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Why Something That Makes No Sense Could Improve Your Business

Random jolts to the routine can lead to breakthroughs.





When old solutions are closed off, we will find a new one. And sometimes — as the pandemic showed with certain delivery services — the new approaches would have been better all along. This is well understood by computer engineers. Algorithms created to solve problems like designing computer chips will often deploy random shocks to what would otherwise be a search for incremental improvements. Without the randomness, the algorithm gets stuck. How to implement such an approach with your store management? Try doing the complete opposite to normal procedure for a fixed period, say 48 hours. For, example, what if you don’t open next Tuesday? What if you tell people a repair will take no more than two days? If you set aside your mobile phone for 24 hours? The idea is to do something shocking to the system.

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When Sales Beat Projections, You Know Wilkerson Did Its Job

There are no crystal balls when it comes to sales projections. But when Thomasville, Georgia jeweler Fran Lewis chose Wilkerson to run the retirement/going-out-of-business sale for Lewis Jewelers and More, she was pleasantly surprised to learn that even Wilkerson could one-up its own sales numbers. “Not only did we meet our goal, but we exceeded the goal that Wilkerson had given us by about 134%,” she says. After more than 40 years in the business, Lewis says she decided a few years ago to “move towards retirement.” And she was impressed by Wilkerson’s tenure in the industry. Overall, she’d recommend the company to anyone else who may be thinking it’s time to hang up their loupe. “As a full package, they’ve done a very good job and I’d definitely recommend Wilkerson.”

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