We know, we know: What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas — but we can’t keep this news to ourselves. These exhibitors will be among a stellar lineup showing off their products at The 2023 Travel Goods Show: Stephen Joseph®, Osgoode Marley, Leisure Merchandising, FlyWithWine and Que Factory. READ MORE
Draft TGA Letter Urging U.S. Government to Address False Leather Claims Online — Need Feedback and More Examples
TGA has drafted a letter urging the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to investigate widespread false leather claims for products sold on the Amazon marketplace. The letter argues the products making false leather claims have an unfair competitive advantage over TGA members when members are already facing the twin challenge of a supply chain crisis and rising inflation. Please provide feedback on the draft letter by COB next Thursday, September 29, and please share any other examples you have found of false leather claims that we can add to the appendix.
On September 20, TGA joined dozens of companies and organizations, including a number of travel goods companies, for a lobby day in Congress, lobbying over 80 Congressional offices to support immediate renewal of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program, which has now been expired for 20 months. Short of renewal, TGA lobbied for the GSP “Refund-Only” bill (H.R. 8906), which would immediately refund to TGA members the duties paid on U.S. travel goods imports from GSP countries from January 1, 2021 to August 30, 2022, to provide some immediate relief to our industry as we wait for Congress to conclude its negotiations over TGA renewal. GSP provides duty-free access to the U.S. market for travel goods from developing countries (Cambodia, Indonesia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Thailand, etc.). Today, GSP countries supply 20% of all U.S. travel goods imports.
White House Supply Chain Envoy Stephen Lyons said on September 20 that he believes the recently negotiated tentative agreement between the six Class I railroads and unions — representing 150,000 railroad locomotive engineers, conductors and railroad workers — will be ratified. The tentative agreement, reached September 15 after negotiating more than 20 hours with Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, averted a nationwide railroad strike that would shut down 30% of the shipping capacity for the country’s cargo. READ MORE
Summer may have flown by, but nonetheless, it’s time for retailers to prepare and roll out their peak selling season plans. To help readers develop their strategies, RIS once again tapped retail experts to get their predictions and forecasts. We also scoured recent retail surveys and research to provide the top data needed to prepare. READ MORE
THE POINTS GUY
Since many members of the TPG staff are often on the move, we’ve each developed our own way of preparing for an easier travel day. Every step of the travel journey, from packing to negotiating airports, has become second nature. And in this guide, four TPG staffers weigh in on their favorite travel tips. So, without further ado, let’s dive in. READ MORE
European rail had a positive week: French railway company SNCF and train manufacturer Alstom unveiled the first completed TGV M, a next-generation, high-speed, double-decker train that Alstom has dubbed “the TGV of the future.” READ MORE
The COVID-19 pandemic saw e-commerce growth spike, big time, but myriad issues have since created a historic drop in digital sales. Obviously, consumers have been returning to brick-and-mortar stores — albeit not at the pre-pandemic levels. But there are other significant factors at play, including supply chain issues, low consumer sentiment and rising inflation. So, what’s next? Experts have identified three trends that will shape the landscape over the next year. READ MORE
Prepare for your next trip with the best luggage sets that make travel easy and affordable. Simplify your packing needs by investing in high-quality suitcases. It’ll make every time you travel feel like a vacation. READ MORE
Social media is crucial to all businesses. Worldwide, 4.48 billion people use it — that’s more than half of the entire human population. Yes, that is a heavy load, and yet those who carry it are often deemed not worthy of holding leadership positions. So how can social media managers earn their seat at the table and validate their candidacy for leadership? READ MORE
TrovaTrip, a Portland, Oregon-based startup that runs a marketplace for group travel, raised $15 million in a Series A round led by Seattle’s Madrona Venture Group. The company said it had 10X growth in bookings last year despite the ongoing pandemic. Travel companies took a hit when the pandemic began, but some have recovered amid an uncertain economy and the lingering effects of COVID-19 around the world. Expedia Group cited strong travel demand in its most recent earnings report. READ MORE
Little jet setters need a lot of things to travel comfortably. We’re talking neck pillows, blankets, cool clothing, and of course some luggage that’s just the right size. While parents are busy managing logistics, their own luggage, and everything else (don’t forget the travel bed), kids as young as toddlers can get a bit of autonomy by wheeling their own suitcases. The best luggage for kids is cute and functional while being easy for them to wheel around while on vacation. READ MORE
Leaders today must lead not just with their heads but with their hearts. They must have passion for their work, compassion for the people they serve, empathy for their fellow employees and the courage to make bold decisions. Bill George, former chairman and CEO of Medtronic and currently a professor at Harvard Business School, just released a new book called Emerging Leader Edition of True North, co-written with Millennial entrepreneur and CEO Zach Clayton. READ MORE
THE NEW YORK TIMES
The shift will eliminate the need for piles of paperwork and hours waiting in lines. But it will still take some time to actually get your hands on your passport. READ MORE
Missed last week’s issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.
- The 20 Best Carry-on Luggage and Bags of 2022 (CNN)
- Reconnect at The 2023 Travel Goods Show (TGA)
- Holiday Airfare Will Be the Most Expensive in 5 Years as Pandemic Fears Wane (CNN)
- The Plane’s a Filthy Mess. Who’s to Blame? (THE NEW YORK TIMES)
- U.S. Travel Goods Industry Faces More California Prop 65 Notices; TGA Prop 65 Best Practices Guidance (TGA)