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First part of three-part series: To be in the Top 25% for efficiency in all areas will help you earn the most money.

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[dropcap cap=E]ach year, we take the financial statements of our performance group members and sort them by how much owner’s discretionary profit (ODP) they make as a percentage of sales.[/dropcap]

ODP is defined as net profit before tax plus owner compensation, divided by sales. This measures the profit of the business before the owner decides how much compensation to take out.

We take this top quartile and label them the “Top 25%.” This year, it took a minimum ODP percentage of 15.1 percent to make it into the Top 25%, or in other words, they had to keep at least 15.1 cents in ODP for every dollar of sales they generated.

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Their secret? Efficiency. While there was no one single factor causing the additional profits of the Top 25%, managing expenses more efficiently in every area paid off big time.

The biggest impact was in cost of goods sold, which includes merchandise, freight and labor for craftsmen or repair people. Best practices require buying the right merchandise for the right cost, controlling inventory shrinkage and setting the right price. These practices led to a gross margin that was 2.6 percent higher than the “all company” group. If you apply this 2.6 percent difference in margin to median sales of this group of $3,418,410, the result is over $88,000 in additional profits.

Their expenses were lower in all other key areas, including:

Selling expenses of 16.9 percent of sales, or 1.4 percent lower

Occupancy expenses of 4.5 percent of sales, or 0.4 percent lower

—  General and administrative expenses of 8 percent of sales, or 4.4 percent lower

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Added together, this 6.2 percentage difference in total expenses resulted in $212,000 in additional profit. Most of the savings came in lower general and administrative expenses, specifically lower administrative and support wages.

All sales categories were represented in the Top 25%, with companies over $8 million representing only 10 percent of the top performers, even though they represented 18 percent of all study participants. Con-versely, companies with sales under $2 million represented half of the Top 25%, even though they represented only 20 percent of the companies participating in the study.


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

[span class=note]This story is from the July 2008 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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Laurie Owen: Learn What It Takes To Be Top Dog

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First part of three-part series: To be in the Top 25% for efficiency in all areas will help you earn the most money.

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[h3]Learn what It Takes To Be Top Dog[/h3]

[dropcap cap=E]ach year, we take the financial statements of our performance group members and sort them by how much owner’s discretionary profit (ODP) they make as a percentage of sales.[/dropcap]

ODP is defined as net profit before tax plus owner compensation, divided by sales. This measures the profit of the business before the owner decides how much compensation to take out.

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We take this top quartile and label them the “Top 25%.” This year, it took a minimum ODP percentage of 15.1 percent to make it into the Top 25%, or in other words, they had to keep at least 15.1 cents in ODP for every dollar of sales they generated.

Their secret? Efficiency. While there was no one single factor causing the additional profits of the Top 25%, managing expenses more efficiently in every area paid off big time.

The biggest impact was in cost of goods sold, which includes merchandise, freight and labor for craftsmen or repair people. Best practices require buying the right merchandise for the right cost, controlling inventory shrinkage and setting the right price. These practices led to a gross margin that was 2.6 percent higher than the “all company” group. If you apply this 2.6 percent difference in margin to median sales of this group of $3,418,410, the result is over $88,000 in additional profits.

Their expenses were lower in all other key areas, including:

Selling expenses of 16.9 percent of sales, or 1.4 percent lower

Occupancy expenses of 4.5 percent of sales, or 0.4 percent lower

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—  General and administrative expenses of 8 percent of sales, or 4.4 percent lower

Added together, this 6.2 percentage difference in total expenses resulted in $212,000 in additional profit. Most of the savings came in lower general and administrative expenses, specifically lower administrative and support wages.

All sales categories were represented in the Top 25%, with companies over $8 million representing only 10 percent of the top performers, even though they represented 18 percent of all study participants. Con-versely, companies with sales under $2 million represented half of the Top 25%, even though they represented only 20 percent of the companies participating in the study.


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

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[span class=note]This story is from the July 2008 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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Wilkerson Testimonials

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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