Small Business Spotlight: Getting Organized with HAUTE Living
We talked with Victoria Simmons about HAUTE Living's efforts to get organized and to streamline its business practices. Learn how small-business owners can declutter to save time and money. The transcript below has been lightly edited for length and clarity.
How's HAUTE Living? What is new?
We are growing and adding more designers and their products. We rcently added Helen Samps Jewelry as well as the popular hoop earring designer, Frank Nester.
We also move into a larger facility to allow us more space for shows, inventory and public events. We are very pleased with the space as it underscores our commitment to only carrying the finest jewelry. Lastly, we have added more staff around design and information technology. We see IT as critical to our ability to showcase our products.
How are you organizing your sample jewelry?
We divide it into two categories: for sale and for press and samples. These two different groupings allow us to better organize and categorize our SKU numbers for tracking and inventory purposes. Further each SKU represents a designer and the item number. Also, without our new IT infrastructure, none of this could be possible.
Tell us more about your organizational efforts?
We turnover our inventory much more frequently than we use to. This inventory turn has helped us bring fresh designs into the market much quicker as well as refresh our designer base. Also, our customers appreciate the constant change in variety as well as the uniqueness each individual designer brings. Our staff likes the challenge too, as each day and week brings new ideas into the mix as well as new problems. We believe problems are opportunities, and we seek them out to solve.
Interview to be continued - we were cut short due to HAUTE Living having a upcoming show early this month