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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 look back on the last two years and remember everything that happened.

For me, the recession really started the first week of October, 2008.  DHL, the worldwide delivery company, decided to pull out of the domestic delivery business in the fall of that year.  The summer of 2008 was when gasoline went up to $4 and $5 a gallon at the same time the shipping business was falling off the proverbial cliff.  The company that handled my shipping switched me from DHL to UPS.  A seemingly routine activity, but it was this move that caused me to remember exactly when “it” happened.

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SJTA Atlanta Jewelry Show Fashion Wrap Up

SJTA Atlanta Jewelry Show Fashion Wrap Up

Fall and Holiday Preview

It was all glamour and glitz at the SJTA Atlanta Show August 7-9 at the Cobb Galleria Centre. A new feature - “Jewelry on the Catwalk,” a fash...

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Reach out to Millennials - our future industry leaders

How did you get started in the jewelry business?  Most likely, back in high school, you were not saying that you were going to grow up and be in the jewelry business.  ...

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Beads, Beads, Beads - Part 1

Let’s face it, there should be no denying the bead craze that has swept through the jewelry industry.  If you’re anything like I was about a year ago, you may find y...

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Plan ahead so the family business will be a gift, not a burden, to heirs and successors

Approximately 92 percent of all jewelry stores are independently owned. Unlike many retail industries, family owned businesses are a very common form of ownership in the ...

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Gourmet on the Go

Tick-tock, tick-tock, the clock is ticking down to summer’s end. No doubt many of us will be ending the summer season the same way we started it - with backyard barbecu...

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Internet Marketing Strategies: Gaining new customers thru Local Search Marketing

How many of you would like to have more customers in your retail store?

If you wanted new customers in the past there were two main sources in which to advertise. They we...

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We don’t always do what’s best for us

My friend’s daughter has a loose baby tooth. The other tooth has been trying to get through for a while and is pushing at it from underneath. Now, it would be easy to g...

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Wake up jewelry retailers!

It’s time to step it up or you may find yourself stepping aside! I say this with the highest degree of respect for the industry and the people within the jewelry indus...

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