San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
Anaheim, Calif. — Targus today announced the availability of its iNotebook for the iPad and iPad Mini, a portfolio case with a sensor and an accompanying free app that allows users to wirelessly transfer what they write on paper directly to their iPad.
Anaheim, Calif. — Bag maker Targus Group International announced it has acquired Sena Cases.
Sena will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Targus and will “operate under the Sena brand and under the leadership of its founders,” according to a statement from Targus.
Sena positions itself as a luxury brand and includes the Michael Kors and Dylan George licenses.
Anaheim, Calif. — Targus launched its first foray into the iPhone accessories market with three cases for the new iPhone 5: the Targus Wallet case, Slim Fit case and Slider case.
The Wallet case features an external pocket on the back for an ID and credit card. It comes in stain-resistant faux leather in black, French Blue and Merlot, retailing for $39.99.
Atlanta — Case-Mate released a portfolio of iPhone 5 cases this week, heavily influenced by the growing hyperculture trend, which incorporates prints that integrate distinct styles from different cultures around the world, the company said.
The Sumdex Alti-Pac X-over bag is designed for everyday use with electronic audio players and personal items. Made of water-repellent and durable dobby polyester, the all-purpose cross-over bag is ideal for traveling and everyday use in town.
It offers internal media pockets with earphone port, comfortable padding and air mesh contoured back. Additional features include organizer panel with key chain, front-zippered pocket, interior zipper-mesh pocket and water-resistant reverse sewing zipper.
A roller case from Kensington, called the Contour Roller, delivers go-anywhere comfort and protection. It offers a five-stage curved telescopic handle that shifts weight onto the wheels for ease of roller navigation and a carrying Contour system that helps reduce shoulder and neck fatigue by up to 35 percent, so the case feels lighter.
Aerovation has added a new wrinkle to the airport “checkpoint-friendly” computer bag and luggage category with its latest offering, the wheeled CPF trolley bag.
The bag has a unique hinge design that opens downward. The compartment on the front of the bag holds the laptop computer by itself. This compartment swings out so the whole trolley bag can lay flat on the belt for X-ray scanning.
National Geographic is teaming with Bogen Imaging, whereby Bogen will be the exclusive distributor of the National Geographic Earth Explorer PhotoBag collection in North America.
The collection, which consists of a medium camera pouch, small- and medium-sized shoulder bags and medium- and large-sized backpacks, brings an ideal blend of today's cutting-edge protective carrying technology and a traditional “explorer” look and feel, said Bogen.
The flood of new cases, bags and sleeves in the market for the first quarter shines a light on the successful transition of fledgling categories such as netbooks and tablet PCs into full-blown market changers.
Manufacturers are increasingly offering smaller versions of their larger laptop cases for netbooks, and breaking new ground with SKUs designed for tablet PCs, e-readers, smartphones and portable GPS and gaming units.