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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.
Featured News
Featured News
Great news: your Bridge is getting an upgrade in February.  Our team has rebuilt the Bridge software from the ground up.  We're launching this update by the end of January.

We're upgrading your business for free. This free upgrade is especially valuable because a new retail website costs $11,000 - $29,000 on average to setup. (Source: Atlantic Business Technologies.)

What's New in Bridge 2.0?

1. New Design.
New, modern, sleek design with more white space.

2. New Responsiveness.
Visit any page with ... ...
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Yesterday
Yesterday
Google and Facebook are compared to surveillance organizations to which we freely give ourselves, reports today’s Times.
Yesterday
Yesterday
What’s a very revealing thing about you? What you buy. Today’s Times shares that businesses are looking to Amazon over Facebook to target customers. Advertisers (aka sellers of goods) are targeting customers that bought X in order to get them to buy Y.
January 19
January 19

This is the preparation for the Ryan associates sponsored event in Dallas. Thank u, Rich Ryan and team!
January 19
January 19
A special thanks to Kerry and Janet Smith for hosting us in Dallas :)
We had a great turnout and seminar. Thank u, all u hard working retailers!
Thursday, January 17 - Friday, January 18
Dallas Market Center

In 2019, thousands of brides will register each day. This translates into millions of dollars in online sales. Don't let Target and Amazon get these orders. These brides should be registering at your store. Let us help you.

Join us to learn the 7 secrets to grow your registry business.

Please pick your date:

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Thursday, January 17th at 5 pm
Keith Smith Showroom
World Trade Center / Suite 200
Dallas Market Center
Co-sponsored with Keith Smith Associates... ...
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January 14
January 14
Happy to see Skyros’ new showroom—and promotional flyer. The back of the postcard lists ways to share news (Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest) and products (Bridge).
January 11
January 11
See u tonight at 5 pm at Casafina. Checkout the new showroom, grab some Portuguese wine, and learn how to grow your registry business.

Thank you Casafina & Costa Nova for hosting us :)
January 11
January 11

Thanks to Beatriz Ball—and surprise pinch hitter Susan Hoechner! Beatriz Ball hosted our marketing boot camp Wedsneday here at the show. Susan, who owns Barbara Stewart Interiors and uses Bridge, helped pour bubbly. Thank u Kelly Wenzel, Susan, and everyone that helped and attended!
January 9
January 9
Getting ready :)
January 9
January 9
Today at Beatriz Ball we’ll be coaching stores on how to grow their online sales. Here’s our cheat sheet :)
January 9
January 9
Think tradeshows are just chit chat until happy hour? Matt Hullfish gets down to business setting up his new showroom.

Ps - Thanks Matt for hosting our Bridge registry seminar this upcoming Friday.
January 7
January 7
“Tiny Ripples, Big Effect!”
Thank you for supporting indie businesses. Your support is a driver to their success!

Notably, many indie Bridge stores have great websites. They’re: small stores with big websites. A shopper is getting all of the selection and value as when she/he shops at a big store.

We don’t believe shopping small should mean making small compromises. Shopping small means thinking bigger about small shops.
#shopsmall #shoplocal
January 6
January 6
Today’s Times investigates commercial property valuations for the purpose of tax collection. The article suggests that brick-and-mortar retailers are gaming the system to unfairly reduce their property value and therefore pay local governments less in taxes. In Michigan, from 2013 to 2017, this may have cost local government $100 million.

While this a fair investigation to undertake, I ask the Times to investigate the harmful tax effects of millions of shoppers buying at Amazon. Should we be ... ...
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January 5
January 5

Amazon may start a bank—and become a competitor to JP Morgan. Imagine if Macy’s or Walmart owned a bank. When a customer makes a large purchase, would that make them more appealing than your business? Financing an engagement ring?

Amazon already offers third-party backed credit cards (Chase), cash cards, and a digital wallet, and it’s exploring adding financial integration with its Alexa platform.

Read the article about Amazon vs. JP Morgan here at wsj.com
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Friday, January 18
Dallas Market Center (Suite 2420)

You're invited:

Ryan Associates and Bridge invite you to grow your registry business. In 2019, thousands of brides will register each day--they should be registering at your store. Let us help you get picked by them.

Event details:

When:
Friday, January 18th at 5 pm

What:
7 Ways to Increase Your Gift Registry Sales

Where:
Trademart Building, Suite 2420
Across from the Lamont Showroom
Dallas Market Center

Who:
Jason Solarek will show you 7 ways to increase your gift registry business.

Seminar will be ... ...
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January 2
January 2
Wired’s Zeynep Tufekci argues that tech platforms (social media) will likely grow up much like the automobile industry did.

Ps- At first, I thought this was an illustration of a unicorn with a black eye. Ha ha. That would’ve been fitting, too!

Read the full article here at Wired:
https://www.wired.com/story/big-platforms-could-change-business-models/
January 2
January 2
For Brands, Distributors, and Sales Reps:

We're giving you a $50 bonus in January.

How to get your bonus:
1. Sign up a new store to Bridge.
2. Let us know that you signed up the store by emailing us the store's name.
3. After the store is active 90 days, we'll send you a check for $50. :)

Terms:
1. The store must sync with 2 or more of Bridge's Smart Brands. A store can choose from 110+ Smart Brands.
For example, if you rep Vietri, can you sign up a store and have it sync with Vietri and Erbario ... ...
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December 31, 2018
December 31, 2018
Amazon will boost its two-hour delivery service to customers by building more Whole Foods, reports today’s WSJ. Amazon also offers a 30 minute grocery pickup. The retail future is increasingly about showing real-time stock online and encouraging customers to order it for delivery or pick it up. When Amazon gives faster delivery to more customers, those are often the same customers as those of indie stores. With these moves, Amazon is just eating more business’ customers.

When I read news like ... ...
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December 30, 2018
December 30, 2018

Tracking Amazon's antics can be a sobering task--but the comedian Hasan Minhaj makes it entertaining. In this recent Netflix show, he shares his views about Amazon.

Watch Hasan Minhaj's Netflix review Amazon here

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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.
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