From 30 June to 3 July 2019, OutDoor will be held in Munich for the very first time. The new location and concept have been applauded by the industry and raise high expectations, as Rob Griffiths confirms. At Merrell, “there was no time wasted in starting to formulate plans to be an integral part of what will be one of the best shows yet”.
ISPO.com: Why is it important for you to be an exhibitor at OutDoor by ISPO?
Rob Griffths: At Merrell, we are constantly looking ahead and thinking about what the future may look like for our industry and beyond. We endeavour to ensure that Merrell remains as the most relevant brand in our sector.
Merrell has always been at the centre of the 'Outdoor Industry' and when we voted to move the Outdoor show to Munich there was no time wasted in starting to formulate plans to be an integral part of what will be one of the best shows yet.
Merrell understands that support from major brands for this show is vital for the industry to demonstrate how relevant it can be to the modern consumer and we feel confident that ISPO have the right mentality to deliver against this.
Despite the consumer-centric approach, the industry is sticking to the B2B trade fair. Why is the trade fair still so important? Will it remain so for the outdoor industry in the future?
Our company has the consumer at the centre of everything that we do. We recognise that for a contemporary brand, like Merrell, to be successful, we must think and act like our consumers and understands their needs. That’s one thing.
The other thing is that for us as a company, there is nothing better than meeting friends and associates from our industry face to face and being able to discuss the future of our brand and their business and possibly enjoy a coffee or dare I say, even a beer!
Merrell was founded in 1981 by boot maker Randy Merrell, who teamed up with two former ski company executives, all-American Olympian Clark Matis and John Schweizer. Together they got started to produce affordable high-performance hiking boots. Since 1997, the company has been a subsidiary of footwear manufacturer Wolverine World Wide. Merrell is based in Rockford, Michigan. Merrell boots are sold worldwide in more than 150 countries today.
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