The driving force behind this project is the recent surge in the popularity of the Australian Ibis in social media. For example: Snap chat has included an ibis sticker to their Australian content and ibis related Facebook pages are receiving thousands of likes from the Australian community.
On top of this, whilst walking through many superstores, novelty stores or even major clothing stores in QLD and NSW, I have noticed an incredible amount of inflatable pool toys being sold, particularly of the flamingo and unicorn theme.
As Australia sets in for another long and hot summer, filled with pool parties and barbecues, the country will be celebrating together and the demand for inflatable pool friends will continue to rise.
It is my goal to introduce an Australian icon to the pool toy scene and i believe that it will be a welcome addition to the summer get together.
I have completed the product design and simulated the inflation process. I then sent my design to a list of local and international manufacturers.
An American provider called Sunwell appears to be the best option for both price and previous experience in manufacturing inflatable toys. They have provided advice on the dimensions of the design to give it better buoyancy and support for the user and can have the product in shipping by mid February.
I am in the process of determining any safety precaution information I may have to display on the product, which I will add to the order and commence manufacturing once the goal is reached.
Risks and challenges
As this product is designed to be used in a swimming pool, I am concerned with my requirements to include safety warnings and instructions on both the packaging and the product its self.
I have reviewed the guidelines for Aquatic toys on the Australian Product Safety Standard website and I plan to call them to confirm I have not missed any important information.
The only other risk I can foresee is that which comes with manufacturing overseas. I.e quality issues and delays in delivery time.
The manufacturer I have chosen has a long history in producing inflatable toys, as well as larger scale projects and I am confident in their ability to produce a high quality sample product, before I begin mass production.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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