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CONTENTS FALL 2014 | VOL. 39 NO. 3

ON THE COVER
TASK MASTERS
New Gear Takes on the Universe of Business Travel

The slim-profile HEX Convertible Laptop Briefcase is a clean, modern-style briefcase that can quickly convert to a street-ready laptop backpack. The bag is fully featured with interior padded and fleece-lined 15" laptop slot, plus assorted interior and exterior tablet and gear pockets; MSRP $109.95. The TRIBECCA, a 20" mobile office from Traveler's Choice, sports a quick-access, front zippered pocket with integrated top-load pockets for a 13" laptop and a tablet and a fully functional organizer for electronics or any last-minute items. This hardside spinner upright also features a built-in TSA combination lock and clam shell opening. MSRP $299.99.

Credits
Photographer: Kerry Pittenger
Location: Emerald Windows Showroom/Office, Philadelphia, PA
Special thanks to James Cho


FEATURES


Take Your Show to 11 [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Tips for maximizing your trade show experience to give your business real impact, including how to spot future best sellers; adding a new product assortment…without bringing in a new product assortment; make yourself heard by manufacturers so you get what you want; and more smart advice garnered from industry exhibitors and retailers. BY SARA ECCLESINE


Task Masters [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Our big photo feature on modern-day business gear that keeps you organized, safeguards your data, elevates your personal style ante and helps get you where you need to go.
BY KATHY WITT, PHOTOGRAPHS BY KERRY PITTENGER


Accessories [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
It's the little things that can make a big difference to consumers — and to your retail mix. We explore what's new, from electronic device support to items that boost business productivity; personal organizers to personal hygiene and security; overseas connectivity and lots more. BY KATHY WITT


Rejuvenation [GO TO STORY]
Refreshing your retail operation is smart business — and absolutely vital for keeping up with consumer expectations and a shifting marketplace. But there's more than one winning formula for a retail reboot. We explore three very different retail overhauls to learn what makes them succeed. BY GARRETT LAI


COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS

Editor's Note "Change for the Better" BY MICHELE MARINI PITTENGER

Travel Bits Hilton's plans for booking, check-in and check-out — with zero human contact; 60+ mph on a rubber raft at the world's tallest water slide; the best bargain hotels; volunteering at the grassroots level; the Ten Most Beautiful Restaurants in the World; stargazing with augmented reality and more fun travel snippets. [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]

News & Notes Swords, grenades, guns and other frightening-but-fun highlights from TSA's buzzworthy Instagram feed; Boeing's new, bigger overhead bins will spark carry-on joy; holding travel agencies to the 24-hour rule; two- and three-in-one hotels as the new trend; smart luggage…from AT&T?; class-action status sought for lost luggage, and more. [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]

TGA News Briefs Big voter turnout elects a new TGA Board of Directors; protecting the industry by getting savvy about global supply chains; good public works by member companies Eagle Creek, Psi Bands, Lojel and Royce Leather; plus a roster of new TGA members and some up-close member profiles. [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]

Industry Buzz People, product, and moving. [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]

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