Saturday, August 04, 2007

Watch out! Briefcases are on a roll

Wheeled luggage offers urban workers relief from sore shoulders ...

"Every workday, chartered accountant Asifa Baig runs a veritable gauntlet of social disapproval.

Five days a week, she walks between her downtown Toronto office and Union Station, the regional train hub, and five days a week she endures frowns, scowls, shrugs and reprimands - both verbal and digital. "The dirty looks, they never stop," she says, taking refuge from swarms of commuters in a magazine shop steps from her train platform.

In the unwritten code of commuter conduct, few infractions are as egregious as Ms. Baig's daily stroll between office and train.

But it's not so much Ms. Baig that's the problem.

It's her rolling briefcase.

"I love it," she says. "I don't care what they say."

The wheeled briefcase has its detractors but also has a growing legion of admirers among the BlackBerry set. Laden with laptops, overstuffed file folders and electronic devices, urban office workers are finding relief for sore shoulders and wrenched backs in a nylon-and-metal caboose, making the bags a new bestseller for luggage makers.

Most major bag manufacturers, including Targus, Samsonite, Mancini and Victorinox, now carry at least one line of rolling briefcase. Prices range from just over $100 for a soft nylon model on casters to over $1,000 for a Kevlar bag with inline skate wheels.

Heys Luggage International, a Mississauga-based bag manufacturer, currently makes one model of wheeled laptop bag but has plans to meet increasing demand with four additional lines of roller bags next year."    (Continued via globeandmail.com)    [Ergonomics Resources]

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