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(Almost) everything teaches us a lesson.

THIS MONTH, we’re continuing our efforts to get everybody in the retail jewelry community to understand each other a little better, by running a feature about your first jobs.  

This is the type of story that I really enjoy. Fun, inspirational, collaborative. And while it might not be as directly practical as another piece on ?101 Ways To Increase Your Inventory Turnover,? I think the lessons to be learned are bigger. And since they’re coming from a different place than they usually do, they might be more likely to stick. 

Here’s my story: My first job was as a dishwasher/food prep worker at a place called The Three Village Inn in Stony Brook, NY.  

On the totem pole of the inn, I was at the bottom. Oh, busboys, how I envied you! Oh, line chefs, you ruled the kitchen like gods! Oh, waiters and waitresses ? to join your ranks would have been an unimaginable achievement. (Some of them even had cars.) 

Aside from my absolute inconsequence in the overall scheme of things, what I most remember about the inn is the motivational techniques of its owner, Mr. Roberts.?As we worked, Mr. Roberts would try to inspire us by saying things like, ?Heyyyyy, you’d be peeling those potatoes a lot faster if you knew there was a $10 bill at the bottom of that bucket.? 

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I never had the nerve to tell Mr. Roberts my immediate thought ? that, if I knew there was cash at the bottom of the bucket, I’d just stick my hand in the bucket and pull it out. 

OK, so maybe not all of the stories in this issue have a lesson. But we think you’ll enjoy them, anyway. 

Wishing you the very best business…

David Squires 
Associate Publisher 
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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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Peel Inspiration

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(Almost) everything teaches us a lesson.

THIS MONTH, we’re continuing our efforts to get everybody in the retail jewelry community to understand each other a little better, by running a feature about your first jobs.  

This is the type of story that I really enjoy. Fun, inspirational, collaborative. And while it might not be as directly practical as another piece on ?101 Ways To Increase Your Inventory Turnover,? I think the lessons to be learned are bigger. And since they’re coming from a different place than they usually do, they might be more likely to stick. 

Here’s my story: My first job was as a dishwasher/food prep worker at a place called The Three Village Inn in Stony Brook, NY.  

On the totem pole of the inn, I was at the bottom. Oh, busboys, how I envied you! Oh, line chefs, you ruled the kitchen like gods! Oh, waiters and waitresses ? to join your ranks would have been an unimaginable achievement. (Some of them even had cars.) 

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Aside from my absolute inconsequence in the overall scheme of things, what I most remember about the inn is the motivational techniques of its owner, Mr. Roberts.?As we worked, Mr. Roberts would try to inspire us by saying things like, ?Heyyyyy, you’d be peeling those potatoes a lot faster if you knew there was a $10 bill at the bottom of that bucket.? 

I never had the nerve to tell Mr. Roberts my immediate thought ? that, if I knew there was cash at the bottom of the bucket, I’d just stick my hand in the bucket and pull it out. 

OK, so maybe not all of the stories in this issue have a lesson. But we think you’ll enjoy them, anyway. 

Wishing you the very best business…

David Squires 
Associate Publisher 
Click here

Advertisement

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

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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