Takeaways from The Show’s RETAIL LABS educational sessions, including emerging consumer trends and new best retail practices; generational marketing; social media strategies for time-strapped retailers; and the importance of BOPUS.
IT Leadership: 5 Ways to Create a Culture of GratitudeShowing appreciation for your team falls under the category of low effort = big impact. Frequently expressing gratitude fuels a culture where people feel recognized, valued, and respected — and the best part is, anyone can do it. What matters is that recognition is personal, genuine, and specific to individuals’ contributions. Read on for ideas you can replicate — from peer recognition programs to letters to employees’ families, to fun swag, and more.enterprisersproject.com/article/2022/11/it-leadership-create-culture-gratitude... See MoreSee Less
Packed with Gratitude and Ready to TravelThis Thanksgiving feels different than in years past. The recent storms we recently weathered as an industry have passed, and together we have emerged stronger and closer than ever before. Today is about thanks, and we are grateful for YOU, our members, friends and supporters. Happy Thanksgiving from the Travel Goods Association! ... See MoreSee Less
October Retail Sales Up 1.3% to 8-Month High Heading into Holiday SeasonAmericans are heading into the holiday shopping season spending more on essentials like food and gas, as well as big-ticket items like cars and discretionary stalwarts such as restaurant meals. Figures from the Commerce Department released earlier this week show October retail sales increased 1.3% from September, after posting less than half-percent moves for the prior three months. This marks the biggest monthly advance since February’s 1.7% gain. Retail sales were up 8.3% versus a year ago, a figure that is largely due to the comparable increase in inflation.www.pymnts.com/economy/2022/oct-retail-sales-up-1-3-percent-to-8-month-high-heading-into-holiday-...... See MoreSee Less
It’s All About YouYour news. Your announcements. Your accomplishments. We want to tell the industry all about you — your new products and innovations, fun product placements and giveaways, good deeds and awesome achievements. The editorial team of Travel Goods Magazine curates timely news stories and product features and wants to shine a light on your company and products. Questions? Submissions? Contact TGA’s Kim Wong, firstname.lastname@example.org. ... See MoreSee Less
International Housewares Association Welcomes Travel Goods Association to The Inspired Home Show 2023The International Housewares Association (IHA) and the Travel Goods Association (TGA) today announced a collaboration that will bring TGA’s 2023 live event to The Inspired Home Show 2023, March 4-7 in Chicago.The Inspired Home Show will dedicate a new category — Travel Gear + Luggage — to luggage, travel goods and accessory brands manufactured by members of TGA. This area will be located in the Clean + Contain Expo, adjacent to the Discover|Design Expo in the North Building of McCormick Place. This presence will take the place of TGA’s 2023 event, previously scheduled for April 2-3 in Las Vegas.“After nearly three years without a Travel Goods Show, our vendors — and our buyers — are incredibly excited to get back to face-to-face engagements,” said Michele Marini Pittenger, TGA president. “By holding our annual event as part of The Inspired Home Show in 2023, we will be able to engage not only with major travel goods buyers, but also expand our reach into new retailers of every shape and size that the Chicago Show attracts.”“As The Inspired Home Show continues to solidify its position as the premier face-to-face event for the home, expansion into travel goods and accessories is a logical enhancement of our Show floor offering,” said Derek Miller, IHA president and CEO. “Bringing the Travel Goods Association to Chicago enhances the scope of opportunity for our retail attendees by aligning with a category that has long been adjacent to the home department, and in fact continues to fall within the home buying team’s responsibilities across many major retailers.”In addition to TGA’s dedicated area on the Show floor, IHA will add a 15th category to the annual gia Excellence in Product Design Competition for this group. Five finalists for the new Luggage, Travel Goods & Accessories category will be selected and announced in January 2023. The winner will be unveiled during the annual gia Dinner and Awards Gala on Saturday, March 4th in Chicago.All attendees of The Inspired Home Show will have access to Travel Gear + Luggage. Admission to The Inspired Home Show is complimentary in advance of the Show for demonstrated retail buyers from around the world.For more information about The Inspired Home Show 2023, please visit TheInspiredHomeShow.com. Should you have any questions, please contact Cathy Trecartin at email@example.com at TGA or Michele Orto at firstname.lastname@example.org at IHA. ... See MoreSee Less