If your company and/or products have gotten some love, let us know so we can share the news with travel industry colleagues and INCREASE AWARENESS OF YOUR BRAND. Seeking new employees? Searching for distribution partners? Tell us! Did you roll out a new product or product line? Build a better mousetrap? Do something good for a great cause? TGA will get the word out — and fast! READ MORE
TRAVEL GOODS MAGAZINE
See the gear built for sustainability so we can all travel more responsibly. “Antimicrobial” and “sanitizer” are having a minute; TGA’s “Packed In A Minute” video series shows why. Who’s got Buzz? Find the products making headlines here. READ MORE
This week, the Senate will approve the TGA-supported bi-partisan infrastructure package, which will make critical investments in port, rail, and road infrastructure. While we need to make these long-term investments, TGA continues to call on the Biden administration to address the current shipping crisis now!
Company Files Complaint Against Ocean Carriers for Collusion/Price Manipulation/Breach of Contract — Provide TGA Examples to Support Complaint
On August 3, household furnishings manufacturer MCS Holdings filed a complaint with the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) alleging ocean carriers COSCO and MSC colluded to breach contracts and manipulate prices. TGA plans to support the complaint, but we need examples from you to do so. Not only for COSCO and MSC but for any ocean carrier. We need details such as what is in the complaint. Examples can be anonymous. FMC has not commented yet on the complaint.
A U.S. manufacturer is accusing two of the world’s largest ocean carriers of reneging on its container service contract for imports from Asia so that the carriers can instead charge other shippers exorbitant transportation rates on the spot market. READ MORE
Consumer demand came raging back this year. The supply chain wasn’t ready for it, and now retailers, brands and consumers are paying the price. READ MORE
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will not bring the Senate’s sprawling anti-China bill to the floor of her chamber unchanged, a staffer told industry representatives on a call last week. Instead, Pelosi will likely combine a group of bills that House committees have crafted to confront China economically into her own package, aiming to reconcile it with the Senate version in a conference committee, according to a person with knowledge of the call. READ MORE
It’s well-understood that beautiful website design is a must-have for businesses operating in the digital space — which is virtually every business today. With a single visit to your website, you want customers to be able to make purchases or book appointments with ease, as well as clearly view your branding. READ MORE
The past year has been an exercise in adaptability and agility for retailers across the globe, as e-commerce spending has hit record highs. This year alone is projected to reach over $6 trillion in online sales, doubling that of 2019’s pre-pandemic shopping days. These unexpected spikes caused immense strain to global supply chains, forcing many companies to rethink operational strategies. READ MORE
SOCIAL MEDIA TODAY
LinkedIn has acquired how-to video app Jumprope as part of its expanded video focus, and tying into both the development of its new, on-platform creator tools, and the ongoing growth of LinkedIn Learning for professional skills development. READ MORE
THE NEW YORK TIMES
For the vaccinated, it was supposed to be a worry-free, “hot vax” summer of socializing and fun. But the rise of the highly infectious Delta variant has spoiled those plans. READ MORE
Missed last week’s issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.
- Not Business as Usual Travel Gear (TGA)
- Longer Trips Look Set to Boom Post-COVID-19 (GLOBALDATA)
- End in Sight to Supply Chain Disruption and Rates Surge? This Year, Next Year, Maybe… (THE LOADSTAR)
- Retailers Must Bring Brand to the (Third) Party (TOTAL RETAIL)
- RVshare Looks to New Uses Beyond Camping with an Airbnb-type Model (SKIFT)