Mad Jack Outdoor launches a first-of-its-kind online marketplace (www.madjackoutdoor.com), bringing innovative outdoor gear to nature loving enthusiasts. Utilizing a three-pronged approach, this marketplace model enables new brands — that are fresh off of Kickstarter or new to the market — to reach customers outside of the traditional, slow-to-adopt channels. Simultaneously, the marketplace works with independent specialty retailers to showcase their overstocked or out of season brands at a discounted rate, and veteran brands providing shoppers access to their entire product catalogs.
Founders Kristin Mehiel and husband and wife team Ricardo and Michele Collison are not new to eCommerce, marketplaces or startups. The team, which operates as MRKand Co, has two other successful marketplaces in other verticals, www.theparentdiary.com and www.elderlycentral.com. Mehiel, Co-Founder of Mad Jack Snowsports, found it only natural to introduce www.madjackoutdoor.com to MRK and Co’s portfolio. Mad Jack Snowsports, a snowsports manufacturing company, rocked the skiing world in 2017 with their flagship product: the MadJacks, a device that allows you to ski in the comfort of a snowboard boot..
Ricardo, who was the head of global advertising operations at eBay from 2010 to 2012, understands the intricacies associated with eCommerce and marketplaces, “Trust me, it is not easy launching marketplaces, nor is it easy to make them lucrative, but with the right team in place and innovative partnering brands, you can hit home runs, which is what we intend to do with www.madjackoutdoor.com,” he said.
The site has already attracted brands that you won’t necessarily find at REI such as Bliss Hammocks, ABOM Goggles, Hero Water Wear, ASAP Watercraft, Popboards, and Belmont Blankets.
“I know what it is like to be a new brand in the outdoor space; it is not easy to break into some of the more traditional channels,” Mehiel said. “I am beyond stoked to showcase new, innovative brands in the outdoor space through www.madjackoutdoor.com. It is a win-win situation, as brands can scale quickly and our customers get first dibs on the best kept secrets in outdoor gear.”
To learn more about Mad Jack Outdoor, please visit www.madjackoutdoor.com