The 2011 Travel Goods Show: Customized for you
There's already a lot of excitement building for The 2011 Travel Goods Show, when we co-locate with the International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago. Space is selling fast, and once it's gone it's gone.
The Travel Goods Show is designed around you. It doesn't take a lot to make a big impression – booth space starts at just 10'x10', and you can scale it up from there to suit your needs. The options are unlimited.
What isn't unlimited, however, is the total space available. This is sure to be a big year as housewares buyers seeking to capitalize on everyday travel items like wallets, purses, laptop carriers and the like descend on The Travel Goods Show. Space will sell out. Don't get shut out, contact Cathy Hays and book your space today! More
TGA Member Benefit: New UPS shipping discounts - 64% off!
Overwhelming support for TGA's shipping program means bigger savings for members. Participating TGA members will now enjoy a 64 percent discount with UPS Freight, a big step up from the previous 55 percent discount rate. And this new discount applies to inbound and outbound freight, meaning shipments you send and receive, which can have a big impact on your bottom line.
The increased UPS Freight discount is just one option in TGA's Discount Shipping Program, which also includes FedEx Express, FedEx Ground, FedEx Home Delivery and YRC. In other words, we've got your small package and LTL freight shipping needs covered. Click here for a list of discounts, and see how much you'll save.
This is a free program with no minimums. The increased discount takes effect immediately for TGA members already enrolled in the program. If you're not enrolled, now's the time — and you can get on board with a mouse-click right here. For questions, or more details, contact TGA's shipping partner, PartnerShip at 800-599-2902, or drop an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. More
California Prop 65 settlement on "fashion accessories" announced
The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and dozens of brands and retailers on April 8 submitted a consent agreement to the court to settle a range of cases under California Proposition 65. The consent agreement settles allegations by CEH that dozens of brands and retailers sold "fashion accessories" (totes, handbags, purses, clutches, wallets, footwear and belts) in California that contained lead in violation of Prop 65. The settlement, which only applies to the parties to the settlement, requires that all future sales, in California, of the subject "fashion accessories" by the covered brands and retailers meet certain prescribed lead limits. The settlement also includes an "opt-in" provision to allow other companies to join the settlement. Please join TGA for a FREE webinar today, April 14, at 3PM Eastern time to learn more about this Prop 65 settlement as well as what you can do to protect yourself under Prop 65. More
China — U.S. currency manipulation report delayed as China strikes more conciliatory stance
U.S. Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner announced on April 3 that the U.S. government will delay the publication of its semi-annual report on currency manipulators to give more time for the United States and China to find an alternative solution to the issue. The report was originally due April 15. The announcement comes amid growing signs that China might be willing to re-value its currency. The decision to delay the report's April 15 publication seems at least in part motivated by a visit to Washington, DC last week by Chinese President Hu Jintao for a global nuclear security summit. President Barack Obama and Hu met on the sidelines of the summit to discuss a range of issues, including currency, but the talks did not result in any announcements. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is still faced with a related decision due this summer on whether to allow currency manipulation to be considered a subsidy under U.S. trade remedy law as part of the ongoing anti-dumping (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) cases against U.S. imports of coated paper from China. More
May 5-7: AAFA international sourcing, customs & logistics integration conference
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Please join AAFA May 5-7 in Miami Beach, FL for AAFA's 8th annual International Sourcing, Customs & Logistics Integration Conference. With the theme "What A Difference A Year Makes," this year's conference will highlight key and emerging issues currently facing U.S. brands and their suppliers. Industry experts will share the critical knowledge necessary to move the industry forward after a tough 2009. Key agenda items and themes include trade and sourcing alternatives, sustainability, product safety, customs, social compliance and global logistics. Keynotes will be delivered by Rick Darling, President Li & Fung USA, and George Feldenkreis, Chairman & CEO, Perry Ellis International. Other speakers include executives from Anvil Knitwear, Columbia Sportswear, Elcatex, Hanesbrands, Luen Thai, Miami Port Authority, Oxford Industries, PacSun, Phillips-Van Heusen, PIERS, Sandler & Travis, VF Corp., Wings Logistics & WRAP. More
All aboard! Train travel grows in popularity in U.S.
During much of the history of the United States, train travel was the primary means of long-distance overland routes. With the invention of the airplane, train travel suffered a rapid decline. However, in the 21st century, Americans have begun to rediscover train travel. Between May 2007 and May 2008, Amtrak, the nationally subsidized railway system in the United States, had a 15 percent increase in ridership for long-distance routes and a 14 percent increase in ridership for short-distance routes. More
Airport Check-in: Apple iPad can stay stashed at security
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As if Apple's iPad needs more endorsers. In a break that gadget-loving road warriors will welcome, the Transportation Security Administration clarified in its blog last week that the new, slim computer wouldn't have to be removed from carry-on baggage by travelers at security checkpoints. More
New York Senator Schumer calls for carry-on bag fee legislation
Senator Charles Schumer said he would introduce legislation that would prevent airlines from charging a fee for carry-on bags. Schumer, a New York Democrat, said he would press the Treasury Department to issue an administrative rule that would define carry-on bags as a "reasonable necessity" to prevent airlines from imposing such charges, calling them a "slap in the face to travelers." More
Undercover Boss Chris McCann shares insights, lessons learned
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Somewhere between Valentine's Day and the height of the Spring floral season wouldn't be best the time to dabble in flower arranging if it wasn't something that came naturally. But that's where 1-800Flowers.com President Chris McCann found himself when he agreed to participate in CBS' "Undercover Boss." In this interview, he reveals the retail insights he gained from the experience. More
Study: Flying went smoother for passengers in 2009
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Some things did go right for airline passengers last year: Planes were more likely to land on time and bags less likely to get lost. As a result, passengers reported fewer complaints in 2009 even while cash-strapped airlines reduced flight schedules and charged for everything from bags and pillows to prime spots in boarding lines. One cloud in the otherwise friendly skies was a slight increase in denied boardings, mostly bumpings due to overbooking. More
Consumers will buy or research online half of purchases by 2014, Forrester says
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The web accounts for billions in retail sales and, as numerous studies have shown, affects consumers as they make purchases in stores. Now Forrester Research predicts as online retail sales grow by 10 percent a year for the next five years, the web will influence 53 percent of all U.S. retail sales by 2014. More
Is shipping cheaper than airline bag fees?
Luggage fees have some exasperated airline passengers wondering whether shipping bags would be cheaper than paying for them to fly on the same flight. Unless you have overweight or oversized luggage you're planning to ship days in advance, the answer is usually no. Still, some shipping companies report that more Americans are opting for the convenience of leaving the lugging to someone else. More
Budget saving travel tips
Anne McAlpin, author of Pack It Up, recently returned from The 2010 Travel Goods Show with some new travel accessories to share with KATU-TV viewers. She also demonstrated how common household items can also be used to enhance your travels. More