JacPac Named One of the Top 10 Innovations of 2007
(WATERLOO, Ontario - March 9, 2007) Normally, the odds of success for new product launches are exceptionally low since only 3% ever get off the inventor's sketchpad, let alone into the retail marketplace. And if a new product makes it to production and then onto retail shelves, it still faces a 35% failure rate.
So the fact that JacPac®, a CO2-powered hand tool built by Supplierpipeline Inc., was recently named one of the Top 10 Tool Innovations for 2007 by Workbench magazine is a major triumph in the North American marketplace. Workbench, a popular publication targeting the rapidly growing do-it-yourself market, said, "… with the advent of the JacPac CO2 Power System the inevitable extinction of the hammer may be at hand."
Launched in January 2006, JacPac has caught the interest of major hardware and do-it-yourself retailers all across North America. Its patented regulator that links almost any pneumatic nail gun to a portable CO2 canister allows the user to have the power of an air compressor literally hanging from the user's belt.
"We are flattered to be included in the Top 10 Innovations list, along with such prestigious brands as Black & Decker and Bostitch," said Steve Metcalfe, Product Development Manager at Supplierpipeline Inc. "We knew we had a great tool that would meet the needs of the trades and the consumer market, so it's nice to be recognized."
Metcalfe says that word of mouth advertising has been integral to the product's success. "As soon as someone buys one, it seems all the neighbors or a relative in the trades finds out and wants one too," says Metcalfe. The fact that JacPac weighs less than 5 lbs for the entire pneumatic system makes it ideal for nailing jobs like trimming cabinets or baseboard trim work, which require speed and flexibility. Its compact size makes it easier for women to use as well, demonstrating that Supplierpipeline recognizes the growing trend of the female do-it-yourself market.
While clearly the JacPac is the darling of the Workbench editorial staff, it has found fans throughout the hardware DIY industry with customers like Home Hardware, Ace Hardware and TSC, and is now launching in a national big box hardware retailer across the US. "It's not enough to just be the hot new thing on the shelf," says Marian Marshall, Director of Critical Projects at Supplierpipeline. "You have to be able to offer the customer a value chain that extends into their store and help them with merchandising and program development. And we already have an impressive line of JacPac accessories ready to hit the marketplace later this year."
JacPac® CO2 Power System retails for $129 for the basic kit and $180 (US) for the kit with the brad nailer/stapler.
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