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Furniture Industry News Published in 2011

Study Finds 35% of Consumers Have Walked Away from a Small Business Because of its Poor Website  - 12/27/2011

45 percent of consumers believe that a bad website makes a worse impact than a business having no website at all.

Natura World Will Restructure With $7.8 Million Of New Capital  - 12/27/2011

Callidus Capital Funds will enable manufacturer to make strategic investments to grow brand.

Pure LatexBLISS Expands Into Second Showroom At Vegas Market  - 12/27/2011

The second showroom in space B930, will feature the “Fast” and “Slow Response” Natural Talalay Latex Hybrid 3.0 collections, which incorporate the company’s new ActiveFUSION technology.

Bermex Moves High Point Showroom  - 12/27/2011

Company gives up first floor showroom in the Radio Building.

Distributor 19East Partners with Ergomotion  - 12/27/2011

19East, a newly formed distribution company, announced that it has partnered with Ergomotion, the adjustable base manufacturer, to distribute Ergomotion's line to home furnishings retailers.

Paramount Sleep expands services in Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas  - 12/27/2011

Jim Vaughn and Aimee Matlock have joined the company as Business Elevators.

Liora Manné & Trans-Ocean Join Las Vegas Design Center  - 12/27/2011

Las Vegas Design Center announced that high-end rug and home accessory designer Liora Manné will open a year-round showroom in conjunction with Trans-Ocean in January 2012.

Abby Eaton Launches Redhead Furniture Design  - 12/27/2011

Redhead Furniture Design will provide furniture designs for major case-good manufacturers.

6th Annual Midwest Furniture Show Set for September 6-7, 2012  - 12/27/2011

Ashley Furniture, Simply Amish, Corsicana Bedding, John Thomas Furniture and Brady Furniture are among the manufacturers and distributors that have already signed up for the show.

Furniture Retail Tip #28 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - "Women Are Happening All Around Me!"  - 12/27/2011

Tips for women who want to get into the furniture retail life.

Gevertz Joins Profit Management Promotions  - 12/26/2011

Barry will focus on expanding the firm's services in the Western United States - where PMP has recently seen some new retail interest in their promotional services.

Weekly Furniture World Media Note #16 from Lance Hanish-Mobile First: Formulate An Integrated Marketing Plan  - 12/26/2011

Once you budget advertising for the coming year, your plan will probably look like an old legacy media plan, including newspaper, television, magazine and a small portion for digital (probably email only). Few will add mobile for 2013.

Wesley Mancini, Ltd. and Due Process Stable Trading Co. officially launch The Wesley Mancini Rug Collection  - 12/26/2011

Due Process has developed a successful sample rug program which allows dealers, with minimal investment, to carry a large assortment of Due Process rugs and display them utilizing only a minimal area of their showrooms.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 23 - A Good Leader...  - 12/26/2011

These weekly “Monday Morning Management Tips” are jointly provided by both Country View Woodworking and Furniture World.

South Shore Adds Cribbs To Product Line-Up For Toronto Show  - 12/26/2011

South Shore Furniture, already a maker of bedroom, living room and office furniture, announced that it is adding cribs to its product line-up.

AmericasMart To Debut HOME & DESIGN Showrooms During January Show  - 12/26/2011

The show will include more than 25,000 square feet of new exhibitors and more than 100,000 square feet of expanded and relocated showrooms.

Sonax Inks Deal for New Permanent Showroom at Winter 2012 Las Vegas Market  - 12/26/2011

The Canada-based manufacturer of contemporary home furnishings will open a 4,400 square foot showroom in Building B, Suite B-646.

News: Las Vegas Design Center Successfully Executes First-Of-Its-Kind Partnership With  - 12/26/2011

LVDC held its special annual holiday gala celebration Dec. 19, successfully executing a first-of-its-kind Color of the Year display swathed in Tangerine Tango for the Southern Nevada and southwest regional design industry.

Herman Miller Reports Strong Sales and Earnings in the Second Quarter of 2012  - 12/26/2011

Net sales were up 4.7% sequentially, after adjusting for the extra week of operations included in the first quarter of this fiscal year.

4rd Annual Ante 4 Autism Fundraiser Scheduled During Las Vegas Market  - 12/23/2011

There will be a Texas Hold’em Tournament to benefit Autism Speaks, as well as an opportunity to donate or sponsor the event and bid online.

Ergomotion HiresLeo Vera as Chief Operating Officer  - 12/22/2011

The adjustable base manufacturing company Ergomotion reported that it has added a new member to its management team in hiring Leo Vera as its new Chief Operating Officer.

Jordan’s Furniture Opens Rhode Island Store  - 12/22/2011

The new Jordan’s Furniture location includes 2 levels of showrooms, as well as The Furniture Factory Outlet, Jordan’s SleepLab and Splash.

Julius M. Feinblum Real Estate, Inc. To Manage The Real Estate Disposition Project For The RoomStore  - 12/22/2011

The sale offering is for 22 Leases located in TX, MD, VA, PA and FL with sizes ranging from 22,000 – 140,000 square feet.

AICO Honors Three At Annual Holiday Event  - 12/22/2011

Jacqueline Moss,Leo Martinez and Jane Seymour were presented with awards at the annual awards holiday party.

Weekly Furniture World Media Note #15 from Lance Hanish - With Mobile You Can Reach The Target Audience Now  - 12/21/2011

You have to plan your mobile strategies. You have to identify your target audience and figure out how you want to engage with them. You have to be dedicated to deliver not just one but several mobile tactics that work in unison with one another to provide a true mobile presence.

Furniture Training Company Announces Sales Training Contest  - 12/21/2011

Enrolled sales associates can win a best-selling Amazon® Kindle Fire, or one of 3 other prizes.

Furniture Retail Tip #27 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - Customers: How To Enjoy Them Even More!  - 12/21/2011

It could have been an uncomfortable situation. Luckily though, retail business people who do the right thing, who are honest, carry products they can be proud of and treat everyone with respect, have a lot less to worry about.

Standard Furniture Names New CEO & President  - 12/21/2011

Todd Evans is the President of Standard Furniture and William Hodgson has been named its CEO.

Gold Bond’s Ecosense “Cool Response Gel” Series To Carry CertiPUR-US Certification Seal  - 12/16/2011

The CertiPUR-US program is a voluntary testing, analysis and certification program that was developed by members of the global foam industry in response to an increase in substandard imported foams.

SFIC Secures $2.4 Million Worth Of Estimated Sales At Inaugural India International Furniture Fair 2011  - 12/16/2011

The inaugural IIFF, which was held in November, is a premier platform for furniture makers to showcase their furniture designs and quality furnishings to India.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 22 - A Good Leader...  - 12/15/2011

These weekly “Monday Morning Management Tips” are jointly provided by both Country View Woodworking and Furniture World.

2012 Home Furnishings Industry Conference to Offer Product Showcase  - 12/15/2011

WHFA announced that the 2012 Home Furnishings Industry Conference, in Palm Springs next May 6-8, will offer an opportunity for industry manufacturers and vendors to show products and services.

8 "Be-Attitudes" of Holding Retail People Accountable  - 12/15/2011

Holding people accountable is a great concept if it is used in a consistent, kind, and thoughtful way.

Somerset Studios Opens New Showroom at Winter 2012 Las Vegas Market  - 12/15/2011

Somerset’s new 2,800-square-foot showroom will be in Building A, Suite A-330.

CORT Partners with Blu SKY Restoration Contractors for Disaster Response  - 12/15/2011

Supports First Aid Disaster Response Plan network to provide rental furnishings and resources following disasters.

Pure LatexBLISS To Unveil New Website At Las Vegas Market  - 12/15/2011

The new website will use “info-tainment” – a combination of video segments and other real time tools – to educate consumers about Pure LatexBLISS mattresses, pillows and toppers.

Pure LatexBLISS’ To IntroduceActivefusion™ Slow Response Talalay Latex Mattresses In Las Vegas  - 12/15/2011

ActiveFUSION utilizes phase change material in both the fabric yarns and inside the Talalay Latex, which stores and releases energy on demand, helping two partners sleep at their optimal body temperatures.

Wright Of Thomasville To Unveil Cost-Effective Top-Of-Bed POP At 2012 Vegas Market  - 12/15/2011

The company says that the new line fills a need for more cost-effective options to dress and protect merchandise.

Asian Art Imports Presents New Product Intros At Three Shows In January  - 12/15/2011

The pieces are all hand made with each piece possessing its own distinct character. The scale spans eight inches tall to six feet tall.

Lexington Expands It's License With Tommy Bahama To Include Outdoor Furniture  - 12/15/2011

The move further solidifies the company’s position in the upscale island category.

Yale Materials Handling Corporation Wins Awards  - 12/15/2011

Company received BMA ProAd Awards to recognize excellence in business marketing communications.

Home Furnishings Representatives of Michigan Hold Informative Holiday Luncheon  - 12/15/2011

A highlight of the event was the genial roast of ninety year old HFRM's member Gerald (Gerry) Ross who is still an active furniture representative.

Conn’s, Inc. Announces Selection of Theodore M. Wright as President and Chief Executive Officer  - 12/15/2011

Mr. Wright, the Company’s Chairman, has served as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer since February 28, 2011.

Denver Mattress Company Assists Homeless Organizations in 27 States  - 12/15/2011

Denver Mattress Company (DMC) and Association of Gospel Rescue Missions (AGRM) announced that their charity campaign this holiday season raised $266,512 for those in need.

Art Van Furniture Collects Over 50,000 Pounds of Food to Feed the Hungry  - 12/15/2011

With one in every four households in Michigan facing hunger, Art Van Furniture joined forces with WXYZ-TV in a food drive called "Together We Can".

Study Finds That Homeowners Shift Focus On Home Remodeling In Fourth Quarter  - 12/15/2011

Study suggests that despite a weak forecast for home improvement, people are still actively researching, planning, and moving forward with remodeling and decorating their homes.

RoomStore, Inc. Files Chapter 11 Petition  - 12/13/2011

RoomStore currently has 63 stores and will continue to operate its stores in the ordinary course of business while completing its restructuring, and will also retain its interest in Mattress Discounters Group, LLC.

Ashley's "A Hope To Dream" Program To Provide Children With Over 500 Mattress Sets This Holiday Season  - 12/12/2011

Since the program began in 2010, Ashley has made a $5 donation to A Hope to Dream for every mattress purchased by customers at participating locations.

"Business of Design" Author Kimberly Seldon To Speak At Canadian Furniture Market  - 12/12/2011

Kimberley will present the principals of her newest book, The Business of Design at a WithIt event sponsored by Palliser Furniture.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 21 - A Good Leader...  - 12/12/2011

These weekly “Monday Morning Management Tips” are jointly provided by both Country View Woodworking and Furniture World.

Bassett Furniture Names Renee Loper Vice President, Independent Retail Business Development & Marketing  - 12/12/2011

Renee will work with retailers to develop, market and expand the Bassett brand of furniture products in the open market as well as launch and support the HGTV Home line of furniture in the open market in 2012.

Weekly Furniture World Media Note #14 from Lance Hanish - Irrefutable Laws of Writing Copy For Mobile Messaging  - 12/12/2011

Here are some tips and laws for creating brilliant copy for your furniture store in 160 characters or less (it can be done).

Easy Furniture Web Tip #139 - Why You Can’t Find Stuff on a Web Page  - 12/12/2011

When possible, put important elements on a web page in more than one place. I recommend three placements. Don’t worry about being redundant.

Furniture Retail Tip #26 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - Customers, And How To Enjoy Them  - 12/12/2011

If you don't enjoy the challenge of people it's impossible to enjoy retail. And if you don't enjoy retail no way can you be successful at it.

Jersey Shore Steel Offers Furniture and Mattress Retailers a Truly “Green Steel” Story  - 12/11/2011

Motion and sectional furniture and mattress frames can be made with extremely strong – both high tensile and high yield strength – light weight, performance-tested and truly "green" steel.

Hooker Furniture Reports Higher Profitability On Lower Sales Volume  - 12/11/2011

Company nearly doubles profitability primarily due to improved gross margins and lower selling and administrative expenses.

Bush Industries Completes Sale-Leaseback Agreement On Erie, PA Facility  - 12/11/2011

All of Bush’s current distribution operations in Erie, including the automated storage and retrieval system, will continue uninterrupted and employees will not be impacted by the sale and subsequent lease agreement.

Palliser Furniture to Showcase at January 2012 Las Vegas Market  - 12/10/2011

This market venue will allow Palliser to reach the large number of retailers in the western U.S. and western Canada who find Las Vegas a convenient market.

Eight Ways to Create a Powerful Organizational Community In Your Furniture Store  - 12/10/2011

A robust organizational community requires investment not just in shifts in attitudes, but new systems, policies, and procedures that ensure inclusiveness and engagement of all employees.

Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture to Open New 34,000 Square Foot Store and Smaller Upscale “Metro Living” Concept Store in Natick  - 12/10/2011

The new Metro Living store will feature higher end, but still value priced, contemporary leather and upholstered living room furniture.

WHFA Launches New Program with DispatchTrack  - 12/10/2011

DispatchTrack is designed to manage furniture delivery and technician support operations.

Groovystuff To Add To Its Antares Lighting Collection At Winter Shows  - 12/10/2011

Groovystuff debuts the Haystack Lamp as well as other new additions to the Antares Lighting collection at the Atlanta, Dallas and Las Vegas Markets.

American Craft Council Wholesale Show In Baltimore To Introduce New Product Categories  - 12/10/2011

The Wholesale Show reported that it will feature more than 350 of the country’s top contemporary craft artists and their latest handmade creations including: jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor.

Bermex Group Inc. Consolidates All Its Brands In One High Point Showroom  - 12/10/2011

The Bermex, Bertanie, Dinec, Midi, Jaymar, Jaymar Mattress, Shermag, Liinz, Dezmo as well as the new D-10 Collection will be housed in an expansive new showroom located at 400 West English Road in High Point, NC.

Australia Wins Race For Fastest Moving Sofa  - 12/9/2011

Australians grabbed the record for the fastest moving sofa at 101 miles per hour, beating out the previous record set in 2008.

New York and New Jersey Home Furnishings Associations Honor Cory, Massood, Bienenstock and Pyne At Gala Dinner  - 12/8/2011

The Metropolitan Furnishings Association of New Jersey and The Greater New York Home Furnishings Association reported that the second annual jointly held formal Awards Dinner & Dance held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 drew over 200 members and guests.

Furniture First Adds Staff To Better Serve Members  - 12/8/2011

The staff additions will allow existing team members, including Senior Director of Merchandising Ron Page and Vice President of Merchandising Tony Moretti, to focus in more depth on core merchandise categories, case goods and upholstery respectively.

San Diego Furniture Store Lawrance Reduces Energy Costs  - 12/6/2011

Lawrance, a family owned and operated contemporary and modern furniture retailer, took advantage of a program through local utility and drastically reduced their energy usage and cut costs.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #138 - Internet marketing is worth doing. Even if you do it badly!  - 12/5/2011

I hear experts telling people you have to do everything right. Your Internet marketing all has to be strategized, synchronized perfectly, every single metric measured, blah, blah, blah...

Leggett & Platt’s® Sleep Geek Helps Give $10,000 To Feeding America®  - 12/5/2011

Each day, Sleep Geek asked one question and for every response, on behalf of the community, Leggett & Platt donated between $1 and $10 to Feeding America.

Rowe Furniture Donates Portion of High Point Market Sales to Susan G Komen for the Cure®  - 12/5/2011

To promote the initiative, signs were posted throughout the showroom and sales associates wore pins to bring awareness to Rowe’s support of the cause.

Weekly Furniture World Media Note #13 from Lance Hanish - Mobile First: Loyalty  - 12/5/2011

Today in this world of constant ‘on the go’ living, we are so interested in gaining that next sale; we forget one of the most valuable assets we possess. Our loyal customer.

Furniture Manufacturer to Expand its Operations in Southern Indiana  - 12/5/2011

30,000 square-foot addition to one of Indiana Furniture's existing manufacturing facilities is slated to be operational by the end of 2012.

Bassett Furniture Industries Signs Long-term Commitment at World Market Center Las Vegas  - 12/5/2011

The new 20,000 square foot showroom will better enable Bassett to serve its western dealers is located in Building A, Suite A-953.

Winter 2012 Las Vegas Market Hosts a Full Slate of Entertainment and Events for Attendees  - 12/5/2011

From energizing evening entertainment in the Grand Plaza to special events and receptions throughout the Market floors, Las Vegas Market will once again deliver a compelling Market experience for attendees and exhibitors to network and have fun all week long.

Designs by Designer, Julia Wong to Debut From The Rug Market America At World Market Center, Las Vegas  - 12/5/2011

Each design will be crafted to not only showcase artistic elements, but also incorporate rich colorations and textures.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 20 - A Good Leader...  - 12/5/2011

These weekly “Monday Morning Management Tips” are jointly provided by both Country View Woodworking and Furniture World.

Leggett & Platt® Consumer Products Group Joins Forces With Extreme Makeover: Home Edition  - 12/5/2011

The first donation, one of Leggett & Platt® Fashion Bed™ brand’s top-selling “Euro” platform beds, was included in the November 18th episode.

Protect-A-Bed Opens Chicago Office, Warehouse Facility  - 12/5/2011

The state-of-the-art facility includes 20,000 square feet of office space and 200,000 square feet of warehouse area.

Natuzzi Italia Outfits Exclusive Architects Lounge  - 12/5/2011

New York flagship store provides an Architects Lounge for a film festival to enhance brand development in the New York market among key architects, designers and design influencers.

Hastens Beds Expands in the U.S. and Launches a New Global Campaign - We Sleep, Do You?  - 12/5/2011

The campaign rolling out globally this month is both a statement and a call to action -- designed to create intrigue and reflection.

La-Z-Boy Reports Much Improved Fiscal 2012 Second-Quarter Results  - 12/5/2011

Same-store written sales for the 309 La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® store network increased 9.2% and consolidated operating income more than doubled.

Badcock Furniture Testifies Before Congressional Panel Against Revised Trucking Regulations  - 12/5/2011

Miller said proposed changes to limit the time truck drivers spend behind the wheel would drive up transportation costs for his company’s chain of 300 furniture stores in eight southeastern states by as much as 20 percent, or $2.8 million annually.

Mattress Warehouse Opens New Location in Wilmington, Delaware  - 12/5/2011

This is the fifth Mattress Warehouse store in the state of Delaware.

Factory Mattress & Tempur-Pedic Contribute Over $1.3 Million to Wildfire Relief  - 12/5/2011

Through a series of pickup dates over the next few weeks, over one thousand Tempur-Pedic mattresses will be donated, totaling over $1.3 million.

Furniture Retail Tip #25 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - The Ultimate Time Management Device  - 12/5/2011

Many people in our industry who use this system have found that they have a lot more time than they thought to enjoy life. A-n-d others, have trouble figuring out where all this saved time is going...

iPad and App Revolution Coming To Furniture  - 12/5/2011

99% of furniture retailers will have their own app within 5 years.

Media Mix Magic Part 2: Total Store Makeover  - 12/5/2011

Part 2: Consider a Total Makeover. Start with zero assumptions about media and about your store.

The Sales Management Game: Your Next Buyer  - 12/2/2011

The one more customer out of ten you need to improve your sales revenue by 50%, is NOT among the next new first-visit shoppers you bring in.

90 seconds to $uccess Series: The Impact Of One More Sale Out Of 20.  - 12/2/2011

Making perseverance and constant improvement our daily motto, achieving one more sale out of 20 can improve a bottom line as much as 44%. Few investments in your time, interest and energy will provide you a greater return.

Don't Sell Mattresses... Sell ”Quality of Life” Through the Science of Sleep.  - 12/2/2011

Part four of our selling better bedding series looks at creating demand by using the “Science of Sleep” approach.

Retail Resolutions For 2012  - 12/2/2011

The top 7 New Year’s resolutions for 2012 that can help to build your business.

imm cologne 2012 Plans Architectural Tours For Furniture Fair Visitors  - 11/29/2011

Show management plans two tours per day for furniture show visitors who have an interest in the links between interior space/ furnishings design and architecture.

The Guildmaster Amazing Race Winners Announced  - 11/29/2011

More than 520 companies and 97 percent of GuildMaster’s sales reps took part in the "Amazing Race" competition with more than 2,600 entries.

Mattress Giveaway Provides Aid to Alabama Tornado Victims  - 11/28/2011

Ashley Furniture HomeStore, donated 40 Mattress Sets to the Christian Service Mission (CSM) of Birmingham to assist Alabama residents victimized by the April 2011 tornadoes.

Weekly Furniture World Media Note #12 from Lance Hanish - Mobile First: Mobile Numbers Are Important... SMS Must Be A Priority For Business  - 11/28/2011

Research study reports that just 21% of retail merchants are collecting phone numbers for future marketing text alerts.

Dutailier names David Fontaine Executive Vice President  - 11/28/2011

Quebec-based manufacturer of wood glider rockers, accent leather upholstery and juvenile bedroom furniture has promoted David Fontaine to the position of Executive Vice President.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #137 - The Amazing Power of a Smile — the S-Factor  - 11/28/2011

When redesigning your website, remember the amazing power of a smile. Try to develop that smile factor in your design.

DeCoro to Begin Manufacturing Leather Sofas in Cambodia  - 11/28/2011

DeCoro management says that it will again focus on producing the finest quality, popular-priced Italian-style furniture for global consumers.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 19 - A Good Leader...  - 11/28/2011

These weekly Management Tips are jointly provided by Country View Woodworking and Furniture World.

Weekly Furniture Message From Margo - My 40 Time Mastery Tips For 2012  - 11/28/2011

This is a list, not a plan. The list includes 40 strategies that will allow you to create the life you want in terms of how you use your time. They may or may not all be fitting for your life.

Leggett & Platt® Home Furniture Components Nominated For Sage Award  - 11/28/2011

HFC was named one of two finalists for the Sage Award in response to its environmental initiatives.

Guardsman® Launches New Sales Microsite to Help Retailers Easily Showcase Furniture Protection Plans  - 11/28/2011

Omaha-based retailer, Nebraska Furniture Mart, is the first retailer to gain access to the microsite and successfully use the new tool.

Study Looks At How Shopping Behavior Changes For New Moms  - 11/28/2011

New Moms spend a great deal of time researching cars (55.7 percent), baby gear (38.4 percent), electronics (35.8 percent), appliances (31.4 percent) and furniture (19.0 percent).

Art Van Furniture will Present "Christmas on Woodward Avenue"  - 11/28/2011

There will be holiday treats, special offers and a free performance from singing sensation, Detroit's own Karen Newman.

Furniture Row Companies Sign Second Agreement with the Tim Tebow Foundation  - 11/28/2011

The agreement calls for Tebow to work with Denver Mattress in their efforts to raise funds in support of orphanage services via the Tim Tebow Foundation.

Value City Furniture Offers Customers A Month of Black Fridays  - 11/28/2011

Value City Furniture reported that it is offering its customers exclusive access to an entire month of Black Friday deals and a chance to win a free $100 gift card every day during the promotion.

New Mattress Overstock Location Opens, Selling Brand Names in McHenry, IL  - 11/28/2011

Mattress Overstock carries a variety of name brand mattresses at deep discounts.

Natuzzi Reports Third Quarter Net Sales Decline of .5%  - 11/28/2011

Natuzzi brand showed slightly improved performance in the Americas.

AICO Launches Consumer Advertising Campaign  - 11/28/2011

Dec/Jan issue of House Beautiful contains a 2-page spread featuring the Hollywood Swank collection; a product of the Michael Amini and Jane Seymour design collaboration.

POLY-WOOD, Inc. Announces Promotion of Chad Yordy to Vice President, Sales and Marketing  - 11/28/2011

Mr. Yordy initially joined Poly-Wood in 2006 as director of sales for the contract division of the Syracuse, Indiana based manufacturer.

Furniture Retail Tip #24 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - Bring Your Spouse To Work Day!  - 11/28/2011

Well, here's another retail location I want to tell you about that I ran across some time ago. It was called The Highway Home Furnishings Gallery...

Furniture Retail Tip #23 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - Bet on Yourself: Choose A New Retail Life  - 11/22/2011

If you already have a retail store or came up like so many of us in a family business, but are having troubles, don't be afraid to bet on yourself.

Weekly Furniture World Media Note #11 from Lance Hanish - Mobile First: SMS Marketing Should Be Weapon Of Choice For Today’s Retailer  - 11/21/2011

An ITU study found that when it comes to a preferred method of contact, 31% of adults would choose a text message, 51% would choose a voice call and 14% say it depends on the situation.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 18 - A Good Leader...  - 11/21/2011

Brief management tips from Country View Woodworking and Furniture World for retail managers.

Denver Mattress Company Partners with Salvation Army for 12th Annual Charity Campaign  - 11/21/2011

Denver Mattress will match every dollar donated to the Salvation Armies up to $150,000 in the Colorado areas of Denver, Grand Junction, Colorado Springs, and Pueblo, as well as San Angelo, Texas.

OneCoast Expands Showroom at Winter 2012 Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market  - 11/21/2011

Sales and marketing company OneCoast has expanded its showroom space to nearly 14,000 square feet for the upcoming Winter 2012 Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market, Jan. 30 – Feb. 3, 2012.

LS Direct Marketing Opens At Former Site Of Suffern Fine Furniture  - 11/21/2011

In addition to housing LS Direct Marketing, the space includes a new furniture store, Suffern Furniture Gallery, run by Anthony and Michael Tufano.

Talsma Furniture’s Holland Store Replaces 700 Light Bulbs With LED Lamps  - 11/21/2011

The more efficient LED lights produce very little heat.

Stein World Adds Senior Managers to Management Team  - 11/21/2011

Jack Johnson is the new vice president of sales and marketing. David Ko has joined Stein World as director of international supply chain.

Ergomotion, Inc. Hires Ted Singer As New Senior Account Manager  - 11/21/2011

Supplier of adjustable bases has doubled its personnel and grown its revenue by 300 percent this past year.

Inspiration Furniture Introduces Italsofa Gallery With Lively Event Featuring Local Radio Personalities  - 11/21/2011

As part of the launch, Inspiration Furniture staged a special event featuring local Virgin Radio personalities Kiah and Tara Jean from radio station 95.3 FM.

How to Create a Bully-Free Furniture Store Work Environment  - 11/21/2011

When Jane feels bullied by John, the law makes it your fault (as the boss) and Jane sues you–not John. Furthermore, since the great majority of alleged workplace bullies are bosses, you are the one most likely to be prosecuted for being a bully.

Walter E. Smithe Brothers Latest TV Ad Campaign Pays Tribute to America’s Most Infamous Holiday Movie  - 11/21/2011

The Smithe brothers depict some classic vignettes from a beloved 1983 Christmas film in three new television spots timed to coincide with the Chicago debut of A Christmas Story, The Musical!

Linder's Furniture and Legacy Furniture Closing All Locations  - 11/21/2011

Going-out-of-business sales began on Thursday, November 17, 2011 at all eight Linder's Furniture stores, two Linder's Clearance Centers and their one higher-end Legacy Furniture Store in Rancho Mirage.

Rosa Brothers Open New Stores In Former Rosa's Home Stores Locations  - 11/21/2011

Three of the former owners have opened Home Furniture Gallery Outlet stores in Tonawanda and Cheektowaga, NY.

Leon's Reports 3.4% Sales Decline For Quarter  - 11/21/2011

The company plans a more robust marketing and merchandising campaign for the balance of this year and says that fourth quarter sales should be aided by the recent opening of four new stores.

imm cologne Promotes Young Designers With D3 Contest  - 11/20/2011

At the D3 talent forum, visitors can discover experimental designs, original creations and clever new construction principles developed by the most promising newcomers the design scene has to offer.

Las Vegas Market Launches Introductory Exhibitor-Focused Webinar Series  - 11/20/2011

Topics include, "Operational Tips for Success" and "Are You Ready for Walmart?".

America’s Magnificent Carpets Awards To Feature New Elements & Staging  - 11/20/2011

The 2012 AMCA event features the introduction of two brand new area rug categories – Indoor/Outdoor and Licensee -- to round out and update the already competitive categories.

Gates Home Furnishings Participates In Extreme Makeover; Home Edition  - 11/20/2011

Southern Oregon furniture retailer helps a deserving family in need to receive a home that will better their lives.

Nancy Butler To Retire From International Sleep Products Association  - 11/19/2011

Sleep Savvy Editor will retire after 31 years of working for the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) in various capacities.

Sindmóveis To Open Furniture Showroom in Miami, FL  - 11/19/2011

Sindmóveis - The Furniture Industry Association of Bento Gonçalves announced the opening of the APEX Business Support Center for the promotion of Brazillian products including furniture.

Scozzafava To Lead AHFA in 2012  - 11/15/2011

Ralph Scozzafava, chairman and CEO of Furniture Brands International was elected 2012 chairman of the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) Board of Directors.

Prepare Employees for Holiday Parties  - 11/15/2011

Many leaders are doing fewer events and some are eliminating them all together to help avoid the human resource and legal issues that happen so often during these events. This is a mistake that can and will cost the company good employees and good morale.

Ashley’s Ron Wanek Honored With Service Award  - 11/15/2011

AHFA’s Distinguished Service Award recipients are noted for their contributions to the industry, the association and their local communities.

Furniture Retail Tip #22 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - A Fine Business Question From A Fine Father  - 11/15/2011

This week Grandpa Mike-e-e! tells a story about a young man thinking of entering his father's furniture store.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #136 - Stay on Top of Your Web Changes  - 11/14/2011

Always, always, always double-check that work assigned to your web developer is actually completed.

IHFRA and Web4Retail Team Up to Offer Web & Social Media Programs  - 11/14/2011

Web4Retail offers retailers a variety of internet marketing solutions including; Website Design and Development and Social Media Marketing, such as Facebook Pages for Businesses.

Weekly Furniture World Media Note #10 from Lance Hanish-Mobile First: Social Mom’s Are Quite Influential And Access Social Networks Via Mobile Devices  - 11/13/2011

Social moms actively participate in social media via mobile and they are a growing influence on the product and brands they buy. Mobile in short, is a tool for you to win with today.

Las Vegas Design Center Names Inagural Design Award Winners  - 11/13/2011

The first-of-its-kind local design competition was created to recognize excellence in design among Southern Nevada interior designers and design students.

Seena Magowitz Foundation Asks Home Furnishings Industry To Help Increase Awareness of Pancreatic Cancer  - 11/13/2011

Foundation is calling upon the Home Furnishings industry to distribute professionally produced videos in effort to educate and inform consumers about pancreatic cancer and what they can do to help.

Third Annual National Home Furnishings Month Breaks Records  - 11/13/2011

The month-long Is It Home Yet? ™ promotion, which ended Sept. 30, added a new twist to the consumer-targeted promotion by expanding the grand prize, which previously only offered mortgage payments for one year, to now include rent to the offer.

Art Van Furniture Coins a New Holiday  - 11/13/2011

This year, Art Van Furniture announced that it has created a new shopping holiday geared specifically towards readying the home for the holidays.

TD Bank Holiday Shopping Poll: Spending Expected to Hold Steady This Year with Gift Cards the Preferred Gift  - 11/13/2011

The TD survey shows that more than one-third of people polled believe that the greatest gift giving stresses lie in not knowing what to buy or worrying whether the recipient will like the gift.

Conn’s, Inc. Reports Retail Segment Net Sales Increase  - 11/13/2011

The Company achieved expanded gross margins in the furniture and mattresses and home office categories and saw a shift in the product sales mix to higher-margin furniture and mattress sales.

Select Comfort Announces 25% Net Sales Increase In Third Quarter  - 11/13/2011

The increase in sales was driven by company-controlled comparable sales growth of 26 percent, with average retail sales-per-store during the past 12 months reaching a record $1.6 million, a 29 percent improvement over the prior-year period.

ISPA Becomes Founding Member of Product Management Alliance  - 11/13/2011

The Product Management Alliance will monitor and examine the economic and commercial impact of public policy initiatives that mandate so-called “extended producer responsibility” programs that shift the costs of product collection and recycling solely to the manufacturer; including legislation affecting mattress disposal.

Cliff Young Ltd To Host The IFDA Rising Stars Of Interior Design Event  - 11/13/2011

The event will take place on Monday evening, November 14 at the New York Design Center, in the newly remodeled showroom of Cliff Young Ltd.

Registration Opens, Hotel Partners Announced for Winter Las Vegas Market  - 11/13/2011

Streamlined registration process and deep hotel discounts starting at $39 per night make attending Market simple and affordable.

Ethan Allen Announces Golden Kite Awardees for 2011  - 11/13/2011

This year the award was given to three outstanding individuals, as well as a family who have been Ethan Allen retailers for more than 40 years.

Inaugural India International Furniture Fair Has November Debut  - 11/13/2011

Organizers say that the inaugural India International Furniture Fair will widen horizons for the Indian furniture industry with three days of business and information exchange.

Exclusive Designer Trend Interviews From High Point Market Featured On TheHome.com  - 11/13/2011

Interview segments include trend reports on color, style and inspiration for collections and products that debuted at the fall 2011 High Point Market.

Nebraska Furniture Mart Plans 1.8 Million Square Foot Dallas Area Store  - 11/13/2011

If plans are approved the store will include 546,000 square feet of showroom space.

West Coast's Largest Family-Owned Furniture Store Expands into 3rd Washington Location  - 11/13/2011

The Grand Opening of their twenty-second showroom took place over Veteran's Day weekend.

Crate and Barrel Announces New Leadership in 2012  - 11/13/2011

Chief Operating Officer Sascha Bopp will assume the role of CEO and Marta Calle, currently Director of CB2, will become President, in charge of merchandising and marketing.

29th China International Furniture Fair (Guangzhou), CIFF 2012 Scheduled For March  - 11/9/2011

With a total exhibition area of 6,673,624 sq. ft. this export oriented show expects over 3,000 exhibitors and 150,000 visitors.

Jordan's Furniture Opens Free "Enchanted Village" Attraction  - 11/8/2011

Iconic 1930's display created by Bavarian toymakers joins Polar Express 4D The Ride and Holiday LITE laser show at Jordan's.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #135 - A Gravatar Adds Gravitas to Your Blog Comments  - 11/7/2011

When you post a comment on a blog or article, be sure to post your picture, too. Just go get a Gravatar!

Hickory at Home’s Panama Jack Convertibles Collection Featured At Retail Ribbon Cuttings  - 11/7/2011

The retail galleries are showcases for a new branded line of high-quality retail futons and frames developed by Hickory at Home.

Furniture Retail Tip #21 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - Our Industry? It's More Than Home Furnishings! It's Stories!!  - 11/7/2011

Do you have a great or even a not so great furniture story to tell? Has the rep who has called on your store since the ice age told you the same story over and over and you find it interesting every time?

Nexera Introduces The Modular Allure Collection  - 11/6/2011

The scalable, modular and multifunctional Allure collection is available in juvenile and young adult bedroom, home office, entertainment unit / bookcase and occasional tables.

George E. Darsey & Co. Celebrates 125th Anniversary  - 11/5/2011

Darcey's Furniture has invited the community surrounding Grapeland Texas to join the celebration on November 11th.

Recent High Point Market Attracts 44,779 Buyers  - 11/5/2011

The High Point Market Authority reports 6% more registrants than at October 2010 show.

Ethan Allen Brings New Design Center concept to Lynnwood, WA  - 11/5/2011

Grand opening event raised more than $2000 for Housing Hope that provides a wide range of housing opportunities for those in need in Snohomish County.

AmericasMart Atlanta Debuts New Website  - 11/5/2011

It features improved navigation, dynamic content showcasing the vibrancy of AmericasMart through video and photography and exclusive online tools designed to optimize the Market experience for users.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 17 - A Good Leader...  - 11/5/2011

Brief management tips from Country View Woodworking and Furniture World for retail managers.

Weekly Furniture World Media Note #9 from Lance Hanish - Mobile First: Why Mobile Is The Might In Communication Today.  - 11/4/2011

It is now clear how mobile is accelerating the transformation of news and entertainment started by the fixed Web. Mobile will transform commerce, marketing and advertising with equal speed.

Aaron's, Inc. Announces Departure of Chief Executive Officer  - 11/4/2011

Board member Ronald W. Allen has been named to serve as interim President and Chief Executive Officer while a committee of the Board conducts a search to identify a successor.

Art Van Furniture Challenges Other Businesses to Step Up  - 11/4/2011

Art Van Furniture will invest over $100,000 by giving its 2500 associates two hours of company paid time to do volunteer work for the Million Dollar Charity Challenge partner of the associate's choice.

Furniture Brands International Reports 5.1% Sales Decline For Third Quarter  - 11/4/2011

Company reports $27.3 million pre-tax loss in the third quarter of 2011 as compared to a pretax loss of $4.5 million in the third quarter of 2010.

Havertys Reports Results for Third Quarter 2011  - 11/4/2011

Retailer reports that net sales for the third quarter of 2011 were 1.1% lower than in the same period of 2010 and down 1.2% for the nine months ended September 30, 2011.

AHFA Announces Keynote Speaker For 2012 Sustainability Summit  - 11/4/2011

Michael Lynch, managing director of NASCAR Green Innovation, will headline the home furnishings industry’s 2012 Sustainability Summit on February 22-23 in Raleigh, N.C.

Durham Furniture Launches New Website  - 11/1/2011

New website allows retailers to quickly work with customers to choose among the many finish options offered by Durham Furniture.

Weekly Furniture World Media Note #8 from Lance Hanish: Mobile First - Using QR Codes in Your Store  - 11/1/2011

Through mobile, we can connect to the prospective buyer within our store immediately, on their own time in their preferred way of gaining valuable information via their mobile device. Remember, mobile devices are more than just smartphones. They include iPads and other tablets as well.

Selling More To Affluent Consumers  - 11/1/2011

You don't need to be a high-end retailer to sell more to affluent customers. You just need to put more "luxe" into your brand.

Hermann Furniture Celebrates 135th Anniversary  - 11/1/2011

Festivities will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by State Representative Lois W. Kolkhorst, Brenham city officials and representatives from the Hermann Furniture Company.

Ethan Allen Announces Manufacturing Expansion  - 11/1/2011

New Honduras facility is 164,000 square feet situated on 18 acres.

Bob’s Discount Furniture Uses Grand Opening of Rockville, Md. Store to Present $20,000 Donation  - 11/1/2011

To show its commitment to the Rockville community, Bob's will use the grand opening event to present checks totaling $20,000 for 12 local schools as part of the company's Outreach program.

POLY-WOOD, Inc. Names Hertel and Tusing To Corporate Management Team  - 11/1/2011

Poly-Wood recently named Doug Hertel as the company’s marketing manager and Becky Tusing as its director of administration.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 10/31/2011

New furniture orders are up 5.5 percent over last year. At this time last year, new orders were up 8 percent over 2009.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip #16 - A Good Leader--  - 10/31/2011

These weekly “Monday Morning Management Tips” are jotly provided by both Country View Woodworking and Furniture World.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #134 - Blog Commenting Gets Your Website Valuable Link Juice  - 10/31/2011

Just take a few moments to comment on a furniture industry blog and be sure to leave your website address in the space provided.

The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library Dedicates Vuncannon Seminar Room  - 10/31/2011

The Vuncannon Room is a meeting room that will be used by colleges and universities, furniture industry organizations and businesses, as well as scholars and members of the design and art community.

The Sleep Train Adds 21 New Sleep Country USA and Mattress Discounters Stores  - 10/31/2011

These new stores will bring the total Sleep Train Enterprise store count to 255.

GE Capital’s Retail Finance Business and Sleepy’s Renew Consumer Financing Agreement  - 10/31/2011

More than 700,000 consumers finance purchases with Sleepy's card.

Sealy Appoints New Vice President Of Product Merchandising  - 10/31/2011

In his most recent role, Stephen Stickler was responsible for working with two major bedding retailers on product design and merchandise lineups for more than 1,000 stores.

SHFA Announces New Directors & Officers  - 10/31/2011

Robert Dossenbach was named president of the regional affiliate of NHFA for 2012.

National Home Furnishings Association Holds Annual Meeting & Elections  - 10/31/2011

Marc Schewel, Schewel Furniture is the new president of NHFA for 2012.

Mitsubishi Fuso Offers Customer Incentive Program  - 10/31/2011

Program allows retailers looking to buy new trucks, lower finance rates and lower cost of ownership.

Dallas Market Center Sponsors Groovystuff University Hall  - 10/31/2011

The Dallas Market Center has offered a block of 24 free hotel rooms for the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market - January 18-24, 2012.

Hästens Beds Opens Manhattan Flagship Store  - 10/31/2011

Coinciding with the launch of the new store is the introduction of Hästens Best Sleep campaign, designed to bring awareness about the importance of sleep and the benefits received when sleeping on a Hästens Bed.

American Furniture Hall Of Fame Foundation Inducts Three New Members.  - 10/24/2011

Alexander Bernhardt, Gordon Segal and Donald Belgrad were inducted into the AFHF. Roy Unger, John Portman and Donald Flanders were named "Industry Fellows" at the sold-out banquet in High Point.

Weekly FurnitureWorld Media Note #7 from Lance Hanish - Mobile Drives Social Media Activity.  - 10/24/2011

With mobile we have the ability to reach out and ask one of the most important questions in business: we get to ask the customer what they want. In turn, we get their answers. As retailers, we can ask them what they prefer and how can we make their experience within our store, better.

Former Four Truckers owners and Stockholders of Worldwide Logistics purchase Northwestern US and Canada service area from Worldwide Logistics  - 10/24/2011

The new company is called Northwest Furniture Xpress and will focus exclusively on delivering furniture originating in North Carolina, Virginia, Eastern Tennessee and Southern California to the Northwest Service Area.

Bush Furniture Expands my|space® Line to Include Coordinated Small Space Solutions  - 10/24/2011

The Buena Vista, Alamosa and Aero collections now all include living and entertainment pieces, in addition to desks, to offer a complete room setup.

High Point Market Exhibitors Recognized for Display Excellence in Showroom Design Competition  - 10/24/2011

Two awards were presented for excellence in showroom design honoring the High Point Market’s most creative and innovative exhibitors.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #133 - Copy Doesn’t Need to Match Video Script  - 10/24/2011

When writing the copy to go with your video script, don’t worry about writing it word for word. Feel free to expand on it and even “wax poetical.”

Furniture Retail Tip #20 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - "Unused Real Estate Opportunities"  - 10/19/2011

And now there's another store I want to tell you about. It's called "The Bagel Hole" that discovered how to make the most of one ceiling, four walls and one flat floor. Honest.

Designer Mike Farrell To Bring “Out-Of-The-Box” Designs To Surya  - 10/19/2011

Farrell is known for his innovative, imagination-driven designs whose playfulness and humor bring out the child within.

Hickory Springs And Panama Jack Expand Convertibles Line  - 10/19/2011

Hickory Springs will introduce a new coordinated convertible "Eco Jack" frame style available in its Panama Jack line of tropical-themed convertible furniture products.

Albany Industries And Kathy Ireland Worldwide Announce Licensing Partnership  - 10/19/2011

Raymour & Flanigan is the initial retail partner for the collections that will be introduced at the October High Point Market.

Jonathan Louis And Kathy Ireland Worldwide Announce Collaborative Venture With New Affordable Luxury Furniture Line  - 10/19/2011

The new line of boutique furniture from Jonathan Louis offers a blend of artful design and exceptional quality that’s well-priced for a consumer’s home.

Ashley Furniture Retains TD Retail Card Services To Develop And Administer Private Label Credit Card For Furnish 123 Concept  - 10/19/2011

TDRCS will offer consumers a variety of custom financing options, as well as other special incentives and offers.

Almost 90 Percent Of Exhibit Space Sold For ISPA Expo 2012  - 10/19/2011

The event – slated for March 14-17, 2012 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis – allows for exhibitors to showcase the latest innovations in machinery, equipment, components, materials, supplies and services for the mattress industry.

Alexander Julian and Larry Laslo Debut New Lighting  - 10/18/2011

Frederick Cooper announced that it will introduce new lamps by world-renowned designers, Alexander Julian and Larry Laslo at High Point Fall Market.

Wildwood To Bring New Additions To Italia, Tommy Bahama And Discovery Collections  - 10/18/2011

Wildwood Lamps reported that it will make a bold statement with a new array of lamps to be introduced at Fall High Point Market.

Cyan Design To Open Showroom At Las Vegas Design Center  - 10/18/2011

Texas-based manufacturer of lighting, decorative accessories and home furnishings will open a new 8,468 square foot showroom in Building A.

Celia Moh Scholarship Recipients To Attend High Point Market  - 10/18/2011

This is the 10th year the scholarship has brought its recipients to the Market for networking, to learn about the scope of careers in the home furnishings industry, to visit showrooms and attend educational seminars and other functions.

Feizy Rugs Appoints Whorton As Regional Sales Manager  - 10/18/2011

A rug industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Whorton will be responsible for servicing the existing accounts within his assigned territory and for targeting new customers.

Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Partners with ML Brands International To Introduce Martha Stewart Fine Furniture  - 10/18/2011

The new line will be introduced this month during a private preview at the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point.

All American Furniture Expo Reports Excellent Turn Out  - 10/18/2011

In spite of flooding in Pennsylvania during the September show, the two-day event attracted many retailers interested in American-made furniture.

Patrick Cory, Edward Massood, Russell Bienenstock & Brad Pyne To Be Honored At Joint NY, NJ Association Dinner  - 10/18/2011

Dinner & Dance held on Saturday, December 3, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Suffern, NY.

Weekly Furniture World Media Note #6 from Lance Hanish - Mobile First: "The Year of Giving Something Special"  - 10/18/2011

A recent study found that 84% of consumers said that they are determined to make this holiday season great for their families.

Surya Adds A New Product Development Head  - 10/17/2011

Eva Di Adamo comes with 20 years of product development and merchandizing experience within the home accessories and fashion worlds.

Hickory Springs Opens Four New Service Centers To Support Growing Hickory At Home Division  - 10/17/2011

Due to growth in its retail products division, Hickory At Home will open four new national service centers to better position its products and increase efficiency.

Hickory At Home Debuts New iCare Adjustables FLX Line in High Point  - 10/17/2011

Exclusive technology raises the bar on customizable comfort offering up to six adjustable zones.

Special Guest Speaker Added to High Point Market Seminar “Hidden Ways to Get Traffic to Your Furniture Store Using Social Media”  - 10/17/2011

This seminar will be free for market participants on Sunday October 23 from 2:30 – 3:30 in the NHFA Retailer Resource Center on the first floor of the Plaza Suites.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #132 Video vs. Text: Which is better?  - 10/17/2011

Go ahead and offer videos on your website or in your e-newsletters. But also include the text for those who prefer to read. The text will also help search engines rank your page higher.

Kincaid Adopts Eco-Conscious Renew Cushioning  - 10/17/2011

Renew cushions greatly reduce environmental impact, utilizing soy-based polyol in their Natural Foam Technology process. The cushions are also PBDE-free, CFC-free and recyclable.

City Furniture Kicks Off $17.5 Million South Florida Expansion  - 10/17/2011

Positive sales trend and “ideal growth locations” trigger retailer’s investment in green showrooms.

Handling Abuse in the Furniture Workplace  - 10/17/2011

As a furniture retailer, you probably spend more time with coworkers than with family and friends. Because of that, you may be more likely to notice when things are not quite right with a colleague.

International Market Centers Pledges Support For Industry’s
“Six Causes That Matter” Initiative In High Point  - 10/17/2011

IMC’s donation will be shared equally among the six organizations selected as beneficiaries of the program for the upcoming Market.

New Training Shows Associates How-to Track Sales Performance  - 10/17/2011

This module From The Furniture Training Company completes the two-part series that shows associates how-to set, track, and achieve their own sales performance goals.

Jerome’s Furniture Expands Customer Experience Team  - 10/17/2011

New positions of Director of Customer Experience and Social Media Manager, direct attention to every customer touch point.

Furniture Wizard To Introduce Point Of Sale iPad App In High Point  - 10/16/2011

App contains a retailer’s entire inventory along with vendor’s catalogs in a way that is available and reliable without access to the internet. It is available with an optional Bluetooth wireless scanner.

Nationwide Promotes Bazemore to New Vice President of Furniture  - 10/16/2011

Group foresees opportunity for growth in home furnishings and accessories.

Americasmart Forms Alliance With Georgia Retail Association And Florida Retail Federation  - 10/16/2011

The alliance opens the door to new education, innovation and business-growth opportunities for members of FRA/FRF who shop at AmericasMart's 13 annual markets.

Home Fashion Report To Air During High Point Market On ABC Affiliate.  - 10/16/2011

Home Fashion Report will air at 6am and 6:30am and 6:30am to 7am on WXLV from Saturday Oct. 22 through Tuesday, Oct. 25.

Palm Springs Rattan and Garden Classics Announce High Point Introductions, Expanded Showroom  - 10/16/2011

Introductions will include an expanded cast aluminum collection now with action seating.

Julie Browning Bova to Unveil New Designs for Stanford Furniture  - 10/16/2011

A majority of the fall debuts are equestrian-inspired and utilize numerous symbolic fabrics and colorways.

The Furniture Bank-Houston Plans November Fund Raiser  - 10/16/2011

Gala-goers will pay for clever clues to “scavenge” for Great Furniture Finds throughout Cantoni's trendy West Houston furniture store Houston, to raise awareness of the need for gently-used furniture for Houston’s underprivileged.

Surya To Host High Point Market Party  - 10/16/2011

The “Southern Hospitality” inspired gala will begin at 5:00pm on October 23, 2011 and will feature a live DJ, open bar and catering from Southern Roots Restaurant.

Former Chairman of SCAD Forms Design & Promotional Consulting Company  - 10/16/2011

Antonio Larosa's company Furniture Design promotes and develops branding strategies for the furniture design industry.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip #14 - A Good Leader--  - 10/16/2011

These weekly “Monday Morning Management Tips” are jointly provided by both Country View Woodworking and Furniture World.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip #15 - A Good Leader--  - 10/16/2011

These weekly “Monday Morning Management Tips” are jointly provided by both Country View Woodworking and Furniture World.

Surya Facebook Fan Page Hits 25,000 Fans  - 10/16/2011

Surya, a leading manufacturer of area rugs and home accessories announced that it has hit a critical milestone, reaching 25,000 fans on the Company’s official Facebook fan page.

Research Firm To Interview Designers In High Point  - 10/15/2011

Designers will be paid $5 for 5 Minutes and have the opportunity to win an iPad 2 for giving their time and opinions.

Randy Gleckman joins Omnia as National Sales Manager  - 10/14/2011

Gleckman will be responsible for the Omnia Leather and American Elegance lines. Company announces introductions for the upcoming High Point Show.

H.Home Opens New IHFC Showroom to Reveal New Programs and to Introduce 14 New Warehouses  - 10/14/2011

Multiple warehouses allow H.Home to ship minimum quantities of quality upholstered products with lots of options at reduced freight rates.

HFIA Announces New Board of Directors  - 10/14/2011

Verona Mair, owner, The Emporium, Ponca City, Okla. will succeed Stephen H. Kidder as chairman of the board.

Natura World Moves To One Shift At Texas Plant. Plans To Move Production Of Several Key Accounts & Add Efficiency To Day Shift  - 10/14/2011

Company says it will add new accounts and production capacity onto to existing day shift.

Latex International Continues To Maintain Its Workforce In Wichita Falls, Tx  - 10/14/2011

Announcement made to correct inaccurate statements that have been reported.

Century Furniture, Judy George International to Sponsor WithIt’s High Point Market Student Mentoring Event  - 10/12/2011

Merchandise Mart Properties Inc. to host one day event; WithIt Educational Breakfast and Competitive Intelligence round out Fall 2011 programming.

Better Homes and Gardens Veteran Joins Online Retailer Wayfair.com  - 10/12/2011

Formerly CSN Stores, Wayfair LLC is the parent company for Wayfair.com, which offers home items including 5,000 furniture brands.

Surya President, Satya Tiwari, Named A 2011 Top 25 Entrepreneur  - 10/12/2011

Winners of this award are entrepreneurs who have created innovative, high-achieving companies that contribute to their industry and business communities.

5th Annual Sleep Train Charity Golf Classic Raises $500,000  - 10/12/2011

Major West Coast mattress retailer provides assistance to foster youth aging out of the foster care system to further their education after high school graduation and obtain independent living skills support.

Sealy Posturepedic Launches "Bed Buddy" Social Media Campaign  - 10/12/2011

The sweepstakes, playfully coined “Bed Buddies,” will offer weekly prizes through February 2012 celebrating all of the things, some humorous and some practical, people do in bed with a grand prize of $10,000 cash.

Linon To Host High Point Greek Market Party  - 10/12/2011

Linon will also unveil three new area rug collections at the show.

Lexington To Open New Trade Showroom At The New York Design Center In Manhattan  - 10/11/2011

Each of the company’s brands will be represented in the space, including Lexington, Tommy Bahama Home, and Henry Link Trading Co.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip #13 - A Good Leader--  - 10/11/2011

These weekly “Monday Morning Management Tips” are jointly provided by both Country View Woodworking and Furniture World.

Norris Home Furnishings Opens Naples, FL Showroom  - 10/11/2011

In the last 18 months, Norris Home Furnishings has opened three new showroom locations, creating 66 new jobs.

Furniture Retail Tip #19 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - "Small Small Print For Giant Giant Furniture Retailers"  - 10/11/2011

If you aren't a giant corporation, my suggestion is to forget the fine-print and make your print HUGE. Explain to potential customers what you do and what you don't do -- with a touch of class!

Sleep To Live Institute’s Dr. Robert Oexman Appears On Emmy Award Winning Show “The Doctors”  - 10/11/2011

Before a live studio audience, Dr. Oexman took host and pediatrician Dr. Jim Sears through a detailed demonstration of Kingsdown Inc.’s bedMATCH™ system.

Leggett & Platt® Consumer Products Group Brings Expanded Silvershell™ Product Line To High Point  - 10/11/2011

The company will also offer each retail buyer visiting the showroom in High Point the chance to win prizes such as an iPad 2 and $100 gift card.

Leggett & Platt Consumer Products Group To Introduce New Ornamental Beds  - 10/11/2011

The ornamental beds vary in style and offer consumers the opportunity to freshen their bedroom décor with only a small investment.

Allen Hannigan Joins Feizy Rugs  - 10/11/2011

Hannigan is an 11-year veteran of the rug industry and brings a wealth of experience in both sales and management to Feizy’s team.

Peoploungers Unveils New Occasional Table Collection  - 10/11/2011

The collections are designed to complement the Peoploungers’ seating collection, along with any interior space where consumers love to lounge.

Kathy Ireland To Host 2011 American Furniture Hall of Fame Banquet  - 10/11/2011

Industry Fellows who will be recognized for their exceptional leadership, accomplishments and contributions to the furniture industry are Donald A. Belgrad, George Alexander Bernhardt, Donald G. Flanders, Sr., John C. Portman, Jr., Gordon Segal and Roy B. Unger.

August Vale To Unveil New High Point Showroom  - 10/11/2011

Company to show its high-end leather products in the Design District at 330 North Hamilton.

Surya Announces High Point Market Initiatives. Releases New Catalog  - 10/11/2011

Surya has bolstered its accessory category line by adding dozens of new pillows and poufs, plus has expanded its Quick Ship program.

Cambridge Mills Announces New IHFC Showroom  - 10/11/2011

After a quiet launch two Markets ago, solid wood bedroom manufacturer Cambridge Mills announced it will show in a much larger space with a new showroom at the IHFC.

Bassett Hires Branding Firm To Develop Consumer Experience For HGTV Home Furniture Collections  - 10/11/2011

Graj + Gustavsen will work with Bassett to create an exciting new consumer experience for the HGTV HOME brand within Bassett stores.

American West Re-Purchased By Founder  - 10/11/2011

Commits to serving furniture industry. Hires furniture carrier veterans Sandy Dant-Leibold, Susan Harris and Rosemary Medina for key positions.

American West Enters Into Service Agreement With Worldwide Logistics  - 10/11/2011

American West will service customers out of American West's Dallas facility for Worldwide. Worldwide will close their Dallas facility by the end of October, and American West will service all Pool Distribution customers and 3PL customers.

Weekly Furniture World Media Note #5 from Lance Hanish - Mobile First: What Are Customers Using & What Do They Want?  - 10/11/2011

Nearly half of those surveyed want location-based offers. To those potential customers of yours who are using mobile give them what they want.

NHFA Announces iPad Giveaway at Retailer Resource Center During High Point Market  - 10/11/2011

NHFA plans to introduce retailers to the many RRC exhibitors who offer iPad applications to help businesses run smoother and more profitably.

Capel Rugs Names Dave Calderwood Midwest Regional Sales Manager  - 10/11/2011

Dave formerly served as manager of area rug sales for a large Ohio furniture retailer and was a key sales and product developer for a large importer of hand knotted and tufted rugs.

Canadian Home Furnishings Alliance To Host Canadian Home Furnishings Awards  - 10/11/2011

Art DeFehr Chief Executive Officer of Palliser Furniture will be presented with the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award.

English Furniture Manufacturer Jonathan Charles Creates A Traditional English Pub In High Point Showroom  - 10/11/2011

Jonathan Charles will display all their new introductions as well as four new catalogs at the showroom, located at 200 N. Hamilton.

Icovia® Takes Space Planning Mobile with New Tablet App  - 10/11/2011

Icovia Tablet Edition will integrate with retailers’ web-based Icovia Planner allowing consumers and sales associates to access and share designs across the entire Icovia platform.

Tomlinson/Erwin-Lambeth Furniture Company donates furniture to The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library  - 10/10/2011

Rod Lambeth of Tomlinson/Erwin-Lambeth has agreed to furnish the first floor of the newly renovated Library facility in memory of his parents, James “Jim” Erwin Lambeth Jr. and Dr. Katharine “Mama K” Covington Lambeth.

Natuzzi Group Sponsors Tulsa Ballet  - 10/10/2011

As part of the sponsorship, Natuzzi Group donated cooperative advertising dollars directly to the ballet company in the name of Urban Furnishings. Professional dancers were photographed interacting with Natuzzi Italia furniture and were featured in targeted local advertising.

Storis' Vision9 Introduction Offers a Mobile-Ready Interface  - 10/6/2011

Vision9 provides home furnishing retailers with a mobile-ready application that can be run on virtually any device.

MicroD To Host Free QR Code Webinar On October 13th  - 10/6/2011

Webinar will provide home furnishings retailers and others involved in the furniture supply chain with practical information on using this new technology.

Media Mix Magic -Part 1  - 10/5/2011

Create a killer mix of media that will leverage maximum sales and profits.

The Big Furniture Store Hand -Off  - 10/5/2011

Don’t get “tackled” by the IRS when handing off your business to the next generation.

Garage Sale Lessons For Furniture Retailers  - 10/5/2011

Lessons a veteran furniture guy learned watching people browse, decide and negotiate at a garage sale.

Opened And Read - 3D Mail  - 10/5/2011

A great way to get your direct mail opened & read -- 3D Mail.

Prevent Warehouse Bed Bug Infestations  - 10/5/2011

Practical steps to minimize risks of warehouse infestation, negative media attention and frivolous consumer lawsuits.

Quick & Easy Furniture Repair  - 10/5/2011

Do you have a backlog of damaged stock? Are your quick and easy finish repair solutions turning out to be neither quick nor easy?

Rule One Sales Introduces Power Motion Device That Animates Recliner Displays  - 10/5/2011

The Power Motion Unit continuously cycles power reclining sofas, loveseats and recliners, creating a dynamic showroom display.

Hooker Furniture’s Sam Moore Division Creates New Website  - 10/4/2011

Website is part of Hooker Furniture’s strategic plan to better integrate its wood furniture and upholstery divisions.

German Furniture Industry Shows Robust Growth Says imm cologne Show  - 10/4/2011

Domestic furniture industry grows 4.6% in the first half of 2011, and exports remain strong.

We're All Selling The Same Stuff!  - 10/4/2011

Ever notice that furniture retailers seem to all be selling the same stuff? Here are five ways to make this reality less important to your bottom line.

Cory Joins U.S. EPA SmartWay Transport Partnership  - 10/4/2011

As a member of the partnership, Cory will contribute to savings of 1.5 billion gallons of fuel, $3.6 billion in fuel costs, 14.7 MMT of carbon dioxide (CO2), 215,000 tons of oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and 8,000 tons of particulate matter.

Flexible Budgeting For Furniture Retailers  - 10/4/2011

Flexible Budgeting lets you ‘Flex’ your top line and observe the resulting operational effects on your P&L and operating income.

Furniture Retailers Share Their Stories - Part 9  - 10/4/2011

Furniture retailers Sleep Country USA and United House Wrecking share interesting stories of growth, hardship and their strategies for success.

Dreaming Of Better Bedding Sales - Part 3  - 10/4/2011

Some best and worst bedding sales practices in furniture and bedding stores.

Capel Teams Up with Genevieve Gorder for Soulful New Rug Line  - 10/3/2011

The line features four collections of flat-woven styles that marry Gorder's unique design aesthetic with Capel's signature craftsmanship.

Therapedic International To Introduce Gel Mattress Line In High Point  - 10/3/2011

Using swirl gel-memory foam, the new GelTouch® series sleeps cooler than a regular memory foam mattress.

Weekly Retail Furniture Media Note #4 from Lance Hanish - MobileFirst: - "Don't Call. Text Me."  - 10/3/2011

Recently a Pew Research Center study, written about by Alex Minicucci from Technorati, found that almost 1/3rd of U.S. adults prefer to be reached by text message rather than a call on their mobile phone. As for the remainder, 53% prefer a phone call, and 14% say it depends on the situation.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip #12 - A Good Leader--  - 10/3/2011

These weekly “Monday Morning Management Tips” are jointly provided by both Country View Woodworking and Furniture World.

Furniture Retail Tip #18 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - Furniture Footprints In The Sands Of Time!"  - 10/3/2011

If you are in Pizza Slice #2 or #3 or #4, turn your head around and see what kind of footsteps you left for the next generation to remember you by. And that doesn't only include those kids who have some of your genetic material...

Easy Furniture Web Tip #131 - Shift + Return = Keep Lines Together  - 10/3/2011

This week’s Easy Web Tip is really easy. In fact, some of you will yawn. But if you don’t already know this little tip, you will be very happy today.

HOMESMART Completes Conversion of 29 Stores  - 10/3/2011

HOMESMART, a new concept launched late in 2010, has experienced robust growth and now has 56 stores open with plans to open approximately 10 more by the end of 2011.

West Elm to Open Retail Store in Seattle’s South Lake Union Neighborhood  - 10/3/2011

The 15,000+ square foot store is the brand’s first in Washington State and features a number of unique design details including a living wall and an art installation designed specifically for the location by Seattle-based artist, Justin R. Lytle.

Art Van PureSleep Opens In Ann Arbor  - 10/3/2011

In addition to the 1-2-3 bedding process, Art Van PureSleep experts also stress the importance of selecting the right pillows for correct spinal alignment, as well as a good mattress protector to safeguard your investment.

R. J. Klosterman, Flexsteel's President & CEO, Announces Retirement  - 10/3/2011

Klosterman held positions as Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer, President and Chief Operating Officer, before becoming President & CEO.

E.S. Kluft Announces International Expansion With Three Retail Locations In China  - 10/3/2011

Best known as China’s largest supplier of mattresses to five-star hotels, this will be Eternal Sleep Limited’s first three retail locations, with two in Shanghai and one in Beijing, which will exclusively sell Kluft’s Aireloom by Kluft and E.S Kluft & Company brand.

5 Horizons Group Grows Leadership Team  - 10/3/2011

The hiring of Brody and Kiblinger continues the momentum behind 5H’s strategic growth, offering product design and development, sourcing, quality assurance, logistics management, and Asia infrastructure and market entry strategies.

Kincaid Kicks Off Great Home Upgrade Event Supporting Habitat For Humanity  - 10/2/2011

For each new “like” on Kincaid’s Facebook page (www.facebook.com/kincaidfurniturecompany) during the month of October, the company will donate $1, up to a total of $10,000, to Habitat.

Jordan's Offers Free Furniture If Bruins Win  - 10/2/2011

In 2007 Jordan's gave 25,000 families over $30 million worth of furniture and mattresses for free in a similar promotion.

Latex International To Acquire Full Ownership Of Pure Latexbliss  - 10/2/2011

Move designed to accelerate growth of mattress, pillow, topper brand/ better position latex in the industry.

PR Firms Move to High Point’s Radio Building  - 10/2/2011

Brand Communications, Inc. and Creative Communication Services relocate to historic building in advance of High Point show.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 9/29/2011

Year-to-date, new furniture orders remained 5 percent ahead of 2010. Through July 2010, orders were up 9 percent over 2009 results.

SALON At Market Square & Suites Adds 14 New Companies For October Market  - 9/28/2011

Fourteen companies join 28 returning exhibitors who will show their latest introductions on the ground floor of the Suites at Market Square.

New Furniture & Accessory Market In Fredericksburg, VA To Have 500 Exhibit Spaces  - 9/28/2011

September 9-10, 2012 at the Fredericksburg Expo Center will be the first regional furniture show in the area.

The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library Showcases Renovations During High Point Show  - 9/27/2011

Furniture Library invites Market attendees to tour the renovated space and asks industry organizations to use the space for conferences and meetings.

Long-Time Head Of Training For Kingsdown Retires  - 9/27/2011

42-year veteran Tom Mclean announces retirement; Craig Wilson takes responsbility for corporate function.

Sealy Announces Increased Commitment To Specialty Bedding  - 9/27/2011

New specialty division will allow Sealy to dedicate resources to setting the Company’s strategic direction for the specialty sector while leveraging its resources, suppliers and retailer relationships.

GE Capital Renews Consumer Financing Program with Select Comfort  - 9/27/2011

Consumer financing program allows Select Comfort to continue providing financing options with additional offers and discounts for cardholders.

Specialty Sleep Association adds Spring Air to High Point Showroom Mix  - 9/27/2011

The Top 15 bedding producer, recently qualified for the SSA’s Environmental and Safety Level II seal.

SuperCat Solutions Adds Staff  - 9/27/2011

The provider of the iPad sales app, eCat, announced that it has expanded its team in response to growth and to undergird support required for new features being added over the coming months

Groovystuff Sponsors Appalachian Supply Chain Club For High Point Market  - 9/27/2011

ASCC promotes supply chain management by offering student members the chance to interact with industry professionals, while promoting career and professional development with networking and community involvement.

SFC Announces First Three Silver Exemplary Retailers  - 9/27/2011

Room & Board, Circle Furniture and online retailer NATeco have demonstrated a significant, measurable commitment to sustainability in their business operations.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #130 - Sorry Social Media Experts, Websites Not Fading Away Anytime Soon  - 9/27/2011

Despite what some “social media experts” say, your website is still the heart of your online marketing. Keep it healthy.

Sleepy’s Boosts ‘Bedder Days’ Community Relations Program  - 9/27/2011

Sleepy’s, the Mattress Professionals, has steadily donated beds and bedding products to various organizations and individuals in need via its community relations program, “Bedder Days.”

Weekly Furniture Management Tip #11 - A Good Leader--  - 9/27/2011

These weekly “Monday Morning Management Tips” are jointly provided by both Country View Woodworking and Furniture World.

PROFITsystems Announces Employee Enrichment Program  - 9/27/2011

Software provider for the home goods industry offers enrichment classes that are fun for its employees and helps them better their lives.

Furniture Retail Tip #17 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - "Younger Dreams By The Old!"  - 9/27/2011

Not everything in business is in cold black and white. The intangibles of invested dedication, talent and imagination are what add up to the greatest values of the bottom line.

Lexington Teams with MicroD to Create State-of-the-Art Website for Henry Link  - 9/27/2011

The website leverages advanced merchandising tools to communicate the brand’s story, inspire consumer demand, and drive sales.

Design Within Reach Selects TD Retail Card Services To Develop And Administer Private Label Credit Card Program  - 9/27/2011

N.J-based business unit of TD Bank, N.A., will direct all facets of the program for the retailer’s 43 Studio locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin.

Lexington Home Brands To Acquire Sligh Furniture Company  - 9/26/2011

Rob Sligh, the fourth generation president of Sligh Furniture Company, will continue in that role under the new ownership structure. He will take on additional executive management responsibilities at Lexington as Senior Vice President of Business Development.

The H.T. Hackney Company Creates H.Home  - 9/26/2011

Stationary upholstery, occasional chairs, headboards and banquettes will be produced at its existing manufacturing facility in Athens Tennessee while a new production operation is being constructed in Bean Station, Tennessee.

Guardsman® and Furniture Training Company Launch Furniture Protection Training  - 9/26/2011

This Internet-delivered training series is available free to all Guardsman retailers from Guardsman’s web site.

Pride Family Brands Announces Manufacturer Representative Awards  - 9/24/2011

The Sales Representative of the Year award was presented to Michael Urkowitz of Michael Urkowitz Associates.

Revivo Family & Greg O'Neil Launch Revolution Furniture Corp  - 9/24/2011

Revolution Furniture Corporation will be marketed to efficiently serve the domestic and international retail, interior design, and hospitality/contract design markets.

Weekly Retail Furniture Media Note #3 from Lance Hanish - MobileFirst: Gen X Use Of Mobile Increasing  - 9/24/2011

Generation X wants to have a more authentic contact with the brand. With the use of mobile, it is about getting things that are specially marketed to them. This group has three top activities, which include getting email, checking the news and weather, and banking transactions.

Hickory Springs President/CEO Don Coleman To Retire  - 9/23/2011

Mr. Coleman has enjoyed a distinguished career in the business and civic communities as well as with Hickory Springs. He currently serves on the boards of the Furniture Foundation, the American Furniture Hall of Fame, the Catawba County Community Foundation, and the Wells Fargo Western North Carolina Advisory Board.

Johnson-Burns Joins Loloi Rugs  - 9/23/2011

In her new role, Johnson-Burns will be responsible for building Loloi’s account base and growing existing business.

Made In America Pavilion To Debut In High Point  - 9/23/2011

Market Square & Suites announced that it will be home to the new Made in America Pavilion showcasing the best American-made furniture, lighting, rugs, wall art, and decorative accessories.

Stoney Creek Furniture Taps Bailenson For E-Newsletter Marketing Program  - 9/23/2011

BailComm, based in New York City, is the leading provider of e-marketing newsletter solutions in the home furnishings industry.

World Market Center Las Vegas Awards $5k To Coaster Rep  - 9/23/2011

Jackie Apfel Estrella, an international sales representative with Coaster Company of America, was randomly selected from 113 representatives who participated in the Las Vegas Market’s ongoing Rep Rewards Program this summer.

AmericasMart Combines Apparel, Gift & Home Furnishings, & Gourmet Markets In October  - 9/23/2011

AmericasMart Atlanta says that collectively, the combined markets will produce a one-stop shopping experience allowing retailers and buyers to discover categories outside their traditional merchandise fields.

Sleep Train Acquires Christian¹s Mattress Xpress  - 9/23/2011

As part of the company’s strategic plans to expand its popular brand into new markets throughout California, Sleep Train will open these three stores along with at least one more new store in the area this year and 4-5 new stores in 2012.

The Piedmont Furniture Club Donates $10,000 To Brenner Children’s Hospital  - 9/23/2011

This was the first year the Piedmont Furniture Club incorporated a charity drive with the golf tournament.

High Point Market to Showcase ‘Six Causes That Matter’  - 9/23/2011

Each day of Market, which runs Oct. 22-27, a charity will be spotlighted at the home furnishings trade show, offering an opportunity for exhibitors and attendees to make a donation to that day’s charity.

Furniture Transport Group To Liquidate  - 9/20/2011

Closure of FTG, the largest specialty transporter of home furnishings in the U.S. could affect as many as 600 employees.

Furniture Retail Tip #16 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - "The Grandchildren Are Coming!"  - 9/20/2011

Ideas for attracting Seniors, such as... "Once a Bride Always a Bride, The Grandchildren Are Coming", and more.

The 3 R’s for Dealing with Workplace Bullying  - 9/19/2011

According to the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), 35% of the U.S. workforce report being bullied at work. An additional 15% of people have witnessed workplace bullying.

Jaipur Rugs, Inc., Celebrates Expanded Showroom At Showplace  - 9/19/2011

Jaipur Rugs, Inc., announced that it is set to open a 5,000+ square foot expanded showroom located on the third floor of Showplace, Space 3415 in High Point.

Netsertive Launches Web Advertising Program for MEGA Group USA  - 9/19/2011

This new program drives increased local sales opportunities and targeted online exposure to MEGA members by providing technology-driven, high-performance online marketing.

AWFS Adds Show Features; Keeps Attendance on Par  - 9/19/2011

Forty-one students had their class projects displayed at AWFS Fair this year and 29 went home with prizes from the Fresh Wood student woodworking competition.

Robert Schuler Assumes Housing Services Post For AmericasMart Atlanta  - 9/19/2011

Schuler's responsibilities now expand to encompass the provision of housing services to AmericasMart market attendees.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #129 - Is Your Website from the 90s? Maybe It’s Time for a Website Makeover.  - 9/19/2011

Furniture styles change. So do website styles. If it’s been a while since you built your website, it’s time for a website makeover.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip #10 - A Good Leader--  - 9/19/2011

These weekly “Monday Morning Management Tips” are jointly provided by both Country View Woodworking and Furniture World.

Marketing/ Media Tip #1 From Banner - Is Your Store Mobile Ready?  - 9/19/2011

Retailers with technological know-how are quickly learning that engaging in “mobile marketing” can amplify their sales volume.

High Point's Antique & Design Center Continues Growth  - 9/19/2011

Nearly 75 exhibitors have signed up to present exquisite antiques, original works of art, and one-of-a-kind finds in the 60,000-square-foot venue housed in historic Market Square.

New River Casual Furniture Names Carson Heath 2011 Sales Representative Of The Year At Casual Furniture Market  - 9/18/2011

Heath is the owner of the Carson Heath Inc. sales agency and has many years experience in the casual furniture industry.

Weekly Retail Furniture Media Note #2 from Lance Hanish - MobileFirst  - 9/18/2011

Mobile set to become most dominant medium. There are four macro mobile trends: search, rate, buy and report.

Kevin Malkiewicz Named Vice President Of Americasmart Area Rugs  - 9/18/2011

He will direct the leasing of the 350,000 square-foot AmericasMart area rug center, and will help to lead sales of the National Oriental Rug Show (NORS), the area rug temporaries.

January Cologne Show Has Double Digit Growth With 1,100 Exhibitors  - 9/18/2011

Show positions itself as The European show for retailers and the interior design community looking for more than the same old products and low end designs found everywhere else.

Camerich USA Making High Point Debut at IHFC  - 9/18/2011

The company will display its contemporary living, dining and bedroom furniture at the IHFC's Design Center, showroom D745.

300 Indonesian Home Furnishing Leaders Gather At Foot Of Golden Gate Bridge To Celebrate New Therapedic License  - 9/18/2011

Massindo Group, a leading Indonesian mattress manufacturer serving more than 1,000 retailers is the newest Therapedic licensee.

ICFA Elects 2012 Officers  - 9/18/2011

Eric Parsons, Gloster Furniture, South Boston, Va., was elected chairman, and Ward Usmar, TUUCI, Miami, Fla., was elected vice chairman.

ICFA Unveils Sales Training Certificate Program At Casual Furnishings Market  - 9/18/2011

The new program offers three levels of sales training: basic, advanced and master level. Each level consists of a DVD featuring sales trainer Greg Welsh of the Welsh Sales Group.

Sealy Posturepedic Nominated For Prestigious Jay Chiat Award  - 9/18/2011

Sealy reported that it was named a finalist for the 2011 Jay Chiat Awards for Strategic Excellence in recognition of the innovative “Whatever You Do In Bed, Sealy Supports It” campaign for Sealy Posturepedic.®

ZAAR Design Center Moves Into Former High Point Drexel Factory  - 9/18/2011

Along with Antiques by ZAAR, companies set to exhibit in the ZAAR Design Center for Fall Market include Bellascenda, The Kat Burki Collection, and Total Design Source.

Rio Home Fashions and kathy ireland Worldwide Partner For Bedding Line  - 9/18/2011

Rio Home Fashions will offer a complete line of kathy ireland Home® basic bedding products including memory foam bed pillows, memory foam mattress pads and toppers, fiber and feather beds, comforters, mattress pads and bed pillows.

Furniture Training Company Introduces Sales Goal Training Module  - 9/18/2011

The goal-setting module guides associates to set high-volumne monthly and annual sales goals based on their own personal financial goals.

Furniture Promotion Possibilities Tip #10: When Disasters Hit, Opportunities Exist.  - 9/14/2011

NOW is the time to get your message out to your customers that you can help them replace lost furniture and carpet but you can’t whisper the message!

How To Keep Good Furniture Salespeople And Reduce Turnover  - 9/13/2011

90% of all furniture salespeople do not follow-up properly. Using proper follow-up, you will see a 40% increase in returning customers.

A $100,000 Consumer ‘Sabbatical’ Contest Kicks-off Year-Long Program For IKEA  - 9/13/2011

IKEA, announced the launch of The Life Improvement Project (LIP), a program designed to help inspire and empower people to improve their lives, as well as the lives of others in their community.

The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library Closed for Renovations  - 9/13/2011

When the High Point, NC based library re-opens on October 22nd, visitors will see a fresh new look and be able to explore the world of furniture history with comfort and ease.

Furniture Retail Tip #15 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - Life At Retail Pizza With Slices - Part 1  - 9/13/2011

Did you know that the lives we live shape up into Round Life Pizzas that slice up into four Life Quadrants? Grandpa Mike-e-e! gives advice to those in the furniture industry who are just entering Slice #2.

Restoration Hardware Holdings, Inc. Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering  - 9/12/2011

Company plans to raise $150 million to become a leading home furnishings company catering to luxury shoppers.

SHOWPLACE Signs Six New Exhibitors For The October Market  - 9/12/2011

SHOWPLACE announced that it has added six new exhibitors for the October Market, including Art Glass Gallery, Beachfront Furniture, Inc., Beanbag Station, LLC, Flambeau Lighting, Sleep & Beyond and Source Outdoor.

City of Hope Northeast NHFI Event Raises $170,000. Honors Simon Kaplan  - 9/12/2011

Following a heartfelt introduction by Patrick Cory, a longtime friend and admirer of Simon Kaplan, the honoree spoke with humorous and insight about the life lessons learned from his military service in WW2, from his family, and tenure in the furniture industry.

Conn’s, Inc. Reports Stronger Furniture & Mattress Sales For Quarter  - 9/11/2011

Decrease in sales during the quarter was driven largely by declines in the consumer electronics, home appliances and home office categories, which were partially offset by an increase in furniture and mattress sales.

81 Year Old Bograd's Furniture To Close  - 9/11/2011

30,000-square-foot, high-end furniture store providing quality service, will begin store closing sale.

Weekly Furniture Media Note #1 from Lance Hanish -MobileFirst  - 9/10/2011

Study finds that iPhone and Android users use their devices in very different ways on weekdays and weekends. First article in a series that will help you to help you to develop cutting edge advertising strategies.

Beverly Hills Polo Club Announces Home Furnishings Licensing Opportunities  - 9/9/2011

The brand targets consumers in the United States between the ages of 18 and 45 with a message that evokes the status of Beverly Hills, the exclusivity of belonging to a fashionable polo club and a fun, relaxed California lifestyle.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip #9 - A Good Leader--  - 9/9/2011

These weekly Furniture Management Tips are jointly provided by Country View Woodworking and Furniture World.

Natuzzi Deploys Interactive Banner Ad Campaign To Engage Consumers  - 9/8/2011

Company embeds the equivalent of an entire website’s worth of content into a single, consumer focused interactive banner ad.

Sylvia Henderson Promoted to Pride Family Brands' Director of Sales and Marketing  - 9/8/2011

Pride Family Brands announced the promotion of Sylvia Henderson to Director of Sales and Marketing for the company's multi-brand product lines.

Michelle Barton Advances To Senior Vice President And Controller At Americasmart Atlanta  - 9/8/2011

Barton advances to the office of senior vice president and controller following her 14-year tenure at AMC, most recently as vice president and controller.

Kingsdown To Close 20-Person Knoxville Production Facility  - 9/8/2011

Regional production has been assumed by larger, more efficient facilities in Oklahoma, Florida and Virginia.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 9/6/2011

Year-to-date, new orders remained at 5 percent ahead of the first six months of 2010.

Las Vegas Design Center Releases Top Design Trends  - 9/6/2011

Top trends include a return to the American Experience and craftsmanship; the modernization of classic French; and vintage modern decorative accents.

Sleep Train Inspires Area Companies to Help Foster Children  - 9/6/2011

West Coast bedding retailer Sleep Train reported that the success of the Sleep Train Foster Kids Program has inspired a number of other companies and organizations in the area to support regional foster children.

Libby Langdon Unveils Seminar Series For Fall High Point Market  - 9/6/2011

Interior designer, author and makeover television personality launches three-part educational offering aimed at buyers and interior designers.

Joann Miller-Marshall Named Executive VP of AMC Tradeshows  - 9/6/2011

Promotion will bring all of AmericasMart's home, gift and apparel and LIGHTFAIR International sales under her direction.

Furniture Retail Tip #14 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - Follow Your "Knows" At The Market  - 9/6/2011

Blah-blah politicians surely don't "know" your territory. Pundits definitely don't "know" your customer's territory. You do. You're the expert... for better or for worse.

Aaron's, Inc. Acquires Eight More Weekly Stores  - 9/6/2011

Aaron's, Inc., announced that it has acquired eight stores from Buzz's Lease Purchase & Sales.

Havertys Invests $2.4 Million In Its Atlanta Area Showrooms  - 9/6/2011

The initiative, called “Bright Inspirations,” is part of a company-wide visual merchandising and display program.

Kincaid’s Homecoming Collection Wins Innovative Green Design Award  - 9/5/2011

This is the third year New York House magazine has presented the awards celebrating the best in green and sustainable designs and products.

ICFA Slates Annual Meeting; Invites Visitors To Market Lounge  - 9/5/2011

Prospective members are invited to visit the lounge to learn more about the benefits of membership in ICFA, which is open to manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers and suppliers.

GROOVYSTUFF Announces Employment Of ASU Design Graduate Lee Beatrous  - 9/5/2011

Lee Beatrous will manage the Groovystuff Design Challenge program, interfacing with the participating students and their schools to help move viable products more quickly from the prototype stage into production.

The W.S. Badcock Company Honors Surya  - 9/5/2011

Surya, a leading manufacturer of area rugs and home accessories was presented with the Most Valued Supplier-Partner award at the annual Badcock Furniture Conference.

RPM Wood Finishes Acquires Fuhr Industrial  - 9/5/2011

Manufacturer of wood coatings and touch-up and repair products, has acquired a provider of waterborne wood coating products and technologies.

BADCOCK Recognizes Top Dealers At 2011 Fall Dealer Meeting  - 9/5/2011

Top performing Associate Dealers, Corporate Store Managers and Suppliers were recognized at semi-annual dealer meeting in Charleston, South Carolina.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #128 - Never say No When …  - 9/5/2011

Always listen when someone gives you a web marketing idea. Write it down. Let it ferment in your mind. The good ideas that you can use will rise to the top.

Furniture Retail Tip #13 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - Marriage Is A Twosome Business  - 8/30/2011

Find someone you can partner, love and be loved and you'll see your interest grow day in and day out... including weekends and holidays.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #127 - How to Make an Anchor Link and Why You Should Care  - 8/30/2011

When you know you’re going to get a link to your website from an online source, try to get an anchor link.

Great American Partners with LiquiTec on Pierre Deux Warehouse/Distribution Liquidation  - 8/30/2011

Great American Group has managed a going-out-of-business sale for Pierre Deux retail stores since August 11.

Culp Announces First Quarter Sales Increas of 7.8%  - 8/30/2011

Net sales were $60.3 million, a 7.8 percent increase compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2011, with mattress fabrics segment sales up four percent and upholstery fabric segment sales up 12.4 percent.

Free Design Classes Offered at Art Van  - 8/30/2011

The three week seminars provide advice on determining a consumer's individual style, the impact of color, furniture placement and the use of accessories.

La-Z-Boy Reports Improved First Quarter Results  - 8/30/2011

Same-store written sales for the 306 La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries store network increased 9.7%. Wholesale upholstery sales climbed, while casegoods sales declined for the quarter.

Simmons Launches Cross-Country Mobile Roadshow Tour  - 8/30/2011

The tour, which kicked off in Indianapolis, will travel more than 10,000 miles in a span of 20 weeks to visit retailers in 35 cities across America.

Chicago Luxury Beds Unveils Renovated Showroom  - 8/30/2011

The newly redesigned CLB showroom boasts upgraded displays and a more intimate, client-centric layout to better present their top bed lines and allow for enhanced interaction with customers and designers alike.

Wright of Thomasville Introduces "Express Showroom Solutions"  - 8/30/2011

The program was developed to help customers who need smaller lots of embroidered pillows, shams and foot protectors, with less intricate production requirements.

Globe Express Services Launches Miami, Guangzhou & Suzhou Locations  - 8/30/2011

These openings mark the first step in an integrated plan to expand the company’s corporate office network from 42 to 50 by the end of 2011.

Southern Living Introduces New Home Decor Book - Free Copy Give-A-Way  - 8/30/2011

The book is a guide for creating unique, but approachable spaces infused with Southern sensibility. First three Furniture Word readers to respond to editor@furninfo.com win a free copy (some restrictions apply).

WithIt Announces 2011 WOW Awards Honorees  - 8/26/2011

WOW Awards recognize the leadership achievements of exemplary individuals and/or companies who embody the organization’s mission.

Home Furnishings Industry Conference Announces 2012 Dates and Logo Contest  - 8/26/2011

The 2012 Home Furnishings Industry Conference will show attendees how to gain a competitive edge in today's marketplace while following their dreams to build a better future for their business and the industry.

Eagle Industries Introduces Line of Sustainable Outdoor Composite Furniture  - 8/26/2011

The Bear River line includes a wide variety of tables, bars, stools, chairs, benches, plant stands, planter boxes and accessory items.

Anatomic Global Introduces New Adjustable Sleep Program  - 8/26/2011

Adjustable bases feature fashionable, color-matched upholstery, pre-programmed wireless remote controls, a smooth wall-glider track, dual massage and a lumbar support option.

MIFF 2012 Scheduled For March 6-12  - 8/26/2011

Malaysian furniture-makers will respond strongly by unveiling more new products and expanded selections following feedback from buyers.

Zuo Modern Will Bring New Accent/Lighting Line To High Point  - 8/26/2011

The lighting line adds 44 additional sku’s to the already extensive lineup, which includes Zuo’s Modern, Outdoor, and Accents.

National Sleep Foundation And Fabrictech Partner For Sleep Health Education  - 8/26/2011

Fabrictech’s PureCare brand will now include a special National Sleep Foundation educational brochure in all products and the packages will bear the distinct National Sleep Foundation logo.

Furniture Retail Tip #12 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - "STEP FORWARD BY STEPPING BACK"  - 8/23/2011

Don't be one of those guys or gals who spends too much time at work for too little return.

Home Delivery Strap Manufacturer Supports Breast Cancer Research  - 8/23/2011

A.A.C. Forearm Forklift, the manufacturer of Moving Straps used by furniture retailers for home delivery of furniture, appliances, mattresses & sofas, announced that it will continue its support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation through its annual $10,000 donation.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip #8- A Good Leader...  - 8/23/2011

These weekly “Monday Morning Management Tips” are jointly provided by both Country View Woodworking and Furniture World.

Surya Named To Prestigious Inc. 500/5,000 List  - 8/23/2011

Since 2004 Surya has seen strong growth, experiencing double-digit expansion annually from 2004 through 2011.

Eclipse of China holds 11th Annual Training & Corporate Development Event  - 8/23/2011

The theme of this year’s event, “Taking Eclipse to Higher Levels”, centered on Eclipse of China’s new premium mattress line.

World Market Center Gift for Live Event Raises Over $12,000  - 8/23/2011

Guests gather “Up on the Roof” to help benefit DIFFA at Las Vegas Market.

Leggett & Platt® Announces Launch Of New Website  - 8/23/2011

New website reflects the professionalism and competency of the various Leggett & Platt divisions.

Pride Family Brands Promotes Beth Entwisle to Sales Manager Position for Castelle, Prestige and Summer Winds Brands  - 8/23/2011

Entwisle will continue to report to Rehmert and manage the company's 30 member independent representative sales network and sales of the products of Pride Family Brands nationwide.

How to Get Your Millennials to Dress Professionally  - 8/23/2011

Are you thinking of implementing a dress code for your employees? Does it really matter how they dress?

Gold Bond To Introduce Next-Generation Gel Foam Technology  - 8/23/2011

Gold Bond’s introduction was designed to serve independent retailers who rely on product differentiation, among other benefits, to compete with larger retailers.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #126 - Using Keywords is Like Using Fishing Bait  - 8/22/2011

Using keywords is like using fishing bait. You wouldn’t put 50 pieces of bait on one hook. Similarly, you shouldn’t put a lot of different keywords on one web page.

Hooker Furniture Corporation Promotes Alan Cole, Mike Delgatti  - 8/22/2011

Hooker Furniture announced the promotion of Alan Cole to President of the Corporation. In a related move, Mike Delgatti has been promoted from Executive Vice President of Hooker Upholstery to President of Hooker Upholstery.

Hickory Springs Plans Greater Research & Development Investment With Opening Of New Innovation Center  - 8/22/2011

Tapping a 30,000-square-foot complex owned by the company, the center will be strategically located among several of its major facilities and corporate headquarters in Hickory, NC.

Video Interview With Bob Maricich Addresses Future of High Point & Las Vegas Shows  - 8/21/2011

At a showroom in High Point Bob Maricich spoke about IMC and what the new Company’s plans are, what the “true story” is, how IMC will work in what was (and still is) two competitive trade shows.

Bernie Kreilein Promoted to CFO, VP of Finance, Indiana Furniture  - 8/21/2011

His new role will encompass the cost and financial accounting areas, purchasing, IT, process engineering and lean manufacturing.

Furniture Classics Partners With Geilen-Wolters For Distribution & Development  - 8/21/2011

Beginning in August, Furniture Classics has assumed sales and distribution of the industrial Aeternus Collection introduced during April 2011 High Point Market.

MMPI Names Paul Heinen Senior Vice President  - 8/21/2011

As Senior Vice President of the office, retail and contract furnishings industries, Heinen will replace Mark Falanga, who was recently named President of MMPI.

Understanding Older Generations In The Furniture Workplace  - 8/21/2011

Awareness of age-related differences can empower employers to capitalize on senior workers’ positive attributes and consider making workplace adaptations for their limitations.

Four Tips for Having Conflict-Busting Conversations In The Furniture Store Workplace  - 8/21/2011

The trick to moving past workplace conflicts and on to increased productivity for everyone at your organization, says Steven Dinkin, is knowing how to broach the topics in a way that leads to improved working relationships.

Jennifer Robbins Promoted To CORT Regional Sales Manager In Houston  - 8/21/2011

CORT, a Berkshire Hathaway company and the only national furniture rental provider, has promoted Jennifer Robbins to regional sales manager in Houston.

Libby Langdon Readies First Licensed Collection For Fall  - 8/16/2011

Design guru, bubbly life coach and home-front motivator, interior designer, author and makeover television personality, Libby Langdon, has partnered with Braxton Culler Inc., to produce her first-ever licensed furniture collection.

IKEA Launches "Design by IKEA" Blog And "Share Space"  - 8/16/2011

IKEA Share Space allows people to share photos of their own living spaces, from living rooms to kitchens to workspaces, and to highlight their personal solutions to design challenges at home.

GE Capital’s Retail Finance Business and Conn’s, Inc. Announces Expanded Consumer Financing Program  - 8/16/2011

Extended through 2014, the renewed consumer financing program will include the introduction of a Conn’s branded credit card, expanded product offerings and financing promotions, and special cardholder discounts and shopping opportunities.

Hickory Springs Announces Four New Foam Division Promotions  - 8/16/2011

As part of a company-wide realignment strategy, Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company, one of the nation’s largest integrated manufacturers and an international supplier of components for the furniture and bedding industries, has announced the promotion of four key employees to new positions in its foam division.

Furniture Retail Tip #11 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - TIME TO INVEST "IDEA MONEY".  - 8/15/2011

"Idea money," is money to be invested in stirring up sales excitement that lays the groundwork for future sales because it brings consumers in to just take a look-see and ask questions.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #125 - Messy Web Page Code? Not to Worry.  - 8/15/2011

When a web developer tells you your web page code is messed up, it’s really no biggie.

Sitcom Furniture Celebrates 20th Year in Design  - 8/15/2011

Sitcom Furniture announced that it has been 20 years since San Francisco architect, Alex Chan of Sitcom Furniture, designed Sitcom's archetype American foldable chair, a favorite for spectator sports and other pastimes.

Groovystuff Introduces ASU Student Designer Michelle Walbert At The International Casual Furniture Market  - 8/15/2011

The Deschutes bench by Michelle Walbert is one of the many new Groovystuff products that provide retailers with designs to fill the trend gap between emerging young adults and established consumers.

Nationwide Expects a Strong Turnout at PrimeTime! in Texas  - 8/15/2011

Nearly 900 vendor and member companies will be present at the PrimeTime! buying show and strategic member conference at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas, Texas on August 21-24.

FurnitureCore.com Adds Sales Report Graphics to Make Management Easier  - 8/15/2011

FurnitureCore.com announced that it has added a new graphics section to its market share reports used by home furnishings manufacturers, importers and distributors.

Biltmore and Partner Whitecraft Introduce South Terrace Collection at Casual Market  - 8/15/2011

Biltmore and partner Whitecraft will introduce the South Terrace outdoor furniture collection to Casual Market visitors.

Social Media Success: Don’t Just Attract Followers, Engage Them  - 8/15/2011

Tips for keeping your customers engaged in your social networking efforts.

Furnitureland South and PGA TOUR Wives Association Partner to Benefit Local Charity  - 8/15/2011

Furnitureland South and the PGA TOUR Wives Association are partnering to benefit Family Service of the Piedmont through the donation of “room makeovers.”

Mohawk Finishing Products Names Salesperson of the Year  - 8/13/2011

Scott Gordon is from Pittsburgh, Pa and has been with Mohawk Finishing Products for 24 years. Salesperson of the Year is the top honor among Mohawk Sales Representatives.

Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library Undertakes Major Renovation Project  - 8/13/2011

The Library’s research collection consisting of over 8,000 volumes will be moved to the renovated first floor of the historic building located at 1009 North Main Street, High Point, NC. Additionally, three upstairs rooms will be converted into one large community room for use as a lecture and meeting hall.

What IKEA Doesn't Know Could Hurt It  - 8/13/2011

Unity Marketing's most recent research shows opportunities for specialty furniture retailers that savvy marketers can capitalize on.

Five Affordable Ways to Boost Employee Happiness, Loyalty, and Motivation  - 8/13/2011

No matter how much they want to reward their employees, many leaders just don’t have the financial resources to give out much-deserved raises and bonuses. Fortunately, you don’t need to spend a cent to show your people beyond a shadow of a doubt that you care about them and appreciate their hard work.

Nationwide Marketing Group Appoints 3 New VPs  - 8/13/2011

Ed Knodle has been named Vice President of Member Development; Frank Sandtner is now Vice President of Member Services – Operations and James MacAlpine is the new Vice President of Rental Division & Business Development.

Zuo Modern hires new VP-National Account Sales Manager  - 8/13/2011

Ms. Smith brings a wealth of knowledge and executive level experience from four different industries to the Zuo Modern team.

Country View Woodworking Expands Showroom at IHFC  - 8/13/2011

Country View Woodworking will introduce several new dining collections including fresh new colors and improved methods of delivery to expedite and reduce logistics costs.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip #7 - A Good Leader...  - 8/13/2011

These weekly “Monday Morning Management Tips” are jointly provided by both Country View Woodworking and Furniture World.

Retail Furniture Sales See Gains in July  - 8/13/2011

Sectors such as furniture stores, groceries, clothing stores, and non-store retailers saw higher gains last month, while other sectors struggled to match sales from June.

El Dorado Furniture Awarded 2011 FHFRA Retailer of the Year Award  - 8/13/2011

The award was presented posthumously to El Dorado Furniture founder Manuel Capó.

Baer’s Furniture Announces $2500 #Facebook #Contest  - 8/13/2011

Baer’s Furniture describes their Facebook Page as a place to plug in and find out what is trending in Florida’s retail furniture fashion and trends.

Feizy Rugs To Show At September Home Fashions Market  - 8/12/2011

A host of new constructions and designs are slated for introduction at September’s Home Fashions Market in New York.

GA Keen Realty Advisors Selected to Market Pierre Deux Retail Sites, Warehouses  - 8/12/2011

A retail chain of French furnishing stores that operated across 13 states, Pierre Deux ceased business operations and filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection on June 23 of this year.

Hickory Springs Positions Five National Product Managers for Growth  - 8/12/2011

“The realignment of these five national product manager positions is another important step in positioning Hickory Springs for a new era of growth and diversification for the future,” said Dwayne Welch, Executive Vice President and Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Hickory Springs.

Bush Industries Completes Final Phase Of Separating Company Into Two Distinct Operating Divisions  - 8/10/2011

- Patrick Theimer named President of Bush Furniture and Jim Garde appointed President of bbf.

Universal Furniture Names Sean O'Connor Vice President of Sales - Eastern Region  - 8/8/2011

He replaces Steven Lush who recently left the company to become president of Robb & Stucky International.

Kathy Ireland To Host 2011 American Furniture Hall of Fame Banquet  - 8/8/2011

Industry Fellows who will be recognized for their exceptional leadership, accomplishments and contributions to the furniture industry are Donald A. Belgrad, George Alexander Bernhardt, Donald G. Flanders, Sr., John C. Portman, Jr., Gordon Segal and Roy B. Unger. Inductees into the Hall of Fame also will be announced at the banquet.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #124 - Beauty is Only Skin Deep with People and with Web Sites  - 8/8/2011

It’s easy to think you have an effective web site if it’s pretty. But beauty is only skin deep … with people and with web sites. You need depth to outshine your competitors.

Architectural Digest Editor-in-Chief Margaret Russell Joins Judges for Fall Showroom Design Competition  - 8/8/2011

The judges will vote for The Best of Market Award, which recognizes the showroom that best exemplifies design excellence.

Furniture Retail Tip #10 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - Senior Fling!  - 8/8/2011

When you target consumers do your homework first class.

Furnishings Leaders Bob Sherman and Jeffrey Seaman to Receive Top Philanthropic Honor  - 8/8/2011

Bob Sherman, chief executive officer and president of Serta Mattress Company, and Jeffrey Seaman, co-founder of Rooms To Go, will receive The Spirit of Life® Award, City of Hope’s most prestigious honor, in recognition of their business and philanthropic accomplishments.

Mattress Product Safety Course At University Level  - 8/7/2011

This course features industry experts in the areas of product risk assessment, compliance and regulation, and supply chain management.

Carolina Rustica Announces Plans to Expand Their Storefront  - 8/7/2011

The expansion will allow the store to carry new manufacturers of furniture and lighting and have more space to showcase their existing product lines.

Furniture Brands Reports Higher Sales and Wider Second Quarter Loss  - 8/7/2011

Net sales of $296.2 million for the second quarter of 2011 increased 2.3% versus net sales of $289.5 million in the second quarter of 2010.

Ahead of the Curve Reveals Interior DesignTrends At Las Vegas Market  - 8/7/2011

Throughout their tour of the three inter-connected buildings of World Market Center Las Vegas, the design experts uncovered some new additions to the exhibitor scene as well as interesting innovations, products, and trends.

Kincaid Realigns Executive Roles  - 8/6/2011

Todd Hady, Max Dyer and Steve Beeker take on new management positions at Kincaid.

Retail Prices For Lighting Fixtures & Bulbs Set to Jump  - 8/6/2011

Shortage of Rare Earth Elements From China will cause fixture prices to jump 5%-7% and flourescent bulbs 15%-20%. Sign up for free webinar on this issue.

Mohawk Finishing Products Announces Distributor of the Year  - 8/6/2011

Hardwoods Inc., located in Mableton, GA with branches in Cleveland, GA, Alabaster, AL and Clarksville, TN was named Distributor of the Year.

ISPA, Mattress Industry Applaud Passage Of Product Safety Reforms  - 8/6/2011

The bill requires the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to assess the costs associated with its third-party testing requirements for products including children’s mattresses and adds new protections to promote accuracy in the consumer database created by the CPSIA.

Las Vegas Market Awards Three Gift+Home Exhibitors  - 8/6/2011

Yessica’s, Couronne Company and Alef Design were among those recognized for creating innovative and visually appealing displays to attract strong retail buyers and traffic to their spaces.

Tom Conley Named President and CEO of High Point Market Authority  - 8/6/2011

Conley currently is the owner of TPC & Associates in Chicago, a convention and trade show services business, which he launched in 2009.

Hickory Springs Appoints New Wire Products Vice President  - 8/6/2011

Mr. Becker will assume responsibility for the company’s Spring Plant and Bedding Products Division while continuing to oversee HS Wire Technology.

imm cologne To Launch “Das Haus” – Interiors On Stage, At January 2012 Show  - 8/6/2011

“Das Haus – Interiors on Stage” will show a structure created entirely in accordance with the guest designer’s ideas – architectural elements, interior and outdoor space – as well as arrangements of furniture and furnishing elements for an individually configured interior design.

Diakon Logistics Grows Its Business With Conn’s In The Southwest  - 8/2/2011

In Dallas and Beaumont, Texas, Diakon Logistics will be providing a full range of dedicated home delivery services, including customer service, home delivery and assembly and installation of all furniture and appliances.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #123 - Did You Develop a Website As Good as Everyone Else’s?  - 8/2/2011

Strive to develop a website better than your competitors. It doesn’t necessarily mean glitz. It does take skilled web content development.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 7/30/2011

Year-to-date, the furniture and related products category is showing a 9.1 percent increase in orders for the first five months of 2011.

ICFA Opens Voting For 2011 Sales Rep Of The Year  - 7/30/2011

Gary Deane, Charlie Hesson and Justin Pfahl are this year's finalists.

Human Touch® to Launch New Dream Studio At Las Vegas Market  - 7/30/2011

The Dream Studio™ features Human Touch’s Perfect Chair® Collection and a gallery program designed specifically for the bedding retail environment.

World Market Center Las Vegas Expands On-site Dining Options for Summer Market  - 7/30/2011

New food court in Building C allows for a more centralized location where all market attendees will have an array of dining options at their fingertips.

Feizy Rugs Announces Las Vegas Market Introductions  - 7/30/2011

Feizy Rugs announced that it plans to unveil several additions to existing collections and four completely new collections at the upcoming Las Vegas market.

Stylus, Made to Order Sofas Re-Lauches www.stylussofas.com  - 7/30/2011

The revamped website offers new customer friendly tools such a fabric finder that allows the customer to browse Stylus’ entire fabric collection and style finder to quickly find details on the styles they are interested in.

Sherwin Williams ReleasesFamily-Friendly Color Forecast For 2012  - 7/30/2011

The 40 hues highlighted in colormix 2012 stay close to home with earth-inspired, color family groupings: Reds, Blues, Greens and Neutrals. Designers can easily match colors for projects with the ColorSnap® mobilephone application for Android, Blackberry and the iPhone.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip #5 - A Good Leader...  - 7/30/2011

These brief weekly furniture management tips are jointly provided by Country View Woodworking and Furniture World Magazine. This week we look at more attributes that make a good furniture leader.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip #6 - A Good Leader...  - 7/30/2011

These brief weekly furniture management tips are jointly provided by Country View Woodworking and Furniture World Magazine. This week we look at more attributes that make a good furniture leader.

Furniture Wizard Introduces iFurniture Website Content Management Tool at Vegas Show  - 7/29/2011

The new iFurnitureSM web content management system will give retailers the ability to easily create and update a customized website to extend their reach beyond the retail floor.

Inventory Updater Allows Real-Time Access To Ashley Furniture Industries Inventory Data  - 7/29/2011

The new system from Furniture Wizard allows Ashley Retailers to check the current and future availability of multiple items instantly, saving time and speeding up the point-of-sale process.

HFIA Partners with CSN to Drive More Traffic To HFIA Member's Stores  - 7/29/2011

Online customers to any of CSN’s 200+ product-specific furnishings sites will be able to locate and view retail showrooms within the shopper’s geographic area simply by clicking on HFIA member advertisements.

Kluft Introduces “A 3” European-Inspired Mattress Series At Las Vegas Show  - 7/29/2011

E.S. Kluft & Co. announced that it will unveil the A 3 Series, a new concept in U.S.-manufactured mattresses based on the best designs of European bedding, at the upcoming Furniture Market in Las Vegas.

Anatomic Global Introduces New Adjustable Sleep Program  - 7/29/2011

The new adjustable bases will be shown at Market along with Anatomic Global’s signature Comfort by Design brand, which will be offered with special allowances for the remainder of 2011 in collections of best-selling SKUs.

Jessica Phillips Penn Joins Phillips Collection as VP of Sales  - 7/29/2011

Based in New York City, Jessica will be charged with enhancing customer service in the northeast.

kathy ireland Office® by Bush Furniture Collections Available Online & in Retail Stores this Fall  - 7/29/2011

Each of the four collections in the line - New York Skyline, Volcano Dusk, Sonnet and Grand Expressions – includes coordinated home office furnishings and storage accessories, creating a complete work-and-play environment for people in business and their families.

Jason Pires To Tweet About Furniture, Branding & Trends At Las Vegas Market  - 7/29/2011

Jason Pires, president and creative director of Los Angeles based creative agency Furniture Branding announced that he is kicking off “#LVMPulse”, a social media initiative for the Las Vegas Market.

Entries Sought For 2011 “Sage” Award For Environmental Excellence  - 7/29/2011

Now in its fourth year, the Sage Award program was designed to recognize environmental leadership at home furnishings and bedding companies.

SFC Announces New Green Retailer Standard at Las Vegas Market  - 7/29/2011

The standard addresses areas such as energy conservation, on-site recycling programs, wood sourcing, use of reclaimed materials, training and education.

Ergo Bedroom Ribbon Cutting set for August 2nd At Las Vegas Market  - 7/29/2011

Ergo Bedroom is a new multi-use showroom that will be open year-round to the public and to the trade during furniture market weeks. The ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Tuesday morning at 10 am, in Space C-184.

Next Generation-NOW to Host Cocktail Reception at Las Vegas Market  - 7/29/2011

Sponsored by FurnitureDealer.net, cocktails and hors d'œuvres will be served as attendees enjoy great conversation and views of the Las Vegas skyline.

LS Advertising is Now LS Direct Marketing  - 7/29/2011

The new name, along with fresh tag line of “Data Driven Design”, reflects the company's ability to provide measurable, fully integrated direct marketing services for furniture industry clients.

ASFD Announces Deadline For Student Design Challenge 2011  - 7/29/2011

The project for Challenge 2011 will be to design a writing or executive desk that will have new technology capability and will translate into one of four of Stanley’s current style categories.

International Market Centers Completes Acquisition of Five Additional Properties  - 7/29/2011

IMC's portfolio now comprises 18 buildings spanning more than 11.5 million gross square feet, including key showroom assets such as the International Home Furnishings Center, the Market Square Complex (consisting of eight properties), Showplace, Showplace West and three North Hamilton Street showroom venues in High Point as well as all of the World Market Center buildings in Las Vegas.

WHFA Launches New Website & Hosts Month Long Contests  - 7/29/2011

WHFA is hosting contests throughout the month of August and is giving away fun promotional prizes in the RRC, C-496, during the Las Vegas Market.

HFIA Joins with Web4Retail to Bring the Marketing Power of Facebook to Home Furnishings Retailers  - 7/29/2011

The program is designed to help home décor retailers connect with customers through Facebook, the world’s largest social networking service.

New Telephone Skills Training Program Released  - 7/29/2011

The five newly released telephone skills modules are a major addition to the already 200 online training modules and resources found on FTC’s furniture training subscription website.

Fabrictech International To Present Research On Mattress & Top Of Bed Health Dangers  - 7/29/2011

Las Vegas Market seminar will present facts and figures to retailers and consumers so they can take positive steps to reduce the incidence of allergies and often, resultant asthma caused by conditions related to mattress and top-of-bed products.

28th China International Furniture Fair (Guangzhou) - Pre Show Report  - 7/28/2011

This year, the September 7th to 10th exhibit will be more distinctive and unique, emphasizing the show concept of “Whole-Home-Decor”, representing modern home furniture, classical home furniture, outdoor living, homedecor and hometextiles.

AmericasMart Reports Growing Buyer Base At Recent Show  - 7/27/2011

July Gift & Home Furhishings Market saw strong representation from key northeastern, Midwestern and far-west states.

Peter Lawrence Woodworkers and Art by Jage Open New Connecticut Showroom  - 7/27/2011

Company offers custom-designed and hand-crafted furniture which is constructed using all natural, sustainably harvested wood.

Feizy Rugs Names Sweary VP of Sales  - 7/27/2011

Dale Sweary has joined Feizy Rugs as Vice President of Sales. He will be responsible for coordinating the efforts of and overseeing the growth of Feizy’s national account base.

IKEA/Swedwood Workers Unionize  - 7/27/2011

Union accuses IKEA of conducting "activities designed to alter the outcome of the election."

Hickory Springs Partners With Panama Jack To Liven Up Futon Category With New Convertibles Line  - 7/26/2011

The Convertibles line features 11 mattress-and-frame ensembles from Hickory Springs, which go from plush sofa to comfortable sleep surface with one swift movement. It is part of what the company calls “the next generation” of futons.

PROFITconsulting To Introduce CFO Outsourcing At Las Vegas Market  - 7/26/2011

Program fills a void for furniture retailers that can benefit from better planning, budgeting, and forecasting, but don't have a full-time CFO.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #122 - Submit Your Copy to a Glaze Patrol  - 7/26/2011

When you’re writing a page with lots of complex information (About Us, History, Customer Service), be sure to execute a “glaze patrol” before publishing.

STORIS Announces Vision9 Product Suite  - 7/26/2011

In addition to this vastly improved interface, there are many new business features and workflow management tools included in this release.

Chip Stewart Appointed Vice President, Sales For Drexel Heritage  - 7/26/2011

In this position, Mr. Stewart will be responsible for all sales activities and the sales organization at Drexel Heritage.

Furniture Retail Tip #8 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - Why Should Furniture Retailers Support Local Arts & Music Education?  - 7/26/2011

All the ingredients of care that help form a musician, also go towards forming a quality employee who can appreciate beauty. One who will report on time. One who will appreciate and understand the value of his/her part on a production team.

Furniture Retail Tip #9 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - "OOMPAH BAND'  - 7/26/2011

As a manager, you are obligated to talk over your dreams for new avenues with your "Shadowy Being." Have a conversation and don't give in to the voice in your head that holds fast to the staus quo of tried and true and boring business practices.

AMC, Inc. Senior Vice President And Area Rug Industry Veteran Chas Sydney To Retire  - 7/21/2011

His retirement marks the completion of a successful 31-year tenure in which he led the area rug business through a succession of advances.

New Malaysian Furniture Show (IFM) To Debut In September 2011  - 7/20/2011

New show is expected to feature 100 to 150 exhibitors in an area of about 270,000 square feet, with exhibitors from Malaysia and elsewhere in Asia, including China, Indonesia, India, Thailand and Singapore.

World Market Center Las Vegas Offers Free Retailer Memberships to GHTA  - 7/20/2011

Hundreds of complimentary memberships to be given to gift buyers who register and attend the Las Vegas Market.

Furniture Partners Raises Funds For Children’s Charities  - 7/20/2011

Bob's Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation, along with partner Planned Furniture Promotions, raised more than $400,000 at a golf event and dinner assisting children’s charities and other service organizations.

WHFA & NHFA Retailer Resource Center MarketPlace Sells Out  - 7/20/2011

Buyers will have access to a wide array of vendors displaying their products and services in the expanded Retailer Resource Center in space B-496 at World Market Center Las Vegas.

AHFA Webinar Will Prepare Furniture Retailers & Manufacturers To Comply With California Transparency in Supply Chains Act  - 7/20/2011

The law requires disclosure of a company’s efforts to maintain a supply chain that is free of slavery and human trafficking.

Ashley Furniture, Sealy, Furniture First, Planned Furniture Promotions, Nourison and Rowe Furniture Come Aboard as Early Supporters of City of Hope’s Cruise for Hope Around NYC  - 7/19/2011

The Saturday, September 10th cruise around Manhattan honoring Simon Kaplan of Value City Furniture/ Ashley Home Stores will beneift the leading research, treatment and education center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases.

Cheers, Man Wah USA Relocates as Part of Renewed Partnership with Las Vegas Market  - 7/19/2011

Top 10 furniture supplier Man Wah USA relocates its Las Vegas showroom and expands space to 15,400 square feet in building B.

Century Furniture Partners with Charlotte Moss  - 7/19/2011

Ms. Moss’ collection for Century will include a mixture of occasional, dining and bedroom furniture in a range of mediums.

Anatomic Global Expands Relationship With Mega Group  - 7/19/2011

Anatomic Global reports having more than 30 members of the prestigious buying group carrying its visco memory foam products.

Simon Kaplan Comments On Receiving City of Hope Honor  - 7/19/2011

Tickets for the City of Hope fund-raiser supporting the battle against cancer, diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases, which will be held on board the spacious Cornucopia, are moving briskly as the reservation deadline for the September 10th event approaches.

Katharina C. Hamma Named Koelnmesse Chief Operating Officer  - 7/19/2011

Katharina C. Hamma will complete the three-person leadership team of Koelnmesse, whose other members are CEO Gerald Böse, who is responsible for strategy, corporate development, and international business operations, and Herbert Marner (CFO), who is in charge of technical and financial affairs.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #121 - Avoid Playing Trick and Trap with Your Web Site Visitors  - 7/18/2011

When sending out offers with promotional codes, avoid playing trick and trap with your web site visitors. Respect them. Play fair.

Furniture Retail Tip #7 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - Honk If You Are A Furniture Retailer  - 7/18/2011

We must stand by one another (in sickness, in health and in mind) and not just honk to hear ourselves honk. Rather, we must honk to let our compatriots know we appreciate where we're all going.

Bella Casa Furniture Hosts Event To Benefit Albertina Kerr’s Army of Angels  - 7/18/2011

Television celebrities and furniture experts Leigh and Leslie Keno were on hand to autograph pieces from their new collection of classically modern furniture at a gala event at Bella Casa Furniture.

World Market Center Las Vegas Announces Addition of “Million Dollar Decorator” Nathan Turner to Ahead of the Curve  - 7/18/2011

Nathan Turner, star of Bravo TV’s “Million Dollar Decorators,” joins co-star Jeffrey Alan Marks and Anthony Baratta for the presentation on August 3rd.

Leggett & Platt Fashion Bed Brand To Debut Upholstered Headboards At Las Vegas Market  - 7/18/2011

In addition to the upholstered beds, four metal ornamental beds have been added to the Leggett & Platt® Fashion Bed™ line-up to complement contemporary, traditional and transitional home décor styles.

Leggett & Platt Consumer Products Group To Introduce Mattress Encasement Product In Las Vegas  - 7/18/2011

The Leggett & Platt® SilverShell™ Antimicrobial Mattress Encasement combines the innovative bacteria-inhibiting power of pure elemental silver with the proven stain-resistance and bed bug barrier performance of Leggett’s Invisicase™ products.

Brick & Mortar Websites To Debut At Las Vegas Retail Resource Center  - 7/18/2011

Former furniture store owner and internet entreprenuer launches website development company.

BuildFax Remodeling Index for May Sets Mark for Highest Level of Remodeling Activity on Record  - 7/18/2011

May data is highest to date since index began tracking data in 2004.

Sligh Furniture Introduces iPad App & Social Networking Initiative  - 7/18/2011

Every retailer who visits the Sligh showroom will be entered into a drawing for an iPad 2 32GB with Wi-Fi and 3G to be given away on Friday, August 5.

Fabrictech Launches New Interactive Website  - 7/18/2011

New website give consumers and retailers tools they need to pick the ideal level of mattress protection.

Tony Bellarosa Gets Meadoff Award For Sportsmanship At GNYHFA Outing  - 7/18/2011

Greater New York Home Furnishings Association reports another successful golf outing, highlighted by the Meadoff Award presentation.

The Hot Spot: Social Media Bar Returns for Summer Market  - 7/18/2011

Popular market feature designed to help attendees increase social media presence.

Ashley Furniture Industries, Inc. Renews Long-term Commitment to International Market Centers  - 7/18/2011

Deal maintains partnership for 146k square feet of exclusive space, expands with additional 20k square foot showroom for January 2012.

Sealy's Digital Marketing Campaign Results In 7-Fold Sealy.com Traffic Increase  - 7/18/2011

By combining behavioral targeting with key trigger points for buying a mattress such as remodeling or moving; Sealy says it has been able to reach prospects when they are considering a mattress-related purchase.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip #3 - A Good Leader...  - 7/18/2011

These brief weekly furniture management tips are jointly provided by Country View Woodworking and Furniture World Magazine. This week we look at more attributes that make a good furniture leader.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip #4 - A Good Leader...  - 7/18/2011

These brief weekly furniture management tips are jointly provided by Country View Woodworking and Furniture World Magazine. This week we look at more attributes that make a good furniture leader.

The RoomPlace Signs Long-Term Renewal With Alliance Data  - 7/17/2011

Through various credit and marketing tools, Alliance Data will provide RoomPlace Credit Card account-holder benefits, such as flexible financing options designed to support repeat purchases and customer satisfaction, as well as advance notification of sales and promotions.

Art Van Furniture Lends a Hand to Children's Leukemia of Michigan's "Christmas In July Toy Drive"  - 7/17/2011

Michiganders are encouraged to participate in this generous gesture by donating unwrapped new toys for children suffering from this debilitating disease, as well as their sisters and brothers.

Retail Sales Rose In June  - 7/17/2011

Monthly retail sales were up 0.1 percent from May and up 8.1 percent from June 2010. Retail sales excluding auto sales were up 0.2 percent over the previous month and 8.5 percent over June 2010.

Jennifer Convertibles Reports Opening a New Warehouse  - 7/17/2011

Warehouse opened in response to supply chain needs as well as addition of new product lines and vendors.

Police Investigate Possible Embezzlement At Overstock Furniture  - 7/17/2011

Employee may have stolen 235 pieces of furniture.

Protect-A-Bed Releases iPhone Bed Bug Plague Game  - 7/16/2011

As part of the game launch, Protect-A-Bed will offer a chance to win Apple® gift cards by registering on Bed Bug Plague’s website.

1800Mattress.com Partners with A Good Night Sleep  - 7/16/2011

A Good Night Sleep is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the benefit of a good night’s sleep by supplying beds and bedding essentials to people making the transition from homelessness into permanent housing.

SSA Las Vegas Seminar Focused On Organic Marketing Positives, Pitfalls  - 7/15/2011

Titled “Make Sure ‘Organic’ and ‘Green’ Work For You and Not Against You!,” the seminar led by prominent industry experts is scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m. to noon on the 16th Floor of World Market Center Building B, World Forum.

Third Annual National Home Furnishings Month Launches 2011  - 7/15/2011

This promotional element will be supported by International Market Centers’ marketing efforts, as well. The sweepstakes kicks off Labor Day Weekend and runs through Sept. 30.

Therapedic International Expands In Australia  - 7/15/2011

Australian licensee for the State of Victoria and the southern portion of New South Wales, Slumbercare Bedding Pty Ltd, had expanded its brand territory to now include the State of South Australia.

Hickory Springs Creates Two New Executive Positions  - 7/15/2011

Brad McNeely has been promoted to Vice President of New Product Development and Mike Simmons is now Vice President of New Business Development.

WILLIAMSBURG Receives AmericasMart Medal of Excellence Honor  - 7/15/2011

The licensed products brand of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, announced that it received the prestigious AmericasMart Medal of Excellence Honor at the annual ICON HONORS Celebration during the Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Market.

Piedmont Furniture Club To Hold 25th Annual Golf Tournament Honoring Fred & Jeff Murrow  - 7/15/2011

This year the Piedmont Furniture Club will honor Fred and Jeff Murrow of Murrow’s Transfer with a donation to Brenner Children’s Hospital. The donation will specifically target Pediatric Oncology Research.

SOFA Set to Launch MARKETPLACE  - 7/15/2011

Opening Fall 2011, the SOFA Marketplace, located west of Toronto, will serve as a resource for design professionals and retailers, providing their clients with access to exclusive products and accessories.

Tri-State Home Furnishings Association Honors Andy Bernstein of FurnitureDealer.net As Person of the Year  - 7/15/2011

The award honors an individual who has gone above and beyond to help build business for home furnishings retailers and representative, and of course, their respective companies.

Bookbinder Joins Mattress Giant as EVP of Merchandising and Marketing  - 7/15/2011

Mike spent 11 years at Hicksville, New York-based Sleepy’s, the country’s largest sleep shop chain, during which time he served in various senior roles.

The Wealth Wave: Not Your Father's Luxury Consumers  - 7/15/2011

Unity Marketing calls for sponsors for a study examining the millennial future of the luxury market.

WHFA & NHFA Announce 2011 Las Vegas Summer Market Seminar and Business Survival Academy Series  - 7/15/2011

During Market, the RRC will host a powerful selection of industry speakers on a diverse range of specific retail issues. These complimentary workshops are designed to motivate, educate and accommodate busy buyer schedules while still providing a wealth of quality information.

Powell Moves West Coast Inventory to New Warehouse  - 7/15/2011

The new 200,000 sq. ft. warehouse, complete with 32 loading bays, is conveniently located near the I-10 and I-15 freeways in southern California.

Hickory Springs Appoints New National Sales Director  - 7/15/2011

Mr. Sweeney will focus on the continued national sales growth of Hickory Springs’ recliner, sleeper product, metal tubing and stamped parts lines.

David Francis Showcasing Designs in Robert Allen Showroom at Las Vegas Market  - 7/15/2011

Introductions include four new chair designs.

ISPA Helps To Foil Rhode Island Mattress Recycling EPR Bill  - 7/15/2011

An EPR program makes manufacturers responsible for funding and operating a system for collecting and disposing of consumer products at the end of their useful lives.

Bedgear by Guard Master Takes Showroom At Las Vegas Market  - 7/15/2011

The company will show "performance products" for the bedroom including mattress protectors and sleep systems.

Capel Rugs Names Cara Hancox Account Executive for Quebec, Ottawa and Eastern Ontario  - 7/14/2011

Hancox has a strong background in design and home furnishings product sales. In her position, she will educate customers about the selection, quality and value of Capel products.

MicroD Reports Swift Adoption Of ePiphany Web Marketing Platform  - 7/14/2011

Company says that more than 150 retailers and brands have embraced the platform designed to convert more onine shoppers into in-store buyers.

House To Home Furniture Starts Grand Opening Phase  - 7/12/2011

House to Home Furniture boasts over 40,000 square feet of showroom floor, making it the largest furniture retailer in Long Beach, CA.

West Elm to Open First Pop-Up Shop in Georgetown  - 7/12/2011

In approximately 3,300 square feet of selling space, the West Elm pop-up shop will offer a unique mix of products picked especially for Georgetown and with the small living spaces of nearby colleges and universities in mind.

President Bill Clinton's Keynote Speech At Las Vegas Market Changed to Tuesday August 2nd  - 7/12/2011

Due to a late-breaking scheduling conflict, the keynote event at the upcoming Las Vegas Market featuring President Bill Clinton will now take place on Tuesday, August 2nd at 6:45 p.m.

Dreaming Of Better Bedding Sales - Part 2  - 7/12/2011

This month, our series on how to sell more higher-end bedding continues with additional ideas to help you and your salespeople create a focused and consistent marketing approach. See what the experts say about shifting the emphasis away from price by creating a plan for advertising, approaching customers, greeting them and asking appropriate questions to advance the sale.

Create A Performance Scorecard For Your Business  - 7/12/2011

A performance scorecard is used to measure your progress with respect to achieving goals. Those business people that do it properly have a significantly better chance of succeeding in their marketplace.

Furniture Retailers Share Their Stories - Part 8  - 7/12/2011

FURNITURE WORLD’s retail readers share their stories of survival, growth and service. This series that commemorates Furniture World’s 140 year of publishing, continues with interesting stories from retailers Longs Bedding & Interiors, Verbargs Furniture and Design and Home Furniture.

How to Escape From The Entitlement Trap  - 7/12/2011

Sometimes thoughts of entitlement grow so entrenched that family members believe they have the right to use company resources without permission or to direct company employees even though they have no direct management responsibility in the organization.

Easy And Inexpensive Furniture Store Display Ideas  - 7/12/2011

This year, the “Trends Display” at the Canadian Home Furnishings Market featured display ideas in the form of a huge clock surrounded by 12 creative and colorful vignettes.

Should Your Furniture Store Offer Private Label Credit ?  - 7/12/2011

A private label credit card may not be a viable choice for every furniture dealer. However, the advantages of these programs make them well worth considering.

American Furniture Hall Of Fame Foundation Announces Six New Industry Fellows And Candidates For Induction In October  - 7/11/2011

New members will be announced and officially inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame at the annual banquet celebration on October 23, 2011 at the High Point Market.

Furniturecore.Com Taps Ron Sellers As Senior Vice President Of Sales  - 7/11/2011

In this new position, he will report to Bob George, managing partner of Impact Consulting Inc., which launched FurnitureCore.com in 2009 as a separate company.

Bring In Customers With New Facebook Strategies  - 7/11/2011

Congratulations if you already have a Facebook page, but last year’s Facebook page just won’t get you the results you need. Here are Step by step instructions on how to turn your Facebook presence into more business.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #120 - Customer Service Questionnaire Yields Great Website Testimonials  - 7/11/2011

A follow-up questionnaire sent to your customers after a sale enhances customer service, provides market research, and yields great testimonials.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip #2 - A Good Leader...  - 7/11/2011

These brief weekly furniture management tips are jointly provided by Country View Woodworking and Furniture World Magazine. This week we look at more attributes that make a good furniture leader.

Hickory Springs Unveils New Products At Interzum  - 7/11/2011

Hickory Springs announced that the company recently showcased a complete line of newly developed motion products at Interzum Cologne 2011, the leading international trade fair for furniture production and interior finishing.

Surya Produces Sales Education Rug Video  - 7/11/2011

Surya’s production crew travelled across the world to gather intimate production details from their facilities in India - the result, an insightful documentation of the rug-weaving process and all that it entails.

Furniture Retail Tip #6 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - Quality Salespersons Make Strangers Happy  - 7/11/2011

Of course, a sale always makes the big boss happy. But it's the whole transaction between the customer and the salesperson that counts. Including the customer smiling when they say "We'll take it." And your knowing that they'll be back again after they tell their neighbors and jealous relatives what a "good time" they had spending their hard earned cash.

The Galleria At Fort Lauderdale To Open Natuzzi Flagship Gallery  - 7/9/2011

The Natuzzi Italia store will offer much more than the typical furniture retail experience.

Specialty Sleep Members Debut Innovative Bedding Products in Vegas  - 7/9/2011

Many product intros will be on display in the 20,000 square-foot SSA showroom, located in space C-1350 at the World Market Center.

Kingsdown Adds New Designs, Materials & Features For Vegas Show  - 7/9/2011

In their luxury Kingdown line, the company has added several enhancements, such as latex and visco and coil-on-coil designs, as well new borders and covers.

Survey Shows Improving Sales & Efficiency For Mattress Sector  - 7/9/2011

The participating mattress companies reported a modest increase in sales over 2009. Their gross profit, as a percent of sales, in 2010 was better than 2009, and higher than the average gross profit for the past 10 years.

Rug Market America Kicks off 26th Anniversary Year with Opening of Expanded Corporate Showroom  - 7/9/2011

Company says it now has room to show its full product line to the trade and a sample gallery that will be a valuable tool for use by sales representatives and buyers.

Havertys Reports Sales for Second Quarter  - 7/9/2011

On a comparable store basis, sales for the quarter decreased 1.4% following double-digit comp-store increases in the first half of 2010.

Surya Launches Design Studio Display  - 7/9/2011

The display holds 96 display boards featuring 275 rugs. Each display board contains an image of the rug, a room scene, additional color ways and available sizes.

New Location of Rug Showrooms Delivers More Crossover Shopping Opportunities At Las Vegas Market  - 7/9/2011

Starting at the Summer 2011 Las Vegas Market, rug showrooms on the eighth floor of Building C are moving to Building B, floors 3, 4 and 5, co-locating within the complementary home decor and adjacent rug showrooms.

Country Living Magazine & Surya Rugs Will Introduce New Collection At Atlanta Market  - 7/9/2011

The Happy Cottage Collection will include 18 new tight weave dhurrie rugs in a range of designs that include classic farmhouse stripes, bold plaids, and patterns inspired by vintage quilts.

Sealy To Preview New Stearns & Foster Line At Las Vegas Market  - 7/9/2011

The line will feature three different collections – Core, Estate, and newly added, Lux Estate – each with a unique aesthetics package that builds upon the success of the 2009 line.

Sealy Plans Introduction Of "Inflation Buster" Mattress Models  - 7/9/2011

Only a limited number of mattresses are being created nationwide and will be available for preview at the 2011 August Las Vegas Furniture Market.

First All American Furniture Expo Show To Debut On September 8-9  - 7/9/2011

Organized by Keystone Wholesale Markets, the All American Furniture Expo will provide buyers a unique opportunity for one-stop shopping in Lancaster, PA.

Michigan's Best Furniture Warehouse Destroyed By Fire  - 7/5/2011

Store located in Highland Park, MI is a total loss.

Las Vegas Market Officials Report Pre-Registrations Up  - 7/3/2011

Market pre-registration is also tracking ahead of recent shows, with 14 percent more buyers pre-registered than Winter 2010 Market.

Carolinas Chapter, IFDA Sponsors Small Bussines Planning Seminar On August 10th  - 7/3/2011

The financial planning seminar is geared to sole proprietors and small business owners in the home furnishings industry. It will be held Wednesday, August 10 in the Plato Wilson Building at High Point University.

Therapedic To Debut "Green" Mattress Line At Las Vegas Market  - 7/3/2011

Top 10 bedding producer, Therapedic International announced that it will introduce the EcoTouch® mattress series at the upcoming Las Vegas Market, August 1-4, 2011, marking the first time the bedding giant will debut an eco-friendly mattress line.

Microsuede & Color Updates Gold Bond's Top Mattress Line At Las Vegas Market  - 7/3/2011

Its mocha, linen and pale blue color scheme is aimed at helping the product stand out on the showroom floor and so that retailers can broaden their mattress style range from ‘traditional’ to ‘transitional’ and ‘contemporary,’ as seen in other home furnishings.

Furniture Retail Tip #5 - Sales Representatives are a Dealer's Best Friends By Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90  - 7/3/2011

The name of the game in retail life is buying and who you are buying from.

La-Z-Boy Announces Leadership Appointments; Retirement of Dave Layman  - 7/3/2011

Mark Bacon, Doug Collier, Darrell Edwards, Dan King and Harold McCawley get promotions.

Opportunity For Bedding Retailers To Team With Hospital Sleep Centers  - 7/2/2011

Frazelle’s Furniture Store and bedding expert Peter Marino team up with a plan to work with their local hospital sleep center to help educate themselves and their customers about sleep and sleep disorders.

Finalists Announced for ASFD 2011 Pinnacle Awards  - 7/2/2011

ASFD reported that the Pinnacle judges met at High Point University's Norton Hall last week to select the finalists for the 16th Annual ASFD Pinnacle™ Design Achievement Awards.

Wright Of Thomasville To Offer On-Site Client Support At VegasFurniture Market  - 7/2/2011

In addition to the on-site designer, staffers will be available to assist clients install signs, point-of-purchase materials, receive deliveries, provide extra pillows or shams, and press or clean fabrics if needed.

Italy's Leading Mattress Brand Surpasses 120 Retail Door Count In US  - 7/2/2011

Italy’s largest mattress brand, Magniflex, said that it had surpassed the 120 door retail showroom account recently, citing the success of a new strategy focused on bringing the brand onto the floor at leading contemporary furniture and specialty mattress dealers around the United States.

Magniflex To Introduce Redesigned DualComfort Magnifico Mattress At Summer Las Vegas Market  - 7/2/2011

The Magnifico is one of the company’s most popular models due to its all-season, customizable comfort.

Anthony C. Ricci Joins Wynwood Furniture As National Sales Director  - 7/2/2011

His experience includes a progressive track in retail management with Haverty’s Furniture Company, as well as representing La-Z-Boy Furniture Company and Bernhardt Furniture Company.

Kane’s Furniture Hires J. Robert Gould As VP Human Resources  - 7/2/2011

Before joining Kane’s Furniture, Gould was the vice president of human resources for Robb & Stucky Limited LLLP and he also held previous positions with Centex, Carlson Wagonlit Travel and Walt Disney World.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 7/2/2011

April furniture orders were 16 percent higher than April 2010.

Weekly Furniture Management Tip #1 - A Good Leader...  - 7/2/2011

These brief weekly furniture management tips are jointly provided by Country View Woodworking and Furniture World Magazine. This week we will look at what makes a good furniture leader.

Herman Miller Reports 37.3% Sales Increase for Quarter  - 6/28/2011

The company reported net sales in the quarter of $441.5 million; an increase of 37.3% from the same quarter last fiscal year. Orders in the period of $448.5 million were 23.0% above the prior year level.

CSN Stores Raises $165 Million "First Round" to Expedite Expansion & Bolster Branding  - 6/28/2011

Just last month, CSN Stores, which had sales of $383 million in 2010, jumped ahead of Crate & Barrel in the rankings of online home goods merchants as part of Internet Retailer's Top 500 Guide of the largest retail web sites. In addition, CSN landed in the No. 10 spot on the list of retailers (of any category) that operate solely on the web.

La-Z-Boy Reports Fourth-Quarter Sales Increase  - 6/28/2011

Net sales for the 14-week fourth quarter were $339 million, up 9.1% compared with the prior year's fourth quarter. The additional week accounted for approximately 7 percentage points of the increase.

Furniture by Dovetail Releases Whitepaper on Solid Wood vs. Wood Veneer Furniture  - 6/28/2011

The whitepaper is part of Furniture by Dovetail’s new program to take the mystery out of buying fine, handcrafted furniture by educating the consumer about quality design and materials. Sign up to download the paper at www.furniturebydovetail.com.

Jacksonville Store, Liberty Furniture To Close  - 6/28/2011

Store that delivered furniture with a horse and buggy, and survived the Great Depression is about to close.

Value City Furniture To Host 'BID ON A BIN!' Furniture Storage Bin Auction  - 6/28/2011

The bins will be loaded with the past year’s great collections – many of which are part of their July 4 holiday clearance.

Furniture Stores Adapt To Unstable South Florida Economy  - 6/28/2011

Companies like Baer's furniture with 14 stores are hopefully optimistic.

In Customer Service, Perception Is Everything  - 6/28/2011

Ever wonder why some new employees can outperform more seasoned veterans who have more knowledge about products and store systems?

Natura's Texas Plant Reaches New Production Milestone  - 6/28/2011

Natura's 78,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing center located 2.5 hours northwest of Dallas, reached the 1,000 mattress a day production milestone.

Revitalized Unfinished Furniture Show Attendance Up 35%  - 6/28/2011

Due to increased attendance and the overwhelming positive response from both exhibitors and attendees at the May 2011 show, the association has committed to the new Orlando, Florida venue again for 2012.

Furniture Retail Tip #4 - Male Furniture Business Dreams and Women Business Dreamers By Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90  - 6/27/2011

Women in the home furnishings industry need to fight for and release more women's thinking for men to follow, to absorb and to appreciate.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #119 - 3 Cool Ways to Use LinkedIn Groups  - 6/27/2011

Joining various Groups on LinkedIn can help you generate new ideas for your business and resolve problems with respect to day-to-day operations.

Zuo Modern Opens Chicago Merchandise Mart Showroom  - 6/26/2011

The showroom will highlight Zuo’s Outdoor collection in over 2,000 square feet of space.

Calvin McDonald appointed President and CEO Sears Canada  - 6/26/2011

Mr. McDonald will succeed Dene Rogers, who has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Sears Canada since 2006.

IKEA Powers Up Solar Panes On East Palo Alto Store  - 6/26/2011

IKEA East Palo Alto’s program will produce approximately 427,900 kWh of clean electricity annually – the equivalent of reducing 326 tons of carbon dioxide.

Art Van Gives Away Another Million Dollars  - 6/26/2011

This is the third year in a row that Art Van Furniture has present its Million Dollar Charity Challenge, designed to encourage the people of Michigan to make a contribution and maximize fundraising opportunities.

Apollo Award Dinner Scheduled For September 14th  - 6/26/2011

The Apollo Awards honor retail excellence in the outdoor furniture industry. The program also will include recognition of Robert D. Vanderminden Sr. of Telescope Casual Furniture, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Kingsdown Executive Interviewed On Fox News  - 6/26/2011

Lee Hinshaw told Tracy Byrnes that the greatest challenge faced by the sleep products industry was not competition from other brands, but rather energy drinks that prop consumers up during the day and drugs that knock people out at night.

South Carolina Furniture Club held 8th Annual Spring "Breifcase Open"  - 6/25/2011

The South Carolina Furniture Club, a club within the Virginia/Carolinas Home Furnishings Reps Association’s chapter of IHFRA, held its 8th Annual Spring Briefcase Open at the Mid-Carolina Club in Prosperity, SC on May 26, 2011.

imm cologne: Sleep Area Already 80% Booked  - 6/21/2011

Everything that promotes healthy, restful sleep will be on display at the January 2012 show: beds, waterbeds, mattresses and sleeping systems as well as bed linen and accessories.

Ron Cooper Named Executive Board Member Of GNYHFA  - 6/20/2011

Ron Cooper, the newest member of the Greater New York Home Furnishings Association's Executive Board, has more than 25 years experience as a retail store owner and marketer of bedding and home furnishings products. He is responsible for overseeing all aspects of PMP's business development program, as well as ongoing customer relationship management.

ISPA Sponsors ISPA Bedding Centre At 2011 Interzum, Cologne  - 6/20/2011

As the mattress industry continues to become more internationally focused, events like Interzum provide unique opportunities for ISPA supplier members to show their products, and for manufacturers to learn about innovative materials and collaborate with business contacts from all over the world.

Stanley Furniture Outfits Coastal Living Ultimate Beach House  - 6/20/2011

The house will be featured in the October issue of Coastal Living. Other sponsors include Sunbrella, BOSCH Appliances, Pratt and Lambert Paints and Marvin Window and Doors.

International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market To Feature Garden Accessories Courtyard  - 6/20/2011

Garden Accessories Courtyard, a 10,000-square-foot area will be home to exhibitors showcasing outdoor accessories.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #118 - Why You Should Use LinkedIn in Your Business  - 6/20/2011

LinkedIn has proven its value. It’s a must for all people in business. But just signing up isn’t enough.

Discount Department Stores like Target and Kohls Appeal to the Nation's Wealthiest Shoppers  - 6/20/2011

They shop at discounters like number one ranked Target, as well as at Kohls, Costco and Walmart just like everybody else, according to the latest survey of luxury consumers conducted by Unity Marketing.

ADL awards Pasquale Natuzzi the Lifetime Achievement  - 6/19/2011

Natuzzi CEO to receive honor at gala during the Anti-Defamation League’s NYC tribute and dinner dance.

Dale T. Read Retires From Bedroom Magazine, Pursues Marketing /PR/ Strategic Consulting Business  - 6/19/2011

Dale T. Read, President and CEO of The Marketing Arm Group, Inc. of Charlotte, NC has retired as Senior Writer.

American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation Calls On Industry To "Tell Us Your Story".  - 6/19/2011

The Foundation is looking for touching, factual, humorous, interesting or even quirky stories about the industry that should not go untold or undocumented. Submissions don’t have to be formal – even the briefest accounts are encouraged.

Furniture History Wiki Project  - 6/19/2011

Looking for people interested in working on a furniture history project wiki.

BIFMA International Partners with NSF International to Develop Product Category Rules for Furniture  - 6/19/2011

PCRs help meet the growing demand for science-based support to verify environmental product claims and eliminate greenwashing.

Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture Named Better Business Bureau Torch Award Finalist  - 6/19/2011

Bernie Rubin was joined by his grandson, Alex Rubin, and son, Rob Rubin, in accepting the award from Nancy Cahalen, BBB President and CEO.

Study Finds That iPhone Owners Are Ready For Mobile Wallet Technology  - 6/19/2011

This Pulse study indicates that not everyone is convinced that mobile wallets are the next big thing and the long list of potential providers will have their work cut out for them to win over consumers.

Art Van Elslander, Founder and Chairman of Art Van Furniture, Receives First Ernst & Young Lifetime Achievement Award  - 6/18/2011

The award recognizes outstanding entrepreneurs who consistently demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success.

Man Wah Holdings Reports US Sales Surge of Recliners & Sofas  - 6/18/2011

Revenue generated from the U.S. market increased significantly to 255 million USD due to improving "CHEERS" brand recognition. Man Wah's market share in the U.S. recliner sofa market increased to 7.3% in 2010 from 2.6% in 2008.

Culp Announces Solid Growth In Mattress & Upholstered Fabric Sales  - 6/18/2011

Sales for upholstery fabrics were $25.2 million, a 5.7 percent improvement compared with sales of $23.8 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.

Las Vegas Market Creates Celebrity Viral Video to Ignite Interest  - 6/18/2011

The video includes appearances from a variety of Vegas headliners and acts such as Terry Fator, the Jabbawockeez, Tournament of Kings, Mystere, Viva Elvis, Robin Leach, Kerry Simon, Jubilee! showgirls, Las Vegas Mayor Oscar B. Goodman and Mr. Las Vegas himself - Wayne Newton.

Elite Home Theater Seating Opens Showroom At The Las Vegas Design Center  - 6/18/2011

The Canadian-based designer of custom home theater seating has leased a 460 square feet showroom in Las Vegas Design Center’s Building A.

Panama Jack Home Furnishings To Debut At Rooms To Go  - 6/14/2011

Panama Jack, the company whose suncare products, beach apparel and accessories helped define beach living for generations of consumers, announced that it is expanding into the home furnishings market.

American Freight To Open 2 Stores in Milwaukee  - 6/14/2011

American Freight is a warehouse style furniture store open to the public that specializes in furniture obtained through dealer cancellations, factory closeouts, retail chain buyouts, and wholesale liquidations.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #117 - More Important than Ever to Claim Google Places Page  - 6/13/2011

Map listings are taking up more of the local search results. Claim your Google business listing so you show up. Also claim listings on Yahoo and Bing.

Mattress Firm Holding Corp. Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering of Common Stock  - 6/13/2011

The Company intends to use the net proceeds from the proposed initial public offering to repay certain indebtedness and accrued management fees, and the remainder for capital expenditures, working capital and other general corporate purposes.

A-Z Affordable Furniture Plans to Close  - 6/13/2011

Owners of the Fairfield County, NJ furniture store and the store's stuffed gorilla are retiring.

Bush Business Furniture (BBF) Shows Furniture Dealers How To Tap Into $1 Billion Transactional Sales Market  - 6/13/2011

To demonstrate the value BBF offers dealers, the company has designed this year's showroom at NeoCon to demonstrate how its products and services address four transactional customer scenarios.

Correction: Thomasville Furniture of Albuquerque Is Moving, Not Closing  - 6/13/2011

Thomasville Furniture of Albuquerque is moving to a new location, not closing as an earlier story indicated.

Capel Rugs Names Ron Bristow High Point Showroom Manager  - 6/13/2011

In his new role, Bristow will be responsible for sales and visual merchandising of the showroom and will work closely with Capel's extensive list of interior designers helping them with their rug selections.

Furniture Retail Tip #3 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 -Small Business is the Big Business of our American Business.  - 6/12/2011

This week Grandpa Mike-e-e repectfully advises the president on the policies that will stimulate the economy from Main Street on up.

Continents Apart Enters Strategic Partnership With Open Commerce  - 6/12/2011

Open Commerce, Inc, the developers of the Shippd platform products has partnered with Continents Apart LLC, the drop ship representatives and consultants to provide their clients a more robust platform and larger stable of product offerings.

Conn's Reports Furniture & Mattress Sales Increase  - 6/12/2011

A decrease in total sales during the quarter was driven largely by declines in the consumer electronics, appliance and home office categories and was partially offset by a 24.9% increase in furniture and mattresses sales.

Midwest Furniture Show Scheduled for June 29th - 30th  - 6/11/2011

Celebrating its fifth year, the show returns to Schaumburg Renaissance and Convention Center, Shamburg, IL, along with many stalwarts of the show, such as Ashley, Palettes by Winesburg, Natuzzi, and Aspen Home.

Memory Foam Mattress Producer Anatomic Global Secures $20 Million In Financing  - 6/10/2011

Anatomic Global has entered into an agreement providing funding of up to $20 million to help the fast growing company reduce debt, fund working capital, launch new branding and merchandising programs and to invest in new equipment.

Earl Kluft Honored By City Of Hope With Lifetime Achievement Award  - 6/9/2011

More than 500 leaders of the home furnishings industry including Larry Miller and Nelson Bercier of Sit N Sleep, Steve Stagner of Mattress Firm and Michael Amini of AICO came together recently to honor E.S. Kluft & Co Founder and CEO Earl Kluft with City of Hope’s Lifetime Achievement award.

Cory Home Delivery Partners with Sleepy's and Darvin Furniture  - 6/8/2011

Cory also opens a new 54,000 square-foot cross-dock facility to serve their growing Mid-Atlantic market.

Greater New York Home Furnishings Association Announces 2011 Golf Outing & Dinner  - 6/8/2011

The Greater New York Home Furnishings Association announced that it will be holding its annual golf outing and dinner on Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at the Lake Isle Country Club in Eastchester, NY.

American TV & Appliance Closing All St. Louis Area Stores  - 6/7/2011

Closings will leave the Madison, Wisconsin based furniture retailer with 11 stores.

Furniture Retail Tip #2 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - Why We Don't Need Only Sales, & Sales & More Sales  - 6/6/2011

Our furnishings, you claim, don't have technical problems of the sort consumers experience with their cable TV and internet service. I know. But we do have specialists. Advertise their knowledge, and brag about the quality, the value, the service and the endless beauty we sell our customers.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore Truck Delivers Much-needed Supplies to Tornado-torn Joplin  - 6/6/2011

The Ashley truck recently arrived at Carterville Christian Church, loaded with pallets of water, toilet paper, diapers, school supplies, blankets, personal items, food and more – all to be distributed to the people of Joplin who are trying to pick up the pieces in the wake of utter devastation.

Hooker Furniture Reports Double Digit Sales Gain For First Quarter  - 6/6/2011

In spite of the sales gain, net income for the quarter decreased to $523,000, compared to a net income of $1.1 million, or $0.10 per share, for the comparable period last year.

Zuo Modern Settles Lawsuit With Herman Miller  - 6/5/2011

Their Lider, Lider Hi-back, Lider Conference, Espia, Nexos, Director, and Director Hi-back office chairs will only be available through August 23rd, 2011.

ICFA Announces Apollo Award Finalists  - 6/4/2011

The program recognizes retail excellence in the sales and marketing of outdoor furnishings.

Latex International Recognizes Eisenberg & Siragusa With New Leadership Roles  - 6/4/2011

Eisenberg will assume the leadership of marketing and branding as vice president of strategic marketing, and Siragusa becomes vice president of sales for Latex International’s global sales efforts.

Gift+Home at Las Vegas Market Offers Attendees Wide Range of Special Events and Programming  - 6/4/2011

Full line-up of events, highlighted by inaugural Gift for Life charity party, specifically designed to excite and educate gift industry.

Country View Woodworking Introduces New Casual Dining Collections.  - 6/4/2011

The company says that the new feataure rich collections help to retain jobs of Amish craftsmen whose old world skills are conjoined with new world ideas, design, quality and value.

Furnitureland South Donates Home Furnishings to Triad Health Project  - 6/4/2011

Triad Health Project provides emotional and practical support to individuals living with HIV/AIDS, to their loved ones, and to those at risk for HIV/AIDS.

Hickory Springs Announces Three Executive Promotions  - 6/4/2011

Dwayne Welch has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, Lee Lunsford will be taking on additional duties as Executive Vice President & Chief Operations Officer, and Steve Ellis will be the new Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Capel Rugs Names Daryl Peel Regional Sales Manager of Southwest Region  - 6/4/2011

Peel comes to Capel with a background in upholstery and case good sales. He also has experience managing a successful furniture store.

Gold Bold Introduces Contemporary Designed Mattress Series  - 6/4/2011

Redesigned Premier Series, Gold Bond's classic, premier two-sided mattress line will be shown at the upcoming Las Vegas show.

Eighth Annual “Design Excellence Awards” Solicits Call For Entries  - 6/4/2011

Presented by ASID-IL and publishing partner i4design magazine, the deadline to submit entries for the eighth annual Design Excellence Awards is Friday, June 24, 2011.

Starbay & Halo Agree To End Partnership Agreement Negotiations  - 6/3/2011

The agreement to terminate negotiations does not affect the maker of British Colonial, Campaign era-inspired case goods financially.

Sleep Train Names New COO; Gears up for Growth with Promotions  - 6/3/2011

The company appointed Rob Killgore, formerly the Senior Executive Vice President, to the role of Chief Operating Officer, where he will oversee strategic planning and daily operations of the Sacramento-based company and it’s nearly 1,200 employees.

New Furniture of Thomas Home Furnishings Ordered Sold by US Court  - 5/30/2011

The furniture is located at 4346 Hickory Boulevard, Granite Falls, NC and will be open for public inspection on June 9, June 10, June 11 and June 12.

Chinese E-Commerce Giant Opens Furniture Showroom  - 5/30/2011

250,000 sq. ft. store will display 22,000 items from 300 suppliers.

Chromcraft Revington, Inc.Reports Larger Net Loss  - 5/30/2011

Sales for the first quarter of 2011 were $12,480,000 as compared to sales of $13,907,000 for the prior year period.

April Pending Home Sales Drop In April After Two Monthly Gains  - 5/30/2011

Unusual weather and economic softness adding to ongoing problems that are hobbling a recovery, according to the National Association of Realtors®.

Setting Minimum Standards for Sales Performance  - 5/30/2011

Why is everything you ever thought about commissions, and the things that motivate salespeople to perform, probably wrong? Poor performing salespeople don’t need disciplinary actions or warnings, they need help, and they need coaching. To coach you have to have a game plan, a strategy, a plan, just like sports teams have.

Recursive Nature Of Furniture Sales  - 5/30/2011

Although some furniture salespeople insist on going sequentially through the five steps of the sales process mechanically, the most effective salespeople know when to retreat to an earlier stage in the process.

Think Like A Retailer... Not Like A Furniture Guy!  - 5/30/2011

Retail furniture stores are different than other retail formats, but we can and should learn from the best practices of good retailers in other industries. Gordon Hecht identifies mindsets about credit, consumer buying behavior, inventory management and recruiting that furniture retailers should be thinking about.

Natuzzi Releases First Quarter Results - Sales of Their Branded Products In China Rise  - 5/29/2011

The company recorded a slight decrease in sales in the first quarter as a consequence of the U.S. market, which suffered from the decline in production in China due to the shift of production facilities.

Art Van Furniture and Mattress Unveils Flood Damage Relief Program for Michigan  - 5/29/2011

While southeast Michigan was hardest hit by the storms, the program is valid state-wide, offering assistance to all Michigan homeowners who were impacted by this spring's severe weather conditions.

Robb & Stucky's Intellectual Property Sold  - 5/29/2011

Purchaser is affiliated with an Asian Manufacturer. The Lubner family has plans to return to the retail furniture business.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 5/28/2011

The results for March orders and shipments were very good for a change, especially considering the comparisons to last year’s first quarter, which was also a good quarter.

Kingsdown Sues King Koil For Patent Infringement  - 5/28/2011

At the center of the lawsuit is King Koil’s Sleep iD’s diagnostic system, which Kingsdown maintains violates a 2003 patent it was granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Biltmore Partners with Valdese Weavers  - 5/28/2011

Partnership has been established to create a collection of fabrics, inspired by the decor of Biltmore House.

Mattress Firm Wisconsin Opens Four Additional Locations  - 5/28/2011

Mattress Firm will open four additional Wisconsin stores this week in Appleton, Green Bay, Lake Geneva, and Oak Creek. With these openings, the chain will operate 17 stores in the state.

Art Van To Add Full Line of Flooring  - 5/28/2011

In an agreement with World of Floors, Art Van Furniture will again utilize the store within a store concept successfully proven with Paul’s TV. It will be called Art Van World of Floors.

CORT Celebrates Grand Opening of Miami Showroom  - 5/28/2011

The Brazilian-theme opening celebration took place on Thursday, May 26 and showcased CORT’s high-end, modern furnishings and accessories.

Brandsource Florida Will Join Naationwide Marketing Group  - 5/28/2011

BrandSource Florida, a division of AVB, will be moving its membership over to Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG) and will continue operations under the new name, Nationwide Florida.

Feizy Hires Mitzi Thomasson As Director of Design & Product Development  - 5/28/2011

In her new role, Mitzi will be responsible for all aspects in the creation and development of Feizy Rug’s Fine and Home Collections and will report to John Feizy, President and CEO.

Leggett & Platt Pledges $1 Million Toward Tornado Relief  - 5/28/2011

After 35 families "lost everything" in the recent storms, the company will direct the donation to local agencies to benefit Joplin residents.

Year Round Outlet Showroom "Plume" To Debut At Las Vegas Design Center  - 5/28/2011

Plume will acquire its merchandise from both LVDC designer showrooms and World Market Center Las Vegas tenants, including floor samples, discontinued merchandise, canceled special orders and un-used returns, selling the liquidated pieces at 60 to 80 percent below retail.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #116 - Idol has Fun and Mixes it Up. So Can Furniture Retailers!  - 5/24/2011

American Idol succeeds because the producers are not afraid to mix it up and have spontaneous fun with the show. You can do the same and increase your retail sales. Here are ideas for giving random gifts, taking customers "backstage" and other ideas.

Weekly Furniture Message From Margo -Business HELLationships  - 5/24/2011

Tips for thinking about where you are, where you want to go, and how you will get there. Use your time, technology, and your business model to build exceptional relationships that will support your business, your staff, and your customers.

Recent USDA Memo Affects "Organic" Designation For Mattress Products  - 5/24/2011

Memo affects manufacturers' "Organic" labeling claims for finished products. Specialty Sleep Association offers compliance program.

Glideaway Sleep Products Obtains Certipur-US Certification For Sleepharmony Mattresses  - 5/24/2011

Items that carry the CertiPUR-US seal contain flexible polyurethane foam products that have been tested and certified by an independent laboratory to be sure they meet the strict standards of the CertiPUR-US program for physical performance, indoor emissions and environmental stewardship.

Nationwide Partners with Leading POS Software Providers  - 5/24/2011

Buying and marketing organization for independent dealers has partnered with Storis, ePass Enterprise, Tyler and Reliable Softworks.

Gorman's Home Furnishings and Interior Design Holds Opening Celebration  - 5/24/2011

Gorman’s Home Furnishings and Interior Design hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for its newly opened GrandRapids location in the space formerly occupied by Israels Home Furnishings.

SuperCat Solutions Partners With FurnishWEB  - 5/24/2011

Partnership allows the portal’s users to have seamless access to their sales information from within the eCat app - without requiring app switching or a separate login.

Outdoor Furniture Showooms To Open In Chicago At 2011 Neocon World's Trade Fair  - 5/24/2011

The Chicago Merchandise Mart’s casual and outdoor furnishings showrooms will be open to the design trade and attendees during the 2011 NeoCon® World’s Trade Fair on June 13-15.

Ray's Furniture Management Tip #1: How Tough Retail Managers Respond  - 5/24/2011

Here are six steps that you should consider to insure that your furniture business continues to survive and remain stable until we see a return to consumer confidence, an easing of credit and a reduction in frequent market fluctuations.

Furniture Row Shopping Centers Add Paul's TV in Denver and Fort Collins  - 5/24/2011

With the addition of Paul's TV, Furniture Row Shopping Center will now be able to promote having 5 specialty stores at 1 location, offering customers the latest styles, choices, and products available for every room of their home.

R.C. Willey Home Furnishings Promotes Todd Boothe To Merchandise VP Position  - 5/23/2011

New position will help coordinate the buying and marketing of all R.C. Willey categories including furniture, electronics, appliances, mattresses and flooring.

HICCUP Your Way Past Other Furniture Stores on Facebook  - 5/23/2011

If you follow this model for promoting your business on Facebook, customers will stick around to see what you post next. As the Facebook community grows, we will all have to fight for the attention of the consumer.

Third-Generation Retailer Opens New Chapter: Houston's J. Sussan Interiors  - 5/23/2011

After Sussan Furniture lost the lease on its 60,000 sq. ft. store, Janet Sussan-Berman opens new 7,500 sq. ft. store in Houston, TX.

IPSA Effort Helps To Repeal Colorado Bedding Law  - 5/23/2011

ISPA opposed the legislation because it would have allowed used mattresses to be sold in the state without being sanitized or labeled properly.

Furniture Store Technology - New IPad App Design Tool  - 5/18/2011

An innovative group of smart people have developed an iPhone app called Furniture View® that allows phone users capture images of items in stores and project them into photographic images of their rooms, helping to answer the question “How will this look in my room?”

Sherwin-Williams Renames Division and Highlights Global Capabilities  - 5/18/2011

Sherwin-Williams announced that its Chemical Coatings Division has been renamed Product Finishes.

Furniture Retail Tip #1 From Grandpa Mike-e-e! at 90 - Fresh High Point-Las Vegas Game Calls For A New 365 Day Game For The Furniture Industry.  - 5/18/2011

First in a series of columns by Michael Greene (aka Grandpa Mike-e-e). This installment explains why the phrase "home furnishings" as applied to our industry is a misnomer. Here's why.

Furniture Forms Introduces Life-Sized Furniture Template Design Tools  - 5/18/2011

Furniture Forms are adjustable life-sized templates of common household furnishings which expand and contract to numerous lengths and widths, allowing purchasers to conceptualize the placement of specific furniture pieces within a room.

Latex International Creates New Pricing Formula  - 5/18/2011

Company says it will add a “surcharge” line on its invoices beginning June 1st to reflect the ups and downs of latex on the world market.

Bemco Celebrates 55th Anniversary  - 5/18/2011

To celebrate its fifty-fifth year of serving retailers, Bemco announced the release of its 55th Anniversary Ad Kit.

La-Z-Boy Recognizes Top-Performing Furniture Galleries Stores  - 5/17/2011

La-Z-Boy honored the owners and operators of top-performing La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores at an awards ceremony held during the recent High Point Furniture Market in High Point, N.C.

Naturepedic Updates Organic Certification  - 5/17/2011

The company recently updated its Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS) certificate from Oregon Tilth Certified Organic (OTCO) on all current models of its baby and kids’ mattresses.

Bassett Furniture Partners With Boston Acoustics to Deliver High Performance Home Entertainment Units  - 5/17/2011

The introduction marks the first time Boston Acoustics has ever teamed up directly with a furniture company, as well as the first time Bassett has partnered with an audio company.

Robert Dudley Vanderminden Sr. To Receive Lifetime Achievement Award  - 5/17/2011

The International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) has named Robert Dudley Vanderminden Sr. the 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

Furniture First Launches New Prospect Website & Midwest Members Meet in Minneapolis  - 5/17/2011

The launch coincides with the group’s Midwest regional meeting. Thirty-one member companies are gathering in Minneapolis, MN for two days of educational sessions, program presentations, idea-sharing and networking.

Arhaus Furniture Opens First NYC Store  - 5/17/2011

28,000-square-foot location is the company's 38th store in the US. David Crosby and Graham Nash were on hand to sing songs such as “Our House,” the hit 70s Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young tune to a crowd of 600 guests.

Leggett & Platt Bedding Group Launches Sleep Geek  - 5/17/2011

Leggett & Platt’s Bedding Group announced the launch of Sleep Geek, an online community for retail sales associates (RSAs) in the bedding industry. The first of its kind, Sleep Geek will provide an entertaining space for RSAs to socialize while learning how to improve their sales and become industry ambassadors.

Leggett & Platt Bedding Group Launches Sleep Geek  - 5/17/2011

Leggett & Platt’s Bedding Group announced the launch of Sleep Geek, an online community for retail sales associates (RSAs) in the bedding industry. The first of its kind, Sleep Geek will provide an entertaining space for RSAs to socialize while learning how to improve their sales and become industry ambassadors.

Eastman House of China Opens Two New Eastman House Showrooms  - 5/17/2011

Headed by Peter Yau, Bedding Solutions is positioning its showrooms and products to cater to the premium market segment of the bedding industry in China.

Furniture First Elects New Board of Directors Members and Unveils Specialty Mattress Line  - 5/16/2011

Furniture First reported that the Mattress 1st Superior Living line introduced in High Point was a hit with its eight memory foam and latex models.

Isaacson Joins Profit Management Promotions  - 5/16/2011

For the last ten years, Isaacson had been the chief operating officer for The Great American Group.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #115 - Less-Showy Idol Stars Often Win By Being Themselves. So Can You.  - 5/16/2011

Your main differentiator should be reflected on your home page — preferably the headline. It should definitely be in the home page title tag and the description tag, which will show up in a snippet on a search results page. This will help attract your target customers and get them to click through to your website.

Tommy Leflein Joins Board of Tri State HFA  - 5/16/2011

He now serves on the boards of the three major Northeast IFRA affiliate organizations; the Greater New York Home Furnishings Association (GNYHFA), Metropolitan Home Furnishings Association (MFA) and Tri-State HFA.

OneCoast Joins World Market Center Las Vegas Beginning with Summer 2011 Las Vegas Market  - 5/16/2011

The Atlanta-based company is the largest and only national wholesale provider of gift, home, fashion accessories and collegiate products to retailers throughout the United States.

Amish Furniture Stain Standards Program Helps Ensure Color Consistency  - 5/16/2011

Group encourages Amish furniture manufacturers in adjacent states to adopt common standards so that consumers who purchase from furniture retailers carrying Amish lines can match color, continuity and consistency.

Registration Opens For Nationwide PrimeTime! Show.  - 5/14/2011

America’s largest buying and marketing organization for independent appliance, electronics and furniture dealers, will also be celebrating a milestone of 40 years in service.

Haverty Promotes Greg Davis & Gary Niedermeyer  - 5/14/2011

Greg Davis was promoted to vice president, information technology development. Gary Niedermeyer was promoted to assistant vice president, supply chain.

Culp, Inc. Announces New Director of Operations for Mattress Fabrics Division  - 5/14/2011

Pat Rosser will have overall responsibility for the Culp Home Fashions’ warehouse, shipping and receiving, sample department, customer service, weave room planning, and general operations management.

IKEA Powers Up Second Largest Commercial Solar Panel Roof  - 5/14/2011

The system will produce 2.88 million kWh of electric power annually, the equivalent of reducing 1,986 tons of carbon dioxide (CO2), eliminating the emissions of 389 cars, or powering 241 homes yearly.

E. S. Kluft & Company Plans Eastern Footprint With Acquisition Of Pennsylvania Plant  - 5/14/2011

For Kluft, the acquisition of the Pennsylvania plant will provide the delivery lead time needed to properly service current and prospective customers in the eastern portion of the country who until now were relying on deliveries from its Southern California facility.

Spring Air's Robinson Joins Specialty Sleep Board of Directors  - 5/14/2011

Rick Robinson, president of Spring Air International, has accepted a board director position with the national, not-for-profit organization focused in the mattress and bedding industry.

Furniture Industry Support Builds For Spirit of Life Cruise Around Manhattan in September  - 5/13/2011

The Saturday evening cruise on September 10th honoring Simon Kaplan of Value City Furniture will include fine dining, dancing, entertainment and an auction for 300 people. The cruise, which will closely coincide with the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2011, attack on the World Trade Center, will incorporate a memorial into its programming.

FurnitureDealer.Net Completes 1st Ever Internet Marketing Boot Camp Event  - 5/13/2011

Held during the recent WHFA conference, the event discussed emerging strategies and tactics necessary to compete in the internet based universe.

Leggett & Platt Recognizes Bedmart For 300% Increase In Power Foundation Sales  - 5/13/2011

Strong emphasis on training helps move consumers from standard to adjustable foundations.

Supply Chain Management Best Practices  - 5/13/2011

Supply chain excellence does not happen by accident. Firms with outstanding supply chains have made it a part of their strategy and operations.

Weekly Message From Margo - Engage Until They Are Groupies!  - 5/10/2011

Taking a stranger and turning them into a friend in the world of business is actually what it takes to create a customer. No one will become a customer from one Facebook post or from a singleTweet or fabulous blog post. Neither will they do business with you because you have beautifully colored marketing materials or a fancy website.

HPU 2011 Haverty Cup Presented to Melissa Dorsch  - 5/9/2011

The award was established in 1988 by Rawson Haverty Sr. to encourage students to pursue a career in the home furnishings industry.

Wolf Furniture Invests In Energy Efficient LED Lighting  - 5/9/2011

Incandescent 75 watt and 90 watt track lighting fixtures will be replaced with much “greener” 12 watt LED lights in five of Wolf’s eleven locations.

Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) Seeks Design Award Entries  - 5/9/2011

The Furniture Design Award celebrates the very best achievements in furniture design. This year the theme will be "Love, Think Design Green."

Surya Announces Addition of Kurt Von De Bur As VP National Accounts  - 5/9/2011

Kurt formerly was VP of Sales for Orian Rugs, and prior to that was Eastern Regional Manager for United Weavers.

Agio International Names Andy Sokol Vice President  - 5/9/2011

Sokol will lead the outdoor manufacturer’s newest initiative to make additional inroads and increase sales from among traditional home furnishing retailers.

VP of GE Named New Executive Vice President of Nationwide Marketing Group  - 5/9/2011

As Executive Vice President of NMG, Bilas will be responsible for overseeing their appliance and electronics marketing and merchandising divisions.

Rep Rewards Program Launches for Summer 2011 Las Vegas Market  - 5/9/2011

The program is designed to foster a partnership with the thousands of sales representatives who actively promote Las Vegas Market.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #114 - It's Not Just About The Singing... Or The Furniture.  - 5/9/2011

Sales are made more on emotion. A customer falls in love with a piece and then strives to justify her purchase logically. So first help your customer make an emotional connection with the products on your web site.

Surya Offers Assistance To Tornado Victims  - 5/9/2011

Surya announced that it is offering a 25% Discount on any Surya product that was damaged or destroyed during the recent Tornado’s that ravaged 7 southern states 2 weeks ago.

University Students Receive Celia Moh Scholarships  - 5/9/2011

In its tenth year, program continues to support the most talented students and the home furnishings industry.

Luxury Marketers: That "Made in" Stamp Matters  - 5/9/2011

New study reveals trends in luxury consumers' shifting attitudes toward place of manufacture.

Furniture Brands International Reports 2011 First Quarter Sales Decline  - 5/9/2011

Net sales of $297.9 million for the first quarter of 2011 declined 7.6% versus net sales of $322.4 million in the first quarter of 2010 despite sales increases at company owned and Thomasville stores.

Mark Price Joins Powell Furniture  - 5/9/2011

Gary Glick, Powell’s Senior Vice President of Sales for the West and Clay Ackard Vice President of Sales for the East, both veterans of the industry, will team with Price to handle sales management for the company.

Showtime Announces Schedule of Events  - 5/9/2011

Celebrating 20+ years of semiannual fabric markets, Summer Showtime 2011 is set for June 5-8.

Jaclyn Kelly Promoted to Senior Director of Marketing for MMPI's Casual Furnishings Industry  - 5/9/2011

Kelly will continue to assist the leasing team in their efforts with marketing support and develop the day-to-day marketing programs for the permanent casual showrooms in the building.

Twin-Star Intl. Launches 300 Cube Split Container Program for its ClassicFlame, Tresanti and Duraflame Brands  - 5/9/2011

Retailers who participate in the program can now take advantage of china direct pricing while being able to order in small quantities.

Weekly Better Bedding Selling Tip #15 - The Best Bed for Your Shopper is the Bed that's Best for Your Shopper  - 5/9/2011

You get her to test-rest your best selling model and ask her if it’s comfortable. She buys it-and a week after delivery she wants to return it, saying that she’s awake tossing and turning all night. Why was she comfortable in the store and not comfortable at home?

Heywood Wakefield Furniture Factory Converted To Assited Living Facility  - 5/9/2011

At one time, the company employed more than 1,000 people, and was the largest chair manufacturer in the world.

Explosion & Fire At Kindel Furniture  - 5/9/2011

Kindel President John VanZee said the former factory at 100 Garden Street SE has been unoccupied for several months after the company moved its production equipment and its employees to the new location.

Rent-A-Center Lends Support to Food Banks in the Wake of Devastating Tornados  - 5/9/2011

The donations are tied to Rent-A-Center’s “Random Acts of Caring” initiative, launched in 2008.

Launch of International Market Centers Unites Key High Point & Las Vegas Exhibition Buildings  - 5/3/2011

The newly formed International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC) announced an investment of approximately $1 billion to unite iconic showroom assets in High Point, N.C., and Las Vegas, and create an effective, efficient and compelling world-class business-to-business platform for both buyers and sellers.

Weekly Bedding Sales Tip #14 - Providing Mattress Protection  - 5/2/2011

When you present your store’s Mattress Protection not as another “Add-On”, but as a necessary component in providing your shopper with a Great Night’s Sleep, your shopper will see the health benefits and value of this product.

Specialty Sleep Products Veteran Named Anatomic Global's National Sales Director  - 5/2/2011

Rick Vander Woude will oversee the company’s six regional sales managers and network of independent representatives. He will also lead the company’s efforts in its burgeoning retail networks channel.

Natura World Launches New Mattress Line At The Brick Stores  - 5/2/2011

Natura World crafted a unique line called Allure Latex for the retailer, featuring a six-inch core of eco-friendly plant-based foam for support, topped with six-inches of premium Talalay latex.

Mazer Furniture and Appliance Supports Tornado Victims and Families  - 5/1/2011

Mazer Discount Superstore announced that it is supporting tornado victims and families with a food drive. To find out how you or your company can help, contact Mazer Discount Superstore, Homewood, Alabama.

Howard Miller Company Wins Vendor Partnership Award  - 5/1/2011

For the second year in a row, the Howard Miller Company has been named as a recipient of the annual TharpeRobbins Award of Excellence for Vendor Partnership.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 5/1/2011

44 percent of the furniture company participants in this study reported increased orders year-to-date compared to 41 percent for the month. Leading economic indicators increased in March.

Art Van Furniture Invests $6 Million in Expanding and Enhancing PureSleep across Michigan  - 5/1/2011

The investment reflects Art Van Furniture’s leadership commitment to improving the quality of life through restorative sleep, which is reflected in the retailer’s ability to account for one out of every two mattress sales in Michigan.

AWFS To Showcase Industry Woodworking Training At Upcoming Show  - 5/1/2011

Show will feature A WorldSkills Cabinetmaking competition, The smartSHOP, a fully operational cabinet shop and The Woodwork Career Alliance professional evaluations.

Evergreen Enterprises Expands, Relocates for Summer 2011 Las Vegas Market  - 5/1/2011

Evergreen’s new 8,000 square feet showroom, double the size of their former space, will now reside in the new Gift+Home space on the 8th floor of Building C just in time for Summer 2011 Las Vegas Market, Aug. 1-5.

Isuzu Offers Advanced Telemetrics Technology in N-Series Delivery Trucks  - 5/1/2011

Fleet Director is a fully integrated, web-based solution that allows furniture operations to track vehicle usage in real time by sending detailed vehicle and driver performance reports that are accessible from any Internet-connected personal computer.

The Bombay Company Launches at Kroger Co. Stores  - 5/1/2011

Kroger will feature the collection’s décor items, including mirrors, vases and novelty accents, as well as furniture pieces such as chairs, upholstered pieces, accent tables and iconic Bombay coffee tables.

GA Keen Realty Advisors to Market and Sell Former Robb & Stucky Sites  - 5/1/2011

The majority of the lease-held former retail properties, which range in size from 5,000 square feet to 324,000 square feet, are located in Florida, with others in Arizona, North Carolina, Nevada and Texas.

Steven James Gordon Promoted to President of Cadence Keen Innovations  - 5/1/2011

Company produces and markets products for the consumer and hospitality industries that protect the mattress, pillow and box springs.

Groovystuff Announces Winner of Design Competitions At ASU and Auburn  - 5/1/2011

Mr. Maher placed first in actual written orders at the Spring High Point Market for the “Balance End Table” that retails for $499.99, and will be rewarded with $1,000 cash, inclusion in the exclusive and celebrity endorsed Dick Idol Collections Brand of home furnishings, AND permanent royalties for life.

Legacy Classic Honors Camillo and Others  - 5/1/2011

Bedroom, dining room, and youth supplier, Legacy Classic Furniture honored top sales representatives at a sales awards banquet during the recent High Point Market.

Furniture Promotion Possibilities Tip # 9: Reputation Management  - 4/29/2011

This column will look at when and what to say to customers to maintain your store’s brand image during a high impact sale – and to position yourself for continued patronage in the future.

Furniture Industry Veteran Lynn Davis Among Tornado Victims  - 4/28/2011

Davis headed upholstery furniture and case goods importer Davis International. He was also the co-founder of the Tupelo Furniture Market.

Leggett & Platt Introduces Comfort Core Brand  - 4/25/2011

The Comfort Core spring system enables mattresses to be built on a thinner scale.

Brookstone Survey: One-Third of Consumers Would Rather Invest in Outdoor Spaces Than Vacation  - 4/25/2011

According to the survey, 30 percent of consumers would rather invest in upgrading their outdoor space than a week-long vacation this year.

Art Van Furniture Celebrates Marital Bliss in Salute to The Royal Wedding  - 4/25/2011

Art Van Furniture is sponsoring a "Royal Wedding Giveaway", offering a lucky couple a chance to share their nuptials at an Art Van store, along with a lavish reception for up to 100 people.

Tempur-Pedic Reports 28% First Quarter 2011 Sales Increase  - 4/25/2011

Net sales in the North American segment increased 37%, while International segment net sales increased 11%.

Jordan's Furniture Announces Rhode Island Store Opening  - 4/25/2011

100,000 square foot Warwick, RI store will serve as one of the anchor tenants at the Warwick Mall, joining Macy's, Target, and JC Penney.

Southerland To Introduce Mattress & Foundation That Eliminates Bed Bugs  - 4/25/2011

Available in late spring, Southerland's patent-pending Total Protection Sleep System uses the proprietary ActiveGuard technology to actively kill bed bugs and dust mites upon contact.

Furniture Manufacturer Geiger International Plans NC Expansion  - 4/25/2011

Geiger International is a subsidiary of Herman Miller, Inc., a globally recognized leader and innovator in furnishings for the office, home, healing and learning environments.

Furniture & Gas Purchases Push Up Canadian Retail Sales  - 4/25/2011

Sales at furniture and home furnishings stores grew 2.1 per cent in February, helped by gains in real estate sales.

Lone Star Baby & Kids To Close Two Retail Locations  - 4/25/2011

Youth furniture store to consolidate with assistance from Profit Management Promotions.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #113 - Customer Testimonials  - 4/25/2011

Develop rich customer testimonials for your website to prove to your prospects that your store is the best and to attract more prospects through local and longtail searches.

Weekly Bedding Sales Tip #13 - What's your Cheapest Mattress?  - 4/25/2011

Veteran sales people sometimes say that they won’t show the cheapest bed, or tell the shopper it won’t work for them. That may be true, but until the shopper’s needs, wants, and motivation have been discovered, making a derogatory comment about merchandise in our store can stop the demonstration and kill the sale.

Sleep Train Honored for Dedication to California Foster Children  - 4/25/2011

Company receives multiple new awards, including the nationally acclaimed Daily Point of Light Award, for its positive impact on the community.

Surya Names Paul Sullivan VP Sales/ National Accounts  - 4/25/2011

In his new post, Sullivan will be responsible for the development and growth of Surya’s National Accounts in the home accessories division.

Pride Family Brands Names Jamie Sorcher as Resident Lifestyle Expert  - 4/23/2011

In the position of Pride's Resident Lifestyle Expert, Sorcher will work to promote the outdoor furnishings brands of Pride Family Brands through videos, appearances, on air promotions, at show events and a Pride Family Brands casual lifestyle blog.

John Thomas Furniture Goes Digital With New E-Initiatives  - 4/23/2011

Company launches a new website, a social networking presence and a SELECT by John Thomas video.

Serta Forms Partnership with STORIS  - 4/22/2011

Serta has chosen Storis to be the recommended software provider for their America’s Mattress® retail network.

Hickory Springs' HS Converting Facility Achieves AHFA Certification  - 4/19/2011

EFEC is the environmental management program developed by AFHA to help its members create and maintain a strong, proactive environmental program that help its members create and maintain a strong, proactive environmental program.

Furniture Retail Sales Climb 3.6% In March  - 4/18/2011

Modest job growth gave consumers reason for optimism and tax refunds provided some extra discretionary income, noted the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA).

Jennifer Convertibles Reports Second Quarter Net Income Increase  - 4/18/2011

Net income was $32,076,000, compared to net loss of ($6,413,000) for the same period last year.

MIFF 2011 Show Reports Record Furniture Sales  - 4/18/2011

MIFF reported that the Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) 2011 ended on 5 March after hosting more than 6,500 overseas buyers from 140 countries with US$778 million in sales generated during the show.

Human Touch Wins ADEX Design Awards for Third Consecutive Year  - 4/18/2011

the annual Awards for Design Excellence (ADEX) competition recognizes superior product design of furnishings marketed and sold throughout the international architecture and design industry.

Wright of Thomasville To Show Top Of Bed Labeling & Accessory Products At Interzum Cologne  - 4/18/2011

Company will show its full portfolio of top-of-bed, labeling and accessory products, and design capabilities at the forthcoming Interzum Cologne exhibition that takes place in Germany from May 25th to 28th.

Proposed California Law Seeks To Mandate Lower Levels Of Flame Retardants In Furniture Foams  - 4/18/2011

Critics of flame retardant additives say current flammability rules fail to prevent fires and promote environmental damage.

The Rug Company Appoints Amanda Price U.S. Managing Director  - 4/18/2011

In her new position, Price will be responsible for all North American operations, from sales and marketing to business development.

Home Furnishings Industry Conference ExpoSells Out  - 4/18/2011

The event, taking place April 30–May 2 in San Antonio, Texas, features a lively Expo for manufacturers and vendors to showcase their products for all of the retailers in attendance.

AWFS Fair Offers Educational Sessions for Cabinet and Millwork Shops  - 4/18/2011

The College of Woodworking Knowledge (CWWK) education program will offer a host of seminars targeted to cabinet and millwork shops, with a special series tailored to very small shops this summer at AWFS®Fair in Las Vegas, July 20 – 23, 2011.

Sleep Country USA Celebrates 20 Years In Business  - 4/18/2011

Sleep Country USA marked the celebration of its 20th year in business, boasting 75 stores and 350 employees.

Weekly Bedding Sales Tip #12 - Kids' Beds-The Worthwhile Investsment  - 4/18/2011

Smart retailers know that kids’ tastes are different from Mom and Dad, and they have designed products geared to satisfy the junior set.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #112 - Customer Service Makes Your Store an American Idol? Prove It!  - 4/18/2011

A good way to prove your customer service is to use genuine testimonials. If your company really is great at “customer service,” you should have a boatload of them.

SCAD Furniture Design Department To Host Furniture Design Summit 2011  - 4/18/2011

The goal of “Furniture Design Summit 2011: Re-Defining American Design” is to establish the first summit focused on bringing designers and manufacturers together to discuss the present and future of the furniture industry.

Todd Figi Named Recipient of ICON Honors 2011  - 4/17/2011

Figi’s distinguished 40-year gift industry career and contributions will be celebrated posthumously at the second annual ICON HONORS 2011 event on Thursday, July 14, 2011, in conjunction with the July 2011 Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market.

Profit Management Promotions (Pmp) Hires Southeast Regional Sales Manager  - 4/17/2011

Profit Management Promotions (PMP), one of the nation's leading furniture sales promotion, liquidation and consulting companies, has hired Bruce Ketcham as a regional sales manager.

Hotel Partners Announced for Summer 2011 Las Vegas Market  - 4/17/2011

World Market Center, Las Vegas announced that registration for the upcoming Summer 2011 Las Vegas Market Aug. 1-5 is now open, including ‘Quick Reg’ which allows returning attendees to register with just one click.