The luggage industry is made up of those companies and corporations primarily concerned with the manufacturing and retailing of luggage products. Luggage encompasses a variety of baggage types, from hand luggage (otherwise known as a “carry-on”) to trunks. Also included in luggage types are: suitcases, garment bags (used primarily for apparel that is longer and needs to be treated more carefully, or hung up as opposed to being folded and placed in a case), totes, duffel bags, and/or carpet bags.
These luggage pieces are typically used to hold the clothing and personal items of travelers, and may also hold business necessities. Luggage may be rolling or non-rolling, or have a hard or soft outer casing. At times, luggage may possess locks and have expandable compartments. Luggage is created from many different textiles; though often leather luggage is seen, more industrial strength fabric is also utilized in the manufacturing of luggage, as it is durable.
While there are companies that specifically produce luggage pieces, more businesses are beginning to add different luggage pieces to their product lines in addition to other merchandise. As such, modern luggage can often seem to be a personal expression of the person to whom it belongs. In the luggage industry, competition exists between all businesses whose operations include the selling of luggage to consumers. Competition also exists between the textile companies that may furnish luggage corporations with the materials need to create the luggage. Demand in this industry has been driven not only by the need for luggage for both personal and business traveling, but also by new product lines of luggage that have been introduced over the years.