Every product at Zion Bags begins and ends at one place, the missionary. Their suggestions and ideas provide the inspiration and challenges that drives our process. With over 30 years of Industrial Design background, we have decades of experience and deep expertise in the design of technical-soft goods and equipment. We have designed, developed and created award winning products for some of the most iconic and respected sport, performance and outdoor brands in the world. This is what we bring to Zion Bags.
We know that the first element of designing a great product is to understand the consumer. Besides having performed Mormon missionary work, and also having sent several of our kids on missions, we work continuously to further understand the missionary and their needs. We spend countless hours talking with currently serving and returned missionaries to get their input. We meet with retailers that outfit missionaries and ask them what they feel is critical at the retail space and what the dynamic of the shopping experience is for a future missionary. Once these needs are identified our design team establishes development platforms, which are in turn prioritized. Pen is then put to paper and the marathon of blending great looking missionary bags, that also incorporates the missionary’s needs, begins.
Our early concepts are then evaluated against the established platforms to make sure that they are on track. We then reach back again to missionaries to review with them the initial concepts. Getting this feedback is extremely critical in order to validate the designs and the direction we are heading. Refinements are again implemented into new concepts and eventually a sample is built. We have great relationships with our manufacturers and suppliers that have been nurtured over time, and sample making is a crucial element of the development process.
We save the most critical step in our product development process for last. In addition to subjecting our products to a tortuous battery of tests, we send each prototype to be field tested by missionaries to learn how they perform and stand up to the demands of missionary life. After receiving more feedback, we refine each product further until it meets or exceeds each need and receives a final blessing from our management team. Only then will we begin production. Only then will a product become a Zion Bag.
At Zion Bags we are deeply committed to developing the very best bags for missionaries. Every member of our team is immersed in this process. We constantly evaluate a wide variety of industries to make sure that we are up on the latest technologies and materials. We are aware of the latest trends, because we know that what appeals to each missionary will be different. At Zion Bags our goal is to provide solutions that serve all missionaries. This is the driving force behind everything we do.