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JCK Magazine: October 2011

JCK Magazine: October 2011



25 Holiday Survival Tips for Retail Jewelers

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Sure, you know the drill. Every holiday, the rituals begin anew. Out comes the box of decorations,...


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1. FashionMother Nature must be a closet fashionista. After days of downpours, Manhattan got a brief respite on Sept. 8—just in time to strap on some stilettos for Fashion’s Night Out, the annual kickoff to Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Swanky shops all over the city cranked up the music, popped...
In May, while driving from Los Angeles to the JCK show in Las Vegas, I decided to make a pit stop at the Tanger Outlet stores located off Interstate 15, on the outskirts of Barstow (a.k.a. Nowheresville). Judging by the six massive white tour buses stationed in the parking lot, I wasn’t the only...
Welcome to our Holiday Survival Guide! In addition to featuring a ­special ­­section jam-packed with tips on making this your most profitable season ever, we’re also taking our holiday help online with two free exciting webinars on Oct. 21 and Nov. 17. The first webinar, “Getting the Most Green for...
Jewelry designers browsing the shows at New York Fashion Week, Sept. 8–15, for inspirational cues may have come up a bit empty—at least at the start. The big buzzword seemed to be minimal. And not minimal as in clean contours and streamlined silhouettes, but minimal as in where-the-heck-has-all-the...
The major publicly traded jewelry retailers reported mostly good quarterly sales and earnings results:1. Zale Corp.’s revenues for the fourth quarter, ended July 31, totaled $377 million, a 9 percent increase from 2010, while its net loss ballooned to $33 million, up from $29 million last year.2....
Although Pandora announced in August that worldwide charm sales had plunged, many ­jewelers say they haven’t seen any declines.“Sales have been good for us,” says William Sites, owner of Sites Jewelers in Nashville, Tenn. “We get new customers in all the time. It is still a big traffic driver.”...
On Aug. 2, Adwar Casting added additional claims to its copyright infringement lawsuit against Unique Settings of New York, initially filed last April. The complaint, which seeks $13 million in damages, claims Unique Settings is infringing on Adwar’s designs. It also charges that Unique obtained...
With the Swiss franc hitting record levels against the dollar, leading watch manufacturers are warning retailers that they will have to raise prices.At press time, the franc, traditionally viewed as a “reserve currency,” had jumped 25 percent since the ­beginning of 2011, according to Forex NewsNow...
The Jewelers’ Security ­Alliance reported in its preliminary crime report for the first half of 2011 that robberies involving jewelers are up 44 percent and burglaries are up 9 percent.During the first six months of the year, there were 161 robberies involving losses of $19 million, up from 112...
Jewelers couldn’t believe their eyes in early August when the price of gold temporarily topped the price of the traditionally more expensive platinum.At press time, the two metals were roughly at parity, with gold trading at $1,818 an ounce and platinum at $1,850.“We have seen gold approaching...
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So missed for so many reasons!!