Mini Travelmate Car Seta Stroller – Alone
If you studied business in college or work for a company that develops products I am sure you are familiar with the product life cycle stages. All products have a lifespan and go through the general stages of its cycle. The first is development. This is a involved process that typically uses a lot of resources and returns no revenue as there is not a product to sell yet. Then you move into the introduction stage as the product becomes available on the market and progresses on through the remaining stages.
In my experience the development stage does not and should not stop once the product is introduced to the market. Products evolve and are modified and improved during its life cycle. Often times when you develop a product you enter the introduction stage with a minimum viable product (MVP). This is a product that offers the minimum features and functionality that is deemed acceptable to the market. This helps shorten the time to market so the product can begin generating revenue. Once the MVP is released the development continues so the next run or model can offer more to the end user.
Another reason the development needs to continue is because once a product hit the mass market and consumers start to use and abuse the product issues might be discovered that were not found during initial testing. Take the Mini Travelmate for instance. The idea behind the Mini Travelmate was to provide a more compact and economical version of the original Travelmate. To accomplish this, the large plastic plate was eliminated from the Mini and replaced with two smaller cross plates. This reduces the weight of the product and minimizes the amount of raw materials needed for production resulting in a lighter and more cost effective product. The other major changed was we eliminated using the polyurethane razor wheels and replaced them with less expensive rubber wheels.
The design modifications’ net result is a lighter more compact and less expensive version of the Travelmate that delivers the same convenience and maneuverability. However, now that the product has been on the market for almost a year we have had to make some changes. After the Mini Travelmate was on the market for a while and sales began to increase we were getting some customer complaints that the wheels were not rolling very well. Another issue was that some customers complained of a strong odor when they opened the box. We eventually pinpointed the odor to the wheels as well. So, the development of the mini has continued on through the life cycle stages and we have stopped using the rubbers wheels and went back to the good old orange razor wheels. The net result of the changes? A lighter, fully assembled, less expensive version of the Travelmate that rolls smooth and doesn’t smell. And, most importantly, happy customers.
The other lesson here is to speak up. Don’t be afraid to call a company directly (preferably before you post a horrible review) and share your opinion and experience. Some companies actually listen. At least we do at Go-Go Babyz so if you have a question, concern, or complaint make sure to contact our customer service department.
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With the release of the Mini Travelmate we get a lot of questions about the Mini Travelmate compared to the original
Original Travelmate (QRKIDZ)
Travelmate model QRKIDZ. The Mini Travelmate is designed to serve the same purpose as the original; turn your toddler car seat into an airport stroller. Therefore the function of both products are the same. The differences are in the design and how they function.
The idea behind the Mini Travelmate is to provide a more compact and economical version of the original Travelmate. To accomplish this the large plastic plate has been eliminated from the Mini and replaced with two smaller cross plates. This reduces the weight of the product and minimizes the amount of raw materials needed for production resulting in a lighter and more eco-friendly product. The two cross plates provide a mounting place or the quick-release ratchet strap that is used to secure the car seat to the Mini Travelmate. In addition, the cross plates provide strength and stability. The other major difference is the Mini Travelmate has a metal support bar that folds down to provide support for the car seat. Car seats today are getting bigger and bigger and the support bar is designed to address that.
The design modifications’ net result is a lighter more compact and less expensive version of the Travelmate that delivers the same convenience and maneuverability.
See our QRKIDZ vs Mini Travelmate comparison chart for more details.
Check out our Travelmate Product Comparison Chart to see the differences between all the Travelmate products.
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Original Travelmate (QRKIDZ)
The original car seat stroller, the gogo kidzTravelmate, used to be a lonely product in its own category. Now we have the Travelmate Product Family which has five products that conveniently turn your car seat in to an airport stroller, and more. The Travelmate Family now consists of the original Travelmate (QRKIDZ), Mini Travelmate (NMTM), Travelmate Deluxe (TMDX), Travelmate Deluxe Cruizer (TMDC) and the Travelmate Car Seat Luggage Strap (CSLS).
In order to decide which Travelmate is best for you the first question you need to ask is will you be using it with an infant car seat or a toddler car seat? If you will be using it with a toddler car seat any of the five Travelmate products will work as long as your car seat is compatible. If you are going to use the Travelmate with an infant car seat you will have to use the Travelmate Deluxe or Deluxe Cruizer. These are the only two Travelmates that work with both infant and toddler car seats.
Another factor to consider is what you will be using the Travelmate for? If you will only be using it to transport your child and car seat through the airport then any will work but the Travelmate, Mini Travelmate and Travelmate Car Seat Luggage Strap are designed specifically for that purpose. The Travelmate Deluxe and Deluxe Cruizer, on the other hand, are a bit larger with front and rear wheels and a foot brake so both can also be used as a travel stroller. So, if you do not want to bring your bulky stroller on your trip but will need a stroller then the Travelmate Deluxe or Deluxe Cruizer will be your best choice. In addition, because it can be used as a compact stroller, The Travelmate Deluxe and Deluxe Cruizer are great for quick errands when you don’t want to load up your cumbersome stroller.
A note on the Travelmate Car Seat Luggage Strap: This product is a large strap with a quick-release ratchet buckle system that is used to attach your car seat to your carryon luggage allowing you to transport your child in their car seat while utilizing your luggage as the wheels and handle. So, before you make your purchase please make sure that you will be traveling with a roller carryon, otherwise the Travelmate Car Seat Luggage Strap will be of much use to you.
For more information on compatibility and Travelmate product comparisons please visit the links below.
Travelmate QRKIDZ compatibility
Mini Travelmate compatibility
Travelmate product comparison chart
Travelmate QRKIDZ vs Mini Travelmate comparion chart
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