2020 Outdoor + Snow Show

OIA, in partnership with Outdoor Retailer, offers FREE professional training opportunities for all Outdoor Retailer attendees. Sessions will be held in the Colorado Convention Center, and around the show floor.

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Monday 1/27
Tuesday 1/28
Wednesday 1/29
Thursday 1/30
Friday 1/31
9:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Outdoor Industry Aspires to Become Climate Positive: Are You In?

The Studio Loft, Kevin Taylor, 908 14th St Denver, CO 80202

Description: Climate change impacts the places we play. It impacts our supply chains, affecting pricing and causing disruptions. It impacts our consumers -especially future generations. There are a lot of uncertainties in our future, but one thing is certain: we have a limited amount of time to reverse the worst impacts of climate change and it’s not a solo mission. It’s going to take every single brand, retailer, and manufacturer in the outdoor industry to measure their emissions, set targets, and work together to meet those targets. But we know that creating an ambitious climate strategy that fits your organization can feel overwhelming. Which is why Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is developing a road map for industry climate action, helping to support members in measuring their emissions, setting targets, and deploying aggressive reduction measures throughout the value chain.

The Outdoor Industry Climate Action Corps invites outdoor companies to blaze a trail towards ambitious greenhouse gas emissions reduction and collaboratively work across the value chain to ultimately become climate positive. It’s our industry’s commitmentto action -to measure, set goals, drive reductions,participate in advocacy and engage our consumers on this critical issue. For over ten years, the OIA Sustainability Working Group has worked tirelessly to identify best practices and advance the sustainability of our industry. Now it’s time to show that, together, we’re a force for climate action.

Want to take action on climate but unsure where to start? This day is for you!  Already measured your GHG emissions and set a target? Join us to learn and prioritize opportunities to help you meet your targets faster through collaboration. Hear from REI and other industry leaders and experts on why climate change is the biggest existential threat facing the outdoors and the outdoor industry, learn what it takes to sign onto the Climate Action Corps, receive guidance on measuring and reducing your emissions as well as learn from brands and retailers who are leading the way on ambitious climate action.

8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Establishing Your Restricted Substances List (RSL) Program

The Studio Loft, Kevin Taylor, 908 14th St Denver, CO 80202

Description: For many brands, “chemicals management” begins and ends with the selection of a Restricted Substances List (RSL) that limits or bans certain chemicals in finished products. Yet without a system to communicate this list to suppliers, strategically assess materials and identify emerging risks, brands have little ability to ensure compliance to their RSL and regulatory requirements and that their finished products are safe for their end customer. Establishing a system for RSL implementation and identifying opportunities to move beyond compliance are important steps in building an effective chemicals management program. If your brand is looking to get started or further develop your RSL program, this session will provide you the step-by-step guidance, access to experts and an understanding of industry tools that will support this critical stride for your brand.

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

What Is the Higg Index and How Can It Help Your Company Collect Data, Set Targets and Communicate Sustainability Performance?

The Studio Loft, Kevin Taylor, 908 14th St Denver, CO 80202

Presenters: Higg Co., Outdoor Industry Association and Sustainable Apparel Coalition

Description: The Higg Index is a suite of tools that enables brands, retailers and facilities of all sizes — at every stage in their sustainability journey — to accurately measure and score a company’s or product’s sustainability performance. The Higg Index delivers a holistic overview that empowers businesses to make meaningful improvements that protect the well-being of factory workers, local communities and the environment. If you’re new to the Higg Index or have questions about how it can help your business measure and communicate your environmental and social performance throughout the value chain, this session will provide an overview of the suite of tools and how companies throughout the supply chain are using them to measure, set targets and reduce impact.

7:00 am - 8:45 am

Industry Breakfast presented by OIA and SIA: Climate Change: How Outdoor and Snowsports Can Take Action

Colorado Convention Center

Description: The impacts of climate change are more and more evident each day. Through the lenses of the outdoor and snowsports industries, it’s clear we must engage. Climate change is having a direct impact on outdoor recreation. The quality of outdoor experiences is suffering as summers grow longer and hotter, winter and snowpack become more unpredictable, river flows are diminished and devastating natural disasters occur more frequently.

We build products to enable more people to get outside. It is our duty to make sure that in sourcing, manufacturing and delivering these products, we do everything possible to minimize their impact on the environment. We must take action and advocate on climate policy at the state and federal levels, while working together to address our impacts and develop sustainable supply chains and businesses.

Join the SIA and OIA Industry Breakfast on Wednesday, January 29, day one of Outdoor + Snow Show at the Colorado Convention Center, for an inspiring conversation and clear direction on how you and your company can effect change. Doors open at 7 a.m.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Intelligent Supply Chain Strategies for Navigating the US-China Trade War

Colorado Convention Center

Presenters: Amie Ahanchian, Principal, Trade and Customs, KPMG; David Beale, International Trade and Customs Consultant, KPMG

Moderator: Rich Harper, Manager of International Trade, Outdoor Industry Association

Description: Outdoor industry companies have paid nearly two billion dollars in punitive tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on products sourced from China, with possibly more tariffs to come. These taxes not only mean higher costs for companies and consumers, but they also result in less innovation and job growth. OIA is actively advocating for the elimination of these punitive tariffs in Washington, D.C., but companies should also work to protect their bottom lines by making adjustments to their supply chains. Join us for an in-depth discussion with key experts on how outdoor companies can help alleviate the impact of the China tariffs through a holistic “intelligent supply chain” approach that encompasses both customs and supply chain planning.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

OIA INDUSTRY LUNCH: 2019 Outdoor Participation Trends: Are We Becoming an Indoor Species?

Colorado Convention Center

Presenters: Samantha Searles, Outdoor Industry Association

Moderator: Lise Aangeenbrug, Outdoor Foundation

Description:  Join the Outdoor Foundation for the launch of the 2019 Outdoor Participation Report and a discussion about the trends in outdoor participation and the opportunities and challenges we are facing together in getting our youth thriving outside. Humans are becoming an indoor species, and our innate connection to nature is eroding, but the outdoor industry is well positioned to change that growing trend. Come learn how you and your company can help everyone thrive outside.

*Please note that box lunches will be first come, first served

2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Five Quick Wins To Kick-Start Your Sustainability Strategy (with new insights!)

The Trend and Design Center - Colorado Convention Center

Presenter: Jessie Curry, Outdoor Industry Association

Description: Sustainability can feel like a long, slow journey with few rewarding views in sight –unless, you’re equipped with a map of the landscape, a focused strategy and the right resources. Despite most brands having limited to no dedicated sustainability staff, not taking action won’t be an option for long given the growing trends of consumer, retailer and nonprofits expecting responsible products, transparent supply chains and a unique point of view. In order to keep up – and even get ahead – there are simple steps brands can take now, regardless of their size or resource-constraints. Come gather insight from peers who attended the OIA Sustainability Boot Camps in 2019 as they discuss these simple steps, how they’re approaching their strategy and quick wins that will get you ahead of the curve.

10:00 am - 11:00 am

Protecting Our Natural Advantage: Outdoor and Travel Industries United to Address Overcrowding on Public Lands

Colorado Convention Center

Visits to U.S. national parks between 2008 and 2018 climbed by more than 43 million, from about 275 million park visits in 2008 to 318 million in 2018. And other public lands, such as popular national forests, are also seeing increased visitation. As outdoorists, we are stoked to see more and more people appreciating and loving our public lands and know that increased visitorship helps to both grow the outdoor recreation economy and improve the health and wellness of individuals. But visitor increases can also present challenges that could begin to discourage outdoor recreation, such as facility maintenance costs, traffic congestion, overcrowded trails, lack of access to visitor services such as outfitting permits and demand for more trails or new camping access. Both the outdoor and travel industries have a vested interest in the smart management of tourism growth on public lands. They are also uniquely positioned to encourage responsible visitation and to advocate for state and federal policies that support the proper maintenance of, protection of and access to our public lands, such as through the Restore Our Parks Act. Join us to learn about emerging ideas in managing the phenomenon of overcrowding and how to advocate for the right kind of change.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

OIA INDUSTRY LUNCH: How to Reduce the Outdoor Industry’s Impact, Protect Your Business and Help Reverse the Effects of Climate Change

Colorado Convention Center

Presenters: Outdoor Industry Association

Description: There’s a lot of confusion around what corporate climate action should look like, but this much is clear: We have 11 years to reverse the worst impacts of climate change, and it’s not a solo mission. More than 90 percent of a brand’s emissions are happening in the value chain – in the raw material sourcing and manufacturing, the use phase and the end of life of our products. But how do you set targets and reduction plans for areas you don’t have direct control over? Developing an ambitious climate strategy that fits your organization can feel overwhelming. Which is why OIA is developing a road map for industry climate action and helping to support members in measuring their emissions, setting targets and deploying aggressive reduction measures throughout the value chain. Join this session to learn more about the tools and programs available to help reduce your company’s impact (whether you’re a brand, retailer or supplier) and learn about the OIA Climate Action Challenge and how to join!

*Please note that box lunches will be first come, first served

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Building the Outdoor Industry Employment Pipeline: Stronger, Better, Smarter!

The Camp - Show Floor

Panelists: Kristen Freaney, Outdoor Industry Association; Emily Newman, Camber Outdoors; Andrew Deceuster, Utah State University

Moderator: Nathan Fey, Colorado Outdoor Recreation Industry Office

Description: Unlike many industries, working in the outdoor industry does not require a specialized degree or continuing education credits. However, as the outdoor industry’s $887 billion economic impact continues to grow and elevate the profile and popularity of the industry, there is an increasing need for tailored workforce development and professional education opportunities. Many programs and certificates are available to support an informed workforce and a strong talent pipeline and to help address issues around accessibility, diversity, equity and inclusion. This panel will address the current state and future vision of outdoor industry education from innovative university degree and certificate programs to leadership training programs and mentorship.