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Bicycle Retailer and Industry News – Osprey Holding Fundraiser at Interbike OutDoor Demo – August 24, 2010
CORTEZ, CO (BRAIN)—Osprey Packs will be holding a fundraiser for the nonprofit 88Bikes at the Interbike OutDoor Demo in Las Vegas next month.
On September 20 and 21, Osprey will be offering their cycling-specific Raptor hydration packs in exchange for donations to 88Bikes. Interbike attendees can receive a Raptor 6 pack in exchange for a $20 donation and a Raptor 14 pack in exchange for a $30 donation (while supplies last).
All proceeds from this fundraiser will go to 88Bikes in support of Villages, their fifth and biggest project to date. From June through November 2010, 88Bikes is reaching out to children in Africa, Mongolia, Latin America and the United States, focusing on small rural locations where their bikes can have a major impact. The funds raised through the Osprey event will specifically support 88Bikes efforts to bring bikes to kids in the Navajo Nation.
“We are thrilled to be supporting 88Bikes and their mission to give bikes to kids around the world, including children in our own backyard,” said Gareth Martins, marketing director of Osprey. “With Osprey’s corporate headquarters bordering the Navajo Nation and many of the original team members being Navajo, we feel a very strong connection with this project.”
To support the launch of their Spring/Summer 2011 commute packs and recently launched Hydraulics collection, Osprey has added eight new independent bike rep agencies in addition to the three cross-over Outdoor agencies to service the IBD channel, according to a press release.
“We’re honored to be adding this level of expertise to our sales team,” said bike sales manager Patrick Piller. “Finding Reps that understand Osprey and have established relationships with respected dealers is important to us. I’m confident that retailers in this market will appreciate Osprey’s commitment to providing them with dedicated business partners to support them in the sales of Osprey Packs and hydration systems.”
Osprey Packs, Inc., a leader in creating top-quality, high-performance, innovative packs to comfortably and efficiently carry gear, today was named to Outside magazine’s third annual “Best Places to Work” list. Osprey was ranked number 12 out of 50 selected companies, and is one of only five companies to be chosen every year of the award. The full list and related story will be published in the May issue of Outside magazine, available on newsstands April 13, 2010.
Outside’s “Best Places to Work” list was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association (outdoorindustry.org) and Best Companies Group (bestcompaniesgroup.com). The year-long selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of non-profit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in the United States. Participating companies were then sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer-questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives, and community outreach programs. All of the results were analyzed by Best Companies Group experts, who selected the 50 companies that strive to enhance their employees’ enjoyment of active endeavors, and environmental and social involvement.
“Having happy, fulfilled employees with company paid time to get outdoors and give back to the community is just as important to us as having stellar products,” said Gareth Martins, Marketing Director of Osprey. “We try very hard to bring work-life balance into the workplace, and we’re honored to get this recognition once again from Outside.”
“These 50 companies come from a vast array of industries but they’re all following the same enlightened path,” said Michael Roberts, Executive Editor of Outside. “They’re successful businesses in a challenging economy precisely because they support a proper work-life balance. They know that benefits like on-site gyms and fitness classes, reimbursements for ski passes and sports racing fees, and support for community service efforts during work hours make their employees happier and thus more productive.”
There were several aspects to Osprey’s positive workplace culture that stood out among all the other applicants. Generous vacation time (three weeks for starting employees), a fitness program that includes paying employees to walk or bike to work and a floating “powder day” in winter are just the tip of the iceberg.