Rail Data Shows Reality of Current Supply Chain
FREIGHT WAVESThe impact of the movement of trade to the East Coast and Gulf ports can no longer be denied in the railroad data. Anyone following the flow of trade through ocean freight orders would not be surprised. There is always a delay in forward-looking information like ocean freight orders, and this delay took longer to work through because of the historic volumes being processed at the ports. READ MORE
Alarm Over California’s Drive to Switch Trucking from Diesel to Electric
THE LOADSTARCalifornia’s state government is making a determined push to accelerate the move to clean trucks, but a dismayed industry is warning that the fundamentals for a shift are not in place. The California Air Resources Board (CARB) has banned the sale of diesel-powered trucks by 2036, after which all sales in the state must be for zero-emission vehicles. READ MORE
U.S. Travel and Tourism Sector on Track to Surpass 2019’s Record Highs
In analyzing its new 2023 Economic Impact Research data, the World Travel & Tourism Council found that forecasts indicate the U.S. travel and tourism sector will achieve record-breaking highs as the year continues, outstripping even 2019’s pre-pandemic peaks. READ MORE
Marriott’s Focus on Budget Travel to Include New Extended-Stay Brand
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The world’s largest hotel company officially acquired Mexico’s City Express chain of affordably priced hotels, Marriott announced earlier this week. But Marriott isn’t done there in its growing focus on more budget-minded brands. Marriott plans to launch a new extended-stay hotel brand hot on the heels of City Express joining the mix. READ MORE
Crowds, High Prices and the ‘White Lotus’ Effect: Worst Places to Travel This Summer
Summer vacation is supposed to be about rest and relaxation. But in reality, it sometimes ends up being about overpriced tourist traps, crowded streets or delayed flights. How can you avoid that fate? We asked Clint Henderson, frequent traveler and managing editor at The Points Guy, for some guidance. READ MORE
Implementing Sustainable Design Strategies in the Retail Environment
The retail industry is undergoing an unprecedented wave of change as global issues have affected retailer supply chains, the labor market and consumer behaviors. Sustainability has come to the fore as consumers become more conscious of how their purchases are impacting their local communities and the environment. READ MORE
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Travelers Want Their Payments to Be Invisible and Hyper-Local Too
Travel is a vertical ripe to be examined, ready to embrace a technological shift — and a mindset shift, too — when it comes to payments. Spreedly Vice President of Product Management Joe Meuse, EBANX Vice President, Global Market Development & Channels Gregory Cornwell, and Hopper Head of Product, Payments & Fraud Anirudh Narla told PYMNTS that payments could be a key component of improving the customer experience. Cornwell noted that amid the great travel rebound that’s accompanied economies re-opening in the wake of the pandemic, “it’s a comeback where we expect to see the ‘full normal’ level of payments activity by the end of this year.” READ MORE
10 Ways to Promote Your Retail Product with Social Media
If you’re a leader at a physical brand having trouble promoting itself online, you’re most certainly not alone. Yet while many more conventional retailers have been hesitant to extend their presence into the social media arena, those who have made the leap have seen astounding benefits. READ MORE
Mother’s Day Gift Guide: The Best Eco-Friendly and Sustainable Luggage and Travel Accessories
While exploring the world is one of life’s greatest pleasures (and privileges), the downside is how it negatively affects our planet and contributes to climate change. So, to help decrease your carbon footprint, consider shopping these 12 sustainable and eco-friendly luggage and travel accessories — which are categorized from most to least expensive — for the jet-setting mom you love this Mother’s Day. READ MORE
Shoptalk Europe 2023 Startup Pitch Competition: Preview — 10 Innovators, Three Areas of Retail Disruption
We preview the Shoptalk Europe 2023 Startup Pitch competition, presenting the 10 participating technology innovators, which span three areas of retail disruption. Key themes include sustainability, artificial intelligence (AI), supply chain, customer experience, logistics and more. READ MORE
Your Ultimate Guide to Carry-on Luggage Size for 2023
We’re here to make things a little easier by breaking down the carry-on policies of the major and budget U.S. domestic airlines. So, buckle up, return your seat to the upright position and enjoy the flight. READ MORE
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- 2023 Travel Gear + Luggage Expo Recap (TGA)
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- 8 Secret Airline Perks You Didn’t Know Existed (TRAVEL + LEISURE)
- New Reports Say Business Travel Isn’t Going Back to Normal — Ever (CNBC)
- 2023 TPG Travel Trends Report (THE POINTS GUY)