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SUCCESS STORY! Licensing Success for Robert Pontius' Nasal Aspirator with Apothecary Products!

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SUCCESS! We’re proud to announce Robert Pontius’ Nasal Aspirator has now hit store shelves at CVS nationwide! 

Click here to learn more about this product’s journey to retail! 

Congratulations Robert!
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Congratulations Robert. Fantastic story, article and product. I hope it's a huge success for you and EN!

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Way to go Robert & EN!!

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Thanks so much Marc and Rob!

If you happen to find the product at your local CVS store I'd love to know about it!

It seems to be stocked in "Baby Care", "Cold and Flu", and "Pediatric Meds" (by the pharmacy) and sometimes all three sections.

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Dang, I was in CVS this morning and forgot what stores they were in! 

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No worries @Rob F - I'm sure you'll have other chances to spot it!

Also, there's no guarantee it's in your local store yet (apparently so far it's in 3,000+ of almost 10,000 CVS locations).

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Congrats to you and your family Robert.  Good execution on this one EN and Apothecary.

This product is disruptive to the well entrenched aspirator design.  It solves a problem that all other aspirators are subject to.  Other aspirators either have to use a filter, or the user just has to assume the risk of inhaling the offending substance.  Roberts design eliminates the filter as well as the risk. Great design work.  Hats off to ya Robert.

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Thanks so much Derrick - as an engineer you can appreciate all the variables that went into this - balancing all kinds of factors for the best result. I must say, EN and Apothecary did an absolutely spectacular job on execution and, of course, in getting it in with CVS.

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Congratulations Robert on your success! Love your product and I will be sending one to my great nephew in Mississippi! So glad I was able to find one at our CVS in Wisconsin! :)

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Thanks Kathy! Hope it is a blessing for your great nephew! You were the very first person I know to find it on the shelves at CVS - so exciting!

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Robert excellent news!!! 

Congratulations to you and EN on the great job.

May it have much success, it looks like a nice simple needed invention

Aloha Charlie 

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Many thanks Charlie. I was going for an "elegant" invention in the technical sense Steven Paley described in his book "The Art of Invention" - something that reduces complexity but solves more problems - simple but "robust". Hopefully between me, EN, Apothecary and CVS we hit that target.

http://www.art-of-invention.com/

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Great job Robert 

 It’s a simple product that solves an obvious problem and easy for people to understand.    This is going to end up in a lot of peoples homes. 

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Great to hear Robert!  Huge congratulations!  Wishing you all the success in the world!

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Thank you Liz! Wishing you much success with the Cupcake Rack and all of your other endeavors! 

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Many thanks Fred! I'm sure hoping you're right and consumers immediately grasp the value proposition(s) and buy this product in droves!

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I saw this in CVS Pharmacy's Twitter feed yesterday:

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Robert, I will be visiting a couple of CVS's in the Los Angeles area.. will let you know what I find. Congrats!

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Thanks so much Greg!

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Many thanks K J - appreciate it!

"Baby Care" is the most likely spot to find it but "Cold and Flu" and "Pediatric Meds" (near pharmacy) are possibilities too. Some stores stock the product in all three areas!

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Well - I'm off to check my closest CVS - which is inside of a Target store. I didn't try there before because I assume the in-Target CVS stores will be the last to get the product, but who knows? 

It's still an hour away (I'm in the 20%!) and we just got another 8 inches of snow last night so the driving may be rough but I need to go there anyway and the curiosity is killing me!

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Way to go Robert and EN!  So EXCITED for you!!!!!!

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Congratulations Robert!!! Very smart and very useful idea.

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 So Robert, 

 You must be on your way to Marquette

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 So Robert, 

 You must be on your way to Marquette

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A HUGE Congrats to you Robert.  This is wonderful and exciting news.  

I found your piece on 

The Venturi Effect.

SIDEBAR: The Venturi effect is the reduction in fluid pressure that results when a fluid flows through a constricted section (or choke) of a pipe. The Venturi effect is named after Giovanni Battista Venturi (1746–1822), an Italian physicist

It is interesting as I am trying to solve a problem of my own.  I sent you a Email separately. Enjoy and congrats again!  Wishing you much success.

CD

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Great news, congratulations!

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Thanks so much Betsy, Anastasios, Crystal-Diane and Daniel! 

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That's right Fred - the whole family went over to Marquette, mostly for the pediatric dentist and the children's museum but also for me to check the CVS at the Target there (we really are in the hinterlands here).

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Turns out that the CVS Pharmacy inside Target is strictly for prescription meds and they don't have any of the "CVS Health" products found at the standalone CVS stores, so no luck finding the product there (and I assume of any of the CVS's inside Target stores).

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Crystal-Diane - I'll respond to your question about fluid dynamics via private message.

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Congratulations, again! Will be running by my CVS this weekend :) 

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Thanks for the congrats again Carrie and thanks for looking for the product at your CVS!

By the way I've seen two different prices at different CVS stores: $14.49 and $14.99.

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Congrats Robert!

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Robert

I love the UP.  I live downstate but I have been there many times vacationing with my family since I was a kid.  My brother lives in Brimley and worked for the forest service.

It is beautiful country.  I love it more in the summer than in the winter.  LOL

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Thanks Sylvain!

Fred - I *hate* hot weather so I love it up here. I think my Finnish heritage gifted me with a love for the winter - snow, ice, wind and all!

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Very HAPPY!!! to read of your exciting news! CONGRATS!
Cross merchandising ( same product in different locations of a store to increase potential sales through exposure) is excellent! It shows someone either the DM or store manager is on their game and that is very good for you.

I worked too much retail back in the day. 

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Robert - quick answer to different prices is :

Zone Pricing - retailers have pricing systems that will vary the retail price by location, it factors in things like competive market within specific radius, cost of doing business factors within each region, etc.

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Thanks for the congrats Karen! 

And Scott - between you and Karen I just learned a few new things about retail.

Scott - would sales tax rates in the particular zone possibly impact pricing as well? In other words, if sales tax is high, the MSRP is lowered so that the net cost to a consumer is the same?

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Rovert -

Good question, although from my experience the local or state sales tax rates were not a factor in the base price calculation. What each retailer is doing obviously is to try to maximize the price they can charge in each specific location, so where there are much higher levels of competition (i.e. - more options to shop at, or specific strategic threats to their sales) they will be more price competitive. Hope this makes sense and helps explain. 

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That makes perfect sense Scott - thank you!

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Huge congratulations Robert! Great product and Iknow you will have great success!!!!

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I don't typically go to CVS, but there's a few on my regular paths so I'll check it out next time I drive by. 

Congrats again Robert.  Awesome product!

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Thanks so much for the congrats Mary and Kim!

Kim - if you swing by CVS the "Baby Care" section is the first place to check and if not there then "Cold and Flu" or "Pediatric Meds" by the pharmacy.

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This is soooo coool  Robert!!!

Simple and scientific.

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Good on you, Robert! Never would have thought of such a thing myself, you have the mindset of a true inventor! Also, thank you for the book recommendation earlier in the thread (have not heard of that one before now) Very happy for you and EN Team for creating a new deal!

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Many thanks Jacob and Chase! I'm super happy with how this all turned out and grateful to EN for their help - I couldn't have done it without them.

Jacob - love the alliterative description: "simple and scientific", which really embodies the kind of invention I'm always striving for. Those terms probably apply to your own Stripop/OpeE invention as well!

Chase - thanks for your kind words and hope you enjoy that book - I learned a lot from that one, especially its take on the concepts of "simplicity" and "elegant" solution-finding.

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Found it at 1 of the 2 CVS's in Beloit WI.  It was in the Baby care section only.  Couldn't find in the other CVS in the Baby care or Cold and Flu Section.

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Robert, you said that you saw it at $14.49 and $14.99.  So this $14.79 is a third variant.

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Derrick:

Thank you so much for searching CVS and for taking and sharing that picture! Your picture is the first that I've seen where the product is "on the peg". The rest have all been on shelves. So cool to see!

That's actually the FOURTH price variant I've seen: examples include $14.49 in Sheboygan, WI; $14.99 in Chicago, Illinois; $15.49 in Austin, Texas and now $14.79! Very, very interesting - though, as Scott explained, there are good, rational reasons for those price variations in different markets/zones.

Thanks again Derrick!

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You're welcome Robert.  Must be a gratifying feeling to see your brain child land on store shelves......The next gratifying moment will be to see that first royalty check land in your mailbox.  Congrats once again!

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