In 2007, New York-based web designer Jason Solarek was thinking about his clients' businesses over a beer at Moran's pub. He noticed that Karen, who owned a retail shop in New York, was adding the same items to her website as Sallie, who owned a store in Missouri. Upon further consideration, he realized that many of his clients were adding the same items to their websites, week after week, thereby duplicating each other's work. Drawing the process on a bar napkin, he sensed an opportunity to help his clients save time and money. Solarek asked the retailers to team up with their popular brands and share the product data. Solarek asked the brands to input and maintain the data. With retailers and brands on board, Solarek setup a system by which the product data 'flowed downstream' to the retailers' websites.
Today, Bridge helps 1,000's of businesses in the retail industry share products, news, and market-sensitive data. Retailers use Bridge's Smart Product service to more easily sell 64,038 products from 117 home goods brands. In 2020, retailers will use Bridge's e-commerce platform to sell $15 million to customers. With Bridge, retailers, brands, and sales reps streamline communication and speed product to market.
Shopping local is proven to help support our schools, families, and communities. Specifically, shopping local helps produce local jobs and generate local tax revenue. Due to this, Bridge supports shopping local and enjoys developing community empowering software.
Jason Solarek, Bridge's CEO, grew up in Rochster, NY—a city that has seen its ups and downs and can benefit from local businesses growing. Using Rochester as inspiration, we seek to help towns and cities of all sizes grow and 'own' their futures vs let a distant tech behemoth undermine their community.
Bridge uses the best software providers in the the industry. We’d like to thank our providers and partners including:
Cloudflare helps you Bridge account load more quickly and helps fend of bad actors (security)
Pingdom monitors your Bridge website’s uptime and helps identify ways to make pages load more quickly
Vivio stores and serves the files that make up your Bridge account, helps pages load quickly, helps stop bad actors, and provides many other key services
By working with the best providers, we ensure that you, your customers, and our members have the optimal experience. We pool the resources, costs, and management of these companies and deliver their best services to you.