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2005: more sweat, more ideas, more love …

IT’S DECEMBER AGAIN? As we end our fourth year of publication here at Instore magazine, things are definitely winging along at the speed of light. 

Some highlights: 

In an independent poll of close to 500 jewelers conducted by the Jewelry Industry Opinion Council, retailers chose Instore, for the third consecutive year, as the industry magazine they value most, giving us more votes than the other four major American industry publications combined. (You’ll notice that, in this month’s Editor’s Note picture, my head is a wee bit bigger than usual. Those survey results are the reason.)  

Like my head, our mag got bigger ? much bigger, and we launched a bunch of new idea-filled departments for you ? monthly features like ?Benchmarks?, ?Style Counsel?, ?Know It All?, and ?Manager’s To-Do List?. Plus, we improved, expanded and otherwise refined other popular sections like ?Cool Stores?, ?Tip Sheet?, and ?New Arrivals?. Plus, we gave you some of our biggest lead packages ever ? including a 50-page ?America’s Coolest Stores? edition and a ground-breaking analysis of a jeweler at the crossroads we published in October called ?What’s Next??  

Whew! We worked hard ? really hard ? to give our readers an information package they could use to make real improvements in their businesses. We hope we succeeded. Now it’s time to turn our sights to 2oo6, when we’re determined to provide you with even more rich, chewy goodness in our expanded editorial package, debuting next month. See you then! 

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Wishing you the very best business …
David Squires 
Executive Editor and Associate Publisher 
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Going Out of Business Is an Emotional Journey. Wilkerson Is There to Make It Easier.

Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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Chalk It Up

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2005: more sweat, more ideas, more love …

IT’S DECEMBER AGAIN? As we end our fourth year of publication here at Instore magazine, things are definitely winging along at the speed of light. 

Some highlights: 

In an independent poll of close to 500 jewelers conducted by the Jewelry Industry Opinion Council, retailers chose Instore, for the third consecutive year, as the industry magazine they value most, giving us more votes than the other four major American industry publications combined. (You’ll notice that, in this month’s Editor’s Note picture, my head is a wee bit bigger than usual. Those survey results are the reason.)  

Like my head, our mag got bigger ? much bigger, and we launched a bunch of new idea-filled departments for you ? monthly features like ?Benchmarks?, ?Style Counsel?, ?Know It All?, and ?Manager’s To-Do List?. Plus, we improved, expanded and otherwise refined other popular sections like ?Cool Stores?, ?Tip Sheet?, and ?New Arrivals?. Plus, we gave you some of our biggest lead packages ever ? including a 50-page ?America’s Coolest Stores? edition and a ground-breaking analysis of a jeweler at the crossroads we published in October called ?What’s Next??  

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Whew! We worked hard ? really hard ? to give our readers an information package they could use to make real improvements in their businesses. We hope we succeeded. Now it’s time to turn our sights to 2oo6, when we’re determined to provide you with even more rich, chewy goodness in our expanded editorial package, debuting next month. See you then! 

Wishing you the very best business …
David Squires 
Executive Editor and Associate Publisher 
(Click here

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials | Sollberger’s

Going Out of Business Is an Emotional Journey. Wilkerson Is There to Make It Easier.

Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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