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Giving back
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One of the few silver linings revealed by the ongoing Gulf oil spill is the number of people who've been moved to step up and help. And that spirit of generosity isn't only limited to the Gulf; there are countless earthquake relief efforts underway in Haiti, flood relief work in the U.S. and elsewhere. Is your company joining the ranks of big hitters like General Electric and Carnival to aid Haitian relief? Or chipping in to save wildlife in the Gulf of Mexico? Are you involved in your local community, or doing something to make the world a better place? If so, we'd like to write about it for our Democracy in Action column in Travel Goods Showcase. Please contact Cathy Hays,, 877-842-1938 x-707. More

HADAKI is committed to protecting our homes and environment

of sales for the month of June will be donated to the Gulf Coast oil spill cleanup and wildlife rescue. We want to thank everyone who has already helped us. Learn More

Who's processing your cards?
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It's a fact: Banks like big accounts. Which is why being a TGA member is one of the smartest things you can do for your credit card processing. The TGA-sponsored merchant card processing program can really help your bottom line, with favorable rates and a wide range of transaction technology solutions available through our partner, Applied Merchant. Get a quote, and get in on the savings! Free rate analysis is available from our Applied Merchant partner Web page, or by calling 800-675-6573, x-6751. More

China vows to revalue its currency, but announcement might not be enough to forestall Congressional action
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The People's Bank of China (PBC), China’s central bank, announced June 19 (actual announcement, Q&A with PBC spokesperson) that China will move to a more flexible exchange rate for its currency, the RMB (Yuan). However, the announcement did not say when the new flexible exchange rate would go into effect or by how much the Chinese currency would be allowed to float. The announcement did say that China would NOT implement a one-time revaluation of its currency. Key members of Congress, including House Ways & Means Committee Chair Sandy Levin (D-MI) and Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY), immediately responded to the announcement by expressing disappointment that the Chinese did not actually announce a revaluation of their currency and expressed concern that the proposed gradual revaluation would not be enough to forestall Congressional action. More

An Innovative Way to Prevent and Relieve Neck & Shoulder Tension

You just got off a long plane flight, your neck aches and you hardly slept a wink. The Releaf neck rest relieves the weight of your head from your neck and shoulder muscles, allowing you to relax in comfort. MORE

More California Prop 65 notices issued
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The Center for Environmental Health (CEH) issued three more California Proposition 65 "60-day" notices on May 27, adding to the trend of increasing notices since the beginning of this year. The three new notices allege that CEH found lead in wallets, handbags, clutches and totes, belts and footwear sold in the State of California in violation of California Proposition 65 (Prop 65). The notices serve as intent to bring a lawsuit against the recipients alleging that the products sold in California contain certain chemicals in violation of Prop 65. There have been 43 "60-day" notices issued to over 200 manufacturers and retailers of travel goods and related products since the beginning of the year — 9 notices were issued in May alone. Proposition 65 is a California law that requires "warning labels" on ALL products (not just children's products) sold in California that contain lead, phthalates, cadmium and any one of 850 other chemicals that the State of California believes could cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. Prop 65 allows so-called "citizen enforcers" to enforce the law. NGOs, other groups and even private Californian citizens can sue in California courts and collect part of the fines. (Please click here to view a full list of the Prop 65 notices to date). For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA Web site or contact TGA's Nate Herman at 703-797-9062. More

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U.S. Senate approves formaldehyde legislation, would implement California CARB regulations nationwide
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The U.S. Senate on June 14 approved the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act (S.1660). The bill now moves to the U.S. House of Representatives for consideration, where the bill's fate remains uncertain. The legislation would make the current California Air Resources Board's (CARB) regulations on formaldehyde in wood and products using wood a national law. The legislation would require all manufacturers and distributors selling wood or particle board, or finished products containing wood or particle board, in the United States to certify, through a third-party lab, that the wood or particle board, or that the wood or particle board contained in a finished product, is formaldehyde-free. The California CARB regulations require manufacturers and distributors of finished goods sold in the State of California containing wood or particle board, after Dec. 31, 2010, to certify that the wood or particle board used in the finished goods are free of formaldehyde. Many travel goods, including luggage, use particle board or fiber board to provide structure to the product. More

Where the new Department of Transportation proposals fall short
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Overall, the new Department of Transportation consumer protection proposals represent a huge potential gain for air travelers and for consumers, generally. Industry insiders are already painting the new proposals as excessive and unnecessary — a development that shouldn't surprise you a bit. More

Airlines still at a loss when it comes to handling luggage
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If you're a human being breathing air, then you or someone you know has had luggage "misplaced" by an airline at some point in your existence. Though apparently baggage-loss statistics are down in 2010, they're still at an astoundingly high number. You might ask, how many bags are lost? Well, in 2009, according to the 2010 Air Transport Industry Baggage Report, airlines misplaced 25 million articles of luggage. In other words, imagine that every person in New York City woke up one day to find that their luggage had been misplaced. More

Baggage services now catering to budget travelers
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Baggage is a hot commodity. Long gone are the days when you could show up for a vacation with two suitcases in tow and check them for free. Last year, the airlines made $7.8 billion in fees, a good portion of that revenue coming from checked bags. In short, they're here to stay. The big secret? Believe it or not, you now may be able to get a better deal by shipping your bags ahead of you. More

As web sales grow, so should spending on technology, report says
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It's no surprise to most in the retail industry that the Web is where the growth is. But new figures from Goldman Sachs Group Inc., the global financial services firm, estimate that the growth will be staggering over the next decade — and that e-retailers will be investing heavily in technology to keep up with demand. E-retail will grow at five times the rate of traditional retail and its year-over-year dollar increase will overtake offline retail by 2020, Goldman Sachs predicts. More

How to save your brand on Twitter
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It's not really that uncommon. You head to your favorite social networking site, read what people are saying, and you stumble across that one tweet or status update that makes you wince a little bit. You have a reaction because the content they're putting out, well, it doesn't do much to show their company in a positive light. More

The 20 most important questions in business
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Entrepreneurs can't completely inoculate their businesses from the vagaries of the market. What they can do is wrestle with the fundamental questions that govern the fate of any enterprise. We've done our best to compile the 20 most important ones. Digging for those answers is a grueling exercise. The real challenge, though, is to keep digging. As businesses grow, new opportunities and threats emerge, and yesterday's answers probably won't suffice. More

The power of word-of-mouth — and how to harness it
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Word-of-mouth marketing is hands-down the easiest way to promote and market a business. Simply put, word-of-mouth marketing happens when you have a good product or good service, and your customers tell everyone they know about it. As the word spreads, your customer base grows. So how do you get started? More
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