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January 27 How do your cooking pans stack up against other pans? Check out this product review by Wired magazine to learn about 'concavity' and how to judge a good pan. https://www.wired.com/review/review-made-in-cookware...
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January 27 Nice to see Smart Brand partner Joseph Joseph featured in today’s WSJ. The WSJ picked its favorite items from Maison & Objet. ...
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January 27 Amazon sales decreased between 9% - 29% when it stated charging tax on purchase. It currently only charges tax on things it sells—not things by third parties which account for maybe 60% of its sales. If we want to help Main Street, we have to collect tax on internet purchases. That will level the playing field and financially help our schools, roads, and communities. Let’s hope the Supreme Court overturns Quill. ...
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January 25 Cormac Kinney, founder of a new online jewelry rental service called Flont, made an observation that I liked. He said: “Look at software. People don’t buy it anymore—they subscribe to it. A lot people don’t buy cars anymore—they use Uber, Zip Car or lease them. No one buys computer servers anymore—they use Amazon, Google or Microsoft. All the things that we used to buy is now a service." I agree with Cormac. And there is a good reason that 'software as a service' is good for retailers. Any s...
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January 25 We're happy to see research group L2 compliment Smart Brand member Versace. Excerpt: 2017 marked a year of successes for Versace: a much-talked-about fashion show, a tribute collection paying homage to founder Gianni Versace, a collaboration with Bruno Mars, and Donatella receiving the British Fashion Council’s Fashion Icon of the Year Award. The year also marked a digital growth streak for Versace, as the brand jumped from Average to Gifted in L2’s Digital IQ Index: Fashion. ................
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January 25 Toys R Us to close 182 stores. Sadly, private equity firms loaded it with too much debt. And it made some key strategy mistakes. ...
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January 25 Nice to see Bridge Smart Brand member Pampa Bay in this month’s Tableware Today. ...
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January 25 Nice to see Bridge coach Diane Seidle in this month’s Tableware Today. Diane shares some marketing tips. ...
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January 25 Good business advice from Forbes: https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesbusinessdevelopmentcouncil/2018/01/23/want-to-see-greater-sales-success-incorporate-these-nine-habits-into-your-routine Summary: Want To See Greater Sales Success? Incorporate These Nine Habits Into Your Routine 1. Record Your Calls And Discuss With A Coach ...
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January 23 Cash-rich shoppers want their shopping to be quick and easy via their mobile phones, reports today’s Times. Aka: they are increasingly likely to not want to spend time in a physical store....
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January 22 Nice to see Smart Brand members Moser and Anna Weatherley in Dallas magazine’s Paper City. ...
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January 22 Salisbury’s Joe Bernstein knows how to ‘bee’ in the moment at Dallas. Good to see you, Joe. ...
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January 21 Want to see a store that knows how to sell? Visit the Ivy House in Dallas which is led by Laura May. ...
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January 20 At Dallas Market Center talking to customers about Bridge. Thanks Sonny for the pic!...
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January 20 Nice to see Royal Crown Derby on the cover of Paper City magazine in Dallas. ...
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January 18 Bumped into Oprah again—she’s dressed for the cold front in Dallas! ...
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January 18 Cassmeyer is showing Mary Jurek in Dallas ...
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January 18 Pretty Skyros table setting in Dallas ...
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January 17 Are you offering shoppers a “frictionless” experience? Today’s Times covers the National Retail Federation expo. Consumers are now in control vs just looking at a shelf. More stores will stock less and become more of a showroom. And that’s ironic because previously one would pejoratively refer to browsing in a store and shopping elsewhere as “showrooming.” Now, the stores may actually embrace that idea as long as they can get the customer to buy from it. Buy in store. We’ll ship you the goo...
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January 17 Does your store warrant a t-shirt? :)...
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