A continually changing travel landscape means new opportunities, collaborations…and show floor space. Read TGA President Michele Marini Pittenger’s latest blog to learn how the new and distinctly branded Travel Gear + Luggage Destination at the International Housewares Association’s Inspired Home Show 2023, March 4-7 at Chicago’s McCormick Place, will bring new opportunities for TGA members — and why you should attend. Interested in exhibiting? Contact Cathy Trecartin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 877-842-1938, x-702 for more information.
On November 28, President Biden urged Congress to stop a rail strike by immediately imposing the rail labor contract negotiated in September on railroads and rail workers. Congressional leaders have said they will vote on the contract as soon as this week (see railroad and union response). Eight of 12 rail worker unions have ratified the contract and four unions have rejected the contract. President Biden’s call came only hours after TGA and over 400 other organizations urged Congress to prevent a strike. The cooling off period preventing any work action (i.e., strike, work slowdown, or lockout) ends at midnight on December 8, which means a work action could start at 12:01 AM on December 9. Due to preparations for a strike, railroads will stop carrying certain items (perishable produce, gas, hazardous chemicals, etc.) as early as December 4 so they don’t get stranded during a strike. The American Chemistry Council found that a rail strike could devastate the U.S. economy, with 700,000 jobs lost, a 4% increase in inflation, and a possible recession. Approximately 30% of our industry’s product moves by rail. Urge your friends, staff, co-workers, family to send letters to Congress to prevent a rail strike. It only takes a minute!
Imagine a scenario where Congress had the authority to secure and protect the supply chains that keep Americans clothed and fed and the economy running but chose not to use it. As Congress returns from the Thanksgiving holiday, a burden should weigh heavily on their shoulders. Will they take action to protect hardworking American families and American economy? READ MORE
Peak season isn’t what it used to be. For decades, retailers had an idea of what to expect around the holidays: a short but massive plateau in volume and supply chains that (for the most part) were expected to run smoothly. When COVID-19 hit, it changed everything. Peak season got even longer, demand got even stronger and supply chains were thrown completely out of whack. But even in the new normal of peak season, there will always be some nuances from year to year, and 2022 is no different. READ MORE
China has moved quickly to suppress demonstrations that erupted across the country against the government’s zero-COVID policy on the weekend, deploying police forces at key protest sites and tightening online censorship. READ MORE
CONDÉ NAST TRAVELER
Our 23 best places to travel in 2023 is a mix of old favorites worth visiting anew, and lesser-trammeled, even once-forbidden, regions ready to welcome travelers — yet they are all unified by highly anticipated new offerings and evolutions. Here are the 23 destinations — vetted by Condé Nast Traveler editors from the U.S. U.K., Spain, and India — to plan your 2023 travels around. Let them guide your next adventure. READ MORE
WALL STREET JOURNAL
Customer returns are skyrocketing in the U.S., but many items don’t go back to retailers’ shelves. WSJ looks into the complicated process and how retailers are responding to increasing returns. READ MORE
A record number of holiday shoppers — 196.7 million — flocked back to stores and hunted for deals from Thanksgiving Day to Cyber Monday, according to a survey by the National Retail Federation. The trade group did not estimate spending over the weekend, but said Tuesday that sales for the overall holiday shopping season are on track to meet its forecast. It anticipates that holiday sales will rise by 6% to 8% from last year to between $942.6 billion and $960.4 billion. READ MORE
For 2023, travel is once again reimagined. This time, we’re calling the underlying thread agoraphilia. Travelers are craving public life, undesigned experiences and bustling crowds. According to Expedia Group’s comprehensive travel trend report, 46% of people say travel is more important to them now than it was pre-pandemic. This year, we are opening doors instead of digging tunnels. Here are the five travel trends already impacting 2023. READ MORE
A company’s longevity hinges upon its workforce that shows a strong willingness to excel. However, for that to be true, it is crucial that professionals feel a strong desire to uphold their effectiveness. Above all, for an organization driven by purpose and focused on building for the better, every decision and every employee holds great value. This brings us to the question; what empowers them to exude a profound motivation? READ MORE
THE NEW YORK TIMES
As cruise companies head into their busiest season, they say they have ambitious plans to curb greenhouse emissions and find cleaner sources of fuel. But critics say the progress is too slow. READ MORE
Enabled by technology and precipitated by the pandemic, the remote-working trend is one of the biggest shifts in business demographics we’ve seen in decades. And the hotel industry has yet to see the full impact. How many other business travelers will face a similar dilemma to mine in 2023? And how many will decide — or their employers will decide for them — to spare the expense and hold a few Zoom calls instead? READ MORE
ShipEngine has partnered with GoDaddy to streamline shipping for merchants that have GoDaddy online stores. With ShipEngine’s shipping application programming interface (API), U.S.-based small- to medium-sized business (SMB) owners can create shipping labels from their GoDaddy accounts and get discounted rates from the U.S. Postal Service and other carriers, the companies said in a press release this week. READ MORE
Missed last week’s issue? See which articles your colleagues read most.
- No Thaw in Tariffs After U.S.-China Meetings (POLITICO)
- The 57 Best Black Friday Travel Deals on Accessories, Luggage and Experiences (CNN)
- Why Bulk Content Creation for Social Media Saves You Time (SEARCH ENGINE JOURNAL)
- Asia-Pacific Leaders Condemn War, Renew Calls for Open Trade (AP)
- IT Leadership: 5 Ways to Create a Culture of Gratitude (THE ENTERPRISERS PROJECT)