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BEYOND NORMAL

Beyond Normal

THE NEW NORMAL CONSULTING BLOG

The outdoor industry in the United States is traditionally likened to a tribe with many who have long considered the national trade shows a must-attend annual or twice-annual tribal gathering and celebration. But tradition will be tested in 2018.Outdoor Retailer has, for a number of...

Throughout my years in the outdoor industry, whether in retail, brand management, e-commerce or editing product descriptions for advertisements, catalogs or websites, I have repeatedly seen myself and my colleagues twist ourselves into elaborate Gordian knots trying to explain technical features and their resulting benefits...

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For many years now, we’ve talked about “omni-channel” sales as if it were a fixed thing, though its definition is dynamic and ever-evolving. During the time that we’ve been using the phrase “omni-channel,” the actual meaning has flipped on its head.Today, “omni-channel” has become...

We returned from Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2016 renewed and enthused, which is really saying something. Our feelings about the new, earlier show dates ranged from "cautiously optimistic" to "downright salty." It's safe to say that once everyone arrived we all entered the show-warp. We...