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OVER THE LAST SERVERAL ISSUES, we’ve given you some ideas how to prepare for the big Las Vegas shows.  

Now, it’s time to use them. You’ve packed your bags, you’ve set your open-to-buy, and you’ve identified key price points and product types that you need to fill out your mix. At long last, the time has arrived to say ?Viva Las Vegas!? 

As at least some of you will be picking up this issue of Instore at the show itself, there’s still time for some last-minute reminders. 

* Take your time to buy. Do one circuit of the show in ?just looking? mode. Bring a pen and notepad and take extensive notes on the products that interest you. But just don’t make any impulse purchases that you’ll be sorry about when you meet someone selling something better, and cheaper, on days two, three and four. Stocking your store is far too important to do on impulse. Once you’ve seen everything there is to see, then we’ll give you the green light … buy, buy, buy! 

* Get a higher education. Vegas has dozens of great seminars, featuring some of the smartest people in the business. Don’t forget to take advantage of this golden opportunity to learn. Drop in to as many seminars as you can fit in … you’ll get plenty of ideas on how to improve your store, plus the inspiration you need to get it done. 

* Make new friends. You’re not just here to do business, you’re here to build relationships. So schmooze. Ask at least one person out for a coffee every day ? other retailers, potential new suppliers, possible mentors and consultants.  

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* Come visit us! Instore is located at Booth 217 in the foyer area. Drop by our booth to say hello, share your ideas, tell us what we’re doing right and wrong, and let us know how we can make this magazine even more valuable to you. And have your business cards ready: one of our main aims this year is to find lots of new members to add to one of our most magazine’s important resources, our Instore Professional Retailers Panel. See you at the show! 

Wishing you the very best business …
David Squires 
Executive editor and Associate publisher 
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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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OVER THE LAST SERVERAL ISSUES, we’ve given you some ideas how to prepare for the big Las Vegas shows.  

Now, it’s time to use them. You’ve packed your bags, you’ve set your open-to-buy, and you’ve identified key price points and product types that you need to fill out your mix. At long last, the time has arrived to say ?Viva Las Vegas!? 

As at least some of you will be picking up this issue of Instore at the show itself, there’s still time for some last-minute reminders. 

* Take your time to buy. Do one circuit of the show in ?just looking? mode. Bring a pen and notepad and take extensive notes on the products that interest you. But just don’t make any impulse purchases that you’ll be sorry about when you meet someone selling something better, and cheaper, on days two, three and four. Stocking your store is far too important to do on impulse. Once you’ve seen everything there is to see, then we’ll give you the green light … buy, buy, buy! 

* Get a higher education. Vegas has dozens of great seminars, featuring some of the smartest people in the business. Don’t forget to take advantage of this golden opportunity to learn. Drop in to as many seminars as you can fit in … you’ll get plenty of ideas on how to improve your store, plus the inspiration you need to get it done. 

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* Make new friends. You’re not just here to do business, you’re here to build relationships. So schmooze. Ask at least one person out for a coffee every day ? other retailers, potential new suppliers, possible mentors and consultants.  

* Come visit us! Instore is located at Booth 217 in the foyer area. Drop by our booth to say hello, share your ideas, tell us what we’re doing right and wrong, and let us know how we can make this magazine even more valuable to you. And have your business cards ready: one of our main aims this year is to find lots of new members to add to one of our most magazine’s important resources, our Instore Professional Retailers Panel. See you at the show! 

Wishing you the very best business …
David Squires 
Executive editor and Associate publisher 
(Click here

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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