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NIKE, Inc. fosters a culture of invention. We create products, services and experiences for today’s athlete while solving problems for the next generation.

  • Nike Explore Team Sport Research Lab

    “Our function is to provide knowledge and insights. We are the global repository for the science of human performance and potential.” — Matthew Nurse, Senior Director of the Nike Explore Team Sport Research Lab


    The Nike Explore Team Sport Research Lab is philosophically and physically at the heart of the NIKE, Inc. World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore. It began as a small lab in Exeter, N.H. more than 30 years ago, and has grown into a a world-class research facility harnessing dedicated brainpower and state-of-the-science research equipment unequalled in the sporting goods industry. Carrying on the traditions of Nike’s original sport researcher Bill Bowerman the lab continues to deliver proven scientific insights that help drive performance innovations across the Nike brand.

    Today, the lab employs more than 40 researchers, many of whom hold doctorates or master’s degrees in a wide range of scientific disciplines including biomechanics, physiology, biomedical engineering, mechanical engineering, physics, math, kinesiology and systems science. Combined, the team brings more than 250 years of sport research experience to NIKE, Inc.

    The research lab is an integral part of the Nike Explore Team, whose mission is to drive product innovation for athletes everywhere. The lab fuels product innovation specifically through knowledge and insight gained from a scientific understanding of athletes and athletic performance. The research encompasses fundamental questions to unlock innovation, and builds on a knowledge base by tapping into insights from the world’s best athletes. Over the years, researchers have tested countless ideas in pursuit of aiding performance, reducing injury risk, enhancing perception and feel, and delivering innovative products to athletes. 

    As a global hub of sport science knowledge, the sport research lab has established research partnerships with major universities and institutions throughout Asia, Europe and North America. These strategic partnerships, along with access to the world's best talent, tools and athletes, allow the lab to maintain cutting-edge science.

    Data is the new voice of the athlete.

    Learn about the history of the lab, how Nike researchers work with athletes and what it takes to turn data into product design in an in-depth Q&A with sport research director Matthew Nurse. 

    Areas of Focus

    Nike sport research focuses on biomechanics, physiology, sensory/perception and data science. Researchers test theories and conduct studies in pursuit of enhancing performance, reducing injury, strengthening perception and feel, and delivering innovative products to athletes primarily through these four disciplines.


    Biomechanics is the study of human movement and related forces. A critical area of study in the lab, the Nike biomechanics team focuses on understanding the mechanics of athletic skills and maneuvers with the intention of enhancing performance and reducing the risk of injury. The scientific information collected by the team is applied to product design and development. 

    One way Nike scientists can measure the body’s movement is with a sports science visualization tool. This tool generates a 3-D rendering of an athlete in motion, delivering key data and insights that inform designer decisions.


    The Physiology team conducts research with the goal of creating footwear and apparel solutions that enhance athlete performance. The goal of this research is to create footwear and apparel solutions that lower an athlete’s body temperature and reduce his or her energy expenditure, thereby allowing him or her to train longer and harder.The team focuses on three primary athlete needs:

    • Thermoregulation—With the use of environmental chambers, Nike physiologists are able to bring the heat of Rio de Janeiro or the frost of Sochi to Beaverton. Both athletes and the specially designed sweating mannequin known as Hal (a life-sized anatomical model), are tested in these chambers, allowing Nike physiologists to conduct critical thermoregulation research.

    • Recovery—Practice and competition can leave athletes feeling exhausted and sore. Nike physiologists strive to develop apparel that helps athletes recover more quickly so they’re ready for the next challenge.

    • Economy—The physiology team helps develop footwear that allows athletes to run more efficiently, giving them more “miles per gallon,” which saves precious energy for the end of the the race or fourth quarter of the game. Ultimately, this allows athletes to run further, faster and longer.


    The perception team explores how sensory perception influences and interacts with athletic performance. Through subjective evaluation of product attributes, usability and durability, perception researchers devise solutions to age-old questions like “How can I run faster?” and “How can I jump higher?”

    The perception team works closely with the physiology team to understand athletes’ opinion of a garment’s general comfort, thermal comfort and moisture management capabilities in different environments. Understanding an athlete’s perception enables the physiology team to know how athletes truly feel while exercising in Nike apparel in different environmental conditions.


    The data science team in the lab uses mathematical modeling and prediction of the complex interaction of athletes and Nike products. The five key areas of research include data mining, mathematical modeling, data standardization, data storage solutions and knowledge engine.

    Running research through the years

    The field of biomechanics was in its infancy when Nike set up the sport research lab in 1980. In the decades since, the lab’s role in identifying and understanding athletes’ needs has proven integral to the development of countless Nike technologies and products, and serves as the cornerstone of ongoing innovation. Learn more about running R&D at Nike.  


    • 3-D motion analysis (kinematics)

    • Ground reaction forces and loading rates (kinetics)

    • Foot-pressure measurement (in-shoe and external)

    • Accelerometers

    • Foot morphology (anthropometrics)

    • Electromyography (muscle activity)

    • High-speed video (>30,000 frames/second)

    • Humac-Norm (isokinetic muscle strength testing and measurement)

    • Metabolic cart (oxygen consumption)

    • Electrocardiograms (ECG)

    • Skin and core-temperature sensors

    • Skin humidity sensors

    • Copper Sweating Mannequin

    • Thermal camera

    • Blood chemistry analyses

    Inside the motion capture lab

    In the technical motion capture lab, high-speed video cameras collect video at 1,000 times the rate of standard video cameras and four force plates in the floor allow researchers to see how athletes generate force and where the power in their bodies comes from. Learn more about how these tools provide key data and insights for improving performance product.


    Distinct groups focus on each critical stage of research and design devlopment.

    • Researchers who focus on performance insights work with elite athletes across multitiple sports to establish an objective understanding of the needs of different athletes, the demands of the sport and the environments in which they train and compete.

    • Next, scientists explore advanced concepts that have the potential to radically alter performance, protection and perception across multiple sports for athletes of all skills and abilities.

    • The applied research team dives deep into the specific demands of Running, Basketball, Global Football (Soccer) and Football to deliver sport-specific innovations

    • At the final stage, a group ensures that each new product meets NIke's high standards.

    The science of basketball agility

    Agility can be improved through training, but because of many factors involved in agility and the wide variety of training regimes, there is room to improve sport-specific agility training programs. In addition to improving agility through training, it has been shown that footwear can have a significant impact on agility performance. Learn more.

  • Doing Business with Nike


    We believe diversity and inclusion drives innovation. And if done effectively, managing diversity and working together can lead to a competitive advantage. Nike requires a broad base of suppliers that actively and significantly support our business requirements, and positively reflect the world in which we live and work. 

    Nike’s Global Procurement team manages the procurement process, including selecting and contracting with the right suppliers for the right goods and services. Through our strategic sourcing initiatives, we have also begun to reduce Nike's footprint and lessen our impact. We’re committed to increasing the purchase of sustainable products. Read more about Nike's commitment to sustainability.

    Supplier Management and Invoicing

    Nike uses two primary invoice processing methods to pay suppliers for indirect (non-product) goods and services. Nike has partnered with Tradeshift, a web-based business network for supplier management and eInvoicing. For those not yet transitioned to or ineligible for Tradeshift eInvoicing, Nike uses standard mail and email to receive invoices. 

    Important Invoicing Requirements

    Maintaining good supplier relationships and paying your invoice in a timely manner is important to us. Certain requirements must be fulfilled for invoices to be paid:

    • Invoices over $5,000 USD must be submitted with the 10-digit Purchase Order number provided by your Nike contact.

    • Invoices under $5,000 USD must be submitted with the first and last name of the Nike contact or the 10-digit Purchase Order number provided by your Nike contact.

    • Not fulfilling these minimum requirements could result in a rejected invoice and delayed payment. 

    eInvoicing: Tradeshift Registration and Invoicing

    • Ask your Nike contact to send an invite via email to register as a new supplier on Tradeshift.

    • In Tradeshift you will have to fill out a supplier application.

    • Upon approval of your application, vendors will invoice Nike through Tradeshift and have visibility to transaction status.

    • Account management activities (i.e. address change) should be sent to

    • Changes to banking information details are made using the Banking Information Change Form.

    • For eInvoicing suppliers paper or email invoices will no longer be accepted.

    Manual Invoicing

    Suppliers servicing WHQ and the U.S.  deemed ineligible for eInvoicing through Tradeshift should send invoices to either of the following locations:

    Nike NA Supplier Invoices
    PO Box 982166
    El Paso, TX  79998-2166


    New Supplier Forms

    Suppliers should get in touch with their Nike contact and request a New Supplier Invitation through Tradeshift.

    New International/Canada Supplier Set-Up



    The Nike P2P Service Center can be contacted by email or phone at:



    Our greatest responsibility as a global company is to play a role in bringing about positive, systemic change for workers within our supply chain and in the industry. See Nike's Code of Conduct


  • Doing Business with Nike Europe

    Welcome Nike Europe Partners

    Nike prefers a base of suppliers that actively and significantly support our business requirements and drive innovation.

    On this page you can find information about the Nike Europe’s billing process and frequently asked questions (FAQ).

    Please read the disclaimer at the end of this page


    Invoicing to Nike

    Nike bill-to and postal address tool

    Please use below widget to identify the correct ‘bill-to’ address, invoice postal address and Nike Finance Helpdesk contact information for Nike Europe. Navigate through the questions using the unique Nike company code which can be found on the purchase order that you received from Nike. (need more info see below FAQ) 



    Details required on the invoice

    To ensure timely payment, please include the following when submitting an invoice (please note: the below list is a standard overview, different requirements may apply by country) in doubt, please contact us via the Nike Finance Helpdesk.

    • Purchase order (PO) number

    • The word “Invoice” (or in local language)

    • Billed Nike entity name

    • Billed Nike address

    • Billed Nike VAT amount

    • Vendor name

    • Vendor address

    • Vendor VAT number

    • Vendor bank account details

    • Product/service description 

    • Net amount

    • Tax %

    • Tax amount

    • Gross amount

    • Subject of the email (It has to be different for every invoice)

    To assist you with invoicing to Nike Europe, you will find an example invoice containing all the information needed for timely payment of your pdf and hardcopy invoices here.

    Invoice submission

    Depending on local country legislation Nike can accept only hardcopy invoices or also softcopy invoices. The above invoicing widget tool will tell you for the Nike entity you are invoicing what type of document is required (hardcopy or softcopy).

    Submitting Hardcopy invoices:

    Please submit your hardcopy invoice via post to the address provided in the tool, making sure to use the Nike Postal address on the envelope.

    Submitting Softcopy invoices:

    Please adhere to the following guidelines for invoice submission by email for Nike Europe: Only .PDF and .TIF file formats can be accepted. In doubt, please check the widget or contact us via Nike Finance Helpdesk.

    • Send a new email for each new invoice

    • Only one invoice per attachment

    • 10MB maximum email size

    • Embedded emails and zipped files cannot be attached

    • Only include critical information on the actual invoice attachment and not in the body of the email

    • To avoid duplication please do not submit invoices more than once

    • To ensure timely payment, please include the required information when submitting an invoice (see sample invoice)

    Nike Finance Helpdesk

    Our Nike Finance Helpdesk for Europe is the single point of contact for sending invoices and resolving queries.

    Please remember when communicating with the Nike Finance Helpdesk

    • Reply to open case emails only; responses will not be sent to ‘closed case emails’. At the moment a case is closed you will receive a notification.

    • Reply to original emails only; responses will not be sent to auto notifications

    • Keep the subject line intact for all existing queries

    • When forwarding emails, please don’t copy the Finance Help Desk

    • Remember to use the contact information for all queries

    • If you are supplying goods or services to different countries, please remember to send your invoice to the appropriate address. Contact Nike for the correct information.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who can I contact to check payment status of the invoice?
    Contact us via the Nike Finance Helpdesk.

    I don't know which nike entity I am delivering to.
    This should be indicated on the PO, if you did not get a PO please ask your Nike contact who placed the order with you.

    How can I change my vendor details (address, etc...)?
    Please ask your Nike contact who placed the order with you.

    I did not receive a purchase order number. Who do I need to contact?
    Please ask your Nike contact who placed the order. Remember, NO PO – NO WORK – NO PAY

    How do I know whether I should charge local VAT or whether the VAT liability is shifted to the recipient of the supply (reverse charge)?
    This depends on your local country regulations. Please contact your tax officer for support.

    For further questions, who can I contact?

    For further questions, please contact us via the Nike Finance Helpdesk.

    If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback, please contact us at the appropriate email address.

    Nike Finance Helpdesk Contact Information

    Bill-to Country
    Helpdesk Email address
    Helpdesk phone number
    0800 068068
    0800 58 157
    0800 890092
    Czech Republic
    +420 800 701 673
    +45 8040 0061
    0800 523 203
    +33 805 9800 33
    +36 802 05451
    0800 6270 334
    00 80033153684
    +353 1800 710 263
    +39 800 59 39 97
    0800 58 157
    0800 0205 858
    +47 800 62032
    00 8003311477
    +351 800 600001
    +7 800 500 9835
    +421 800 500 802
    0800 815 39
    0800 000 027
    020 120 3224
    0800 199055
    00 800 142 07 13 06

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  • Contact us


    Nike World Headquarters
    One Bowerman Drive
    Beaverton, OR 97005
    Phone: 1-503-671-6453
    7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. PT, Monday - Friday (except holidays).

    Nike European Headquarters
    Colosseum 1
    1213 NL Hilversum
    The Netherlands
    Phone: +31 35 6266453

    Nike Greater China Headquarters
    No. 99, Jiangwancheng Road
    Yangpu District
    Shanghai 200438
    Phone: +86-21-52882828

    Regional operations for the Americas, Asia-Pacific and United States are located at Nike's World Headquarters location.

    Nike World Headquarters main campus.

    Consumer Affairs

    General Help
    Search the Help section to find what you need. 

    United States
    For questions and assistance related to corporate matters (sponsorship/donations, idea/invention submissions, general feedback for Nike) or for help with product you purchased from an authorized Nike retail partner, please contact us at 1-800-344-6453 (7 a.m. - 4 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday).

    Other Countries
    For specific country information, please see the following FAQ.

    Permission Requests

    Thank you for your interest in Nike. Nike does not grant permission to use or modify our trademarks, logos, images, advertising or similar materials. It is your responsibility to determine whether your proposed use is legally permissible. For example, some uses of our logos in a textbook may be considered “fair use.”

    Nike regrets that due to the time required and cost involved, we cannot fulfill these types of requests. We also cannot fulfill requests to interview Nike executives or receive advertising, print ads or images.

    NIKE, Inc. is the correct use of Nike when referring to the company. Nike is the correct use when referring to Nike as a brand. Our affiliate brands should be referenced as follows: Converse Inc. Jordan Brand and Hurley International LLC.

    For additional information, please review our FAQs.

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    For high-resolution, downloadable logos and images for media usage, please visit our Media Resources page.

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    Other Shareholder Assistance
    Communications concerning shareholder address changes, stock transfers, changes of ownership, lost stock certificates, payment of dividends, dividend check replacements, duplicate mailings or other account services should be directed to the Company's Registrar and Stock Transfer Agent at the address or telephone number above.

    Student Inquiries

    Thank you for your interest in Nike. Due to a high volume of student inquiries, we are unable to respond to individual requests for information. To help address questions about the company, we pubish news stories on a daliy basis and routinely update company material in our About and FAQ sections.

    For financial information please refer to the Financial Reports and SEC filings and quarterly earnings information available on the Investors site. Please note that due to the volume of requests and in effort to reduce our environmental impact, we are no longer sending printed copies of our NIKE, Inc. annual reports to students. Students interested in reading our annual report can find it online, along with other financial and company information, by visting the Investors section of this website.

    For information regarding our corporate responsibility efforts, visit the Sustainability section. Learn about Nike's giving and community programs in Community Impact. For questions regarding Nike's internship programs please visit the Internships page of the Careers section.

    To request a hard copy of our latest Annual report, please call 800-640-8007 or write to NIKE’s Investor Relations Department at Annual reports prior to the current year are only available Online.