMA’s Manufacturers Sales by Category Report (2012 edition), manufacturers' (wholesale) sales of sporting goods equipment, fitness equipment, sports apparel, athletic footwear, and sports licensed merchandise in the U.S. totaled $77.31 billion in 2011—a 4.2 percent increase over 2010 when wholesale sales were $74.19 billion.cturers' shipments in the U.S. market and expressed in wholesale, not retail, dollar values.
From RSI Magazine
Your independent and dedicated manufacturer and brand sales representatives are often overlooked as real resources in today’s fast-paced retail marketplace. But for tennis specialty retailers, they may well be your best resource.
The TIA held key meetings last month during Tennis Night in America and the BNP Paribas Showdown in New York City. The meetings were organized to update groups on various initiatives, programs and objectives. The following day, a retailer focus group met first with manufacturers and TIA's Retail Consulting Specialists, then separately to discuss challenges affecting the retail sector and ways for greater involvement with the industry.
The Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association appointed Ron Rosenbaum to its management team. As SGMA’s senior vice president of marketing & business development, Rosenbaum will provide direction and oversight to marketing, fundraising, membership and program development.