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The TGA-endorsed Ocean Shipping Reform Act of 2021 (OSRA 21) (H.R. 4996) continues to gain momentum with now 10 bipartisan co-sponsors. The bill would require the Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) to establish and enforce rules on minimum service requirements for ocean carriers, respond to contract breaches, and address excessive and unjust detention and demurrage fees — rules that would help prevent the next shipping crisis. However, TGA still needs you and your colleagues, your employees, your family, everyone, to join TGA in urging President Biden and your members of Congress to ACT NOW to end the current #ShippingCrisis.
THE WASHINGTON POST
Greg Dalpe, a manufacturing executive in Upstate New York, expected President Biden to undo the damage his White House predecessor had done to trade links with China. Instead, the new President has only made things worse. READ MORE
Asia’s robust economic recovery from last year’s coronavirus low is losing momentum as a surge in COVID-19 cases sees shops empty again and factories close, dimming prospects for corporate profit growth after a blockbuster half year. READ MORE
The vast network of ports, container vessels and trucking companies that moves goods around the world is badly tangled, and the cost of shipping is skyrocketing. That’s troubling news for retailers and holiday shoppers. READ MORE
Addressing the nation hours after the Food and Drug Administration on Monday granted full approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, becoming the first coronavirus vaccine to transition from an emergency authorization status to full FDA approval, President Joe Biden urged employers to utilize the approval and mandate vaccinations. READ MORE
BUSINESS TRAVELER USA
The majority of business travelers (61%) report having already taken their first multi-day domestic business trip of the year, but international business travel is slower to recover. This according to a survey of 1,700 experienced travelers by Global Rescue, a travel risk and crisis response provider. READ MORE
Consumers have a bigger voice today, enhanced by a plethora of information sources and endless opportunities to voice their opinion on social media. As a result, modern businesses and their marketing arms are realizing they need more customer-centric approaches that create more direct relationships through engagement and more personalized experiences. READ MORE
Dealing with a passive-aggressive co-worker isn’t easy, especially when you’re a sensitive person. Because of your nature, you may find yourself taking a difficult colleague’s comments personally — making them mean you’re incapable. Or you may find that your colleague’s slights and undermining behavior trigger your emotional reactivity. READ MORE
SOCIAL MEDIA TODAY
Are you looking for ways to grow your eCommerce business? Want to sell more of your products using Google’s various online services? The team from Google Merchant Center share the ways that it can help you succeed in this infographic. READ MORE
One of the first bits of advice given to a new real-estate agent is to find a solid mentor. Much like any new job, studying the materials and applying them in real life are two very different things. Fortunately for many, the internet provides us with endless blogs, videos and podcasts to help us on our journey. Where this information can often fail us, however, is in its inability to help us during more unique hardships or introduce us to valuable connections. READ MORE
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- It’s Wine O’Clock…Somewhere (TGA)
- Retail Sales Drop More Than Expected on Weak Car Sales and Less Online Shopping (FORBES)
- The Biggest Mistakes Bosses Will Make with Workers Returning After COVID-19 (THE WALL STREET JOURNAL)
- The Resurgence of Retail Stores: 4 Ways Retailers Can Come Back with Staying Power (TOTAL RETAIL)
- People Now Spend More at Amazon Than at Walmart (THE NEW YORK TIMES)