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The Show Issue of Travel Goods Showcase is being assembled right now, and there’s still time to get on board. The industry’s biggest trade magazine hits mailboxes two weeks before The Travel Goods Show, with bonus distribution at The Show itself, making it one of the best ad buys in travel gear. Good placements are still available, but going fast. Reserve space now – contact Cathy Trecartin, cat@travel-goods.org, 877-842-1938, x-702 – and show off your latest items before The Show and drive traffic to your booth.

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Trump Signs China Trade Deal, Putting Economic Conflict on Pause


President Trump signed an initial trade deal with China on Wednesday, bringing the first chapter of a protracted and economically damaging fight with the world’s second-largest economy to a close. The pact is intended to open Chinese markets to more American companies, increase farm and energy exports, and provide greater protection for American technology and trade secrets. China has committed to purchasing an additional $200 billion worth of American goods and services by 2021 and is expected to ease some of the tariffs it has placed on American products. READ MORE

The Comeback of the Brick-and-mortar Store


Retail may be on a store closure tear but it's clear from several analysts and executives speaking at the National Retail Federation Big Show that the key to the industry's future success is found in brick and mortar. READ MORE

Hackers Cripple Airport Currency Exchanges, Seeking $6 Million Ransom


The numbers that usually glow with exchange rates on Travelex boards in airports worldwide have gone dark, after the London-based currency exchange company was forced to go offline after it discovered a ransomware attack on Dec. 31. The disruption has also affected banks like Barclays, Royal Bank of Scotland and HSBC, which have been unable to fulfill foreign currency orders for their customers. READ MORE


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Meet 10 Startups Reshaping the Retail Industry in 2020


This week the retail world is convening in New York City for the industry’s largest gathering at NRF 2020 Vision: Retail’s Big Show. The Innovation Lab at NRF 2020 features more than 50 emerging tech companies in AI, AR, machine learning, facial recognition, data analytics and robotics. Improving consumer choice and convenience are driving the tech startups featured in this year’s lab. Here’s a quick look at how they’re doing it. READ MORE

As Social Media Evolves, Do Marketers Need to Jump on New Platforms Like TikTok?


Even though social media as a whole is still relatively new, that has not stopped people from being drawn to shiny new platforms and features, whether that’s been TikTok, Vine, Boomerang, the dog filter on Snapchat, etc. But just because something catches fire does not mean that its flame will continue to burn, nor does it mean that it’s applicable to every marketer. READ MORE

How to Manage an Employee with Depression


A recent report by Blue Cross Blue Shield found that depression diagnoses are rising at a faster rate for millennials and teens than for any other generation. All told, the disorder is estimated to cost $44 billion a year in lost productivity in the U.S. alone. Yet despite this enormous and growing toll, many employers take an ad hoc approach to handling depression among employees. READ MORE

25 Ways to Save on Travel in 2020


With a new year on our hands, many are making a commitment to save more money. Even though you're aiming to be more budget-minded, that doesn't mean you can't travel. We've gathered the best travel savings advice for 2020 so you can explore the world without breaking the bank. READ MORE

How Can You Spot Great Leaders? They Do Any of These 5 Things Daily


As a company sets out to grow and scale, it must enact strategies that will bring in new employees while still caring for the current ones. One of those successful strategies? Prioritizing a culture of "meaningful work." Lynn Herrick, chief operating officer at GreatCall, a connected health company for active aging, shared five steps to grow your company with intention and purpose. READ MORE