The Federation of the European Sporting Goods Industry (FESI), which defends the interests of sporting equipment manufacturers in Europe, has finally decided to allow retailers to join and welcomes Foot Locker Europe as its first retailer-member.
Blur lines between manufacturers and retailers
"The decision to invite retailers to join FESI was a significant step and was only taken after much planning and debate. Our organisation seeks to represent the sporting goods sector at all levels within Europe and it was the view of the board that we will be able to do that more effectively with the added input of retailers", FESI president Luca Businaro said.
"There is more overlap between suppliers and retailers than ever before and when dealing with European institutions, our industry is certainly going to be better served by us all working together. [We] look forward to welcoming new retail members over the coming months. It is great news that Foot Locker Europe is leading the way."
The General Assembly has also appointed Lew Kimble (CEO and president of Foot Locker Europe) as a member of its board. Guiherme Athia (Nike) will become FESI's vice president.
FESI, founded in 1960, has been active in Brussels since 1994. Its work consists of European lobbying work in favour of some 1,800 sports-focused companies, worth 65 billion euro in turnover.