Travel goods companies get down to business
It's March - and as you read this the world's leading travel goods companies are gathered at The Travel Goods Show, showing off their latest and greatest before the best travel goods retailers and distributors. If you're reading this in Las Vegas, chances are you've already been on the floor to see the world's best innovators, the latest new luggage and accessories.
As usual, the New Products Pavilion has been a tremendous draw as buyers and the media look for that "must-have" product for the coming season - the one travelers will be clamoring for – and cast a vote for their favorite new travel item.
If you're missing out this year, be sure to check out our full Show coverage in the next issue of Travel Goods Showcase, which will include dispatches from the Show floor, as well as coverage of TGA's award winners including the Product Innovation Award, the Buzz Award, the TGA Award and others.
And do make plans to attend next year's event in Chicago March 6-8 when The Travel Goods Show co-locates with the International Home + Housewares Show. More
New gear for multi-tasking travelers
Tight travel budget got you down? The makers of luggage and travel accessories feel your pain. Consider many of the new products at this year's Travel Goods Association (TGA) show, opening today in Las Vegas. Instead of touting designer names and luxury logos, manufacturers are emphasizing affordability and the specific needs of individual travelers.
"Travel is a multi-segmented market," says Michele Marini Pittenger, TGA president, "and each type puts different demands on travelers. So it only follows that we're seeing more and more accessories targeting specific types of travelers." More
Taking sales training to the next level: TGSCP 2.0
TGA's successful Travel Goods Specialist Certificate Program has been revised, streamlined and updated for 2010. TGSCP 2.0 launched at The Show, and we're already hearing terrific feedback from retailers who caught a glimpse of the new online training module at TGA's booth, which incorporates new security regulations and airline luggage policies.
In times like these, retailers need every advantage. And TGSCP 2.0 gives your sales team the edge with specific product knowledge that helps demystify travel for your customers, and helps you build a customer relationship by making their travel easier and more enjoyable.
Sign your staff up, and give them the knowledge to provide better customer service and build those sales! Contact Cathy Trecartin at email@example.com; 609-720-1200, x-202. More
Join in, sign up, build up
The Travel Goods Association is the world's largest trade association dedicated to travel goods. We're your voice in Washington D.C. when it comes to pending legislation. We're your business partner when it comes to media awareness of the travel goods market, staff training, and helping provide good backend support with member-benefit shipping rates, insurance and other business needs.
Make yourself heard, join up, and reap the rewards of being part of this vibrant, innovative industry. We're in this together, let TGA help you while you help your industry stand up and be counted. Visit http://travel-goods.org/membership/ for more information. More
How can you comply with California Prop 65? TGA provides an option
Over 100 travel goods brands and retailers have been served "60-day" notices just since the beginning of 2009 alleging that products they have sold in California containing certain chemicals are in violation of a California law known as Proposition 65. (Please click here to view a full list of the Prop 65 notices to date). Prop 65 covers over 850 chemicals, and the list grows every year. As a travel goods company it would be practically impossible, and prohibitively expensive, to create a testing regimen to ensure that none of your products contain any one of these 850 chemicals.
So, how can you comply? You can put warning labels on your products. TGA has worked closely with Prop 65 legal experts to develop a series of sample hangtags and labels that TGA members can use as the basis for labeling their products. For more information on Prop 65 warning labels and to access the samples, please go to TGA's website. For those of you in the travel accessories business, the American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA) has developed "shoe box" label samples which may be more appropriate for your product. Finally, TGA has developed separate guidance for travel goods retail stores in California or those who sell travel goods through their own catalogs or their own websites. More
New product-based chemical content disclosure law introduced in California
California State Senator Joe Simitian, D-Palo Alto, introduced SB 928 on Feb. 1. If approved by the California General Assembly, the legislation would require a manufacturer or a wholesaler of travel goods sold in the state of California to list all substances that are present in the product in quantities greater than 0.1 percent. The law requires the list to then be placed on the manufacturer's or wholesaler's website. While this bill has just been introduced, many believe that there is a good chance that some form of this legislation will eventually be approved by the California General Assembly. More
Congress approves TGA-supported Travel Promotion Act
The U.S. Senate approved the TGA-supported Travel Promotion Act on Feb. 25 by a vote of 78-18. President Barack Obama is expected to sign the legislation into law shortly. The Travel Promotion Act, which was included as part of a larger piece of legislation, the Capitol Police Administrative Technical Corrections Act of 2009, establishes a public-private partnership to promote the United States as a premier international travel destination and to communicate U.S. security and entry policies to international travelers. More
Opinion: Retailers, take back your shelves
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Over the past generation, stores lost their individuality, becoming homogenous and undifferentiated in their product assortment, price, and promotional offers. Virtually nothing was left to define one retailer from its competitor across the street; it was said that you could drop a customer into virtually any major supermarket and she wouldn't be able to tell which one she was in. Even more telling was the fact that it probably wouldn't matter to the shopper, because it all looked and felt the same. More
United Airlines to add 25 Dreamliners to fleet
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United Airlines has just confirmed that 25 new Dreamliners will be added to its fleet in a new deal estimated to be worth around $4.2 billion at average list prices. In a joint statement, United Airlines and Boeing said the new order for 25 Boeing 787-800 aircraft also includes options for a further 50, and signals the first United order for new aircraft in 11 years. More
Five ways pocket video betters business
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The proliferation of video across the Internet includes a multitude of business applications. Nimble, pocket-sized video cameras such as the Flip and the Kodak Zi line, coupled with consumer expectations about online video quality, are changing the ability of small businesses to compete with far larger companies, says author and analyst Scott Steinberg, who publishes the gadget/tech website DigitalTrends.com. "This is a potential game-changer." More
Amadeus reveals online secret: Niche travel
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The secret to online success is niche travel, Amadeus says in "Niches Great and Small," a section of Amadeus' report The Amateur-Expert Traveler. The free downloadable report looks at the possibilities for travel agencies to build more customer loyalty by catering to specific interests. More