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    SINGAPORE (THE BUSINESS TIMES) - Smaller sports shops are crying foul.

    Top sporting brand Nike will not be supplying to them from January 2017.

    It is a huge blow for these mom-and-pop stores located in Queensway Shopping Centre and Peninsula Plaza, which rely on top-selling brands to attract customers.


    "Its move would force many of us, some of whom had been operating since the 1970s and 1980s, out of business soon," said Gurbachan Singh, 65, who has been managing Salam & Sons for over 30 years.

    "We did business with Nike for more than 20 years. We followed their rules, never defaulted on payments nor brought in fake or parallel imports. Many of us don't understand why they are doing this to us," Mr Singh added.

    Nike is one of the best-selling brands of shoes and clothing at small sports shops here. According to the 2016 Brandz Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands report from market research company Millward Brown, the American brand topped the 10 most valuable apparel brands.

    Several other shops in Queensway and Peninsula Plaza echoed Mr Singh's sentiments.

    A 65-year-old store owner, who declined to be named for fear of reprisals, said: "What they are doing is wrong. I have been an account holder for over 20 years and have always supported the brand. What they are doing will destroy my livelihood."

    Mark Penu, managing director of Premier Sports International, which markets and distributes sports merchandise, explained that brands like Nike "just want to get into bed with the big chains like Weston and Sports Link".

    Faced with a similar situation, Mr Penu and his partner Hairul Amar had taken New Balance (NB) to task for a breach in an oral contract in 2011 by refusing to deliver orders taken in 2014. A dispute had arisen after Premier parallel imported some of the merchandise which NB promised to supply only to the bigger stores.

    District judge Chiah Kok Khun ruled for Premier and awarded it compensation of an undisclosed sum this year.

    Apart from Nike shifting its focus to the bigger stores, the smaller retailers told The Business Times they believe the decision is also driven by Nike's plans to grow its online stores.

    Last year, the brand announced to investors its plans to grow Web sales 600 per cent by fiscal 2020 to US$7 billion. While the Web currently represents only 2 per cent of its total sales of US$30.6 billion, Nike projects that portion to grow to around 14 per cent in the next five years.

    Nike's media relations office in the United States did not reply to an email query sent by BT.

    The company made a similar move in the United Kingdom in 2014. It had then refused to supply shoes and clothing to any sports shop which did not sell more than £25,000 (S$45,000) of their products in a year; and also removed their credit terms.

    The reason: it was no longer viable to supply the smaller shops. Nike, which sponsors the England football team, had said the move was aimed at cutting costs and improving consumer experience.

    The Competition Commission of Singapore (CCS) said the competition law here does not intrinsically prohibit businesses from achieving market power or striving towards it.

    "(But) businesses with a dominant market position are prohibited from preventing their competitors from competing effectively or shutting them out of the market through exclusive business practices such as exclusive agreements with their suppliers or customers. If such conduct is found to harm competition, CCS can take enforcement action," its spokesman said.

    It added that it had received a complaint in February 2014 concerning exclusive supply agreements in the retail replica football merchandising industry in Singapore.

    After preliminary enquiries, CCS found that suppliers would consider on a yearly basis the retailers to be appointed for new product list and designs to be released into the market. CCS said it was not difficult for retailers to enter into or expand their businesses for retailing replica football merchandise.

    "As such, CCS found it was unlikely any retailer had significant market power to be able to prevent other retailers from competing in the markets," its spokesman said.

    So, in order for the smaller shops to survive, they are now working jointly with the other prominent sports brands.

    Salam & Sons, for one, will be working closely with Adidas.

    "We have spoken to the brand and they are willing to come in to work with us. We are looking at allotting them prominent spaces in the shop and moving Nike away to the back," Mr Singh said. "It may look petty but we have to do so for our own survival."

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    no worry, we can buy in amazon or johore premium outlets and they are very cheap.
    dont believe? ask brother johnny666
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    No worries, the "Hero & Coward" thread will come but we should concentrate first on the nation hottest issue...
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    shameful and despicable scum PAP regime,
    a small island with millions of salary for PAP cronies from tax payers fund and yet have many hottest issues?

    only people who receive some scum benefits from shameful and despicable PAP regime cronies would agree your statement

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    You can buy Nike shoes from the bigger outlets obviously but they probably cost more. This thread is more on small shops losing business

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jah_rastafar_I View Post
    You can buy Nike shoes from the bigger outlets obviously but they probably cost more. This thread is more on small shops losing business
    i suspect that bigger malls giving incentive (special perks) to NIKE to persuade them to discontinue their products in small malls.
    Quote Originally Posted by HK14K View Post
    No worries, the "Hero & Coward" thread will come but we should concentrate first on the nation hottest issue...
    Quote Originally Posted by gingerlyn View Post
    shameful and despicable scum PAP regime,
    a small island with millions of salary for PAP cronies from tax payers fund and yet have many hottest issues?

    only people who receive some scum benefits from shameful and despicable PAP regime cronies would agree your statement

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    Nike very high handed.
    The brand and its products also overrated la.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingerlyn View Post
    no worry, we can buy in amazon or johore premium outlets and they are very cheap.
    dont believe? ask brother johnny666
    Amazon cannot ship out certain Brand’s outside of the US. I wanted to get New Balance shoes but had to use a freight forwarder.

    I think it is the same for Nike?

    However if you want the Skechers brand there is no problem shipping to Spore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny333 View Post
    Amazon cannot ship out certain Brand’s outside of the US. I wanted to get New Balance shoes but had to use a freight forwarder.

    I think it is the same for Nike?

    However if you want the Skechers brand there is no problem shipping to Spore.
    no issue with eBay. Buying branded shoes online, eg. Clarks is also very cheap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Narong Wongwan View Post
    Nike very high handed.
    The brand and its products also overrated la.
    Many models from Nike n Asics shoes are well designed for old people with orthotics-issue. These folks can feel a difference after changing to them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnTan View Post
    A dispute had arisen after Premier parallel imported some of the merchandise which NB promised to supply only to the bigger stores.
    It is a known-fact that most shoes shoe in Queensway SC are parallel-imports as these retailers capitalize on the strong Singapore Dollar

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    Default Re: Nike Boycotts Small-timers In Queensway Shopping Centre And Peninsula Plaza!

    Nike using trump as an excuse to close down these muslim shops. Best these shops start selling non western brands such as japanese and korean ones. or adidas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jah_rastafar_I View Post
    You can buy Nike shoes from the bigger outlets obviously but they probably cost more. This thread is more on small shops losing business
    i intend to start a MIC brand call N1ke, mebbe call niki, it will cost a fraction and only supply to small shops

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    Quote Originally Posted by AsiaDK View Post
    Many models from Nike n Asics shoes are well designed for old people with orthotics-issue. These folks can feel a difference after changing to them.

    after wearing the langjeow can stay erected for 30 sec?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gingerlyn View Post
    i suspect that bigger malls giving incentive (special perks) to NIKE to persuade them to discontinue their products in small malls.

    perks like bj in car parks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by virus View Post
    after wearing the langjeow can stay erected for 30 sec?
    this one can help


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    Quote Originally Posted by virus View Post
    after wearing the langjeow can stay erected for 30 sec?
    think so, the trick is to be next to a pussy and once the erection "arises"- faster and fasterer "just do it"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jah_rastafar_I View Post
    You can buy Nike shoes from the bigger outlets obviously but they probably cost more. This thread is more on small shops losing business
    Its sad actually to see businesses closing down due to issues like that, grew up nearby in the area. The shops there has not changed that much.

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    Default Re: Nike Boycotts Small-timers In Queensway Shopping Centre And Peninsula Plaza!

    Why not try China made sport shoes like Li Ning, Anta, or Peak. They supply raw material and parts to Nike shoe factories in Vietnam. Including the glue for these shoes. Cheap and Good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by syed putra View Post
    Nike using trump as an excuse to close down these muslim shops. Best these shops start selling non western brands such as japanese and korean ones. or adidas.
    Chinese fault right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reddog View Post
    Why not try China made sport shoes like Li Ning, Anta, or Peak. They supply raw material and parts to Nike shoe factories in Vietnam. Including the glue for these shoes. Cheap and Good.
    gg raw with china..... sounds interesting

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reddog View Post
    Why not try China made sport shoes like Li Ning, Anta, or Peak. They supply raw material and parts to Nike shoe factories in Vietnam. Including the glue for these shoes. Cheap and Good.
    Elites like myself would not be caught dead wearing Li Ning sports apparel.
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