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THE TITLE of this edition’s lead story is ?Worst. Ideas. Ever.? In it, we have a bit of fun with business brainstorms and brilliant marketing plans gone (very, very, very) awry. 

Most of us have had similar experiences. For INSTORE, I think that probably our ?Worst. Idea. Ever? was the ?spectacular, high-impact? media kit we were (OK, I was) determined to create after our first year of publication. Intent on being different from everybody else in trade publishing, I insisted on the packaging being a magazine-sized foldout cardboard box similar in format to one I had seen either Elle or Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar use that year. It was hugely expensive to produce, but I countered every argument by saying, ?Imagine walking into an advertiser’s office and plopping this down on the desk in front of him.? 

Anyway, the kit came out pretty nicely, I thought. But it was still a disaster. Two reasons: 1. While the cardboard box would have been a perfect fit for a typical 900-page September edition of one of the aforementioned magazines, INSTORE at that time was only about 50 pages per issue and it took about 10 copies to make a nice, snug fit inside the box. 2. When filled in such manner, the box weighed about 15 pounds. And since our advertising representatives often had to walk around trade shows with dozens of kits to meet clients, they quickly stopped using it.  

In fact, I think we still have 1,000 or so of those old boxes in our office. The residue of what was definitely one of my … Worst. Ideas. Ever. 

Wishing you the very best business …

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The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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You think you’ve had a really bad idea …

THE TITLE of this edition’s lead story is ?Worst. Ideas. Ever.? In it, we have a bit of fun with business brainstorms and brilliant marketing plans gone (very, very, very) awry. 

Most of us have had similar experiences. For INSTORE, I think that probably our ?Worst. Idea. Ever? was the ?spectacular, high-impact? media kit we were (OK, I was) determined to create after our first year of publication. Intent on being different from everybody else in trade publishing, I insisted on the packaging being a magazine-sized foldout cardboard box similar in format to one I had seen either Elle or Vogue or Harper’s Bazaar use that year. It was hugely expensive to produce, but I countered every argument by saying, ?Imagine walking into an advertiser’s office and plopping this down on the desk in front of him.? 

Anyway, the kit came out pretty nicely, I thought. But it was still a disaster. Two reasons: 1. While the cardboard box would have been a perfect fit for a typical 900-page September edition of one of the aforementioned magazines, INSTORE at that time was only about 50 pages per issue and it took about 10 copies to make a nice, snug fit inside the box. 2. When filled in such manner, the box weighed about 15 pounds. And since our advertising representatives often had to walk around trade shows with dozens of kits to meet clients, they quickly stopped using it.  

In fact, I think we still have 1,000 or so of those old boxes in our office. The residue of what was definitely one of my … Worst. Ideas. Ever. 

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Wishing you the very best business …

David Squires  
Associate Publisher  
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Retirement Made Easy with Wilkerson

The store was a landmark in Topeka, Kansas, but after 80 years in business, it was time for Briman’s Leading Jewelers to close up shop. Third generation jeweler and owner Rob Briman says the decision wasn’t easy, but the sale that followed was — all thanks to Wilkerson. Briman had decided a year prior to the summer 2020 sale that he wanted to retire. With a pandemic in full force, he had plenty of questions and concerns. “We had no real way to know if we were going to be successful or have a failure on our hands,” says Briman. “We didn’t know what to expect.” But with Wilkerson in charge, the experience was “fantastic” and now there’s plenty of time for relaxing and enjoying a more secure retirement. “I would recommend Wilkerson to any retailer considering a going-out-of-business sale,” says Briman. “They’ll help you reach your financial goal. Our experience was a tremendous success.”

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