The Soaring Ammunition Market and a Record Week for Distributors

Posted by Easton Kuboushek on 4/1/20 1:00 PM

 

As we pass the 15-day mark, in the U.S.'s Flattening the COVID-19 Curve timeline, the National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) SCOPE data platform reports another record week in firearms and ammunition shipments. Ammunition sales nearly doubled for the week ending March 21. When we look at year-to-date (YTD) numbers for 2020, ammunition sales are up 49% compared to the three-year average (3YR AVG), and 188% and the week-over-week, growing from $9.9m to $18.6m.

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Chairwoman’s Message: Uncharted Waters

Posted by Laurie Aronson on 3/27/20 12:01 PM

We’ve all learned new terms over the past several weeks that will now be in our vocabulary for some time such as social distancing and “elbumping” (heck, we aren’t even doing that anymore).  As I write this newsletter, I sit in my home office which I use from time to time, but never to the extent I am now.  As I look around, I’m constantly reminded of the filing and the dusting that is long overdue.  Honestly, I’m looking forward to cleaning it up.  I’ve actually taken on a household project every single day.  Some days the projects are more ambitious (think bathrooms and closets), but others are small.  Regardless, I feel a sense of accomplishment in doing this at both my home and in my office at work.  Who knew I would look forward to cooking each evening?  This too shall pass…

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Distribution Shipments Spike in Response to COVID-19

Posted by Easton Kuboushek on 3/26/20 2:30 PM

The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) SCOPE data platform reported a 168% spike in ammunition shipments for the week ending March 14. COVID-19 continues to drive firearms sales as well, while optics fell below the three-year average (3YR AVG).

NASGW SCOPE is an industry-leading data analytics platform built in partnership with shooting sports manufacturers, distributors and retailers. SCOPE DLX collects weekly shipment data from 20 leading distributors that represent demand from thousands of FFLs across the United States.

During the week ending March 14, distributors shipped close to $10 M representing a 168% bump above the 3YR AVG for the same week. In some states, SCOPE DLX shows up to a 600% growth in ammunition shipments. Overall, ammunition shipments are up 21% year-to-date (YTD).

"The COVID-19 virus is having an overwhelmingly negative impact on the entire country, but if there is any silver lining, it is the boost it's provided to our industry," said Kenyon Gleason, NASGW President. "SCOPE has allowed us to correlate trends with what is happening in the real world with trustworthy data and measure just how impactful this period is in comparison to previous years." 

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March Legislative Update from NSSF

Posted by National Shooting Sports Foundation on 3/23/20 8:30 AM

The Government Relations Team of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, dedicates its time and resources to supporting legislation beneficial to our industry and fighting those bills that infringe on our rights to legally conduct business and compromise everyone’s 2nd Amendment rights. Team members attend legislative hearings on the federal, state and local levels year-round across the nation, keeping their finger on the pulse of those issues affecting us. They are pleased to provide a monthly summary of legislation that directly affects and impacts the business of NASGW members.

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President's Message: One Day At A Time

Posted by Kenyon Gleason on 3/16/20 12:45 PM

I can honestly tell you, as I now approach 50 years on the planet, I’ve had the opportunity to experience some pretty amazing and unique things. Some good, some really awful.

When I was a television anchor and reporter, I had the chance to fly with the Blue Angels. Won’t EVER forget that. As controversial as the wolf reintroduction to Yellowstone was (and still is), it was still pretty incredible to be in the enclosure the day they brought in a mother and her pups. We were allowed to film and even pet the wolf pups briefly. It was surreal.

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Distributor Businesses Look Strong in 2020

Posted by Easton Kuboushek on 3/13/20 9:47 AM

In a recent conversation, a manufacturer shared a unique perspective about how they consume data:

"Applying data is about understanding and managing exceptions," he said.

Like the back corner shelves of a distributor warehouse – data is inherently messy. How some of it got there is complicated. There's clutter to sort through before anyone can determine what's valuable and what should be thrown to the wind.

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Chairwoman’s Message: The Changing Face of Distribution

Posted by Laurie Aronson on 2/28/20 11:25 AM

When I was given the opportunity to go to Argentina for my first dove hunt in the “promised land,” I jumped at the chance. I had always heard about the wonderful experience out in the field shooting birds until your shoulder can’t take it anymore. There were so many added benefits that surprised me as well: grilled meats and vegetables for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; an unlimited supply of Malbec; and a great upper-body workout that was much tougher than being in a sweaty gym. Getting back to a smoothie diet is now a welcomed change.

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February Legislative Update from NSSF

Posted by National Shooting Sports Foundation on 2/24/20 2:53 PM

The Government Relations Team of the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), the trade association for the firearms industry, dedicates its time and resources to supporting legislation beneficial to our industry and fighting those bills that infringe on our rights to legally conduct business and compromise everyone’s 2nd Amendment rights. Team members attend legislative hearings on the federal, state and local levels year-round across the nation, keeping their finger on the pulse of those issues affecting us. They are pleased to provide a monthly summary of legislation that directly affects and impacts the business of NASGW members.

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NSSF Launches Gun Owners Care

Posted by National Shooting Sports Foundation on 2/21/20 1:21 PM

The 2020 SHOT Show highlighted the official launch of the Gun Owners CareSM program. The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) launched the Gun Owners Care initiative because it believes members of the firearms-owning community deserve respect for being good, concerned citizens and proud defenders of a unique American heritage.

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NSSF and NASGW Giving Away $10,000 to Shooting Sports Retailers

Posted by NASGW on 2/18/20 9:53 AM

The National Association of Sporting Goods Wholesalers (NASGW) and the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) are partnering to spread the word about SCOPE CLX, an industry-wide retail sales data program. Retailers have the opportunity to win one of ten $1,000 credits by signing up before Feb. 28 to learn about SCOPE CLX.

SCOPE CLX is an industry owned, distributor led retail data initiative. When launched, retailers will benefit from a deeper understanding of consumer demand, sales trends and inventory analysis. Sales and inventory data is aggregated from stores across the United States.

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