News from Bridge's Chalkboard
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September 22, 2017 Starting in the 1970s, NYC added a tax of 4% on top of all rents that its retailers pay. Eg: if you pay $100k/year in rent, you pay NYC $4k more in tax. Retailers hate this tax today because Amazon takes a lot their business. What does NYC do today? Give Amazon $38m in tax credits. Credits are literal dollars. They are 3x more powerful than a write off, for example. NYC should stop offering corporate welfare to Amazon and stop the 1970s tax on retail businesses. NYC is literally stealing mone...
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September 19, 2017 Today's Times shares Best Buy's tips for beating Amazon: 1. Match Amazon's prices. 2. Add human interaction wherever possible. Best Buy even added an in-home installation team. 3. Use your physical store to allow pick ups. Keep inventory of your store on your site. 4. Suffer quietly. Don't announce pains and cost cutting. Look for ways to cut costs and do so without fanfare. ...
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September 18, 2017 Housewares is a $42b industry, with speciality stores making up about $4b of this. Online entities like Amazon and Wayfair now make up a slightly larger share than all those speciality stores combined. How did a few wall st backed publicly traded companies outgun 1,000s of indie stores? Us indies have to keep innovating to roll back the tide. ...
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September 18, 2017 Macy's new head honcho: the web dude. Remember a few ears ago when the web guy was a sort of joke and after thought? Now the web people are the decision makers. Take head. ...
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September 18, 2017 10,000 new stores are opening, according to retail analyst Greg Bruzel of IHL Group. ...
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September 18, 2017 Gibson reminds us that dinner bowls are the go-to item for consumers. ...
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September 17, 2017 How can your business build a website more quickly, for less money, that offers a better consumer experience? Use Bridge. Bridge allows you to get the best solution without any of the normal compromises. ...
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September 16, 2017 How long would it take you to add Waterford's 1,100 items to your website? With Bridge, you can add Waterford's 1,100 products instantly. And those items will stay up to date automatically. No need for you to constantly update prices or archive discontinued items. Bridge is the quickest way to add items to your website and thereby help you sell more items to your customers....
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September 14, 2017 Become a Registry Ninja: Gift Registry 202 Training Are you a bridal registry ninja? Learn the newest tips and short cuts to boost your store's registry sales. This webinar shows you how to: + Save time with advanced features. + Use the new registered items feature. + Use the new registry accounting feature. + Manage more complicated registry credits. + Boost the number of referrals that brides send you. + Get the most from your 5-Step Incentive Program. Please contact us for the webinar ...
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September 14, 2017 Know someone that shops on Amazon.com? Thank them for supporting a company that cheats American schools (taxes pay for better schools), safety in our community (taxes pay for safety), and the repairing of roads (ditto). Need some proof? Here's some: Franklin Foer, in his book World Without Mind, recounts how Amazon, according to IRS calculations, has used a headquarters in Luxembourg to dodge "a bill of at least $1.5 billion that would otherwise have been paid to the US government." .......
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September 13, 2017 "Fifty percent of men and 40 percent of women indicated they like human interaction in brick-and-mortar locations. Furthermore, about a third of women weren't comfortable with the notion that human jobs were eliminated in favor of technology." This statistic (from TotalRetail) suggests that many consumers want people involved in e-commerce. Fortunately, that's Bridge's plan: merge e-commerce with Main Street businesses. ...
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September 13, 2017 Wish to make it easier for your stores to re-order? Bridge can help: we output a store's sales rep at the top its respective brand's page. This helps the store more easily contact its sales rep to place an order or ask a question. Assigning a rep will also allow the rep to learn about orders in real time as they are placed on the retailer's site. The store can also easily contact the brand's corporate office, see re-ordering terms, and visit the brand's official website. ...
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September 12, 2017 Consumers eat more mints when they're in a clear package. What can this tell us about packaging for home goods?...
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September 12, 2017 We support American small businesses--and the Americans behind those counters. ...
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September 11, 2017 I thought someone called me "honey" at Javits a few weeks back. It turns out she was referring to the rooftop. Good work Javits on using that wonderful space to support local ecology and gastronomy. ...
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September 9, 2017 Happy to see Orrefors (a Bridge Smart Brand) mentioned in today's WSJ Volvo review. Next time you're in a Volvo, check out the stick shift. ...
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September 7, 2017 The Collection of Alberto Pinto will be auctioned at Christie's Paris. Read the details of this amazing collection and get to know the history of this amazing designer. http://www.christies.com/features/The-collection-of-Alberto-Pinto-8470-3.aspx?sc_lang=en&cid=EM_EMLcontent04144A01C_0&cid=DM122538&bid=100714333 Featuring art from the ...
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September 7, 2017 Gift Registry 202 Training Are you a bridal registry ninja? Do you know the short cuts to boost your store's registry sales? Join us for a our new Bridal Registry 202 Webinar: Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 11 am EST Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 9 am EST Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 12 pm EST Thursday, Sept. 14 at 1 pm EST Choose your date and RSVP. We'll email you your access link for your webinar. You'll learn to: + Save time with advanced features. + Manage more complicated registry credits. + Boost the ...
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September 7, 2017 Webinar: Rank on Page 1 of Google Learn: + How to track your Google ranking. + How to best use keywords. + How to get more of your top-selling brands to promote your store. Audience: for retailers In order to watch the webinar, please contact Bridge for the webinar URL. ...
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