About Bridge
Bridge retailers and brands at the Rosse showroom in Atlanta.  Jason Solarek, Bridge CEO and Founder, shown on far right.

Bridge retailers and brands at the Rosse showroom in Atlanta. Jason Solarek, Bridge CEO and Founder, shown on far right.

In 2007, New York-based web designer Jason Solarek was thinking about his clients' businesses over a beer at Moran's pub. He knew that Karen, who owned a retail shop in New York, was adding the same items to her website as John, who owned a store in Ohio. Upon further consideration, he realized that a handful of his clients were adding the same items to their websites, week after week, thereby duplicating each others' work. Drawing the process on a bar napkin, he sensed an opportunity to help his clients save time and money. Solarek decided to ask the retailers to team up with a few popular brands and share the product data. Solarek would ask the brands to input and maintain the data in Bridge - saving the retailers the hassle. Using Solarek's platform, the data would then 'flow downstream' to the retailers' websites.

Today, Bridge helps 1,000's of businesses in the home goods industry share products, news, and market-sensitive data. Retailers use Bridge's online platform to more easily sell 60,000 products from 110 home goods brands. In 2018, retailers will use Bridge's e-commerce platform to sell $20 million to their customers. With Bridge, retailers, brands, and sales reps streamline communication and speed product to market.

Why Do We Help Indie Businesses?

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Rochester circa 1905

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 Highlights
Original Bridge concept drawn on a napkin
2007
Jason Solarek, sitting at the bar Moran's in New York City, draws the idea for Bridge's product sharing.
Bridge seminar
2012
Bridge starts holding annual seminars in Atlanta. Shown speaking: Matt Hullfish.
Bridge webinar training
2015
Bridge starts holding training webinars for members.

2016
Bridge launches the bridal incentive program to motivate brides to promote their registry and earn a gift card.
Free table tents and window decals
2016
Bridge creates free table tents and window decals for retail clients. These in-store materials increase awareness about the stores' gift registries.
Bridge's New Review Software
2016
Bridge launches new automated review software. Retailers start receiving record numbers of customer reviews.
Tag products as easily as friends
2016
Bridge creates the world's first 'dollartag.' Retailers can now tag products as easily as they do friends.

2017
Showrooms in Atlanta and Dallas start displaying Bridge table tents. These help brands connect with more retailers via the network.
Your Store vs Amazon Seminar
2017
Bridge starts hosting 'Your Store vs Amazon' seminars.

2018
Bridge creates the Smart Universal Login System. This enables businesses to login once and visit many different wholesale sites without logging in again. This solution makes it faster and easier for stores to view and buy a brand's products. Users don't have to create and remember new passwords on each site.

In 2018, Our Software Will...

Help

852,241

Shoppers

Process

96,560

Orders

Support

48,743

Customers

Start

7,769

New
Registries

Bridge in the News
Bridge featured in HFN magazine

June 2017
Bridge Brand Conference

HFN covers Bridge's Brand Conference.

Bridge featured in HFN magazine

December 2016
HFN Magazine: $2 Million Milestone

HFN shares that Bridge has doubled year-over-year sales processed for clients.

Bridge featured in HFN magazine

November 2015
HFN Magazine: $1 Million Milestone

HFN highlights Bridge's handling of $1 million in online gift registry sales in 2015.

Image of Bridge article in Tableware Today

June 2015
Tableware Today: Last Word Column

Jason Solarek shares trends in e-commerce.

Image of Bridge article in HFN magazine

May 2015
HFN Magazine: E-commerce Update

Allison Zisko interviews Jason Solarek about Bridge's new services.
Bridge in the News
Bridge featured in HFN magazine

June 2017
Bridge Brand Conference

HFN covers Bridge's Brand Conference.

Bridge featured in HFN magazine

December 2016
HFN Magazine: $2 Million Milestone

HFN shares that Bridge has doubled year-over-year sales processed for clients.

Bridge featured in HFN magazine

November 2015
HFN Magazine: $1 Million Milestone

HFN highlights Bridge's handling of $1 million in online gift registry sales in 2015.

Image of Bridge article in Tableware Today

June 2015
Tableware Today: Last Word Column

Jason Solarek shares trends in e-commerce.

Image of Bridge article in HFN magazine

May 2015
HFN Magazine: E-commerce Update

Allison Zisko interviews Jason Solarek about Bridge's new services.