Luggage Forward® Named To Inc. 500|5000 for Second Consecutive Year with Three-Year Sales Growth of 126%
NEW YORK, August 22, 2012 — Inc. magazine today ranked Luggage Forward No. 2080 on its sixth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. Luggage Forward, the leading worldwide doorstep to destination luggage delivery service, joins Yelp, yogurt maker Chobani, Giftcards.com, KIND and famed hatmaker Tilly’s, among other prominent brands featured on this year’s Inc. 500|5000 list.
“Being recognized as the ninth fastest growing company in our industry is an accomplishment that reflects the hard work and dedication of our entire team,” said Aaron Kirley, Co-Founder of Luggage Forward. “We are especially grateful to our loyal clients who continue to spread the word about the convenience of our guaranteed door-to-door luggage delivery service.”
In a stagnant economic environment, the median growth rate of 2012 Inc. 500|5000 companies remains an impressive 97 percent. The companies on this year’s list report having created over 400,000 jobs in the past three years, and aggregate revenue among the honorees reached $299 billion.
Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/5000.
“Now, more than ever, we depend on Inc. 500|5000 companies to spur innovation, provide jobs, and drive the economy forward. Growth companies, not large corporations, are where the action is,” says Inc. Editor Eric Schurenberg.
The 2012 Inc. 500|5000 is ranked according to percentage revenue growth when comparing 2008 to 2011. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2008. They had to be U.S.-based, privately held, for profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2011. (Since then, a number of companies on the list have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2008 is $100,000; the minimum for 2011 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at www.inc.com/500.
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About Luggage Forward
Since 2004, Luggage Forward has set the standard in door-to-door delivery of luggage and sports equipment for travelers worldwide. The smart alternative to carrying and checking bags, Luggage Forward’s service is transforming today’s travel experience for those who demand the utmost in convenience and reliability. By leveraging a global network of shipping partners, innovative technology and unparalleled customer care, Luggage Forward guarantees that bags will be delivered safely and on-time.
In addition to being a Virtuoso® Preferred Supplier, the company is the exclusive luggage delivery provider for many of the world’s leading travel brands including Abercrombie & Kent, American Express Vacations, Exclusive Resorts, Holland America Line, Seabourn Cruise Line, and Starwood Hotels & Resorts. Luggage Forward has been twice named to the Inc. 500|5000 list, ranked as America’s ninth fastest growing privately held travel company in 2012. Headquartered in Boston, Luggage Forward has regional offices in Charlotte, Denver and New York. For more information, visit www.luggageforward.com or call 866-416-7447.