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[dropcap cap=W]elcome to instore’s “Big Survey,” year four. It’s one of our annual projects that I’m most proud of. And one we couldn’t do without tons of support from those who read and support our mag.[/dropcap]

As usual, there’s a truckload of useful information here. But I want to make clear that, if you’re an established jeweler with a mature business, you should be careful how you use it. For some questions, being in the middle of the pack is a reassuring result. But in many others, you should ask yourself, “Is average really where I want to be?” Because average is the opposite of extraordinary. And customers don’t remember average.

Inside you’ll learn many interesting things about the finances, expenses, inventory and policies of American jewelers. But my personal favorite stuff is when we ask you about your life. A few lifestyle nuggests:

[li] You guys are definitely not fresh-faced babes. In fact, 60 percent of you are 50 or older. Which means that while you may not feel old, you are at least eligible to receive AARP magazine.[/li]

[li] 74 percent of you are at least pretty happy with your professional life (rating it 7 or higher on a 1-10 scale). And 82 percent of you are happy with your life as a whole.[/li]

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[li] Almost half of you (47 percent) see yourself as lovers of jewelry who run stores, while the other half see yourself as businesspeople who sell jewelry. Hmmm

Lots more inside. Enjoy the issue![/li]

Wishing you the very best in business!

[email protected]

[span class=note]This story is from the October 2010 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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Editor’s Note: Attention: Truckload of Useful Information Ahead

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[dropcap cap=W]elcome to instore’s “Big Survey,” year four. It’s one of our annual projects that I’m most proud of. And one we couldn’t do without tons of support from those who read and support our mag.[/dropcap]

As usual, there’s a truckload of useful information here. But I want to make clear that, if you’re an established jeweler with a mature business, you should be careful how you use it. For some questions, being in the middle of the pack is a reassuring result. But in many others, you should ask yourself, “Is average really where I want to be?” Because average is the opposite of extraordinary. And customers don’t remember average.

Inside you’ll learn many interesting things about the finances, expenses, inventory and policies of American jewelers. But my personal favorite stuff is when we ask you about your life. A few lifestyle nuggests:

[li] You guys are definitely not fresh-faced babes. In fact, 60 percent of you are 50 or older. Which means that while you may not feel old, you are at least eligible to receive AARP magazine.[/li]

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[li] 74 percent of you are at least pretty happy with your professional life (rating it 7 or higher on a 1-10 scale). And 82 percent of you are happy with your life as a whole.[/li]

[li] Almost half of you (47 percent) see yourself as lovers of jewelry who run stores, while the other half see yourself as businesspeople who sell jewelry. Hmmm

Lots more inside. Enjoy the issue![/li]

Wishing you the very best in business!

[email protected]

[span class=note]This story is from the October 2010 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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Continue Reading
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Retirement Made Easy with Wilkerson

The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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