Female buying power fuels Interbike Women’s Lounge and events

first_img Related The Interbike Women’s Lounge, presented by the Outdoor Industry Women’s Coalition (OIWC), will return in an expanded format to the Interbike Expo, held this coming September 14-16, in Las Vegas.“Recent studies suggest that women control nearly 65% of global consumer spending,” said Rich Kelly, Brand and Communications Director for Interbike.“With that much influence, understanding women’s needs and how to appeal to them just makes good business sense for retailers. With the additional education and events planned around our women’s lounge, we plan to help retailers better serve this market segment.”In addition to providing attendees with a comfortable, easily accessible networking area where they can meet and relax, the Women’s Lounge and its featured events will bring attention to outstanding women’s products and influential female leaders, while providing education on the purchasing power of women and how to market to them.The Women’s Lounge will be located on the upper level near the leftmost concession area at the top of the new escalators at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas.“There’s a lot that can be done to change the perception of cycling in the minds of new female customers. All that spandex can be pretty intimidating to someone who is just getting started or returning to cycling after several years,” said Norm Pace of the Great Escape Network of Bicycle Retailers in Greenville, South Carolina.“Women who see the positive effects of cycling are much more likely to convince their families to get active, purchase a bike for their kid’s birthday or tell female friends at work about a fun ride they had the night before.”Pace has already recognized the value of the category with women’s-specific in-store hand outs, escorted test rides, a locally broadcasted TV commercial, a dedicated portion of his web site and a 45-day money back guarantee. Each of these efforts is focused on delivering the best experience he can for his female customers.At Interbike’s Women’s Lounge and events, other retailers will gain actionable knowledge and ideas to implement in their own businesses.The buying power of women has been further highlighted by Sally Grimes, Executive Director for the Outdoor Industries Women’s Coalition, who was a recent contributor on the Interbike blog (interbiketimes.com), discussing opportunities and issues surrounding the women’s market in the cycling industry.The 2011 Interbike Women’s Lounge will include:Women’s Product Showcase: an expanded area on the show floor that will highlight products designed specifically for women‘Buying Power of Women’ Seminar: experts on the buying power of women will present about how companies can tap into this important marketExecutive Roundtable: senior-level women will convene at an invitation-only leadership presentation and discussion of topics related to the bike industryOIWC Awards Presentation and Happy Hour: hosted in the Women’s Product Showcase, OIWC will present two awards recognizing outstanding female leaders in the bike industryMore details on Women’s Lounge event dates, times and speaker details will be available as the show approaches.www.interbike.comlast_img read more

Heavenly Merchandise

first_img Share Adam & Eve Tote, $35Versace x The Met Tee, $450Pat McGrath Labs x The Met “LUST: Gloss,” $28Jeweled Cross Medallion Coasters, $28Adam & Eve Tote, $35Versace x The Met Tee, $450Spring gala season in New York City has all the makings of a great night out — party guests are dressed to the nines, the champagne flows freely, and the dance floor is always full. Yet, among the hundreds of worthy causes holding their annual celebrations, it’s the Metropolitan Museum of Art and its Costume Institute that garners the most attention thanks to its sheer star power.At the behest of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, legions of bold-faced names from the worlds of fashion, film, stage, and sports converge to raise staggering sums at the annual Costume Institute Gala. This year, partygoers got a first look at the latest “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and The Catholic Imagination” exhibit.Here, we’ve highlighted the newest crop of merchandise, courtesy of the Met Museum Store, that lands perfectly in line with this year’s theme.last_img read more

Concessions for EDF EN’s First French OWFs Coming Up

first_imgThe concessions for the occupation of public maritime areas for the three wind farms developed by EDF EN in France are in the process of being signed, according to the French government. EDF EN won the Saint-Nazaire, Fécamp and Courseulles-sur-mer projects at the first French tender in 2012, and received prefectural orders authorising construction and operation of the wind farms last year.The 450MW Eoliennes Offshore du Calvados project off the coast of Courseulles-sur-Mer will comprise 75 wind turbines mounted on monopile foundations. The 498MW Eoliennes Offshore des Hautes Falaises wind farm off the coast of Fecamp will have up to 83 turbines and will use gravity-based foundations. The 480MW Parc du Banc de Guerande project, located off the coast of Saint-Nazaire, will have 80 turbines supported by monopile foundations.All wind farms will feature GE’s 6MW Haliade offshore wind turbines.Prefectural authorisations for the Fécamp and Courseulles-sur-mer have been challenged at court, as several organisations filed appeals to the decisions. In addition, organisations opposing the construction of the Eoliennes Offshore du Calvados wind farm, claiming it will ruin the landscape of the historic site of Normandy landings from WWII, have launched a petition against the project and are organising a demonstration gathering in front of the D-Day Landing Museum in Arromanches in April.Offshore WIND Stafflast_img read more

Lawyer foot soldiers of the Big Society need a state-maintained road to march on

first_imgThis week chancellor George Osborne received a bloody nose from charities which estimate their finances will be hard hit by his decision to place a cap on tax relief for charitable donations. His move may or may not be right in principle. But as with the coalition’s approach to legal services, Osborne’s move on these funds harms the very not-for-profit ‘Big Society’ efforts that can help meet unmet need. LawWorks has been a vocal critic of the assaults on social welfare law that the legal aid cuts represent. Supported in its line by leading commercial law firms, the pro bono clearing house points out that the voluntary efforts lawyers make in meeting unmet need depend on the existence of a viable community of social welfare lawyers, supported by legal aid. In other words, lawyer foot soldiers of the Big Society need a state-maintained road to march on. In other areas of voluntary activity, it has been proposed that greater engagement can be generated by lowering safety standards. Understandably though, volunteer lawyers are not willing to give advice they regard as ‘unsafe’ – not least when there may literally be no one else to pick up the pieces. Here, at least, the Big Society cannot be both free and safe.last_img read more

Benton boys, girls finish runner-up in Region I-4A track meet

first_imgRussell [email protected] Benton boys and girls both finished runner-up in the Region I-4A track and field meet Wednesday at Benton High.Benton scored 87 points in the boys division. West Ouachita won with 98 1/3.The Benton girls also scored 87. DeRidder won with 100.Benton’s Dorsavion Williams swept the boys sprints, winning the 100 in 10.90 and the 200 in 22.19.Drake Heinz was also a double winner, taking the 1,600 in 4:37.83 and the 3,200 in 10:13.18.Heinz edged teammate Stephen Singleton in the 3,200 by less than a second.Benton’s Collin Milton won the javelin with a toss of 154-0.The top three individuals and relay teams qualified for next week’s LHSAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at LSU.Ryder Miller, who finished third in the 800, was the only other Benton athlete who qualified in the boys division.Benton’s Brittany Black finished second in the girls 100 and 200 with times of 12.62 and 26.35, respectively.Black also ran on Benton’s winning 4X100 team along with Jill Anderson, Shelby Plunkett and Mikayla Dillard. Their time was 49.81. Benton also finished second in the 4X200 in 1:45.54. Ja’Erica Carr is a member of the 4X200 team.Benton’s Madi Sessions will get to finish her high school career at the state meet after winning the discus with a toss of 103.Quinci Middlebrooks (third, 1,600), Rachel Paine (third, 3,200) and Shelby Leninger (third, pole vault) all qualified for the state meet.Premier Diamond BoutiqueHong Kong’s first lab-grown diamond empirePremier Diamond Boutique|SponsoredSponsoredUndoInstant Voice TranslatorInstant Voice Translator (43 Languages) Takes Hong Kong By StormInstant Voice Translator|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTopGadgetAdvisorHong Kong: Why Is Everybody Snapping Up This New $69 Wearable AC?TopGadgetAdvisor|SponsoredSponsoredUndoStanChart by CNBC CatalystBlockchain Is Changing the Game for Trade Financing. Here’s How It’s Driving Future Global Trade.StanChart by CNBC Catalyst|SponsoredSponsoredUndoSmart Tech TrendOver 55? You Have to Try Those Revolutionary Glasses!Smart Tech Trend|SponsoredSponsoredUndoNews gadgetThis watch takes the whole country by storm! it’s price? Ridiculous!News gadget|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more