Nike products are increasingly difficult to find in stores. Here’s why.

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Wondering why you can’t find Nike products in some stores?

That’s because the sneaker and apparel giant cut ties with some of the country’s biggest shoe retailers.

Nike has reduced the number of traditional retailers it sells to in recent years. Instead, Nike moved sales to its own stores, websites and mobile apps, as well as select stores, to take a more direct-to-consumer sales approach.

More recently, the company pulled its shoes and apparel from DSW stores.

Previously, Nike retired products from Dillard’s, Macy’s, Urban Outfitters, Olympia Sports, Shoe Show and Zappos.

The loss of popular Nike products may hurt some retailers’ business, but the president of DSW’s parent company, Designer Brands Inc., told Footwear News he doesn’t expect Nike’s absence have a significant impact on sales.

“The good news for us is that the hole that needs to be filled is not so big that we can’t do it,” said Bill Jordan. “There won’t be as many orange boxes on the floor anymore. There will be a whole range of brands. And I think that will open up the number of choices that we can offer customers. »

Nike will continue to sell its products at select retailers like Dick’s Sporting Goods, Finish Line and Footlocker.

Certain stores – or sections of stores designated for Nike products – may have dedicated Nike employees.

CEO John Donahue said it’s part of the “premium experience” the company wants to deliver to its customers by taking more of a direct-to-consumer business approach.

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