TGA Announces Product Innovation, Community Service and TGA Award Winners at The 2012 Travel Goods Show
Las Vegas, NV — On March 7 and 8, 2012, winners were announced at The Travel Goods Association's Travel Goods Show, honoring standouts in product design, community leadership and industry achievement.
PRODUCT INNOVATION AWARDS
First place went to Trunk & Trolley's Road Warrior M Series. Targeted at professional travelers, the series features the signature Micro Pop technology, which allows the upright and wheeled duffle to collapse quickly and easily. To collapse the bags, users simply open the bag and pull the molded red ripcords. With one quick pull from the outside handles, it automatically locks back into the extended position. Even collapsed, the product is clean in appearance. The sides and handles smartly fold inward. The Road Warrior collection ranges in price from $200 to $600.
This year, second place was a tie between two compressible suitcases: Briggs & Riley's Domestic Carry-On Expandable Upright featuring CX Expansion System and Samsonite's Compressor.
Briggs & Riley's Domestic Carry-On Expandable Upright featuring the revolutionary CX expansion system is fully adjustable, allowing travelers to customize each individual trip to meet different needs. With a simple ergonomic operation, the bag expands up to 24% of its original size, allowing room for more contents and extending trip duration. Once the bag is closed, users press down lightly on the lid to make the bag compress back to its original size, ensuring easy overhead storage on flights and no checked baggage fees. The bag will retail for $449.
Samsonite's Compressor has an internal ratchet system that allows users to incrementally compress a fully-expanded case after it's packed and the lid is closed (download video demo). They may then compress packed clothing to make the case as small as possible. The ratchets are ergonomically placed on the ends of the case instead of the sides, so they are more comfortable to operate. The Compressor retails for $299.
Third place was awarded to the new Travelpro Crew 9 21" Expandable Spinner and its two innovative patent-pending features that solve longstanding problems that consumers have with rolling luggage. The Contour Grip was designed specifically for 4-wheel spinner luggage, and allows more comfort and better control when pushing 4-wheel spinner luggage through busy airports. The handle grip also minimizes fatigue on shoulders, arms, hands and wrists. The ergonomic soft pad rests comfortably in the users palm when pushing. The new patent-pending PowerScope Extension Handle minimizes wobble when the handle is fully extended. Travelpro's winner costs $199.
THE BUZZ AWARD
The Buzz Award — voted on by retailers and media attending the recent Travel Goods Show in Las Vegas — was captured by exhibitor Psi Bands. The Buzz Award is awarded every year to the product that has created the most "buzz" in the Travel Goods Show's New Products Pavilion.
Psi Bands (pronounced "Sigh Bands") are acupressure wrist bands for the relief of nausea due to morning sickness (pregnancy), motion sickness and travel, chemotherapy, and anesthesia. Unlike any product on the market, Psi Bands are drug-free, adjustable, comfortable, fashionable, waterproof, reusable, and affordable. To learn more, visit www.psibands.com.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
The 2012 Community Service Award was awarded to Mobile Edge. Since 2004, Mobile Edge has been a corporate partner of Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation and has contributed more than $300,000 for breast cancer research and awareness. To this end, Mobile Edge designers created the Caring Case Collection™, which is comprised of pink-themed laptop bags, all toting the symbolic pink breast cancer ribbon. Mobile Edge also donates 10% of the retail selling price of each case in the Caring Case Collection directly to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. Additionally, each year Mobile Edge donates 2,000 cancer survivor bags to local Orange County, California breast cancer survivors during the OC Komen Affiliate Race for the Cure in Newport Beach.
Seymour Daiches of Macy's is the recipient of this year's TGA Award, the industry's ultimate recognition of outstanding professional achievement. The TGA Award is given to an individual who has made significant contributions to the travel goods industry, the Travel Goods Association, and the community. According to Jack Holodnicki, chair of the TGA Board of Directors and president of Olivet International, "Seymour built one of the largest luggage retailers in the world leading the Macy’s luggage department as senior buyer. Because of his brilliant vision, Macy’s luggage departments stand far above the rest." Prior to joining Macy’s, Daiches worked in luggage at both Marshall Field's and Jordan Marsh.
For more information, contact the Travel Goods Association's Kate Ryan at 774-929-5223 or firstname.lastname@example.org.