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.


July 10, 2017 The New York Times and Wall Street Journal are teaming up to fight Facebook and Google in advertising, reports today's Times. They are doing so to gain better leverage when advertising via the "duopoly." How are our industry's players collaborating to strengthen their position? ...
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July 9, 2017 Imagine you worked for 3 days straight and made $56? That's what happened to this business owner. This article on Shopify shows you hard it is for other online store owners to operate an online store and make a profile. While the headline suggests success, any business person will see that that this article speaks more to the challenges than the opportunities. I did like how Richard used his iPhone to do the photography, explored social media, and hit up his friends and family to make sales....
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July 9, 2017 Will Bridge help your store rank higher in Google? Yes, Bridge will help your store rank higher than Target, Wal-mart, Dillards, and Macy's. Check out these results when a customer searches for a gift registry in Texas. Bridge's indie, mom and pop shops ranked higher than national chains. Our retailers even out gunned theknot.com. Give it a try: go to Google and search for your "gift registry [your state]". How did you store rank vs. other retailers? To help ensure authentic results, us...
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July 7, 2017 Your Store vs. Amazon Join us as we show indie stores how to fight back against Amazon. Tuesday, July 11 at 11 am EST Wednesday, July 12 at 9 am and 12 pm EST Thursday, July 13 at 1 pm EST Friday, July 14 at 8 am EST ~ Join CEO Jason Solarek for a live in-person seminar at the Kitchen 2 Table showroom in Atlanta Why attend? 80% of shoppers shop online, but 75% of indie stores don't sell online. Add to this Amazon's recent purchase of Whole Foods for $13 billion. Your customers are going...
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July 7, 2017 Q Squared is joining Bridge. Learn more here: https://shopqsquared.com...
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July 7, 2017 Gate House Furniture is joining Bridge. Learn more about Gate House here: http://gatehousefurniture.com/ ...
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July 7, 2017 Bodrum is joining Bridge. Learn more about Bodrum linens here: http://bodrumlinens.com/...
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July 7, 2017 When the internet became poplar, many people thought this would lead to more people living outside of expensive cities and metropolitan regions. Instead, there's a rush to move downtown and most e-commerce jobs are being created close to cities. ...
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July 6, 2017 Try, Then Buy? Amazon’s Move Is Part of a Shopping Trend Read the story from today's NY Times. And it isn't only fashion sites and Amazon that are doing this. Jewelry stores are also getting into the act. Is Tabletop next? Full text: When I was a child, I would watch my grandmother try on dresses and coats she had brought home on “appro” (or approbation) from Mrs. Downey’s boutique in Dungarvan, Ireland: deciding, at her leisure, what to buy and what to return. Who knew that, decades later, ...
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June 30, 2017 Do your products have the right keywords for buyers to find them? Do you need help via an SEO assistant? Today's WSJ shares how the real estate market is using SEO optimization to boost sales up to 300%. ...
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June 30, 2017 Each small business is unique...but most have the same problem: 75% don’t sell online 75% of the world’s small businesses have yet to sell online. Meanwhile, 80% of consumers shop online. We are facing a drastic gap between what small businesses offer and what their customers expect. This is resulting in 1,000’s of small businesses closing and Amazon.com growing in strength. What if there was a way to help these indie stores open their doors to online business? Bridge is the quickest way t...
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June 29, 2017 Watch the Bridge 101 Webinar Learn: + What the current threats are to your business. + How to quickly show more products on your website--even more than what Amazon offers. + How to ensure your survival in this increasingly digital retail world. Contact Bridge for the access link to watch. ...
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June 29, 2017 More insight into Amazon "getitng in bed with Nike," as a wholesaler said. ...
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June 27, 2017 Want your business to be at the top of the class? You can be: Join us for at our newest Bridge 101 webinar. You'll learn: + How to get the most out of your Bridge. + How to save time. + How to update products. + How a shopper experiences your Bridge store. Pick the time and day that works for you and Tuesday, June 27 at 11 am EST Wednesday, June 28 at 9 am EST Thursday, June 29 at 1 pm EST RSVP today and then we'll email you your access link for your webinar. You must RSVP to receive ...
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June 26, 2017 Happy to see Mario Luca Giusti's plastic tumbler featured in this past weekend's Wall St. Journal ...
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June 26, 2017 Today's Times cover reminds us that much of America needs a bridge to better times. Bridge is here for America. Bridge is the easiest way for a Main Street business to open an online store and easily show and sell products to the world. Bridge connects your business behind the scenes with inventory from your suppliers, as well as their news and re-ordering offers. ...
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June 22, 2017 Nice merchandising by East Village flower shop Beetle Bug: bouquets placed outside in to-go wraps. ...
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June 22, 2017 The Dallas Market Center show is underway. We look forward to seeing pics of you and your showrooms on Chalkboard. Brands and reps: If you have show specials please post them to your Promotions area. You can specify if a retailer must attend the show to receive the promotion. Here is the support article on how to post a Promotion: http://support.bridgecatalog.com/KB/a125/add-edit-pr...
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June 22, 2017 The tug of war continues ...
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June 21, 2017 Carol Schroeder, a shop owner that writes about retail, suggests in her weekly column that stores give up and let Amazon and other online entities eat their lunch. Upon reading this, I had to ask: "pardon me?" Carol appears to be wearing a troglodyte's writer cap. Steer clear of her advice. Bridge encourages you to use the most efficient tools to get online, get found in Google, and sell. Excerpt from Carol's column: "...Most of us didn't go into retailing in order to handle faceless orde...
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