What’s New – Business Services

In its first year of eligibility, Jewelry Appraisal Services Inc. has been named No. 87 on the Houston 100, a ranking of private businesses having economic impact on the Houston area. The company posted a 129% growth in sales from 1995 to 1997 and aims to expand its client base by 10% to 15% in the year to come. Jewelry Appraisal Services Inc., 2425 West Loop South, Suite 600, Houston, TX 77027; (713) 622-9070, fax (713) 622-9303, http//polygon.net/~jewelmark.

The European Gemological Laboratory USA has launched an advertising campaign featuring its ?Consumers? Guide to Buying a Diamond.? Full-page color ads will appear in national consumer publications such as Bridal Guide, Modern Bride, and Bride?s magazine. A toll-free number invites consumers to call and request a brochure containing information on the ?four Cs.? Retail jewelers may order complimentary quantities of the brochure by contacting EGL USA, 30 W. 47th St., 10th Floor, New York, NY 10036; (212) 730-7380, fax (212) 730-7453.

Quality Gold?s E-Jewelry Web templates enable stores to have a home page with a customized, professional appearance. The E-Jewelry program provides retailers with a Web site and access to an online catalog. Each participating jewelry store?s Web site overlays an online catalog containing more than 16,000 items. E-Jewelry handles all order fulfillment, accounting, and other details. For information, call the E-Jewelry division of Quality Gold at (800) 354-9833.

Checkpoint Systems Inc. has added the Viewpoint NT Point-of-Sale Transaction Monitoring System to its family of closed-circuit TV (CCTV) products. The system provides total transaction point-of-sale monitoring in a Windows NT-based system. Used in conjunction with fixed CCTV cameras, the system records and stores transaction data and provides a corresponding video picture of each register. Custom reports identify suspicious transactions, which can be retrieved from videotape for later review and analysis. Checkpoint Systems Inc., 101 Wolf Dr., Thorofare, NJ 08086; (800) 457-6298 or (609) 848-1800, fax (609) 848-0937, www.checkpointsystems.com.