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Martin Jahns

Donations and Social Campaigns

How Sports Business Supports the Fight Against the Coronavirus

The coronavirus has taken over the world. Governments, medical personnel and hundreds of thousands of paid and volunteer workers are fighting to stem the pandemic. The sports industry also wants to do its part. ISPO.com presents sports brands that support the fight against the virus with donations and social media calls or help to curb it with voluntary precautions.

Nordisk-Kampagne #MakeMyHomeAnAdventure
Nordisk's social media campaign #MakeHomeAnAdventure

The urban outdoor brand Save the Duck is a model for the social commitment of the sports industry. Under the motto "Save the Doctor", the Italians are donating 20 percent of their income from online retail to Milan's Sacco Hospital by April 3, 2020. 

Bosideng and Anta Donate on a Grand Scale

As early as February, the Chinese outdoor brand Bosideng donated 150,000 down jackets to doctors in the corona crisis region of Wuhan. China's largest sports goods manufacturer Anta donated 10 million yuan (around 1.3 million euros) to Chinese aid organisations.

Shoes from Keen

The outdoor shoe specialists from Keen also provide logistical support and donations. They have set themselves the goal of donating 100,000 pairs of shoes to those who are now indispensable in the corona crisis. Everyone can follow Keen's call here.

Patagonia, Columbia Sportswear & Co. Close Stores Early

The outdoor brands Patagonia, Columbia Sportswear and Lululemon have already closed their stores in North America on Monday (March 16, 2020) as a precautionary measure. The Canadians of Lululemon have also closed their European branches already. The stores of the sports goods brands Under Armour and Nike also closed on their own initiative. Nike did so in North America, Western Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

As things stand, current closings will last until March 27, 2020. All companies announced that they would pay their employees for the agreed working hours despite the closings.

Nordisk Launches Instagram Campaign

Now that countries such as Italy, Spain and France have imposed curfews and public life in almost all other European countries is limited, the outdoor brand Nordisk is making a virtue of necessity.

In the Instagram campaign #MakeMyHomeAnAdventure, Nordisk encourages users to post their best moments in a nutshell and shares the best posts - for a little more optimism in difficult times.

Hanwag, Mammut and Schöffel With Calls to Followers

Thomas Gröger, CEO of outdoor shoe manufacturer Hanwag, appeals to the company's followers via Instagram: “Responsible behavior is essential for rope teams on the mountain and endeavors in the wild - and now becoming relevant for all of us now. Keeping a positive state of mind and staying loyal and helpful to your fellow mountaineers, to other trekkers hikers and colleagues can make all the difference. We hope your families, friends and colleagues are safe and well, and are taking the necessary precautions to keep it that way.”

The company itself assumes responsibility "for the safety of our customers, employees, suppliers and vendors and are doing our best to flatten the curve of the coronavirus spread . We are trying our best to slow the spread of corona and lower the burden on healthcare systems in any way we can."

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Dear friends, dear Hanwag Community, the current situation is new to us. To you. To everyone. But we are taking it very seriously and have adjusted our business activities in order to minimize further spread of COVID-19. Accordingly, we are following developments in all our markets and comply with new recommendations and regulations from local authorities as they come. In this moment we are all responsible to do our best, to keep the most vulnerable safe. We feel responsible for the safety of our customers, employees, suppliers and vendors and are doing our best to help flatten the curve of the coronavirus spread and lower the burden on health care systems in any way we can. We are shoemakers. We make shoes for mountaineers, for people who love the outdoors, for people who have to rely on good shoes while following their professions in often very harsh conditions in nature. Responsible behavior is essential for rope teams on the mountains and endeavors in the wild – and now becoming relevant for all of us now. Keeping a positive state of mind and staying loyal and helpful to your fellow mountaineers, to other trekkers and to colleagues can make all the difference. We hope your family, friends and colleagues are safe and well, and are taking the necessary precautions to keep it that way. We will keep you updated as things develop. Kind Regards, Thomas Gröger, CEO Hanwag GmbH

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The Swiss outdoor brand Mammut is also calling for solidarity via Instagram: "The same applies to Mammut as to every person and every company at the moment: We must do everything together to stop the spread of the virus, flatten the curve and protect the health of our community," said CEO Oliver Pabst via Instagram.

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Dear Mammut Family At the moment we are going through challenging times, putting us all to test. The Covid-19 spread is hitting us hard in our private and professional lives. For Mammut applies, what is currently true for all people and organizations globally: Together, we must do everything to stop the spread of the virus, flatten the curve and protect the health of our community. We are implementing the latest directives from the authorities in all markets. Consequently, we try to protect our employees, consumers and partners with sensible business and personal decisions. The extent of the impact is still unknown, and we want to do our part for the overall welfare of the community. Accordingly, we have reduced our operations to a minimum, closed our stores & the Alpine School as long as necessary, and sent our employees to home office if possible. We apologize in advance if there will be delays in orders and customer service requests in the upcoming weeks. We ask for your understanding and patience. The current development raises also questions that we cannot answer as of today. However, I am convinced that we will find answers in order to master this challenge together and emerge from this situation stronger. As a global organization, we are learning a lot for our future right now. For example, how our Asian employees deal with the situation. As a society based on solidarity, they seem to be slowly recovering and are trying to bring some normality back to life. The new regulations will be valid until at least the end of April 2020, but we reserve the right to adjust them continuously to current developments. We are in close contact with the authorities in order to keep our community in all countries up to date with the latest developments regarding Covid-19. Best regards Oliver Pabst CEO Mammut Sports Group AG #flattenthecurve

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Schöffel reminds users of the credo of the hour with the hashtag #ZuhauseBleibenLebenRetten ("Stay Home Save Lifes"), but also looks positively at the future when the crisis is over: "You always need something that you are looking forward to". In addition, the outdoor company thanks all helpers.

E-Commerce Offers for Offline Retailers

In contrast to the large companies mentioned above, which often operate their own online shops, pure offline retailers such as Frankfurt Laufshop have been severely affected by the closure order issued for the retail trade in Germany. Owner Jost Wiebelhaus has nevertheless come up with something: Customers can continue to receive advice by telephone and order goods via a shipping service.

The e-commerce start-up SportMarken 24 offers affiliated retailers support through liquidity assistance. This means that every retailer who needs it can receive an interest-free loan for two months equal to the amount paid out in the previous month. "The payment is done pragmatically with only a minimum of contract text in order to help immediately where necessary", said Valeska Benner, Managing Director of SportMarken24.

For retailers who are not yet connected, there should be the possibility of being connected via fast track to generate online sales at least.

Author:
Martin Jahns
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