National Jeweler Spotlights Whiteflash.com
Whiteflash.com Chief Executive Officer Debi Wexler compares browsing for jewelry online to the invention of the airplane. People back in the day of Right Brothers found flying ridiculous at first. Today no one thinks twice about jumping on a plane to travel.
"We're in that mode where people still haven't changed their paradigm to buying an engagement ring online. Slowly, slowly, generation by generation, the mindset is changing," she says.
Though hesitant to fully disclose sales results for privately held, Houston based company. Wexler says holiday sales surpassed predictions by 20 percent, and year-end sales were up by a "reasonable amount."
"I was surprised because I thought it (sales) was going to be flat, given the downturn in the economy,' she says. "The economy definitely impacts all businesses, whether it's jewelry or computers."
Here is a tip for brick-and-mortar seeking to better compete with Internet retailers.
Understand there's still business to be had. Even if a consumer buys a diamond online, that dosen't mean you can't provide the mounting, an appraisal and the wedding bands
. It's a big big industry out there. There is enough for everyone who believes that the right business model.