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April 18, 2019


Imagine helping your brands sell direct and bypass you? That’s what Nordstrom is faced with doing as it gets beat up by Amazon and online sellers. As the Nordstrom CEO, think about the dire straits you’d have to be in to approve this. But since most retailers didn’t plan 20 years ago for the internet tsunami, they’re stuck playing package boy for Wall St. darling Amazon.

I agree that it’s great to get customers in the store—I just wish it wasn’t under these terms. It’s ...
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April 17, 2019

Michel Rolland, the famous wine consultant, praises Chef & Sommelier Oenologue glassware (which is designed by his wife). Chef & Sommelier is a Smart Brand member.

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April 17, 2019

When you tally up all the stores that have opened and closed this year, there’s a net loss of 3,300 stores, shares today’s WSJ.

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April 16, 2019

Only Tiffany & Co. could buy a full page in the Wall St. Journal magazine to advertise one glass. :)

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April 16, 2019

Happy Spring from the East Village

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April 16, 2019

We're happy to announce that Sagaform is joining the Smart Products program. Details to come soon.

Learn more:
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April 16, 2019

We thank Mr. Hubert and wish good luck to Ms. Barry. Mr. Hubert helped right the ship at Best Buy and fend off Amazon, and Ms. Barry, who has worked with the company for 20 years, is taking over as CEO. Best Buy, whose stock is up 3x since 2013, has outlasted fallen household-names like Circuit City, Sport Authority, and Toys “R” Us.

Tags: Best Buy, amazon
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April 15, 2019

Facebook is filled with so many fake ads that Dr. Oz (yes, that doctor) has to write a letter to the Wall St Journal.

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April 15, 2019

Are Indie Stores 'Digitally Poor'?

There are millions of indie stores in the world who don’t get to succeed online. They get ripped off by web designers and coders, have to pay local taxes unlike many Amazon sellers, don’t have access to cheap money from Wall St. like Amazon.com, and get attacked by hackers looking to steal credit cards, all factors which prevent them from running their business, helping their customers, and servicing their communities. Because of these expense...
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April 12, 2019

YouTube is likely filled with a lot of fake entities posting content, reports today’s WSJ. Why is this notable? Because YouTube is increasingly carrying kids videos geared to our kids. I believe knowing who is broadcasting videos to our nation’s children is important. YouTube should require a entity posting certain content to authenticate their identity—and maybe should do this for all content posted. Truth should have a true author.

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April 10, 2019


Does your brand have a high 'digital IQ'? Gartner shares that 62% of brands that deal with B2B have a low digital IQ.

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"B2B companies have historically relied on manual and in-person methods to market and sell their products. Those include connections made at trade shows, tried-and-true sales team relationships, and channel partner agreements that have been in place for eons...[sic] Manufacturing brands must dramatically advance their digital competencies to k...
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April 10, 2019



Happy to see all the 5-star customer reviews posted to Suzanne Roberts Gifts’ Bridge page.

Please share with us your successes and experiences with reviews. Reviews help increase your Google ranking, boost staff morale, and inform your potential customers.




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Event Date: Friday, July 12
Shared: April 9, 2019
Location: Skyros Showroom / AmericasMart

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Wish to grow your online gift registry business?
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Join Skyros Designs and Jason Solarek for drinks and 7 steps to build your online registry business. Jason will show you 7 free techniques to grow your online gift registry business.

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Event date: Friday, July 12
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April 8, 2019


Facebook is helping thieves share stolen credit cards. Thanks, Mark Zuckerberg.

Wired is promoting sharing the article on Facebook in the left-hand margin. Promoting sharing on a platform that has so many sharing holes in it is a bit ironic.

https://www.wired.com/story/facebook-cybercrime-groups-again



Tags: facebook, credit card theft, wired magazine
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April 6, 2019


I just opened a box with 400 new decals for our stores! Stores can place these two-sided decals on their front doors and windows next to their Visa and Amex decals.

Please message us to get in front of the line for who will receive these first. :)

Shop indie!

ps ~ A special thanks for Eric at Poster Prints. He coordinated this print project: eric@postersigns.com

Tags: Small store big site, window decal, shop local, selection
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April 5, 2019

54% of people looking for a product go directly to Amazon. That’s not good for nearly anyone in our industry. Amazon takes a 30% cut and keeps all the customer’s contact information (email, tel, address). If you’re a retailer, you can’t operate a successful business giving away 30% of your 50% cut of a retail sale.

If you’re a brand, over the last few year you were probably relishing in selling direct, cutting out the rep commission, and getting 100% of the sale. Well now Amaz...
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April 3, 2019
The default price floor for Smart Products is now $100. The old price was $50.

We increased the price floor to reduce the number of orders you may receive for small, 'one off' orders. Some Smart Brands have a $100 or $200 minimum order. By raising the price floor, we reduce the likelihood you'll have to place a special order yet not meet the minimum order.

Please note: even if an item have the price floor in effect, a customer will be prompted to call your store to orde...
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April 3, 2019

NYC is forming a new group to help protect its infrastructure. I'd like to see a similar group formed to help protect its residents and businesses, as well as police business websites and hosting companies to ensure they're meeting accepted standards for security. Currently, our cyber security laws are reactive vs preventative.

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April 1, 2019


Wedgwood is in its 260th year shares Tableware Today. Josiah Wedgwood, the eleventh child of a potter, was a skilled potter himself by age nine—yet couldn’t use a traditional potter’s wheel because of a small pox inflicted injury. In 1765, Queen Charlotte gave him the right to use the title ‘Potter to the Queen.’ Fun fact: Josiah’s grandson was Charles Darwin.

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April 1, 2019

Mads Ryder, the new CEO of Lenox, is profiled in this month’s Tableware Today. Lenox owns Reed & Barton—a Smart Brand member.

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