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Sales Truths: Encourage Idea Sharing … and Then Act

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WHY IT IS TRUE: No one who works in a store does so without developing personal thoughts and ideas about how the business might be improved. These ideas may be significant, simple, or even impossible. The bottom line is … the ideas are there, and many times go completely unnoticed.

PLAN OF ACTION: Encourage your staff to share their ideas regardless of how outlandish they may seem. It’s one thing to say it, it is another to act upon it. Tell your people, for example, that on next Thursday night after close we are all going to dinner to talk about ideas for maximizing impact in our community with our customers. Challenge them to come to this event with ideas, any ideas regardless of how outlandish they may appear. Get the juices flowing and your staff members will begin sharing new thoughts and ideas with you on a regular basis. Remember this is not just “your store,” it is also “their store.” — David Richardson

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

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Moving Up — Not Out — with Wilkerson

Trish Parks has always wanted to be in the jewelry business and that passion has fueled her success. The original Corinth Jewelers opened in the Mississippi town of the same name in 2007. This year, Parks moved her business from its original strip mall location to a 10,000-square foot standalone store. To make room for fresh, new merchandise, she asked Wilkerson to organize a moving sale. “What I remember most about the sale is the outpouring excitement and appreciation from our customers,” says Parks. Would she recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers? “I would recommend Wilkerson because they came in, did what they were supposed to and made us all comfortable. And we met our goals.”

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Sales Truths: Encourage Idea Sharing … and Then Act

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WHY IT IS TRUE: No one who works in a store does so without developing personal thoughts and ideas about how the business might be improved. These ideas may be significant, simple, or even impossible. The bottom line is … the ideas are there, and many times go completely unnoticed.

PLAN OF ACTION: Encourage your staff to share their ideas regardless of how outlandish they may seem. It’s one thing to say it, it is another to act upon it. Tell your people, for example, that on next Thursday night after close we are all going to dinner to talk about ideas for maximizing impact in our community with our customers. Challenge them to come to this event with ideas, any ideas regardless of how outlandish they may appear. Get the juices flowing and your staff members will begin sharing new thoughts and ideas with you on a regular basis. Remember this is not just “your store,” it is also “their store.” — David Richardson

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

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Moving Up — Not Out — with Wilkerson

Trish Parks has always wanted to be in the jewelry business and that passion has fueled her success. The original Corinth Jewelers opened in the Mississippi town of the same name in 2007. This year, Parks moved her business from its original strip mall location to a 10,000-square foot standalone store. To make room for fresh, new merchandise, she asked Wilkerson to organize a moving sale. “What I remember most about the sale is the outpouring excitement and appreciation from our customers,” says Parks. Would she recommend Wilkerson to other jewelers? “I would recommend Wilkerson because they came in, did what they were supposed to and made us all comfortable. And we met our goals.”

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