Arrive at airport. Avoid Baggage Check-in. Board. Relax.
THE DAY GATE8 WAS BORNBack in 2013, a stressed family man called Alistair Callender, was standing queuing at London's Heathrow airport patiently waiting to check in for his flight to Scotland for a meeting.
Alistair knew the drill. Every week it was the same. Go to the airport. Queue at the check-in desk. Check in his bags. Get on the flight. Arrive in Scotland. Wait for his bag at the carousel. Hope bag arrives on the carousel. Drag large bag to train. Get the train to hotel. Sleep.
It was the same routine that he had travelled every week for the past 2 years. Alistair had even calculated the time spent queuing at baggage check-in or waiting for his bag.
83 hours (he needs to get out more!).
That was 83 hours of his life wasted. That was time he could have spent with his family, catching up on work or spent relaxing.
Business travel was stressful, tedious and sucked the life out of him :) It was time for a change.
IRRITATION LED TO INSPIRATIONAlistair's eureka moment happened as he sat in the airport lounge waiting to board. Can you guess which GATE number he was sitting at - there are no prizes for this!!
On the back of an old dog-eared boarding card, he began to list all the things that irritated him about business travel. The list was long, full of pet hates and frustrations. Some he could change and some he couldn't.
He saw an opportunity to travel more efficiently by creating a new style of cabin bag. A bag designed in such a way that added value to his journey, a bag that:
That was the day the award-winning GATE8 Garment MATE cabin bag was born.
- He didn't need to take to the check-in desk
- Enabled him to avoid the queues
- Would keep his garments ready-to-wear
- That could transport both his clothes and his laptop efficiently
- A bag that was durable
- And most importantly, a single solution bag that combined tech & garments for those pesky Airlines that only allowed ONE bag
A COMMUNITY OF BUSINESS TRAVELLERSFast-forward 5 years. GATE8 has since grown from selling a few bags at business shows to selling all over the world. To date, GATE8 has helped business travellers all over the world to save time, money and reduce their stress level.
But we are not stopping there. We are not just a business luggage company. We are a community of business travellers that help, advises and supports others.
Our aim is to make business travel as painless as possible. And we want to do this with a sense of humour. :-)
We want you to get involved. We want to hear your stories, about your experiences and we want to share your advice with others.
We are all in this together. We are the road warriors, the train warriors and the air warriors.
Come on. Join our crew.