Supply chain

Posted April 9, 2021

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — The U.S. continued to import bikes at a rapid pace in February, although the monthly import totals have been declining since a peak last September.

Posted March 24, 2021

Kendall Young, who owns a brand management company, says single-source supply chains are risky, as we are learning.

Posted March 13, 2021

BLOOMINGTON, Minn. (BRAIN) — The industry probably can't control when the current boom will end (although we'd all like to extend it). But it might be able to influence how it ends.

Posted March 13, 2021

The industry futurist says if the situation reduces inventory turns to unprofitable levels, that would be a glut to be concerned about.

Posted March 12, 2021
Dorel says supply constraints, increased shipping costs and CSG's switch to calendar-year models impacted Q4 profits.

MONTRÉAL (BRAIN) — Dorel Sports recorded a 14% sales increase in its fourth fiscal quarter and a 15% increase for its full fiscal year, which ended Dec. 30. Dorel Sports is the division of Dorel Industries that holds its bike brands, including Cannondale, Schwinn, GT and others.

Posted March 9, 2021
It may happen — AFTER the boom.
Photo by Daisy Chen on Unsplash.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — Three years ago, social media feeds filled with colorful, striking images of abandoned share bikes in China, piled into teetering mountains. They shocked the world, or at least inspired use of "shocked" emojis for a few hours.

Posted March 7, 2021
The heart of Taichung.

TAICHUNG, Taiwan (BRAIN) — By now, most BRAIN readers have heard stories about extended delivery times for bikes and components from Asia. What's been less obvious is how those delays are harming some of the industry's smaller and newer brands.

Posted March 7, 2021
"You are either at the table or you are on the menu," Specialized's Bob Margevicius tells Taiwan industry.
Bob Margevicius

TAIPEI, Taiwan (BRAIN) — For the remainder of this decade, Taiwan's component makers will leave millions of dollars on the table  — and risk having other nations pick up the slack — unless its component manufacturers increase capacity as soon as possible, two global industry leaders say.

Posted March 5, 2021

WASHINGTON (BRAIN) — Bicycle imports were up 49% by unit count in January, compared to January 2020. In dollars, imports were up 26% year-over-year. 

Posted February 8, 2021

(BRAIN) — A C-student in whatever class comes before Economics 101 could predict price increases in the industry in 2020, given the imbalance between supply and demand. And 2021 will likely see retail prices go up another 10-25%, experts say.

Posted December 17, 2020

The view from Australia? "If you thought supply was tight in the second half of 2020 then you ain't seen nothin' yet!"

Posted May 16, 2018

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (BRAIN) — Cane Creek Cycling Components has named Eric Smith as its new director of supply chain. The newly created position is a promotion for Smith, who has been with Cane Creek for 10 years, most recently serving as sourcing manager.

Posted February 6, 2015

HEERENVEEN, the Netherlands (BRAIN) – Accell Group N.V., parent of SBS, Raleigh, Diamondback, Currie and Redline in the U.S. and a slew of European brands, will appoint Jeroen Both to its board of directors as chief supply chain officer. He will be responsible for purchasing, planning and logistics.

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