Step It Up for 2016
We're two-thirds of the way through 2015, and while it's not too late to influence your sales picture for this year, the summer season's pretty well gone and your sales trajectory is pretty well set. But it's not too early to start planning for 2016, and one of the smartest things you can do to kickstart the year is exhibit at The International Travel Goods Show, the biggest gathering of travel goods retailers on the planet. With retailers and distributors from more than 50 countries, The Show is your opportunity to give your sales a boost in every geographic market. It's a first-come, first-served floor plan so reserve early and make 2016 your year to shine. Contact Cathy Hays for details, 877-842-1938, x-707.
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If you know someone in the industry who's doing good deeds to make the world a better place – be it community activism, volunteering for a good cause, or instituting charitable initiatives in their company – we'd love to report on it in the Democracy in Action pages of Travel Goods Showcase magazine, and give these unsung heroes some recognition for helping with the Big Picture and making the world a better place. Please help us share these inspiring stories of altruism by contacting Cathy Trecartin, 877-842-1938, x-702.
Travel Goods Association Releases State of the U.S. Travel Goods Market 2003-2014: Selling More for More [FULL STORY]
Consumers paid more for more travel goods in 2014, according to a new report released by the Travel Goods Association (TGA). Travel goods include luggage, backpacks, travel/sports bags, business cases/computer bags, handbags, personal leather goods, and luggage locks. TGA estimates that sales of travel goods hit a record in 2014 – estimated at $30.03 billion – with U.S. consumers increasing spending on travel goods by 5.6%.
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
Visit http://www.tsa.gov/ for the latest news from theTransportation Security Administration (TSA)
Administration Opens Review Process to Add Travel Goods to GSP Program
Last Wednesday, the U.S. Trade Representative formally opened the process to accept petitions to add a range of travel goods to the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. If the petitions are reviewed and accepted by the U.S. government, certain types of travel goods imported from GSP-eligible countries (including the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, Brazil, and Indonesia) will be able to enter the U.S. duty-free. The new benefits could go into place as early as Summer 2016. The petitions are due October 16. To learn more, please contact TGA's Nate Herman.
New California Proposition 65 Notices
New "60-day" notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold vinyl/PVC zipper pulls for eyewear cases (Notice 1), toiletry bags (Notice 1, Notice 2) and other products in California that contained Di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients that sold these products. TGA has included these notices in the TGA Prop 65 "60 Day Notice" running list. TGA will continue to update this list on a regular basis to help catalog the effects of this law on the travel goods industry. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA's Nate Herman, 703-797-9062.
Grand Trunk Earns a Spot on the 2015 Inc. 5000 List AUG 2015/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]
Spring Styles from ExOfficio Offer Travel Versatility and Comfort AUG 2015/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]
Luggage Testing Facility Ensures Highest Quality for Travelpro® and Atlantic®
Brands AUG 2015/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]
Eagle Creek Introduces New Fast Inflate and Exhale Pillows JUL 2015/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]
Innovative ShelfPack Creates Quite a “Buzz” with Kickstarter Campaign JUL 2015/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]
Introducing GeoTrakR: The world’s first “web-connected” travel bag with integrated cell technology JUL 2015/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]
Introducing Sympatico Collection — July 2105: The First Collection From Briggs & Riley That Will Have Women Wooing JUL 2015/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]
Peli ProGear™ Elite 22" Carry-On Luggage Honored With the Prestigious iF Design Award JUL 2015/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]
eBags Taps Proven Retail Exec Mike Edwards as CEO JUL 2015/PDF FILE [READ PRESS RELEASE]
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