Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen came to prominence about 15 years ago with the publishing of his first book, The Innovator’s Dilemma, in which he explained how companies that were so focused on improving their existing technology could be broadsided by a new class of disruptive products. His examples included sailing boats, Detroit’s gas-guzzlers, and floppy disk makers.
The rules are simple: fill in the blank and then sit back and enjoy as hundreds and hundreds of responses from other jewelers flow in. (Okay, responses from three other jewelers and editor David Squires. That's a hint, jewelers. Participate. It's fun!)
This just in from the Urban Land Institute: 18- to 35-year-olds have not, in fact, forsaken shopping in stores for buying on the Internet... “as long as retailers keep their offerings ‘fresh’ and interesting.”
We all know that opals have been trending over the past five years, their fire-y changeable colors—the differences from various cultures and continents throughout the globe have offered both an antique and raw modern feeling to contemporary jewelry.
We launched “Sanity Files,” -- the last page in INSTORE -- in January 2012 as kind of an experiment, and in 2013 we decided we liked it so much we began to publish it every month. I looked back on some of the fun sanity-savers our readers have shared with us, and thought I’d compile a top 10 list of some of my favorites (so far.)
One of the questions I hear most often from retailers is, “What have you learned as a result of seeing so many stores and talking to so many store owners?” For me, the biggest lesson is that no matter how successful the store, there is almost always a blind spot – that is, an area of potential growth or improvement that the owner is just not seeing.