Nancy Tedeschi wasn’t trying to invent a breakthrough product when she came up with the idea for her SnapIt screw. But that is just what happened.
Tedeschi’s innovative, time-saving screws, which take the pain out of eyeglass repair, have become a big deal in the optical industry. In the 2 years since the distributor OptiSource International introduced SnapIt at the Vision Expo East in New York, more than 5 million screws have been sold. OptiSource International sells SnapIt screws in 26 hinge and eyewear designs and plans are in place for the line to grow to approximately 35 screw sizes that will fit every type of frame. She has also expanded into the Global markets where she is selling her screws. Tedeschi has several patents and patents pending around the world.
Since its launch, SnapIt has won the top prize and the People’s Choice Award at the National Invention Contest sponsored by the Inventor’s Club of Kansas City, and received an Award of Excellence from the American Optical Laboratories Association, An award from the Australian Optical Association, the 2012 Entrepreneur award from the Greater Washington Technology Alliance Association and most recently took first price in the Walmart Get On The Shelf contest.
With the optical industry business in place, Tedeschi is moving into retail sales. She is currently selling her repair kits in Walgreen’s, Rite-Aid, Office Depot, Ace Hardware, True Value, Lee Valley Tools, Kerr Drugs, Bi-Mart, Bartell’s, Amazon.com, Walmart.com and Drugstore.com