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Tip Sheet: February 2005

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Four fresh ideas to better your business

[componentheading]SPECIAL PACKAGES[/componentheading]

In the same way home electronics companies offer special “living room” packages (including big screen TV, DVD, sound system, as well as furniture like recliners and tables), you can offer your own special packages. For example, how about an “opera package” with opera-length pearls, diamond earrings, little black dress, opera gloves, and binoculars?

Source: Rick Segel

[componentheading]PICK A DAY FOR NEW STUFF[/componentheading]

How can you build the visiting habit in customers who already know everything in your store and only want to see the latest and greatest? Establish one day a week, or one day a month, that becomes known as the day you set out your newest offerings. If you sell vintage jewelry, perhaps you’ll have “New Heirlooms Tuesday,” or, if you’re selling a more general product range, let your customers know that they can see your latest new arrivals on the first Tuesday of every month.

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[componentheading]SELF-BRANDED GIFT CARDS[/componentheading]

Forget those old paper gift certificates. Plastic gift cards, used in the same manner as debit cards, are where the business is at these days — with more than 139 million people receiving one in the last 12 months. You can develop your own store’s self-branded gift cards. And, if you’re in a mall, make sure your mall offers one … and promotes it well, also.

Source: Retail Traffic Magazine

[componentheading]OFFER DISCOUNTS FOR GRADES[/componentheading]

Be both teacher’s pet and parents’ friend by offering school kids special discounts for getting great report cards. Choose the amount of the discount, and the grade levels you reward: do you reward all grades better than a “C,” or keep the bar high and only reward “straight A” students? Think of it as doing your part for the education of America’s young: a big discount on a hot product can be an excellent motivator.

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Source: Instore

[span class=note]This story is from the February 2005 edition of INSTORE[/span]

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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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Tip Sheet

Tip Sheet: February 2005

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Four fresh ideas to better your business

[componentheading]SPECIAL PACKAGES[/componentheading]

In the same way home electronics companies offer special “living room” packages (including big screen TV, DVD, sound system, as well as furniture like recliners and tables), you can offer your own special packages. For example, how about an “opera package” with opera-length pearls, diamond earrings, little black dress, opera gloves, and binoculars?

Source: Rick Segel

[componentheading]PICK A DAY FOR NEW STUFF[/componentheading]

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How can you build the visiting habit in customers who already know everything in your store and only want to see the latest and greatest? Establish one day a week, or one day a month, that becomes known as the day you set out your newest offerings. If you sell vintage jewelry, perhaps you’ll have “New Heirlooms Tuesday,” or, if you’re selling a more general product range, let your customers know that they can see your latest new arrivals on the first Tuesday of every month.

Source: Instore

[componentheading]SELF-BRANDED GIFT CARDS[/componentheading]

Forget those old paper gift certificates. Plastic gift cards, used in the same manner as debit cards, are where the business is at these days — with more than 139 million people receiving one in the last 12 months. You can develop your own store’s self-branded gift cards. And, if you’re in a mall, make sure your mall offers one … and promotes it well, also.

Source: Retail Traffic Magazine

[componentheading]OFFER DISCOUNTS FOR GRADES[/componentheading]

Advertisement

Be both teacher’s pet and parents’ friend by offering school kids special discounts for getting great report cards. Choose the amount of the discount, and the grade levels you reward: do you reward all grades better than a “C,” or keep the bar high and only reward “straight A” students? Think of it as doing your part for the education of America’s young: a big discount on a hot product can be an excellent motivator.

Source: Instore

[span class=note]This story is from the February 2005 edition of INSTORE[/span]

Advertisement

SPONSORED VIDEO

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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