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Posted on May 13, 2022

Spice of Life’s Mobile Pillow with Smartphone Holder
Use Spice of Life’s Pillow Talk Mobile Pillow on the plane, in a car, at the office, in bed — anywhere you use your phone.

Mobile Pillow Has Smartphone Holder

Say goodbye to sore neck and upper back muscles as a result of poor posture on electronics devices. Spice of Life presents the perfect solution with its Pillow Talk Mobile Pillow, providing comfortable custom support so users can be hands-free while using their mobile devices. The 56”-long pillow design is filled with micro-beads and can twist and bend into a customized form for neck, shoulders and head support. Secure the pillow around the waist for lumbar support. It is available in several colors, including black, red and pink. MSRP: $48. For more information, visit Wholesale contact:

LiteGear® Bags with Joey® Technology
Inspired by travel and approved to fly, LiteGear’s new collection of smartbags with integrated Joey® Technology brings power and security to today’s travelers.

Posted on April 26, 2022

Teched Out and Tricked Up

LiteGear® Bags announces its partnership with Joey® Technology to launch a new class of smart backpacks that have 11 security, lighting and mobile power features built into the bags. This collection of smartbags, comprising the Mobile Pro Backpack (MSRP: $249.95), Mobile Pro 2.0 Backpack ($249.95) and Dash Pack Backpack ($199.95), features touch-console for remote display of battery power and access to all Functions; phone charging power — up to 25 hours of talk time; charge timer; dual charging; Bluetooth® Distance Alarm; Bluetooth® Find Phone; Ring my Bag; digital clock; juice jacking protection with virus blocker and data firewall; and LED Task Lighting that eliminates the “black hole” problem and lets travelers see and find everything in their bag with bright, built-in LED light. Collection colors are black and blue. For more information, visit Sales contact: Magi Raible,

Posted on April 25, 2022

New Baseline Collection Debuts

Briggs & Riley Baseline Collection
Briggs & Riley’s new Baseline Collection includes wheeled carry-on and checked luggage, backpacks, tote bags, duffle bags, garment bags and toiletry kits.
A reimagined version of Briggs & Riley’s flagship collection, merging timeless style with extraordinary engineering, is now available. The Baseline Collection, consisting of a variety of distinctive pieces, offers such standout features as upgraded one-touch CX™ expansion and new, proprietary shock-absorbing wheels, and organizational elements including a PowerPocket™ to conveniently store a battery pack or cell phone for charging on-the-go. “Enhancing the travel experience and providing revolutionary innovations remains at the forefront of our brand’s core values,” said Briggs & Riley CEO Richard Krulik. “Especially in today’s climate, with new adventures being realized after a challenging two years, travelers are seeking products crafted with the ultimate care. This collection reflects the deep passion, pride and loyalty to authentically delivering smart technology to help travelers discover the world.” MSRP: $75 to $1,049. For more information, visit Sales contact: Julie Hoffman, national sales manager,, 631-741-1933.

Posted on April 22, 2022

Travel Well and Leave a Light Footprint

No matter what travelers want to pack — the newly designed Pack-It System can handle it.

Eagle Creek has redefined organization to reintroduce its legendary Pack-It® System by combining everything people love about the original system with new recycled materials, upgraded zippers and modified designs. The result? More utility than ever before. Washable, reusable and sustainable, the new Pack-It System is available in three fabrications — Reveal, Isolate and Gear — and a full range of styles, sizes and functionality. Depending on the line, pieces include cubes, folders, electronics organization, expandable cubes, laundry sac, shoe sacs and more. Collection colors include black, mossy green, Sahara yellow and AZ blue/gray. MSRP: from $8.95 to $59.95/single products; from $22.95 to $64.95/set. For more information, visit Sales contact: Tim McGuire,, 760-405-4715.

Company News

Posted on May 13, 2022

New Director of Sales & Marketing for COCOON

Travis McMaster
Travis McMaster

COCOON® by Design Salt has hired industry veteran Travis McMaster as director of sales and marketing for the U.S. McMaster joined the team this spring and has already made an impact with a renewed energy to reinforce the brand vision and supporting retailer efforts with effective programs.

McMaster comes to Cocoon with a wealth of experience, most recently developing VARM, his own range of dye-less, bio-degradable and recycled material sleeping bags. He has over 20 years of industry experience as the former sales manager of Gramicci and long-time pioneering rep for brands such as Hoka One, Hydro Flask, Injinji and POC, among others.

“At this time of our 30-year presence in the U.S., I believe that Travis’ aptitude in sales and marketing will facilitate our foray into new markets as we have the right inventory and distribution partners,” said Josef Strum, founder of Design Salt GmbH in Stainz, Austria. “He embodies our travel experience-based product mix where it is vital that sales and marketing are cohesive in communicating the brand ethos beyond 2022.”

Mobile Edge CORE Gaming Lineup
Introduced in 2017, Mobile Edge’s award-winning and cutting-edge CORE Gaming Backpack has become the video gamer’s go-bag of choice.

Posted on April 25, 2022

New Video Gaming Gear Platform Launches

Mobile Edge launches its video gaming products website,, featuring the company’s full lineup of CORE Gaming protective gaming backpacks, laptop cases, and mobile power solutions as well as Alienware and a wide range of gaming gear and accessories from other leading manufacturers such as Lucid Sound, Power A, Viper Gaming and HyperGear.

“Just as all CORE Gaming products are designed by gamers for gamers, so too is the new website,” said Paul June, vice president of marketing for the Anaheim-based Mobile Edge. “In addition to offering award-winning CORE gaming products, we’ll feature Alienware cases and gear plus vetted, top tech and accessories like mobile power banks, gaming desks and chairs, headsets and controllers from partners Arozzi, Patriot Memory, Naztech and other top manufacturers.”

For more information about Mobile Edge gaming products, visit

Posted on April 22, 2022

TGA Member Presents Virtual Program

Janet Ryan
Janet Ryan

Janet Ryan, wellness consultant and founder of SpectraSpray Global, will speak at the Women in International Trade Virtual Roundtable, presented by SobelCo and the New Jersey District Export Council, at 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Wed., May 4, 2022. Ryan will share her knowledge of nutrition and natural products that have been at the core of her company, an organization that provides cutting-edge, high absorption oral sprays that are easy to use and are travel friendly. Key takeaways include understanding how to address the challenges facing a small, woman-owned business; dealing with foreign regulations for products; communicating with partners in other countries; succeeding in an international market; establishing international distribution relationships and events; and navigating international legal jurisdiction. Register here for the class.


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