Oregon-based small business ProActive Sports is the American distributor of Clicgear, a Chinese-made golf pushcart described as the “Rolls Royce of pushcarts.”
At the height of the US-China trade war, the US slapped a 25% tariff on ProActive’s products, and the company saw sales tank 30% as it had to raise prices to accommodate the new tax.
Less than a year later, the business is suddenly booming.
The company has found itself an unexpected winner of the coronavirus pandemic, since many courses have banned rental pushcarts and golfers have had to buy their own.
Business Insider spoke to ProActive owner Steve Skinner, who put his whirlwind year into perspective.
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While the coronavirus pandemic has largely crippled America’s economy, there have been some unexpected winners in the COVID-19 era — from baking yeast to the Nintendo Switch.
The golf pushcart industry is another one of these pandemic successes. With many courses pausing rentals of golf carts and pushcarts to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many golfers have started buying their own.
Business Insider recently spoke to Steve Skinner, owner of The ProActive Sports Group, a small business in Oregon which has the exclusive American distribution rights for Clicgear, a Chinese product described as the “Rolls Royce of pushcarts.”
ProActive is one of many American retailers that have had an unprecedented year, impacted first by the US-China trade war, and then a global pandemic that brought the economy to a standstill.
Skinner explained just how measured success is in 2020, with the company only now recovering from being slapped with tariffs, and now struggling to keep up with the country’s newfound demand for its products.
Last year ProActive saw sales of Clicgear pushcarts dive 30% when they were made subject to a 25% import tariff by President Donald Trump’s administration, …read more
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