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Every piece of freight comes off the truck when you do it. Every piece gets checked in and shelved when you do it. Every customer gets taken care of when you do it. You vacuum the floor and clean the toilet.

Chuckle, I think my SIL with suggestions from his very clever wife figured the whole thing out. He is the one that owns the large warehouse and the business that imports a lot of stuff by sea containers and sells at trade shows then ships from the warehouse.

Early on he had problems with staff turnover, missing stock, working too many hours and on the road doing the trade shows himself. His wife suggested that he increase the salary of his dozen or so staff from $10.50 an hour to $18 (this was some years back), hire agents to do his US trade shows (he still does Atlanta and an occasional other one as well as the big one in Toronto). He rarely goes to the warehouse anymore even though he lives in Halifax, he initially leased half of it but now owns all of it and the staff has grown to 20+ including adding a couple of small businesses he bought and moved in-house.

He now pays himself a large sum from the company each year to fund his recently acquired high spending lifestyle including buying a two seat sports car (with a family of four!), a multi-million home one block from Point Pleasant Park so his dog has a place to run and leisure trips whenever he can spring his busy wife from her four (mostly related) busy careers.

He told me a rather amusing story (much of which I knew) Saturday. His parents wouldn't fund his university even though they could afford to do so. He started a small business selling clocks in the local mall kiosks, called it 'Clock It To Ya' and expanded it to malls all over the city ... then the province while attending St. Mary's. When he finished his business degree his dad told him he should get a real job. He applied at one of the bank branches and one of them agreed to hire him. The manager brought him in for the talk and SIL asked him which car in the parking lot was his. When the guy pointed out a rusty old Honda he walked out and went back to running and expanding Clock It To Ya. They (agents) now do trade shows in both Canada and US but a lot of the business is repeat stuff with huge chains where he is a "preferred supplier".


Clock It To Ya Inc is a Nova Scotian business operating since 1998. We import giftware and sell to stores across North America. Our main products include watches, sunglasses, jewellery, handbags, and wallets. We continuously strive to bring in new products and to update our existing lines. We are proud of the growth of our small business, now employing 20 full time workers.
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To provide superior products at outstanding value. Knowing that great service is anticipating problems not just reacting to them. Understanding that if our customers are not successful with our products, ultimately the company will not be successful. Continuing to improve and grow our company through the loyalty of our customers.
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