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Miraculous Medal Meaning: Know Your Inventory

Posted by Maureen Pinney on August 2, 2017 at 10:30 AM

In the Catholic Church, medals have an outstanding background of tradition and benefits. One in particular often stands out as one of the most popular medals to purchase. The Miraculous Medal, also known as the Medal of the Immaculate Conception, is beloved by many around the world. This oval pendant is a famous piece of jewelry in the Catholic Church because of the phenomenal and almost fervent influence it has on people.

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Topics: Medals

Sick of Abandoned Carts? How Online Religious Retailers Can Boost Conversions

Posted by Maureen Pinney on June 14, 2017 at 1:59 PM

Cart abandonment is one of the most frustrating conversion issues for online retailers. According to a Baymard Institute study, at least two-thirds of shoppers abandon their shopping carts prior to purchase.

Unfortunately, this is as much of an issue for online religious retailers as it is for sellers in other industries. Luckily, there are some simple ways to combat abandoned cart and increase completed ecommerce sales.


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Topics: Religious Jewelry Retailers

The State of the Religious Gift Shop Industry

Posted by Maureen Pinney on April 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM

The state of the religious gift shop industry is ever changing. As with all retailers, it depends on the current market climate, consumer’s discretionary spending, and external competition. The outlook for gift shop retailers is generally bright, though many will have to continue to be diligent and develop a keen understanding of both internal and external factors that will shape the industry today and in the future.

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Topics: Religious Jewelry Retailers

4 Ways Religious Retailers Can Compete With Amazon

Posted by Maureen Pinney on February 20, 2017 at 2:00 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 March 22, 2016 at 1:00 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 March 1, 2016 at 2:21 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 January 29, 2016 at 3:56 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 December 22, 2015 at 1:32 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 December 15, 2015 at 1:37 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 December 1, 2015 at 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

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