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Sept. 4, 2018
 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, 2018
 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, 2018
 americasmart
Start 2019 on the right foot: join us in Atlanta.

Event date: Tuesday, January 8 - Tuesday, January 15
Event location: AmericasMart
Tags: americasmart, atlanta
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Sept. 3, 2018
 dallas market center
We'll be in Dallas in January. See you there ;)

Tags: dallas market center
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Sept. 2, 2018

Lionel Richie, who two years ago launched a tableware line, is now creating bedding and home lines for J.C. Pennny. Nine out of 10 people over 55 recognize is name and like him—which bodes well for sales.

Tags: Lionel Richie, j.c. Penny
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Aug. 30, 2018

For Retailers

Get your free Wedding Registry table tents. Just place your name in the comment field below or email us. We’ll mail you two tents.

Tags: Wedding registry, table tent
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Aug. 29, 2018

Carmel Ceramica


The Point Lobos collection brings stylish appeal to the everyday. Made from durable stoneware that is microwave and dishwasher safe. The reactive glaze makes each piece unique.

Tags: point lobos, tray, platter, bowl, Carmel Ceramica
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Aug. 29, 2018

Beatriz Ball


Acrylic stemware, perfect for outdoor gatherings

Tags: Beatriz Ball, The Good Life, Labor Day Weekend, $BTZ-2216, Acrylic, VIDA
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Aug. 28, 2018

Malls and big-box stores (like this Sears) are being transformed into airy offices reports today’s Times.
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Aug. 28, 2018

Beatriz Ball


Beatriz Ball: There for life's special moments

Tags: Beatriz Ball, The Good Life, $BTZ-6507, Dip, SOHO
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Aug. 27, 2018

FOR RETAILERS:

New feature: you can now easily see what percent of your online orders are registry related.

To view this new feature, you'll:
1. Login to your Bridge.
2. Roll over "Management" at the top and from the drop down click on "Reporting Overview."
3. On the Reporting Overview page, look for this area: "Online: Registry vs Non-Registry (Online and mobile orders only)."

Most indies stores will get the majority of their online orders from registry sales. The reason for this is that non-registry orders are dominated by Amazon as well the brands selling direct to consumer. This results in indie stores getting primarily registry related orders.

Note: this new area only uses online orders in its calculation. It does not include in-store digital copies in the figures.
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Aug. 27, 2018

Beatriz Ball

Beatriz Ball Beatriz Ball
Start Monday off right!

Tags: Beatriz Ball, Breakfast, The Good Life, Luxury Melamine, $BTZ-6516, $BTZ-2430, $BTZ-2432, $BTZ-2431, VIDA
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Aug. 24, 2018

Beatriz Ball


Summer is for the beach!

Tags: $BTZ-6593, OCEAN, Oyster, Bowl, The Good Life, Beatriz Ball
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Aug. 23, 2018

Beatriz Ball


Our VIDA Alegria bowl makes the perfect gift basket!

Tags: Luxury Melamine, Beatriz Ball, The Good Life, VIDA, Gift Basket, $BTZ-2426
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Aug. 22, 2018

What Does the Gump's Bankruptcy Mean for Your Business?

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As you likely know, Gump’s filed for bankruptcy. The famous San Francisco indie store's crash is having wide-ranging consequences for our industry. 41 Madison tenants likely lost more than $1,000,000 on Gump's.

Yet, the economy and stock market are doing very well. How to explain these contrarian events? Furthermore, you surely are asking: How did Gump's reach this low--and more importantly what does this mean for your business?

Started 157 years ago, Gump's had a 150 year lead to succeed in retail. In theory, it could have created any of today's successful retail companies: Amazon, Wayfair, even Apple--but, it didn't. Why?


Part of Gump's failure is that it failed to invest in ...Read rest of Chalk
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Aug. 22, 2018

Carmel Ceramica

Carmel Ceramica cypress grove
Cypress Grove stoneware add a dramatic look to your table with the beauty of reactive glazes. Dishwasher and microwave safe, made in Portugal.

Tags: cypress grove, tray, platter, bowl, Carmel Ceramica
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Aug. 22, 2018

Beatriz Ball


Perfect for a light summer snack!

Tags: Beatriz Ball, $BTZ-5952, The Good Life, Pearl
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08/22/18 03:28 PM
Jason Solarek picture
Jason at Bridge
Now that’s “Light eating” :)



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Aug. 21, 2018
 Amazon

If you use the gift card option at Amazon, this is what you could expect. Imagine if this were a bridal registry item.

Just to clarify, the gift was a book written by a third friend, so the request for the review was from the giver of the gift (me), not Amazon.

One of the frequently mentioned points on store reviews of Bridge Websites are the hand-written gift cards. That personal service is what makes our stores special.

Tags: Amazon, Gift Card, Bridal Registry
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Aug. 21, 2018

Beatriz Ball


Perfect for corporate gifts! Ask about our custom engraving today!

Tags: $BTZ-5950, Personalization, Beatriz Ball, The Good Life, Engraving, Corporate Gifts, Logo engraving, Pearl, Tray, Tray with handles
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Aug. 20, 2018

Beatriz Ball


Ideal for casual entertaining

Tags: Luxury Melamine, Oprah's Favorite Things, Luxury Melamine, $BTZ-2201, $BTZ-5927, $BTZ-7226, $BTZ-2445, $BTZ-2450, Beatriz Ball, VIDA
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Aug. 19, 2018

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 ______

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Aug. 19, 2018
 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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Aug. 17, 2018
 41 madison
We'll see you the fall tabletop show in NYC:

Friday, October 12 - Monday, October 15, 2018

http://www.41madison.com/

Event date: Tuesday, October 9, 2018 - Friday, October 12, 2018
Event location: 41 Madison
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Aug. 16, 2018
 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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Aug. 16, 2018

Beatriz Ball


Embrace the good life

Tags: Beatriz Ball, The Good Life, Outdoor Entertaining, Mid Century, $BTZ-7286, $BTZ-7266, $BTZ-7267, $BTZ-7255, $BTZ-7271, $BTZ-7275, MID-CENTURY
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Aug. 16, 2018

Beatriz Ball


Remember to always take time for yourself!

Tags: Beatriz Ball, The Good Life, Glass, Aluminum, Chip & Dip, Snacks, $BTZ-6507, $BTZ-2208, Soho
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Aug. 15, 2018

Carmel Ceramica

Carmel Ceramica foresta
Our Foresta pinecone pattern will look great on your table this Fall.

Tags: foresta, pinecone, stoneware, Carmel Ceramica
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08/15/18 09:07 PM
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With beer :)



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Aug. 15, 2018
 HFN
Who do you know?

HFN is calling for retailer and supplier nominations for its inaugural Top Women in Home special report, which will be published in the November issue.

The following are some criteria to consider for nomination:

Nominees should include women in leadership positions who have accomplished a great deal in their careers in home.
They should be strategic visionaries who have helped their companies stay ahead of the competitive curve.
They lend professional support to other women.
They promote the overall welfare of underprivileged women at home and abroad through charitable works.
They should be women that inspire!

Feel free to nominate as many women in home as you like, with a nice mix of retailers and manufacturer/suppliers.

Please take the time to explain the reason for your ...Read rest of Chalk

Tags: HFN, Women, Top Women in Home
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Aug. 13, 2018

Will you get $22 of value out of Facebook this year? That’s how much Facebook makes off you by selling ads to advertisers that target you.

Tags: Facebook, advertising
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Aug. 13, 2018

Interesting to see “online brands” open physical stores. This trend shows us that brick and mortar is important.

Tags: Brick and mortar
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