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Do You Or Don’t You: Use Checklists?

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Yes, I Do

I use checklists when buying so I know what I need and don’t need. — Gayle Chinn, Chinn Jewelry, Royal Oak, MI

We have daily checklists for opening and closing the store and have used them for 40 years. They go a long way in ensuring that each critical procedure is completed and signed off on by the responsible party. — Rex Solomon, Houston Jewelry, Houston, TX

I use checklists to keep myself on task and organized. I also expect my employees to do the same. We try and refine our checklists as we move forward and learn about our process. — Adam Langdon, Adam Michael Jewelry, Omaha, NE

They’re helpful, but I need to be more disciplined to look at them! — Steve Neel, Steve Neel Jewelers, Palestine, TX

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Where don’t I use them? I cannot live without lists, from opening to closing and everything in between. — Elizabeth Breon, Coast Jewelers, Florence, OR

Opening every day, daily, weekly and monthly chores, maintenance jobs, advertising, inventory. etc. They are a great help to hold everyone accountable, especially the boss. — James Gattas, James Gattas Jewelers, Memphis, TN

Do Post-It notes everywhere count as checklists? It is very satisfying to tear one up each time I complete the reminder! — Loann Stokes, Stokes Jewelry, Stillwater, MN

We have a checklist white board for all of our custom jobs at different stages of completion. — Jennifer Farnes, Revolution Jewelry Works, Colorado Springs, CO

We use checklists when planning sales or putting on big events. After all, wouldn’t want to miss out on anything, right? — Teri Vogan, Vogan Gold & Silver Works, Colorado Springs, CO

I have to make to-do lists. That way, things are done. If I don’t, then as soon as I arrive at the store, things start happening and I forget the things I had to finish. — Shahraz Kassam, Shamin Jewellers, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada

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No, I Don’t

We have a strong routine that allows us to do our job efficiently without the use of checklists. — Theresa Namie, Stephen Vincent Design, Minneapolis, MN

Not enough employees to warrant doing one. Everyone is responsible for their part of the ship. — Elysia Demers, Barnhardt Jewelers, Spencer, NC

Most of what we need to do daily is self-evident. Would it help? Possibly. — Deric Metzger, DeMer Jewelry, Oceanside, CA

When I wake up each day my mental checklist is already fully functioning. — Hank Haan, Haan Jewelers, Byron Center, MI

This article originally appeared in the March 2016 edition of INSTORE.

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Do You Or Don’t You: Use Checklists?

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Yes, I Do

I use checklists when buying so I know what I need and don’t need. — Gayle Chinn, Chinn Jewelry, Royal Oak, MI

We have daily checklists for opening and closing the store and have used them for 40 years. They go a long way in ensuring that each critical procedure is completed and signed off on by the responsible party. — Rex Solomon, Houston Jewelry, Houston, TX

I use checklists to keep myself on task and organized. I also expect my employees to do the same. We try and refine our checklists as we move forward and learn about our process. — Adam Langdon, Adam Michael Jewelry, Omaha, NE

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They’re helpful, but I need to be more disciplined to look at them! — Steve Neel, Steve Neel Jewelers, Palestine, TX

Where don’t I use them? I cannot live without lists, from opening to closing and everything in between. — Elizabeth Breon, Coast Jewelers, Florence, OR

Opening every day, daily, weekly and monthly chores, maintenance jobs, advertising, inventory. etc. They are a great help to hold everyone accountable, especially the boss. — James Gattas, James Gattas Jewelers, Memphis, TN

Do Post-It notes everywhere count as checklists? It is very satisfying to tear one up each time I complete the reminder! — Loann Stokes, Stokes Jewelry, Stillwater, MN

We have a checklist white board for all of our custom jobs at different stages of completion. — Jennifer Farnes, Revolution Jewelry Works, Colorado Springs, CO

We use checklists when planning sales or putting on big events. After all, wouldn’t want to miss out on anything, right? — Teri Vogan, Vogan Gold & Silver Works, Colorado Springs, CO

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I have to make to-do lists. That way, things are done. If I don’t, then as soon as I arrive at the store, things start happening and I forget the things I had to finish. — Shahraz Kassam, Shamin Jewellers, Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada


No, I Don’t

We have a strong routine that allows us to do our job efficiently without the use of checklists. — Theresa Namie, Stephen Vincent Design, Minneapolis, MN

Not enough employees to warrant doing one. Everyone is responsible for their part of the ship. — Elysia Demers, Barnhardt Jewelers, Spencer, NC

Most of what we need to do daily is self-evident. Would it help? Possibly. — Deric Metzger, DeMer Jewelry, Oceanside, CA

When I wake up each day my mental checklist is already fully functioning. — Hank Haan, Haan Jewelers, Byron Center, MI

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This article originally appeared in the March 2016 edition of INSTORE.

JOIN THE BRAIN SQUAD!

To share your hot sellers and see collected responses from our monthly surveys, owners and top managers of U.S.-based jewelry stores are invited to join INSTORE’s Brain Squad at: instoremag.com/brainsquad.

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It’s Going to Set Us Up Very Nicely for Retirement

You’ve worked hard all your life. And if you’re like most jewelers contemplating retirement, you’re hoping that your going-out-of-business sale will add to your nest egg — with minimal complications. That’s exactly what Doug and Jacki Friedrich, fourth-generation owners of Friedrich Jewelers Inc., of Vernon, Conn., experienced when they selected Wilkerson to run their sale. “Jewelers who are contemplating a sale should go with Wilkerson because of their experience,” says Doug. And with financial goals “exceeding expectations,” the couple can now focus on enjoying the next chapter of their lives. “It’s going to set us up very nicely for retirement,” says Jacki. “The money’s coming in and we have no complaints. It’s been wonderful.”

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