I don’t know about you, but spilling coffee, water and even soda on my computer keyboard seems to happen often. When it happens, I think that I won’t drink coffee, water or soda around my computer ever again. But, unfortunately, that doesn’t stop me. And it’s not just me. I see my staff doing the same thing. As all this spillage, through the years, it has cost me thousands and thousands of dollars in new computers and office equipment.
Recently I heard about a new product called “Kup Buddy” that holds your coffee, water and soda in place while you are at your computer and work station. The Kup Buddy is a plastic cup holder that sits by your computer. (It can actually travel with you from your desk to the conference room to your colleague's office, etc.) It looks like a portable cup holder that you would see in your car.
I decided to get one and try it out. When it arrived in the mail about a week later, I was excited. I thought, maybe now I won’t have any more spills. But when it came in, I wasn’t very impressed with the package and was a little skeptical. I opened the box, put the Kup Buddy on my desk and went to get a cup of coffee in a Styrofoam cup. I put the cup in the Kup Buddy and you know what? I haven’t spilled coffee, water or soda on my computer since I got it!
I spoke with the product’s business development officer, Len Oppenheimer, and asked about the packaging. I felt that it was different than the usual in-store packaging. The cup holder comes in a yellow box with orange and brown writing. It reminded me of something I had once seen in the 1970’s and was curious why he decided to go with this particular choice of packaging.