TGA Member Profiles
nod2.0 by Zdoze is a travel pillow designed to maximize comfort by keeping a seated user’s head, neck and back aligned at the same relative angle experienced when sleeping in bed. Simple and compact, its unique design solves the problem of forward head motion and works with users of any height, and it’s compatible with all seats, whether traveling by plane, train, bus or car.
The pocket-size nod2.0 provides full head and neck support by attaching to the seatback, and is configurable to accommodate a variety of seat/headrest designs typical for airliners, trains, buses and cars.
“Zdoze is the trademark of nod2.0, The Holy Grail of Travel Pillows,” states Paula Blankenship. “It is the first and only travel pillow that solves the age-old issue of forward head motion while seated upright. Our from-the-rear patented design works on passengers of all heights, allowing the user to fully rest his or her neck and head while seated upright.”
Zdoze is made of comfortable memory foam and stain resistant wipe-able fabric. It is easy to use and the supplied accessory cord allows the pillow to work on any seat type.
YaY is shorthand for Why and Why. The first why stands for why its items are created; the second why explains why the company came into being.
YaY Novelty’s founding mission is to create high-quality, everyday lifestyle-enhancing products that evoke the expression of each consumer’s personality. Along with its passion for design, the company is committed to functionality and affordability and was established to generate income to support children via the Year Zero Foundation.
“What makes our company unique is doing what my generation does best, reinventing a smarter more streamlined wheel,” states founder Sunchea Phou, who launched YaY in 2014. “YaY Novelty has created a stylistic new approach to the ultra-slim wallet, the ‘everybody’s got one’ luggage ID tag and the trendy reusable bag.”
YaY Novelty products include its YaYwallet, an ultra-slim wallet for men and women, its YaYtag, a funky, fresh stylish approach to keeping ID info private, and the YaYbag, a durable, visually trendy reusable bag that allows you to shop in style. YaYwallet is proudly made in the USA. Custom orders are always welcome.
VoyagerBlue has dedicated the past decade to developing technology solutions for the retail market and the promotional merchandising industry. Each VoyagerBlue solution, developed over a 10-year period, has been granted patents in Great Britain, the United States, and across the European Union.
“From the outset VoyagerBlue’s aim has and continues to be ‘innovation’ where form and function come together to form elegant yet technologically advanced solutions for all industry sectors,” states Andre Kay. “Our understanding of technology, retail, public transport, and the daunting Immigration queue, coupled with our understanding for ‘elegance in design,’ offers VoyagerBlue a detailed understanding of the interface between technology and people, enabling them to derive maximum benefit from all the solutions we offer.”
Products include their patented Smart Wallets: Ladies, Gents, Travel and Mobile Phone, DIY Smart Wallets, combining RFID shielding and low energy Bluetooth loss prevention technology, with a free to download app, keeping consumer “assets close and your identity even closer.”
Based in Toronto, Canada, the Trochi line of exclusively designed luxury luggage is now being offered in the United States. Formed in 2015, to meet a growing demand for premium-quality, affordable luggage, Trochi’s products are constructed of the very finest raw materials, and designed for function and beauty, but with durability that meets the rigorous demands of modern, international travel. Its items are backed by a 10-year limited warranty.
“Trochi fills a gap in the marketplace by offering the discerning consumer feature-rich, elegantly designed, quality luggage at a mid-market price,” states Peixiaq Jiang. “You can count on a Trochi to meet the rigorous demands of modern, international travel and to keep on looking good while doing it. Airport after airport, tarmac after tarmac — that’s the Trochi promise.”
Travelsox™ stimulate lower leg circulation through gradual compression, reducing swelling and guarding against deep vein thrombosis. They are manufactured in Italy by Arcos, with graduated compression that starts mid-foot, supporting the arch and plantar fascia, gradually decreasing through the lower leg to support the veins and speed the return of fresh blood to the feet — up to 40% faster.
“The patented graduated compression socks and exclusive materials are just the start,” states Ron Bizieff. “Each pair is designed for maximum results. Whether you are on a long flight, sitting, standing or just walking around, these socks will increase circulation to and from your feet.” Made of Travelsox™’s exclusive anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral quick-drying material, the socks are also odor-resistant and reduce blisters.
When Travelpro® founder Robert Plath invented The Original Rollaboard® in his garage in 1989, he not only changed the way the people traveled but his new invention helped energize the travel goods industry. The Rollaboard®, a 22″ wheeled upright, also led to the creation of a company that views itself as an industry leader due to the patents it holds and its component technology.
Travelpro® luggage is used by over 425,000 airline personnel worldwide and is sold in the U.S., Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Today, Travelpro® manufactures numerous luggage collections — Platinum, Crew, FlightPro, WalkAbout, Hydrogen, and FlightCrew — as well as Wall Street business cases and various private label collections.
Marcy Schackne, vice president of marketing for Travelpro, points to the number of innovative features that the company offers within its luggage collections, such as an exclusive, lightweight, polypropylene honeycomb frame that makes it 20%-30% lighter than traditional luggage yet more impact-resistant than ABS frames. Platinum with ProGrip received a medical endorsement by the largest state chiropractic association and test results confirm that the ProGrip handle relieves excess strain and pressure from shoulders, neck, back, arm and wrist. And all new collections are lined with an exclusive H2O Guard™ water-resistant lining that make soiled clothing and toiletry spills easy to clean.
For more information, visit www.travelpro.com or contact Marcy Schackne at Travelpro’s Boca Raton, FL headquarters, 561-998-2824, x-154.
Travelon® began more than 25 years ago as Travel Caddy, one of the nation’s first manufacturers of luggage carts. It wasn’t until the early 1990s that the company expanded into luggage manufacturing and, eventually, into the design and sourcing of travel accessories and soft goods. As Travelon’s Kathy Novak points out, “Travel Caddy had a reputation for creating innovative, solidly engineered products that were rigorously tested for safety and performance…and that made travel easier. These qualities have not changed.”
Today Travelon® visualizes itself as much a product design and sourcing company as a travel goods company. With a growing intellectual property portfolio of more than 30 U.S. patents and 60 patents pending, Travelon strives to differentiate themselves “through innovative, often patented, product design, backed by outstanding merchandising and dealer support,” according to Novak. Merchandising and dealer support are accomplished through a team concept consisting of several specialized groups that work closely together to serve Travelon’s customers.
Travelers Club Luggage/TCL Cool-Carry
Travelers Club Luggage/TCL Cool-Carry has been offering a complete line of travel-related products, including luggage, travel accessories, coolers, and outdoor products, to both domestic and international markets since 1986. According to Marylou Almeida, the key to the company’s success has been its “dedication to innovation, quality, value and service. Our goal is to provide our customers with superior quality and innovative products, maintain exceptional customer service, and maintain price points that meet today’s tight budget constraints.”
Travelers Club products are “geared to the ever changing needs of the end consumer,” says Almeida. “Because of our emphasis on the “Cool-Carry” line, we’ve become one of the industry’s leading cooler manufacturers. We create trend-setting styles, and incorporate features, such as detachable radios, backpack straps and in-line blade wheel systems. These traits have all contributed to making our company the success it is today and we have established ourselves as an industry leader in producing high quality and affordable products.”
“There is an explorer inside all of us,” says Travelflips’ Michael Medvedev. “And learning just a handful of foreign words can be the stepping stone to reaching new worlds of adventure, happiness, and friendship.” Traveflips take-along flashcard kits have 60 essential words and phrases that are a linguistic key to foreign lands, opening up new areas to be explored and experienced, lifting travelers beyond their own language barriers.
Travelflips are intuitively easy to use, with phonetic transcriptions, travel-centric phrases and local proverbs that help travelers navigate the language and local customs. French, German, Italian and Spanish versions are available, with more to come.
The cards build on proven language acquisition techniques, and are available in two versions: a standard edition, and a deluxe version with a handmade, premium leather pouch – a vintage look intended to get better with age, accumulating marks and wear like memories of foreign adventure.
Travelbadger™ solves a common travel frustration – arriving at your destination and discovering something essential left behind: Q-Tips, a toothbrush, etc. While researching the most commonly used toiletry items, its creators determined having a large variety of products was important, and came up with the idea of pre-filled toiletries bags that could be customized with add-ons.
“Travelbadger is a one-stop shop for all your travel toiletry and gear needs,” explains Nicole Myers. “No need to bounce from store to store to find all the little things needed for your trip.”
Travelbadger kits come in a sturdy reusable 3-1-1-compliant see-through bag, and there are a variety of kits aimed at men, women and children, with a remarkably deep array of add-on sundries for hair, hygiene, dental and beauty needs in TSA-friendly sizes. It’s like the ultimate airport or hotel lobby convenience store, with terrific selection, fair pricing and free shipping.
Travelbadger’s kits are TSA compliant, but the company goes one better, with the ability to ship directly to your destination to avoid the security slowdown (or to cover for those forgotten items). All in the name of what Travelbadger’s founders – who are both moms – call “Easy Peasy Packin’.”