There's nothing more freeing than travel, so it's appropriate this Independence Day holiday set new records for travel volume. This is one of those times our industry gets to shine – and we did, helping millions of people journey by air, highways and more. Another time for us to shine? The International Travel Goods Show, March 26-28, 2019, when the best retailers in travel gather to see the year's new crop of travel enhancers and packing aids. It pays to plan ahead in travel, and it pays to plan ahead for The Show. Book your exhibit space now, and put your newest items on show in front of retail buyers with real bottom-line influence. Contact Cathy Hays, firstname.lastname@example.org, 877-842-1938, x-707 today.
New "60-day" notices have been issued alleging that brands and retailers sold totes, handbags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5, Notice 6, Notice 7, Notice 8, Notice 9, Notice 10, Notice 11), travel pillows, travel kits/cases (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3), travel bags (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4), luggage tags, planners, accessory bags, wallets (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5), waterproof phone bags (Notice 1, Notice 2), backpacks (Notice 1, Notice 2, Notice 3, Notice 4, Notice 5), swimsuit sacks, and luggage tag sewing kits in California that contained di (2-ethylhexyl) phthalate (DEHP) 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, email@example.com, 202-853-9351.
The U.S. is planning to slap $34 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods starting July 6, and China has pledged to respond with retaliatory tariffs of the same amount. READ MORE
This year, July 4th fell on a Wednesday, meaning that many people took the entire week off. For those who can’t be gone the entire week, the days after the holiday will likely be the heaviest in terms of traffic. TSA has projected that 28.3 million passengers will fly from June 28-July 9. READ MORE
There were a record number of store closings in 2017. But in that same year low-price and premium retailers saw strong sales. So is the hype about the retail apocalypse overblown? CNNMoney's Paul R. La Monica explains why the industry isn't struggling as much as you think. READ MORE
A reader posed the question, “I do not have a passport for myself or my son, but am planning on visiting New Hampshire and Maine this summer. With the news about Border Patrol conducting roadblocks up to 100 miles from the border, do you have any suggestions on how to deal with this, even though we are not leaving the country?” READ MORE
Online subscription services have disrupted traditional retail for the past few years, peeling off billions of dollars previously captured by conventional retailers. That said, these services represent a large niche in which most players have yet to achieve profitability, and they are now facing disruptions of their own. READ MORE
Two out of three employees aren't engaged at work. This is an absolutely startling statistic because it means that, at most, only one-third of the workforce is living up to their full potential! According to Gallup, disengaged employees cost the American workplace between $483-$605 billion each year in lost productivity. READ MORE
The digital currency system Bitcoin is just one application of blockchain technology. And while it garners much attention, future retail applications are almost certain, according to Marshall Cohen, chief retail advisor at industry tracking firm The NPD Group. READ MORE
Niche industries like craft beer and outdoor retail face a unique social media challenge: They have very specific goods and services to promote to a small audience. Accordingly, niche industries need to speak their audience's specific language and deliver the exactly right content, or they risk losing their valued, loyal customers to a competitor. Let's look at four successful social media marketing campaigns in niche industries and see what you can learn from them. READ MORE
Plane travel for scientific research or any other reason is a personal choice carved out of an arithmetic of time, convenience, and expense. Can departmental policies nudge researchers towards lower-carbon modes of travel without harming a university’s global research reputation? READ MORE
Hotels largely stood by as home sharing companies like Airbnb began offering travelers a chance to bypass a standardized hotel room and, instead, live like a local. But hotels are no longer standing by. READ MORE
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