Get freebies on Fridays
Everybody loves getting something for free. And if you're enrolled in TGA's Shipping Program you'll enjoy exclusive freebies and discount offers through FedEx Fridays, including Starbucks and iTunes gift cards, discount offers from FTD and LivingSocial, and other perks to help spruce up your weekend. If you're already enrolled in the TGA Shipping Program, just sign up for FedEx Fridays to enjoy this TGA perk. And if you're not already in TGA's Shipping Program, now's the time — you'll save up to 29% on shipping, plus you'll get to enjoy FedEx Fridays. Contact Member Services Director Cathy Trecartin, 877-842-1938, x-702 for more details.
Time marches on...and so does The Show
The International Travel Goods Show continues to book space at a record pace, which means it won't be long before all the choice spots are taken. Don't let yourself get marginalized at the biggest gathering of travel goods professionals on the planet — booking early is all it takes to secure a premium location. It doesn't cost any extra, you just need to get your deposit in now to lock down your piece of real estate at your largest, best opportunity to influence sales in 2015. Don't get sidelined, submit your application today. Or contact TGA VP, Trade Show Cathy Hays directly at 877-842-1938, x-707.
Your web presence, reinvented?
Retailers — Have you given your online presence a facelift? The web is absolutely vital to brick-and-mortar stores whether it's a sales portal, or used to draw new customers to your physical location. And if you've reinvented your online persona in the last two years we'd love to talk with you for an upcoming feature in Travel Goods Showcase magazine about how you went about your redesign, what elements worked and what you'd change if you did it again. Please help your fellow retailers learn from your experience, and contact features writer Garrett Lai. He'd be grateful for the help.
Travel Goods Association Releases State of the U.S. Travel Goods Market 2002-2013: Selling Less for More [FULL STORY]
Travel goods sales fell by volume in 2013, but consumers were willing to pay more for those fewer products, leading to a rise in sales by value, according to a new report released by the Travel Goods Association (TGA). Travel goods are defined as luggage, backpacks, travel/sports bags, business cases/computer bags, handbags, personal leather goods, and luggage locks. TGA estimates that sales of travel goods in 2013 surpassed pre-recession levels, with U.S. consumers spending an estimated $29.5 billion in 2013 on travel goods, a rise of 17.2% from 2012.
TGA's Guide to Carry-On Guidelines [FULL STORY]
When it comes to carry-on regulations, the number one rule is: Check with the airline before every flight.
What To Know Before You Go
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TGA urges labor contract resolution in West Coast ports
TGA joined 70 other organizations in sending a July 9 letter urging the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) and Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) to reach a new labor contract for West Coast ports without disruption to cargo flows. The ILWU and PMA resumed negotiations late last week after a temporary break, pledging to "keep cargo moving" as the talks continue. ILWU dockworkers at 29 West Coast ports are currently working under an expired contract, leaving the possibility of work stoppages open until a new contract is reached.
Customs proposes significant policy change to first sale doctrine
Last week, as part of a draft update to an informed compliance publication (ICP), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) proposed sweeping new documentation requirements to the First Sale doctrine. First Sale is a method of customs valuation that has been supported by the courts and CBP rulings through more than 20 years of jurisprudence. When properly implemented, First Sale can result in significant cost savings for importers. Comments on the First Sale ICP draft are due to CBP by the first week of August. TGA members who wish to learn more or provide input regarding TGA's comments should contact TGA's Nate Herman.
L.C. Industries, Inc. Announces Partnership with i-stay JUL 2014/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]
Eagle Creek Introduces New Love Neck Pillow For Spring '15 JUL 2014/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]
Travelpro Introduces Innovative Crew™ 10 Luggage Collection JUL 2014/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]
Smart Tech Solution Will Save Travel Industry $ Millions Every Year JUL 2014/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]
Eagle Creek Wins Gear of the Year 2014 Award From National Geographic Adventure 2-in-1 Ultra Light Backpack/Duffel Takes Honors JUL 2014/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]
Andiamo Unveils Luxurious Avanti and Pantera Luggage Collections Exquisitely Designed with Keen Attention to Detail and Fashion Flare for Today’s Traveling Connoisseur JUN 2014/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]
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