Full-line sporting goods retailer
DICK'S Sporting Goods Inc.
) remains focused on driving growth through the expansion of its
store base and incorporation of technological advancements to
better serve its clients. In line with its strategic initiatives,
the company recently declared the opening of one new store each
in the states of Ohio, South Dakota, Iowa and California.
In Ohio, the new DICK'S Sporting store will be located at the
Hobby Lobby Plaza of Findlay and will be the company's 38th
outlet in the state. In South Dakota, DICK'S Sporting's new store
will occupy space in the Empire Mall of Sioux Falls and mark the
company first outlet in the state.
The company will open its 5th store in Iowa, located at Jordan
Creek in West Des Moines. Moreover, the DICK'S Sporting store to
be opened at Westfield Palm Desert Mall in Palm Desert will mark
the company's 32nd store in California.
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Including these outlets, DICK'S Sporting store count now stands
at 558. The celebrations to mark the opening of these stores will
commence on Nov 8 and extend over the weekend. The store
offerings will include over 40 suitable in-store services
provided by DICK'S certified PROS in Golf, Bike, Hunting,
Fishing, Team Sports and more.
In order to attract customer traffic into its new stores
throughout the celebration period, DICK'S Sporting has announced
a range of lucrative giveaways. The company will distribute
Mystery Gift Cards in the range of $5-$500 to the first 100
adults in line on Friday and Saturday. Moreover, on Saturday, it
plans to give free Tech T-Shirts manufactured by
Under Armour Inc.
) to the first 100 adults in line. On Sunday, it will distribute
free Scratch & Win cards to the first 100 adults in line.
We believe that the full-line sporting goods and apparel retailer
will benefit from its in-store action and online growth
strategies. The company's in-store efforts such as the remodeling
of stores, launch of shop-in-shop facilities and recruitment of
more sales personnel have boosted top-line growth. Furthermore,
the company is aggressively enhancing its e-Commerce capabilities
to increase its sales as well as market share in online
At its recent annual Analyst Day meet, DICK'S Sporting announced
its plans to increase retail store count to 800 by the end of
fiscal 2017 from 518 stores at the end of fiscal 2012. Further,
the company will remodel its existing stores from time to time in
order to keep them up-to-date and productive.
Additionally, the company will stay focused on maintaining strong
relations with its vendors, introducing fashionable products and
concentrating on high growth categories such as Women and Youth.
Moreover, DICK'S Sporting intends to increase its e-Commerce
sales to nearly $1.1 billion by the end of fiscal 2017, from $292
million at the end of fiscal 2012. For this, the company will
control its e-Commerce platform beginning with Golf Galaxy and
Field & Stream in 2014, and DICK'S Sporting from fiscal
Apart from expanding its store base, DICK'S Sporting is
concentrating on customer needs in order to boost sales. Further,
to make customers' shopping experience a convenient one, the
company has introduced a new mobile application for iPhones and
Android Smartphones that enables customers to locate DICK'S
Sporting stores in any particular area and buy goods directly,
using the application.
We believe that the company's strategic measures of consolidating
its store base and the use of technology to provide better
services will enhance its relationship with present customers,
attract new customers and effectively promote products.
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DICK'S Sporting currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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