BitBox is used to entrepreneurs with often crazy ideas. Some, howewer, are founded on needs-based opportunities. With the requirement to chip certain pets, our client saw the opportunity to go to market with a scanning tool to help Vets with their every day tasks.
Pet-ID, a leading provider of pet microchips, had started to suffer problems with their easy-to-use handheld scanners. Hoping to cut costs, they had ventured offshore for volume manufacturing, but issues with the Asia-based supplier soon became unmanageable. BitBox was apprioached to provide issue resolution and UK based manufacturing for the next batch of products. The request seemed straight forward: find the problem, fix it and manufacture some new products.
Through careful analysis and testing, our in-house electronics and software engineers discovered that the original manufacturer had significantly altered the product design without permission and source code was missing. This meant that it was not possible for BitBox, or anyone, to 'just' replicate the existing model.
The challenge changed; now it was to deliver a solution quickly enabling our client to continue to provide the scanners, thus minimising financial loss and preserving the company’s reputation.
We worked closely with MD Jo Briault to recover Pet-ID’s investments and get reliable products back on the market.
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Within three months of receiving the order, BitBox had redesigned, prototyped and begun volume manufacturing the new, high quality Pet-ID scanners. In addition, BitBox's manufacturing team are now proactively managing the product life cycle and monitoring components for any potential obsolescence issues to ensure the product remains current. Pet-ID and their customers have access to quality products with full confidence in our BitBox Return Merchandise Authorisation warranty.
To explore taking your idea to market or bringing a product back to the UK for issue resolution, please contact us.