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4 Ways Religious Retailers Can Compete With Amazon

Posted by Maureen Pinney on Mon, Feb 20, 2014 @ 02:00 PM

With sales of $135 billion in 2016, up from $107 billion in 2015, Amazon is a major player in the world of online commerce. Amazon’s slice of the market share for online retail is expansive and growing, but that doesn’t mean smaller retailers are facing a losing, uphill battle.

The key to remaining competitive is developing an informed and strategic plan guaranteed to help you convert visitors into customers and then keep those customers happy.

Not sure how to compete with Amazon? As a religious retailer, here are a few tactics you can use: 

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7 Best Sellers in Religious Jewelry

Posted by Maureen Pinney on Tue, Mar 22, 2014 @ 01:00 PM

As the season of gift giving ramps up, displaying your strongest sellers is a wise move and can mean higher sales. For people of faith, Easter is a celebration on par with Christmas, and many appreciate tokens of their faith as gifts. A child’s First Communion and Confirmation are other important days that are often celebrated with gifts. Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, two days that often stump the gift giver, are perfect opportunities to give religious jewelry.

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Topics: Retailer Knowledge Sharing Series, Communion, Religious, Gifts, confirmation, Religious Jewelry Retailers, jewelry supplier, Medals

How Religious Jewelry Retailers Should Deal with Returns

Posted by Maureen Pinney on Tue, Mar 01, 2014 @ 02:21 PM

Any retail establishment will eventually encounter dissatisfied customers, but religious jewelry retailers have several extra considerations since they’re dealing in high-value commodities. As a relgious jewelry retailer, it’s highly likely you sell several different brands, meaning you’re juggling long-term business relationships with different distributors. This is only half the battle when it comes to unhappy customers.

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Topics: Retailer Knowledge Sharing Series, Religious, Religious Jewelry Retailers, retail stores, jewelry supplier

Difference Between Sterling Silver and Silver Filled

Posted by Maureen Pinney on Fri, Jan 29, 2014 @ 03:56 PM

If you've ever browsed the aisles of a jewelry store, you've likely encountered a lot of terms referring to the silver selection. Silver filled, sterling silver...what do these mean? Knowing the difference between sterling silver and silver filled is important; it will dictate the quality of your piece and how you should take care of it. This is critically important if you want something that’s truly valuable. Let's take a look at these unique terms. 

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Topics: Retailer Knowledge Sharing Series, jewelry supplier, McVan Capabilities

The Four Way Cross Meaning

Posted by Maureen Pinney on Tue, Dec 22, 2014 @ 01:32 PM

The four way cross, or cruciform, is seen frequently in religious imagery and jewelry, the latter usually cast in beautiful sterling silver or gold. Religious imagery medals first became popular in the 16th century when the images became recognized as a symbol of faith and devotion. Today, the cruciform is widespread and worn by many. But have you ever wondered what the four way cross symbolizes? This humble medal actually has a very rich and vibrant history.

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Taking Care of Your Sterling Silver Jewelry

Posted by Maureen Pinney on Tue, Dec 15, 2014 @ 01:37 PM

Sterling silver is a beautiful and durable metal that is made for everyday wear.  Following a few basic use and care guidelines will ensure that your sterling silver jewelry gives you a lifetime of enjoyment. 

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Topics: Retailer Knowledge Sharing Series

Top Suppliers of Wholesale Religious Products

Posted by Fred Adler on Tue, Dec 01, 2014 @ 10:39 AM

While we here at McVan pride ourselves on being the best supplier of wholesale religious products, such as gifts, jewelry and memorabilia. We do understand that there are other manufacturers out there that do quality work as well. We’re never shy about telling our customers – or potential customers – about these other makers of religious goods when we’re asked, because like we said, we’re all in this business together. And certainly if our customers or potential customers can’t find the product that they’re looking for from us, we want them to be able to find it from someone else – it’s only right.

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Topics: Retailer Knowledge Sharing Series, Religious Jewelry Retailers, retail stores

A Guide to Facebook Advertising for Religious Retailers

Posted by Maureen Pinney on Fri, Nov 13, 2014 @ 03:00 PM

Whether you're an established religious retailer or you're just getting your start in this rewarding industry, you probably understand the importance of using Facebook and other social media channels to point prospective customers toward your shop. But simply maintaining a Facebook page isn't going to reel in the leads you seek. You need to take advantage of another powerful piece of the Facebook puzzle -- namely, its advertising platform.

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Topics: Retailer Knowledge Sharing Series, Religious Jewelry Retailers, retail stores

8.5 Tips on How to Have an Effective Religious Retail Display: Offline & Online

Posted by Maureen Pinney on Mon, Oct 26, 2014 @ 03:28 PM

Whether you’re running a brick and mortar store or operating strictly online (or doing both), an effective retail display is a must. Shopping these days is all about the consumer experience and how products are presented. Exhibiting your products is the key to moving merchandise and keeping customers coming back for more. This post will further examine the importance of religious retail display in online and brick and mortar environments, offer tips on what you can do to enhance display, and improve the customer experience.

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Topics: Retailer Knowledge Sharing Series

How to Attract Local Customers to Your Religious Retail Store

Posted by Maureen Pinney on Thu, Oct 15, 2014 @ 10:15 AM


Every religious retail store pins its hopes on building a loyal customer base, with a corresponding increase in sales. But the first step is to attract local customers to your shop -- and to get that kind of attention, you may have to enhance your normal marketing routine. Let's look at four creative strategies to draw more buyers through the doors of your religious retail business.

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Topics: Retailer Knowledge Sharing Series

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