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TGA Industry News Briefs
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Don't Waste Your R&D Dollars


A great idea is worthless without great execution. And a terrific product won't make a dent in the marketplace if people don't know about it. The International Travel Goods Show is the industry's best new products showcase and marketing event, where the best, strongest retailers go to discover what's new. You've invested tens of thousands in product development – give those items the marketing platform they deserve, by displaying them at The Show. It's the smartest follow-through you can make on those R&D dollars. Book now, and save more than 30%. Contact Cathy Hays:, 877-842-1938, x-707.

Avoid Fake Product News


If all your product info comes from the Internet, you're not truly informed – it's the world's biggest source for misinformation. Google returns dozens of hits for “first self-weighing suitcase,” and only one can be true (and forget about the thousands of results for “world's lightest suitcase”). We hear it from retailers year after year: Attending The Show lets them see what's actually happening with new product, separating marketing hype from reality. If you're not there, it's a valuable advantage you're doing without. And it's free! Make plans to attend next year, March 26-28 in Las Vegas, and make your product decisions based on reality, not fake product news.

More California Proposition 65 Notices Issued


New "60-day" notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold totes (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6), backpacks (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6), travel kits, pet carriers, diaper bags, handbags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4), travel sets, charging pouches, accessory bags (Notice 1, Notice 2), laptop skins, wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3), luggage tags, dry bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5), umbrellas, and cosmetic cases (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6) in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP), Di-n-butyl phthalate (DBP), and/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 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.

Amazon's Options for Disrupting Online Travel: Try or Buy


Will it or won't it? The subject of Amazon’s potential to disrupt the travel industry is back in vogue once more. This time the focus has been on what the impact of any potential entry might be on online travel agencies, following the publication of a Morgan Stanley report. READ MORE

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Let Go and Lead: The Patterns That Sabotage Effective Leadership


When the leader of an organization isn’t operating at his peak, the company culture will feel the impact. This will eventually trickle down to the company’s clients, affecting their trust in the organization and its capacity to deliver. A leader’s mindset goes beyond telling people what to do. It’s exuding confidence so the team knows they will win, regardless of the circumstances. READ MORE

Air Travel Is Getting Better in 3 Big Ways


Air travel isn’t known as a people-pleasing industry, but it may not be as bad as you think. The U.S. airline industry improved overall in the past year, according to a study released Monday, bumping fewer passengers and losing less baggage. READ MORE

Americans Are Missing Out on $22 Billion in Free Travel


Jet-setting Americans are missing out on hundreds of dollars of free travel annually by failing to take advantage of one simple thing: travel-focused credit cards. Collectively, Americans leave $22 billion worth of free travel expenses on the table per year, NerdWallet found in its recent 2018 Travel Credit Card Survey. READ MORE


You Could Soon Be Able to Nap in the Cargo Holds of Planes


Long-haul flights are no picnic, unless of course you’re in first class in a lie-flat bed. For most of us, however, the cost of booking that luxury travel experience is well out of reach, but Airbus is hoping to change that with new “nap pods.” READ MORE

Location and Voice Technology Are the Future of Retail


Retailers, struggling to connect with their customers, have been testing new technologies to blend in-store and digital experiences. Interactive kiosks, mobile-friendly websites and transactional apps have become the norm. But shoppers are looking for deeper connections. If mobile is the glue connecting digital and physical retail, then location and voice technology are the bedrock of meaningful shopping experiences of the future. READ MORE

Back to Basics: How to Stop the Scroll for Social Media Advertising


It looks like the time is ripe for marketers to focus on the basics of advertising without losing their grip on creating and delivering hyper-personalized ads. Sprout Social suggests that marketers could break the mold by diving into data and letting consumers act on social ads. Here’s what Sprout Social found when they asked 1,000+ respondents about the “most engaging social ad content.” READ MORE

This Airline Is About to Shrink the Size of Carry-on Bags Allowed on Board


In a few months, Alaska Airlines passengers may have to downsize. The airline is decreasing the maximum dimensions allowed for carry-on baggage. Beginning June 4, passengers’ carry-on items must measure 22 x 14 x 9 inches (including wheels and handles). The change is a significant decrease from current measurements of 24 x 17 x 10 inches. READ MORE