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USTR Announces GSP Review of India and Indonesia


Last week, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced that it will soon review the eligibility of India, Indonesia, and Kazakhstan under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program. Information on the review will be set forth in an upcoming Federal Register notice. India is the 3rd largest supplier and Indonesia is the 10th largest supplier of travel goods to the U.S. The Trump administration had previously announced it would self-initiate a review of regions of the world on their compliance with GSP requirements. TGA will follow the review closely. As noted previously, Congress recently renewed GSP, after intense TGA lobbying, effective April 22. Because the program was renewed retroactively back to when it expired, January 1, 2018, companies that have been designating GSP for their import shipments will be eligible to receive duty refunds for the period between Jan. 1, 2018 and April 21, 2018. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has updated its GSP page and has previously provided detailed guidance for marking your shipments so that you are eligible for duty refunds.

Trump Appears to Have Changed His Mind About TPP – Again


The United States’ participation in the Trans-Pacific Partnership is a no go – again. After recently suggesting that he would consider rejoining the TPP – which came after he yanked the U.S. from the trade pact last year – President Donald Trump appears to have changed his mind once more. READ MORE

In an Era of Empowerment, More Trips for Women


The #MeToo movement inspired women around the world to speak up about issues of gender equality and female equality. Now the tourism industry is focusing on empowerment, with new tours and programs designed specifically for women travelers. READ MORE

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Will the New Standing-Up Airplane Seat Design Take Off?


Italian seat manufacturer Aviointeriors has come up with a design that allows passengers to stretch their legs as much as they want when they travel without any extra cost. The catch? The seats are so far upright that they'll be pretty much standing up. READ MORE

The 12 Best Water Bottles for Travel


Staying well hydrated is one of the most beneficial and cost-effective things you can do for your body, skin, and overall health. That said, we likely don’t have to tell you how bad single-use plastic bottles are for the environment, so instead, consider a reusable water bottle that not only stores your drink but also comes with practical features that come in handy while you travel. READ MORE

Social Media Marketing Is a Lot Tougher with Trust in Social Media Plunging


Consumers may have mostly ignored the details of privacy policies for years, but now that the negative consequences of those practices have hit people’s newsfeeds, consumer, investor and lawmaker confidence is eroding. The U.S. experienced the most extreme loss in trust ever measured from 2017 to 2018. As a marketer, what should you do? READ MORE


Retail as Entertainment: How Leading Brands Are Captivating Audiences


Traditionally, art appreciation has taken place in the museum or gallery settings, but these days it might be as easy as going shopping. As brick-and-mortar retailers struggle to stay relevant, the key to surviving (and thriving) will lie in providing value-added experiences consumers can't get online or anywhere else. READ MORE

Physical Retail Isn’t Dead: It’s Working with Tech to Be More Human-Focused


Statistical analyses of the growth of ecommerce almost always get coupled with a story surrounding the decline of physical retail, with a heavy focus on the closure of malls. These two things are undoubtedly linked, but experts often communicate this as a zero-sum game. This ignores a fundamental human truth: People now and into the future will continue to leave the house and shop in physical retail. In fact, over 70% of retail purchases are still through physical retail channels. Then why are people panicking? READ MORE

Why the Most Productive People Don’t Always Make the Best Managers


When a company needs a supervisor for a team, senior leaders often anoint the team’s most productive performer. And when they fail, they tend to leave the organization, costing the company double: Not only has the team lost its new manager, but it’s also lost the best individual contributor. And the failure can be personally costly for the new manager, causing them to doubt their skills, smarts, and future career path. Everyone loses. Why, then, do some fail while others succeed? READ MORE