A number of housewares products have beaten huge competition and become finalists in a contest being run by Walmart that will see one winner being listed by the American retail giant.
Over 4,000 inventors, entrepreneurs and businesses entered products for the retailer’s Get on the Shelf competition. Following a public poll on the products, 10 finalists have now been selected, and another round of public voting starting tomorrow will whittle the 10 down to three.
Those three get the chance to sell on walmart.com, while one Grand Prize winner will be given shelf space at selected US Walmart stores.
The two housewares finalists are PlateToppers – microwave-safe, BPA-free lids that transform dinner plates into airtight food storage containers, and the Sola-Bag Forever Carry Refrigerator – a lunch bag that stays permanently cold by generating energy from solar power and indoor lighting.
Amongst the other finalists are T-shirts with images that appear only when the garment gets wet, spring-loaded insoles, a spectacles repair kit, a Christian magazine/online sisterhood for teenage girls and a bracelet whose beads carry descriptions of the Constitutional Amendments.
The top three winners will be announced after voting closes on April 24.