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Walmart Is Losing Money Even with Sales Up 35%
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Walmart Is Losing Money Even with Sales Up 35%

Walmart’s e-commerce sales rose 35% in the fourth quarter, shares this weekend’s WSJ.  

For the year, Walmart was up 37% shares Digital Commerce 360.  (https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.digitalcommerce360.com/2020/02/18/walmarts-online-sales-grow-37-in-2019-and-increase-35-for-the-fourth-quarter/amp/ ) 

Notably, Walmart’s e-commerce is losing money. It’s not profitable. 

I have some indie stores tell me that they&...Read more of post

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February 16, 2020
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3 Factors Hurting Retail
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February 16, 2020
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3 Factors Hurting Retail

What is killing retail? Austan Goolsbee, a University of Chicago economics professor, shares three factors other than the Internet affecting retail including: big-box discount stores, a shrinking middle class, and shoppers preferring ‘services’ over tangible things. 

I found this except interesting:

“In 1920, Americans spent more than half their income on food (38 percent) and clothing (17 percent) and almost all of that was through ...Read more of post

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February 5, 2020
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How Google Sees Your Bridge Gift Registry Software
February 5
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February 5, 2020
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How Google Sees Your Bridge Gift Registry Software

Your Bridge gift registry software looks better in Google than your competitors' software.  In this example, we can see how Breed, a retailer in Texas, appears in Google. Breed's listing shows the number of registries and reviews.  Competitors listings do not show quantitative information--and look drab by comparison.

Google 'likes' this these statistics because it shows that your registry software is unique and you're servicing customers...Read more of post

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January 23, 2020
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January 23, 2020
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This article about big money rolling over indie stores in Paris could’ve been written about our local stores here in American cities:

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/01/22/world/europe/france-paris-marais-gentrification.amp.html
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January 21, 2020
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Seminars Offer Strategies for Independent Stores
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January 21, 2020
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Seminars Offer Strategies for Independent Stores

A special thanks to HFN's Allison Zisko for sharing our Atlanta seminars:

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Atlanta Seminar Offers Selling Strategies for Independent Stores
Casafina and Vietri will host Bridge’s Jason Solarek in their respective showrooms
Allison Zisko // Editor in Chief
January 15, 2020

Jason Solarek, Bridge CEO, and Matt Hullfish, Casafina’s national sales manager, at a seminar last year.

ATLANTA—Tabletop brands Casafina and Vietri are ...Read more of post

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January 5, 2020
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Does your store sell Rifle Paper Company? If so, this Times piece about the cofounder Anna Bond may interest you. Notably, the paper magnet uses many digital services (including Slack) to fuel her analog empire.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2020/01/01/business/rifle-paper-co.amp.html
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December 23, 2019
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December 16, 2019
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Eliminate Unnecessary Steps
December 16, 2019
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December 16, 2019
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Eliminate Unnecessary Steps

This graphic from the cover of ‘The Business Book’ caught my eye. Bridge helps businesses eliminate unnecessary steps, and it’s beneficial to lay out all the steps Bridge helps retailers skip.

Without Bridge’s Smart Products service, retailers would go through the following steps when adding a product to their website:
1. Realize they need a product on their website.
2. Google the product.
3. From the Google results, identify the correct ...Read more of post

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December 14, 2019
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December 14, 2019
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December 14, 2019
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How are websites( and computers) possible? Code. Who invented code? A British man named Tony Brooker. He just passed away. He gave us high-level coding language in the 1950s. Seventy years later Amazon, Google, Facebook and most American tech giants rely on it for massive profits. Thank you, Tony.
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December 13, 2019
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December 13, 2019
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Thank you, George, for helping make retail easier. And thank you IBM for paying him to hone it.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.nytimes.com/2019/12/11/technology/george-laurer-dead.amp.html

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