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Thanksgiving Means Travel Readiness


TSA expects 27 million people to pass through security screening this Thanksgiving weekend. Some of us will be among them. All of them will rely on travel goods to help them to their destinations. This is one of our industry’s moments to shine, as family gathers in thanks and celebration. From all of us at TGA, we wish you the very best for this weekend, whether your travels are far afield or close to home. And we hope to see you when the industry gathers, at The Travel Goods Show from March 4-5, 2020 in New Orleans.

TGA Treats, Lucky Retailers Eat


Congratulations to Chris Ellis of Stein Mart in Jacksonville, FL, who won a $150 dinner for two from TGA at Emeril’s New Orleans. And to James Barnes of AAA Mid-Atlantic in Wilmington, DE, who scored a $50 certificate for world famous Cafe du Monde, home of hot beignets and coffee chicory since 1862. All they had to do was register to attend The 2020 Travel Goods Show. You could win big, too – just register now by clicking here and you could experience some of NOLA’s famous cuisine, on us.

Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB) Process to Mitigate Tariffs Closes December 10 – Travel Goods Petitions Filed, 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 Dec. 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 Jan. 1, 2021 for a period of three years. MTBs provide a great opportunity to mitigate tariffs. Already, 17 travel goods petitions have been filed on the MTB portal (registration required), including three luggage petitions. See slide deck/recording from TGA’s Nov. 13 webinar for more details on the MTB process and how to complete a petition.

No Good News Yet for Travel Goods from the China Tariff Exclusion Process


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 5,073 petitions – a mere 16.7% of all petitions two months after the September 30 deadline. Further, only 236 petitions have been approved to date, none for travel goods. 146 companies filed a combined 863 exclusion petitions on travel goods. To date, 94 of those petitions have been denied, only four of which covered luggage. That means only 11.2% 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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Providing a Unique Experience Is Retailers’ Holiday Strategy


As small and independent retailers begin the holiday shopping season, they’re finding ways to give shoppers a reason to spend with them, not at the big stores like Target, Walmart and not with Amazon and other online merchants. For many store owners, the answer is to give customers a unique experience, one that’s more personal and emotional than at the big boxes, and to provide services that outweigh the convenience of ordering from online sellers. The steps they take can be obvious, like offering special holiday merchandise, or they can be subtle, like changing signs in stores or the look of a website. READ MORE

Digital Marketing Tools We're Thankful for This Year


As we eagerly count down the last few days until Thanksgiving, the Industry Dive marketing team is practicing our own form of thanksgiving. Just like that one family member that forces you every year to go around the table and say what you're all thankful for, I asked our team to go around and share their favorite marketing tools. "What digital marketing tools are you most thankful for this year?" READ MORE

Chasing Amazon, Retailers Are in a Never-ending Arms Race


Retailers are trying everything they can to keep up with Amazon. Macy’s offers same-day delivery and in-store returns for online purchases. Black Friday deals are already starting at Kohl’s. And craft cocktails are served in the women’s shoe department at Nordstrom. But those victories may be short-lived because retailers are caught up in a seemingly never-ending race against Amazon. READ MORE


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Record-setting Air Travel Expected for Thanksgiving


Getting excited about gathering for America's most anticipated holiday meal? First, you have to get there. And with winter watches, warnings and advisories lined up from California to Michigan, many people may experience travel delays. A record 31.6 million passengers will travel on U.S. airlines during the Thanksgiving holiday period, according to a forecast by Airlines For America, an U.S. airline trade organization. That's up 3.7% from last year. READ MORE

5 Signs That Instantly Identify Someone with Good Leadership Skills


While the word "leadership" conveys hundreds of possible scenarios about what a leader is or does, I posit that the best leaders are people-centered; they aspire to lead by serving others first, and everything else follows to exceptional results. Here's my most recent list of what I feel makes a great servant leader and, in turn, how instantly identifiable they become in the eyes of their followers. READ MORE

3 Reasons to Not Do Your Holiday Shopping on Your Smartphone


Over a third of e-commerce sales this year are expected to be made on a smartphone, according to Adobe, a 20% increase from a year ago, and smartphones are expected to account for 47% of overall sales growth during the holiday season in 2019. But there are some serious downsides to shopping with a smartphone. Here are some reasons why consumers should avoid smartphone spending – or be smarter about how they do it. READ MORE

13 Jobs for People Who Want to Travel and Make a Difference in the World


In the days leading up to Thanksgiving, it can be easy to get consumed by meal planning and the intricacies of holiday travel, but Thanksgiving is about a lot more than fueling up with pumpkin pie for the Black Friday weekend ahead. It’s a day to gather with family and friends and take stock of all you have to be thankful for. And there’s no time like Thanksgiving to reflect on the past year and look forward to the year ahead – and that includes your career. READ MORE