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By Iain Begg
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Okay, after the video, do you want to get your hands on one of our Cabin Bags?

 

 

Hanger Handle (#HangerHandle) is UNIQUE to Bizhop Luggage

 

Bizhop Luggage - "we've got the handle on business luggage"

Kickstarter Backer Exclusive:  For helping us get off the ground and making the Bizhop brand the envy of others, we're offering Kickstarter backers free component replacements for life. Yes, Life. 

I remember a particular occasion; I was in the business class lounge in Heathrow airport, I looked around and saw I wasn’t the only one having the same problem; a crumpled jacket or worse a look of embarrassment as the suitcase toppled over throwing a dry-cleaned jacket onto the floor. There had to be a way to hang a jacket neatly on the handle.  

So I came up with the idea of a handle that folds out to form a coat hanger.  With the help of my father's woodworking skills we built a few prototypes (early days of #HangerHandle):

 

                                                                             

Next, I engaged a top notch Computer Aided Design expert who created the detailed models and produced a series of four prototypes using a 3D Printer.  The #HangerHandle model below is actually the 3rd prototype (sprayed black):

I took a trip over to China to meet the luggage manufacturer, chosen because they supply several of the top brands.   We got to work on designing a case with recessed body shell to mirror the shape of the Hanger Handle.  There were a few prototypes of the case and the product you see on this campaign page and on our website is the final case design so the mould for the Polycarbonate shell is finished and ready for full production.

Other designs are in the pipeline, but before we get ahead of ourselves I need to create awareness and get pre-sales of the first Bizhop Cabin Bag moving.

"Is the Hanger Handle suitable for Men's & Women's jackets?"

Absolutely! 

 

Check out those handy pockets for all the stuff you need to get at when you're going through security!   The interior is cleverly designed to provide independently zipped easy access pockets which are the perfect size and shape to accommodate the items you need to remove at airport security.  AND, it doesn't fall over when you open it - even with a jacket on the hanger - because we've chosen the best quality precision-made Hinomoto double wheels to ensure maximum stability.

"What are people saying about the Hanger Handle?"

As you can see, we've got some great endorsements for #HangerHandle already:

I used to try solving Raymond Keene's chess puzzles in The Times every day on the commute into London and I chose the name Bizhop (pronounced Bishop and I'm sure you spotted the subtly branded Bishop's mitre above the Z) because of my love of chess and because Biz-hop conjures up images of business folks hopping on and off flights.

When I met Nick Blackledge, he appreciated the kinaesthetics of the design and the way the wings of the hanger fold out and swing down from the body of the handle.

"Are you ready to go into full production?"

Prototyping is finished so the first case from Bizhop Luggage is production ready.  The Hanger Handle suitcase has arrived!  And yes it does meet the strict size requirements of British Airways and EasyJet.

I just love this video of how the Polycarbonate (PC) shell is made from a heated flat sheet of PC...

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"How can you help me?"

We need to raise £25,000 to kick-start Bizhop and cover the cost of the first consignment that arrives soon. You can help by supporting this campaign from as little as just £1 and I will give you a big THANK YOU!

In total we need £75,000 which is our stretch target, but with my own investment I can make this project succeed if we get just £25,000, the minimum target for this project. 

“What are you spending £75k on?” I hear you ask…  

The tooling for the Hanger Handle is the single most expensive item.  It’s not particularly complex, but injection moulding tooling is very expensive.  The Hanger Handle will be made in 50% glass reinforced nylon and we need to mass produce the handle.  Then there are the manufacturing and assembly costs for the cases themselves, plus shipping and importing to the UK for a minimum order quantity of 1000 cases.  There are UK storage and distribution costs plus we will have some further patenting costs during this period.

 

"Okay, so when will I get one?” You’ll want to know…

The Kickstarter Campaign runs for one month and as soon as we hit the minimum target I will place the order for tooling & manufacture which is estimated around 60 days from placing the order.  Then your cases will be at sea for at least 45 days plus some time clearing customs and getting to our warehouse, meaning that the end to end timescale will be four months minimum.  Therefore I hope that we will be shipping the cases to you during August, but to be on the safe side I’ve given an estimated delivery of September.

"What Rewards are offered?"

The best way to support me is take up any of my incentive offers and buy a Bizhop Cabin Bag from just £80 saving 50% (MSRP £160) and delivered for free in the UK.  I have 100 Cabin Bags at half price so order yours early.  But don’t worry, there are other discounts too and a number of other exciting rewards for both individuals and groups of people or companies. 

Browse the information on my crowdfunding page for more information or look us up on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/BizhopLuggage) and you will soon see that Bizhop is going to be the next big name in business travel and luggage.

With early bird incentives starting at just £80 a Bizhop Cabin Bag could be the investment that closes your next deal, just because your jacket is not crumpled!

"What does the future hold for Bizhop Luggage?"

We have already started designs for a rolling laptop bag.  We will be offering the same Cabin bag in a range of alternative colours so we would love to hear from you on your preferred choice of colours.  Then we plan to produce a soft-sided option to complement the hard-sided cases and we would love to hear what features are important to you, such as pockets on the outside rather than on the inside.  And of course we will look at different sizes to create sets of cases which we know many people prefer for ease of storage when not in use.

"What about some Tech gadgets?"

We are researching features like USB chargers, weigh-scale handles and trackers but we don’t want to load up the case with gadgets unless our customers want these features so please do tell us what you want to see.

"What about other countries?"

We need to establish a foundation in the UK first and that's why this trial is in the UK (whilst backers outside the UK can pledge, I'm afraid there will be an additional postage charge, at cost).  Once we have tested the market in the UK, then we will swiftly move into the USA and Europe and then, who knows how many countries you'll find us in!?!

"How reliable are Bizhop cases and what’s the warranty?"

Kickstarter Backer Exclusive:  For helping us get off the ground and making the Bizhop brand the envy of others, we're offering Kickstarter backers free component replacements for life.  Yes, Life.

Our cases are also very very strong...

One of these is Fake News, I wonder if Trump knows which!  I can assure you that our Cabin Bag is very strong, virtually indestructible (check out the video of me on YouTube taking a hammer to it) and surprisingly comfortable to sit on if you get stuck in a queue.

Take a look at those wheels - they're from Japanese manufacturer Hinomoto and we believe they're the best in the world.  We are so confident in our choice of components that we are offering a lifetime guarantee to Kickstarter backers to provide replacements, so if something breaks we will send you out a replacement with simple instructions of how to replace it.  All you need is a screwdriver because all the components; the wheels, the Hanger Handle, the extending aluminium trolley, the lock, the handles, are fitted to the case by screws.

Cheaper luggage brands use rivets or push-fit components.  These cannot be replaced without damaging the fittings, but Bizhop Luggage has selected the best quality components fitted by screws, so my promise to Kickstarter backers is if anything breaks we’ll replace it without question. We would also like you to give us your feedback as you use and enjoy your case.

If you are a frequent business traveller and you are concerned about looking your best on the move, Bizhop Luggage is a must. With the Hanger Handle case you will get all the strength and security of a clamshell design as well as the practicality of easy access pockets and most importantly a place to hang your jacket safely.

[find out more and keep in touch by searching #HangerHandle]

 

 P.S. I thought you might like to see some promotional cartoons...

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 P.P.S. And here's another promotional video, this time with a little Stickman...

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P.P.P.S.  Crikey, if you've read this far then you must be really interested and you'll want to have a breakdown, component by component, so here's a series of 7 clips that we've strung together again.  Each one focuses on one specific feature of the Bizhop Luggage Cabin Bag (1. Hanger, 2. Wheels, 3. Zip, 4. Polycarbonate shell, 5. Lock, 6. Internals, 7. Dimensions)...

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Risks and challenges

1) Insufficient capital due to unknown expenses
To mitigate this, I am personally committing to injecting additional funds into the campaign from savings, should the project require it, however with my 35 years Project Management and budgeting experience, plus contingency in the estimates and schedule I am confident that any unknown expenses will be small. Rest assured that I am 100% committed to meeting the deliverables.
2) Manufacturing delays
We have specified a long lead time of 60 days for manufacture plus we have added one month of contingency into the schedule to ensure that we will end up surpassing expectations. However, there is no way to guarantee we will deliver the cases by our estimated date.
What I can guarantee is that I will be 100% accountable for every challenge that comes along and I will provide frequent, no-nonsense updates. I am fully dedicated to the Hanger Handle and will not stop until I see you using it and benefiting from this unique feature.
3) Minor changes to product dimensions based on design finalisation
The Cabin Bag final dimensions and vital statistics may change slightly as we finalise tooling and moulding for manufacture but the samples you have seen are as close to the finished product as we could possibly make them.
4) Exceptionally high demand
Exceeding the Stretch Target means two container loads and if necessary we can delay the 2nd container by a few weeks. Rewards will be processed on a First In First Out basis and we will do this as quickly as physically possible. I will be ecstatic if we have this problem so I will bring in extra staff to cope and if this is an indication of future demand then there are things we can do to increase throughput in the supply chain.
5) Supply chain problems
The full supply chain is in place and we have chosen our business partner iPRO Solutions due to their considerable capabilities and supply chain expertise.

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