Looking for the perfect holiday gift for a VIP? A Bluesmart carry-on suitcase will surely impress. Created by and for tech-savvy travelers, these “smart bags” do everything but propel themselves down the airport concourse. Download the companion smartphone app to lock or unlock the bag via a remote Bluetooth connection (the lock is TSA approved, and you also get a physical key) and track its whereabouts in more than 100 countries via a GPS application. The bag has a built-in scale that lets you weigh it remotely—a feature especially useful on airlines that charge by weight. There’s also a proximity sensor that alerts you if the bag is removed from the place you left it. Plus, each case is equipped with a high-capacity battery and two USB ports for charging your devices during a layover (Bluesmart says there’s enough juice to charge an iPhone six times). The hard-shell case on spinner wheels comes in two models sized to fit overhead bins on almost all commercial jetliners. It retails for $449.
California is one of the most abundant agricultural regions in the world, but a startling number of residents aren’t always sure where their next meal will come from. According to Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of food banks, one in eight Californians struggles with hunger. The situation is especially startling for children; one in five is food insecure.
Hunger is not a supply problem, it’s a logistics challenge. And the meetings and events industry is full of logistics-minded people who are in a position to chip away at it.