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Editor’s Note: Trace Shelton On Putting It All Together

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Last-minute efforts can tip the holiday sales scales.

BY TRACE SHELTON

Your store won’t have the “it factor” this holiday season unless you dot your Is and cross your Ts. By now, your inventory and marketing strategies should be in place, but taking care of all the little things is what will really put your fourth quarter results over the top.

That’s where our lead story comes in. This holiday “how-to” provides last-minute tips and advice on merchandising, events, human resources, digital marketing, display, and even maintaining your personal well-being during the biggest jewelry shopping season of the year. From choosing the right scent to connecting with top customers, from semi-custom gift ideas to social media pointers, this one’s got everything you need to fire on all cylinders over the next couple of months.

If that’s not enough to prepare you for the holidays — and really, can you ever be too prepared? — check out our “Prime Numbers” section on Thanksgiving weekend shopping trends, Shane Decker’s column on making holiday selling fun, “Ask INSTORE” on holiday signage advice, and “New Arrivals” on the ring styles you absolutely have to have in your showcases this December.

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But none of these ideas means a thing by itself; you’ve got to put them into action. So take this knowledge and mix well with elbow grease. After all, only you and your team can make “it” happen. And when you do, “it” will begin to look a lot like (a profitable) Christmas!

This article originally appeared in the November 2014 edition of INSTORE.

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When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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Editor’s Note: Trace Shelton On Putting It All Together

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Last-minute efforts can tip the holiday sales scales.

BY TRACE SHELTON

Your store won’t have the “it factor” this holiday season unless you dot your Is and cross your Ts. By now, your inventory and marketing strategies should be in place, but taking care of all the little things is what will really put your fourth quarter results over the top.

That’s where our lead story comes in. This holiday “how-to” provides last-minute tips and advice on merchandising, events, human resources, digital marketing, display, and even maintaining your personal well-being during the biggest jewelry shopping season of the year. From choosing the right scent to connecting with top customers, from semi-custom gift ideas to social media pointers, this one’s got everything you need to fire on all cylinders over the next couple of months.

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If that’s not enough to prepare you for the holidays — and really, can you ever be too prepared? — check out our “Prime Numbers” section on Thanksgiving weekend shopping trends, Shane Decker’s column on making holiday selling fun, “Ask INSTORE” on holiday signage advice, and “New Arrivals” on the ring styles you absolutely have to have in your showcases this December.

But none of these ideas means a thing by itself; you’ve got to put them into action. So take this knowledge and mix well with elbow grease. After all, only you and your team can make “it” happen. And when you do, “it” will begin to look a lot like (a profitable) Christmas!

This article originally appeared in the November 2014 edition of INSTORE.

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SPONSORED VIDEO

Wilkerson Testimonials

If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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