This year, our industry encountered many challenges as COVID continued to impact our businesses and personal lives. One thing we as an association learned, however, is that we are stronger together; when the going gets tough, we lift one another. Thank you to our members, friends and colleagues for your support of the travel goods industry. We look forward to brighter days in 2022 and seeing you all at The Travel Goods Show. Happy New Year!
U.S. Travel Goods Industry Faces More California Prop 65 Notices; TGA Prop 65 Best Practices Guidance
Over the last few months, dozens of new California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold totes (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4), backpacks (Notice 1), duffel bags (Notice 1), handbags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5), wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5), cosmetic/toiletry bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7), travel/garment cases/messenger/crossbody/carry bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7), travel bottles (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3), and phone/tablet cases/holders/sleeves/dry bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6) in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Bisphenol A (BPA), and diisononyl phthalate (DINP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against those companies that made and sold these products. Check out TGA’s member-only California Proposition 65 (Prop 65) Best Practices Guidance on the Prop 65 page on the TGA website. This member-only guidance details best practices in developing your company’s Prop 65 testing and warning label protocol, including recommendations on which warning label text to use, where to place the warning label text, and how to test for Prop 65 listed chemicals in your products. For more information on Prop 65, please contact TGA’s Nate Herman, firstname.lastname@example.org, 301-775-7633.
Travel Trends 2022: Why Solo, Sustainable, Ethical, Wellness and ‘Essentialism’ Travel Will Become Even Bigger Priorities
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST
As COVID-19 continues to see people reconsider what’s important to them, a top hospitality management school predicts next year’s new customer demands. Travelers may also opt to stay closer to home, while hotels will need to break down barriers between staff and guests, and offer a more informal environment. READ MORE
We can’t pretend that the last two years haven’t drastically changed the face of the travel industry. People are looking for slower, more climate-friendly, ethical holidays, including silent safaris and train journeys. Here are our predications for the hot destinations and trends of 2022. READ MORE
As the holiday season and post-holiday sales wrap up, it’s time to look back at the past year, as well as cast our eyes forward to the retail trends that will define 2022. As you close the year and start strategizing for 2022, consider baking next year’s trends into your upcoming plans. READ MORE
The hotel industry has seen a rough two years since the start of the pandemic, yet as the world starts to find ways to live with COVID-19, a number of new hotel and travel trends are emerging, too. READ MORE
DULUTH NEWS TRIBUNE
Giving appreciation to others really matters. It lifts people up, tells them they are valued and builds relationships between employees, co-workers, friends or family members. Saying thank you is great. Even better is to give specific meaningful appreciation that sticks. Here’s how. READ MORE
We recently released our Retail Trends to Watch in 2022 report, outlining the five key trends that will most shape the retail landscape in the year ahead: the bridging of digital and physical retail, same-day delivery, viral commerce, sustainability, and retail media. Here are some highlights on the rise of retail media. READ MORE
A year ago, experts weighed in on what was to come in retail and ecommerce in 2021 — and it turns out they mostly got it right. They couldn’t, of course, have foreseen a container ship would get stuck in the Suez Canal for nearly a week and wreak havoc on global trade. But they did accurately predict many of the trends that defined shopping — at least in the U.S. — in 2021. Here’s a look back at the six biggest themes that emerged in retail over the last year. READ MORE
Roughly one-quarter of Americans making anywhere from $50,000 to more than $100,000 per year have found themselves cut off from traditional credit due to past histories, but their money still spends. What’s being discovered is that this massive consumer segment is making the most of buy now, pay later (BNPL) installment credit. Providers and merchants have found that this group not only likes installments but also forms an affinity for brands and merchants offering them. READ MORE
I have learned that knowing the trends isn’t enough. You must also learn how to effectively use and apply them to your digital marketing efforts. While execution may seem a bit daunting, it doesn’t have to be. Here, I’ve broken down the latest trends and how to leverage them to help improve your brand. READ MORE
The pandemic didn’t miraculously disappear. When the clock struck midnight and marked the beginning of 2021, COVID-19 didn’t melt away like a fairytale princess’ party dress, alas, and we were all forced to stare down another year of fear. The good news is: We did it! The bad news is: Well, you know…we all know. So, let’s forget about that, just for a moment, and celebrate all of the actually good stuff that happened in 2021. READ MORE
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- TGA Urges Congress to Restart China Section 301 Tariff Exclusion Process (TGA)
- Travel Essentials for the COVID Era (TGA)
- Shipping Crisis Not Getting Better (TGA)
- Global Supply Chain Crisis Could Last Another Two Years, Warn Experts (THE GUARDIAN)
- Entering a Market Where There’s Little Demand for Your Product (HARVARD BUSINESS REVIEW)