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Travel Goods Are Everywhere


Travel products are sold everywhere – they're at office supply centers, drug stores, hardware emporiums, and of course department stores and specialty travel goods retailers. They're an everyday staple for a vast spectrum of retailers, and TGA is gearing up for a massive PR/advertising blitz to bring more of them to The Travel Goods Show. The 2019 edition will have an all-new look, a bright, fresh vibe, and a bigger, more diverse audience you'll want to reach. Take part – book space now. Contact Cathy Trecartin to be part of the all-new Show: 877-842-1938, x-702;

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Fact Check: Is Trump Right that China is Paying Billions in Tariffs?


President Trump is vowing that his latest round of tariffs will help win a trade war, adding that China is "now paying us billions of dollars in tariffs." China isn't paying the tariffs, however – the duties are paid by importers like Ford or Walmart that either swallow the cost or pass it along to consumers. In other words, it's often U.S. consumers who are footing the bill for tariffs. READ MORE

Retailers Could Ring Up More Than $1.1 Trillion in Holiday Sales, Topping Last Year


Retailers appear to have the odds in their favor this holiday season, with record-low unemployment across the U.S., strong consumer confidence and building sales momentum so far in 2018. Retail sales are expected to grow between 5% and 5.6% from a year ago, according to Deloitte's annual forecast for the holiday season, which was released earlier this week. READ MORE

5 Ways to Get More Bang for Your Social Media Buck


In today’s marketing landscape, social media seems like a no-brainer choice for your advertising dollars. With seven out of 10 Americans having social media accounts and often spending more than two hours per day scrolling through their feeds, social media marketing is simply the most efficient way to reach the largest amount of people. But that doesn’t mean your social media efforts are helping you meet your goals. READ MORE


Retail Innovation Alive and Well at 2018


Given the rapid pace of change in ecommerce, and the growing demand and expectations of always-on consumers, it’s no surprise that the sector is a hotbed of retail innovation, technology and investment. And a lot of it was on display at this year’s conference in Las Vegas. Here is a selection of the 36 companies rolling out retail innovation on display at this year’s READ MORE

People Don't Want to Work at Stores Like Target and Macy's, and It's Creating a Huge Problem for the Industry


The holiday season is creeping closer, but some of America's biggest retailers could find themselves understaffed. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 757,000 retail job openings across the U.S. in July, which is about 100,000 more than a year ago. The number of openings surpassed the number of hires from March through June for the first time in a decade, The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week. READ MORE

Management Tip: Calmness Counts


Too much intensity can wear employees down, while calmness is something employees can rarely get too much of. The more, the better. This makes good sense when you realize that, at its core, management is all about accomplishing work through others. Following are three reasons why calmness is a substantive managerial asset. READ MORE

This TSA-approved Travel Hack Will Let You Bring Your Favorite Drink Through Security


If you've flown on an airplane in the last decade or so, you've likely encountered the 3-1-1 rule: No liquids more than 3.4 ounces can pass through airport security. There are two exceptions to the rule – medications and infant or child nourishment. Other than that, you’re out of luck if you want to bring your favorite soda, coffee, or juice through security. Unless, that is, you follow this sneaky hack. READ MORE