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TGA Industry News Briefs

Retooling for COVID-19

Retailers are asking about travel goods manufacturers and distributors who can help them meet the need for COVID-19 masks and other protective gear. Manufacturers like YaY Novelty are stepping up. Read about founder Sunchea Phou’s Herculean effort to produce 300-400 masks daily, with her own two hands – part of an initial run of 50,000 masks, with the goal of making 1 million masks. Please notify TGA if you are manufacturing or distributing COVID-19 items, and we’ll add you to our list of retailer resources for email distribution and posting to TGA’s website. For more information, contact Cathy Trecartin, cat@travel-goods.org, 877-842-1938, x-702.

Last Call: Join the 28 CEOs Who Have Already Signed Industry Letter to President Trump

Join the 28 CEOs who have already signed the industry CEO letter to President Trump and Congress urging them to 1) fix the duty deferral so it helps our industry and 2) grant pending tariff exclusion petitions on travel goods under the Tranche 3 China 301 tariffs. The letter focuses on the unique nature of the industry and highlights the devastating impact this crisis has had on a small industry, mostly comprised of small businesses who depend on travel. If CEOs are interested, please send the following information to TGA's Nate Herman by this coming Monday, May 4, at Noon EDT.
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TGA Urges Congress to Act to Help the Industry in Next Stimulus Package

Yesterday, April 29, TGA sent a letter to Congress urging them to help the industry by including a variety of measures in the next stimulus package, including providing duty deferral, improving the Paycheck Protection Program and the Employee Retention Credit, and fixing business interruption insurance. Congress is expected to consider and approve another big stimulus package in May.

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What 60-Plus Global Fashion Groups Want Governments to Do Now


More than 60 apparel, footwear and textile groups around the world are urging governments to band together to mitigate the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. The Travel Goods Association along with 65 national and international industry organizations – including the American Apparel & Footwear Association, the Accessories Council, the Footwear Distributors and Retailers of America and Council of Fashion Designers of America – have penned a memo calling on political leaders, banks, stakeholders and supply chain partners to help address COVID-19-related disruptions in the retail sector. READ MORE

How Brick and Mortar Stores Can Quickly Implement Other Selling Strategies into Their Operations Amidst COVID-19


Your doors might be closed but your business is not. Learn how retailers are still out there crushing sales, amidst this ever-evolving 'new norm'. From the best social selling tips and delivery options to effective video must-do’s when creating an e-commerce store overnight, this session will inspire and offer creative solutions to ensure the right adaptations for your business. READ MORE

A Blueprint for Retail’s Return


With many retailers’ doors shuttered for nearly two months, the industry is starting to build its own strategy for reopening doors. With that in mind, the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) and National Retail Federation (NRF) on Monday announced “A Blueprint for Shopping Safe,” a plan to help guide a uniform reemergence of retail around the country. READ MORE


Three Reasons to Embrace SEO During the COVID-19 Crisis


For better or worse, much of the way that we interact with people has shifted from offline forms to online forms, at least for the moment. And that means that purely digital ways of reaching potential customers or members are more important than ever – which means that if your organization relies on search already, you could be seeing traffic benefits. READ MORE

Raising the Bar at Hotels


The hotel industry wants you to know that they’ll be ready for you the next time you need to stay for the night. This week, the American Hotel & Lodging Association announced “Safe Stay,” an endeavor that aims to strengthen cleaning and health standards for hotel guests and employees alike. AHLA says that it’s aiming to meet the high standards of a new normal. READ MORE

‘This is Not Okay’ – Sunday Was the Busiest Day for Air Travel in Weeks


Apparently, the skies are opening up again. But just barely. On March 1, almost 2.3 million travelers passed through TSA checkpoints, which was pretty much in line with the prior year. Now, with the coronavirus pandemic bringing air travel to a near standstill, the industry is wading through a 95% plunge in that figure since the start of the year. The good news for those with the travel bug: There’s been an uptick. READ MORE

What Will the Future of Travel Look Like? TPG Asked 16 Industry Experts


As the world waits out the COVID-19 crisis, there has been an unprecedented rupture in travel that reaches every corner of the globe and every part of the industry. We asked leaders in the hotel, cruise and airline spaces to share their thoughts on the future, including their predictions for when and how we’ll travel again. Our panel of travel experts also spoke about why they love to travel and how this passion will get everyone back out on the road, out to sea and up in the air. READ MORE

Digital Retail Shift Faces Growing Pains


Now that the digital shift is well underway, the attention turns to keeping the momentum going. New developments are focusing on supply chain, government activity and infrastructure to improve the customer experience as post-pandemic retail finds its legs. Several of those developments can help SMBs. According to the PYMNTS COVID-19 Tracker, “the question that many SMBs are pondering at the moment is whether they will – or can – put their personal fortunes, including their homes or investments, at risk in order to save their businesses, particularly since even the most confident of the SMBs we studied see a sevenfold gap between the amount of cash they can tap and the number of months it will take to return to business as usual.” READ MORE

3 Ways Strong Leaders Can Support Work-From-Home Employees


Though remote work has risen steadily in recent years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, full-time work from home is still a surprisingly new concept for more than two-thirds of Americans. And managing a staff virtually calls for a modified mindset, perhaps more than many leaders understand or appreciate, especially during a global pandemic. Here are three ways leaders can emotionally support employees during this difficult time. READ MORE