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TGA Industry News Briefs
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Trump Administration Announces Initial China Tariff List


On Tuesday the Trump administration announced the initial list of U.S. imports from China on which it plans to impose 25% punitive duties. The proposed duties on $50 billion worth of U.S. imports from China are part of an ongoing investigation by the Trump administration Section 301 case into alleged intellectual property violations by China.

USTR has published the draft Federal Register with the list of products subject to the 301 tariffs:

Thanks to intensive lobbying by TGA and others, the initial list does NOT include any travel goods products. Our industry is not out of the woods yet. Tuesday's announcement starts a public comment period where the public can propose removing, or adding, products to the list. The Trump administration will also hold a public hearing on the proposed list on May 11. The Trump administration will then publish the final list sometime after the public hearing. That date has not yet been set.

TGA will keep members apprised as this situation develops. Please contact Nate Herman, TGA's Director of Government Relations, with any questions,, 202-853-9351.

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Retailers Race Against Amazon to Automate Stores


A global race to automate stores is underway among several of the world’s top retailers and small tech start-ups, which are motivated to shave labor costs and minimize shoppers’ frustrations, like waiting for cashiers. They are also trying to prevent Amazon from dominating the physical retail world as it does online shopping. READ MORE

Trends Retailers Should Be Prepared for This Year


2017 was transformative for the retail industry. Brands that have been household names for decades closed their doors or filed for bankruptcy at a time when pure play e-commerce newcomers entered into the fray and found immense value in opening up their own physical stores. As we hit mid-year, some of these factors will influence what we expect will become important retail trends in 2018 and beyond. READ MORE


Leaders Who Make Their Own Luck Do These 5 Things


Probably the best way to be a lucky leader is to position employees for luck. "The people in leadership positions have already made a lot of luck for themselves," says Marsh. If people below them have the same or better opportunities, the whole company benefits. Follow these practices to maximize your luck. READ MORE

Just Showing Your Boarding Pass Can Get You Discounts While Traveling. Here’s How


While you might not think twice about getting rid of your boarding pass after your next flight, keeping that piece of paper can be the key to savings. A few airlines offer savings on tourist attractions, restaurants, airport transfers, and free wine tasting to people who keep their boarding pass. Here are some of the airlines that offer deals to those who can present their boarding passes. READ MORE