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Chuck Koehler

The Retailer’s Perspective: Holy Cow! Look at the calendar

Hey, what the heck was that?  I got up this morning and got a cup of coffee, walked out to my deck, and had to walk back in and put on a sweatshirt.  Somehow or the other, summer ended... just like that!  One minute Facebook is all ablaze with people taking pictures of their car’s temperature gauges showing triple digits, and the next minute it’s all about football in the fall.  Yeah, I know it happens every year, but it just seems to happen a lot faster these days.

The Retailer’s Perspective: Adding back

The summer months have always been slow for my business.  Four years ago though, things were slower than normal with the Great American Recession looming on the horizon.  Thank Heaven that August 2012 is a completely different story.  Four years ago I was cutting back.  Now, myself and many others are adding back.

The Retailer’s Perspective: July, 2012 - Looking Back...

Ten years ago, for reasons unbeknownst to me, I submitted a column to jewelry industry newspaper called Southern Jewelry News.  My favorite columnist Martha Richardson had just retired and I wondered if anyone else missed her column as much as I did.  Since it always seemed that everything that happened in her store also happened in mine, I thought I’d give writing a similar column a shot.  So, on my 10 year anniversary I thought I’d look back and review what was going on every July for the last decade.  Let’s take a look...

The Retailer’s Perspective: The color of money

You know, I’ve been doing this self-employed thing for decades now.  I’ve had my successes and I’ve had my failures.  I’ve had my ups and downs, but I’ve gained a tremendous amount of experience along the way.  Yet, it still amazes me to this day how people, with little or no entrepreneurial experience, try to tell me what I’m doing wrong.  And it usually takes the form of this phrase;

The Retailer’s Perspective: Do you charge for appraisals?

Hi.  My name is Chuck, and I’m an addict.

I’m addicted to those shows about people that buy storage units, shows about pawn shops, and those shows about rummaging through old barns and such.  But something about each and every one of those shows drives me crazy - the “I need to take this to an expert to get it appraised,” part.

The Retailer’s Perspective: Going down the Internet road

As I’m coming to grips with this thing called the Internet, I’m realizing a lot of things. For starters, it’s out of my hands. It’s just something I’ve got to deal with whether I want to or not. It’s here to stay and you either get your business on the bandwagon or you walk into one of those big box, chain jewelry stores in the mall and say, “Can I get an application?”

The Retailer’s Perspective: Feeling like a ‘Bid-ness’ man again

There’s a strange feeling that I’ve been getting lately. It’s like dejá vu. It’s like something I’ve felt before, but not in a long time. It’s hard to describe. It’s... well, it’s a feeling of finally moving forward again. It’s kind of like I felt when I first became a businessman 30 years ago. Back when I thought I was gonna set this industry on fire. How about a little history...