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And here are three other things you should know:
1. The e-bike craze is upon us. With more and more consumers looking for alternatives to automobiles, companies are stepping in to provide those solutions. Enter Dutch e-bike maker VanMoof, who will be releasing the VanMoof V in 2022. One potential hiccup: The V’s 37-mph speed is significantly faster than the legal limit for e-bikes in any US state with a law currently on the books (some states have no limit at all). In a press release, the company said it “intends to work with city governments to explore solutions from geofencing to revised speed regulations.” Basically a “do first, ask forgiveness after they’ve seen us do a wheelie on this hog” kind of thing. The e-bike market is expected to reach $48 billion globally by 2028. E-bike sales in the US increased 145% between 2019 and 2020, and grew 240% in the 12 months leading up to July 2021. For context, that’s 16x faster growth than general cycling. Retail Brew
2. New but actually vintage. Apparently there's a strong demand for vintage looking apparel these days amongst outdoor retailers. To boot: they're following the 3 R's by selling gear hand selected from thrift shops and consignment stores. [L.L. Bean] has amassed quite the collection of vintage L.L. Bean garments — and plan to sell it on L.L. Bean's Instagram account, via Instagram Stories at 10 AM on October 13th, 20th and 27th. Interested buyers must respond to the story via DM. The first one to do so wins the opportunity to purchase. My advice? Act fast. Practice your quick draw DMs. The L.L. Bean Pre-Loved Collection, as they're calling it, features 28 items hand-picked at thrift stores and flea markets and plucked from personal collections. For those in Freeport, Maine, there will be 100+ more items for sale at the brand's flagship brick-and-mortar. Denver-based Tersus Solutions refurbished each piece and retagged it specifically for this sale: "Pre-Loved Favorites. Rediscovered. Restored. And Ready For Their Next Adventure," they now read. Gear Patrol
3. Where's the (fake) beef? Burger King started selling the Impossible Whopper last year, and now McDonald's is getting on board the vegan burger train. After announcing a deal with Beyond Meat back in February, McDonald’s this morning announced that it is set to start selling plant-based Beyond Meat burgersin select locations next month. Starting November 3, the McPlant will be available at eight of the fast food giant’s restaurants, including in Irving and Carrollton, Texas, Cedar Falls, Iowa, Jennings and Lake Charles, Louisiana and El Segundo and Manhattan Beach, California. Still very much in the early stages, McDonald’s is positioning the deal as a “test” of Beyond’s patties, which are made from plant-based ingredients, including peas, rice and potatoes. The deal follows similar piloting in a number of international locations, including Sweden, Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria and the U.K./Ireland, the latter of which launched last month. TC
Know your Newbies Please join us in giving a warm welcome to our newest springbots, Arrion Jackson, Desmon McDonald, Evan Nguyen and Stephen Russ-Stefancic! Arrion, Desmon, and Evan all join our Sales Team and Stephen joins our Customer Success Team!
Fun Facts Arrion - "I'm a singer, songwriter, and musician and I actually just released my first EP on September 20 called "A Few Wild Nights" - here's a Iink to it on Spotify." Desmon - "I was a state champion wrestler when I was in Kindergarten. I weighed 105 pounds and was unopposed. I walked out on the mat, they raised my hand and gave me the trophy." Evan - "I used to place third in track and field. It’s special because I actually hate running." Stephen - "I was in a short clip on Tosh.0 from a viral clip from the minecraft convention years ago called "Dedotaded Wam", it's easily findable on youtube if anyone is interested."
Mind Edit Be sure to check out EBT's October Wellness Calendar for great mindfulness inspiration. Today on the calendar - "You can't pour from an empty cup, say no to something today."
Birthdays Logan Breault (Oct. 14) Sheila Gaskell (Oct. 14) Alex Purvis (Oct. 16)