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We Saved the Best for Last. (But the Early Birds Still Win.)


Manufacturers — don’t be late for this very important date: July 15. When you reserve your booth for The 2023 Travel Goods Show by July 15 you will get the Early-Bird Discount + you will also be given Preferred Placement on the showroom floor. (Talk about being in the right place at the right time!) AND you’ll get a free ad for use in this publication – which is delivered directly into potential buyers’ inboxes — a $200 value. So much to save! (And so much to lose if you don’t act now.) Contact Cathy Trecartin at, 877-842-1938 x-702.

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West Coast Port Labor Contract — July 1 Expiration Looms


This Friday, July 1, the current West Coast port labor contract expires. On June 14, the International Longshore & Warehouse Union (ILWU) and the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) broke their media blackout with a joint statement saying negotiations continue in good faith but will not be completed by the July 1 expiration of the current contract but “Cargo operations continue beyond the expiration of the contract. Neither party is preparing for a strike or a lockout, contrary to speculation in news reports. The parties remain focused on and committed to reaching an agreement.” However, the two sides did not agree to extend the current contract until a new agreement is reached. TGA is working with others on a multi-industry letter pushing for an indefinite extension of the current contract until a new deal is reached. Members of Congress also continue to weigh in. These efforts build on the June 8 TGA letter urging President Biden to engage in the West Coast port labor negotiations. Many believe the negotiations will turn on the issues of pay and the future of automation at West Coast ports.

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The Housing Market Slowdown Is Showing Up in Shipping Data from China


Spending cutbacks by the consumer already led to a decrease in Chinese manufacturing orders by U.S. importers of 20-30%, as recently reported by CNBC, and more recent data from U.S. shippers shows the housing market slowdown is now showing up in the Asian supply chain data too. READ MORE

Ex-Trump Adviser Calls for Lifting Trump Tariffs on China


For months, Biden has been debating whether to roll back some Trump tariffs to combat the worst inflation in America in four decades. Some major business groups are urging Biden to lift tariffs, while union officials are warning against that. No decision has been made. READ MORE

20 Travel Items that You’ll Kick Yourself for Not Having Bought Before Your Last Trip


Noise-cancelling headphones, an anti-blister balm and other items that’ll come in handy on your next voyage. READ MORE

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Traveling for July Fourth? Here Are 5 Things to Know Before Flying or Driving This Weekend


With no quick fixes in sight and nearly 48 million Americans planning to travel at least 50 miles from home this Independence Day weekend, according to AAA, the holiday weekend could feel extra-long in more ways than one. Here are five things travelers should know before heading to the airport or hitting the road for the Fourth of July and beyond. READ MORE

At Least 800 More Flights Canceled Monday After a Chaotic Travel Weekend


At least 800 flights were cancelled across the U.S. on Monday afternoon, according to the flight-tracking website FlightAware. This follows another chaotic travel weekend with more than 1,500 domestic flights cancelled Saturday and Sunday. READ MORE

Amid Attacks and Thefts, Some Retail Workers Want to Fight Back


Assaults at stores have been increasing at a faster pace than the national average. Some workers are tired of fearing for their safety. READ MORE

U.S. Retail Inventories Reach 7-Month Low


American retail inventories rose 17.3% between May 2021 and May 2022, the Census Bureau reported Tuesday (June 28). The report shows inventories of $705.3 billion, a 0.8% increase between April and May. However, this most recent report marks a seven-month low for retail inventories, and this latest increase is small compared to the 3.9% jump recorded in March. READ MORE

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3 Trends to Watch as Retailers Prep for Back-to-School and Holiday Shopping


Summer vacation season is just getting started, but retailers are already gearing up for the holidays. In coming weeks, companies will get early clues about how the all-important holiday shopping season will shape up as Amazon hosts its Prime Day on July 12 and 13 and rival retailers including Target hold competing sales. That will be followed by the busy back-to-school shopping period, another indicator of how the holidays could play out. READ MORE

Eight Social Media Marketing Mistakes to Avoid


Social media continues to be a vibrant, engaging series of digital platforms designed to inform, engage, meet and connect. As most networks continue to grow their number of daily active users, newbies — and even experienced users — can be guilty of making some common social media marketing mistakes. Here you’ll find a list of eight common mistakes you should avoid and why. READ MORE

Key Trends Affecting Hospitality Sector Hiring


One of the problems the industry is facing is that many former hospitality workers have found jobs with more flexibility. This doesn’t apply to just those who were previously in hospitality. Around 40% of respondents in a McKinsey survey said that they are thinking about leaving their positions in the next three to six months — and many are even willing to quit without having another job lined up. READ MORE

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The Future of Retail: Trends for 2022 and Beyond


Since the rise of, e-commerce shops have been steadily taking market share from brick-and-mortar retailers. This trend exploded during the pandemic: In 2020 alone, e-commerce grew more than 3X in the U.S. and nearly 5X in the United Kingdom. But in 2022, e-commerce and in-store retail are converging, not competing. The reason? The emergence of technologies like social commerce, livestream shopping, and so-called “dark stores.” READ MORE

X-ray Finds 109 Live Animals in Women’s Luggage at Bangkok Airport, Thai Officials Say


Two women were arrested at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport and accused of smuggling after 109 live animals were found in their luggage, Thai officials say. Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation said on Monday the wild animals were discovered in two suitcases following an x-ray inspection. Wildlife officials called to the scene discovered two white porcupines, two armadillos, 35 turtles, 50 lizards and 20 snakes in the two pieces of luggage. READ MORE

Meet the New Man Behind the National Park Service


The park service’s first Native American director, Charles F. Sams III, has plans to address overcrowding, improve accessibility, and share the country’s untold stories. READ MORE


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