On the Road Again
As for the style of carry-on bags, Pearson noted, "The popular styles are those that are minimal and simple in design, yet strong in feature and function." Simplicity is key, and it seems the list of advantages to traveling with one simple carry-on is long. Selling into this market, these advantages are useful to have on hand when talking to potential clients. Landry noted a few of these as advantages: carry-on bags increase convenience when changing planes (key during the winter storm season), they save a great deal of time on the arrival end, no long waits in baggage, and They prevent your bag being lost or ending up in a far-off land because the bag is with you.
While travel and business bags are available in just about every imaginable coloration, when it comes to color trends within this niche, there is nothing like the classics. "Although bright fun colors are the initial pull to the product visually, over 60 percent of sales remain on black or neutral colors," said Pearson.
Landry concurred. "Basic black will always rule the day in the upscale segment. As much as people want to talk about picking their bag off the conveyor at their destination airport, black sells," he said. Landry also noted that distributors should keep in mind why black makes sense. "Luggage, both carry-on and checked is subject to an extremely dirty environment," he said. "Let's face it, the 'back half' of any airport is one part warehouse, one part distribution center and one part machine shop. There's enough dirt and oily substances to stain any bag that passes through and black will disguise that better than any color."