Visit the new Travel Goods Magazine for articles that will keep you in the know, like:
- Revenge is a Trip Best Served with Bold Travel Gear – The pandemic shook the travel goods industry – and the world – for nearly a year. We’re all going stir crazy and need to escape. Cue “revenge travel” – the trips we’ll take once we break free. And here’s what we’ll carry when we hit the road.
- Change Equals Opportunity: The Case for Business Transformation – 2020 was the great accelerant to socio-economic change. What percentage of businesses will be able to return to sustained growth and profitability, and how will they get there?
- Have Two Minutes for New Friends? – Meet Pacsafe and Blisslets, featured in two recent Packed in a Minute videos – you won’t want to miss these brand-new TGA member products, available now and ready to order.
TGA’s sister organization, the American Apparel & Footwear Association, has published detailed guidance for members sourcing from Myanmar (Burma) in light of the recent military coup (see related article below). TGA recommends that any member sourcing from Myanmar review the guidance.
Protesters against the military’s seizure of power in Myanmar were back on the streets of cities and towns on Tuesday, a day after a general strike shuttered shops and brought huge numbers out to demonstrate. In Mandalay, the country’s second-biggest city, a funeral was held for 37-year-old Thet Naing Win, one of two protesters shot dead by security forces on Saturday. READ MORE
More than 60 containerships sat in San Pedro Bay on Feb. 18, at the entrance to the sprawling ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. The vessels are waiting for a slot to sail into those facilities to begin unloading their cargo and then start the nearly two-week trip back to China. But because of the historically high volume of imports, a shortage of warehouse space, and now COVID-19 concerns among longshoremen, the backlog to move freight is worsening. READ MORE
President Joe Biden said late last week that the U.S. and its international partners must hold China to account for its economic practices. “We have to push back against the Chinese government’s abuses and coercion that undercut the foundations of the international economic system,” Biden said in a speech to the Munich Security Conference, delivered virtually from the White House. READ MORE
The nation’s largest retail trade group is forecasting strong retail sales growth this year that could surpass last year’s pace as more individuals get vaccinated and the economy reopens. The National Retail Federation said yesterday it anticipates that retail sales will grow between 6.5% and 8.2% to more than $4.33 trillion this year. READ MORE
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, digital transformation is accelerating at unprecedented speeds across the global retail industry, requiring retailers to build adaptable, composable business models to scale in disruptive environments. The crisis has also made clear the importance of technology to the industry: according to the Gartner 2021 CIO Survey, nearly two-thirds of retail CIOs believe their relationships with their CEOs have been strengthened during the past year, as CIOs have helped guide their businesses through significant disruption. READ MORE
Airbnb is now offering flexible travel options based on location instead of specific travel dates, a solution the company said should appeal to people who will continue working from home in the near future. READ MORE
It is one of the key principles of leadership: there is no such thing as overcommunication. All leaders have to repeat the strategy relentlessly and remind employees of the “why” behind the work they are doing, no matter how redundant the messaging may feel to them. READ MORE
One of the largest beds in the sky is set to debut in just a few months’ time when JetBlue starts flying its A321neos from Boston and New York to London. It’s a game changer for business class travel. READ MORE
The parent company of Burger King and Popeyes jumped on the buzzy new app last week, opening the possibility of another digital channel for brands. READ MORE
THE NEW YORK TIMES
Engineers hinted they had hidden a code in the parachute that landed the Perseverance rover. Within hours, puzzle enthusiasts cracked it. READ MORE
Missed last week’s issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.
- Coup in Myanmar Continues to Raise Concerns for Industry (THE HUFFINGTON POST)
- TGA is Proud to Announce an Exciting Change, Inspired by YOU (TGA)
- 4 Charts Show the Effects of West Coast Port Congestion and Supply Chain Delays (SUPPLY CHAIN DIVE)
- What Awaits Retail on the Other Side of the Pandemic (RETAIL DIVE)
- A Different Early-Bird Special: Have Vaccine, Will Travel (THE NEW YORK TIMES)