The Quarterly Xplorer: Wholesale Newsletter Q1 2023
The new year is up and rolling! We’ve had a busy season thus far, attending six different trade shows from coast to coast. We truly appreciate your continued support of the Xplorer Maps brand and ethos. We’re excited about new maps being released, new products, and new connections in the coming year. Thanks for coming along on the adventure, and please read on for a synopsis of Q1 and the exciting things to come for Xplorer Maps in Q2!
Drinkware: In late January, we released our new line of 16 oz. double-wall stainless steel drinkware and the early season response from buyers has been amazing, so much so that we’re pretty confident these will become a top-seller in 2023! With over 45 different map designs, your customers can take their favorite place with them anywhere they go! Always remember that Xplorer Maps has no minimums, so it’s really easy to add this product to your XM Collection. Bonus perk: their sleek design means they fit in virtually every cup holder imaginable!
Kitchen Towels: Our new line of colorful kitchen towels arrived in our warehouse just a few weeks ago. They’re made of 100% cotton flour sack, measure 18x24 inches, and are designed for maximum absorbency.
With over 45 different map designs in stock, it’s easy to find “the place” that fits best for your store and customers. Functional, stunning artwork and vibrantly colored detail make these a unique and eye-catching addition. Order yours today!
Kevin, Greg, and Emily Rose have been true road warriors thus far in 2023, exhibiting at six different shows (Dallas-Anchorage-Las Vegas Market-Philly-Denver-Portland PLA). We are humbled by the continued growth of our brand, with well over 100 new accounts climbing on board the Xplorer Maps train in Q1. Together with the ongoing support from our existing customers, we’re excited to report Q1 record sales for a 3rd consecutive year.
Our full product line of 16 different products is now available for our most recently released maps; Chesapeake Bay (MD/VA), Cape May (NJ), and the state of Pennsylvania. With such a diverse, high quality and growing selection of products to choose from, there are now so many different types of stores that the Xplorer Maps brand works well in. Please review our entire “Collection” and see what the best fit for your store and customers is.
…& HOPES FOR Q2 2023
New! Online Ordering Platform
Dedicated login with password protection for easier ordering!
It’s finally here (beginning mid-April at least! ). You’ve been asking us for a while now to help make the ordering process more convenient and accessible. And that’s what we deliver for you with our dedicated Wholesale Log-In page on our redesigned and reimagined website.
On the home page, you will simply click on the tab in the upper right corner labeled “Wholesale.” It will walk you through a couple of easy steps to initially set up your password-protected login, which you can then access 24/7/365. From there, you can submit your orders by simply adding the products and quantities you want directly into your cart. How exciting!
And, of course, if you prefer to order directly through one of our Rep Groups or Kevin here in Missoula, those options will never go away. Your choice, whatever is easiest for you as the season gets underway.
New Opportunity: Free Shipping Monthly Contest
Each month (beginning right now!), Xplorer Maps will randomly select a winner to receive FREE SHIPPING on your next order (up to $200). All you have to do to have a chance to win is the following:
- Send a “brief testimonial” to Kevin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include answers to the questions: What do you love about our brand? How awesome is our customer service? What are your customers saying about the products?
- Attach a high-quality store photo of your XM product collection display. And that’s all! Each month, Emily Rose will announce the winner on our socials and on our website.
New Opportunity: JPEG product and/or lifestyle images ready and available for your use
Have you often wanted to get our products up on your own website but haven’t had the bandwidth to make it happen? We can help!
Please send an email request to either Emily Rose (email@example.com Media and Communications Manager) or Tara (firstname.lastname@example.org (Marketing & Advertising Manager). We will provide you with everything you need to get started and help increase your sales.
Natural Stone “Collage” Coasters: We have contemplated bringing these back for a few years now and finally found the perfect MADE-IN-THE-USA manufacturer to create these stunning pieces for Xplorer Maps.
The rough stone blanks are imported Turkish marble. Each blank is carefully cut, carved, and shaped, and the end result is a beautifully printed, full-color stone coaster. Each set of 4 creates a gorgeous “montage” of one of our 60+ hand-drawn map designs. Sold in a custom gift box for easy display, these unique coaster sets will make a stunning gift for family and friends to showcase at the home, office, or cabin.
These made-to-order custom coaster sets are available in any of our map designs and will be shipping in early May! The MOQ (minimum order quantity) is very low (only six sets!). Please allow 3-4 weeks to deliver this new, fully custom product. ORDER NOW to get in the production queue!
Upcoming Trade Shows
Northern Michigan Gift & Souvenir Show - Gaylord, MI - April 3-5 - Booth #527
San Francisco Now - San Francisco, CA - April 27-28 - Booth #611
What's Next?! New Products and maps coming soon!
Looking way ahead toward the Fall, Xplorer Maps will be unveiling FIVE new map lines at the Las Vegas Gift & Souvenir Show the 1st week of October. State maps of Utah and Minnesota; two amazing travel destinations in The Outer Banks (NC) and The Finger Lakes (NY); and an exciting new collaborative project with Ecology Project International featuring Costa Rica!! Each new map will be released with all the best-sellers from our product collection.
New Products Ideas
Xplorer Maps unveils 2-3 new products each Fall in Las Vegas, and these decisions are based primarily on your feedback. We want……and value…… your input! We are already working on prototypes and production samples for a few new items that you folks have previously suggested, but please tell us more! The next three months is our window of opportunity for 2024.
What do you want to see in your stores from Xplorer Maps? Please send an email to Kevin (email@example.com) and let us know.
Thanks for reading, everyone, and if you’ve come this far, you’ve earned a $50 credit in FREE PRODUCT with your next order if shipped prior to the end of May.
Congratulations, and good luck this season. We’ll touch base again in 3 months with more news and updates. Happy Spring!
The Xplorer Maps Team