What’s Happening Out There?
Discover successful strategies and best practices – at the retailer and manufacturer level alike – in Part I of Travel Goods Showcase’s special feature on COVID-19 and the Travel Goods Industry. We dig into the ground-level impact of COVID-19, and learn how manufacturers and retailers across the industry are adapting to weather the crisis with new products, pivots and reopening plans.
TGA Urges Congress to Renew GSP Program, Restore GSP Benefits to India
On July 1, TGA joined over 200 business groups to urge Congress to immediately renew the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, which expires at the end of this year. The letter also called on Congress to restore GSP benefits for India. GSP provides duty-free access for U.S. travel goods imports from most developing countries.
TGA Makes Another Plea to U.S. Government to Create Backstop for Commercial Credit
On July 1, TGA again joined more than 20 other associations in urging the Trump Administration to create an emergency, temporary federal backstop for commercial credit.
TGA Urges Congress to Eliminate China Tariffs and Make Section 301 Process Work Better
On July 1, TGA joined hundreds of other organizations from across the business community to urge Congress to end the punitive China tariffs and fix the Section 301 process, through which the Trump administration rejected virtually all the exclusion petitions on travel goods.
Hard-hit Industries Clamor for Regulations During Pandemic
THE WASHINGTON POST
America’s most influential power brokers in business increasingly feel that they are fighting more than just the deadly coronavirus to revive the economy. These business interests see a short-term battle against two hard-to-influence forces: individuals acting irresponsibly and a Trump administration that is reluctant to lay down the type of guidelines that would mandate individual behavior during the pandemic. READ MORE
U.S. Trade Groups Urge China to Increase Purchases of U.S. Goods, Services
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and over 40 trade associations on Monday urged top American and Chinese officials to redouble efforts to implement a Phase 1 trade agreement signed by the world’s two largest economies in January despite pandemic-related strains. READ MORE
Major Retailers to States: Mandate Face Masks Now
Retailers have a message for state governors: Please make everyone wear a face mask. The Retail Industry Leaders Association, which represents Target, Home Depot and other major chains, believes that the hodgepodge of rules around the country have created confusion for shoppers and that has led to conflict between customers and workers trying to enforce store rules. READ MORE
I’m a U.S. Citizen. Where in the World Can I Go?
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Even as many countries remain off-limits to American visitors because of the high rate of coronavirus within the United States, about two dozen others have started to welcome, and in some cases woo, U.S. citizens to come spend their tourist dollars. Still, would-be vacationers generally face a host of conditions and a lot of traveler beware. READ MORE
What is ‘TikTok Made Me Buy It’?
NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
While it’s hard to say when the “TikTok made me buy it” trend truly began, people with more time to scroll online and looking for ways to quell their boredom are prime targets. Most highlighted purchases are relatively inexpensive, which could be due to most users being between the ages of 10 and 29 and lacking much disposable income, or people wanting to save money during the pandemic. Either way, the affordability likely increases the purchases and popularity of these items. READ MORE
Deal Alert: Book a Private Room on Amtrak, Bring a Buddy for Free
If you’ve been looking for alternative ways to travel this summer, Amtrak is offering a buy-one get-one deal on private rooms: Book an Amtrak Roomette, bring a companion for free. READ MORE
‘N95 Mask and Hand Sanitizer at the Ready’: The COVID-19 Pandemic Affects the Future of Gen Z Travel
Thirty-five percent of 18 to 34-year-olds don’t plan on going on vacation this year, according to a Morning Consult online poll last month commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Association – though 27% have taken a non-business trip, including an overnight stay, since March. Members of Generation Z will approach travel differently by being much more cautious about stepping on a plane, washing their hands frequently and otherwise mitigating risks, concerned for their families and themselves. READ MORE
Adventures in Alternative Work Arrangements
HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
Before having kids, we tend to envision ourselves as the devoted company worker, always present, fully committed, and willing to give extra effort to get the job done. But with kids come new demands, especially for the majority of us who are in dual-career households. Our commitment and career ambitions hold true, it’s just harder to fit life around traditional work structures. It would seem that alternative work programs create a win-win for employers, employees, and families. Unfortunately, alternative work is a bit of a ruse. Most employers offer it, but it’s often an empty gesture as few employees ever use these options. READ MORE
Disney World Draws Excitement and Incredulity as Reopening Nears
THE NEW YORK TIMES
The pandemic has devastated Disney’s businesses, and reopening its signature tourist attraction – with restricted capacity and government approval – is a major part of the company’s comeback attempt. But in doing so Disney is stepping into a politicized debate surrounding the virus and efforts to keep people safe, where even the wearing of masks has become a point of bitter contention. READ MORE
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- Overhead Bins Are Now Banned for All Flights in Italy – Will Other Countries Follow? (THE POINTS GUY)
- 4 Signs Your Team Can’t Work from Home Long-term (INC.)
- Coronavirus Retail Restrictions by State (NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION)
- The Summer of the Road Trip: AAA Travel Forecast for Summer 2020 (KCRA 3)
- U.S.-China Feud Gets Nasty with Red Tape as Stealth Weapon (YAHOO)