SPOT Expands Retail Distribution with Eastern Mountain Sports Stores
Spot Satellite GPS Messenger available at all 64 retail locations across the northeast United States
MILPITAS, CA - (April 1, 2009) – SPOT LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Globalstar Inc. (NASDAQ: GSAT) and an award-winning leader in personal satellite messaging and emergency communications, today announced that the company’s flagship product – the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger™ – is now available at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) retail stores. As a result of a successful 25-store pilot, EMS is selling the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger in all 64 retail stores across 12 states in the Northeast.
SPOT is the world’s first Satellite GPS Messenger. The personal handheld satellite-based messaging, safety and tracking device sends the user’s GPS location coordinates and select messages with a link to Google Maps™ over a global satellite network to friends, family, co-workers or in case of an emergency, a rescue coordination center. Because SPOT uses satellite technology, it works regardless of cellular service availability from virtually anywhere around the world.
"Our customer base is a broad spectrum of first time enthusiasts to seasoned climbers and paddlers,” said Brandon Koger, tech sports product manager at Eastern Mountain Sports. “The SPOT Satellite Messenger is an ideal safety tool for all our customers no matter where or how they play. We are proud of the partnership with the good folks at SPOT and are excited for the roll out.”
“The SPOT Satellite Messenger is fast becoming an essential equipment standard for dedicated outdoor enthusiasts and mainstream consumers alike,” said Darren Bassel, global marketing director, SPOT LLC. “To satisfy our customer’s needs in their local markets we continually seek to expand our retail footprint. Eastern Mountain Sports is solely dedicated to providing outdoor adventurers with the best gear, equipment and training, and we are delighted they have selected SPOT among the best gear for their outdoor customer base.”
Handheld, lightweight, battery-operated, rugged and water resistant, the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger is ideal for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy backpacking, kayaking, mountain biking, camping, hiking, ice and rock climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, maritime activities or any number of recreational outdoor activities. The SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger is now available at Eastern Mountain Sports retail store locations and online at www.ems.com.
Since its November 2007 introduction, the SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger has helped initiate over 145 rescues on land and at sea, many of which have resulted in lives saved. SPOT users have also transmitted more than 7 million “peace-of-mind” and “track me” messages worldwide.
About Eastern Mountain Sports
Founded in 1967 by two New England rock climbers and based in Peterborough, N.H., Eastern Mountain Sports is one of the nation’s leading outfitters of outdoor gear, clothing, footwear and accessories with 64 retail stores in 12 states. Eastern Mountain Sports designs and sells products for outdoor adventurers who participate in a variety of sports, such as mountaineering, backpacking, camping, hiking, adventure racing, climbing, kayaking, mountain biking and snow sports. Eastern Mountain Sports product and technology is tested by its product development and quality assurance teams in conjunction with the Eastern Mountain Sports Climbing, Kayaking and Ski Schools. More information is available at www.ems.com.