James Jenkins

Bag Buddy | Ahoskie, NC

Some people struggle with a common task and only wish for a solution. But James Jenkins, of Ahoskie, N.C., is not one to sit back on his heels and wait on someone else. As a busy father of three, shopping at the local grocery store or mall always became a cumbersome task when trying to hold several bags—and little hands—at the same time. James has worked for UPS, Inc. for 17 years now so he’s also had to carry many packages throughout his career.

Rather than continue to struggle, James devised a handy solution called the “Bag Buddy” which created a hands-free alternative that will be beneficial to both delivery men and shoppers on the go. It eases the pain of carrying several weighty bags at once while featuring a shoulder strap with hooks for securing each bag by its handles.

James is a member of the Inventors Network of the Carolinas and the president of Innovative Consumer Products, LLC. He excels at sports and was featured on the cover of The Black College Sports Review in 1990 while at Winston Salem State University.

These days James and his wife Regina reside in Winston Salem, N.C., and are proud parents of three wonderful children. James hopes that this journey will be an example to his kids of the value in following through on their dreams.