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JSA releases 2014 Crime Report

Smash & grab robberies soar, but arrests at all time high

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers’ Security Alliance (JSA) released its 2014 Annual Crime Report covering crime against the jewelry industry in the U.S. The total number of crimes against the industry decreased from 1,414 in 2013 to 1,381 in 2014, a decrease of 2.3%. Total dollar losses, however, rose from $66.5 million in 2013 to $77.8 million in 2014, an increase of 17%.

Why retailers need to understand the digital era to remain relevant

Competing for business in 2015 is harder than ever. Come and gone are the days where retailers could rely solely on traditional methods to bring attention to their brand and sell their product. Although conventional tactics surely have a place when planned and executed correctly, the era we live in has become digital. Digitally motivated, digitally driven, and digitally charged is today’s consumer. Having a mobile site in 2015 is no longer a bonus, but instead essential. With the world at their fingertips, consumers of today are a different breed. Deeply understanding their habits, the data behind these habits and catering to them is crucial and downright vital for a retailer to stay afloat in 2015 and beyond.

Hoover & Strong reports Fairmined Gold gaining new ground in the U.S.

In the Peruvian desert, lies a small gold mining town by the name of Relave. Families here have depended on small-scale mining since the 1980s when economic hardship and conflict drove numerous families to settle as informal miners. Starting out without basic infrastructure, they worked the tailings left by previous large-scale international mining operations and managed to transform their challenging situation over the years.

JA offering Members Scholarships

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, funds scholarships for members on renowned industry diploma, professional development and certification programs. JA awards scholarships during the enrollment period from February 1st, 2015, through September 30th, 2015, and employees of JA Member companies are encouraged to apply.

November is Jewelers for Veterans Month

Every jeweler in America asked to participate

(NEW YORK) - “November 2015 and every November thereafter is now officially Jewelers for Veterans month - highlighted by the observance of Veterans Day,” Ralph Destino, Chairman of the Jewelers for Veterans Foundation said.

“Every jeweler in America is being asked to show their support for our returning vets and help provide these warriors with a pathway to economic success in an industry where they can put their skills to good use,” continued the Chairman-Emeritus of Cartier.

JA’s “A Little Bit of Bling” Sweepstakes shared the love this Valentine’s Day

(NEW YORK) - Jewelers of America (JA), the national trade association for businesses serving the fine jewelry marketplace, ran a Valentine’s Day Edition of its “A Little Bit of Bling” Sweepstakes to increase consumer excitement for jewelry in the run up to Valentine’s Day and raise awareness of JA-member jewelers as jewelry gift destinations. The sweepstakes offered a prize of a $500 jewelry gift card redeemable at any JA-member jewelry store.

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