adrussell RichardCunningham's article
Mar 14, 2019 at 14:01Mar 14, 2019
QBP's High-End Whisky Carbon Components will Sell on Amazon & eBay
Article just glosses over everything and doesn't go in to enough detail. Trying to read between the lines this looks like: 1. These will be sales through authorized QBP resellers on the Amazon/Ebay marketplace and NOT direct sales from QBP to Amazon/Ebay. 2. QBP is a distributor and the nature of their business model means they have limited control and visibility on what their current resellers do with pricing and distribution. They have guidelines and requirements, but these get violated. 3. Price protection, brand presentation standardization, Minimum Advertised Price Policy are all likely goals here. 4. Cracking down on and eliminating unauthorized online sellers is likely also a goal 5. There are currently 2 main ways to sell on Amazon. One is for a company to sell directly to Amazon who then resells it. The other is for authorized resellers of a brand's product to utilize Amazon as a marketplace where they list their product for sale. This Article reads like QBP is going with the second scenario. 6. You will be seeing more and more retailers offering up their online scale as a marketplace to 3rd party retailers. Walmart, Target are some examples. 7. Maybe PB can educate the masses on 1P vs 3P sales on Amazon and what that could mean for bike shops(many of who rely on their Amazon storefronts in addition to relying on QBP)and vendors seeking to protect pricing and make sure business is transacted through authorized resellers?
adrussell RichardCunningham's article
Jan 22, 2019 at 18:40Jan 22, 2019
Intense Restructures With New Management Team, Commitment to Racing Development
Interesting. 3rd restructure in 4 years...sure, these are interesting times, but that shows a lack of awareness and poor strategy for the current marketplace. They moved on or "evolved" before fully executing their prior stated direction. Poor strategy from the start or just the standard old performance brand trying to navigate a chaotic marketplace and getting reactionary? Cool brand and good bikes= all good there. However, having a retailer dealer base with no effective pricing controls and retailers in the mix who were always offering deals and advertising products on sale results in the average unit retail being well below MSRP. If dealers can't be profitable, that conduit to the customer will erode. Enter the quasi direct to consumer approach- sounded sort of OK in the PR release, but it provided an additional hurdle for retailers. Sure, DTC can work very well and it may be the future, but there needs to be a transition strategy and weaning period. Cold turkey is rough. Marketing and consumer communication did not match or support the move to direct sales. Never known anyone to pay full MSRP for an Intense in years. May be time to adjust sales expectations and balance the business with retail realities? Or, may be time to charge ahead with tons of marketing, best in class direct to consumer communication, and best in class warranty service. Good brand with lots of history. Good bikes. However, lots of other brands and bikes also stack up. Intense does not appear like they have captured the younger emerging consumer. Seems like they have some connection to "racers" getting a deal and older affluent customers(who are also often getting a deal). Very common hurdle for older performance brands= you only get the young/new customer by slinging deals and your older core customer only buys from you infrequently. It appears as if Intense is rapidly losing retail relevancy and a connection to customers even though they appear to be making improvements in products. I wonder if they have a 5 year plan or if they are just reacting season to season, production run to production run? When I see investors marketed in a PR piece it is often a red flag. Are the investors going to push things forward and see a reward or just serve to goose things for a bit by providing assurance that there is money and vision? Intense really needs to make a connection with customers-both old and new. The customer connection and clear benefit to the customer for choosing Intense is what really seems to be lacking. The bikes look cool, the bikes perform well and a bunch of fast riders are on them...just like any other premium bike brand.
adrussell danielsapp's article
Dec 28, 2018 at 17:16Dec 28, 2018
Pinkbike Poll: How Many Days Did You Ride This Year?
How about a poll for the # of TRAILWORK/BUILD DAYS you contributed/participated in this year...? Rogue, sanctioned=don't care. Everyone rides to some degree, but the trails don't build or maintain themselves.
Sep 25, 2013 at 17:49Sep 25, 2013
BRAND NEW 2013 POC DH SHORTS * Never Worn* Size 36
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Jul 9, 2013 at 18:04Jul 9, 2013
Hope Integrated Boxxer Crown + Stem. Fits 35mm Boxxers. Super light and STIFF. Titanium bolts. Very little use. Excellent condition.
Jul 9, 2013 at 17:59Jul 9, 2013
Flybikes Rubens. Metal. Good condition. Scrapes are cosmetic. Renthal grips have limited use-almost brand new.
Jul 9, 2013 at 17:55Jul 9, 2013
MINT. Never ridden 9.5 x 3 Revox with 400lb spring. 2012 shock was immediate takeoff from 2012 Banshee Legend.