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On June 13, the U.S. House of Representatives approved the TGA-supported Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2022 (S. 3580) by a vote of 369-42. The legislation now goes to President Biden, who is expected to sign the bill into law today, June 16. This bipartisan bill will strengthen the overseas supply chain and ensure fairness in the global ocean shipping industry by bolstering the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC), the U.S. government agency that oversees ocean carriers, and requiring the FMC establish and enforce rules to prevent excessive and unjust detention and demurrage fees and stop refusal/denial of service. These commonsense reforms will be instrumental in combatting the current shipping crisis and preventing the next shipping crisis.
Every day, our industry faces a shipping crisis that has delivered us contract breaches, stubbornly high shipping rates, excessive and unjust fees, constant delays, and ongoing uncertainty on whether our product will ever arrive or even be moved. We are an industry of small companies who have no bargaining power with the big foreign-owned ocean carriers we rely on to move our product. This reality has translated into empty store shelves and much higher prices at the cash register, spurring inflation to historic levels. And that shipping crisis is now driving rampant inflation, which further threatens travel, and our industry. But there is hope. READ MORE
U.S. Travel Goods Industry Faces More California Prop 65 Notices; TGA Prop 65 Best Practices Guidance
Over the last few months, dozens of new California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold luggage (Notice 1), totes (Notice 1), backpacks (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4), handbags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7), fanny packs (Notice 1), smartphone case (Notice 1), wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3), and travel/garment cases/messenger/crossbody/carry bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3) in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Bisphenol A (BPA), Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP), or diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the companies that made and sold these products. Check out TGA’s member-only California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Best Practices Guidance on the Prop 65 page on the TGA website at https://www.travel-goods.org. This member-only guidance details best practices in developing your company’s Prop 65 testing and warning label protocol, including recommendations on which warning label text to use, where to place the warning label text, and how to test for Prop 65 listed chemicals in your products. For more information on Prop 65, please contact TGA’s Nate Herman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-775-7633.
The Biden administration is ratcheting up deliberations on removing former President Donald Trump’s tariffs on China, with the president still struggling to choose between lifting some of the duties to counter rising inflation and keeping them in place to please allies in organized labor. READ MORE
At airports this summer, it may almost appear as if the pandemic never happened. The long security lines, the crowded gates, the jam-packed planes; they’re all back. And so too are soaring prices and extra fees. READ MORE
SOCIAL MEDIA TODAY
Meta is now publishing new explainers and overviews, which aim to put more focus on where we’re headed, and the opportunities of advanced digital connection – as opposed to the current, legless genie engagement of its VR space. As you can see in this new promo campaign, Meta’s looking to highlight the expanded potential of the metaverse, beyond its current developmental phase. READ MORE
With hybrid work models gaining prevalence in the workforce, figuring out how to safely transport a laptop during a commute is a priority for many people, but especially for those of us who are known klutzes. There’s nothing quite like the sweat-inducing fear of potentially damaging either a work-issued laptop or one you paid for yourself. They cost a pretty penny, and properly storing and transporting them can make a big difference in their longevity. READ MORE
HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW
A leader has developed a stellar reputation at his organization as the go-to person to solve some very specific, complicated problems. But he worries that the organization has pigeon-holed him as a subject matter expert, limiting his ability to lead more broadly. The leader in question speaks with host Muriel Wilkins about how he can break out of the specialist role to reach his goal of becoming a more general business leader. READ MORE
Retail sales are a big part of consumer spending and offer clues on the strength of the U.S. economy. After adjusting for a 1% increase in inflation in May, real retail sales fell by more than 1% last month. For one thing, Americans are shifting their spending toward services such as travel and entertainment. Earlier in the pandemic, when they went out less, they bought more consumer goods such as cell phones, computers and home furnishings. READ MORE
One of the most versatile pieces of travel gear, a great backpack or over-the-shoulder travel bag can serve a variety of purposes. We found the best, top-rated backpacks and shoulders bags you can buy for summer 2022. READ MORE
Flying economy for any extended period is an experience usually endured rather than enjoyed, but one airplane seat designer reckons his design could revolutionize budget travel. READ MORE
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- Business Groups Urge Biden to Help Resolve Labor Dispute at West Coast Ports (THE HILL)
- TGA Urges Congressional Conferees to Include GSP Renewal, Shipping Reform, China Section 301 Tariff Exclusion Process in Competitiveness Legislation (TGA)
- Top 10 Trends Driving Retail Growth (RETAIL TOUCHPOINTS)
- Seeking Products for Digital Nomads — Deadline: June 23, 2022 (TGA)