This research report titled ‘Global Sports Equipment Market 2016-2020‘, provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging trends. This market study also presents up to date analysis and forecasts for various market segments and all geographical regions.
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“In terms of the distribution, online retailing of sports equipment will be one of the fastest growing channels between 2015 and 2020. This market research study predicts local vendors to find more success in reaching out to premium customers by making their products available online during the forecast period. Increased internet penetration and growing consumer trust in internet sales will play a significant role in the growth of the global sports equipment market until 2020,” said Brijesh Kumar Choubey, one of Technavio’s lead industry analysts for retail goods and services research.
“Major players like Adidas and Puma have ventured into online private retailing, and it has helped boost their sales to a great extent. A few examples of online retailers who majorly focus on sportswear and sports equipment are Decathlon, Online Sports, and Sports Authority, among others,” added Brijesh.
Some of the other driving forces behind the growth of the global sports equipment market are as follows:
- Increased demand for advanced sports equipment
- Growing demand for sporting equipment from developing economies
Increased demand for advanced sports equipment
Rapid advances in technology in the sports industry creates a need for adoption of new sports equipment as older models gradually become obsolete. The use of advanced sports equipment ensures higher safety for user, thus, increasing the demand for advanced sports equipment, and it is expected to contribute significantly to the global sports equipment market over the next four years.
One such example of advanced technology in sports equipment and gear is Odyssian Technology. It involves the use of integrated sensors that are capable of measuring performance of athletes while monitoring environmental conditions. The integration of this technology is helping measure factors such as the impact force between players, rotational speed, and the height of a jump, apart from recognizing failures. This technology is suitable for ball sports such as soccer and hockey, and could also be used in mobile sporting goods like skis, snowboards, ice skates, and skateboards.
Another example of a unique technological innovation in sports equipment is biomimetics for athletes. It is helping vendors develop materials that increase the adhesive strength of an athlete when in motion. This technology can be extremely useful for manufacturers making skid-free shoes that increase the grip strength in climbing shoes. There are several other examples of smart sports equipment present in the market today such as Babolat's smart tennis racquets that are helping players in calculating ball impact, the number and types of shots, play time, consistency, and technique, to helps them immensely in planning and improving their game.
Growing demand from developing economies
Increasing per capita income in developing countries has encouraged consumers in developing regions such as India to spend more on different sporting equipment. Consumers in these economies are increasingly taking to branded sports equipment products for factors of comfort, quality, and safety. The market is also witnessing a growing preference towards better quality products in these regions, resulting in increased demand for customized sports equipment.
Thanks to this trend, vendors providing premium products are generating substantial revenues by innovating with sports equipment. The global sports equipment market is also driven by outsourcing. For instance, Adidas, a key player in this market, is outsourcing almost 100% of its manufacturing to independent third-party suppliers, primarily from Asia. This trend is encouraging many other vendors to venture into the APAC region for lowering prices of sporting equipment in the future. Thanks to this trend, the overall sports equipment market is expected to reach close to USD 83 billion by 2020.
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