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Bridge featured in HFN magazine

June 2017
Bridge Brand Conference

HFN covers Bridge's Brand Conference.

Bridge featured in HFN magazine

December 2016
HFN Magazine: $2 Million Milestone

HFN shares that Bridge has doubled year-over-year sales processed for clients.

Bridge featured in HFN magazine

November 2015
HFN Magazine: $1 Million Milestone

HFN highlights Bridge's handling of $1 million in online gift registry sales in 2015.

Image of Bridge article in Tableware Today

June 2015
Tableware Today: Last Word Column

Jason Solarek shares trends in e-commerce.

Image of Bridge article in HFN magazine

May 2015
HFN Magazine: E-commerce Update

Allison Zisko interviews Jason Solarek about Bridge's new services.
August 8
August 8
Deruta is joining Bridge

We're happy to share that Deruta will become a Smart Brand.

We expect the Deruta products to be ready for syncing by September 1st.

Please message us to express interest in syncing.

Learn more about Deruta here:
https://derutaofitaly.com
August 7
August 7
The new NY tradeshow Shoppe Object starts this weekend.

And it may offer a consumer-facing holiday market. Neat.
August 7
August 7
Gump’s Files for Bankruptcy

The retailer has $61 million in assets and $64 million in liabilities, according to published reports

August 6, 2018, Allison Zisko
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LAS VEGAS—Gump’s, after looking for strategic alternatives to stay afloat, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Nevada Bankruptcy Court here on Friday night.

The San Francisco-based luxury department store is looking for ...
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Monday, August 13
NY NOW

Have plans next Monday morning? Make some time to hear retail expert Carol Schroeder speak at 10:30 am EST at NY NOW.

Details:
Successful Selling in Today's Experience Economy
Monday, August 13, 2018: 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

The consumer trend towards preferring to spend money on experiences instead of things is not limited to just Millennials and Gen Z shoppers - so it’s important to think about how to market your store to these customers. Proving a delightful ...
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August 4
August 4
Recognize that little building? That’s 41 Madison—across the street from Madison Square Garden—as shown in a profile about the park in today’s Times.
August 4
August 4
Nice to see Smart Brand partner Iittala featured in today’s WSJ.
August 3
August 3

FOR BRANDS:

Bridge Can Help You Share Stock with Retailers

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Stores are hungry to know stock levels from their manufacturers. The brands that make knowing this information easy are the brands to which stores drive business.

Ask yourself: how can a store sell something it doesn't have in stock or for which it doesn't know the stock level?

Good news: Bridge now allows you to easily upload stock to y ...
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July 31
July 31
Really hate a credit card brand? Do what Kroger did: just stop accepting it. Visa, along with AmEx, keeps raising its fees on merchants almost every month and claims to promote “customer choice.” That’s like promoting rioting in the name of looter choice. It’s not fair to keep giving out mileage and points cards and keep raising the fees on retailers.
July 31
July 31
AmEx ripped off customers reports today’s WSJ. Does that sound familiar? Again and again I butt heads with AmEx over their high fees. I really need to stop using their credit card. They promote a “small business” day, yet again and again charge high processing fees for services to small businesses. They’re a Janus and I don’t need bi-polar service providers.
July 30
July 30



Timo Sarpaneva is the focus of an exhibition at the Design Museum in Helsinki, Finland. He has had enormous influence on two of our Smart Brands partners Iittala and Rosenthal.

Also in the exhibition are photographs that tell some of his story — among them, images of the fantastical, crowd-attracting shop windows (adorned with glass harps and butterflies hanging from invisible wires) that he created for Iittala, the company that hired him in 1950. It was there ...
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July 28
July 28
'Fakebook'. ha ha. These protestors nail it.

Read the full article here at NY Times
July 27
July 27
Happy to see Charlie Breslin penning this month’s Tableware Today guest column.
July 25
July 25
There’s always a party pooper. New Hampshire is seeking to undermine the recent Supreme Court victory for small businesses by interfering with the ruling. The state (along with Delaware, Montana, Alaska, and Oregon) doesn’t collect sales tax, so it sees the work needed to collect sales tax as onerous. Thankfully, legal experts give New Hampshire a low chance of succeeding in this.
July 23
July 23

Are Customers Happy When Trapped by Companies?

Read How Consumers Can Resist Companies’ Market Power from Sunday's NY Times. Read the full story here:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/20/business/how-consumers-can-resist-companies-market-power.html
July 23
July 23
A fine china plate that is stronger than steel? That may now be possible due to Chinese inventor and jewelry designer Wallace Chan’s technology. This tech could likely be used to make stronger cups and plates.

Read the full article here:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/20/fashion/jewelry-porcelain-wallace-chan.html
July 20
July 20
Amazon is awash in fakes reports today’s Wall St Journal. Recently, I looked at an Amazon page selling Anna Weatherley. The page said the seller was “Anna Weatherley.” It wasn’t. If you clicked this name, it showed the seller as someone else. Why would the page mislead the shopper?

My conclusion is Amazon has a shady website, and it helps shady sellers sometimes sell fakes.
July 19
July 19
Today’s Times gives some tips for couples planning a wedding. Full article:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/18/technology/personaltech/tech-plan-wedding.html
July 18
July 18

Have your registry sales slowed down? It might have nothing to do with your beautiful store, product selection or even competition from online retailers. This article from the NY Times might explain why.

Put a Ring on It? Millennial Couples Are in No Hurry
Young adults not only marry and have children later than previous generations, they take more time to get to know each other before tying the knot.

Read the full story here: Read More
July 17
July 17


We wanted to share these beautiful tiles, YES, tiles, from Michael Aram.

Winner of Interior Design's 2017 Best of Year Award, Orchid Dimensional radiates with the graceful charm of delicate orchid flowers. Realistic crystalline white Thassos flowers dance across a smooth background of polished white or honed black marble. The pattern is drawn from homeware and jewelry designer Michael Aram's Orchid Collection and is crafted through a variety of techniques to achieve ...
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July 17
July 17
Walmart and Microsoft team up to stop Amazon reports today’s WSJ.

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Bridge in the News
Bridge featured in HFN magazine

June 2017
Bridge Brand Conference

HFN covers Bridge's Brand Conference.

Bridge featured in HFN magazine

December 2016
HFN Magazine: $2 Million Milestone

HFN shares that Bridge has doubled year-over-year sales processed for clients.

Bridge featured in HFN magazine

November 2015
HFN Magazine: $1 Million Milestone

HFN highlights Bridge's handling of $1 million in online gift registry sales in 2015.

Image of Bridge article in Tableware Today

June 2015
Tableware Today: Last Word Column

Jason Solarek shares trends in e-commerce.

Image of Bridge article in HFN magazine

May 2015
HFN Magazine: E-commerce Update

Allison Zisko interviews Jason Solarek about Bridge's new services.
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