The B.O.S.S. Report – Yakima Stands Committed to Authorized Dealers – April 7, 2014

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Singletracks.com – Featuring Highlite 3 Rack – March 30, 2014

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Yakima is well-known in the world of bike racks, offering a variety of ways to transport your bike, with options for virtually every type of vehicle available.  A few months ago I received a Highlite 3 to review, and it’s basically been on the back of my car ever since.  Read on to see how well it does the job.

The Highlite 3 is a three-bike, hitch-mounted, hanging-style rack–meaning it goes into a receiver hitch on your vehicle, and the bikes hang from the rack.  It’s made mostly of aluminum to keep the weight down, and weighs less than 20lbs.  Its dual arms support the bikes by their top tubes, with plastic cradles that use rubber straps to keep the bikes secure.

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Oregonlive.com – Yakima donates 8 bike racks to Portland Police Bureau – March 25, 2014

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Yakima Products, Inc., the vehicle cargo racks company based in Beaverton, has donated eight  bicycle racks to the Portland Police Bureau.

The bureau plans to use the “SwingDaddy” racks to carry police bikes to community events and crowd control situations…

“The Portland Police Bureau is a longtime fan of Yakima, which is a fantastic local company and community partner,” said Officer Todd Engstrom, who is also a Portland Police Bureau bike and mechanic instructor.

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IPMBA.org – Yakima donates 8 bike racks to Portland Police Bureau – March 25, 2014

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Yakima Products, Inc., the vehicle cargo racks company based in Beaverton, has donated eight bicycle racks to the Portland Police Bureau.

The bureau plans to use the “SwingDaddy” racks to carry police bikes to community events and crowd control situations. The swing away rack that attaches to a rear hitch retails for $399.

“The Portland Police Bureau is a longtime fan of Yakima, which is a fantastic local company and community partner,” said Officer Todd Engstrom, who is also a Portland Police Bureau bike and mechanic instructor.

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SNEWSnet.com – Yakima Calls Out Costco Over Gray-market Sales – March 24, 2014

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Put the cuffs — or at least the kibosh — on Costco, says vehicle rack manufacturer Yakima.

Emphasizing its commitment to its authorized specialty dealers, Yakima said recently discovered that Costco Wholesale has been offering two unauthorized Yakima SKUs at its retail locations, and is taking action to get them off the big box’s shelves.

“Costco is not an authorized Yakima dealer,” said Yakima sales director Jason McGibbon. “It sourced our products through one of our international distributors, which was supposed to sell the product within its territory only.”

This isn’t the first time Yakima, or other outdoor brands, for that matter, have dealt with so-called gray market sales. SNEWS reported on similar happenings, again involving Costco, during Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2011.

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SNewsnet.com – Yakima Stands Committed to Authorized Dealers after Discovery of Gray Market Sales – March 20, 2014

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Yakima, the innovation leader in vehicle racks and cargo solutions, is emphasizing its commitment to the company’s authorized dealers after discovering that Costco Wholesale has been offering two unauthorized Yakima SKUs at its retail locations.

“Costco is not an authorized Yakima dealer, and the company sourced our products through an international distributor. Yakima has made significant gains into global markets with our brand portfolio in recent years, and with this growth come more opportunities for unscrupulous purchasing activities. We have identified Costco’s unauthorized distribution source and we are now taking all actions within our means to cease any further sales of these products,” said Jason McGibbon, Senior Director of Sales at Yakima.

“As a member of the outdoor industry community, Yakima is fully committed to our partnership with authorized dealers, and to working diligently toward cleaning up marketplace distribution, managing MAP pricing and eliminating opportunistic gray market sellers,” continued McGibbon.

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bicycleretailer.com – Yakima says Costco bought its products on gray market – March 20, 2014

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Rack maker Yakimasays Costco Wholesale is not authorized to sell its products, despite two Yakima items appearing at its stores recently. The company said it’s committed to selling only through its authorized dealers.

“Costco is not an authorized Yakima dealer, and the company sourced our products through an international distributor,” said Jason McGibbon, senior director of sales at Yakima. “Yakima has made significant gains into global markets with our brand portfolio in recent years, and with this growth come more opportunities for unscrupulous purchasing activities. We have identified Costco’s unauthorized distribution source and we are now taking all actions within our means to cease any further sales of these products.”

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Sportsonesource.com – Outdoor Business Update – Yakima Working to Halt Gray Market Sales to Costco – March 20, 2014

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Yakima assured its authorized dealers Thursday that it was working with an international distributor to halt sales of two unauthorized Yakima SKUs by Costco Wholesale Corp.

“Costco is not an authorized Yakima dealer, and the company sourced our products through an international distributor,” said Jason McGibbon, Senior Director of Sales at Yakima. “Yakima has made significant gains into global markets with our brand portfolio in recent years, and with this growth come more opportunities for unscrupulous purchasing activities. We have identified Costco’s unauthorized distribution source and we are now taking all actions within our means to cease any further sales of these products…

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OutdoorIndustry.org – Yakima Announces New Partnership with NICA – March 11, 2014

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Yakima, the innovation leader in vehicle racks and cargo solutions, is pleased to announce its 2014 bronze-level sponsorship of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), the organizing body for high school mountain biking in the United States.

“At Yakima, we are passionate about getting people of all ages outside and active,” said Summer Henderson, Global Marketing Manager at Yakima. “We are thrilled to partner with NICA and support their amazing work in getting kids excited about mountain biking and growing the sport at the high school level“

“We’re super pleased to have Yakima supporting our efforts to get more kids on bikes,” said Austin McInerny, NICA’s Executive Director.  “Yakima represents the shared adventure, the road trips, and the stories that result in ‘getting there’. NICA is providing the genesis for those stories, not only about ‘getting there’ in getting across the finish line and to races with family and friends, but also ‘getting there’ by gettingthrough high school with stories that are had only through the unique experience of a high school mountain bike team.”

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SportsOneSource.com – SGB Update – Yakima Announces New Partnership with NICA – March 11, 2014

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Yakima announced its 2014 bronze-level sponsorship of the National Interscholastic Cycling Association (NICA), the organizing body for high school mountain biking in the United States.

“At Yakima, we are passionate about getting people of all ages outside and active,” said Summer Henderson, Global Marketing Manager at Yakima. “We are thrilled to partner with NICA and support their amazing work in getting kids excited about mountain biking and growing the sport at the high school level“

“We’re super pleased to have Yakima supporting our efforts to get more kids on bikes,” said Austin McInerny, NICA’s Executive Director.  “Yakima represents the shared adventure, the road trips, and the stories that result in ‘getting there.’ NICA is providing the genesis for those stories, not only about the ‘getting there’ in getting across the finish line and to races with family and friends, but also ‘getting there’ by getting through high school with stories that are had only through the unique experience of a high school mountain bike team.”

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