Nike, Inc., founded in January 1964, is a sportswear and equipment supplier based in the United States. The company's headquarters are located near Beaverton, Oregon. Nike is the world's leading supplier of athletic shoes and apparel and a major manufacturer of sports equipment. In 2016, the company employed over 70 thousand people worldwide.
The company sponsors many high-profile professional athletes such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Lebron James, and Rory Mcllroy to use their products and promote and advertise their technology and design. On top of that, Nike also manufactures and provides kits (uniforms) for a wide range of sports teams like Barcelona, Manchester United, Arsenal and many U.S. colleges as well.
Over the years, the sporting goods industry has seen many mergers and acquisitions. Key players in the industry include Reebok, Adidas, Puma and of course Nike, with the latter generating a global revenue close to 31 billion U.S. dollars in 2015. Some of these companies are joining up with fashion designers to produce new clothing styles and widen their product lines. As a result, consumption will continue to be driven by a trend toward less formal dress in the workplace and demand from specific demographics such as teenagers and baby boomers.