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Buyers are looking for the latest travel goods for their stores to meet consumer demand. Buyers from department stores, big box stores, travel goods specialty stores, hotel boutiques, college stores, cruise lines, catalogs, e-commerce, warehouse clubs, discounters, importers/exporters, and distributors are shopping the HUB for the ease and access of finding new vendors and products. The HUB is your best and only place to connect with today’s travel goods buyers. They can’t buy from you if you are not here! READ MORE
From playing getting-to-know-you and harnessing the power of social media to looping into a circular economy and getting in step with today’s customer preferences, new trends have sprung onto the retail scene in response to the pandemic. Retail Minded’s Nicole Leinbach Reyhle lays out the trends and shows how retailers can benefit from them to drive business into their stores. READ MORE
On March 1, TGA joined 49 industry groups in urging President Biden to step in to ensure employers and longshoremen reach a new labor contract before the current contract expires on July 1. TGA warns failure to do so will make the already worsening shipping crisis a catastrophe.
On March 1, President Biden delivered a stinging rebuke to ocean carriers in his State of the Union, stating “I’m a capitalist, but capitalism without competition isn’t capitalism. It’s exploitation — and it drives up prices. When corporations don’t have to compete, their profits go up, your prices go up, and small businesses and family farmers and ranchers go under. We see it happening with ocean carriers moving goods in and out of America. During the pandemic, these foreign-owned companies raised prices by as much as 1000% and made record profits. Tonight, I’m announcing a crackdown on these companies overcharging American businesses and consumers.” On February 28, the White House detailed those actions, which include going after anti-competitive practices by ocean carriers; pushing Congress to approve the TGA-supported Ocean Shipping Reform Act; and pushing Congress to approve new bi-partisan legislation to strip anti-trust immunity for ocean carriers. While these steps are positive, TGA continues to push President Biden for more action, and immediate relief for the industry (see above).
Pandemic weary travelers may face longer flights and higher ticket prices as the airline industry battles sky-high oil prices and travel restrictions due to the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Airlines are bracing for potentially lengthy blockages of key East-West flight corridors after the European Union, Canada and Moscow issued reciprocal airspace bans this week in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. READ MORE
To help you find a great travel wallet for your next trip, we looked for some of the most functional, beautiful and reasonably-priced options on the market today. Whether you’re looking for a wallet that holds your boarding pass and ID or you want a fashionable way to carry your airline credit cards, read on to learn about our top picks. READ MORE
Amazon’s physical retail business is suffering a major blow as the company this week confirmed to Reuters it will close 68 brick-and-mortar retail stores across the U.S. and U.K. This includes its Amazon Books bookstores, its pop-up shops in various markets and its 4-star stores, where customers could shop popular and highly-rated products across Amazon.com. READ MORE
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International travelers can enter the country by simply showing they have been fully vaccinated within nine months or have received a booster shot. READ MORE
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Technology is seeping into travel in a way that most travelers are finding enormously beneficial. Whether shortening queues, helping travelers save money or eliminating the need to get within six feet of others, here are some of the top travel technology evolutions in 2022. READ MORE
The radical transformation of ecommerce is making tax compliance more complex than ever. In the U.S., ecommerce sales rose by 9.2% in the second quarter of 2021. That’s after huge spikes of more than 30% growth per quarter from Q2 2020 to Q1 2021 during the height of COVID-19 lockdowns. This is only the beginning. READ MORE
What will the new normal be? How will consumers behave after the pandemic? What will my business look like after the crisis abates? These are some of the common questions that were going through retailers’ minds around summertime 2020, a few months into the coronavirus pandemic when only essential shops were permitted to open and online shopping ballooned. The answers to each are still unclear — we are still officially in a pandemic, after all — but there are certain COVID-induced technology-based trends in retail that look set to have longevity. READ MORE
Few of us could match Volodymyr Zelensky’s courage, but Grant insists business leaders can still learn something important from him. READ MORE
For B2B marketers to build out successful social media marketing plans that can not only drive engagement but also enable a healthy lead pipeline, optimizing the overall goals, social media content plans and prioritizing key networks and platforms become an essential part of the core strategy. READ MORE
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- Shipping Crisis — FMC Starting to Do Something? (TGA)
- We Want to Hear Your Voice: Your Opinions in Travel Goods Magazine (TGA)
- Economists Say Trump’s China Trade Policy Is Harming the U.S. Why Is It So Hard for Biden to Change Course? (MARKETPLACE)
- 10 Hot Social Media Marketing Trends for Business in 2022 (INFLUENCIVE)
- Are Stores the Answer to Last-Mile Delivery? (RETAIL WIRE)