GlobeIn has sent the following email to its subscribers, further explaining box availability & program changes
tl;dr: GlobeIn’s Artisans don’t have enough production capacity to fulfill a single theme each month. Select your theme in your account or skip if you aren’t interested in the available themes. Theme availability will start improving in March.
I have an important update about your January Artisan Box theme choices and about the changes coming to the Artisan Box in 2017.
The demand for the Artisan Box has been growing. Every month YOU are employing hundreds of artisans all over the world and helping them create a better life for their families. Without you, GlobeIn would not exist and many artisans would not have access to fair wages and the global economy.
In 2016 we started reaching production capacity with many of our existing artisan groups in remote areas around the world. You might have noticed a few hiccups over the last few months: one product was delayed, another one had to be substituted at the last minute.
Moving forward, we have devised a new sourcing strategy for 2017 and beyond. Starting March 2017, we are planning on sourcing multiple Artisan Box themes each month rather than just one. This will enable us to place smaller, more manageable orders with more artisans, and ensure that all products arrive to you on time. This means more products, more options, more partnerships and more impact!
As the demand for the Artisan Box grows, we anticipate new themes to sell out. On our end, we promise that you will always have multiple theme options to choose from every month. If you do not like the themes offered, you always have the option to skip a month. We NEVER want you to receive something that you are not happy with.
January and February will be transitional months.
We have very short availability of the newly-curated themes for the next few months. A few important things that you need to know:
1) Not all current subscribers will be able to choose the newly-curated theme: we are prioritizing Artisan Box members that have previously received all of our themes. (We don’t want anyone to get a repeat box unless you want it!)
2) New subscribers will not receive the newly-curated themes in the next few months. Instead, you will get to choose from a variety of other exciting boxes.
***Please login to your subscription settings now to see what themes are available to you.***
3) If the newly-curated theme is not available, don’t worry! You will have a chance to get it in the future: we are creating a waitlist and will let you know as soon as it is in stock.
4) Remember, you can always skip a month if you are not happy with your current theme options!
You will receive a regular email about your January theme choices and add-ons on January 2nd.
P.S. Some of our members that follow subscription box review sites are wondering why we are still releasing spoilers for the January box even though we won’t have it available for all the current subscribers.
To explain, we are a very small startup and blogs are an effective and affordable way to reach new customers. By providing bloggers with new content to share (like spoilers), we maintain affordable pricing for our customers as well as fair wages for our artisans. We work with a tiny group of bloggers (that we really appreciate!) and any boxes we send them for review purposes do not impact the availability of boxes we have for our customers in any way.
DEAL: You can use code WELCOME to save $10 on your first box of a 3+ month subscription.
OR through 1/10: Use coupon code FREESCARF to get a free Fair Trade scarf with a 3-month Artisan box subscription!