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REI Is Once Again Closing On Black Friday

The Huffington Post | Alexander C. Kaufman | Posted 10.25.2016 | Business

For the second year in a row, REI is telling its customers to take a hike. The sporting goods retailer said Monday it plans to close all 149 stores on...

Cannes Was Too Good Not To Share

David Shing | Posted 08.04.2016 | Media
David Shing

Every year Cannes Lions Festival of Creativity showcases the best and most brilliant creative work. In a perfect world, everyone would have the opport...

What Gets Lost On The Path To Purpose

Alex Thompson | Posted 06.22.2016 | Business
Alex Thompson

To put purpose first, you have to be prepared to make short-term sacrifices for long-term gain. I believe the world needs more business leaders with t...

The Faithful Shopper: Protect Your Exclusive Extremities

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 01.28.2017 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

As much as I adore the unseasonably mild winter, it is finally time to weather the streets of the City and protection and warmth are key. That doesn't...

REI To Black Friday Shoppers: Go Outside Instead Of Buying Stuff

The Huffington Post | Hilary Hanson | Posted 11.27.2015 | Business

Shoppers heading to REI’s website this Black Friday are getting a picturesque reminder that the outdoor gear and sporting goods retailer is closed f...

Turning Black Friday to Green

Ben Klasky | Posted 11.23.2016 | Green
Ben Klasky

It's the week of Thanksgiving, which means that Black Friday is also looming around the corner. By now there's a good chance you've heard that national retailer REI plans to close all 140+ of its stores on the biggest shopping day of the year, paying its employees to take the day off and enjoy the great outdoors.

7 Ways to Opt Outside All Year Long

Richard Louv | Posted 11.23.2016 | Healthy Living
Richard Louv

The greatest gift we can give is the gift of time. What better way to grow closer to a child, spouse, friend or potential friend, than to leave behind the jarring pressures and electronic static of everyday life, and simply go for a walk in the woods together?

REI CEO Responds To Former Employee's Complaints In Reddit AMA

The Huffington Post | Sebastian Murdock | Posted 11.11.2015 | Business

REI CEO Jerry Stritzke responded this week to complaints from a former employee that the company's emphasis on selling customer memberships punished w...

REI's Closing for Black Friday Is Gutsy and Smart. Will Other Retailers Follow?

Michael Silverstein | Posted 11.03.2016 | Business
Michael Silverstein

On Black Friday, many other sports retailers will be open. They will advertise their specials, and REI will lose some sales. But I think REI is onto something. The company is saying, "We can win the hearts and minds of our employees with a policy of generosity and consideration."

How to Win Shoppers by Turning Them Away

Jon Bird | Posted 10.30.2016 | Business
Jon Bird

While REI's effort is bold, it is not the first time that a retailer has taken an anti-consumerist stance on Black Friday. In 2011, Patagonia famously published a full-page press advertisement with the provocative headline: "Don't Buy This Jacket."

REI CEO Says Closing On Black Friday Is A 'Radical Idea'

The Huffington Post | Emily Tess Katz | Posted 10.29.2015 | Business

REI will be sacrificing one of its top business days when it closes its 143 retail stores on Black Friday to encourage customers to spend time outside...

The Conspiracy Theory Behind Retailer REI's Decision to Close on Black Friday

Bryan Elliott | Posted 10.27.2016 | Business
Bryan Elliott

Is REI's heart in the right place or is this a conspiracy? We may never know and it really doesn't matter. It cuts both ways and that's why it's so smart. But it will be interesting to watch.

REI To Close For Black Friday

The Huffington Post | Dave Jamieson | Posted 10.27.2015 | Business

Outdoor retailer REI has found a novel way to separate itself from the pack on Black Friday: The company is going to close its stores for the day. In ...

The Faithful Shopper: Cool Campers

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 05.18.2016 | New York
Read More: Summer 2015, Summer, Hamptons, Outdoors, Beach, Mountaineers, Hikers, Fishermen, Kayakers, Citysports, 390 Fifth Avenue, 64 West 48th Street, 50 Broadway, Apparel, Trail Shoes, Boots, Backpacks, Camp, Hike, Nike, Dick's Sporting Goods, Shops on Richmond Avenue, Staten Island, Eastern Mountain Sports, Manhattan, 530 Broadway, 2152 Broadway, Sleeping Bags, Tents, Donate, Nepal, Gear to Go Outfitters, 217 Garfield Place, Brooklyn, New York Kayak Company, 40 N. River Piers, Suite 10, Kayaks, Paddle Boards, Paragon Sports, 867 Broadway, Lanterns, The Great Outdoors, John Candy, Patagonia, Protein Bars, Soup, Salmon, Surfing, Rei, 303 Lafayette Street, Mountain Climbing, Axes, Crampons, Rappel Devices, Trekking Poles, Footwear, Solar Powered Gadgets, Sports Authority, 845 Third Avenue, Pool, Fire Pit, Tent & Trails, 21 Park Place, Abu Garcia, Acme Tackle, Allen, American Hunter, Ande, Ardent, Baden, Barronett Blinds, Bear Archery, Beretta, Berkley, Big Game, Big Hammer, Birchwood Casey, Bison, Black Ops, Bladerunner, Bone Collector, Booyah, Bounty Hunter, Browning, Buck Gardner, Buck Knives, Burris, Bushnell, Caldwell, Camelbak, Caravan Canopy, Carhartt, Inc, Cedar Ridge, Celsius, Champion Sports, Champion Traps & Targets, Clam Outdoors, Clear Creek, Code Blue, Coghlan's, Coleman, Colt, Columbia, Comfort Zone, Connelly, Costa Del Mar, Covert, Creative Outdoor Distribu, Cyclops, D.O.A., Dead Down Wind, Dead Ringer, Delta McKenzie, Diamond, Drake Waterfowl, Duck Commander, E-Z UP, Eagle Claw, Easton Archery, Echo Calls, Eureka!, Evolved Habitats, Evolved Harvest. F.J. Neil, Fenwick, Field & Stream, Nikon, Airwalk, Ameristep, Baggo, Banded, Barnett, Barska, Beckman, Benchmade, Brunton, Chomper, Clarkspoon, Crkt, Crosman, Cuddeback, Daiwa, Dbx, Diamondback, Dickson, Estwing, Etonic, Evercast, New York News
Faith Hope Consolo

Summertime is unofficially here, and that means it's time to explore the great outdoors.

The Faithful Shopper: Winter Wonderland

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 03.17.2014 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Winter is less than one month old, and already it's been eventful! Clearly, we have a lot of weather to go, and luckily we still have some wonderful s...

Seeking Better Returns: Staying True to 'Corporate Character' Means Realizing That Trust Is Not Transactional

Dov Seidman | Posted 02.01.2014 | Business
Dov Seidman

We are moving deeper into an era when consumers have unprecedented visibility into shop floors and board rooms, and that gives new relevance to a time-honored truth: Trust is not transactional.

Kate Sheppard

Interior Secretary Jewell Dings Congress For Failure To Fund Conservation Work | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.31.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- In her first big public address since taking office, Department of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell laid out a vision for expanding conse...

The Faithful Shopper: Mountain Magic

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 09.28.2013 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Hard as it is for some of us water babies to believe, not everyone heads straight for a beach during the summer. Others prefer to spend their time exp...

America's Best City for Transgendered Anti-Marijuana Mascots

The Denver Diatribe | Posted 07.10.2013 | Denver
The Denver Diatribe

Is Denver the best city in America to start a "Best City" list? Or raise a transgendered child? Or have second thoughts about legalized marijuana? Or select a new school mascot? We bring back the newsy bits this week to answer all of these questions and more.

Get Others to Share Your Ideas and to Buy

Kare Anderson | Posted 04.20.2013 | Business
Kare Anderson

An anger-evoking true story that's spreading, "Exec loses job after allegedly slapping toddler on plane," quickly moved Dan Schawbel to write on Faceb...

REI's Gay Marriage Push Could Spark Starbucks-Like Backlash

Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices

A popular outdoor retailer could be facing a Starbucks-like boycott after speaking out in favor of gay marriage in Washington state. Recreational ...

Dave Matthews Band on Deforestation & Illegal Wood

Jake Schmidt | Posted 09.09.2012 | Green
Jake Schmidt

The Lacey Act is under attack by some companies and Members of Congress and House Leadership is pushing for this bill to come up for a vote by the whole House before the end of July. Passage of this bill would be devastating for efforts to address deforestation.

The Faithful Shopper: Fall into Fitness

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 12.17.2011 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

For fashionistas, October means that we only have a few more weeks to get into shape for those holiday parties! New York has any number of shops to equip you properly for your sport of choice.

All Cause Marketing Is Local

Joe Waters | Posted 10.18.2011 | Impact
Joe Waters

Nonprofits must both inspire and perspire. They have to inspire businesses by choosing the right cause marketing program, and then perspire doing the lion's share of the work to ensure success.

The Faithful Shopper: Top Trends for 2011

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 07.03.2011 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

When you visit as many stores as I do (note to accountant -- it's retail research, not shopping), you begin to see patterns and trends emerging, and New York this year is no exception.