SUMMER 2016 | VOL. 41 NO. 3
THE BUSINESS ISSUE
THE BEST BAGS IN THE BUSINESS
Making a case for savvy travelers
LODIS combines versatility and verve in the Audrey Quince 3-in-1 Convertible Backpack, featuring one strap that easily converts to a cross-body bag or lets you carry it as a satchel. A detachable, adjustable shoulder strap can be used for a backpack or shoulder strap. MSRP $292. Striking in a two-tone color palette of navy/red, this carry-on-size Rollerbrief (716035U) from CABRELLI GROUP is made of pebble textured PVC with silver
hardware, and features a removable padded 15” laptop and tablet compartment. MSRP $200.
Credits: Photograph By Kerry Pittenger | Model: Nikki Rose, Reinhard, Inc.
Embracing Omnichannel [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Since the dawn of online shopping, it’s been virtual stores vs. traditional retail, with online appearing to gain the upper hand. But the tide may be turning, and here’s the surprising thing that could save brick-and-mortar retail: online shopping and the Internet. Discover how retailers and manufacturers are growing sales with omnichannel retailing. BY GARRETT LAI
Style Smarts [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
“Made for business” doesn’t just mean workplace functionality any more. It needs to work for the everyday commute, in the home office, for on-the-road coffee bars and transoceanic sojourns. These business-oriented totes, cases, backpacks and rollers keep you struttin’ in style from home to office to boardroom and beyond. BY KATHY WITT | PHOTOGRAPHY BY KERRY PITTENGER
Accessories [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
In a world where business is conducted everyplace, these are the items that help you get your work done: business wallets, portable power, on-the-go sound, airplane seatback organizers and more wickedly clever items to enhance the journey, whether for business or pleasure. BY KATHY WITT
Profit, Trust, and SKU Control [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Consumer demand, smarter manufacturing and just-in-time delivery are all helping to create more product choices than ever. But as margins get squeezed for retailers and manufacturers alike, protecting profits with savvy inventory management and SKU control becomes a vital business skill. BY SARA ECCLESINE
COLUMNS & DEPARTMENTS
“Business Needs to Get Physical” BY MICHELE MARINI PITTENGER
TRAVEL BITS [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Our newest national museum; one of America’s best sushi restaurants – and its surprising landlocked locale; the rise of group vacations and other up-and-coming travel trends.
NEWS & NOTES [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Biometric screening comes to TSA; the new hotel experience; Brexit’s travel impact; online travel agency myths; crowdfunded luggage (including a robotic suitcase) and retail news from the NRF, Lojel and eBags.
TGA NEWS BRIEFS [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
Introducing the 2016-2017 TGA Board of Directors; ways to save on shipping and credit card processing; new TGA members; community service from Cabeau and Eagle Creek; plus TGA member profiles.
INDUSTRY BUZZ [DOWNLOAD PDF FILE]
People and product news.