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March 07, 2018 - No Comments!

NRI Opening in Montreal – May 2018

NRI Distribution has big plans for 2018, specifically expanding into Eastern Canada.  NRI has announced its commitment to open a Montreal facility in May of this year.

With operations already established in Western Canada and the United States, it is time to set their sights on the East Coast, and Montreal is NRI’s top pick to set roots in the east.  “We are entering the Montreal market for a multitude of reasons.  Not only are the people and the culture of Quebec in line with our company values, but we feel that Montreal is a great starting point to connect us to the vibrant independent outdoor and fashion retailers and consumers,” said Peter McKenna, NRI President.

NRI prides itself on superior client service and support.  Having facilities on each side of the country means they will be able to offer the best possible service to clients across Canada on a more local level.  In addition to Canadian growth to better serve those looking for an eastern distribution point, NRI anticipates increased European interest with the new Canada-European Trade Agreement (CETA) making 98% of EU tariff lines duty-free for Canadian goods.

“Having a facility in the eastern half of Canada will better serve our existing and future European clients”, said Ryan Dale-Johnson, Director of Accounts.  “Additionally, we will be offering an operation that will provide both a great location for all our clients’ direct to consumer business, as well as offering a fantastic consolidation point for large multi-door retailer warehousing in the east.”

NRI is a 3PL with a consultative approach – providing scalable, variable-cost solutions to aspirational lifestyle brands across all channels of e-commerce, wholesale, retail and reverse logistics with over 1,000,000 sq.ft. of warehouse space in Canada and Southern California.

September 14, 2016 - No Comments!

NRI Client + Customer Tour 2016 – Stop #2

The tour continued today with a frosty start in Fernie, BC.  Winter is definitely around the corner and skiers everywhere are getting stoked to check out the new skis as NRI is busy shipping them like mad.

Today's destination was NRS in Moscow, ID.  NRS has been the go-to name in outfitting whitewater enthusiasts for years.  They have partnered with NRI for their Canadian fulfillment and this would be the first time visiting their head office.  An absolutely wonderful bunch of people keep the wheels turning at NRS HQ, and chatter of upcoming trips and expeditions, sprinkled with some cyclocross, fill the office.

A fine bunch of fellows

A fine bunch of fellows

Repairs department helping keep you on the water

Repairs department helping keep you on the water

DJ making the ship magic happen

DJ making the ship magic happen

 

September 13, 2016 - No Comments!

NRI Client + Customer Tour 2016 – Stop #1

The NRI Client + Customer World Tour 2016 began under sunny skies, leaving NRI headquarters in Kamloops, BC on a Sunday afternoon.  The Buell hadn't been on the road in over 4 years and seemed to enjoy having the dust blown off, as well as the lovely Ducati escort of ADJ as far as Malakwa, BC.

The ride to Golden, BC was mostly pleasant, but then September showers made for some miserable riding for the latter half of the day.  It was wonderful to roll into friendly Fernie, BC and have a hot dinner waiting, cooked up by Christy and Lance of Elevation Industries - 10 year NRI client.

Monday was time well spent catching up with the staff at Elevation - Canadian distributors of Kavu, TASC, and ENO Hammocks.  They have based themselves in the beautiful Rockies ski town of Fernie, while leaving the warehousing and fulfillment to NRI in Kamloops.  A quick trip was made over to Cranbrook, BC to visit longtime independent retailer Iain McLeod at High Country Sportswear.

It's always great to spend some face-time with the wonderful clients and customers NRI has the pleasure of working with.

 

Lance and Christy of Elevation Industries in Fernie, BC

Lance and Christy of Elevation Industries in Fernie, BC

Iain McLeod of High Country Sportswear in Cranbrook, BC

Iain McLeod of High Country Sportswear in Cranbrook, BC

The dirty bike

The dirty bike

May 16, 2015 - No Comments!

Surf Summit 18 Recap

We recently went down for some surf, sun and a bit of networking at the Surf Summit 18 in Cabo.  Spending some face time with clients and connections is always such a great way to catch up and review business together, and doing so outside the office in a relaxed atmosphere makes it that much better.

There were a number of great speakers during the three day event including UFC's Dana White, Shaheen Sadeghi of LAB Holding, and Mike Yapp of Google/YouTube who showed off some crazy technology we should all expect to change the way we interact with our surroundings in the near future.

NRI was stoked to be a presenting sponsor of Surf Summit 18 and to spend time with a great group of retailers, brands and industry folks.  We even managed to catch a couple waves and no sunburn.

April 09, 2014 - No Comments!

Marmot Partners with NRI for Fulfillment in Canada

NRI Director of Business Development, Ryan Dale-Johnson, announced today the fulfillment partnership with high-performance outdoor brand Marmot. Beginning the Fall 2013 season, Marmot will be shipping from NRI’s newest state-of-the-art facility in Surrey, BC.

“We are very excited to be chosen as the fulfillment partner for Marmot’s Canadian business.”  Says Ryan Dale-Johnson. “The Marmot brand and their code of ethics fit seamlessly with that of NRI and we are looking forward to many years as partners.”

Susan Simmons, Director of Operations at Marmot Mountain Canada, says “In order to keep up with our growth in Canada, we needed to make a change with our fulfillment strategy. The technology and expertise at NRI will be a huge benefit not only to Marmot, but to all of the Marmot customers Canada wide.  We are excited to partner with NRI and look forward to a long and beneficial working relationship.”

April 08, 2014 - No Comments!

Skullcandy Partners with NRI for Fulfillment in Canada

Skullcandy Partners with NRI for Fulfillment in Canada 

NRI Sales and Marketing Manager, Brian Jenkinson, announced today the fulfillment partnership with lifestyle audio brand Skullcandy. Beginning the Fall 2013 season, Skullcandy will be shipping from NRI’s newest state-of-the-art facility in Surrey, BC.

“Its NRI’s mission to partner with premium lifestyle brands and we have been fans of Skullcandy since 2003.” Says Peter McKenna, Co-Founder and President of NRI. “We are excited to have the opportunity to help them develop their relationship with the Canadian market.”

Adam Williston, Marketing Manager for Skullcandy Canada, commented on their new direct Canadian model and partnership with NRI by saying, “We are excited to be working with NRI and their team in Canada. Their reputation, service and technology will be a great benefit to our retail partners here. From the first step inside of NRI’s new Surrey facility I knew they were best in class.”