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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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For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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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

Celebrate Your Retirement with Wilkerson

For nearly three decades, Suzanne and Tom Arnold ran a successful business at Facets Fine Jewelry in Arlington, Va. But the time came when the Arnolds wanted to do some of the things you put off while you’ve got a business to run. “We decided it was time to retire,” says Suzanne, who claims the couple knew how to open a store, how to run a store but “didn’t know how to close a store.” So, they hired Wilkerson to do it for them. When she called, Suzanne says Wilkerson offered every option for the sale she could have hoped for. Better still, “the sale exceeded our financial goals like crazy,” she says. And customers came, not only to take advantage of the going-out-of-business buys and mark-downs, but to wish a bon voyage to the beloved proprietors of a neighborhood institution. “People were celebrating our retirement, and that was so special,” says says.

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