TGA Industry News Briefs


It’s All About You — And Your Products


Stand out. Get discovered. Boost awareness. Optimize exposure. When you exhibit at Travel Gear + Luggage presented by the Travel Goods Association at The Inspired Home Show in Chicago, March 4-7, you gain access to thousands of retail buyers and media from around the world, become part of a year-round community of buyers and sellers, and get in front of attendees before they even hit the Show floor. READ MORE

Retail: ‘Normalization in China Will Greatly Benefit’ Rest of the World, American Apparel CEO Says


American Apparel & Footwear Association CEO and President Stephen Lamar speaks with Yahoo Finance Live about his retail sales forecast for 2023, the state of retail amid inflation, and how Chinese import tariffs have impacted both retailers and consumers. READ MORE

Bleak Outlook Post-Chinese New Year Prompts More Blank Voyages


As China began its lunar new year celebrations last weekend, ocean carriers are desperately seeking visibility of export cargo demand for the first weeks and months of the Year of the Rabbit. READ MORE

Airports Turn to AI and Other Tech Tools to Hunt for Lost Bags Amid Travel Meltdowns


One airport swears by its three-ring binder for managing lost-and-found. Others are embracing algorithms and digital image-matching systems that aim to recover more items in less time. READ MORE

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More Consumers Using Smartphones to Create Their Own Personalized Retail Experience


Shoppers are not only blending digital features and payment methods to personalize their in-store experiences, they’re also gravitating to retailers that cater to this behavior. The return to physical stores hasn’t left behind eCommerce features, but rather made them portable in the form of smartphones that effectively allow consumers to use eCommerce features while roaming store aisles, and in turn, create their own personalized shopping experience. READ MORE

Walmart’s New Minimum Wage Hike Points to Enduring Retail Labor Crunch


Walmart store workers are getting a 17% pay bump thanks to the company’s new minimum wage floor of $14 an hour, the retailer announced on January 24, an indication that service workers are still in short supply. READ MORE

15 Social Media Trends Smart Marketers Will Leverage in 2023


As leaders in their industry, the members of Forbes Communications Council know how to best track and leverage the latest social media trends to reach a target audience. Below, 15 members share their predictions for which social media trends will dominate in 2023 and how marketers can gain an advantage by jumping on them early. READ MORE

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Which Airports and Airlines Are the Worst When It Comes to Lost Luggage? Here’s What We Found


After the airline meltdown around Christmas time, Southwest Airlines said “we have returned virtually all of the bags” that were lost in the chaos. Following the interruptions, we started looking into the airports and airlines that have the most issues with lost luggage. READ MORE

When We Stop Trying to Make Heroes, Leadership Is a Beautiful Game


He’s been called the most commanding figure of sports in the 20th century. To players and fans, he’s the standard-bearer of what’s come to be known as the beautiful game…soccer, in large part due to him. Occasionally they call him by his nickname, Pelé, but more often they call him the king, the eternal, and the great leader. But what few know is that Pelé didn’t see himself as a great leader. Instead, what he saw was what was fundamental to effective, ongoing, impactful leadership. READ MORE

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Shopify Aims to Be One-Stop-Shop Retail Ecosystem


Shopify has positioned itself to become a one-stop shop for both small, independent merchants and established retailers, as it scouts additional M&A. The acquisitive company has the “cash flow and the financial flexibility” to make more buys to boost its strategy, says analyst Gil Luria. READ MORE

4 Wellness Destinations


Thermal baths, peaceful nature trails and energy vortexes are a few of the highlights at these destinations that invite you to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect with your surroundings and yourself. READ MORE


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