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Do You Shopify? Are You Using Electronic Outreach?


If you’re currently selling via Shopify, or established an electronic storefront this year, we would love to learn about your experience for an upcoming issue of Travel Goods Showcase. Likewise, if you are leveraging social media and electronic marketing to help keep customers informed during the era of COVID-19, we’d love to hear about your best practices or lessons learned. Please share your experience with Showcase writer Garrett Lai:

Travel Sentry

Is Winter Holiday Travel Canceled? Not Quite


Numerous data points indicate that come the 2020 holiday season, many would-be travelers are choosing not to travel – at least not yet. But, there is evidence on the flip side showing that winter holiday vacations for some are still on the cards. READ MORE

What Happened to Travel Bubbles?


It was three months ago – a lifetime in pandemic terms – that the travel industry seemed confident that so-called travel bubbles could be the saving grace of the summer tourism. When Skift covered the idea in early May, countries in Asia, Europe, as well as Australia and New Zealand were considering some form of it. The concept was that countries that shared regional borders and similar rates of infection could allow cross border travel without the need for quarantine. READ MORE

3 Technology Trends in 2020 That Will Affect Retail and eCommerce


The onset of COVID-19 and the lockdowns that came with them were supposed to be temporary, but the pandemic might have created permanent change for retail shopping. READ MORE

Ricardo Beverly HIlls

Not Traveling Right Now? Finish These Neglected Projects from Your Last Vacation


It’s common to return from a wonderful and enriching vacation being tired, unorganized but euphoric. There are always post-vacation goals to complete like marveling at photos of sites that were visited, writing reviews of restaurants or hotels, and conquering your travel bucket list. We’ve asked experts for tips how to use this downtime not traveling to tackle projects that may have been neglected or put off since your last trip. READ MORE

Large Retail Chains Start to Leave Big Apple Amid Pandemic


Signs are emerging that large retail chains are beginning to leave New York City, although the municipality has kept COVID-19 in check and is gradually opening again, The New York Times reported. A number of renowned eateries, flagship retail locations and chains are located in the Big Apple. They have accepted the high rents and other expenses due to the city’s worldwide renown as well as a steady stream of workers and visitors. READ MORE

17 Learning Tools for Your Next Outdoor Excursion


Ever wonder how underwater creatures make light? Or what a Carolina leaf-roller eats? Our list of apps, podcasts and websites will help you figure out what’s going on in the great outdoors. READ MORE

What Will Shape Social Media Marketing in the Second Half of 2020?


New data has revealed that the number of global social media users grew to 3.96 billion at the start of July 2020, which is a surge of more than 10% in the past year. This also means that more than half the world’s population now use social media. Naturally, marketers are taking notice. According to Econsultancy’s Future of Marketing report, 64% of marketers see social as becoming more important to their organizations’ marketing effectiveness over the next two years. READ MORE

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The Pandemic Economy Has Made eCommerce More Indispensable Than Ever


If a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step, then large orders can propel your business a hundred steps forward. All businesses will eventually have a digital footprint. For now, 40% of small firms don’t have a website, and 38% don’t use social media, according to a 2019 survey by Visual Objects, a portfolio website. That won’t fly in a struggling economy; therefore, entrepreneurs must maximize sales, traffic and referrals. READ MORE

What a Year of No Travel Means for the Design Profession


As the COVID-19 pandemic will render most travel off-limits for the remainder of the year – and U.S. passport holders are banned from a number of countries, including Canada and all of the E.U. – these restrictions are sure to have a profound impact on the design community. Interior designers often travel abroad to visit project sites, attend fairs, shop at marketplaces – and, of course, find inspiration. How are frequent travelers re-strategizing how they do business in the coronavirus era? READ MORE

21 HR Jobs of the Future


The massive changes caused by COVID is escalating the importance of HR’s role within organizations. Workers are turning to their managers and their HR leaders, in particular, for guidance on how to navigate their “new normal” – research indicates that 73% of workers depend on their employer for support in preparing for the future of work. Just as CFOs have greatly increased their scope since the 2008 financial crisis, CHRO’s now have that same opportunity to become central C-suite players. READ MORE

A Couple of Las Vegas Hotels Are Offering a Work-From-Vegas Travel Package


Tired of working from home? Try changing your scenery and doing it from Las Vegas. MGM Resorts is rolling out the red carpet to target business professionals with a travel package called “Viva Las Office.” Incentives include cheap rooms, discounted jet service, private pool access and even an “executive assistant.” READ MORE

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