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Editor’s Note: Fresh Start

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Find new ways to wow your engagement
and wedding clients in this issue

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


Welcome to INSTORE’s annual engagement
and wedding issue. This year, it’s all
about new beginnings.

One of the best things about being a jewelry
retailer is sharing in the hope, joy and
commitment of happy couples — because
an engagement ring wraps all of those
beautiful qualities into a tangible and eternal
package of the most precious materials
known to man. And you get to deliver it.

That’s why, each year, we pack this
special issue with the top new products,
success stories, tips and advice in the
engagement and wedding category that we
can find. By doing so, we hope to provide
you with fresh thoughts about what to offer
incoming shoppers and how to approach
the sales presentation. In effect, a new
beginning of your own.

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Speaking of new beginnings, this issue
also marks my first as the new editor-in-chief
of INSTORE, and I couldn’t be more
excited about taking the reins (although I
am a bit nervous to follow in the footsteps
of David Squires, the man who invented
INSTORE, and who is still very much with
us as group editorial director).

From my early days as an advertising
professional back in the late 1990s, I’ve
worked with independent jewelry retailers
and have always admired your entrepreneurial
spirit and willingness to try new
ideas. That’s also what drew me to INSTORE
(my first story appeared way back
in the December 2003 issue), and that’s
why I’m super-pumped to be back on the
magazine full-time.

Our goals haven’t changed: We still aim
to deliver the most incisive business advice
in the industry while also telling your
stories, because it’s through those stories
that we can all celebrate what it means to
be a jeweler.

Happy to be on board, and hope you
enjoy the issue!

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ONE QUICK QUESTION

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Has the way you
sell wedding jewelry
changed much in the
last 10 years?

36%

Yes, drastically

50%

Yes, somewhat

12%

No, very little

2%

Not at all

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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

Editor’s Note: Fresh Start

Published

on

Find new ways to wow your engagement
and wedding clients in this issue

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


Welcome to INSTORE’s annual engagement
and wedding issue. This year, it’s all
about new beginnings.

One of the best things about being a jewelry
retailer is sharing in the hope, joy and
commitment of happy couples — because
an engagement ring wraps all of those
beautiful qualities into a tangible and eternal
package of the most precious materials
known to man. And you get to deliver it.

Advertisement

That’s why, each year, we pack this
special issue with the top new products,
success stories, tips and advice in the
engagement and wedding category that we
can find. By doing so, we hope to provide
you with fresh thoughts about what to offer
incoming shoppers and how to approach
the sales presentation. In effect, a new
beginning of your own.

Speaking of new beginnings, this issue
also marks my first as the new editor-in-chief
of INSTORE, and I couldn’t be more
excited about taking the reins (although I
am a bit nervous to follow in the footsteps
of David Squires, the man who invented
INSTORE, and who is still very much with
us as group editorial director).

From my early days as an advertising
professional back in the late 1990s, I’ve
worked with independent jewelry retailers
and have always admired your entrepreneurial
spirit and willingness to try new
ideas. That’s also what drew me to INSTORE
(my first story appeared way back
in the December 2003 issue), and that’s
why I’m super-pumped to be back on the
magazine full-time.

Our goals haven’t changed: We still aim
to deliver the most incisive business advice
in the industry while also telling your
stories, because it’s through those stories
that we can all celebrate what it means to
be a jeweler.

Happy to be on board, and hope you
enjoy the issue!

TRACE SHELTON

Advertisement

ONE QUICK QUESTION

Has the way you
sell wedding jewelry
changed much in the
last 10 years?

36%

Yes, drastically

50%

Yes, somewhat

12%

No, very little

Advertisement
2%

Not at all

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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