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The 2011 Travel Goods Show is now almost a sellout, which means this might be your last opportunity to secure space at the world’s greatest travel goods showcase. Remember, space isn't reserved until your deposit is received. And once The Show sells out, it's sold out. Don't get left behind, download the application and send it in today. More

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Tell us: What's new in travel goods?
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As a TGA member, you're the most valuable part of the travel goods community. And you're probably one of the most informed. Help build a stronger, more in-tune TGA. Tell us about retailing trends, product trends or travel trends you're noticing. We’d especially like to know about new products and manufacturers you've discovered, particularly those that are off the beaten path or cruising under the radar. E-mail your cool finds to Cathy Trecartin,, and we'll help spread the word.

Import data for first eight months of year hints at slow recovery in certain travel goods categories, continued declines in others
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With the critical back-to-school shopping season behind us and the all-important holiday shopping season looming on the horizon, U.S. imports of some travel goods — travel and sports bags, flatgoods and backpacks — in the first eight months of 2010 showed signs of recovery, while U.S. imports of other travel goods categories — luggage, business and computer cases and handbags — during the first eight months of 2010 hinted at continued trouble ahead in the face of ongoing economic uncertainty. According to the latest import data, released Oct. 14 by the U.S. Department of Commerce, even where the data showed increases in certain categories, the data indicated a long road ahead to return to pre-recession levels. With an estimated 98% of all travel goods sold in the United States being imported, U.S. import data provides a good barometer of current and future U.S. travel goods sales. More

California Proposition 65 — phthalates in children's travel goods settlement filed
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In October, plaintiff attorney Anthony Held, Ph.D., P.E. reached a settlement with a defendant resolving allegations that the defendant sold "children's fashion accessories and bags containing children's apparel" in the State of California containing the phthalate DEHP in violation of California Proposition 65. The settlement mandates that the defendant not sell any products in the State of California unless the products are "DEHP free" (defined as containing concentrations less than 0.1%, which is equal to 1,000ppm (parts per million)). The defendant also agreed to pay $1,000 in civil penalties and $4,000 for Dr. Held's legal fees. Approval of the settlement is still pending. The settlement is the first announced settlement in over two dozen pending Prop 65 cases alleging the sale of travel goods and other fashion products in the State of California containing DEHP. 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 "citizen enforcers" to enforce the law. NGOs, other groups and even private California citizens can sue in California courts and collect part of the fines. For more information on Prop 65, please go to the Prop 65 page on the TGA website or contact TGA's Nate Herman at 703-797-9062. More

CPSC issues draft rulemaking on consumer product safety database
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The Consumer Product Safety Commission held a public meeting Oct. 20 to discuss the draft final rule on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act-mandated publicly available consumer product safety information database that will be implemented on March 2011 at While much of the database's requirements are statutorily mandated, the final rule expands on the statutory language to provide a more detailed regulation on how the database will function. The database will include reports of harm submitted by consumers, health care providers, government agencies, child care providers and public safety officials. More

Customs signs MOU with CPSC, EPA and other government agencies to enforce "import safety"
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U.S. Customs and Border Protection on Oct. 21 signed a memorandum of understanding with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies on import safety. Specifically, the agencies agreed to improve targeting and enforcement efforts on import safety through the Commercial Targeting and Analysis Center. More

Washington State seeks comments on new children's products chemical reporting rule
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The Washington State Department of Ecology has published a long awaited proposed rule to implement the chemical reporting requirements of Washington State's Children's Safe Product Act. Among other things the rule details how the Department of Ecology will determine which chemicals are to be classified as Chemicals of High Concern to Children and proscribes how companies should report CHCCs to the department when these chemicals are present in products. Comments on the proposed rule are due by Dec. 31, 2010. A hearing will be conducted in Olympia, Wash. on Dec. 9. TGA plans to comment on the proposed rules. More

European Parliament approves "made-in" requirement for travel goods sold in Europe, proposal now goes to EU member states for review
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The European Parliament on Oct. 21 approved a proposal that would require permanent "Made In" markings on all travel goods, apparel, footwear and other fashion products sold in Europe. The proposal now goes to the European Union's 27 member states for review and final approval. If approved by the EU member states, the proposal would require all travel goods imported to Europe to contain a permanent marking showing the country of origin. The proposal, however, has some major loopholes. First, the proposal does not require a country of origin label from any of the 27 countries that are members of the European Union. Second, the proposal does not require country of origin labeling for products made in Turkey, Norway, Switzerland, Iceland or Liechtenstein. Further, it remains unclear whether certain EU trade partner countries can be described as "regions" under the proposal. Finally, it remains unclear what criteria the European Commission would use to determine the country of origin of a product. The EU member states appear divided on the proposal. TGA has raised these concerns with the U.S. government. TGA will continue to closely monitor the situation going forward. More

3 airlines see quarterly profits
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Delta, American and US Airways posted profits for the third quarter, suggesting the U.S. airline industry could have its best three months since 2007. Driving profits: more business travelers, higher fares, fees for such services as checking bags, and airlines' commitment to holding down the number of seats they're making available. "These are three very solid beats, and it bodes well for the rest of the group," Michael Derchin, a CRT Capital Group analyst, told Bloomberg News. More

Flight survival guide: Tips to airplane comfort
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For many travelers, a long flight gone awry can immediately spoil the prospect of a pleasurable vacation or productive business trip. While nothing can guarantee sunny skies (figuratively speaking), here are a few tips on how to make even the longest of plane rides less stressful. From feeling great, to sleeping well, and looking good right off the plane — we have you covered. More

U.S. consumer confidence rose in October from 7-month low
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Confidence among U.S. consumers rose in October from a seven-month low as households turned less pessimistic on the outlook for the economic recovery. The Conference Board's sentiment index climbed to 50.2, exceeding the median forecast in a Bloomberg News survey, from a revised 48.6 in September, according to figures from the New York-based research group. Another report showed home price gains receded in August after a tax credit lapsed. More

Work from anywhere: 9 handy portable offices
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It doesn't matter how comfortable your bed usually is; it will become distressing the minute you try to prop yourself up into a work-accomplishing position. Same goes for airport terminals, most guest rooms, and outdoor parks in any season. Stop trying to locate your office supplies in your pillows. Instead, try out (or at least be inspired by) one of these nine nifty portable office solutions. More

Why you should put employees ahead of customers
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At first glance, Vineet Nayar's Employees First, Customers Second seems like one of those books that inspires eye rolling. Yet another paean in which executives warble, "You're our most important asset" in four-part harmony — until interrupted by a crash of cymbals and a falling stock. But it's not like that. More

The future of wired retail
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To keep up with the changing face of retail, companies must embrace the new shopper. Today's customers are more technologically savvy, knowledgeable, mobile, time-starved and financially challenged. They have embraced technology as it has become more user-friendly, including smart phones and mobile applications. They have become more knowledgeable through the use of technology by researching their purchases online, via social media with peers, and digitally as they are on-the-go with their phones. More

The 7 deadly assumptions of online marketing success
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It's not really enough to have a website. These days you must create a total Web presence, but you've also got to create strategy based on overall objectives. This is another way of saying unless your online activity ends in a sale you've failed in the game of online marketing. More

Top 10 holiday trends for 2010
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According to the National Retail Federation's first holiday survey, Americans plan to spend an average of $688.87 on holiday-related shopping, a slight rise from last year's $681.83. But those numbers just tell a fraction of the story. Here are some of the most interesting trends and nuggets to be found when digging through the full report of data, provided by NRF's partners at BIGresearch. More
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