Columnists Chuck Koehler

Chuck Koehler

The Retailer’s Perspective: It’s a Brave New World

You know, I've been doing this jewelry thing for over 30 years now (yes, I started when I was 2). I've often wondered lately what my life would have turned out like if I hadn't answered that ad for ‘warehouse help needed' that Best Products placed in the Dallas Times Herald in 1978. Where would I have ended up if I hadn't looked at the paper that day? What do you say we explore that... kind of like ‘It's a Wonderful Life,' - starring me.
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The Retailer’s Perspective: And you looked so normal walking in the door...

Sometimes you can spot ‘em getting out of their car and sometimes they just outright surprise you. Yep. It's the crazies. They're baaaaccckkkk.

I had just perfected my n...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: Recession Recovery 101

Man, what a crazy ride we're on lately. I don't know about you, but I'm just tired of it! I am soooo ready to just get back to "life as I once knew it".

The o...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: Made in America Part II

After my first 30 days of trying to buy only American made products and services, I've learned a few things I‘d like to share:
  1. There are no artist paint brushes ma...

Why buy American?

About 3 o'clock the other afternoon I was hungry and wanted a snack. Turns out the only thing I could scrounge up was a package of those cheese and peanut butter crackers...

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The Retailer’s Perspective: Will it be fine in 2009?

Man, if that's not the question of the day... or the century for that matter. With so much bad news being thrown at us every day it's hard to get a handle on things - unt...
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The Retailer’s Perspective: Location, Location, Location

About 3 years ago I made the biggest decision of my professional life and decided to shut down my retail store - the retail store that I planned on owning for the next 30...

The Retailer’s Perspective - And another thing...

I was recently asked to speak by the Minnesota/North Dakota Jewelers Association. I had several topics in mind before the economy melted and discussing that took up most ...

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