DISCOUNTING, PRICE HIKES, AND A ROGUE TRAFFIC ENGINEER

06-01-24: “Discounting is back in fashion, as Americans get tired of paying more.” National Public Radio npr: “Dollar General is…

DOES SELLING E-BIKES MAKE YOU A BETTER BICYCLE RETAILER?

In my last article for The Micromobility Reporter, I opined that just maybe e-bikes weren’t as good for the bicycle…

POTTED BATTERIES, NEW TARIFFS, AND BEWARE OF FAKE CLASS 2 E-BIKES

05-02-24: “There’s a new trend making electric bike batteries safer.” electrek: “A new type of electric bicycle battery is gaining…

ARE E-BIKES REALLY A GOOD THING?

It’s tough to be an ogre! I imagine they will be coming for me with torches and pitchforks soon. Let…

INDUSTRY FIGHTS THROUGH CHALLENGES, SEA OTTER CLASSIC SOARS

4-03-24: “The electric-vehicle supply chain that’s proven so difficult to ramp up now appears to be contracting.” The Wall Street…

ECONOMIC NEWS, SAFER BATTERIES, AND THE IMPORTANT LAST MILE

03-04-24: “U.S. lawmakers are calling for a crackdown on the special trade provisions that e-commerce juggernauts Temu and Shein are…

SEARCHING FOR A SOLUTION TO E-BIKE FIRES

The lithium-ion battery fire issue in New York City has garnered a lot of attention, and rightfully so. Unfortunately, New…

NOW WHAT?

The last couple of articles I’ve written for the Micromobility Reporter have discussed the economic headwinds facing the industry, distributors…

E-BIKE HATE, LEGISLATION, AND LIABILITY FOR AMAZON?

01-30-24: “Congress finally agrees on electric bike bill – but not the one everyone wanted.” electrek: “Republicans and Democrats rarely…

ARE YOU READY FOR THE COMING SEASON?

I have written in previous issues about planning for the coming year and what pitfalls your business might face in…

THE HPS FEBRUARY LETTER: FEAR-MONGERING, JOURNALISTIC MALPRACTICE, A WELCOMING SMILE, AND MORE

01-02-24: “2024 will mark the end of the post-pandemic economy.” Bloomberg Opinion: “Economists did not believe it was possible, but…

THE HPS JANUARY LETTER: INFLATION EASES, BUT BEWARE OF PHANTOM DEBT AND ZOMBIES!

11-28-23: “Lectric e-bikes rose to the top of sales, and now they are giving it all away,” electrek: “In just…

THINGS ARE GETTING BETTER (?)

Inflation is down. The December jobs report is out, over 216,000 new jobs were created. The stock market has closed…

WHAT JUST DIDN’T HAPPEN?

You may have noticed that a lot of things that were supposed to happen this year didn’t! Looking at the…

THE HPS DECEMBER LETTER: E-BIKE NEWS, MARKET TRENDS, DEFLATION

11-3-23: “Maersk Cuts 3,500 Jobs, Reports Net Income Down 94.5%.” Sourcing Journal: “Global container shipping titan A.P. Moller-Maersk is cutting…

THE HPS NOVEMBER LETTER: THE EYE OF A HURRICANE

“We Are in the Eye of a Hurricane!” HPS Comment: The conflicts and loss of life reported in October 2023…

PLANNING THE YEAR AHEAD

The end of 2023 is rapidly approaching. A lot has happened this year, some things we knew were coming, and…

DUTY SUSPENSION IS GOOD NEWS, BUT CREATES MARKET UNCERTAINTY

As reported in Bicycle Retailer and Industry News (BRAIN) September 7, the U.S. Trade Representative has extended its tariff exclusions…

THE HPS OCTOBER LETTER: LET'S GET LOUD ABOUT E-BIKE FIRES

September 1: “Industry Needs to be Louder and Clearer About E-bike Fires.” Cycling Industry News: “Today see the London Fire…

MIKE FRITZ ACCEPTED AS MEMBER OF TWO UL TECHNICAL COMMITTEES

After inviting Mike Fritz to apply for membership, UL Standards & Engagement confirmed that the technical committee chair of TC2849…