Light luggage and accessories specialist CabinZero has announced a number of new appointments as its travel retail business expands, both on the ground and in the air.
Dan Burman has been appointed Commercial Director of parent company TNG Europe Ltd. Moreover with a specific remit to build the sales and distribution network for CabinZero, including travel retail.
British born, Dan brings a wealth of personal travel experience. And Along with almost 20 years travel goods knowledge with brands including Pacsafe and Hedgren. He has worked in various capacities including Asia Pacific Sales Director and Head of Merchandise/Product & Marketing from bases in London, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.
“When introduced to Cabin Zero, I was so excited by the brand’s potential and people. I think the team has done an amazing job getting it this far. And now with many new personnel joining the team, all with different expertise. The brand is going to go from strength to strength,” he says. “I am very much looking forward to my first major travel retail event at TFWA Asia Pacific next month and meeting existing and potential customers for CabinZero.”
To develop the business inflight in all regions apart from the US, CabinZero has appointed Ailing Seah-Langeland of LL International AS (based in Trondheim, Norway). “Ailing is doing a fantastic job for us,” says CabinZero CEO Neil Varden. “We’re listed with Etihad for our Black Adv Dry 30 L waterproof/all weather backpack for its May-August 2019 programme. While we’ve received confirmation for our 2L hip pack with Nokscoot and our Adv Dry 11L bag with Jetstar Asia. We’re also set to confirm other inflight and pre-order business with another key Asian airline.
“We see Asia Pacific as a big growth opportunity for CabinZero both on the ground and inflight,” continues Varden. “Ailing has quickly proved that the potential is there for quality, lightweight luggage. Our backpacks fold up to a very compact, small size and they – plus the hip packs – are perfect for inflight.”
The company has also opened a US subsidiary, CabinZero USA LLC. This is to develop the Americas business both domestically and duty free. Headed by President Andrew Hamilton (ex Antler Luggage) with General Manager Adela Castaneda, the subsidiary expects to announce listings with a key travel retailer very soon.
Our goal is to expand our travel retail points of sale across the globe and, to that end, we’ll be rolling out new innovative FSDU’s designed to give us greater traction and allow us to be placed in stores of almost any size,” continues Varden. “We know the importance of attracting and engaging with travellers so the new units have been designed with a strong ‘wow’ factor. We’ll be launching them to the trade at TFWA Asia Pacific in Singapore next month.”
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