Columnists Chuck Koehler

Chuck Koehler

The Retailer’s Perspective: It’s the Crazy... I mean the Christmas Season

Well, well, well, here we are once again at the most important time of the year for the jewelry industry.  That time of the year that brings out the best of the crazy in people.  That time of the year when normal people decide to show their craziness right out in the open... usually in my store.  Since this will be my 35th Christmas season as a jeweler, I’ve seen some of the funniest, craziest, and stupidest things you can imagine.  But, it seems, every year the following happens...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: Let’s talk Shoppes

Okay, just one more column about trade shops and I’ll return to my normal, hard hitting journalistic self.

Trade shops are a funny animal and nothing like a jewelry stor...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: Be kind to your jeweler in December

I recently spoke at the SJTA Show in Atlanta about dealing with trade shops in the jewelry business.   Afterwards, I had several people ask me to write about the topic...

The Retailer’s Perspective: Holy Cow! Look at the calendar

Hey, what the heck was that?   I got up this morning and got a cup of coffee, walked out to my deck, and had to walk back in and put on a sweatshirt.   Somehow or t...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: Adding back

The summer months have always been slow for my business.  Four years ago though, things were slower than normal with the Great American Recession looming on the horizon....

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The Retailer’s Perspective: July, 2012 - Looking Back...

Ten years ago, for reasons unbeknownst to me, I submitted a column to jewelry industry newspaper called Southern Jewelry News .  My favorite columnist Martha Richardson ha...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: The color of money

You know, I’ve been doing this self-employed thing for decades now.  I’ve had my successes and I’ve had my failures.  I’ve had my ups and downs, but I’ve gain...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: Do you charge for appraisals?

Hi.  My name is Chuck, and I’m an addict.

I’m addicted to those shows about people that buy storage units, shows about pawn shops, and those shows about rummaging thr...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: Going down the Internet road

As I’m coming to grips with this thing called the Internet, I’m realizing a lot of things. For starters, it’s out of my hands. It’s just something I’ve got to...

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