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The 2023 Travel Goods Show

Federal Maritime Commission to Hire Investigators for Foreign Carrier Crack-Down


As part of the new Shipping Reform Act, the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) announced it is reorganizing its enforcement structure and plans to hire more investigators to crack down on ports and foreign-owned shipping companies who are breaking the law. The investigative and prosecution functions of the FMC will now be consolidated into a newly created Bureau of Enforcement, Investigations, and Compliance (BEIC). This change is effective immediately. READ MORE

Back-to-School Trends to Know


Spending on essentials remains strong, plus other insights on how inflation is shaping consumers’ shopping plans. READ MORE

Why You Should Use Packing Cubes to Improve Your (Traveling) Life


I used to think packing cubes (individual little bags for your suitcase) were useless — an extra expense and a mess of nylon, mesh and zips. Then I tried them. Packing cubes can help you become a more organized and efficient traveler, but that’s only one of the benefits. When people ask, “Do they help? How do they work? Are they worth it? Should I buy some? If so, what brand?” Here’s what I tell them. READ MORE

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Highly-Rated Backpacks for Going Back to School


We are creeping closer to when you or your kid will be in the market for a new backpack, that ultimate school catch-all that you depend on to hold all your books, electronics and scholarly essentials all year long (and hopefully beyond). We know you probably have a lot on your plate already, so just below you can peruse our hand-picked list of highly-rated backpacks that have been scrutinized and selected for their functionality, durability, organization and style. READ MORE

U.S. Retail Sustainability Perceptions Benchmark 2022


Nearly every modern consumer has at least some concern about the environment, but the influence that worry has on shopping behavior is far more nuanced. Insider Intelligence charges for the full report, however, this page shares some key datapoints from the report’s findings. READ MORE

Amazon Launches Same-Day Delivery from Some Brick-and-Mortar Retail Brands


Amazon said earlier this week it is adding a handful of brick-and-mortar retail brands to its same-day delivery offering for Prime members. Some of the participating retailers also give shoppers the option to order items online and pick them up at the store. READ MORE

The Travel Goods HUB

Flight Prices Are About to Drop by 25%, Hopper Predicts


Flight prices are expected to drop significantly in August and into the early fall following a very busy — and expensive — summer travel season. The decrease is attributed to several factors, including a drop in demand after Hopper said many people “exhausted” the pent-up post-pandemic travel demand with summer vacations. READ MORE

Meta Launches New ‘Advertiser Success Center’ to Help Marketers Maximize their Ad Approaches


As we move closer to the holidays, Meta has launched a new ad education platform to help ensure that brands are able to make the most of their Facebook and Instagram promotions heading into the end of year push. Meta’s new ‘Advertiser Success Center’ mini-site includes dedicated sections on all of Meta’s various ad tools and options, highlighting a range of tips, as well as links to further reading and resources to up your game. READ MORE

Think You’re Too Nice to Be an Effective Leader? Consider “Quiet Leadership”


Quiet leadership is a conscious choice to lead with a focus on being open-minded and gentle. It’s about being approachable, liked, respected, compassionate — nice, if you will — and communicating with people using a one-on-one approach instead of the typical one-on-many format. READ MORE

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Here’s What to Do When an Airline Loses Your Luggage and How to Mitigate Travel Headaches Before You Get to the Airport


Claims of lost luggage have spiked, increasing by 30% this summer compared to 2019 claims over the same period, Insider previously reported. In April alone, U.S. airlines lost, delayed, or damaged nearly 220,000 bags, according to a report from the Department of Transportation. Here’s what you should do if an airline loses your luggage, as well as a few tips on how to minimize the damage ahead of time. READ MORE

Airbnb Bookings Hit Record High as Travel Recovers


Nearly 104 million nights and experiences were booked on the platform in the April through June period, a record high for the lodging website. Long-term stays continued to be the fastest growing type of travel, a shift driven by the rise of remote work. But international and city travel, which had lagged, have also recovered. READ MORE

Passenger Fined $1,874 After Two Undeclared McMuffins Found in Luggage


A passenger traveling from Bali, Indonesia to Australia has found themselves paying a hefty price for a McDonald’s breakfast. The unnamed traveler was handed a fine of 2,664 Australian dollars ($1,874) after two undeclared egg and beef sausage McMuffins and a ham croissant were found in their luggage on arriving at Darwin Airport in the country’s Northern Territory last week. READ MORE


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