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Adidas Backs Out Of Making Wearables

The wearables device market can be tough.

A recent study showed that interest around wearable devices focused on health and fitness, at least in terms of what kinds of information consumers want from their devices.

Fitness devices that are launched to serve those needs won’t be coming from Adidas.

Adidas is somewhat backing out of wearables, as it shutters its Digital Sports business unit, the group that develops the company’s wearables tech.

“To further drive our digital transformation and win the consumer in this dynamic business environment, we have redefined our strategic approach towards digital, sharpening our focus on digital experiences,” an Adidas spokesperson told me. “In this context, we decided to discontinue running a stand-alone digital sports organization. Instead we are integrating digital across all areas of our business and will continue to grow our digital expertise, but in a more integrated way.”

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This essentially means that Adidas is going to spread its wearables activities into other areas of the company and stop making wearable devices themselves.

“One example of how we are planning to sharpen our focus on digital experiences is consolidating the adidas app eco-system and discontinue All Day,” said the spokesperson. “We will focus our efforts on two powerful brand platforms, Runtastic and the adidas App in an effort to create the best digital experience for our consumer.”

Adidas does have a deal with Fitbit, so the idea of Adidas totally walking away from wearables is not happening. At least right now.

 

4 comments about "Adidas Backs Out Of Making Wearables".
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  1. Douglas Ferguson from College of Charleston, December 19, 2017 at 5:21 p.m.

    Too bad. They missed out on a really punny slogan: "These are the soles that time men's tries."

  2. Chuck Martin from Chuck Martin replied, December 19, 2017 at 5:46 p.m.

    Yes, too bad Douglas.

  3. R MARK REASBECK from www.USAonly.US , December 19, 2017 at 9:54 p.m.

    Maybe they realized that they are terrible at wearables, but I think it's a "smart" move to give them the boot.  Did you know Adidas & Puma have ties to Nazi Germany , Yep.
    Wearables have a short shelf life, and the demographics are limited to millennials , which have a very short attention span.  There will be a new butterfly along soon.

  4. Chuck Martin from Chuck Martin replied, December 20, 2017 at 9:28 a.m.

    Trust you are referring to the next shiny object, Mark. No doubt; CES is around the corner.

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