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Proof of Concept
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Appearance, function, and manufacturing methods match the final product.
About this project
Little Helper is a universal accessory that attaches to thevastmajorityof prams and strollers. It's designed to increase the storage capacity andsafety of your existing pram or stroller.
What makes Little Helper so great is that it's a compact, generic shape that fits the majority of prams, strollers, buggies, 3-wheelers or push cars. It’s easy to attach and supports its own weight, so it won't tip your pram/stroller.
You'll love the extra storage space from Little Helper's variety of easily attachable bags, and appreciate the added support that helps to prevent your pram/stroller from tipping over.
Little Helper is the first universal pram/stroller attachment to assist parents with their shopping by increasing the storage space and stability of their current pram/stroller.
It’s durable enough to handle your biggest shopping requirements, but sleek enough to stay out of your way.
The compact design is easily attached, and lets stressed out parents enjoy a simpler shopping experience.
The design allows you to walk considerable distances to the supermarket or public transport, whilst not having to carry your shopping.
Little Helper removes the dangers of balancing a shopping basket on top of the pram/stroller or attaching bags via climber clips to the handle bars which can cause the pram/stroller to tip.
Pay for the tooling costs and manufacture the first batch of Little Helper.
As you can imagine there are so many different brands of prams, sizes and shapes. This is what makes Little Helper so unique and why it took me so long to get it right. I wanted it to be generic so it could fit to the majority of prams and strollers. Little Helper needs to fit all these shapes and sizes which is why it is highly engineered, which also makes tooling expensive.
Pay for testing.
Even though there are currently no standards for pram accessories, I want to ensure the product goes through the same rigorous tests that are set by the Australian and European standards. This includes the tilt test and rolling road.
Finalise bag designs to ensure they are looking their best
Meet the factory minimum order requirements so I can sell the product in retail and online.
Have additional resources to promote Little Helper to international markets.
So my gorgeous daughter was difficult to take to the supermarket, can you relate!?
She kept getting out of the harness in the supermarket trolley, trying to stand up and basically causing mischief! Fed up with the inconvenience of the trolley, I decided to shop with my daughter in her pram/stroller instead.
But I quickly found 2 problems with this strategy. I didn’t have enough storage space to finish all of my shopping, and the pram/stroller would start to tip over once I’d attached my heavy shopping bags.
I thought, “There has to be a better way.” But after hours and hours of research, I discovered that there simply wasn’t a product that addressed this problem.
So I decided to make my own solution.
After 4 years of testing, dozens of improvements, and hundreds of trips to the supermarket - Little Helper was born. I’m thrilled to share Little Helper with you, and can’t wait to see this helpful product on thousands of prams/strollers around the world.
My background is marketing and advertising and I have spent over 17 years working in the advertising industry, but most importantly I'm a mum. I have spent nearly 4 years developing Little Helper and have invested everything I can.
I have presented this concept to a lot of big pram manufactures who have loved the idea and the product only to tell me it's too niche. Every parent who uses Little Helper loves it and asks when it will be released. I firmly believe in this concept and as a parent I know parents need this! I have been disheartened by big companies telling me not to proceed, but my belief in my product pushes me further.
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I have now partnered with an amazing team that has the expertise to manufacture and distribute Little Helper all over the world. They are a large company that currently develops and manufactures millions of products. They have taken Little Helper to the next level, finalising the design and sourcing the best pram manufacture in China.
A huge thank you to all my family and friends who kept encouraging me to push forward.
Also special thanks to Elliot Henkel Design and Trade Creative Media for the fantastic video they created for me.
Risks and challenges
We have worked tirelessly on this idea for a long time and we are ready for full-scale manufacturing and fulfilment, but here are what I see as potential challenges:
MANUFACTURING: We are using one of the best pram/stroller manufactures in China, they currently manufacture some of the biggest pram/stroller brands in the industry. They understand pram/stroller testing and know what they are doing.
Creating the tooling to manufacture a product of this size is expensive and requires expert knowledge to get it right. There is typically a 60 day lead time to create the molds for a product of this size and this is where delays could occur. To minimize that possibility we're working with tooling manufacturers partners with a track record for prompt quality.
TESTING: We will be testing LITTLE HELPER to the highest Australian and European pram/stroller standards. We'll do this even though there are currently no required standards for pram/stroller accessories.
These tests include the Tilt Test and the Rolling Road. During the testing phase adjustments may need to be made. We will make all necessary adjustments as we are committed to getting the product right and making it safe and easy to use. We will always keep you in mind as we make any adjustments and we will keep you up to date on progress.
FULFILLMENT: We can plan as much as possible, but sometimes unexpected things happen that can't be predicted: A supplier misses a deadline, machines break down, a shipment gets lost, etc. In any case we will do everything in our power to get your product to you on time and as promised. if something unexpected does happen we will certainly let you know.