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“The ROI (return on investment) of social media is that your business will still exist in five years.” That was the crux of a talk given Monday at the JA New York Winter show by Dave Kerpen, CEO of Likeable Jewelers and a best-selling author. 
Don’t rely on a single manufacturer for any one product, pick suppliers that work with the store’s delivery needs and payment abilities, and check their references. These were just a few of the tips offered at a session on diversifying a store’s supply chain held Monday at the JA New York Winter show.
The JA New York Winter show opened Saturday at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, with an added twist: thousands in free cash to 18 lucky buyers to spend at the show.
During a panel held Sunday at JA New York Winter, Peggy Jo Donahue of MJSA moderated a discussion with a Connecticut jeweler about how they have used custom design to their benefit and how other retailers can do the same.
Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company recently partnered with Martha Stewart Weddings for a national sweepstakes that afforded one future bride a piece of Ivanka Trump jewelry, and gave the company a chance to promote its personal jewelry insurance.
Nearly half of consumers recently surveyed said they will be saving their tax refund money this year rather than spending it, according to the National Retail Federation.
Alor will no longer sell jewelry under the Charriol brand in the United States, Canada and the Caribbean, as the two companies remain engaged in a legal battle over international distribution and Alor returns to selling jewelry under its own brand.
The Museum of Ventura County in California will hold an exhibit this summer to showcase replicas of some of history’s most famous diamonds alongside their equally famous owners. 
Though Nielsen research shows that their confidence retreated slightly in February, consumers overall are feeling more upbeat than they have in nearly six years.
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