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What is it? It’s the number of inventory turns you should be shooting for per year. (Of course, if your turn is higher, all we have to say is … well played, sir, well played.) Typical is 1.1 to 1.4 turns per year, according to a 2001 Jewelers of America “Cost of Doing Business” survey. Your store’s profit margin is an important consideration here. Says David Geller: “A gross margin of 50 percent goes well with a turn of ‘one’. Less than that and you may have problems making profits”. Geller reasons that since most jewelers have profit margins in the 41 to 48 percent range, they need at least a 1.25 turn to stay healthy. And for optimum health, you should shoot for a 1.4 turn.

Strategy: How can you move your entire inventory an average of one and a half times per year? Two keys: 1.) Re-order fast sellers frequently – as often as weekly, and 2.) Have your hand on the switch, ready to euthanize any dogs the very instant they turn one year old. Be ruthless! Keep turning!

 

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Laurie Owen is senior vice president at Business Resource Services. Contact her at [email protected].

[span class=note]This story is from the January 2006 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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What is it? It’s the number of inventory turns you should be shooting for per year. (Of course, if your turn is higher, all we have to say is … well played, sir, well played.) Typical is 1.1 to 1.4 turns per year, according to a 2001 Jewelers of America “Cost of Doing Business” survey. Your store’s profit margin is an important consideration here. Says David Geller: “A gross margin of 50 percent goes well with a turn of ‘one’. Less than that and you may have problems making profits”. Geller reasons that since most jewelers have profit margins in the 41 to 48 percent range, they need at least a 1.25 turn to stay healthy. And for optimum health, you should shoot for a 1.4 turn.

Strategy: How can you move your entire inventory an average of one and a half times per year? Two keys: 1.) Re-order fast sellers frequently – as often as weekly, and 2.) Have your hand on the switch, ready to euthanize any dogs the very instant they turn one year old. Be ruthless! Keep turning!

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Laurie Owen is senior vice president at Business Resource Services. Contact her at [email protected].

[span class=note]This story is from the January 2006 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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Wilkerson Testimonials | Sollberger’s

Going Out of Business Is an Emotional Journey. Wilkerson Is There to Make It Easier.

Jaki Cowan, the owner of Sollberger’s in Ridgeland, MS, decided the time was right to close up shop. The experience, she says, was like going into the great unknown. There were so many questions about the way to handle the store’s going-out-of-business sale. Luckily for Cowan, Wilkerson made the transition easier and managed everything, from marketing to markdowns.

“They think of everything that you don’t have the time to think of,” she says of the Wilkerson team that was assigned to manage the sale. And it was a total success, with financial goals met by Christmas with another sale month left to go.

Wilkerson even had a plan to manage things while Covid-19 restrictions were still in place. This included limiting the number of shoppers, masking and taking temperatures upon entrance. “We did everything we could to make the staff and public feel as safe as possible.”

Does she recommend Wilkerson to other retailers thinking of retiring, liquidating or selling excess merchandise? Absolutely. “If you are considering going out of business, it’s obviously an emotional journey. But truly rest assured that you’re in good hands with Wilkerson.”

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