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Posted April 22, 2014
A blog by Ray Keener

If I Owned a Bike Shop, what three retail lines would I be drilling into my staff’s heads at this point?

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Posted April 21, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.

Women sometimes say they are not comfortable in bike shops, but Bridget Brennan thinks this can change.

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Posted April 1, 2014
A blog by Jay Townley

As we finish the first quarter of 2014 the U.S. bicycle business is preparing for its April gathering of industry leaders at the Bicycle Leadership Conference and the IBD Summit. We have noticed that the U.S.

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Posted March 31, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements

Dealer reaction was swift to Giant's announcement last week of a new program to lower retail prices on 30 bike models starting March 31.

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Posted March 26, 2014
A blog by Ray Keener

Car Appeasers take the lane when they have to. Car Haters take it much more often, as a matter of principle. Which are you?

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Posted March 18, 2014
A blog by Fred Clements, the executive director of the National Bicycle Dealers Association.

Is there a better way for brands to receive meaningful feedback? There is now.

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Posted March 14, 2014
A blog by BPSA executive director Ray Keener

Selling used bikes as a way to serve lower-priced demand isn't the best option for every shop.

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Posted March 3, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements

It’s hard to recruit the talented people you need to offer great customer service when offering relatively low wages.

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Posted February 17, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.

Webrooming is when a customer starts their shopping on-line to gather information, but uses that information to visit a local brick-and-mortar store to buy.

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Posted February 3, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.

There is some apparent movement on the problem of brick-and-mortar businesses being required to collect sales tax while internet retailers often do not.

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Posted January 24, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.

Are casual bike consumers being frightened away from bike shops because of sticker shock?

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Posted January 14, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.

Weather will continue to play an important role in the U.S. bicycle business in 2014, but other issues are driving a continuing soft market, according to a new analysis from the Gluskin Townley Group.

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Posted January 3, 2014
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.

Bicycles are emerging as a new target for conservatives in the ongoing "culture wars" in America.

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Posted December 20, 2013
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements

A defensive response is not going to win us any battles.

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Posted December 17, 2013

There has been quite a bit of ink used recently discussing trademarks and their enforcement and the folks at BRAIN wanted me to write about the topic generally. I want to make it clear that nothing written in this column is meant to comment upon or pass judgment upon recent issues in the news.

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Posted December 6, 2013
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements

If we agree with Amazon's Jeff Bezos that complaining is not a strategy, what are some strategies that will lead to success for bike shops with physical locations?

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Posted November 22, 2013
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements

A small but resolute group of bicycle industry leaders stormed Capitol Hill Wednesday to make the case for the bicycle business as a creator of jobs and commerce that benefits the U.S. economy.

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Posted November 8, 2013
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements

It is outrageous that the federal government continues to give the middle finger to brick-and-mortar businesses across the country by failing to fix a broken sales tax system.

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Posted October 28, 2013
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements

Many believe that buying from local independent businesses is a good thing, but is there credible research to back that up?

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Posted October 18, 2013
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements

A British market study shows that retail staff members are the key to making customers feel comfortable while shopping, and also cause them to buy and spend more.

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