Columnists Chuck Koehler

Chuck Koehler

The Retailer’s Perspective: March again...

Two years ago this month the world as we once knew it came within minutes of total collapse. How it didn’t happen is beyond me. But, are we in the clear? Hah! Define ‘the clear.’

I’ve been in this industry since the ‘70s, and I’ll be damned if I know the answer. What used to be cool is no longer cool. What used to be hot is no longer hot. What used to be profitable is no longer profitable. What used to be normal is no longer normal. How’s that for a definition of the present tense?

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The Retailer’s Perspective: Valentine’s Day through MY years

As the years roll on, more and more pseudo holidays are added to an already pretty packed calendar of holidays; Boss’s Day, Secretary’s Day, my birthday. It seems th...

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The ABCs of things with no ABCs

Recently on Facebook an old high school classmate asked a question about diamond grading.  I posted a response and was surprised at the number of my friends in the jewel...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: Even Elvis loved gold

I took a tour of Graceland a few weeks ago to do some research and background for my latest novel. For some reason (that has nothing to do with being a jeweler), the thin...

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The Retailer’s Perspective Exact same stone, different colors

Over the last two decades, something of a phenomenon has swept across our industry. So much so in fact that I don’t know how to handle it most times. See, I used to be ...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: It’s October...again!

Two years ago this month the inevitable happened.  The world economy collapsed. As I prepare this year to go forward from October through December I can’t help but loo...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: “Can I pick your brain for a minute?”

A common question around my store is; “Have you got a minute? I’d like to pick your brain.” We’ve all heard those words countless times. Professionally, I don’t m...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: A trip down memory lane

I recently went to my 30th high school class reunion and gave the keynote address at the big formal event Saturday night. My presentation was supposed to rattle some long...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: Water, water everywhere - but not a drop to drink

On May 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of 2010, Nashville , TN experienced what is known in emergency response circles as an MCI - a Major Catastrophic Incident.  We fell victim to the wo...

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