Sponsors
Billabong ▼ 0.000 | PPR ▼ -1.45 | American Apparel ▼ -0.015 | The Buckle ▼ -0.06 | Columbia ▼ -0.08 | Deckers Outdoor ▼ -0.31 | Dicks ▼ -0.36 | Foot Locker ▲ +0.31 | Genesco ▼ -0.40 | Iconix Brand Group ▼ -0.01 | Jarden Corp ▼ -0.06 | Nordstrom ▼ -0.22 | Luxottica ▼ -0.26 | Nike ▼ -0.20 | Pacific Sunwear ▼ -0.02 | Skullcandy ▲ +0.58 | Sport Chalet ▲ +0.01 | Urban Outfitters ▼ -0.28 | VF Corp ▼ -0.23 | Quiksilver ▼ -0.05 | Zumiez ▲ +0.04 | Macys ▼ -0.18 | Tillys ▼ -0.02 |
Ticker Sponsor
Readers Say
It pertains to my business
It pertains to my business

I’m an avid reader of Shop-Eat-Surf because it’s really the only online newsletter that I have found that is not only industry related, but also because it’s not so “guy-centric.” I find that a lot of the information I read on the site pertains to my business (as a swimwear designer) and keeps me up to date on what other companies and other women in the industry in general are doing which is not only inspiring but also helps me gauge the future direction of my business as well.

I feel privileged to read the Executive Edition because I know I am getting insider industry information before it hits the mainstream media channels. And it’s always good to know what my friends are up to in the industry.

- By Monica Wise, Founder, L*Space
I require all our executives to read it
I require all our executives to read it

There is no better publication that I am aware of that is so accurate and on top of any news and developments in our industry. I personally recommend it to many people that want to know and understand more about our industry. For the most part, shop-eat-surf.com gets the stories first. As a matter of fact, I require all the executives in our company to read it.

- By Hezy Shaked, President & CEO, Tilly's
Industry Insight

CIT: Retail best practices during the current economic rebound.

SHACC: "Endless Summer" party tonight.


Details on Industry Insight.


Tiffany Montgomery
Print This Article

Duke weighs in on retail/manufacturer issue

By Tiffany Montgomery
November 20, 2007 5:45 AM

Duke Edukas, co-owner of Surfside Sports in Costa Mesa, e-mailed his thoughts about yesterday's retail/manufacturer posts.


"I think that both Mikke and Bob make great points.


"The single most important thing in vendor/retail relationships is trust. I've been in meetings with Tom Holbrook as described by Bob in his article, and, he does in fact (with Bob and Quiksilver's backing) make situations that initially might seem detrimental to specialty retail more palatable.


"I do agree with Mikke when he makes the statement, ‘speciality retailers will never embrace the thought of manufacturers opening their own stores.' Throughout the years the surf, skate, snowboard industry has grown in leaps and bounds. Everyone is trying to jump on the bandwagon. Manufactures opening their own stores upsetting retailers, retailers making their own private label brands trying to go around the vendors, thus creating a higher margin.


"I can see both sides, and to tell you the truth, if handled correctly, no one's the ‘bad guy,' but, I must stress the term ‘HANDLED CORRECTLY.' I think that the common denominator for both speciality retailers, and manufacturers co-existing in a retail environment is trust, communication, and compassion for any negative effect either has on the other.


"I think that ‘band wagon' retailers like Abercrombie's Hollister pose a much larger threat to both specialty retailers, and surf, skate, snow manufacturers than they do to each other."


Articles You Might Have Missed