If you’re the developer of a consumer product, getting it on the shelves of a big box retailer is definitely a goal, and there’s no bigger goal than getting into Walmart. According to their site, they have 4,692 retail sites in the US alone. But getting through the bureaucracy of these organizations and in front […]Read more "Pitching the Card Caddy to Walmart"
We just finished exhibiting the Card Caddy at the ASTRA 2017 trade show. How did it go? Read on to find out… the TLDR version: well run show with a good quantity and quality of attendees. We will probably make a profit on the show with direct sales to toy stores we met there and […]Read more "ASTRA Trade Show 2017 – Exhibitor Review"
I attended the INPEX 2017 show last week to exhibit the Card Caddy. Is it worth it for inventors to attend this show? Read on and find out. The “too long, didn’t read it” version: very well run show, but probably best for inventors with a product in very early stages of development. INPEX bills […]Read more "INPEX 2017 – An exhibitor’s review"
I just got back from Charlotte, NC for my second Shark Tank audition. I recounted my experience from my first one last year in Raleigh, NC here. I learned a bit and felt much better about my pitch and how it went over. More details below… You can find when they are doing auditions (they […]Read more "Shark Tank Audition, Take 2"
Joining a community service organization can be a great way to sharpen and build new business skills. Should you join one just to add some items to your resume? Probably not, but I bet you if take the time to engage in service projects that help out your community, you’ll get something in return too. […]Read more "Build your business skills and serve your community"
My name is Chris Nichols and I’m the inventor of the Card Caddy. When my step-son was around 5 years old, he was obsessed with Uno. I grew up playing card games of all sorts with my grandmother and wanted to foster that same love of cards with him. We carried around a couple of decks […]Read more "Meet the Card Caddy Daddy!"
I was on my way home from a business meeting the other day and had the chance to drive through the neighborhood where I grew up through elementary school. While driving on the roads I had only biked or walked in the past, I had a vivid and unexpected flashback about G.I. Joes, property development and how […]Read more "G.I. Joes, Property Development and the Mother of Invention"