News from Bridge
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April 26 Facebook added more users last quarter. ...
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April 26 FOR RETAILERS Have you asked your landlord for a break on rent yet? Retail rents are going down—by 20% in parts of NYC. ...
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April 25 Amazon doing beta testing with delivering to car trunks. ...
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April 25 Bernardaud, the historical choice of fine dining restaurants, gets a mention in today’s Times. The new Noma is (like many other restaurants such as Eleven Madison) are moving towards humble tableware like pottery. ...
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April 23 Amazon is America’s second largest private employer. Source: NYT and Jeff Bezos’ annual letter to shareholders. ...
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April 23 What happens if you store receives an order from a manufacturer and needs to send it back? Just ask Carol Schroeder. Her book Specialty Shop Retailing has a suggested form to handle these mess ups. You can even download the form on her website. ...
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April 23 Amazon is shaping up to be the new Walmart—paying its employees the bare minimum—and on top of that kill 10x more jobs than Walmart. Today’s WSJ shares that Amazon employees on average get just a bit more than Home Depot employees. While cities touted competing for the new Amazon HQ as a way to get 1,000s of high-paying jobs, the facts are Amazon is a cheapstake employer that gives most profits back to its Wall St. investors. ...
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April 22 FOR BRANDS How can you get more retailers to join you on Bridge? See what Intrada (a maker of fine Italian giftware) did. It added the Bridge logo on its website next to its Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram logos. This lets stores know that Intrada is easy to sell and market. Check out the Intrada site--and their beautiful items: https://www.intradaitaly.com/ ps - Thanks to Zaven at Intrada :)...
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April 22 Happy to see that the Smart Brand Moser has a store in Prague. ...
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April 22 Happy to see that Brooks Brothers is supporting the ‘Made in America’ initiatives. At the bottom of your Bridge account, you’ll notice the American flag and “Made in America.” ...
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April 9 Is there a ‘Mr. Herend’? Turns out there is! At 41 Madison outside the Herend showroom, you can see the Herend owner Mr. Fischer circa the 1870s and a picture of workers in the 1920s. ...
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April 9 FOR RETAILERS Did you know that 26% of shoppers start at Google? Let's help your store be found. You're invited to our new Google webinar for indie retailers: + Learn how to boost your Google ranking. + Learn how to use keywords effectively. + and more! Choose your webinar time: + Tuesday, April 24 at 11 am EST + Wednesday, April 25 at 10 am EST + Thursday, April 26 at 12 pm EST ...
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April 9 In the book The Four, the author Scott Galloway praises companies that reduce the 'friction' of completing an action. For example, Uber makes ordering a taxi easier. In the case of Amazon (which I often rail against), he noted it makes online shopping easier. Which leads to the questions: what is Bridge making easier? What 'friction' is it removing for users? Bridge reduces the pain points for a retail business in these areas: + Adding products to its website. + Adding news to its website. ...
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April 7 We try to keep our country honest by requiring transparency on some things. For example, you can not annonymously buy political ads and run them on TV. Which raises the question: Why did Facebook allow this to occur on its network of millions of users? Bridge has always required users to verify their identity and name—and even require a business email (instead of gmail or hotmail) email. Does this reduce our membership numbers? Sure. But it also increases the percentage of users that are re...
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April 5 Why is there a secrecy clause to hide the USPS deal with amazon? Strange. I’d like to see the deal tax payers are giving billionaire Jeff Bezos. ...
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April 5 Facebook’s security situation grows. ...
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April 2 Hackers installed software on Saks and Lord & Taylor cash registers. What’s notable is that the hack didn’t affect the companies’ websites. The hackers may have used the web (most likely via phishing emails) to infect the good ol’ ‘analog’ cash register. This crimes mixes new and old tech. ...
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March 31 A general store in Vermont is for sale and it doesn’t have a social media account, an e-commerce shop, nor even just a web page. Most indie businesses like Ripton’s likely need an e-commerce platform that updates itself with all of the latest features, connects it with its business friends and vendors, and is affordable. Sounds like Ripton’s needs: Bridge. ...
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March 31 Today’s Times graphic illustrates how deleting Facebook may affect logging in to other sites. Facebook has woven itself into the login operations of many sites. ...
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March 31 Juliska, a new Smart Brand partner, is featured in this weekend’s WSJ. ...
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