IJO Welcomes Members to Salt Lake City Show

The Independent Jewelers Organization show welcomed 1,600 members from 425 stores during its Aug. 4-8 run in Salt Lake City. Newcomers to the organization accounted for 11% of attendees. There were also 11 new vendors, increasing wholesaler participation to more than 150 companies. The general session featured a variety of speakers who encouraged jewelers to reject the media's talk of recession-like conditions in the economy. Keynote speaker Thomas Winniger urged jewelers to find their niche, summarize it succinctly, know their customers, and differentiate themselves from competitors. Others remarked that the majors were experiencing more financial troubles this year than independent jewelers were. To back up that claim, IJO cited research showing that sales among members are up 8.5% over figures from this time last year. The Diamond Promotion Service held a breakfast event at IJO fo
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