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Editor’s Note: Eileen McClelland’s Number Crunch

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Learn to love your inner bean counter

BY EILEEN MCCLELLAND

This article originally appeared in the March 2015 edition of INSTORE.

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I admit, when it comes to this business, I’m attracted to and enchanted by the glamour and sparkle of the jewelry itself. I love to chat about what flashy new item caught your eye (or mine) in an ad or at a trade show, and how you will display it to best advantage. I enjoy learning about exciting new ideas for parties and events.

I’m fascinated by the cool, creative ways you’ve found to renovate and reinvent your spaces, too, and how environment meshes with the psychology of shopping.

Those are all important aspects of the jewelry retail business, but when it comes down to how your business will survive and thrive in increasingly competitive times, it is essential to take a look at the numbers, even when they seem intimidating.

In a recent Brain Squad survey, most respondents said they pay close attention to certain key performance indicators, ranging from foot traffic and fast sellers to profit margin and total sales numbers. But others said, “I wish I knew,” or “I’m not a numbers kind of guy,” or “I really should be better at this.”

So with that in mind, INSTORE’s Big Story this month focuses on what some of those key numbers are and why — especially if your business is struggling — you need to pay attention to them.
Dan Levinson, owner of Ellis Jewelers in Concord, NC, compares managing his business by the numbers to conducting a symphony.

“In a symphony, everybody’s got to be playing well, and if someone’s off-key it doesn’t sound good. In a jewelry store, you’ve got to curb discounting, have a proper markup on merchandise, and reorder fast sellers.”

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Otherwise, the business will be out of tune.

Wishing you the very best business,

Editor’s Note: Eileen McClelland’s Number Crunch

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When Sales Beat Projections, You Know Wilkerson Did Its Job

There are no crystal balls when it comes to sales projections. But when Thomasville, Georgia jeweler Fran Lewis chose Wilkerson to run the retirement/going-out-of-business sale for Lewis Jewelers and More, she was pleasantly surprised to learn that even Wilkerson could one-up its own sales numbers. “Not only did we meet our goal, but we exceeded the goal that Wilkerson had given us by about 134%,” she says. After more than 40 years in the business, Lewis says she decided a few years ago to “move towards retirement.” And she was impressed by Wilkerson’s tenure in the industry. Overall, she’d recommend the company to anyone else who may be thinking it’s time to hang up their loupe. “As a full package, they’ve done a very good job and I’d definitely recommend Wilkerson.”

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Editor’s Note: Eileen McClelland’s Number Crunch

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Learn to love your inner bean counter

BY EILEEN MCCLELLAND

This article originally appeared in the March 2015 edition of INSTORE.

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I admit, when it comes to this business, I’m attracted to and enchanted by the glamour and sparkle of the jewelry itself. I love to chat about what flashy new item caught your eye (or mine) in an ad or at a trade show, and how you will display it to best advantage. I enjoy learning about exciting new ideas for parties and events.

I’m fascinated by the cool, creative ways you’ve found to renovate and reinvent your spaces, too, and how environment meshes with the psychology of shopping.

Those are all important aspects of the jewelry retail business, but when it comes down to how your business will survive and thrive in increasingly competitive times, it is essential to take a look at the numbers, even when they seem intimidating.

In a recent Brain Squad survey, most respondents said they pay close attention to certain key performance indicators, ranging from foot traffic and fast sellers to profit margin and total sales numbers. But others said, “I wish I knew,” or “I’m not a numbers kind of guy,” or “I really should be better at this.”

So with that in mind, INSTORE’s Big Story this month focuses on what some of those key numbers are and why — especially if your business is struggling — you need to pay attention to them.
Dan Levinson, owner of Ellis Jewelers in Concord, NC, compares managing his business by the numbers to conducting a symphony.

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“In a symphony, everybody’s got to be playing well, and if someone’s off-key it doesn’t sound good. In a jewelry store, you’ve got to curb discounting, have a proper markup on merchandise, and reorder fast sellers.”

Otherwise, the business will be out of tune.

Wishing you the very best business,

Editor’s Note: Eileen McClelland’s Number Crunch

one quick question for jewelers

Advertisement

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

When Sales Beat Projections, You Know Wilkerson Did Its Job

There are no crystal balls when it comes to sales projections. But when Thomasville, Georgia jeweler Fran Lewis chose Wilkerson to run the retirement/going-out-of-business sale for Lewis Jewelers and More, she was pleasantly surprised to learn that even Wilkerson could one-up its own sales numbers. “Not only did we meet our goal, but we exceeded the goal that Wilkerson had given us by about 134%,” she says. After more than 40 years in the business, Lewis says she decided a few years ago to “move towards retirement.” And she was impressed by Wilkerson’s tenure in the industry. Overall, she’d recommend the company to anyone else who may be thinking it’s time to hang up their loupe. “As a full package, they’ve done a very good job and I’d definitely recommend Wilkerson.”

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