Ralf Kircher

Ralf Kircher

Website URL: http://instoremag.com/

Last week and over the weekend, I snuck away from INSTORE’s October issue production here in our office in Bangkok to attend the 56th Bangkok Gems & Jewelry Fair. (Don’t tell the rest of the staff why I couldn’t be in the office to proof pages, or I’ll get in trouble.)

In his Saturday keynote address to attendees of The SMART Show, best-selling author Paco Underhill listed five factors influencing how retail will have to evolve in the immediate future.

Thursday, 18 December 2014 08:00

INSTORE Named Best B-to-B Retail Magazine

A few weeks ago I mentioned here that INSTORE and INDESIGN were nominees for several magazine industry awards. This past week, we received an early Christmas gift with news that INSTORE had taken the gold award for best B-to-B retail magazine full issue in the FOLIO: magazine Eddie Awards. The news came with a hint of bittersweet, as one of the competitors we edged out was our sister publication INDESIGN, which had also been nominated.

You don’t normally associate Thanksgiving with jewelry, but one Thanksgiving years ago will forever make me think of turkey and watches, specifically a Timex that kept on ticking.

Thursday, 13 November 2014 08:00


I may have said this as often as David Geller has reminded you to raise your repair prices, but I have the happy occasion to say it again: What matters most to us at INSTORE and INDESIGN is what you, our readers, think of our magazines, but when we get outside verification from those in the magazine industry that they think highly of us too, well that also feels pretty good.

As if there aren’t enough worries in the world, turns out our phones can be hacked. Yesterday’s news, you say? Not your cellphone; we all know that. I’m talking land lines.

This week, I was preparing the responses to a question in our upcoming annual Big Survey. Question 75: “Tell us one thing you’ve done to successfully attract and sell to more Millennials.” Out of 193 responses, more than a few were “Wish I knew” or unfortunate variations thereof.

Thursday, 21 August 2014 08:00

How Are You Using Big Data?

Seems a day doesn’t go by that we don’t hear more about “Big Data” — Amazon, Google and Facebook collecting bits and pieces about every nook and cranny of our lives. But more and more, it’s not just about huge corporations gathering and mining Big Data.

In our constant effort to keep our eyes peeled for ideas and innovations to help you build your business, I came across a new Web-based tool for making YouTube videos that is exceptionally cool — and relatively cheap.

The Diamond Council of America has launched a program to train high school students for jobs in the jewelry industry, ranging from sales professionals to bench jewelers and designers.

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