The Quarterly Xplorer: Wholesale Newsletter Q2 2023
Hello from quarter three! Wild to think we’re already halfway through the year! We hope this newsletter finds you in good spirits and thriving in your business endeavors. As we enter the third quarter of 2023, we would like to take a moment to reflect on the exciting developments and accomplishments of the past quarter, as well as share our plans for the future.
New Rep Group - Diverse Marketing & Texas (Dallas Summer Market showroom):
We are thrilled to announce our partnership with Diverse Marketing, a dynamic and diverse rep group based in Texas. With their extensive industry knowledge and expertise, we are confident that this collaboration will bring even more success for the Xplorer Maps brand. Our National Sales Manager, Kevin Haveron, recently attended the Dallas Summer Market; here’s what he had to say:
“I just got back from our new trade show booth at the Dallas Summer Market. We have a beautiful spot in the Diverse Marketing Permanent Showroom. It was a really busy week, and the Diverse reps were amazing!!! Despite the mid-June, oven-like temperatures in Dallas, Xplorer Maps had quite a few new customers drop in and check out our Texas product line. The Diverse folks really look after their buyers and their vendors. The food was great, the showroom was really impressive, and it had a laid-back sales vibe with lots of cool brands to choose from.
We are really happy to be with this exciting rep group and look forward to building our brand in partnership with Diverse. They have showrooms in Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Seattle, and Dallas. Our trade shows are done for the summer, but we look forward to seeing you in October at the Las Vegas Resort, Souvenir & Gift Show, Ocean City Resort Gift Expo in Maryland, in November at the Smoky Mountain Gift Show in Gatlinburg, and for the first, Xplorer Maps is exhibiting at the Grand Strand Gift Show in Myrtle Beach, S.C . in early December. Come on by and say “Hi” to see our 4 new map releases and new products for 2024!"
XM Direct - Xplorer Maps Wholesale Store
Streamlining the wholesale ordering process is a priority for us. We know how hectic it can be during the busiest months, and that’s why we’re making it easier for you to order when you need that restock! Our new wholesale store, XM Direct, allows you to create a unique login where you will be able to order 24/7 whenever it’s most convenient for YOU!
Please follow this link to request a wholesale account today!
We are delighted and beyond grateful that our new product launches have been nothing short of amazing. We set the bar pretty high, and sales continue to exceed our expectations. The star performers of this quarter have been our Kitchen Towels and Travel Drinkware collections. These products have resonated strongly with your stores and customers and continue to gain popularity. We are currently planning our inventories for 2024, and we promise we will not be taken by surprise again!
The second quarter of each year is pretty quiet for trade show travel but we enjoyed a successful few days at the Northern Michigan Trade Show, where we connected with industry professionals and showcased our latest offerings. The positive response received and the number of new accounts was exciting as our Michigan line-up continues to be a top 5 best-seller nationwide for the 3rd consecutive year!
New Accounts Opened
We are pleased to welcome 100+ new accounts to the Xplorer Maps Family in Q2. The continued support and trust in our brand from our existing customers have allowed us to expand our reach, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve these new customers.
Hopes for Q3 2023
In the coming months, we have several exciting initiatives and map releases planned for Q3. Here's a glimpse of what to expect:
Las Vegas Souvenir & Gift Show, October 4-7:
As we approach the end of Q3, we will be heading to the Vegas Gift Show, where we will be unveiling FOUR NEW maps: The Outer Banks, The Finger Lakes, and new state maps of Minnesota and Utah. We will showcase finished product samples to our buyers for all of the above maps, with the product shipping in late winter of 2024.
Natural Stone Coasters (“collage” design only):
We are pleased to introduce our latest product addition - MADE IN THE USA natural stone coasters. These exceptionally high-quality, elegant, and durable coasters are now available for the first wave of 10 map designs, and we are confident they will be a hit among your customers.
Loyalty Program for Wholesalers
We value your continued support and want to show our appreciation. That's why we are finalizing a loyalty program exclusively for our wholesale partners to be rolled out later this year. Stay tuned for further details, as this program will offer exciting benefits and rewards.