Banana Boat rides shotgun with Target Chip Ganassi Racing
INDIANAPOLIS — Banana Boat sunscreen is riding shotgun with Target-sponsored Chip Ganassi Racing for the second year in row at the 2013 Izod IndyCar Series. The sunscreen products producer is leveraging the partnership to market its Banana Boat Sport Performance CoolZone sunscreen and Banana Boat Protect and Hydrate Sunscreen lotions.
"We are excited to be continuing our partnership with Target Chip Ganassi Racing at this year’s Indianapolis 500," said Carla Luca, senior brand manager, Banana Boat. "This ongoing partnership brings together two brands that value uniqueness and fun — sharing the goal of keeping racing fans cool and protected while they enjoy the race."
Temperatures on and around the track can hit well above 100 degrees. As a part of the partnership, Banana Boat sunscreen set up Shade Stations trackside at the recent Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg and Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, providing race fans with product samples and educational materials about proper sun protection. Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti also drove a Banana Boat brand themed car at the St. Petersburg race.
"Banana Boat sunscreen provides safe and effective sun protection that fans and families attending our races need," said Franchitti. "The pit crews on the Target teams rely on sunscreen out on pit lane to get them through these events. They are a very important partner and have been a great supporter of our program."
Chip Ganassi has been in the auto racing industry for more than 25 years. Today his teams include three cars in the Izod IndyCar Series, two cars in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series and one Daytona Prototype in the Grand-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. Overall his teams have 15 championships and more than 150 victories, including four Indianapolis 500s, a Daytona 500, a Brickyard 400 and five Rolex 24 at Daytonas.
Eddie Bauer’s Arnot achieves new heights
BELLEVUE, Wash. — Eddie Bauer first ascent guide Melissa Arnot summited Mt. Everest for the fifth time, the most of any woman in history. Arnot’s celebratory summit falls only weeks after the 50th anniversary of the 1963 expedition outfitted by Eddie Bauer that marked the first American summit of the mountain by Jim Whittaker and his Sherpa partner, Nawang Gombu, and later by Tom Hornbein and Willi Unsoeld via the West Ridge.
"Eddie Bauer has a rich history on Everest. We are proud to be a part of the Everest story once again as Melissa captures another historical first on the mountain," said CEO Mike Egeck. "Melissa is an experienced, professional climber who possesses a tireless spirit of adventure that inspires us all, and her achievement and actions on Everest will undoubtedly be remembered for generations to come."
Since the first recorded summit by Sir Edmund Hillary in 1953, more than 3,600 climbers have stood on the world’s highest peak, 335 of whom have been women. Recently, Arnot was asked if she feels a responsibility to inspire other female climbers. She responded, "I am humbled by the climbers that came before me and proud to be a part of the ongoing evolution of mountaineering. I would be proud to inspire any climber, man or woman to push their own limits in the mountains. The mountain does not know your gender."
This week’s summit is the most recent addition to Arnot’s notable mountaineering and guiding resume. She has been a part of four expeditions to Cotopaxi, four to Aconcagua, three to Cayambe and has summited Rainier 87 times. She is also an active member of the Eddie Bauer first ascent guide team, helping to design and test expedition-level gear and outerwear.
Climbing and guiding also serve as a form of philanthropic outreach for Arnot. In 2008, she summited Mt. Everest as part of Team Inspi(RED) to promote HIV/AIDS awareness in Africa. She has also guided two celebrity Summit on the Summit climbs to Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for clean water access. Most recently, she and fellow climber David Morton launched the Juniper Fund, a nonprofit to provide insurance and financial support for mountain workers.
In a post the week before leaving for Nepal this year, Arnot stated, "Every trip I get to go on, I’m thankful. I’m so appreciative that my job with Eddie Bauer allows me to travel the world and interact with other cultures. I wouldn’t trade it for anything at all. If I could create my perfect reality, this would be it, and in some ways I guess that I have created it."
Established in 1920 in Seattle, Eddie Bauer is a specialty retailer that sells sportswear, outerwear, gear and accessories for the active outdoor lifestyle. Eddie Bauer products are available at approximately 400 stores throughout the United States, Canada and Japan through catalog sales and online.
PetSmart reports ‘solid’ Q1
PHOENIX — PetSmart reported a net income of $102 million for the first quarter ended May 5, a 7.4% increase from $95 million during the same period last year.
Total sales increased 5% to $1.7 billion, while comparable store sales grew 3.5%, benefitting from comparable transactions growth of 0.8%.
“We are pleased to report another quarter of solid earnings growth,” said chairman and CEO Bob Moran. “Our focus on providing solutions for the lifetime needs of pets has kept our pet parent customers highly engaged with our brand, resulting in positive comparable store sales growth and transaction growth.”
Because the annual guidance for 2013 is for 52 weeks versus 53 weeks in 2012, the company anticipates comparable store sales growth of 3% to 4% and total sales growth of 3% to 4% for fiscal year 2013.
PetSmart operates more than 1,289 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, more than 196 in-store PetSmart PetsHotel dog and cat boarding facilities and is a leading online provider of pet supplies and pet care information.