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There’s plenty of lodging in NOLA, but the smart place to stay for The 2020 Travel Goods Show is at the official host hotels, where TGA has procured special discount rates of $159-$169 for standard rooms that are not available anywhere else. All three are within easy walking distance of the convention center, maximizing working time and sleep time – both vital and in short supply during The Show’s condensed two days. There are a limited number of discounted rooms available so book now, and know you’ll rest easy in the Big Easy.

Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Process to Mitigate Tariffs Closes December 10 – TGA Webinar Slide Deck / Recording


Through the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) process, Congress allows importers to petition for the temporary reduction or elimination of tariffs on U.S. imports of certain products as long as there is no U.S. production of the product. Petitions are due by December 10. The process ends with Congress voting on a final package of MTB provisions in fall 2020, with the temporary tariff reductions going into effect January 1, 2021 for a period of three years. MTBs provide a great opportunity to mitigate tariffs. See slide deck/recording from TGA’s November 13 Webinar for more details on the MTB process and how to complete a petition.

China Tariff Exclusion Process Moves Forward Slowly – Still No Relief for Travel Goods


The U.S. government's review of the 30,322 tariff exclusions requests for the 25% punitive tariffs on U.S. imports from China continues to move forward, albeit very slowly. The U.S. government to date has only reviewed 3,344 petitions – a mere 11.0% of all petitions six weeks after the September 30 deadline. Further, only 198 petitions have been approved to date, none for travel goods. 146 companies filed a combined 863 exclusion petitions on travel goods. To date, 85 of those petitions have been denied, only two of which covered luggage. That means only 9.8% of all travel goods petitions have been reviewed to date. TGA has urged the U.S. government to accelerate its review.

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Luggage Lowdown: How to Choose the Right Baggage for Your Trip


The journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single suitcase. The right luggage can help you travel more easily and efficiently. To choose a bag that suits your travel lifestyle, you’ll first want to answer some basic questions. Michele Marini Pittenger, president of the Travel Goods Association, shares a few items to consider when purchasing a suitcase. READ MORE


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How This Season’s Late Thanksgiving Impacts Retail Advertising


Retail and ecommerce technology companies are forecasting a strong holiday shopping season, except for one problem: the late Thanksgiving this year means there’s one fewer week in the prime shopping period between Black Friday and Christmas. But does it matter if there are fewer days for shopping sprees this year? READ MORE

Amazon Go, the Cashier-less Retail Store of the Future, Has Some New Competition


The cashier-less store concept popularized by the Amazon Go store – which Jeff Bezos’ company has major plans to expand across the U.S. – allows customers to pick up all of the items they need and then simply walk out the door. Skipping the checkout entirely, shoppers are sent a receipt of their purchases through the Amazon Go app (a necessity to enter) after leaving the store. While Amazon may be the biggest name in the market, it isn’t the only player. READ MORE

The AI Stack That’s Changing Retail Personalization


Consumer expectations are higher than ever as a new generation of shoppers look to shop for experiences rather than commodities. They expect instant and highly tailored (pun intended?) customer service and recommendations across any retail channel. READ MORE

Google Maps Says This is the Worst Time to Leave for Thanksgiving Travel


Traveling for the holidays can be a bit stressful. After all, some 48.5 million people took to the roads for a Thanksgiving road trip in 2018 according to AAA, with several million more taking to the air. However, Google Maps wants to have your back this season so you can focus on the joys of eating with your loved ones rather than freaking out over travel. READ MORE

This Interviewer Uses The ‘Nuclear Power’ Method to Test If Future Leaders Are Curious


For interviewing veteran John Ryan, he prefers to keep things simple. “I usually ask three whys on whatever question I ask,” Ryan, who is president and CEO of leadership development body, the Centre for Creative Leadership. That could range from “what are you reading?” to “what are your hobbies?” It’s a technique inspired by nuclear science, said Ryan, and it’s one designed to see if candidates have one of his most highly prized skills: Curiosity. READ MORE