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September 23, 2022
Today’s Gen Z gift registrants want to do everything online, often on their iPhone 14. They want to start a registry, add products, remove products, edit quantities, and view purchases. They don't want to call the store to do this.
In the adoption of digital tools, another trend is also at play: female shoppers are busier than before. Today, more women graduate from college than men. Women are increasingly doctors, CEOs, and world leaders. (Italy just welcomed its ...
September 19, 2022
In the early 2000s, the board game Cranium became a hit. The game combined elements of Scrabble and Pictionary with the goal of helping more people enjoy playing a game. Richard Tait, who created Cranium and sold it to Hasbro in 2008 for $77.5m, passed away in July. Like Mr. Tait, I had been a paperboy, but he went beyond what I ever offered: he came up with a new service that sold breakfast sandwiches along his newspaper route. He increased profits and made customers happier. ...
September 15, 2022
Bridge has updated your Bridge Shop's domain address. Your site's URL now includes "myshoplocal.com." If you look at the top of your account, you will see this domain in the web browser's URL field. Specifically, we changed the URL from [YourBusinessName].bridgecatalog.com to [YourBusinessName].myshoplocal.com.
For example, the previous Bridge Shop URL address was:
The updated URL address is:
September 1, 2022
When is the last time you received a Starbucks gift card? I’ve received them as holiday gifts, and I’ve given them to sales reps as thank you gifts. Starbucks gift cards, like their shops, are ubiquitous. They are almost as popular as gift cards from our nemesis: Amazon.com. Just about every month, a company offers me an Amazon gift card if I sign up for a service. WBGO, the local, Newark-based, non-profit radio station known for jazz, recently offered me an Amazon gift ...
August 2, 2022
In this e-commerce age, a store being found on page 1 of Google is very important. Online advertising has become much more expensive recently, making being found even more important. Being found in Google saves the store on costly advertising.
Sometimes a potential client asks me if their store uses Bridge Store software, will their store rank higher in Google? The answer: Yes. In this example, we Googled "gift registry texas." We see that Bridge retailers claimed ...
July 15, 2022
Happy to see industry friends Virginie DeTustaine, who distributes three fine French brands, and Neil Peters, Director of Sales for Carmel Ceramica, in Atlanta.
July 8, 2022
Thanks to our friend Oscar Willmott for giving us this. It’s an eco-friendly, reusable towel that helps replace paper towels.
June 19, 2022
Do you love a great deal on a t-shirt or TV? Sure, we all do. Yet, sometimes when we shop, the lower the price we pay, the less we pay: people. People that make the goods (factory workers) and people that sell the goods (aka indie store owners) are the victims in the discount-pricing rush.
Today’s Times shares that making a bathing suit in Sir Lanka costs about $4 per unit while in Portugal it may cost $16. In NYC, the minimum wage is $15/hour—making production in NYC ...
May 22, 2022
The Coastal Cupboard family is excited to share with you news of our recent affiliation with the Bridge catalog to offer our bridal customers a new, updated wedding registry service. When you open a registry with us you will have access to the complete line of some of the most popular brands in dinnerware, glassware, decorative accessories and entertaining, along with our vast in-store selection of kitchen gadgets, cookware and outdoor grilling. You will be able to manage your registry online in...
May 11, 2022
Bridge has added a new feature to your retail shop. At the top of your Bridge Store, there is now a banner that promotes shopping local. This banner quickly conveys that buying from your Store helps your store and your community.
The text says, "Thank you for supporting your local shop & people in your community."
Introduction banners like this are important. We see them on a variety of sites, including on Bookshop.org and Faire.com. (Read more about the ...
April 21, 2022
Dear Friends and Family of Skyros Designs,
142 of our retailers are using a sales program called Bridge. A store uses Bridge to more easily sell our products. I think Bridge would be a good fit for your business, too. I’m writing to invite you to join us on Bridge.
Bonus: Join us on Bridge by next Friday, May 6th, and Skyros Designs will give you a $200 shopping credit with us.
Retailers that use Bridge report selling 18% more. In fact, our best ...
April 20, 2022
We are pleased to participate in a promotion with Casafina Living. Please find the letter that Matt Hullfish, National Sales Director, shared with his retailers below.
Dear Friends and Family of Casafina,
272 of our retailers are using a sales program called Bridge. A store uses Bridge to more easily sell our products. I think Bridge would be a good fit for your business, too. I’m writing to invite you to join us on Bridge.
March 28, 2022
Some people like to sit on the sofa and eat Ben & Jerry’s ice cream. I roll my eyes at this because I’m very different: I like to read the Wall St. Journal’s Christopher Mims …while eating an entire pint of Ben & Jerry’s on the sofa. This past weekend, Mr. Mims suggested companies may be reassessing where they source products, some even considering more domestic production. The motivation for this started a few years ago with the U.S.-China trade war, ...
March 23, 2022
An article in today’s Times cites the high cost of acquiring customers, which ranges from $100 to $800. Excerpt:
“Estimates of an often-cited retail metric known as customer acquisition costs range from $100 to more than $800 per customer, said Daniel McCarthy, a professor at Emory University’s Goizueta School of Business, who has done extensive research in the field.”
Physical retail is one of the most expensive ways to acquire customers. An online ...
March 11, 2022
At my local postal shop, which doubles as a surprise book purveyor and emergency greeting card supplier, I picked up this guide by Monocle, a magazine and book publisher, about indie shops. The book, ‘The Monocle Guide to Shops, Kiosks, and Markets,’ has an appreciation for brick-and-mortar retail that mirrors our ethos here at Bridge. Local shops bring people together and support communities unlike online-only marketplaces. We encourage citizens to ‘unplug’ and browse ...
March 2, 2022
Your Bridge has a new feature: you can now choose what type of retail business you have. For example, you may choose "Kitchen store" and "Home goods store." When you pick these sectors, we'll send you customers looking for your business type. How? We help you rank higher in Google. Bridge accomplishes this by outputting this information about your business around the web. In particular, Bridge outputs these sectors on your account, on other members' accounts, and ...
February 9, 2022
I recently saw an advertisement for Windows 11 in Wired magazine. I thought: “Wow, finally something from Microsoft that someone can understand: a logical name for their software offering.” I recall a time when Microsoft had a confusing litany of software names including: NT, 98, 2000, Millennium (ME), Windows XP, and Vista--before finally relegating those clumsy names to the desktop recycle bin and adopting a simple, progressive number system. Apple has been naming its ...
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