Number 955

Ever wonder what is threatening or hurting the independent bike shop these days? We have it on good authority that this is the list:

>Competition from mail order/internet dealers            
>Not enough places to ride bicycles            
>In-season supplier dealer events         
>Competition from other bicycle retailers            
>Supplier inventory availability            
>Keeping up with online marketing trends and tools            
>Suppliers whose actions and policies are not in retailers' best interest    
>Dealing with online reputation management            
>Model year inventory devaluation           
ncreasing costs of insurance            
>Availability of qualified employees            
>Earlier in-season product introductions            
>Competition from mass merchants            
>Competition from full-line sporting goods stores

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