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Reach the Best Retail Brands – HERE


The Travel Goods Show is where the best retailers come to discover new product, whether they're digital giants like Amazon and Zappos; national brands like Macy's and TJX Companies, or regional chains and independent retailers. Just one magical connection can make your entire sales year. The Show is the single best place to exhibit that reaches every meaningful retail channel in travel products. And there's still some space available. Contact Cathy Trecartin,, 877-842-1938, x-702, to learn how The Travel Goods Show can help you reach your 2019 sales goals.

More Experts, More Value – The First-Ever RETAIL LAB


The Travel Goods Show is thrilled to welcome its first RETAIL LAB, in which participants will learn from leading experts through sessions and panels on subjects like:

  • Managing social media reviews to build loyalty and recruit new customers, while reducing the impact of negative reviews
  • Best practices for winning in-store experiences
  • Customizing your store's POS to strengthen your retail business
  • Marketing on a dime for travel goods stores
  • Strategic technology integration for retailers
  • Successful shipping strategies
For more information on the RETAIL LAB, visit this page on the Show website.

California Issues More Prop 65 Notices; New Prop 65 Best Practices Guidance


In the New Year, new California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) "60-day" notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold totes (Notice 1, Notice 2), fanny packs (Notice 1, Notice 2), messenger and crossbody bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4), travel kits (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3), travel bottles (Notice 1, Notice 2), luggage tags (Notice 1), handbags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7, Notice 8, Notice 9, Notice 10, Notice 11, Notice 12, Notice 13), wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4), backpacks (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5), pet carriers (Notice 1, Notice 2), cosmetic bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5), locks (Notice 1), travel cases (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7), phone/tablet cases (Notice 1), and folio cases (Notice 1) in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Di-isodecyl phthalate (DIDP), Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP), lead, and/or diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients of the notices that sold these products. 


Check out TGA’s new California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Best Practices Guidance. This members-only guidance details best practices in developing your company’s Prop 65 testing and warning label protocol, including recommendations on which warning label text to use, where to place the warning label text, and how to test for Prop 65 listed chemicals in your products. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA's Nate Herman,, 202-853-9351.

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There's a Trade War with China. Here's Why Most Americans Haven't Noticed


Unlike the oil price embargo of the 1970s, which led to long lines at gas stations, the drama – and the pain – of Trump's China trade fight has so far been invisible to most Americans. The consumer price index, which tracks inflation on a basket of consumer goods like food and clothing, actually fell by 0.1% in December. The administration strategically put the highest tariffs on imports mostly used in the production of other items, like semiconductors or refrigerators. The latest round, which came later in the year, did include a variety of consumer goods, ranging from luggage to baseball gloves, but the tariff rate is lower. READ MORE


Moderate Growth Trend Expected for U.S. Retail Spending


The National Retail Federation (NRF) remains upbeat on the outlook for U.S. consumer spending in 2019. The trade group forecasts that retail sales will rise between 3.8% and 4.4% this year, roughly in line with the annual pace of growth in recent history. "We believe the underlying state of the economy is sound," NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay said in a statement last week. READ MORE

6 Key Components of the Store of the Future


The future of stores – the ones that will still exist – will be highly experiential. They'll engage the customer's senses, cater to convenience and let customers shop on their own terms. At least that's the message coming out of Future Stores, the Miami-based retail conference that took place last week. READ MORE

The Rise of Vertical Video Content on Social Media


The majority of people use smartphones to access social media platforms, so using vertical video content helps to suit their needs, hook potential clients, and stay one step ahead of your competitors, explains Hugh Beaulac, Content Strategist at MC2 Bid4Papers. READ MORE

Kayak's Rendezvous Makes Traveling to Loved Ones Easier


Valentine’s Day can be a bummer when you’re in a long-distance relationship. Anyone who’s pored over flight listings, taking wild stabs at different cities and dates in an effort to find a reasonably priced gathering point, knows the pain of trying to meet in the middle. But earlier this month, travel aggregator Kayak launched Rendezvous, a new service that aims to make it easier for loved ones to find the most affordable destinations for a reunion. READ MORE

Why Highly Efficient Leaders Fail


With ever-increasing demands at work for both mid-level and senior leaders, the ability to execute and get things done is a key driver of success. But it can ultimately become a leader’s downfall, resulting in unintended costs for the individual, as well as for their teams and organizations. READ MORE

How Fast Can You Travel Before It Kills You?


For this week’s Giz Asks, we reached out to experts in space travel and physiology to figure out how fast you can travel before it actually kills you. Technically, it turns out, there’s no real limit to that number; it all depends on the conditions. Speed can kill you – but it can’t do the job alone. READ MORE