How to Use Apps to Lighten Your Retail Load

Check out these five essential mobile downloads. Plus: Is it worth developing your own app? We weigh the pros and cons. Mobile apps get us places, and fast. They’re the front doors to some of the world’s most useful digital tools—and most are accessed with a single tap. Apps also have the ability to aid jewelry retailers and manufacturers in countless ways, from providing the ability to safely ship a $40,000 diamond ring to rehabilitating a lackluster photo for an Instagram feed. Of course, not all apps are created equal—the growing glut of downloadable “tools” for phones includes winners and losers. Too many apps aren’t properly manned on the back end or malfunction during use (usually due to neglect—there are a lot of amateur app developers out there). But apps that deliver on pragmatic promises can offer indispensable shortcuts for small-business owners. Here are

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