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The Ultimate Secret Weapon: Face Time


Cut through the digital noise with targeted one-on-one contact at The Travel Goods Show. Show off your new items before the world's best travel goods retailers, and develop personal connections instead of becoming yet another name in an inbox. Sign-up now to meet decision-making buyers at the start of the selling season, when they're on the prowl for new 2019 merchandise. It's connectivity you can’t develop online. Contact Cathy Trecartin,, 877-842-1938, x-702, to learn how The Travel Goods Show can help you reach your 2019 sales goals.

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NRF Expects Retail Sales to Reach $3.8T in 2019


The National Retail Federation (NRF) predicts that retail sales this year will increase between 3.8% and 4.4% to reach more than $3.8 trillion, despite threats from a trade war with China and the recent government shutdown. READ MORE

One of 2019’s Top Retail Trends: Drop Culture


From burger joints to boutiques, savvy retailers are focused on pampering their customers and not simply meeting – but exceeding – their expectations. Too much same-old, same-old makes retail seem stale. The drop model, one of the hotter retail trends in 2019, creates a buzz about products even before they are launched. Special releases are available for only a limited time, creating a customer atmosphere that is meant to be controlled chaos: fun and surprising with a clear purchasing goal. READ MORE

Lost Luggage, Canceled Flights: Opening a New Airport Terminal is Risky Business


Last month, more than 200 "fake" passengers showed up at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. They weren’t working a scam. And they weren’t there to protest anything. Instead, they were volunteering to help Sea-Tac test the operational readiness of a satellite terminal undergoing its first major expansion and modernization in 45 years. READ MORE


Are You Leadership Fit?


Are you leadership fit? I’m not asking whether you can run a mile, do an hour of hot yoga, or do 20 push-ups. Being leadership fit is about being at the top of your leadership game. It requires great balance of both the people and task aspects of leadership. READ MORE

Discounts to Insurance: Many Ways Seniors Can Save on Travel


Most seniors have more free time for leisure activities including travel, but money is tighter when the paychecks stop at retirement. Retirees who want to travel can make those trips more affordable by taking advantage of senior discounts and through less obvious strategies. READ MORE

U.S. Travel Predicts Strong Biz Travel Growth


The travel industry recently got some bad news from Tourism Economics: global travel is likely to experience a slowdown in growth this year. The outlook for domestic U.S. travel, though, remains more positive. The latest Travel Trends Index from The U.S. Travel Association shows that travel growth will likely slow over 2019, with domestic business travel growth picking up pace. READ MORE

How to Ask Your Boss for an Unpaid Leave to Travel, Study, or Spend Time with Family


You’d like to take time off work – maybe to take on a fellowship, go on a long trip, or spend time with family – but you don’t have the vacation days to cover the time away. How do you ask your boss – and HR – for an unpaid leave? How can you find out if others in your company have done this before? Does the purpose of the break need to be work-related? What would make your case more appealing to your manager? READ MORE

50% of Retailers List a Mobile Shopping App as a Top Priority


There are more ways than ever to shop including in store, online, via voice-activated virtual assistants, personal shopping assistants, mobile-optimized websites, branded shopping apps and progressive web apps. With all those choices, retailers continue to see their own shopping apps as a top priority. It's not hard to understand why – the technology may hold the key to keeping shoppers in a retailer-controlled and branded shopping environment. READ MORE