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WHY IT IS TRUE: A salesperson inadvertently leaves an expensive bracelet exposed on a counter pad, a staff member gets into a shouting contest with the customer, or any other violation of store procedure … Your instinct is to attack the problem right up front, your voice raised, your eyes blazing, because a serious infraction has just occurred.

PLAN OF ACTION: Rather than losing control and embarrassing yourself on the sales floor, take the offender into your office, close the door and privately deal with the situation. Ask the individual what happened, why it happened, and discuss in a calm professional manner the disciplinary action, if any, you plan to take. Be firm, but fair and respectful. Everyone makes mistakes, some more serious than others. The manner in which you deal with this situation will impact every individual in your store. — David Richardson

This article originally appeared in the May 2015 edition of INSTORE.

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Sales Truths: Discipline Behind Closed Doors

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WHY IT IS TRUE: A salesperson inadvertently leaves an expensive bracelet exposed on a counter pad, a staff member gets into a shouting contest with the customer, or any other violation of store procedure … Your instinct is to attack the problem right up front, your voice raised, your eyes blazing, because a serious infraction has just occurred.

PLAN OF ACTION: Rather than losing control and embarrassing yourself on the sales floor, take the offender into your office, close the door and privately deal with the situation. Ask the individual what happened, why it happened, and discuss in a calm professional manner the disciplinary action, if any, you plan to take. Be firm, but fair and respectful. Everyone makes mistakes, some more serious than others. The manner in which you deal with this situation will impact every individual in your store. — David Richardson

This article originally appeared in the May 2015 edition of INSTORE.

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Wilkerson Testimonials

If It’s Time to Consolidate, It’s Time to Call Wilkerson

When Tom Moses decided to close one of the two Moses Jewelers stores in western Pennsylvania, it was time to call in the experts. After reviewing two candidates, Moses, a co-owner of the 72 year-old business, decided to go with Wilkerson. The sale went better than expected. Concerned about running it during the pandemic, Moses says it might have helped the sale. “People wanted to get out, so there was pent-up demand,” he says. “Folks were not traveling so there was disposable income, and we don’t recall a single client commenting to us, feeling uncomfortable. It was busy in here!” And perhaps most importantly, Wilkerson was easy to deal with, he says, and Susan, their personal Wilkerson consultant, was knowledgeable, organized and “really good.” Now, the company can focus on their remaining location — without the hassle of carrying over merchandise that either wouldn’t fit or hadn’t sold. “The decision to hire Wilkerson was a good one,” says Moses.

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