Feature Article - November/December 2016

Get Going!

Motivate Top Performers With Luggage & Travel Goods

By Emily Tipping

On the Move

Wheels also still continue to make a difference in ease of travel, with four spinner wheels being more maneuverable than a two-wheeled case. Some cases, Cassius said, have up to eight wheels, and there are even wheels, he said, that are designed to roll more quietly. "Some people don't like the noise of the wheels," he said.

Available through Incentive Concepts, the Briggs & Riley BU221SPW-44-BRX Explore Wide-Body Spinner (shown here in Blue) makes navigating those narrow airplane aisles and sharp city turns easier. A lightweight carry-on with four double swivel wheels for effortless 360-degree navigation and in a short-and-wide configuration favored by international travels, the case is backed, like all Briggs & Riley luggage and business case collections, with a "Simple as that" warranty, which even covers damage caused by an airline.

All Together Now

Sets continue to be a popular addition in incentive programs. In some cases, sets can be broken up to create a continuity program, or you can simply offer a set so a program participant can meet all their packing needs in one go.

Embracing French sophistication with smart organization options, the Delsey Montmartre 3 Piece Set, available through Top Brands, features faux leather accents and a deluxe soft-touch interior. The set includes a carry-on, and 25-inch and 29-inch luggage. The side easy-access compartment is accessible from both inside and outside the case and is perfect for shoes, a sweater or return-home laundry. A laptop sleeve in the carry-on helps you stay connected while you travel, while the bi-fold suiter in the 25-inch and 29-inch luggage helps keep your clothing wrinkle-free.

Duffels, Backpacks & Briefcases, Oh My!

Of course, suitcases and carry-ons aren't the only way to tote your gear from place to place. Duffels and backpacks—and even packing trunks—can be useful options. In fact, backpack sales, according to information from the Travel Goods Association, are up 224.9 percent from 2003 to 2015.

The Piel Leather Large Buckle-Flap Backpack is handmade in Colombia, South America, with full-grain Colombian cowhide. This genuine leather buckle flap-over backpack features an easy thumb release opening to a large drawstring compartment. The main compartment includes an interior zippered pocket and a small zip-pocket on the flap. Additional features include two front gusseted pockets with hidden buckle thumb clasp, side phone pocket, top handle for easy carrying and adjustable padded straps. Sold blank with debossing and embroidery imprint options available, this customizable backpack is perfect for your next event. It is available in Saddle Brown, Black or Chocolate Brown.

The Briggs & Riley Z150-5-Kinzie Street Simple Duffle, available through Incentive Concepts, is the ultimate overnighter. This versatile Simple Duffle is the extended-layover meets casual-weekend-stay. A cavernous main compartment encourages you to pack absolutely everything, plus a little something extra. Briggs & Riley backs its high-quality luggage and business case collections with a "Simple as that" warranty, the most comprehensive lifetime guarantee in the industry, which even covers damage caused by an airline.

In addition, briefcases are still a necessity for many travelers. This option, also, has been upgraded with new features.

"Most luggage manufacturers offer laptop cases, which meet the TSA checkpoint requirements," Fishman said. "These cases, like the Tumi Alpha 2 T-Pass laptop brief, allow you to go through security without removing your laptop from the case. The design innovation, engineering, functionality and performance of the Tumi Alpha 2 T-Pass elevates your travel and business experience to the next level."

Available through D&H, Mobile Edge Sumo The Tech Briefcase is a slim and stylish brief-style case constructed of vegan leather. It provides padded protection for a laptop or tablet. It also offers extra storage space for books, files, work papers, magazines and other items. The padded fur-lined pocket protects an iPad or other tablet from bumps and scratches.