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More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued


New "60-day" notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold book bags, luggage tags, purses, and cooler bags in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring lawsuits against the recipients that sold these products. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA's Nate Herman, 202-853-9351.

House GOP Not Sold on Ryan’s Tax Reform Plan


The Hill has been tracking House Republicans’ positions on the border-adjustment tax for the last several months based on interviews with lawmakers and their aides, as well as comments made to other media outlets. Of the more than 50 GOP House members whose stances The Hill has learned, only about 15 appear supportive, while more than three dozen have either raised concerns about the provision or said they do not yet have a position. READ MORE


Fashion’s Move to Immediacy Has Resulted in a Shipping Race


Many fashion retailers have started offering one-day delivery. In fact, some are guaranteeing shoppers purchases on their doorstep within an hour. A handful are providing the service for free. The faster delivery times are no doubt a response to more shoppers buying online. Retailers are competing for their business, and as time goes on, they’re getting more competitive. READ MORE

It's Been a Trip to $31 Billion. Now Airbnb Wants to Remake the Entire Travel Industry


Airbnb is unusual among privately held start-ups in that it's already profitable. The No. 1 company on the 2017 CNBC Disruptor 50 list has reportedly said it can reach $3 billion in profit by 2020. It was valued at $31 billion last year, meaning that only Marriott's $39 billion valuation is greater in the lodging industry. But after forcing the biggest changes in travel since Priceline and Expedia, it's running out of easy room to grow against the lodging companies. To keep up its rapid growth, Airbnb needs to upend the entire travel experience. READ MORE

How to Keep Your Valuables Safe on Vacation


Did you know that you may be more susceptible to having your valuables, such as watches and cellphones, stolen when you’re on vacation? “So many things are new on a vacation, and while you’re taking it all in, your guard drops a bit, leaving you vulnerable to theft,” said Matt Dumpert, a senior director at Kroll, a security consulting company based in New York. READ MORE


Industry Braces for an Expanded Laptop Ban


The travel industry last week called for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to explain the rationale behind a possible expansion of the current laptop and electronics ban in carry-ons aboard flights from Europe to the U.S., a move that is expected to have an outsize impact on corporate travel. READ MORE

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Are You Following a Leader Who Earned Power or Snatched It?


There's a difference between a leader imposing his or her will and a leader earning influence as a way to gain power, and we confuse the two. If you want to become a leader, or keep your self-respect in following a leader, look for these 10 characteristics of leadership through earned influence. READ MORE

This Secretive Dealmaker Bets Wall Street Is Wrong on Retail


At a time when it’s almost impossible to find anyone willing to take a chance on America’s ailing retailers, Stefan Kaluzny is all in. Like many in the world of leveraged buyouts, he’s made a killing doing the kinds of deals that have left scores of retailers buckling under their own debt. But what truly sets Kaluzny apart is the belief he can turn them around. READ MORE

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Investing in Tech to Tackle an Awful Annoyance: Lost Luggage


The airline industry says its rate of mishandled baggage is lower than ever. In fact, earlier this month, the air transport technology company SITA said the rate of mishandled bags worldwide was 5.73 per thousand last year, down more than 12% from 2015 and the lowest ever recorded. SITA attributed much of the reduction to investments by airlines and airports in technology improvements. READ MORE

Delta to Test Facial-Recognition Tech on New Self-Service Bag Drop


A new-age technology that would identify passengers by scanning their faces is set for a test this summer at a major U.S. airport. Delta will use facial-recognition technology as it tests new self-service bag drop stations at its second-busiest hub in Minnesota. The face-scanning station, which Delta says would be the first biometric-based bag drop system in the U.S., would attempt to verify fliers’ identities by matching faces to their passport photos when they check bags at the self-service belt. READ MORE