News from Bridge's Chalkboard
Below please find news about the Bridge service and the retail industry in general. To view more news from Bridge and its members, please visit the Bridge Marketplace Chalkboard.


October 9, 2017 Eleven Madison Parks architect Brad Cloepfil can add tableware designer to his resume as the new restaurant opens this week serving Michelen-starred food with his designs. ...
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October 3, 2017 15% of Twitter traffic is from bots, shares today's WSJ. ...
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October 2, 2017 You're invited: Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 at 4:30 pm Black Barn Restaurant 19 E. 26th St. (Across the street from 41 Madison, about mid-block on 26th St.) New York, NY 10010 Your Store vs. Amazon .......................... Why attend?  80% of shoppers shop online, but 75% of indie stores don't sell online. Meanwhile, Amazon is spending heavily to put your store out of business. It recently purchased Whole Foods for $13 billion and setup a relationship with Kohl's. Your customers are goi...
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October 1, 2017 Nice to see Fiskars, which owns Waterford and Wedgwood, mentioned in this week's New Yorker magazine article on Finland's 100th anniversary of independence from Russia. ...
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October 1, 2017 Good news: Mariposa is now a Smart Brand. Mariposa has loaded 942 items to its Bridge account in order to help your store sell more. If you wish to sync products with it via Bridge, please choose one of these paths: 1. Go to your Brand Manager, find Mariposa, and ask to sync. 2. Contact your Mariposa sales rep. 3. Contact Mariposa corporate. 4. Email us here at Bridge. Check out Mariposa's Bridge here: https://mariposa.bridgecatalog.com/ ...
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October 1, 2017 Do you accept credit cards? If so, you are likely losing almost $200 a year. The reason is that your store likely has not completed its PCI compliance or it has expired. Are you being charged a fee? Here's how to find out... 1. Please look on your credit card processing statement and see if you are being charged. The charge will be in the “FEES” section and resemble something like this: PCI NON-VALIDATION -$15.95 2. If you are not being charged this fee—and therefore are PCI compliant, ...
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October 1, 2017 Today's WSJ shares that Wal-mart and Jet.com are moving towards more private labels. They also share the Jet.com is reducing its discounting emphasis and adding new lines like bedding. ...
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September 29, 2017 New registry feature: Bridge has updated the Orders home page. Your store can now more easily see if there is a ‘partial’ registry order. When there is an order that is part registry/part not, the registry column will now output “Partial for [insert registry couple last name]”....
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September 29, 2017 Amazon not only hurts local businesses, but in this case sold an illegal knife to a kid in NYC. Switch blades are illegal in NYC. ...
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September 28, 2017 Do you need a bridal registry brochure? Check out this brochure from Latona's in New Jersey. Latona's shows a table setting, includes a check list, and lists the benefit of registering at its store. I thought Latona's did a nice job on this. ...
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September 28, 2017 Need some cool collateral for your store? Checkout the neat supplies Vietri can offer you. Shown here: Latona's customized materials. ps - Thanks Joe Latona for letting me share this....
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September 28, 2017 Did you know that customers can purchase a registry gift and a non-registry item (for the purchaser) at the same time? For example, let's imagine that Sarah is getting married. Her mom goes on to Sarah's registry. Sarah's mom buys one Rogaska item for her daughter and one Reed & Barton pitcher for herself. Sarah's mom will check out with both items. When you view the receipt in your Orders area, you'll see two items have been purchased by Sarah's mom. You should look at this text: "Registry...
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September 28, 2017 I'm from Update New York and I want to help my hometown grow and succeed. Today's WSJ front page has an article about Elmira, NY struggling in the retail world. A few factors have led to this, including overbuilding of stores, a drop in shale oil production, and the rise of online shopping. The town's ability to provide services is now suffering because it relied on retail sale tax. ...
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September 27, 2017 See you in 2 weeks ;)...
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September 27, 2017 What are 3 things that you can do to improve your website? Check out Alex Milstein's tips below. http://www.casualliving.com/blogpost/15113-3-simple-changes-will-make-your-website-outstanding/ You may see a familiar name in the article: Alex quoted a few of my tips on e-commerce. Excerpt from article: 3. Be different. The problem isn't that all furniture website look the same, it's...
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September 25, 2017 What percentage of sales is your 4th quarter? Wired says that it makes up +30% of Amazon's revenue. I'd have thought the amount may be higher, but it goes to show that yearlong Amazon is fulfilling substational orders. The goal is to fulfill orders January thru August so that come holiday season, you have a large customer base to sell to. ...
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September 25, 2017 Did you know that J.C. Penney was based in New York City? Seems a bit odd for a business that resembled a frontier store. Today's WSJ reviews a book about James Cash Penney and how he spent his retirement on helping farmers. As a follow up, I googled J.C. Penney being headquartered in NYC. Sure enough, this article shares how it moved to Dallas from NYC in 1987: http://articles.latimes.com/1987-04-3...
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September 25, 2017 This past weekend's WSJ magazine profiles 1910's Wedgwood designer Susannah Margaretta Makeig-Jones. ...
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September 25, 2017 On Saturday night, Joe Latona (owner of Latona's in NJ) hosted a night of music, drinks, and custom, hand written inscriptions by Susan Gravely, the founder of Vietri. What a great community of friends and family. Thank you, Joe! ...
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September 22, 2017 Aldi, a German grocery store chain that owns Trader Joes, is moving into the American market. The articles shares how the chain's tips for its growth....
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