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More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued


New “60-day” notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold luggage, duffel bags, wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2), and passport cases in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) or Diisononyl phthalate (DINP) 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.

Trump Talks Tough on Trade, But His Team Is Treading Lightly


President Trump has called the Trans-Pacific Partnership deal a “rape” of the U.S. He has scolded Germany for being “very bad” on trade because it runs a surplus. And in April he said that he was “psyched” to terminate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico, only to reverse course. Despite Mr. Trump’s incendiary talk, his top trade advisers are taking a more cautious approach to dealing with America’s trading partners. READ MORE


7 Ways AI Will Revolutionize Business Travel


AI and machine learning are already impacting many areas of business, such as marketing, as well as most industries, including retail. The travel industry in particular “is ripe for AI interventions,” says Param Singh, Associate Professor of Business Technologies at Carnegie Mellon University’s Tepper School of Business. From chatbots to robotic bellhops, here are seven ways AI could impact business travel in the months and years ahead. READ MORE

What Trump's Plan for Air Traffic Control Would Mean for Passengers


President Donald Trump laid out his vision for overhauling and privatizing the air traffic control system in a press conference Monday. The new plan would separate air traffic control from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in a reorganization that the Trump administration claims will improve safety and allow for quicker adoption of new technology. It is part of a larger plan, the White House says, to stimulate infrastructure across the country. READ MORE

It's Not Just Retail That's Changing. It's Us


Despite record highs in the markets, bad news about consumers has been relentless: malls are closing; consumers have accumulated too much debt; incomes are stagnant. None of this bodes well for future consumer spending and economic growth. This is the established narrative – fairly straightforward, based on well-understood data. Writer Barry Ritholtz also suspects it is wrong. READ MORE


Five Social Media Marketing Options for Businesses on a Tight Budget


Social media is powerful. According to the Pew Research Center, social media use blossomed from only 5% in 2005, to about 50% in 2005, and finally 69% today. It’s not just popular with individuals – businesses have taken to social media in every imaginable way possible. The best thing about using social media is that there are plenty of inexpensive marketing options for businesses on a tight budget. Here are five to get you started. READ MORE

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How to Keep Your Laptop Safe in Checked Luggage


While the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently decided not to expand a ban that restricts all electronics larger than a cell phone from entering the cabin on direct flights from certain Middle Eastern countries, the ban is not off the table for Europe and other regions around the world. If you’re traveling to one of the Middle Eastern airports already included in the order, or if you need to check a device in the future, here are some tips from experts for staying safe. READ MORE

Leadership Takes Self-Control. Here’s What We Know About It


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Your Face or Fingerprint Could Soon Replace Your Plane Ticket


Headed on a trip? You may soon be able to ditch your boarding pass in favor of your fingers or face. This week Delta announced a new biometric identification pilot program that will eventually let you use your fingerprints instead of a plane ticket. That followed a JetBlue announcement hours earlier that it is testing a program in Boston that will match pictures of customers’ faces with the passport database maintained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. READ MORE