Local’s product to be featured on QVC2
By Emily Banks Wooten
The ancient proverb, “Necessity is the mother of invention” has proven true for one local mother. Pamela M. Thiel, a single mother of two boys, Dylan and Hayden, invented The Remote Retriever, an electronic accessory to help find lost or misplaced remote controls.
“In November of 2019, my nonverbal autistic son, Hayden, lost three remote controls. After purchasing new remotes at $60 each, I thought there has to be an easy way to find a remote. The following year while visiting my Dad, I found out that his remote was missing, too. I ordered him a new one and then another one a few weeks later. This is where the idea for The Remote Retriever was born,” Thiel said.
“Now that we have launched, we will be one of the featured companies on QVC Small Business Spotlight. Tune in to QVC2 at 2 p.m. Central on Saturday to see The Remote Retriever featured on air,” Thiel said.
The Remote Retriever was selected by Qurate Retail GroupSM for its 2022 Small Business Spotlight, an initiative to support entrepreneurs from underrepresented groups by giving participants more opportunities for national exposure. The program, which launched in 2020 and is now in its third year, builds on Qurate Retail Group’s longstanding foundation of supporting small businesses and reflects the company’s commitment to increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups.
The exciting news is that The Remote Retriever will be one of five small businesses featured in a live program on QVC2 to celebrate disability-owned small businesses in honor of National Disability Employment Awareness Month. The show is an opportunity for The Remote Retriever to share its brand story with QVC viewers nationwide.
The Remote Retriever comes in both black and white and retails for $59.99. It is an electronic accessory that helps individuals find lost or misplaced remote controls quickly and easily with the touch of a button using Bluetooth technology up to a 150-foot range. The Remote Retriever includes two components called the base and the tag. The base is attached to the TV or another stationary object such as a TV stand, end table or coffee table and the tag is attached to the remote. Push the button on the base and the tag will emit a sound. Listen for the sound to locate the remote. Once the remote is found, push the button again to turn off the sound. If the button is not pushed after three minutes the sound will turn off automatically.
“Inventing it and bringing it to market has been a long labor of love. I continued to work on it day and night, even while in ICU at MD Anderson Cancer Center,” Thiel said, adding, “We hope to get to the point that we can donate a portion of our sales to autism awareness.”
Viewers can check their local listings for availability or watch live or on-demand on the QVC+ and HSN+ streaming experience available on the web at plus.qvc.com and plus.hsn.com. QVC+ and HSN+ are also widely available on popular streaming platforms, including Roku, Comcast X1, Xfinity Flex and X-Class TV, Amazon Fire TV, LG, Apple TV, Android TV, the Google Play Store and Google TV.
Throughout 2022, QVC has been promoting selected small businesses during certain months, including Black History Month in February, Women’s History Month in March, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May, National Military Appreciation Month in May, Pride Month in June, National Hispanic Heritage Month in September and National Disability Employment Awareness Month in October.
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