October 23, 2021 – 6:00 PM
An entrepreneur from Kamloops saw her invention hit local pet stores across Western Canada last month, and this week the product was chosen for international distribution.
Nicole Duff said she was excited to see her business grow in leaps and bounds and that she plans to bring the WALK STAR Dog Caddy to the TV show. The dragon’s lair in January.
The caddy was designed for three years and is designed to transport and dispose of used dog poop bags in an easier and less smelly way. The lower part of the cup is made of silicone and the upper half has a sealable cap designed to prevent odors from escaping.
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“We have just signed a contract with an international distributor and are already marketing our product to stores in France, the UK and one in Florida,” said Duff. “We are now doing demonstrations of local products so that we can interact with our customers. We love to meet people.
Duff said sales have been stable, but there is a need to strengthen marketing and brand awareness. She wants to push the product as a Christmas gift idea.
“The cart is in stores, but a lot of people haven’t heard of it yet,” she said. “The big goal now is to make sure everyone knows it so they don’t miss it.”
Duff auditioned for The dragon’s lair last spring and heard from a producer on the show who said she liked the idea, but at that point Duff had no sales history. Now armed with a sales history, Duff intends to audition again in the coming year.
“I had my audition online because of COVID,” Duff said. “The producer said she pitched to the other producers and they asked me to come back next year. They open in January for auditions and I can’t wait.
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Many people support her on social media by posting photos and videos of themselves using the product.
“We love to see customers use the cart and enjoy it,” she said. “We have received many encouraging testimonials from customers telling us that they would not walk their dogs without him.”
Duff and her husband, who is a partner in the business, will be demonstrating the WALK STAR Dog Caddy at a few stores in Kamloops, including Petland on October 23, Nuleaf on October 26, and Purity Feed on November 20.
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