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How can your store succeed in 2018?
Here are 4 questions to ask your business:

1. How many items does your online store offer from each brand that you sell?
You'll want to make a list with 3 columns: one with the brand and one with the approximate number of items on your site. In the third column, enter in the total number of items offered by the brand. Shoppers often seek the website with the greatest selection.

For which brands are you missing the most items?

You'll most likely want to sync with the Smart Brands since they help you show more product with no work.

2. Your website offers a online gift registry?

If Yes…
Registrant (e.g. bride) can register self?
Yes _______ No ______

Registrant can login and review purchases?
Yes _______ No ______

3. Your website allows ...Read rest of Chalk
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Featured News
 gift registry
 gift registry
How important is adding a picture to a couple's wedding registry?

Bridge researched this and found that registries with a couple's picture generated $260 more in sales than those without a picture--a 21% sales boost.

Bridge reviewed 1,883 registries that occurred in 2017 and 2018 from 15 U.S.-based indie retailers with brick and mortar locations. We found these trends:

1. If a registry has a picture of the couple/registrant, the average purchase was $13 more--a 9% sales boost.

2. The total purchases for a registry with a picture were $260 more.

Study Findings:
Average gift purchase on a registry with a recipient’s picture: $152.
Average gift purchase without picture: $139.
Total average gift purchases for registry with a recipient’s picture: $1,505.
Total average gift purchases for registry ...Read rest of Chalk

Tags: gift registry, trends
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Featured News
 table tent
Want to boost your Google ranking by 10%? Easy: just place these table tents around your store. Reviews make up 10% of your Google ranking according to SEO experts.

The new table tent has room for you to place your store name on the front of the tent at the bottom.

Tags: table tent, review tent
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Featured News
 Mepra
Mepra joins Bridge!

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

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

Please message Mepra or us to express interest in syncing.

Learn more about Mepra:
https://www.mepra.it/en/index.php

Tags: Mepra, new member 
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09/04/18 12:50 PM
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Lo-ove this flatware.



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 Deruta
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

Tags: Deruta, new member 
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Today
 domain masking
 domain masking
Do you want to boost your Google ranking and better promote your store?

Try 'domain masking.' Domain masking is a service that Bridge offers that hides the 'bridgecatalog' part of your domain name. With domain masking, your website addresses will be 'cleaner,' you'll increase your Google ranking, and you'll enjoy other benefits.

As an example, Vieuxtemps (a gift shop in Charleston) uses domain masking. Its website urls are:

https://www.vieuxtemps.net
https://www.vieuxtemps.net/registry.cfm
https://www.vieuxtemps.net/patterns.cfm/Vietri

Shops of Provence (a gift shop in Greenville) does not use domain masking. Its website addresses are:

http://provence.bridgecatalog.com/
https://provence.bridgecatalog.com/registry.cfm
https://provence.bridgecatalog.com/patterns.cfm/Vietri

Notice how Shops of ...Read rest of Chalk

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Today

Beatriz Ball

Beatriz Ball $BT-7027
Why wait until the weekend to treat yourself? A decadent cheeseboard is the perfect Thursday night snack!

Tags: $BT-7027, Cheeseboard, Cheese, Cutting Board, Snacktime, Beatriz Ball, Wood, SOHO
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The EU is going to investigate how Amazon uses data from its 3rd-party sellers to improve Amazon’s own products and marketing. The question is whether amazon is gathering data from its partners to then use against them. What’s your guess?

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/19/technology/amazon-europe-margrethe-vestager.html

Tags: Amazon, European Union, antitrust
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Yesterday

Beatriz Ball


The perfect gift

Tags: Beatriz Ball, $BTZ-6516, GIFTABLES
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Yesterday 03:55 PM
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Jason at Bridge
Would be nice with Chobani :)



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Yesterday

Beatriz Ball

Simply perfect

Tags: Beatriz Ball, $BTZ-6516, GIFTABLES
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Sept. 18

Beatriz Ball

Beatriz Ball Beatriz Ball
SOHO is ideal for casual entertaining in style

Tags: Beatriz Ball, SOHO, Wine Lover, $BTZ-7209, $BTZ-7076, $BTZ-5992, $BTZ-6507
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Sept. 17

Beatriz Ball

Beatriz Ball Beatriz Ball
Irresistible style.

Why wait to serve your sides and desserts in high style? Makes a wonderful gift.

Made of a top quality, FDA safe, easy-care, oven and freezer friendly aluminum alloy.


Tags: Beatriz Ball, Pedestal, Linen, $BTZ-7155, $BTZ-2301
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Sept. 17

Why is retail becoming a software business? For a few reasons, including:
1. Convenience: It’s easier to shop on your mobile vs drive to the store.
2. Selection: you can search 10,000s of items online.
3. Smarter: you can not only search lots of products, but the software will likely do the ‘thinking’ for you. The major retailers’ software has artificial intelligence to show you the most popular items, the ones with the best reviews, etc. In essence, the software tells you what the best item for you is.

Now, ask yourself—based upon the above, how are indie stores gonna compete in this retail-software environment when:
1. Indie stores often have little or no selection online.
2. Indie stores often don’t have a mobile friendly website.
3. Indie stores often don’t have the artificial ...Read rest of Chalk

Tags: Amazon, wsj, reviews, indie store
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09/18/18 08:19 AM
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Jason at Bridge
In Crate & Barrel’s new catalog, it promotes its software as a selling feature. Retail is becoming software.

https://marketplace.bridgecatalog.com/chalkboardmobile.cfm?id=15081




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Sept. 16
 credit card
You can now more easily see how an item was paid for online.

When you look at your orders page, your software now shows you the credit card logo used. If the credit card logo is not displayed, this means the customer did not pay online. You will have to call the customer to take its credit card information over the telephone and key it in your terminal.

In the example shown, the September 11th Michael Aram purchase does not show a credit card logo. This means that the credit card was not taken online.

Tags: credit card, feature, orders
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Sept. 14

Beatriz Ball

Beatriz Ball Beatriz Ball
A wine coaster makes the perfect gift

Tags: Beatriz Ball, Giftables, Gifts, The Good Life, $BTZ-2216, $BTZ-7391
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Sept. 13

How does Crate & Barrel lure in brides? Here are six benefits that it promotes in its recent catalog:
1. Private label items.
2. 10% off items.
3. Free shipping on items over $99.
4. Events.
5. Two free wine glasses.
6. Nice software.

Tags: Crate and barrel, gift registry
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Sept. 12

Carmel Ceramica


Carmel Ceramica dog and treat jars with matching bowls. Colorful, unique and fun to have in the store! See the whole collection.

Tags: dog, treat jar, bowl, Carmel Ceramica, Dogs
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Sept. 12

Beatriz Ball

Beatriz Ball Beatriz Ball
Simplistic Beauty

Tags: Beatriz Ball, The Good Life, $BTZ-6507, SOHO
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Sept. 12
 amazon
"Despite the Amazon hype, prices in Whole Foods’ 490 stores across the country — even after shoppers pony up cash for the Prime discount — come down by just $1.54 on a $400 basket of groceries, according to the report."

Read the full article:
https://nypost.com/2018/09/11/dont-believe-the-hype-about-amazon-savings-at-whole-foods/

Tags: amazon, wholefoods, scam
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Sept. 10

Beatriz Ball


Get a piece personalized today - it makes a perfect gift!

Tags: Custom Engraving, Engraving, Wine Bucket, Mid Century, Personalized, $BTZ-7380, Beatriz Ball, MID-CENTURY
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Sept. 9

Amazon is the Standard Oil monopoly of today.

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/07/technology/monopoly-antitrust-lina-khan-amazon.html

Tags: Amazon, monopoly
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Sept. 6

We've loaded UPCs to products for 20+ brands, including:
+ Badash
+ Casafina and Costa Nova
+ DeVine's brands (Anna Weatherly, Varga, JL Coquet, Jaune de Chrome, etc.)
+ Nambe
+ Q Squared
+ Rosenthal's brands (Rosenthal, Versace, Thomas, Ercuis, Raynaud, Arzberg, etc.)
+ WWRD's brands (Waterford, Wedgwood, etc.)
+ Vietri

We've also loaded EAN's for Joseph Joseph products.

When your products have UPCs and EANs, you can more easily find them on your website, use scanners, and boost your Google ranking.

To view a UPC or EAN, simply browse to an item from one of the above brands in your Bridge.

Tags: upc, ean, Badash, Casafina, costa Nova, Anna Weatherly, Varga, JL Coquet, Jaune de Chrome, Nambe, Rosenthal, Versace, Thomas, Ercuis, Raynaud, Waterford, Wedgwood, Vietri, Joseph Joseph
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Sept. 6
 Vista Alegre
 Vista Alegre
October Elle Decor highlights Bordallo Pinheiro.

Tags: Vista Alegre, Bordallo Pinheiro, Elle Decor
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Sept. 6

The more brides that link to your site, the higher you’ll rank in Google. Today’s Times reviews Google’s search engine algorithm and shares that pages linking back to your site (“back links”) are one of the most important factors.

Tags: Back links, google, pagerank
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Sept. 5

Royal Limoges

Royal Limoges Royal Limoges
We have our pencils sharpen for the back to school here in the North East

Tags: Royal Limoges, San Marco, mug, $bia-R470-rec20776, Recamier - San Marco
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Sept. 5

Carmel Ceramica

Carmel Ceramica foresta
Foresta dinnerware and serveware pattern celebrates the joy we receive from trees and forests everywhere. The raised pinecone and needles design makes this easily mixed and matched with our Oliveira and Cozina patterns.

Simple but elegant dinnerware and serveware that can be used every day or on special occasions. Created in our Carmel studios and manufactured in Portugal.

Made from ceramic stoneware that is microwave, dishwasher and oven safe.

Tags: foresta, pinecone, stoneware, Carmel Ceramica
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Sept. 5

Beatriz Ball


Are you ready for some football!?

Tags: Beatriz Ball, SOHO, Platter, $BTZ-7200
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Sept. 4
 RH
 RH
I am so convinced the NY Times is schizophrenic. On Saturday a special 8-page editorial section highlights the plague of empty storefronts in New York City. On Sunday, a paid insert states: The Death of Retail is Overrated. This is for the new outpost of RH, formerly Restoration Hardware now re-branded. So I guess to get people to buy furniture you need a rooftop park and restaurant, a barista bar & wine terrace, art gallery and atelier on 6 floors. Okay, whatever it takes I suppose.

Tags: RH, Retail is overrated, NY Times
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Sept. 4
 New York Times
So now that "Amazon" has shown us the way, does this mean independent retailers have to do deliveries too? Maybe we need to open coffee bars in our stores. :-(

Read this story from the New York Times:

Hard Lessons (Thanks, Amazon) Breathe New Life Into Retail Stores

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/03/business/retail-walmart-amazon-economy.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

Tags: New York Times, Is Retail Dead?, Amazon
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Sept. 3
 americasmart
Start 2019 on the right foot: join us in Atlanta.

Event date: Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Event location: AmericasMart
Tags: americasmart, atlanta
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