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TGA Industry News Briefs
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Band Together and Thrive


Online competition, rising shipping costs, real estate fluctuations and other market forces make today's retail environment more challenging than ever – which is why you need to come to The International Travel Goods Show. Network with peers, compare notes over what works, pool your knowledge and band together – there's no reason to go it alone, repeating each other's mistakes. Learn from each other’s successes – come to Las Vegas February 27-March 1, talk shop with the smartest minds in retail, and harness some group energy to help build your success. Click here to register!

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued


New "60-day" notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold duffel bags, travel sets, sports pouches and bags, wallets, purses (Notice 1, Notice 2), handbags, outdoor bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5), smartphone cases, smartphone dry bags, smartphone charging sets, laptop skins, cosmetic bags, luggage tags, and umbrellas in California that contained 1,1-Dichloroethane, Bisphenol A (BPA), Diisononyl phthalate (DINP) and/or 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 of the notices 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.

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At Retail Trade Show, Technology Is the Star


The retail industry is doubling down on digital to keep its unexpectedly strong holiday performance from becoming a fluke. The floor of the National Retail Federation’s annual trade show in New York this week was crowded with alert systems primed to recognize heavy-spending customers, so-called smart shelves fitted with real-time inventory trackers and robots for every step of the supply chain. READ MORE

Build Product Excitement NOW


Thousands of new items are introduced on the exhibit floor, clamoring for retailers' attention. Make a statement with the Travel Goods Product Guide, one of the best ways to make your new item a standout before The Show opens – and after – with bonus distribution to TGA's extensive list of media contacts. The deadline for Product Guide submission has been extended until tomorrow – Friday, January 19 – so call or email now, and make sure your new-for-2018 items get in the spotlight. Contact Cathy Trecartin, 877-842-1938, x-702;, before this once-a-year opportunity is gone for another 12 months.


Can’t Remove the Lithium Battery from Your Smart Luggage? Consider It Grounded


Earlier this week, airlines including American, Alaska, Hawaiian, Delta, United and Southwest announced that they will no longer allow passengers to fly with smart bags that contain non-removable lithium batteries. “Luggage manufacturers are already responding to airlines’ safety concerns,” said Michele Marini Pittenger, president of the Travel Goods Association. “The recent attention surrounding lithium batteries will surely lead to action by manufacturers to make smart luggage as safe as possible.” READ MORE

Beware of International Travel Goods Show Scams


Beware of several illegal International Travel Goods Show solicitations that offer to reserve housing or sell you detailed contact information regarding attendees at The 2018 Show. These solicitations are not unlike those unauthorized attendee list offers and housing scams you may have received in the past, and unfortunately have become all too prevalent in the trade show industry. We advise marking these emails as "spam" since they are likely scams and have not been authorized by the Travel Goods Association (TGA). We have sent emails to the senders demanding that they immediately cease and desist from using the TGA attendee list to communicate with our exhibitors and buyers since the information they are using is proprietary and confidential to TGA and use without our permission is illegal and in violation of our rights. Additionally, we have stated that should they fail to comply with this demand we will pursue all available legal remedies.

Decline in U.S. Travel Spurs Business Push for Visitors


The United States is open for business. That’s the message a new industry group, the Visit U.S. Coalition, wants to send to other countries amid a decline in the number of international travelers coming to the U.S. The U.S. Travel Association is spearheading the effort, which centers on working with the Trump administration and getting agencies to collaborate on a common set of policies. READ MORE

U.S. State Department Rolls Out a New Travel Advisory System


Instead of the former travel advisory system, which issued "travel alerts" for short-term risks caused by discrete events like nationwide protests or epidemic outbreaks, and "travel warnings" for lingering concerns stemming from conflict or political instability, the State Department has implemented a tiered system that identifies the risk for every country in the world. READ MORE

Citing Fire Risk, Smart Luggage with Lithium Batteries Are Facing New Travel Restrictions


Starting on Monday, many airlines around the world began enforcing a new rule that forbids passengers from checking or carrying on "smart luggage" with non-removable lithium batteries. "Consumers can expect to see luggage manufacturers respond accordingly and release new iterations of smart luggage featuring even safer power sources," said Michele Marini Pittenger, president of the Travel Goods Association. READ MORE

Luggage You Can Ride Like a Go Kart – and Other Crazy New Travel Products You Need to Know About Now


Away was among the first startups to shake up the luggage industry in recent years, thanks to the mass appeal of its smartly and attractively designed rolling suitcases. As often happens with a breakout product, Away now has a crop of competitors – each with its own take on smart suitcases. They showed up in droves to try to steal the spotlight at the Consumer Electronics Show, the annual gadget fest in Las Vegas this week. Here are four of these startups that promise to make traveling with your standard rolling suitcase seem obsolete. READ MORE

Get Ahead: The Future of Social Media Marketing


"Social media has undoubtedly become a critical platform for marketers," said E.J. McGowan, vice president and managing director of Campaigner. According to a digital marketing forecast survey by Campaigner, 73% of digital marketers believe it was a top strategy in 2017. It's important to leverage these trends as they're occurring and to anticipate any new ones. Doing so will prepare your company for competitive marketing strategies and set you apart from other businesses. Here's what the future of social media marketing looks like. READ MORE

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