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WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — A new report shows that retailers — across all categories — are stocking up on Chinese consumer goods before the possibility of increased tariffs.

Tagged Trade/tariffs

MANCHESTER, N.H. (BRAIN) — The Bike Cooperative has recently added a number of new retail locations to its network. The newest members of the retail co-op are:

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Velo Cult, the Portland retailer and popular gathering place for the local cycling community, is closing to focus on online sales of its own branded products and soft goods.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Velofix is offering a $500 signing bonus for mechanics who take jobs with its franchises across North America.

Velotooler allows consumers to schedule service.

FRIEDRICHSHAFEN, Germany (BRAIN) — Velotooler, launched as a peer-to-peer service for independent bike mechanics, is shifting toward offering a Software as a Service product with new features allowing consumers to schedule service with independent bicycle mechanics, mobile mechanics, and local bike shops.

MELBOURNE, Australia (BRAIN) —BikeExchange is launching a new Webstore product that the company said will enable retail members to efficiently improve their online presence and functionality and reduce the usual pain of development and ongoing maintenance.

Tagged Web/Internet

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer and Industry News has set news and product submission deadlines for its annual Interbike Show Issue as well as the Interbike Show Dailies distributed at the expo, which moves to Reno, Nevada, this year.

Tagged BRAIN News / Interbike
Service-oriented shop Golden Pliers recently opened in North Portland.

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Longtime mechanic Kevin Purcell and his wife Becky Newman recently opened Golden Pliers Bicycle Repair & Supply in North Portland.

KILLINGTON, Vt. (BRAIN) — Following a major remodel, Alpine Bike Works has reopened as a Giant Partner Store. This is the third major change in as many years for this rapidly growing bike shop.

 PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — Red Truck has signed up Velofix to provide on-site assembly of bicycles purchased on the online sports marketplace. 

Tagged Mobile service

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Barnett Bicycle Institute has announced a series of short-session classes that cover advanced topics. The one-day and two-day classes are offered to experienced mechanics who would like to extend their training without committing to a lengthy training program.

Tagged Retailer education

CHICAGO (BRAIN) — The Chicagoland Area Bicycle Dealers Association is increasing its support of the Professional Bicycle Mechanics Association. The dealers association, which plans two trade shows next year, is providing six scholarships for bike mechanics to attend upcoming workshops conducted by the PBMA.

Tagged Advocacy/Non-profits / CABDA / Retailer education

LAGUNA HILLS, Calif. (BRAIN) — Bicycle Retailer and Industry News is looking for retailers to participate in our 2018-19 State of Retail panel. Shop owners, if you have opinions and want to your voice to be heard, this is your chance.

Tagged BRAIN News

LAKE FOREST, Calif. (BRAIN) — BikeExchange, which claims to be the world's largest online marketplace for bike products, will launch this month in Canada, its 10th global market. 

BikeExchange, which opened U.S. operations in 2015, offers retailers custom e-commerce shops and an advertising channel.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (BRAIN) — Retailer Bruce McGrew recently opened a second Pro Cycling store on Colorado Springs' east side. Located in a high-traffic retail development, the new store serves a growing part of the city, which is home to about 450,000 residents. The shop opened its doors mid-June.

Some see the decision as a victory for mom-and-pop store owners; but a challenge for those with small e-commerce businesses.
Photo: © 2007 Kjetil Ree. Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0.

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday ruled that states may require online retailers to collect sales tax revenue from online consumers who live in their states.

The National Retail Federation called the decision "a major victory" for retailers.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (BRAIN) — Lululemon, which invested in the cycling clothing brand 7mesh Industries last June, will be offering a selection of the clothes in 24 Lululemon stores and online this summer.

Guide will ship with BRAIN's July 15 issue.

RENO, Nev. (BRAIN) — What are the room rates for Interbike attendees at block hotels? What does it cost to eat in Reno? What are the transportation options? How far are host hotels from the Reno-Sparks Convention Center?

Tagged BRAIN News / Interbike
The Blue Moon bike museum.

SYCAMORE, Ill. (BRAIN) — The Krate Fest — a celebration of Schwinn Stingrays and other classic bikes — has been around longer than Blue Moon Bikes, the retailer that hosts the event.

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif.  (BRAIN) — Interbike has announced the addition of a new educational track whereby key retailers will share their experiences on specific topics relevant to all IBDs today.

Tagged Interbike / Retailer education

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