For the first time, the traditional Intersport press conference at ISPO MUNICH was conducted on Facebook Live. A hint of where, just like with competitor SPORT 2000 shortly before, things are meant to be headed with the number one network in German specialized retail.
With a view to the next 36 months, Intersport chairman Kim Roether spoke of “the biggest reconstruction phase in history: We’re evolving from the classic shopping co-op into a digitally informed retail organization.” This can also be seen, for example, in the fact that growth in e-commerce for active Intersport operations is significantly higher than in stationary retail. In the future, data-based analysis will provide an even better appeal to the customer.
With the one-percent growth to nearly 7.8 billion euros estimated total market in Germany, Intersport was nearly 0.8 percent above the average market increase in 2016. Due to the cold weather in January, the year of 2017 with a growth of a spectacular seven percent. “That shows that the winter sports sector is once again a very important segment for us, that makes up between 30 to 40 percent of our revenue. But we generally want to become less dependent on freak weather,” explained Chairman Jochen Schnell. Already in 2016, all-year sports like outdoor (+4%), running (+2%), and fitness/workout (+3%) made crucial contributions to the outcome at Intersport, in addition to the 330,000 sold soccer European Championship DFB jerseys.
Serving as an example for the targeted growth of three percent in Germany in the coming year is Intersport Austria, where last year a revenue increase of 13 percent was generated in part through spectacular new openings. Intersport is meant to become an even more visible through a division into two types of distribution: one, the traditionally owner-run sports store with the “Best in Town” claim, and two through franchise businesses with standardizes spaces.
The most successful brands at Intersport in 2016 were precisely those at SPORT 2000: Adidas, Nike, and Amer. The most spectacular climbers in the brand rankings at Intersport are Under Armour at position 24 (still 93 in 2013) and Garmin at 28 (still 65 in 2013). In short: “The topic of wearables is becoming more and more important amidst the digitalization trend, even for our retailers.”