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TRAVEL GOODS MAGAZINE
Just when we’re all feeling a little optimism, here comes pessimism to put us in our place. As the shipping crisis worsens, Washington remains silent. We know how we got here, but how can we move forward? Nate Herman offers some calls to action in this month’s “Capital Beat” – with the Travel Goods Association leading the charge.
Kids may not come with instructions, but they do come with their own ideas about what they need and want when they hit the road. See who’s supplying those needs in “Gearing Up Junior Travelers.” READ MORE
On June 24, TGA sent a letter urging President Biden to immediately address the shipping crisis by 1) enforcing current rules and regulations against contract breaches and unfair detention/demurrage charges; 2) forcing all stakeholders to the table to develop and implement solutions to the crisis; and 3) providing relief to the industry by eliminating tariffs. TGA has also joined a growing shipper coalition pushing Congress to pass legislation to empower the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to more aggressively regulate ocean carriers, terminals and ports. TGA’s actions are part of a larger social media campaign to raise public awareness of the shipping crisis and spur policy makers in Washington, DC to act to address it.
This month, the U.S. government published January-April 2021 import data. U.S. travel goods imports (as described under HTS Heading 4202 – click links to get specific import data on luggage, backpacks, flatgoods, handbags, business cases/laptop bags, and travel bags) fell slightly (1.2% by volume) in the first four months 2021 (versus January-April 2020). While U.S. luggage (-12.6%) and backpack (-30.6%) imports remained significantly down in the first four months of 2021, U.S. imports of business cases/laptop bags (+13.3%), handbags (+13.9%), and personal leather goods (+1.6%) actually saw increases.
In addition to the obvious impact of COVID-19 on sales and on travel and continuing issues with shipping, the latest import numbers show the accelerating trend away from China. In January-April 2021, U.S. travel goods imports from China slipped 5.7%, with China accounting for only 52.3% of total U.S. travel goods imports. For comparison, in 2016, China accounted for 84.7% of all U.S. travel goods imports. U.S. travel goods imports from #2 supplier Vietnam (17.2%) and #4 Burma (Myanmar) (9.2%) actually grew in the first four months of 2021. But U.S. travel goods imports from every major supplier fell in the first four months of 2021, including #3 Cambodia (-6.2%), #5 India (-9.1%), and #6 Indonesia (-12.2). Despite the declines, most top suppliers gained import share from China, with U.S. travel goods imports from Vietnam now accounting for 22.1% of all U.S. travel goods imports, followed by #3 Cambodia (8.0%), #4 Burma (Myanmar) (4.8%), and #5 India (3.9%). U.S. imports of travel goods account for approximately 99% of the U.S. travel goods market.
SUPPLY CHAIN DRIVE
Three weeks ago, ocean carriers began contacting shippers to let them know another COVID-19 outbreak was impacting supply chains. READ MORE
Ocean carrier vessel arrivals from Asia are being delayed by 20 days, or more, and there is no improvement in sight. READ MORE
The European Union is recommending that its 27 member countries start lifting restrictions on tourists from the United States. READ MORE
As COVID-19 vaccines become more accessible in the U.S., the challenge shifts to creating widespread demand and adoption across communities. Brands have the opportunity to lead the way to help people become informed and empowered. READ MORE
MY TOTAL RETAIL
Everyone in retail has lamented, at one point or another, that “it’s everyone vs. Amazon.” Even the largest retail brands, like Target and Walmart, struggle to match the e-commerce machine of Amazon.com. READ MORE
SOCIAL MEDIA TODAY
Are you looking for ways to increase the conversion rate of your eCommerce website? Want to know how using social proof on your site can help? The team from Red Website Design share 25 ways to use social proof on your eCommerce website in this infographic. READ MORE
NATIONAL RETAIL FEDERATION
In a session at NRF Retail Converge, Shannon Schuyler, principal, chief purpose & inclusion officer for PwC, moderated a conversation about the current state of diversity and inclusion initiatives in retail. Joining her were Mark Irvin, chief inclusion, diversity and talent officer for Best Buy, and Laura Watt, EVP human resources with Diageo North America. READ MORE
“Vanity… Definitely, my favorite sin,” said the Devil, played by Al Pacino, right after Keanu Reeves’ character starts buying into the idea that he is an undefeatable attorney in the movie “The Devil’s Advocate”. Ontologically, it makes sense that the Devil has a predilection for vanity, for it can poison and derail even the most potentially beneficial of feats. READ MORE
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- New Tariffs on U.S. Travel Goods Imports from Vietnam in the Offing? (TGA)
- Magic Before Your Very Eyes in the HUB (TGA)
- U.S. Travel Goods Industry Faces More California Prop 65 Notices; TGA Prop 65 Best Practices Guidance (TGA)
- How ‘Chaos’ in the Shipping Industry Is Choking the Economy (NPR)
- Another Shipping Crisis Looms on COVID Fears in Southern China (CNBC)