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Feb. 1

Beatriz Ball

Beatriz Ball Beatriz Ball
Balanced Simplicity

Tags: Beatriz Ball, The Good Life, Organic Pearl, Nova, Best Seller, Platter, Tray, $BTZ-6204
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Feb. 1

Royal Limoges

Royal Limoges Royal limoges
Happy Friday and let's plan to cook some sweet pears this weekend.

Tags: Royal limoges, oasis, white, gold, plate, dinner, dessert, Recamier - Oasis White, $bia-b265-rec20649, $bia-b220-rec20649
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02/02/19 10:25 AM
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Jason at Bridge
Pretty



02/02/19 10:26 AM
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Ps - Can’t wait till pears are back in season! This is making me hungry for summer



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Jan. 31

What does preservation have to do with Amazon? Well, one is sometimes a government/city promoted and regulated attempt to preserve culture, practices and memories. For example, landmark preservation may be bestowed on a building and limit exterior changes to a building—like a famous old bookstore. Amazon, on the other hand, is emblematic of the opposite: it’s not about maintaining cultural norms like community or cultural centers. It often undermines cultural and civic locations by using Wall St.-backed money to artificially lower prices and swipe customers and economic output. End result: dead shopping streets across America. So why would a city (or government) that endorses cultural preservation give the cultural destroyer a $3 billion tax break? That’s what the Times starts to ask ...Read rest of Chalk

Tags: Amazon, ny times, strand bookstore, preservation
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Jan. 31
 walmart
There is a 'Cold War' battle going on between Amazon and Walmart, if you haven't noticed. Both are building platforms that soak up every other business and its products into their respective ecosystems. Walmart is late to the game, but its been on a binge recently buying Art.com and now its partnered with a sport apparel company Fanatics.

As a reference, Facebook, Instagram, and Bridge are all platforms.

What platforms are you on? What is your strategy to chart this battle? Are you a Walmart or Amazon 'soldier'?


https://www.cnbc.com/2019/01/29/walmart-is-bringing-fanatics-to-its-website-to-sell-sports-apparel.htmlRead rest of Chalk

Tags: walmart, amazon, platforms
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Jan. 31

Beatriz Ball

Beatriz Ball Beatriz Ball
This best-selling ice bucket can also be used as a vase! Entertain in style!

Tags: Beatriz Ball, the Good Life, Ice Bucket, Vase, Organic Pearl, $BTZ-6658
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Jan. 31
 ny post
Wedding registry gifts are starting to include: Venmo. That's right, guests are starting to simply Venmo their 'gifts' to newlyweds, reports today's New York Post.

While at first glance this bypasses traditional gift giving routes like a store's gift registry, there is a silver lining. Your store can accept Venmo. Encourage brides to buy goods from you via Venmo. This adds a step, but the bride getting a nice gift (and the money getting to your store) is all that counts.

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https://nypost.com/2019/01/30/millennial-newlyweds-just-want-you-to-venmo-them-cash/ Read rest of Chalk

Tags: ny post, venmo, gift registry, money, paper check
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Jan. 30

Amy Stavis in Tableware Today shares that 47% of New Jersey Millennials live with their parents, and nationally 74% aren’t married. This translates into a smaller gift registry market than 40 or 20 years ago.

With that said, Crate &Barrel, Target, and Zola are selling millions of registry gifts. Why shouldn’t your store? The gift registry market is easy pickings for stores that sell cups and plates. You already have the stock and offering the service costs almost nothing. And it’s a service that brands and Amazon—two of your competitors—can’t offer well.

Even with the downward trend, there will be 2.5 million weddings in the U.S. this year. That is potentially 2.5 million registries for your business. :)Read rest of Chalk

Tags: Amy stavis, tabelware today, millenials, gift registry
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Jan. 30

Beatriz Ball




Memories are made with Beatriz Ball.

Tags: $BTZ-6991, Beatriz Ball, The Good Life, Family, Family time, Cookies, Chocolate Chip Cookies, Tray, Pearl, Handles
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Jan. 29

file Retailer success checklist. Give this to retailers to assess what their strengths and weaknesses are. / Sales
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Jan. 29

file Bridge sign up sheet. You can use this sheet to sign up stores to join you on Bridge. / Sales
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Jan. 29

Beatriz Ball


The perfect present. We even offer custom engraving!

Tags: Beatriz Ball, The Good Life, Engraving, Valentine's Day Gift, Galentine's Day Gift, Personalized, Custom, $BTZ-6434, $BTZ-6435, Frame
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Jan. 29

Intrada Italy

Intrada Italy intrada
LAS VEGAS SHOW SPECIAL! FREE GIFT OFFER!
Any order will receive one free handmade Italian ceramic small fish plate, that can be hanged as a wall decor or for serving!
Jan. 25th through February 10 - 2019

Tags: intrada, intradaitaly, italianceramic, italianpottery, dinnerware, tabletop, statues, dogs, roosters, Intrada Italy
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01/29/19 12:32 PM
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Jan. 28

Beatriz Ball

Beatriz Ball Beatriz Ball
Embrace joy

Tags: Beatriz Ball, The Good Life, Breakfast Table, Brunch, $BTZ-7287, WOOD
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Jan. 27

Amazon gives people products to review and doesn’t charge them for the gifts. This shows the power of reviews in driving purchases and in boosting a Google ranking. Amazon started its Vine review program more than 10 years ago—giving it a huge lead on competitors.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/26/style/amazon-reviews-vine.html

Tags: Amazon, reviews
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Jan. 26

Amazon forced many GNC stores to close. What is GNC left with? Making exclusive brands for its competitor: Amazon, shares today’s WSJ. It essentially works for Amazon now.

Tags: Gnc, amazon, wsj
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Jan. 25

Beatriz Ball


Freshen up your table!

Tags: Beatriz Ball, The Good Life, Sushi, Girls Night, $BTZ-7276, $BTZ-7256 , $BTZ-2209, $BTZ-2401
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Jan. 24
 ny now
NY Now is Sunday, February 3 - Wednesday, February 6.

https://www.nynow.com

Tags: ny now, retail renaissance
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Jan. 24

Beatriz Ball


Balanced Simplicity

Tags: Beatriz Ball, Croc, Bowl, The Good Life, $BTZ-5734
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01/24/19 08:56 PM
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that gator motif is cool



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Jan. 24

Amazon is launching its own delivery network, putting it in competition with FedEx and UPS.

Fast and free shipping are increasingly expected from shoppers—they’re part of the reasons why Amazon beats up on indie stores. Can you think of an indie store that owns its own delivery network? Besides a florist who may have a van, most likely not. This delivery service will further put indie stores at a disadvantage.

Whether you’re a store, sales rep, or indie brand, Amazon’s aspirations are most likely a grave threat to your business.

What are you and your business friends going to do about it?

Tags: Amazon, indie store, wsj, shipping, fedex, ups
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Jan. 23

Beatriz Ball


Scuptural works of art

Tags: Beatriz Ball, SOHO, $BTZ-6085, The Good Life, Bowl, Handmade
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Jan. 22

Beatriz Ball


Beatriz Ball Beatriz Ball

Galentine's Day approaches! Get the perfect handmade custom gift - we offer engraving!

Tags: Beatriz Ball, Engraving, Custom Gift, Personalized Gift, The Good Life, Galentine's Day, Valentine's Day, $BTZ-7359
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Jan. 21

Beatriz Ball


The gently curving lines and generous surface area of the Beatriz Ball VENTO Rebecca Oval Medium Bowl with Handles will make it your go-to piece for serving salads and snacks.

Tags: Beatriz Ball, Vento, Bowl, $BTZ-6985, The Good Life
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Jan. 21

Google and Facebook are compared to surveillance organizations to which we freely give ourselves, reports today’s Times.

Tags: Google, facebook, shoshana zuboff, harvard, nyt, surveillance
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Jan. 21

What’s a very revealing thing about you? What you buy. Today’s Times shares that businesses are looking to Amazon over Facebook to target customers. Advertisers (aka sellers of goods) are targeting customers that bought X in order to get them to buy Y.

Tags: Amazon, advertising
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Jan. 19


This is the preparation for the Ryan associates sponsored event in Dallas. Thank u, Rich Ryan and team!

Tags: Dallas, seminar, rich ryan
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Jan. 19

A special thanks to Kerry and Janet Smith for hosting us in Dallas :)
We had a great turnout and seminar. Thank u, all u hard working retailers!

Tags: Keith smith, kerry smith, dallas, seminar, gift registry seminar
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Jan. 17

Beatriz Ball


Memories are made at the table

Tags: Beatriz Ball, Melamine, Game Night, $BTZ-7226, $BTZ-6103, $BTZ-2446, $BTZ-2447
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Jan. 16

Beatriz Ball


Handmade with care

Tags: Beatriz Ball, Handmade, Dip, $BTZ-7141, Soho
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Jan. 15
 dallas
In 2019, thousands of brides will register each day. This translates into millions of dollars in online sales. Don't let Target and Amazon get these orders. These brides should be registering at your store. Let us help you.

Join us to learn the 7 secrets to grow your registry business.

Please pick your date:

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Thursday, January 17th at 5 pm
Keith Smith Showroom
World Trade Center / Suite 200
Dallas Market Center
Co-sponsored with Keith Smith Associates
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Friday, January 18th at 5 pm
Trademart Building, Suite 2420
(Across from the Lamont Showroom)
Dallas Market Center
Co-sponsored with Ryan Associates

Learn more:
https://www.bridgecatalog.com/bridge_chalk.cfm?id=16463
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Event date: Thursday, January 17 - Friday, January 18
Event location: Dallas Market Center
Tags: dallas, seminar, gift registry
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Jan. 15

Beatriz Ball



Party perfect!

Tags: Beatriz Ball, The Good Life, Cutting Board, Cheeseboard, Wine, $BTZ-2201, $BTZ-7026, WOOD
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