The votes are in, and Menlo Park’s Gibi Technologies owned by Synette Tom pulled out the win. Synette’s Gibi Pet Location Service is officially the fourth winner voted by America to be sold at Walmart.com through the retailer’s Get on the Shelf contest.
After the final category vote is wrapped up this week, the five winning products (including Gibi) will be made available for online pre-order at Walmart.com. Whichever winning product has the most pre-orders will be crowned the Grand Prize champion, bringing additional marketing support and the possibility of being sold in select Walmart stores.
Synette says she learned the news in a video conference “to get my reaction to winning or losing. I thought, that’s strange, why would they want my reaction if I lost, but I tried not to get too excited.” Sure enough, Walmart had good news for Synette. “When they said we won, I screamed with joy. It still feels very surreal,” Synette said.
According to Synette, “I especially want to thank family, friends and Gibi fans for their support and making Gibi the best gadget. Each and every vote made a difference.” She also underscored that there’s still one last round to go: “Please help us win the Grand Prize too. We greatly appreciate all your support.”