As the news of Action Sports Retailer (ASR) closing it’s doors indefinitely came from our friend and colleague Andy Tompkins, IASC has renewed it’s commitment to ensure the skateboarding community has a relevant outlet for connecting with retailers.
“This was a very difficult report from a trade show that has serviced our industry and brought the business of action sports to the important position it holds in the world market place.” Said IASC Executive Director, John Bernards. “Andy Tompkins and ASR have supported the skateboard community and IASC for many years and that will be irreplaceable.”
The ever-evolving methods of buying, retailing, and production demand a new business tradeshow model and IASC, together with our industry partners and associations, will be at the forefront of developing those methods for our members, retailers, and our industry.
“Skateboarding and IASC have grown through the support of ASR and we will miss Andy and our bi-annual gathering of business, friends, and family.” Said Bernards. “While we lament the closing of the show skateboarding grew up with, this will be the start of a new era for IASC to initiate a platform that is best for our industry.”
After researching and instigating a show that would focus on the needs of the skateboard industry in 2008 IASC is poised to move forward as the economy picks up and we stabilize for the holiday season. This news presents an opportunity for all to review, collaborate, and to develop a modern and affordable format for retailers and manufacturers to interact, plan, and buy goods in the future.