Airlines…so far Delta and United have pulled their support of the NRA. I would be hard pressed to think American Airlines would pull their support (pretty sure they will not) since their headquarters is in Dallas/Fort Worth and the NRA convention is in Dallas this year. United’s headquarters is in Chicago, so they should be fine. Delta, however, is under fire because some Georgia politicians want to block a tax benefit for Delta because they pulled their NRA support. Well first Delta is not likely to leave Georgia (sorry New York and Virginia). And second if they block the tax bill Delta will simply push the cost to consumers over the next few quarters. Also, it hard to boycott an airline…because there are some places only one or two airlines fly to, for example only American Airlines flies to Lynchburg, Va. In addition, are people really willing to pay more for a flight just to avoid an airline that is being boycotted? I doubt it.
Lastly, I’ll look at Dick’s Sporting Goods; this is via the New York Times, “ [Dicks’s] was immediately ending sales of all assault-style rifles in its stores. The retailer also said that it would no longer sell high-capacity magazines and that it would not sell any gun to anyone under 21 years of age, regardless of local laws.” That’s fine, but my question would be how much of their income is generated by sales of assault rifles? By not selling them, you can cut down on excess inventory and reduce your bottom line. I’m not ignoring what the CEO said about why he was doing it; it also does not hurt him in the long run. Plus, Dick’s is one of the nation’s largest sports retailers, so even if people want to boycott them…the group that would be boycotting Dick’s may not be large enough to actually have an impact on the company.
Either way when companies do things it is usually about money, not people…people (or events) provide a good defense, but in all these cases I would assume a financial benefit accompanied their decisions.
Thoughts and Feedback are always welcomed.... -BW