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Zen Jeweler: Commitment Issue




I’ve talked before about commitment to your staff. I think it’s good to keep them and train them instead of constantly replacing them. Why? Well, ask yourself:?What is it that you are really committed to? Is it the new software? Or the new designer line? A charity? Your health? Maybe all those things. But I’ll tell you what you are really committed to (arrogant on my part, but I think about this stuff all night while you’re analyzing reports). Above all else, the thing that is the touchstone against which all other commitments must be measured, is … wait for it … maximum profit. You knew that? OK, but let’s add a word here — ethical. Maximum ethical profit. Why are you committed to low pay and the staff that comes with it? Pay it forward. If you want the best profit, get — and keep — the best people. It’s not the jewelry. Everybody has that. It’s not the marketing. None of us are doing that. (Well, OK, some of you are.) It’s not the hours you are open, or the decor. It’s the people.

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Downsizing? Wilkerson Is Here to Help

Orin Mazzoni, Jr., the owner of Orin Jewelers in Garden City and Northville, Michigan, decided it was time to downsize. With two locations and an eye on the future, Mazzoni asked Wilkerson to take the lead on closing the Garden City store. Mazzoni met Wilkerson’s Rick Hayes some years back, he says, and once he made up his mind to consolidate, he and Hayes “set up a timeline” for the sale. Despite the pandemic, Mazzoni says the everything went smoothly. “Many days, we had lines of people waiting to get in,” he says, adding that Wilkerson’s professionalism made it all worthwhile. “Whenever you do an event like this, you think, ‘I’ve been doing this my whole life. Do I really need to pay someone to do it for me?’ But then I realized, these guys are the pros and we need to move forward with them.”

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