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.


November 22, 2017 Amazon is advertising its gift registry business in Brides magazine. Should we get a bunch of retailers to team up and place an ad, too? ;)...
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November 21, 2017 1 An email went out from diana@skyrosdesigns.com this morning that contained a virus. It was in an email that read: ............... Morning, Please see attached and confirm. Let me know if you have any questions. David Duffy ***************** .................... 2. If you opened this, you likely have a virus that sent the virus to all the people in your contact list. And then it will spread further. 3. Please let us know if this occurred to you. Or ask your IT person for help. 4. ...
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November 20, 2017 Today’s Times Opinion piece supports local retailers by calling for building owners and the government to find a solution to high vacancies. ...
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November 17, 2017 The fight continues between Wal-Mart and Amazon with Wal-Mart standing it’s ground. This may bode well for other brick and mortar stores, too. ...
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November 16, 2017 Today’s Times highlights the current loophole that Amazon uses when charging taxes. Amazon doesn’t charge tax on its marketplace sales, which total in the billions. Third-party sellers such as stores use the marketplace to sell goods and often don’t charge (nor collect) sales tax that they should be. Side note: the e-commence tax debate goes back to 1992 with Quill Corporation vs. North Dakota court decision. ...
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November 14, 2017 Holiday Website Bootcamp This webinar shows you: 1. How to update your home page. Your home page is your gateway to helping you: A. Update your header. B. Add holiday slides. C. Add sale items. D. Add a promotional holiday banner. E. Add holiday Chalks. 2. How to update your store hours to show holiday hours. 3. How to offer free shipping. 4. How to offer discounts. 5. How to process an order that was made with a discount code. 6. How to share your site’s holiday posts to your social me...
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November 13, 2017 Have your worried about charging different prices on your website vs in your store? You’re not alone. And it’s becoming more common. Today’s WSJ reveals how Wal-mart is charging more for some items online. Traditionally, online shopping has been touted as cheaper than in-store shopping. Let’s see how this experiment plays out. ...
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November 12, 2017 The Globe, a gift shop in Virginia, recently replaced its website with a new Bridge website. The new Bridge website has a bunch of new features that are helping boost sales. The Newsfeed encourages visitors to browse and explore items that other shoppers like and purchase. The new site includes larger product pictures, review software, and 20,000 products that update themselves--saving The Globe from having to maintain those items. https://theg...
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November 11, 2017 Did you know that customers can take their Amazon returns Kohl’s? Well, now you can take your Lord & Taylor returns to Walmart’s 4,000 stores. We’re seeing more and more businesses choose sides with either Amazon or Walmart. Which side are you on? ...
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November 11, 2017 We’re happy to see Charleston featured in today’s WSJ—home to Bridge retailer Vieuxtemps. :) Vieuxtemps, an idlyic shop on southern King St., has been part of the Bridge team for eight years. Thank you!...
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November 10, 2017 We're happy to see Kristi Forbes named as head of 41 Madison. As a frequent visitor to the AmericasMart, we've seen how Kristi made the mart a fun and inviting place to do business. Welcome to NYC, Kristi. Read the full article here: https://www.homeworldbusiness.com/forbes-named-forty-one-madison-director/ ...
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November 10, 2017 More customers will shop online this holiday season. Is your website ready?...
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November 9, 2017 New Seminar: How to Prepare Your Website for the Holiday Make your site light up like a Christmas tree Tues., Nov.14 at 11 am EST Weds., Nov. 15 at 9 am EST Weds., Nov. 15 at 1 pm EST Thurs., Nov. 16 at 10 am EST Tues., Nov. 28 at 11 am EST Weds., Nov. 29 at 9 am EST Weds., Nov. 29 at 1 pm EST Thurs., Nov. 30 at 10 am EST What you'll learn: 1. How to update your website for holidays. 2. How to update your home page design and pictures to be festive and show your holiday spirit. 3. How to up...
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November 9, 2017 Ironic to offer a Tiffany & Co. piggy bank? Where does one put the savings to afford the piggy bank? Ha ha. Tiffany appears to have taken a C. Wonder turn where it puts its logo on everything. Ps - I miss C. Wonder. ...
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November 8, 2017 Preparing for Thanksgiving can be a lot of work. What if someone had a suggested schedule of what to do in the hours leading up to dinner? The Times does just that with a prep schedule starting a few days before the big day. ...
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November 8, 2017 Thanks to Diane for spotting this Bridge Smart Brand member in today’s Time’s Thanksgiving product guide. Ps- I have this board and can vouch for it :)...
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November 8, 2017 Bridge is updating its pricing for brands in 2018. Are your stores worth 20¢? We think so ;) .............................. This year, sales on Bridge have grown 89% to $12M. But the fight has just begun. In order to help independent retailers keep up the fight against Amazon, Bridge is updating its pricing for brands in 2018. We'll be reinvesting these fees into new features for you and your retailers. 1. In 2018, you’ll see: A. More orders for your products. We’re launching new features...
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November 7, 2017 Curious how your Bridge store ranks in terms of keeping up with trends? This month’s HFN shares the areas that businesses can invest in to succeed online. I’ve drawn a red dot next to the features our software already offers. I put a checkbox next to the features that we’re doing next. Have a suggestion about what you’d like to see your site offer next? Let us know :) Ps- Thanks to Erica Nolan at Blueport Commerce for the chart. ...
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November 6, 2017 FaceBook has potentially 200 million fake accounts. That’s more than everyone in California and New York combined. ...
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November 5, 2017 An NYU business professor suggests that retailers team up to beat Amazon. The stakes: billions. Or go out of bsusiness or declare bankruptcy. Bridge agrees. https://www.l2inc.com/daily-insights/no-mercy-no-malice/partner-vs-parasitoid...
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