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  1. Fred Clements: Consumers seek out tax-free retailers

    by 9.5 percent following introduction of mandatory sales tax across all states in the value of products ...

    Posted May 15, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  2. Fred Clements: Note to children: Ride to Live

    a 9 percent drop from 2012, continuing a trend of flat or declining cycling participation in recent years. ...

    Posted June 3, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  3. Fred Clements: Change is coming to a bike shop near you

    it will be exponential." He suggests a 35 percent loss in storefronts in 15 years, and then adds "I believe the change ...

    Posted June 20, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  4. Fred Clements: Grow your business - market to women!

    Factor. Why focus on women? Brennan noted that women drive 70-80 percent of consumer spending as both ...

    Posted April 21, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  5. Fred Clements: Webrooming, a trend that may help brick-and-mortar stores

    percent over 2011. But in 2013, a Harris Pollreported that while nearly half (46 percent) of shoppers say ...

    Posted February 17, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  6. Fred Clements: Are bike retail salaries too low?

    industry lore proclaims that if a mechanic can be about 70 percent efficient (70 percent of their time ...

    Posted March 3, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  7. Fred Clements: Giant lowers prices, dealers react

    From Houston, "I think it will take a 25-30 percent increase in units to make up for the lost ...

    Posted March 31, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  8. Fred Clements: 2014 predictions involve more than weather

    X begins to play a more important role in the economy, a generation at least 11 percent smaller than ...

    Posted January 14, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis

  9. Fred Clements: A good bike shop report card

    Some highlights: Website : 86 percent reported that the store's website was helpful ...

    Posted October 7, 2013 in Opinion/Analysis

  10. Fred Clements: Are lower price points the next big thing?

    since 2009. Independent retailers were responsible for almost 50 percent of the used bikes sold in 2012, ...

    Posted January 24, 2014 in Opinion/Analysis