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Party like it’s 2009

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JWD MurphyMarlene MurphyTen years ago, Marlene Murphy - a demonstrable tech-expert with decades of results to her credit - put heads together with childhood friend and award-nabbing journalist-gemologist Diana Jarrett. Jewelry Website Designers, or JWD, (www.jewelrywebsitedesigners.com) was born from their good ideas that found its footing early on. Today, it’s a highly recommended jewelry industry website developer - for some pretty obvious reasons. JWD was founded by industry insiders who appreciate the particular challenges facing the jewelry trade.


NRF reports November retail sales increase 5 percent over 2017

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NRF(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - November retail sales were up 0.7 percent seasonally adjusted from October and increased 5 percent unadjusted year-over-year, completing the first half of the holiday shopping season with spending on track to easily meet the National Retail Federation’s forecast. The numbers exclude automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants.

CAI Insurance alert - Holiday Crime Wave

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CAI Insurance Agency, Inc. has been notified by Jewelers Security Alliance of multiple smash and grab robbers targeting Michigan jewelers. There has been seven robberies or attempts in the last five weeks. Other recent hits were in Ohio, Wisconsin, Georgia and Pennsylvania.

Retail jobs grew 18,600 in November

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Accounted for 12 percent of nationwide job growth

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) - Retail industry employment in November increased by 18,600 jobs seasonally adjusted from October, accounting for 12 percent of the 155,000-job increase reported by the Labor Department for the economy overall, the National Retail Federation reported. Year-over-year, retail employment was down by 16,300 jobs unadjusted as a tight labor market made it difficult to fill positions. The retail numbers exclude automobile dealers, gasoline stations and restaurants.

GIA offering Express Diamond Grading Services this holiday season

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US-based retailers can receive grading reports within 24 hours at no extra cost

(CARLSBAD, Calif.) - To meet retailer needs, GIA (Gemological Institute of America) is offering Diamond Grading services in under 24 hours at no additional charge from Dec. 3, 2018 to Jan. 4, 2019. This limited time offer applies to D-to-Z diamonds received by GIA at its Carlsbad or New York laboratories, from U.S. locations, for Diamond Grading Report or Diamond Dossier® services.

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