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Fred Clements

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October 28, 2014

One of the most important metrics for bike shop success is store traffic. Living and breathing visitors are a necessary part of the retail business model for brick-and-mortar stores. Without them, retailers would be left trying to sell bikes to air, and that is very hard to do. Getting people into the store is becoming a greater challenge, though. New research shows that consumer traffic at bike shops is declining across the board. While this is distressing news at first glance, there are also clear opportunities to reverse the trend.

Posted in Studies/Reports
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements
October 10, 2014

Cycling participation is a big topic in the bicycle trade. The idea that "a rising tide (of participation) lifts all boats" is a great theory and gives direction and hope for the future. But when the tide refuses to rise, the quest for individual company growth can lead to all sorts of tension.

Posted in Opinion/Analysis
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.
October 3, 2014

Anti-technology pundits have been around for a long time, but there is increasing negative coverage related specifically to one company, Amazon.com, with strident criticism of its business practices, its ethics and its impact on society at large.

Posted in Opinion/Analysis
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.
September 24, 2014

Allowing remote online retailers to skirt their obligation to collect sales taxes gives these companies a significant competitive advantage over brick-and-mortar businesses.

Posted in Opinion/Analysis
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.
September 16, 2014

Bike shops are an integral part of the cycling infrastructure.

Posted in Retail News
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.
September 16, 2014

Bike shops are an integral part of the cycling infrastructure.

Posted in Opinion/Analysis
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.
July 29, 2014

A new financial study confirms a sad truth about bicycle retailing: most bike shops do not make a profit on the sale of new bicycles.

Posted in Opinion/Analysis
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.
July 17, 2014

The average bike shop today is bigger than in the past, both in dollar volume and physical size, according to a new retail study from the NBDA conducted early this year.

Posted in Opinion/Analysis
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.
July 9, 2014

A look at retailers' legal obligations regarding recalled products.

Posted in Opinion/Analysis
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements
July 2, 2014

Last week's recall of 125,000 bicycles for defective forks was bad news for everyone. But many shop owners are expressing dismay at what they say is inadequate reimbursement being offered by the manufacturers for this huge and important effort.

Posted in Opinion/Analysis
A blog by NBDA executive director Fred Clements.

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