TGA Industry News Briefs provides up-to-date information on regulatory issues affecting travel goods professionals, as well as relevant business news and updates on numerous association activities. The newsletter is sent every Thursday.

People News, Company News, Product News and More

The latest industry happenings are just a screen-touch or mouse-click away. Check out Industry Buzz for personnel changes, new product announcements, company news and more. It’s just a small part of Travel Goods Showcase, your No. 1 info source for keeping up with all things travel goods.

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State of the U.S. Travel Goods Market

There’s some good news in TGA’s newly compiled 2019 sales figures for the travel goods segment, with total sales up 4.0% over 2018. Backpacks lead the way, with handbags and personal leather goods helping lift the numbers for overall growth in spite of the ongoing challenge of China tariffs. Get the full scoop in the article, State of the U.S. Travel Goods Market, in the pages of the all-digital Travel Goods Showcase.

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Industry News NOW

Digital delivery of the new Travel Goods Showcase means you get immediate access to the latest news, like the second half of the 2-part series on COVID-19 and the Travel Goods Business; and an updated Trends story from The 2020 Travel Goods Show. Learn how retailers are banking on road trips and leveraging customer outreach, while manufacturers are coping with new products and operational shifts – and pick up smart moves you can emulate as we all learn to navigate this ever-changing sea.

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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.

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Preparing for Open Doors

There’s a lot more to reopening than simply unlocking the doors. Consumers need to be made to feel welcome – and safe. Rules specific to your locale must be adhered to. And you must communicate with customers to give them confidence to return. It’s a lot, but TGA’s COVID-19 industry updates page can help, with aggregated resources such as the National Retail Federation’s list of Coronavirus Retail Restrictions by State, updated daily; and Best Practices for Communicating Health and Safety at Businesses, by the U.S. Travel Association. Check back often for the latest guidance to help you move forward.

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Where to Source Consumer Protective Gear

Masks and other personal health safeguards are the new consumer attention-getter. And a lot of them can be sourced from fellow TGA member companies. Turn to TGA’s COVID-19 Resource Page to find masks, portable hygiene kits, sanitizer sprays and other items to protect your staff and draw consumers in as you reopen. If you make personal protective equipment and aren’t on the list please contact Cathy Trecartin to be added: cat@travel-goods.org, 877-842-1938, x-702.

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Travel Goods Showcase is Now Digitized and Available Everywhere!

The new issue of Travel Goods Showcase ushers in a whole new reading experience – the industry’s official news source is now 100% digital. It’s all your favorite stories, columns and departments, in an immersive presentation that’s automatically optimized across all viewing devices: phone, desktop and tablet; with active links to featured companies and products. Post comments and share articles straight to social media, right from the page; and enjoy stronger visuals free from the confines of print. Discover the all-new, interactive, delivered-on-demand Showcase HERE!

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Reopening Countdown: Cover Your Bases

Coming up with a reopening strategy is a lot simpler when someone else has done the work for you. Look to TGA’s COVID-19 resource page for useful tools like…

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NOW is the Time to Get Ready

Retail may not be restarting where you are, but now’s the time to prepare so you’re ready when re-opening day comes. There’s a lot more to it than simply outfitting employees with masks and placing 6-foot spacing indicators in the checkout line. Look for pointers and sources in Restarting Retail: The Unofficial Guide to Reopening Your Store, just one of the useful links on TGA’s COVID-19 industry updates and resources page.

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Prepare for the Future

Retail is changing unimaginably quickly. Learn how to reach customers and adapt to the new normal, with online webinars from Stand Up 4 Retail such as…

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