Outdoor Retailer show makes Salt Lake a business hub


Hailed as the largest winter gear, apparel and lifestyle industry gathering worldwide, the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City drew more than 20,000 attendees and the biggest winter brands on planet earth.

The Salt Palace, even with more than 500,000 square feet of space, was packed with booths, ranging from simple designs from smaller companies, to enormous and elaborate set-ups from companies like Columbia and Black Diamond.

[easyembed field=”Photogallery”]Except for one day, the show was a closed event — a place for retailers and manufacturers to come together and do business.

It was also a place for new companies to proclaim their name and product, and a place for established companies to promote their new products.  And promotion took many forms.

The first day of the show actually wasn’t at the Salt Palace, but out in the mountains, were companies staged demos their products to potential customers.  In the Salt Palace, some companies gave away free things and others had mock labs set up where people could test their products.  One company brought in huge slabs of ice and had people put on the company’s crampons and walk around.

Other companies had models on runways displaying their products, complete with a fashion show soundtrack.

Utah companies made their presence known, like Black Diamond, Rossignol, and also smaller Utah companies like Achiva Native Energy, which produces energy products for endurance athletes.  Another Utah company, Goal Zero, presented their new portable power device, which included solar panels and a power center with enough power to run a refrigerator for a day.

Salt Lake City hosts this annual event every year, along with a summer trade show that is similar in size.

This story was first published on the Deseret News website.

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