Press Releases Edge Retail Academy Partners with IJO Partnership to strengthen businesses of IJO Members. Published 2 years ago on March 3, 2020 By INSTORE Staff Stephen Barnes, Becka Johnson Kibby, David Brown, Edge Retail Academy Share Tweet (PRESS RELEASE) The Edge Retail Academy (ERA), the leading retail jewelry business advising company, is partnering with the Independent Jewelers Organization (IJO) to bring its jewelers unique benefits. At the recent IJO Buying Show ERA Co-Founder and President David Brown and IJO President and CEO Jeff Roberts announced that ERA and IJO are strengthening their relationship by offering an exclusive Retirement Readiness program to the IJO Members. Jimmy Degroot Video: Fix the ‘Glitches’ in Your Jewelry Business Jimmy Degroot Video: Everyone in Your Jewelry Store Can Get Along. Here’s How. Jimmy Degroot Video: Discounting Your Jewelry Can Send the Wrong Message In addition, ERA will create a community of data that helps IJO members grow their businesses by enabling IJO retailers to easily view top selling vendors, categories and products as well as compare their business KPI’s against other IJO member stores. “We worked hard to put together the most comprehensive program we could to benefit our IJO jewelers and vendors,” said Mr. Roberts. “We, here at IJO, are excited to help all our members to grow stronger, smarter and more efficient.” Stephen Barnes Joins Edge Retail Academy ERA also announced that Stephen Barnes has joined its team as a Business Advisor, exclusive to IJO members. Advertisement Stephen is a 20+ year member of IJO and a retailer of his family’s jewelry business, Barnes Jewelers. “Bringing Stephen onboard as a Business Advisor is a natural fit,” said Mr. Brown. “Stephen has been an advanced Edge software user since 2003 and an Edge Retail Academy client himself since 2005. He will be able to convey the strategies that ERA provides, with clear examples from his own experiences.” Mr. Barnes provided consultations to IJO members at last week’s IJO Buying Show. Related Topics: IJOThe Edge Retail Academy click to Comment(Comment) Up Next Ostbye Celebrates 100 Year Anniversary in 2020 Don't Miss Jewelers of America Accepting Entries for the 2020 CASE Awards Advertisement SPONSORED VIDEO Thinking of Liquidating? Think: Wilkerson When Peter Reines, owner of Reines Jewelers in Charlottesville, VA, decided it was time to turn over the “reins” of his 45-year-old business to Jessica and Kevin Rogers, he chose Wilkerson to run his liquidation sale. 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