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Would You Ever Take a Political Stand as a Business? This German Company Did

The stance was related to immigration.




Edeka shelves empty of foreign products

THE UNITED STATES is not the only country struggling to come to terms with the inherent diversity of the modern age. Germany has also experienced several episodes of unrest related to the issue of immigration. Edeka, a supermarket chain, decided to be clear where it stood. For a month, it removed all foreign products from its shelves, replacing them with signs such as “Our selection now knows borders” and “This shelf is pretty boring without diversity.” It was a risky move. Removing products from shelves is dicey enough from competitive and revenue standpoints, let alone the risk of alienating customers with opposed political views. Still, Edeka showed it was willing to take a stand on something it felt strongly about, and it has demographics on its side. According to marketing company Enso, which publishes a World Value Index, brands that promote “meaning” do better with millennials, whose spending power has surpassed that of baby boomers. In a similarly fraught political climate in the US, would you consider doing something as bold?



She Wanted to Spend More Time with Her Kids. She Called Wilkerson.

Your children are precious. More precious than gold? Absolutely! Just ask Lesley Ann Davis, owner of Lesley Ann Jewels, an independent jewelry store that — until the end of 2023 — had quite a following in Houston, Texas. To spend more time with her four sons, all in high school, she decided to close her store. Luckily, she was familiar with Wilkerson and called them as soon as she knew she wanted to move on to bigger, better and more family-focused things. Was she happy with her decision? Yes, she was. Says Davis, “Any owner looking to make that life change, looking to retire, looking to close, looking for a pause in their career, I would recommend Wilkerson. Hands down!”

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