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Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 124 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking include twelve points of business development that good retail leaders should attend to in 2014.
Pier 1 Imports, Inc. Reports Higher Sales
Better comparable store sales results for the third quarter were primarily attributable to increases in conversion rate and higher average ticket.
Barry Tatelman leaves Jordan's Furniture
Jordan's announced that he is leaving the company to pursue other interests.
Cole to Retire as Hooker Furniture President
He will be succeeded by Michael Delgatti, currently serving as the president of Hooker Upholstery and the Executive Vice President of Sales for the company.
Gus* Modern Supports Local Food Banks In January With "Keep On Giving!" Promotion
The promotion, which will run throughout the month of January, offers consumers a discount on modern furniture when they donate to local food banks.
CIFF Show Held From March 18-22
Upholstered furniture section to be rearranged. Special section added for mattresses.
Surya Honors Top Customer Accounts with Donation of Educational Scholarships for Underprivileged Children in Asia
Surya is making it possible for 200 girls to attend high school through graduation and is providing a four-year college education for five students.
Las Vegas Market Accepting Global Goodness Award Entries
Global Goodness Awards recognze gift, furniture and home decor companies for eco-friendly, sustainable and socially responsible activities
City Furniture & Levitetz Family Foundation Help Joe Dimaggio Children's Hospital
The Levitetz Family Foundation and City Furniture made significant contributions to update furnishings in all 23 private rooms.
Innovative Mattress Solutions Gives Gift Of Sleep To Those In Need
Parent company of mattress retailers Mattress Warehouse, Sleep Outfitters and Mattress King, announced the names of the six different charitable organizations to which it will be donating 30 mattresses based on Facebook voting.
Art Van Furniture Donates 100 New Mattresses To Chicagoland Fire Stations
Art Van Furniture announced the donation of 100 mattresses to several of the city’s fire stations, just in time for Christmas.
Spaldin Sleep Systems To Introduce New Thermal Bedding Technologies At Las Vegas Market
Spaldin says that it will revolutionize the industry with new or reformulated mattress materials and constructions.
Bob's Discount Furniture to be Acquired By Bain Capital
Bob's Furniture has 47 stores located throughout Northeast and Mid-Atlantic - and will open in the Philadelphia area in February 2014.
HSM supports Bikes for Tykes initiative
HSM recently joined the Hickory Fire Department in support of Bikes for Tykes, a program that delivers bikes each year to children in need in the Hickory, N.C., area.
GMFA Honors Six Industry Leaders At Gala Event
Six industry leaders, Satya Tiwari of Surya, Pat Luthy of Suburban Furniture, Peter and Andrew Orshan of Peter Andrews Furniture, Sal DeMarco representing Natuzzi and Jeff Horowitz of L&S Advertising were recently honored at a formal dinner and dance hosted by The Greater Metropolitan Furnishings Association (GMFA) at the Pallasadium in Northern New Jersey.
SFC Updates Exemplary Manufacturer Membership Requirements
The Sustainable Furnishings Council requirements available for peer and public review and comment through January 31, 2014
imm cologne To Introduce New Concept In Modern Furnishings Showrooms At January Market
The new concept will be accompanied by a broad-based media campaign that will also run in English to increase its appeal for international trade fair visitors and interior designers.
New Exhibitors At Specialty Sleep Association Las Vegas Market Showroom
Specialty Sleep Association showroom will feature 30-plus mattress /bedding exhibitors with six new companies at the upcoming Las Vegas show.
Tunica, MS Furniture Show To Debut January 8th
60,000 square feet of space will be utilized to display furniture at a number of locations throughout throughout the casino and entertainment resort area.
Tupelo Reports Furniture Market Pre-Event Registrations Up Over 60%
As of December 17, registrations for the event were up 63%, with roughly 400 buyers from retail operations throughout the U.S. and other countries registering each day.
NAHFA Extends Membership Benefits to AHF Members
AHF members will enjoy benefits including access to reduced rates on credit card processing and consumer financing, programs for advertising and marketing, business resources, shipping programs, and discounts on operations and human resource services and products.
Loloi Sponsors Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill to Speak at Atlanta Market, Jan. 8
Interior designer will discuss “Using Rugs and Accessories to Personalize Your Home”.
Inada USA To Exhibit at 2014 International CES
CES features over 3,200 exhibitors across more than 1.9 million net square feet of exhibit space.
Art Van Furniture Hosts 4th Annual Community Blood Drive
Donors at this year's community blood drive will receive a complimentary copy of Mitch Albom's new book, The First Phone Call From Heaven.
Revolution Capital Group Acquires Tvilum from Masco
Tvilum designs, develops, manufactures, and supplies ready to assemble furniture. The company offers furniture in the categories of living, working, sleeping, kids/teens, and kitchen/bath.
Zenith Global Logistics Hires VP of Sales for Mid-Atlantic/Northeast Region
Myers most recently was a Sales Representative and Territory Manager for Broyhill, where he has worked since 2000.
The American Craft Council Show Returns To Baltimore For Its 38th Year
Show features more than 650 of the country’s top contemporary craft artists presenting their latest handmade creations in jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor.
Capel Rugs Embraces the Radiant Orchid Color Story
Capel's latest rug offerings will be on display in its showroom at the Atlanta International Area Rug Market and at the Las Vegas Market,
Hardware Industry Leader Belwith Products, LLC Announces 5-Year Anniversary
Company's divisions include Keeler, Hickory Hardware, SecuRemote® and First Watch Security®.
imm cologne To Provide Individualized Home Furnishings Advice At Living Interiors
In January 2014, the trade fair event will be showing perfectly staged furnishing worlds as well as integrated interior and furnishing concepts for the bathroom, flooring, wall coverings and lighting in conjunction with home textiles.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 123 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking includes twelve ways that retail leaders successfuly motivate associates.
Las Vegas Market Announces 2nd Annual 2014 CEO Summit
Expansive schedule of presentations and networking opportunities to be presented at the second annual Las Vegas Market CEO Summit during the Winter 2014 Las Vegas Market.
Alliance Data Signs Multi-Year Renewal Agreement With Z Gallerie
The specialty retailer, which was founded in 1979 by siblings Joe Zeiden, Mike Zeiden and Carole Malfatti, has grown into a successful chain of 58 stores located in 19 states, featuring an eclectic mix of upscale home furnishings and accessories.
Loloi Introduces Nine New Rug Collections and Expands Pillow Line
Collections to be featured in January at Atlanta Market in a new showroom.
Guildmaster Launches Quickship Program
The program is a cornerstone to the roll-out of a fresh new look for the brand being introduced at the winter markets.
Restonic Announces 75th Anniversary Contest Winners
The company held three unique contests with diamond themes throughout 2013.
Surya Invites Winter Market Attendees to Stop By for a Chance to Win a Hawaiian Getaway
Chosen by random, the winner will receive a vacation package that includes roundtrip flights for two to the island of Oahu from anywhere in the continental United States and three nights of premium hotel accommodations.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #101 from Lance Hanish: So, You Think You Know About Social... Mobile... Content Marketing And All The Rest?
Lance Hanish presents his retail tool kit for Social, Mobile and Content Marketing in three 60 minute interactive educational sessions, beginning in January.
Hooker Furniture Reports Sales Increase of 7.6%
The net sales gain for the third quarter was driven by higher average selling prices in both casegoods and upholstery due to changes in product mix.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 122 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking includes eight ways that retail leaders make good neighbors.
Surya Debuts a 14,000-Square-Foot Dallas Showroom
The showroom, which will debut during the upcoming Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, Jan. 15-21, will also be open daily during nonmarket hours.
Specialty Sleep Association Expands Mattress Consumer Contents Disclosure Label Program
Addresses FTC threats to manufacturers and offers a new Level IV Certified “Organic” label.
imm cologne To Feature “Cozy & Crazy – The Mood Lounge @ Hall 10.2”
“Cozy & Crazy” will serve as a meeting point for all trade fair visitors who would like to find out more about the impact of lighting and colours on design and furnishings.
Contemporary Rug Source Foreign Accents Acquired by Doug Anderson
Former owner Trish Rempen will devote time to writing and traveling.
Norris Home Furnishings Designs First Place Tree for Naples Philharmonic League Festival of Trees
The tree, entitled “Toot Sweet,” was created by Norris design consultant Jean Allen.
Condensing The Store Base In Retail Liquidations May Not Enhance Inventory Sale Values, Veteran Tiger Group Exec. Cautions
Cronin looks at the pros and cons of condensing a retail chain’s store base early on, or even before the beginning of a liquidation sale.
New Coalition To Press Congress To Modernize The Nation’s Chemical Safety Laws.
Coalition is looking for more manufacturers to join to promote transparency and support the public's right to know.
Gotcha Covered To Highlight Smarty-Bandzz™ And Hospitality & Medical Collections At Las Vegas Market
The products feature two horizontal Smarty-BandZz™ sewn directly on the fitted sheets to help securely tuck and hold the sheet in place.
Organic Mattresses, Inc. Founder Walt Bader Comments On Recent Articles On Toxic Chemicals In Furniture
Following the debut of the HBO Documentary "Toxic Hot Seat," major news organizations reported on toxic chemicals in furniture and bedding.
Surya to Showcase an Extensive Lineup of Products in Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year – Radiant Orchid – at Winter Markets
Company plans to show a number of products in a full range of luminous purple hues, including orchids and violets, as well as bold fuchsias and softer shades of lavender and mauve.
How To Create Advertising That Sells. Five Easy Steps Anyone Can Follow - Step #3. Layout.
How layout affects ad response. Your ad layout should reveal, not conceal, the message.
Las Vegas Market Increases Temporary Exhbitors for Winter Market
Building B nears capacity & building C increases exhibits by 20%.
Nationwide Marketing Group Announces Organizational Shift
Dave Bilas moves to President and COO of Nationwide. Robert Weisner and Les Kirk will oversee the operations and finances. Executive Vice President will be Jeff Knock.
Ante4Autism Event Picks Up Major Sponsors For January 26 Event At The Golden Nugget Las Vegas
Complete details of the event are on the web site www.ante4autism.com and participants can register online now.
Monthly Furniture Insights Report From Smith Leonard
Report shows retail sales were up at a decent pace and sales at furniture and home furnishing stores were up at a good pace for October.
Innomax Expands Offerings Due To Favorable Consumer Response To SSA Environmental And Safety Program
The company reports that it has met with increasing marketplace demand based on trust in it's environmental claims.
Restonic Takes Aggressive Approach With Social Media
Restonic says its strategy of sharing digital assets is designed to support its retail partners.
Top 100 Retailer, Kimbrell’s Live on STORIS
Furniture, appliances and electronics retailer, Kimbrell’s, is now live on STORIS Vision9 platform utilizing mobile technology for an enhanced customer experience.
Banker & Brisebois Mourns Passing of Jack Brisebois
Long-time furniture retail advertising executive with Banker & Brisebois Company, passes at the age of 90.
The Buyers Market of American Craft Joins Forces with SnapRetail to Bring New Marketing Seminars
The marketing seminars are designed to provide marketing education for Buyers Market attendees.
Conn’s, Inc. Announces Record Revenues and Net Income
Furniture unit sales increased 95% and the average selling price increased 5%.
Weekly FurnitureWorld Media Note #100 from Lance Hanish: Mobile Strategy Is The Core Of Marketing Strategy
One of the things many marketers forget is that we have to reward the customer in our cross-promotion efforts. This can be done through a cooperation and reward synergy… a Twitter chat promoted via SMS… a Facebook tab for email opt-in…a home page feature on an app update.
AFHA Members Discuss Color Forecast for 2014
Brilliant blues, teal and purple shades will be big this coming year as will be gold and bronze.
Las Vegas Market Announces Full Slate of Educational Offerings at Upcoming January 2014 Market
The star-studded speaker roster includes such brand names and industry leaders as Barbara Barry, Jaime Rummerfield of Woodson & Rummerfield's House of Design, Jason Oliver Nixon of Madcap Cottage; Gretchen Aubuchon from Fashion + Decor; Christian May of Maison21 Interior Decoration, author and lifestyle entrepreneur Tracy Porter, founder of Poetic Wanderlust®, and Laurie Pressman from Pantone Color Institute, among others.
JSA and MADA Launch Initiative To Publish Reports On Commercial Furniture Manufacturers
JSA and MADA to add information on the 50 largest commercial furniture manufacturers in the North American markets.
Positive Posture Launches New Website
The website lets visitors compare products, explore available options, and locate their nearest authorized Positive Posture dealer.
Spring Time Bedding Names New Head Of Sales
Sarah Appleton promoted to VP & National Account Sales Manager.
Web4Retail’s Fusion Marketing Program Expands, Takes On New Members
Galbraith’s Furniture, Suff’s Furniture, the Drapery House Design Center, Funky Sofa, Marge Carson, and well as PBS’s Vicki Payne, host of For Your Home join Web4Retail's Fusion Marketing Program.
Loloi Marks 10 Years with New Showroom & Anniversary Party
Taking place in Loloi’s brand new Atlanta showroom #4-D-2, the party will include live entertainment, catered food, wine and cocktails.
City Furniture Opens Its First Two Central Florida Stores, at The Villages
City Furniture reported that it has fast-tracked construction to open its first Central Florida stores, two showrooms at The Villages active adult community, on schedule for the holiday season.
IKEA Plugs-In 4 Electric Vehicle Charging Stations In Atlanta, Ga
Installation of units currently planned will bring the number of Blink charging stations available at IKEA locations to 55.
NAHFA Hires New Lobbying Firm
NAHFA says that D.C.-based Grayling’s lobbyists are already working on issues that affect the industry as a whole, such as the EPA formaldehyde and CPSC flammability regulations for furniture.
Las Vegas Market Welcomes Influx of Better Home Décor Resources
Highlights of the Winter 2014 Market will include the addition of 12 leading home décor vendors to the roster of permanent showroom tenants.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 181 - Why You Should Left Align Your Web Copy.
Resist the urge to fully justify your text. Align everything left and it will be easier to read and look better on mobile devices.
Leading Sleep Products Manufacturer Opens New Flagship Offices In Michigan
Reverie’s 11,000 sq. Ft. Space to house sales, marketing and research & development teams.
Specialty Sleep Association (SSA) To Sponsor Federal Trade Commission Speaker at Las Vegas Market
Mr. Kohm, who oversees enforcement of all consumer protection orders, will specifically address enforcement of the FTC “Green Guides” for manufacturers and retailers making “Green Claims”, and educate furniture and mattress/ bedding manufacturers on how to comply with, and make green claims according to the FTC “Green Guides.”
NAHFA Announces 2014 Las Vegas Market Seminars
The NAHFA educational seminars, which are free to market-attendees, are held in the Retailer Resource Center (RRC), Building B-1050.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 121 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking includes six reasons why a good leader's ability to provide inspired leadership is based on a foundation of trust.
Home Furnishings Retailer Hayneedle Ranks Second in LightningBuy Survey of Top 100 Online Retailers
The mobile version of Hayneedle's flagship website, hayneedle.com, ranked second only to Abercrombie & Fitch in LightningBuy's 2013 Mobile Commerce Conversion Index.
How To Create Advertising That Sells. Five Easy Steps Anyone Can Follow - Step #2 Continued
More about advertising copy and why intelligent people want to read intelligent ads.
Satya Tiwari, CEO of Surya & Pat Luthy of Suburban Furniture To Be Honored This Saturday, December 7th At NY/ NJ Dinner & Dance
Recognition will also be given to GMFA’s Retailer of The Year 2013 Peter & Andrew Orshan of Peter Andrews Furniture, Rep of The Year 2013 to Sal DeMarco of Natuzzi and Best Advertising 2013 to Jeff Horowitz of L&S Advertising.
Natuzzi Group Opens 7th Natuzzi Italia Store in Australia
The opening in Sydney follows the one in Keswick last July (in Adelaide), Other stores located in Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.
The Sustainable Furnishings Council Hires Carl Davis, Jr. To Lead 2014 Development Efforts
Prior to joining SFC, Davis helped organizations such as the Climate Reality Project and The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian meet their strategic goals.
Zenith Global Logistics Hires Customer Service Manager
Donna M. Adams has responsibility for the overall management of Zenith Global Logistics’ customer service team, which handles day-to-day contact with customers.
Massoud Taps The Gerber Sales Group To Expand Designer Business From Maine To Virginia
The Gerber Sales Group has a sales force of more than 30 representatives who call on the residential interior design market from Maine to Virginia, including members of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), specialty boutique stores, architects and specifiers.
Cardi’s Furniture & Arpin Group Team Up For Philippines Relief Drive:
Cardi’s and Arpin Group, along with CaroTrans and the Filipino-American Association of Newport County collected relief items at Cardi’s locations in Middletown & West Warwick, RI, as well as Swansea, South Attleboro, & Braintree, MA.
How To Create Advertising That Sells. Five Easy Steps Anyone Can Follow - Step #2
All about advertising copy and why Intelligent people want to read intelligent ads.
Dormeo Octaspring Creates Separate North American Business Unit Headed By New CEO Jon Stowe
Megard, Carter & Baker promoted; Henning departs company.
Diakon Logistics Extends Home Delivery Service To Los Angeles For San Diego Based Top 100 Retailer Jerome’s Furniture.
Jerome’s Furniture extends partnership with Diakon Logistics for its home delivery services at their new South Bay location.
Furniture First Adds Three New Members & Consolidates Las Vegas Showroom
Designer Furniture Gallery in Saint George, Utah, Garrison's Home Furnishings in Central Point, Oregon and Home Living Furniture, headquartered in Howell, New Jersey join buying group.
Art Van Announces Holiday Mattress Donation Program
For every mattress sold, retailer to donate a twin mattress set to Habitat for Humanity starting December 5.
Therapedic International Signs New License In Israel
Foam brand Polyron will broaden product base by adding Therapedic innersprings & hybrids to its 100 store network
Bob’s Discount Furniture and the American Red Cross Team Up with the New England Patriots for the Seventh Annual Gillette Stadium Blood Drive
Event includes drawing for autographed memorabilia from current Patriots players, hourly raffles of 20 Bob’s Discount Furniture gift cards, celebration of Bob’s $250,000 High School Heroes Scholarship Program, appearances by Patriots Legends and Cheerleaders and family entertainment.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 120 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking includes eight ideas about change that retail managers must keep in mind if they want to stay on top of the circumstances of their businesses and of their personal lives.
Mattress Land Sleepfit Will Launch Kingsdown’s Diagnostic Technology As Centerpiece Of New Concept Stores
Mattress Land SleepFit will adapt its current stores in California, Washington, Nevada and Idaho to the SleepFit concept store approach over the next year.
Social Media Room - Part 6: Old School Room Renderings Being Replaced By Pinterest Profiles
Wouldn’t it be great if potential customers could view your store’s room settings, see color and materials options, and fall in love with beautiful accessories before entering your store? That’s where Pinterest comes in…
The Piedmont Furniture Club To Hold e-Commerce Seminar on December 11, 2013
Denise Keniston, CEO of Web4Retail will be educating reps and retailers on the challenges, rewards and importance of e-Commerce in retail today.
American Society of Furniture Designers Makes
Changes in Leadership
The American Society of Furniture Designers announces Richard Schroeder as the organization’s new president and John Conrad as its new executive director.
Hill to Retire from WYNWOOD; Kennedy to Succeed
Dan Kennedy will succeed Joe Hill leading Wynwood. Dan was most recently President of major furniture retailer Belfort Furniture in Dulles, Virginia.
Kingsdown Grows Its Reach In Malaysia & Singapore Through A New Partnership With Far East Foam Industries
As the program launches, product will be sold at two new standalone Kingsdown branded stores – one each in Malaysia and Singapore.
NAHFA Announces Call for 2014 Retailer of the Year Nominations
The Association is looking for NAHFA members who demonstrate exemplary service to the industry and to their communities and who provide an exceptional customer experience in their stores.
Got Sleep? Partners With Nothing But Nets to Send Mosquito Nets to Africa
With every sleep system purchase, Got Sleep? will donate enough money to send two protective bed nets to families in Africa
Furniture Brands International becomes Heritage Home Group, LLC
Heritage Home Group Acquires Assets of Furniture Brands International Ira Glazer Named President and Chief Executive Officer
GE Capital Retail Bank Study Reveals Rise of the Omni-Channel Shopper
Second Annual Mobile Shopper Study Outlines Strategies for Retailers to Build Shopper Engagement and Loyalty
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 119 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking includes ten ways that retail managers lose control of their organizations.
Ethan Allen Achieves ‘Sustainable By Design’ Registration
EFEC was created by AHFA for the home furnishings industry to help companies develop specific systems and procedures for improving management of resources and raw materials, reducing energy and water consumption, and reducing waste disposal and associated costs.
Furniture Clinic Launches In The US
A UK-based leather repair company serving furniture retailers and consumers has launched in the USA.
Reverie Unveils A New Website Featuring Its Updated Logo, Branding And A Re-Freshed Design
The site features an entirely new aesthetic with brand new images and easy to navigate resources.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #99 from Lance Hanish: Small & Medium Business Owners Find Facebook Business Pages As Popular As Websites
In a new BIA/Kelsey study, survey results indicate that 54% of SMBs currently have a business page on Facebook, while 60% have a website.
Furniture First Plans 20th Anniversary Gala for April 2014 Market
Furniture First has 209 stockholders, operating more than 442 furniture stores in 47 states.
AHFA Launches ‘Toxic Hot Seat’ Website
The film details the influence of chemical companies and the tobacco industry on upholstered furniture flammability standards in the United States and how they gave rise to the widespread use of flame retardants.
Furniture Brands Announces Results of Court-Supervised Sales Process
KPS Capital Partners bid declared winner of company assets.
Should Americans Fear Their Furniture?
New York Times reviews just released documentary "Toxic Hot Seat".
California Approves New Furniture Flammability Standards
Revision allows furniture manufacturers as of January 1st 2014 to eliminate the chemical class PBDE's from polyurethane foams.
Celia Moh Scholars Visit High Point Market
Influential businesses and individuals provided behind-the-scenes access and insider knowledge across the two-and-a-half day program.
New Board of Directors for ART
Mindy Lowack, Dallas Market Center has been elected President of the organization that seeks to promote and enhance the market position of the home furnishings industry.
Las Vegas Market To Honor Barbara Barry as Design Icon at the Upcoming Winter Market
Barbara Barry is among the world’s most prominent and talented designers with designs that range from elegant interiors to an extensive portfolio of home furnishings.
SFC Members To Be Featured in House Beautiful’s Social Media Color Celebration and Chair Chase Scavenger Hunt.
Social media-driven consumer campaign aims to raise awareness about sustainable home furnishings among home furnishings enthusiasts and purchasers.
George Revington To Serve As 2014 AHFA Chairman
Kevin Sauder, president and CEO of Sauder Woodworking, Archbold, Ohio, moves to first vice chairman, and Kevin O’Connor, CEO of Samson Marketing, High Point, was elected second vice chairman.
Tri-State Home Furnishings Association Honors Bob Maricich – IMC & Others
Bob Maricich, CEO of International Market Centers spoke to the assembly of reps, retailers and industry suppliers about growth in the retail lifestyle segment, as well as how the combined IMC organization came to be.
The Home Furnishings Representatives of Michigan Donate $10,000 to Rick Vilestra Heart Fund
IHFRA Chapter solicits funds from the industry to help longtime member who is in need of a heart transplant.
Michelle Wiebe Named Top Style Spotter By High Point Market
Wiebe received the most votes through “likes” and re-pins on her Pinterest board of products and trends from the Fall 2013 High Point Market.
Barry Cik of Naturepedic Speaks at Washington, DC Symposium on “Safer Chemicals, Creating New Business Opportunities”
Naturepedic is a leader in the organic mattresses segment, including bedding, and top-of-bed products for babies, kids, and adults.
Hart Furniture Co. Announces Closing of its Wholesale/Distribution Division
Company will continue to operate popular retail store in Siler City, N.C.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #98 from Lance Hanish: Email Subject Lines: Personalization Linked To Higher Open Rates
Measuring the impact on open rate by standard deviations from the norm, MailChimp found that personalizing both the first and last name has the biggest impact, followed by personalization of last-name only and first-name only.
La-Z-Boy’s Kurt L. Darrow Receives Home Furnishings Industry’s Highest Service Award
Darrow is known for his keen understanding of global markets, plus his expertise in the development and execution of lean operating practices.
Twin-Star International Launches Volunteer Program To Encourage Employee Community Involvement
Twin-Star staff celebrates Fire Safety Month by hosting event at Milagro Center.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip #118 - A Good Leader..
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking includes six tips for managers that illustrate why "management by example" in retail organizations works.
High-end Retailer Studio 882 Opens in Chadds Ford, PA
Studio 882’s mission is to offer interior designers, and the general public, a comprehensive inventory of high-end furniture, art, and accessories.
Wolf’s Consignment Concept (AFC) Secures First Licensee
Doug Wolf and his partners at Allegheny Furniture Consignment reported that Wolf’s consignment concept pairing furniture consignment and first quality retail has secured its first license agreement with Delaware furniture powerhouse, Johnny Janosik.
Leon's Reports Same Store Sales Decrease of 1% For Third Quarter
With the acquisition of The Brick, Leon's Furniture Limited is now the largest retailer of furniture, appliances and electronics in Canada.
Tom Moser Inducted into New England Design Hall of Fame
The New England and Design Hall of Fame honors individuals who have had especially significant careers in residential design in New England.
Kurt L. Darrow, Chairman, President And CEO Of La-Z-Boy Inc., Joins CMS Energy And Consumers Energy Boards Of Directors
Darrow will serve on the Compensation and Human Resources Committee and Finance Committee.
Jordan's Furniture Chooses DataMentors to Enhance Database Marketing Initiatives
Jordan's will utilize DataMentors' services to support Customer Relationship Management (CRM) initiatives, client relationships, brand awareness, and overall business growth.
Art Van Furniture Offers $500 Wedding Gift Card To 11-12-13 Newlyweds
Michigan retailer builds promotion around popular wedding date in November.
SHOWTIME™ Announces Schedule Of Events
The largest market for textiles, leathers, and trimmings in the United States will open on December 8, 2013
Furniture Training Company Announces Sales Education Webinars
“The Key To Increased Mattress Sales, Turning Need to Want” webinar will be held on December 5th.
How To Create Advertising That Sells. Five Easy Steps Anyone Can Follow - Step #1
Every ad must start with a good headline. There are several headline elements which research shows to be successful.
Latex International Study Reveals Side Sleepers' Preferences.
Participants chose the Talalay latex hybrid as their preference four times more often than memory foam and two times more often than any polyfoam.
Accellos Acquires PROFITsystems
Supply chain software provider extends solution suite with market leading home goods retail software.
Restonic Receives Women’s Choice Award
Based on calls made to previous Restonic customers, 94% of those who’ve bought a Restonic mattress said they would recommend the brand.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 180 -Responsive Web Sites. See How the Pages Reassemble
For your next site upgrade, consider a responsive web site that “responds and adapts” to the device your customers are using.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 116 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking includes six tips for managers that outline the respect that associates who "give back" deserve in retail organizations.
Groovystuff Announces Design Challenge Winner
Auburn University Industrial Design undergraduate Meghan Wilson wins first place at the Fall High Point Market for the “Groovystuff by Design: Connecting Education with industry” Challenge.
American Society of Furniture Designers Unveils Its New Pinnacle™ Award Trophy
Designed by Mark Tucker (ASFD), the trophy draws its inspiration from the flowing form representative of the creative thinking process of a designer and unique details from ASFD’s updated logo.
American Sourcing Link, LLC Expects Container Shipping Prices To Stay Stable For 2014
Vessel utilization rates are expected to be below what is necessary to give carriers greater pricing power in the east-west trade lanes.
Norris Home Furnishings Receives Interior Design Awards From The Lee Building Industry Association (BIA)
Design oriented firm offers interior and outdoor furnishings, unique accessories and complete window and wall treatments.
imm cologne's LivingInteriors Show To Feature "Trend Avenue" and "The Rooms" Exhibitions In January 2014
LivingInteriors Show, part of imm cologne will focus on displaying perfectly staged interior worlds and integrated living and furnishing concepts from the bathroom, flooring, wall covering and lighting segments, in conjunction with home textiles.
Tiger Group Appoints Michael McGrail To The Newly Created Posst of Chief Operating Officer.
Valuation, advisory and disposition services firm hires McGrail to direct all day-to-day operations of the company.
Aaron's, Inc. Announces Strategic Changes to Management Team
Steven A. Michaels, Vice President of Finance, is being promoted to Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development; Robert W. Kamerschen, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, will add Corporate Secretary to his responsibilities; Kimberly R. Rivera joins Aaron's as the Vice President of Learning and Development.
William F. Lacey Named Chief Financial Officer Of International Market Centers
With a strong operational finance orientation, Lacey possesses more than 30 years of broad-based experience in public companies as well as private equity owned enterprises.
Gardner-White initiates Same Day Delivery
Michigan based retailer uses Dispatch Track software on its website so buyers can track the furniture delivery process, in real time, from store to home.
Carolina Mattress Guild Signs Brazilian Licensee
São Paulo based company, ApoloSpuma, to manufacture luxury line under the CMG name.
CORT Opens Contemporary Showroom in Chantilly, VA
New Showroom offers furniture ideas and inspiration for home and office.
Four Hands Executive Team Acquires Company In Management Buyout Deal
Matthew Briggs and the executive team became majority stakeholders of the company. Founder, Brett Hatton, and Kayne Capital will maintain minority interests.
Zenith Global Logistics Expands Humidity-Controlled Warehouse in Vietnam
Because of the climate in the region, controlling moisture levels is critical to prevent mold growth and warping of wood.
Richard Fleck Takes The Helm at Paramount Sleep
Mattress manufacturer says it is poised for strategic growth.
Gorman’s First Retailer In Michigan To Offer New Residential Crypton Home® Fabrics Display
The display enables consumers to pit the product against the hazards it would likely encounter at home, then clean the mess right up.
24 Key Retailers Later, Dormeo Octaspring Implements National Distribution Strategy
Company says the rollout strategy has placed its products in 24 of the top dealers in the country giving it a national distribution footprint.
Jeff Sampson Named Director of Marketing at Pacific Design Center
Sampson’s oversight will include all related marketing efforts including promotional and digital platforms.
DeLandis Furniture U.S. Says Its High Point Debut Exceeded Company Expectations
The company was established six months ago through an agreement between Classic Brands and China-based DeLandis.
The American Craft Council Show Returns To Baltimore For Its 38th Year
The show will put craft into context by featuring room vignettes designed by regional interior designers who have been inspired by objects of fine craft that are ideally suited for entertaining.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #97 from Lance Hanish: Using Social Media For Your Brand
There are five important things to consider in turning your social media efforts.
Kincaid Upholstery Plant Employees Work Safely for One Million Hours
Employees achieved the goal of working one million continuous hours without loss of time due to an accident or injury.
Monthly Furniture Insights Report From Smith Leonard
Year-to-date, new orders remained 6 percent ahead of the first 8 months of 2012. In 2012, the year-to-date orders were 5 percent above 2011.
E.S. Kluft & Co. Introduces Matching Pillows For Its “Aireloom Aspire” Collection
The new pillows are 100-percent visco-foam and feature an open-cell structure for increased breathability and comfort.
Singapore Furniture Industry Announces 2013 SFIA Awards
The SFIA is designed to honour outstanding industry individuals and enterprises that have displayed the spirit of entrepreneurship and made significant contributions to the furniture industry in Singapore.
PureCare® by Fabrictech to Expand Into Hotel, Motel and Hospitality Marketplace.
Company will exhibit at the International Hotel, Motel, and Restaurant Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, November 9- 12, 2013.
Fall 2013 Style Spotter Program Honored as One of America’s Top 10 Influencer Marketing Campaigns
The High Point Market’s Style Spotters program finished in second place in competition.
AmericasMart® Atlanta Seeks Entries For ICON HONORS 2014 Awards
CON HONORS recognizes the highest levels of professional and personal accomplishment in the Home and Gift Industry.
New Energy, New Eclecticism Featured at Ethan Allen Danbury Launch Event
Co-hosted by Connecticut Cottages & Gardens, the event brought together a crowd of more than 150 celebrated interior designers and local dignitaries.
Incentive Marketing Association Awards Pure Latexbliss Circle Of Excellence For Retail Sales Associate Training Program
The award recognizes the company’s outstanding work on the Learn & Earn program, an online training and awards portal designed to encourage retail sales associates (RSAs) to “live latex.”
City Furniture Expanding Its Cutler Bay Presence With 90,000-Square Foot Superstore
When the Ashley Furniture HomeStore showroom opens in spring 2014, it will mark the completion of City Furniture’s five-store South Florida expansion and renovation program.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 115 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking includes eight practical tips about the importance of correct tone and content in retail managers' communications with associates.
Kingsdown’s Blu-Tek Point-Of-Purchase Headboard Display Takes Home The “Gold” In 2013 Design Of The Times Awards
The Design of the Times Awards are sponsored by the Path to Purchase Institute, a global association with a mission to foster a deeper understanding of all marketing efforts and touch-points that influence purchase decisions made in-store and online.
5 Profit-Draining Mistakes You Make In Your Advertising Every Day And What You Can Do About It.- Part 5
Failure to make your advertising personal.
Nick, Ron and Pete Cardi of Cardi’s Furniture Receive National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) Medallion.
The Cardi's were recognized by Secretary of State A. Ralph Mollis at Meeting Street for their commitment to voter education and participation, as well as philanthropic contributions.
The High Point Market Authority Inspirations Campaign Wins Best in Show at BMA Carolinas 2013 ProAds Awards
The eye-catching ads deliver a clear message, Inspiration, making a meaningful statement about High Point Market.
Surya Taps Tom Etheridge to Head Hospitality Division
Division will make its official debut at popular hospitality design trade fair BDNY.
American Furniture Hall of Fame Honors Bob’s Discount Furniture Co-founder Gene Rosenberg with Recent Induction
Award recognizes his contributions to the U.S. furniture industry.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #96 from Lance Hanish: Using Mobile Needs New Way Of Thinking
Mobile is not just a platform that allows for long term engagement with the same old thing you are rehashing from another medium, be it newspaper, magazine, direct mail, television or cinema.
5 Profit-Draining Mistakes You Make In Your Advertising Every Day And What You Can Do About It.- Part 4
Failure to make your advertising accountable.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 179: Tall Banners for Websites: What to Watch For
If you have a tall website banner only on your home page, construct a smaller one for your interior pages.
Mohawk Finishing Products names Salesperson of the Year
Winner Doug Groot has been with Mohawk Finishing Products for 29 Years.
October Survey Finds That Nation's Affluent Consumers Will Be Holiday Lightweights This Year
Study shows that the "heavy-lifting" top 20 percent express cautious outlook toward fourth quarter spending.
Decca Ltd. Announces Formation of Decca Home; Hires Rob Casey as President
Division Will Manage Bolier and New Residential Brands Rottet Home and Élan by Decca
Allan Copley Designs Hires Brad Swaggerty to Manage Business Development
Swaggerty will focus on building the Allan Copley line into a boutique brand and strengthening service offerings.
Social Media Room - Part 5: Furnishing Your Facebook Page To Set Up Sales
The key to success with a Facebook business fan page is to set it up and manage it so that it complements, rather than competes with, your company’s website. Here are some quick tips for Facebook success:
Mattress Firm Celebrates South Dakota Homecoming
Harry Roberts, one of Mattress Firm's founders is bringing the company back to his hometown, and opening Mattress Firm's first three franchise stores in South Dakota.
ICFA Continues Fall Webinar Series
November edition helps retailers identify and target market to core customers.
National Sleep Foundation, Hollander Sleep Products Launch Live Comfortably Brand At Bloomingdale’s
First collection includes bed pillows and mattress toppers.
The Chanler Group Reaches Settlement In Proposition 65 Suit
Environmental law firm says this is the first time Proposition 65, or any American consumer protection statute, has been used as a basis for international prosecution.
Feizy Rugs Announced Design and Display Winners
La-Z-Boy Albuquerque was the Retail winner and Interiors by Cary Vogel won in the Designer category.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 114 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking includes eight practical ideas for furniture store owners and managers.
A.R.T. Furniture Names Denise Alala Vice President Of Uphostery And Visual Merchandising
Alala will be responsible for the development and execution of the merchandising of upholstery design, textiles, and visual presentation.
Las Vegas Market Announces Changes For Winter 2014
Winter market highlights will include a new Sunday-Thursday date pattern, increased breadth and depth of permanent showrooms and temporary exhibits, educational programming and networking events.
ASFD Announces 18th Annual Pinnacle Award Winners
The Pinnacle Awards banquet was held on Monday evening, October 21 during the High Point Market.
GE Capital Retail Bank and Sleep Train Introduce Private Label Credit Card Program
The Sleep Train credit card is available for purchases in more than 100 California retail locations.
Surya Announces Release of Fall 2013 Catalog
Go-to customer resource introduces more than 1,000 fresh, on-trend products along with new accessory categories.
Ashley Furniture HomeStore Strengthens Commitment to Finish Breast Cancer
Beginning this year, Ashley Furniture HomeStores will serve as the official sponsor of the 26.2 with Donna Relay.
Art Van Furniture And WXYZ-TV Team Up To Feed Families For The Holidays
Art Van Furniture will collect donations of non-perishable food items at stores around metro Detroit, including Ann Arbor, Port Huron and Howell.
Aaron's, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results
Same store revenues increased .5% during the third quarter of 2013 compared to the third quarter of 2012.
Leggett & Platt Reports Third Quarter EPS Of $.49
For 2013, Leggett & Platt anticipates annual sales of approximately $3.75 billion, reflecting 1% growth.
DeLandis Furniture Signs Exclusive Design Deal With Leatherworks Industry Vet Crink To Lead Sourcing, Design, Merchandising & Sales
Crink has more than 30 years of industry experience that spans senior positions in sales, merchandising and product development to asset management and financial restructuring with major regional and national furniture retailers and manufacturers.
Celebrating 25 Years, The American Furniture Hall Of Fame Foundation Inducts Three New Members Into The American Furniture Hall Of Fame
Joining the current 91 Hall of Fame members are John D. Bassett III, chairman of Vaughan-Bassett Furniture; Hassell H. Franklin, chairman and CEO of Franklin Corporation; and Eugene Rosenberg, a founder of Bob’s Discount Furniture and Planned Furniture Promotions.
Industry Forecaster And Expert, Ellen Gefen, Selected As 2013 IFDA Luminary
Award salutes a career filled with contributions to home furnishings and décor.
Surya Launches New Rug and Accessories Collections from ‘Arbiter of Style’ Lotta Jansdotter
Her collections for Surya include a selection of hand tufted and flat weave wool rugs, along with pillows and poufs.
Klaussner® Home Furnishings Debuts Carolina Preserves Collection at October High Point Market
The collection includes two distinct styles, one featuring the delicate hues and patterns from Mangum’s coastal paintings and the other, the refined colors and textures from his Blue Ridge Mountain subjects.
Surya Sponsors “Think Pink” Campaign in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Portion of proceeds from sale of pink products to be donated to National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Surya Debuts Line of Area Rugs and Throws Inspired by Timeless Designs of Australian Designer Florence Broadhurst
Launch builds upon existing partnership with global brand.
American Society of Furniture Designers Offers Student Memberships
Richard and Catherine Frinier of Richard Frinier Collection, a leading furniture design firm sponsors ten annual student memberships.
5 Profit-Draining Mistakes You Make In Your Advertising Every Day And What You Can Do About It.- Part 3
Since people buy to get benefits, the best way to get them to read the copy in your ad is to promise a benefit in the headline.
Thayer Coggin Announces Limited Edition Milo Baughman Offering
As a part of its 60th anniversary, Thayer Coggin, Inc. is releasing a Limited Edition of the Cruisin' Chair and Ottoman.
Home Trends and Design Expands High Point Showroom, Introduces Over 100 New Pieces of Furniture
Home Trends and Design has rolled out the Industrial Loft and London Loft collections, along with Repzio, a new iPad app.
SANUS Introduces Trillium Collection of Modern AV Furniture
The Trillium collection is packed with features to help media equipment perform to the best of its ability.
Natuzzi Group To Debut Re-Vive At High Point Market
The recliner boasts several unique features, such as Natuzzi’s Responsive Recline (a weight compensating mechanism that allows reclining with perfect balance), dynamic arms, full 360-degree range of movement in the base, and a tilting ottoman.
Art Van Furniture To Open 46,000 sq.ft. Store In Fort Wayne, IN
The Indiana store will debut in January 2014 and create more than 50 new retail jobs.
Multi-Channel Retailers Scramble to Find Alternatives in Response to Proposed Postal Rate Increase of Nearly 6%
Information on scope of the regulations, plus how using "Mini" or "Slim" Catalogs can cut costs.
Surya Partners with GlucksteinHome to Launch New Rug Collections
GlucksteinHome’s collections for Surya feature an elegant and refined selection of medium pile, hand-tufted wool rugs.
Andrew Tepperman, David Gunn join North American Home Furnishings Association Board of Directors and serve on Collaborative Teams
The addition of Andrew Tepperman and David Gunn to the NAHFA Board of Directors will bring added experience to the organization.
Samuel Shaffer Named CEO of Michael Aram Inc.
Shaffer comes to Michael Aram with a unique background in both large scale marketing and boutique, designer-owned brands.
The Chanler Group Achieves Civil Penalties Against Retailers Including IKEA & J.C. Penney in Fire Retardant Chemical Cases.
The 35 settling companies allegedly manufactured and sold common household items such as chairs, child safety seats and benches containing the flame retardant chemicals TDCPP and TCEP.
Legacy Classic Kids’ Inspirations by Wendy Bellissimo Adds Nursery to Youth Collection At High Point Show
Grow with Me can be used by a range of ages from newborn to adult.
Impact Consulting Services, The Furniture Training Co. Form Strategic Alliance
FTC is the industry's largest provider of online training services in the form of furniture and mattress training modules, sales manager and sales associates training Webinars, and custom training development services.
Mixed Media and Arts and Crafts Introductions Garner Attention in American Drew’s Fall Market Showroom
American Drew, a La-Z-Boy company reported that it is introducing two contemporary and eclectic home collections at fall High Point Market.
Hammary’s Expanded Space Shows Breadth of Offerings at Fall Market
Hammary is expanding its services for interior designers, making general enhancements to its catalog and adding a credit card processing option for interior designers and other small business partners.
Kincaid Furniture To Introduce Three New Solid Wood Collections at High Point Market
Company says the collections combine the heirloom quality of solid wood with livable designs that resonate with today’s consumer.
Lea Industries Offers Solutions-Oriented Approach with Fall Market Introductions
Introductions include a youth bedroom collection and metal bed options.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #95 from Lance Hanish: Are You Ready For The New TCPA Rules For Your SMS/MMS Marketing?
Fines of $500 to $1,500 for every non-complaint message sent after October 16th is risking substantial exposure potentially in the tens to hundreds of millions of dollars.
The Furniture Training Company Get's New High Point Showroom
The company will have a new location at the High Point Market at the 1st (top) Floor of the Suites at Market Square.
American Freight Furniture to Open First Location in South Carolina
Discount furniture chain announces new store in North Charleston.
IHFC Features A Remerchandised Mix of Accessory Floors at Market
IHFC Accessory floors-on Floors 2, 3 and 4-are devoted solely to the accessory categories, including rugs, lighting, wall art, decorative accessories, and every other finishing touch for the home.
Spring Time Will Debut New Medicci & Saville Hybrid Mattresses, & 5 Go-Pedic Pillows At High Point
New mattress selections will be company’s first injection of bolder color.
Rizzy Home Hires Territory Managers Horton and Booth
David Horton and Chuck Booth will cover Texas and Oklahoma. They come to Rizzy Home with a long record of sales success.
GUS* Modern Launches New Designs For Small Spaces At High Point
The new furniture collection is aimed at design-savvy consumers furnishing smaller, urban spaces.
Stanley Furniture Company Announces Third Quarter 2013 Operating Results
Company reports slightly reduced net sales for the first nine months vs. 2012, lower margins and a higher operating loss.
Salon at Market Square & Suites Expands, Adding 14 Fashion Forward Exhibitors for October High Point Market
Launched in April 2010, SALON is a presentation of masterfully designed furnishings presented in a curated environment.
Surya to Introduce Innovative Rug Line from European Design Firm Papilio
A recipient of a number of international design awards for its recycled rugs, including the Red Dot Design Award and Henry Van de Velde Design Award, Papilio has chosen to offer brand rights for its rugs in the U.S. exclusively to Surya.
Gold Bond Will Open “Latex Showcase” At High Point Market
Section of company’s showroom will be dedicated to growing latex mattress segment.
Therapedic International Expands Buoyancy Collection With New Top-End Model
Company uses cutting-edge foam technology to add 55% more support and “bounce” to latest offering.
“Tell Us Your Story” Video Project For The Hall Of Fame Foundation Expands In Collaboration With Aico/Amini Innovations
Video tapings will be held Monday, Oct. 21, and Tuesday, October 22, 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in the AICO/Amini Innovation Corp. showroom, IHFC Commerce 802.
Furniture Training Company Posts Free Podcast Titled “Using a Power Selling Vocabulary”.
In this podcast, salespeople will learn the power of words in the selling process, and how to use words to become more effective salespeople.
HGTV HOME™ Furniture Collection Invites Interior Designers to “Get Creative” with New Designer Program
Membership in the HGTV HOME™ Furniture Collection Designer Program includes a complete set of HGTV HOME Furniture Collection fabrics, a complete set of HGTV HOME Furniture Collection catalogs in a binder, a set of HGTV HOME Furniture Collection finish samples and a HGTV HOME Furniture Collection non-stocking dealer price list.
Henglin Chair Debuting New U.S. Line in Plaza Suites Showroom
at October High Point Market
Price points range from $399 to $799 retail for stationary sofas; $699 to $999 for stationary sectionals; and $699 to $999 for motion.
Zenith Global Logistics Relocates and Expands Maryland Hub
New facility triples square footage & adds full-service 3pl warehousing to existing freight services.
Malouf To Give Away Free Travel Pillows At High Point Show
As previously annouced, the company will be showing in their first permanent space at the High Point Market.
Leggett & Platt® Consumer Products Group Unveils New Beds
The new items, which will be unveiled at Leggett & Platt’s new showroom during High Point Market in October 2013, incorporate a variety of styles and finishes.
Sealy® Brand, Stearns & Foster® Focus On Gel At High Point Market
New ad campaign will demonstrate the brand’s core messages of quality, tradition and craftsmanship, while introducing its ClimaSense™ gel memory foam nationally.
Hardscape for Pat Plaxico Gardens at High Point's Bienenstock Furniture Library Nearly Complete
A tribute to Pat Plaxico—the city of High Point, the furniture industry, and all the people, designers, manufacturers, students, buyers, who support it—the new Pat Plaxico Gardens will be the epicenter of the “Ignite High Point” Uptown Project
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #94 from Lance Hanish: Retailers Hone In On Ship-To-Store To Fuel Mobile Investment By Brick-And-Mortar
Manufacturers have to talk with retailers constantly and retailers have to talk with manufacturers in a whole new way. No more mistrust. Transparency is essential.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 113 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking include eight principles for managers who want to lead by example.
Gold Bond To Introduce First Hybrid Line At High Point Market
New “Smart Series” combines support of innerspring with comfort and cooling benefits of latex and gel.
HPU to Name Facility for Ashley Furniture Founder Ron Wanek
The naming of this facility honors Wanek’s lifetime achievement in business and philanthropy. It will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 16
HGTV HOME™ Furniture Collection Explores New Techniques to Bring a Pop of Color to Case Goods
The aniline dyed pieces are inspired by mid-century modern styling, a look making a strong resurgence given its uncluttered but dramatic presence.
Therapedic International To Debut Promotionally Priced Additions To “Memory Touch” Collection At High Point Market
New models designed to compete against Chinese imports.
Loloi Rugs Debuts Highly Anticipated Pillow Line at High Point Market
Over 150 pillows showcased in new showroom, Oct. 19-24.
Pure Latexbliss™ Expands Luxury “Prestige” Collection With New $12,000 Offering
“Tuileries” features graphite infused latex in the mattress & foundation .
Latex International To Feature Innovative New Latex & Technologies In New “Latex Is What’s Next Components Showcase” At High Point Market
The new 800 square-foot space will feature the company’s new Controlled Thermal Reaction (CTR) latex, Talalay Latex Support Cylinders, Talalay Latex Massaging Wave upholstery rolls, graphite-infused latex, and Talalay GL, among several others.
Leggett & Platt® Consumer Products Group Giving Away Ipad Minis And More At New High Point Showroom
Visitors to the new CPG showroom will see new product introductions by the Leggett & Platt® Fashion Bed™ brand as well as a new Leggett & Platt® CLEAN SHIELD™ mattress protector.
Kinfine Showing in New Furniture Plaza Showroom at October High Point Market
Kinfine, a factory-direct accent furniture resource, is showing in a 4,100-square-foot showroom in Space 500 of Furniture Plaza.
MicroD Hosts V.I.P Roundtable Event with Home Furnishings Industry Leaders
The one-day event focused on the topic of the “Future of eTailing and eCommerce: Bridging the gap between manufacturers and retailers to increase sales”.
IFFS 2014 Show To Debut High-End Decoration Showcase
The International Furniture Fair Singapore reported that it will host the ART OF LIVING ASIA exhibit, an elegant and luxurious decoration showcase.
Technogel® Sleeping Unveils Its Most Luxurious Mattress And Pillow Line In New York City
The Vive Collection makes its debut at the “luxury review”.
5 Profit-Draining Mistakes You Make In Your Advertising Every Day And What You Can Do About It.- Part 2
Here is a common misconception responsible for robbing furniture and bedding retailers of millions upon millions of dollars in available sales and profits every day, every month, every year.
Hooker Furniture Taps Pat Watson for Merchandising Executive Post
Watson will focus on product development of bedroom and dining room in the good and better segment of Hooker’s product line.
Surya Employees Run “Miles for Meals” to Help Feed Thousands of Children Living in Rural India
The company’s Miles for Meals initiative has raised more than $38,000 for Akshaya Patra, one of the world’s largest NGO-run school lunch programs.
Loloi Debuts Designer Collections from Henrietta Spencer-Churchill and Dann Foley at High Point
The first collection is the debut of an indoor/outdoor collection by designer Dann Foley, and the second is a classic traditional collection from Lady Henrietta Spencer-Churchill, famed English interior designer.
Green Light Given To The “Re- Organisation Plan” For The Italian Operations Of The Natuzzi Group
Natuzzi will close two of the company’s manufacturing plants in Italy. Reaches agreement to increase efficiency, review procurement and delivery processes, continue to automate leather-cutting operations, expand moving production lines and implement other initiatives.
Gus* Modern Adds Home Office Category With Desks Designed For Small-Space Living in High Point
New desks are compact enough to fit into urban homes and condos and work seamlessly with existing layouts.
SFC’s High Point Market Lunch & Learn To Deliver Successful Strategies for Selling Sustainable Home Furnishings
The results of SFC’s 2013 Green Home Furnishings Study provide clear-cut evidence of consumers’ growing interest in sustainable furnishings and environmentally safe products in general,
New Book "Furniture by Architects" features high quality design.
Furniture by Architects features an eclectic range of extraordinary and eye-catching furniture designs by leading contemporary architects.
Sleep Train Charity Golf Classic Raises More Than $650,000 For Current and Former Foster Youth
Oscar-themed fundraiser collects a record-breaking amount to fund extracurricular activities, educational scholarships and to help foster youth gain independent living skills.
URBIA To Preview Toccare Line At High Point Market
Buyers and designers will have their choice of over 50 high end leathers and fabrics. The collection also offers a selection of dining chairs.
Zedbed Brings New Bedding Technologies To High Point Show
Mattress manufacturer touts Air + which is a reticulated foam with wide open pores that allow maximum air circulation.
U.S. President Of Delandis Furniture Dead At 55
Zippelli will assume role on interim basis until successor is named.
Nationwide Announces Partnership with PROFITSystems
Nationwide Marketing Group announced that they have partnered with PROFITsystems, one of the home goods industry’s most popular software providers, to offer a group program for their 3,500+ independent retail members.
Suites at Market Square Welcomes 35 New Temporary Exhibitors
More than 350 temporary exhibitors can be found at the Suites at Market Square, a conveniently located 200,000 square-foot venue.
American Furniture Hall Of Fame Foundation Introduces The Black Book Project
The Black Book Project will gather background information about leaders and future leaders across all segments of the home furnishings industry – retailers and interior designers, manufacturers, bedding, rugs and accessories as well as suppliers.
Artisan House to Unveil New Showroom and Designs at High Point Market
The completely remodeled space will present 29 new pieces in a gallery-style fashion, along with other notable sculptures.
Spring Time Will Open First Permanent High Point Showroom
7,000-square-foot showroom will floor more than 50 mattresses and a pillow and mattress topper collection.
Sealy® Empowers Consumers With New Comparison Tool
Sealy says that the step-by-step guide will help simplify the mattress shopping experience and send empowered consumers into retail showrooms.
New Website And Campaign: Embrace Our Story Make Debut For The American Furniture Hall Of Fame Foundation
Retailers, exhibitors and suppliers are invited to record a favorite story of their company or the industry during the High Point Market.
5 Profit-Draining mistakes you make in your advertising every day and what you can do about it- Part 1.
The most glaring mistake almost all advertisers make today is failure to talk about benefits in their ads.
Pat Luthy of Suburban Furniture and Mattress To Receive Prestigious Howard Liveright Award At GMFA Dinner & Dance Event
Luthy will be presented with the Howard Liveright Award at the Greater Metropolitan Furnishings Association gala dinner & dance held on Saturday, December 7th, 2013.
Satya Tiwari, CEO of Surya To Be Honored At GMFA Dinner & Dance Event
Surya’s President will be presented with the Jerry Gans Memorial Award at the Greater Metropolitan Furnishings Association’s Gala Dinner & Dance held on Saturday, December 7th, 2013.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 178: Spinning Straw into Gold by Reviewing Your Website
Take a critical look at your website's copy. Then ask yourself if the copy reflects your unique story.
Weekly FurnitureWorld Media Note #93 from Lance Hanish: Mobile Is A Gateway To The Sales Engine
Mobile is a tool. It is great for real time offers. It is amazing for real-time monitoring. It is terrific for retail mobile shopping. And, it is great for point-of-sale.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 112 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking includes seven practical ideas for furniture store owners and managers.
Four Hands Appoints Adam Dunn As Product Development Manager
Dunn will act as a liaison between the design floor, the production factories, and the greater design community.
David Love Launches New Advertising Consulting And Coaching Firm
Furniture and mattress furniture veteran offers 41 years of experience to furniture and mattress retailers.
Withit Hosts Market Events And Seminars
Women in the Home Industries Today (WithIt) announced that it will host the following events at the upcoming High Point show.
Melanie Stranix joins Zedbed as VP of Sales
With over 15 years of industry experience, she will lead Zedbed’s entire sales force and sales development across North America.
MIFF Show Announces Additional Exhibitors At March Show
Last year the fair drew 6,054 international buyers from 140 countries with a good turnout of quality buyers from emerging regions and traditional markets of Australia, United States and Japan.
Stein World Announces Market Party Celebrating its High Point Showroom Redesign
Stein World showroom has been completely remodeled and features a totally new floor plan, fresh design aesthetics, and an expanded dealer lounge.
TrekShops LLC To Open Revolution Experiential Showroom In High Point
5,000 sq. ft. showroom features a relaxed atmosphere and amenities for "creative types".
Internationally Recognized Innovation Expert Luke Williams to Keynote ISPA EXPO 2014
Professor Williams is the author of the best-selling book Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to Spark Transformation in Your Business.
Location Announced for 2014 ART Conference
The home accent industry trade association will hold its annual conference May 1-4, 2014 at Paradise Point in San Diego, CA.
Leathercraft, Raschella Home Décor and Henkel Harris Moving High Point Showrooms
High-end sources Henkel Harris, Leathercraft Inc. and Raschella Home Décor are moving to new showrooms in the 200 N. Hamilton building for the High Point Market taking place Oct. 19 to 24.
Furniture Brands Announces Court Approval for Enhanced "Stalking Horse" Bid for Company's Assets
Preliminary agreement reached for KPS Capital Partners to acquire assets including Lane business for $280 million.
JAIPUR To Host High Point's First Design Tech Summit
JAIPUR will host Track II with HGTV Designers & Style Spotters.
JAIPUR To Sponsor High Point IMC/Showplace Outdoor Area
Offers lunches and cocktails at Market plus announces publication of THE BOOK – Winter 2013/14.
International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market / MMPI Reports Positive Feedback
Show management reports attendance of qualified buyers, retailers and other industry professionals increased by more than 6% .
Surya Reaches Social Media Milestone with 100,000 Facebook “Likes”
Surya is an active participant in multiple social media platforms, including Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.
ICFA Offers Marketing Webinar
Webinar will offer marketing tips for outdoor specialty stores to attract more customers, make more effective use of social media and close more sales.
High Point Market Authority Announces Duke University Study Findings
The HPMA engaged the Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness (CGGC) at Duke University to conduct a comprehensive economic and fiscal impact of the twice yearly High Point Market.
Hazz Design Principals Join Mod Mom Furniture Team
Tracy and Tom Hazzard partner with “Shark Tank” alumna Kiersten Hathcock to bring Mod Mom Furniture to mass retailers.
Slumberland Furniture Powers Stores With Solar Energy
Energy savings from the solar installations on their 10 locations equals the electricity use of 58 homes for one year; 802 barrels of oil; 38,654 gallons of gasoline; or two rail cars of coal.
Surya to Unveil Mirror and Lighting Collections at High Point Market
Introductions are latest in brand’s continued expansion into new home accent categories.
Mattress Firm to Host Global Cardboard Challenge Events across the U.S. in Partnership with the Imagination Foundation
Retailer to support creativity in children and adults by hosting global cardboard challenge events at six local stores.
Homecraft Furniture Makes High Point Debut.
Seven bedroom suites shown for the first time will retail between $1699- $3999.
Twin-Star International Adds Heidt and Thompson to Sales Team
Ron Heidt is now the National Director of Sales and New Construction. Shauna Thompson is the new National Senior Account Manager handling mass Canadian accounts.
Restonic Welcomes Julia Rosien as Brand Engineer
Plans for Restonic include the launch of a newly designed website, corporate blog and innovative, consumer-focused new media outreach.
Fornirama Furniture Debuts High Point North Carolina Showroom
Jean Claude Poitras a renowned furniture and apparel designer will create new contemporary, modern and transitional upholstery designs introduced at the show.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #92 from Lance Hanish: B2B Vendors Say Commerce Shifting Online To Meet Customer Demand
The most commonly cited challenge in B2B commerce study is providing intuitive and user-friendly interfaces for multiple touch points.
Imagine Advertising Launches New Website
Recently Imagine was recognized with two Hermes Platinum awards for developing the Ashley Furniture iKidz Gallery Program and for a 2013 Beautyrest Dealer Print Program.
Fox & Friends Anchor Elisabeth Hasselbeck “Rest-Tests” Kingsdown’s Sleep Smart On-Air
Sleep Smart mattresses are designed to learn an individual’s body and make the appropriate ergonomic adjustments, effectively creating a “fingerprint” or “signature” for each sleeper.
Paula Fogarty Joins Bienenstock Furniture Library Board
Former President of the Kindel Furniture Company, art historian, teacher and writer has a deep appreciation for rare books, and the Library's educational resources.
Jane Kitchen Joins ISPA Staff As Bedtimes
In her new role, Kitchen will cover mattress industry news and trends for ISPA members and other manufacturers and suppliers.
Retailer Postcard from Paris Home Hires Business Development Executive
Full-service interior design firm and home furnishings boutique hires Owensby to cultivate and manage new business opportunities.
HTL Furniture to Introduce ‘Muse’ Collection at High Point’s Fall Market
The new line of furnishings will include about 60 style groups of sofas and chairs, plus ten rug collections and three occasional table groups.
Istanbul Host FURNistanbul International Home Furnishings Trade Show in 2014
Istanbul offers ideal opportunities for international furniture exporters to promote their products to Turkey’s domestic market, as well as test the waters in potential markets that maintain trade-friendly relationships with Turkey.
Shifman Announces New Product Launches And 2014 Marketing Program
Shifman will introduce an updated collection of hand-assembled, machine-quilted mattresses, along with the official launch of the two-sided Pure Comfort Collection in High Point.
Guildmaster Emerges From Chapter 11; Investors Take Company Private
A judge in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Missouri in Springfield approved the reorganization plan, which had already been accepted by the shareholders and creditors.
IHFC’S Commerce Wing Features Two New Exhibitors, Three Relocated Showrooms
The new exhibitors are Urban Collections by Yutzy Woodworking and Somerton Dwelling.
Platinum Equity Acquires Homedirect, Combines Business With MXD Group
Both MXD Group and HomeDirect specialize in high-touch “white glove” delivery services for North American retail brands across a variety of consumer segments.
Latex International Introduces New “Talalay Latex Support Cylinders”
The innovative Cylinders will be shown in Latex International’s Component Room at the upcoming High Point Furniture Market, October 19th through 24th.
Social Media Room - Part 4: Find Room For Twitter in your Customer Service Mix
Chances are your customers are talking about your company and its products/services on Twitter. Here’s how a little planning and basic steps, you can enable you to turn Twitter into a powerful customer service tool.
Groupe Bermex To Host VIP High Point Event
Company reaches out to the designers and architects with new website.
Home Furnishings Insurance Group Relocates To New Suites Market Square Location
Furniture Insurance specialists relocate from the Retailer Resource Center in High Point, to the top floor of the Suites at Market Square space #1-646.
Retailer Hayneedle.com Partners With Clementine Daily To Add "How To" Website Content.
Company enlists Clementine Daily to create custom Styleboards, “how-to” and room designs on The Style Gallery at hayneedle.com, inspiring online shoppers to discover styles and products that fulfill their vision of home.
2013 Furnituredealer.Net User Conference Focuses On Engagement
Retailers gather for intensive, two-day educational and networking experience.
Surya to Host Multiple Events During Fall 2013 High Point Market
Dynamic line up of events includes home decor discussion with designer and HGTV host Candice Olson.
Malouf Brings Line of Pillows, Linens, Mattress Protectors, Bed Frames & Toppers To High Point Market
At market they will be introducing the Gel Dough Memory Foam + Z-Gel, a pillow that offers a unique dual gel approach to combat heat.
Butler Specialty Company and Imagine Retailer Join Forces To Aid Retailers With E-commerce
The initiative is centered on fully functional e-commerce sites that will be co-branded with participating dealers and Butler Specialty Company.
Trump And Dorya International Partner To Introduce Trump Home By Dorya® Furniture
The international expansion of the Trump Home brand is part of a strategic initiative to build the brand’s presence in targeted foreign markets.
Tomlinson To Host High Point Event With Major Designers Barry Dixon, Bea Pila And Michael Wolk
The “Inspire Tomorrow” event will be held Monday, October 21, 2013 at 2 pm in the Tomlinson showroom at 525 N. Wrenn Street.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 177: Remember to Capitalize Your Email Signature Tool
Promote your Facebook and other social pages in your email signature tool.
Lady Americana Adds Oman Manufacturing Facility
Poly Industries Company (IPI) has been authorized to manufacture Lady Americana’s luxury brand of mattresses and service the entire group of Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries.
North American Home Furnishings Association and Flonomics Partner to Help Furniture Retailers Improve Store Performance
Flonomics’ Flo-Count technology gives retailers insight into daily store operations to deliver improvements in sales, marketing and staffing effectiveness.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #91 from Lance Hanish: Which email Practices Seem To Be Working For Brands?
Brands sending emails less than weekly tended to see better inbox placement, read and complaint rates than those sending more frequently than that, while those sending personalized messages fared worse in each metric than those who did not.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 111 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking includes seven ideas that good leaders should believe in.
Midwest Furniture Show Announces New Resources, Exhibitors
Among the new additions are Zenith Global Logistics, Istikbal, Sunset Manufacturing, and Brandsource.
GO Home Ltd. to Launch New Blog and New High Point Showroom
To celebrate the launch, GO Home Ltd. is offering readers the chance to win a $250 coupon towards any purchase on its website.
Crystorama and Loloi Rugs To Host High Point Welcome Cocktail Party
Live music from Jaxson Jill, food and dancing celebrate the shared showroom space.
Furniture First Retailers Participate in National Furniture Sale
Ninety-seven Furniture First member retailers are participating in the sale, supported by the $1.6 billion buying power of their group.
Twin-Star International Posts Highest August Sales In Company's History
Contributing to Twin-Star’s sales record was the addition of an innovative home office line, the expansion of their premium speaker bar multi-function media centers, and the introduction of their latest infrared electric fireplace insert.
Surya Names Lynne Meredith Vice President of Product Development
With a lifelong passion for textiles, Lynne has spent 25 years designing and overseeing global sourcing and overseas manufacturing processes within the fashion and home textiles markets.
Modani Furniture Opens New Atlanta Showroom
Modani Furniture brings unique and eclectic collections from around the world to major U.S. cities with “Over the Top Design at Minimalist Prices.”
Next Generation-NOW Hosts Inaugural Next Gen Day at High Point Market
Hosted by NAHFA, High Point Market Authority, High Point University and Ashley Furniture Industries, this free event features a full day of activity focused around broadening the participation and interest of the next generation in the home furnishings industry.
Rachel Kate Girl & Rachel Kate Kid Bedding Launch
Fresh new line of Rizzy Home bedding and textiles will be launched during the New York Home Fashions Market in Rizzy Home’s New York showroom.
Showplace Welcomes Seven New Exhibitors for Fall High Point Market
New exhibitors are OW Lee, Ion Design, Camaflexi, Rossetti's, Dynasty Gallery’s, Amer Rugs and Hommax Furniture.
Magnussen Home Furnishings To Expand And Move To New IHFC Showroom
The new additional space is about 16,000 square feet and increases Magnussen’s total showroom by 40%.
City Furniture Will Open Its First Central Florida Stores in November
City Furniture announced plans to expand its Central Florida operations by opening two showrooms in November at the fast-growing active adult community of The Villages.
Sensorpedic Targets Young, Active Lifestyle Consumers With A New Energized Memory Foam Pillow Line
The collection makes its debut at the New York Home Fashions Market, Sept. 23rd through 26th.
OMI Offers New Research Tool That Helps Retailers Calculate Size Of Organic “Opportunity” In Their Market
Organic Demographic Study (ODS) can analyze the retail area around a sleep products retailer and tell them the amount of organic products consumers are buying in their neighborhoods, as well as the kind of product categories they are purchasing.
Sommex Bedding Corporation Acquires Assets of REV Sleep Corporation
REV Sleep will continue to operate as a division of Sommex Bedding Corporation.
ICFA Honors 2013 Award Winners
The International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) honored top retailers, manufacturers, representatives and designers during the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market.
Theodore Alexander Adds Michael McCollum in Senior Management Position
Most recently McCollum headed up McCollum & Associates specializing in retail direct product manufacturing.
Furniture Training Company Introduces New Interactive Training Module
This addition to the selling skills section of FTC’s large collection of skills training module shows sales associates how to identify and resolve the many excuses shoppers give to delay purchasing, including “I can’t afford it.”
Duke University Survey: CFOs Weigh In On Affordable Care Act, Interest Rates, Stock Market
Fifty-nine percent of CFOs report they have increased the proportion of their workforce made up by temporary and part-time workers or shifted toward outside advisors and consultants.
Delandis Furniture Names Industry Veteran President Of U.S. Operations
DeLandis Furniture U.S., was established in 2013 through a partnership between Classic Brands and China-based DeLandis.
Reverie Unveils New Logo And Branding Campaign Representing Its Focus On Technology, Innovation & Customization
The modern look will first appear on the company’s website followed by a phased rollout of new point-of-purchase materials, catalogs and product over the next year to support its retail partners.
NAHFA High Point Market Seminar Series
Presented in the NAHFA Retailer Resource center first floor of the Plaza Suites building.
Barbara Miller To Present Psychological Research on Furniture Design & Consumer Behavior at High Point Show
Barbara Miller, along with Sally Augustin, will present Researching Home: Evidence Based Residential Design during the High Point Market on Monday, Oct. 21st.
Mega Motion® Partners With Serta® On The Serta® Comfort Lift™ Chair
New Chairs to Debut at October High Point Market in Space 413 of Plaza Suites
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #90 from Lance Hanish: In-Store Mobile Usage Seen Increasing Alongside Price Point
Almost 6 in 10 respondents to a newly released study would consider buying online if they could get a 10% discount on a $500 item. But a 10% discount on a $200 item would only persuade 50% to consider buying online, while swaying only 28% of those shopping for a $50 item.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 110 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking includes eight good listening skills that that good leaders should keep in mind.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 176; Web Content
Creating good web content is hard work, not fun.
Art Van Furniture To Host Veteran's Tribute Celebration September 22
All-veteran parachute team to 'drop by from the sky' during free event for military families.
La-Z-Boy To Acquire Three La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® Stores In Las Vegas
The transaction is a result of the planned retirement of the independent dealer, Steve Hueftle, who opened his first La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® store in 1988.
Mattress Producer Classic Brands Partners With Delandis To Enter The U.S. Furniture Market
The two companies will display both mattresses as well as 80 models of innovative and stylish sofas, loveseats, recliners and sectionals.
Loloi Rugs to Debut at Chicago Casual Market with Six New Indoor/Outdoor Collections
The six new collections will feature a range of rug designs that span transitional and contemporary with new textures for outdoor spaces - while also looking beautiful enough for the indoors.
Furniture First Announces 2014 Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, FL
The theme for this event, “Waves of Change, Oceans of Opportunity,” is jointly inspired by Furniture First’s 20th anniversary and the current retail climate.
Feizy Rugs Kicks Off Annual Design & Display Contest
Retail stores will submit photos of their use of Feizy Rugs in a store display setting or vignette.
EJ Lauren Featuring Variety Of Fresh Upholstery In New High Point Showroom
The company will exhibit in a freestanding, 10,000-square-foot showroom at 310 S. Main St. that it completely remodeled.
Unity Marketing Comments On FBI Chapter 11 Filing
Commentator Pam Danziger says that Furniture Brands International let slip its key competitive advantage -- Affluent customers who believed in its brands.
ITMA Adds New Board Member & Director Positions
In addition to organizing Showtime, the nonprofit ITMA supports educational programs through their Educational Foundation, for students of textile design and marketing.
Groovystuff To Introduce Furniture Made From Reclaimed Steel Drum Material At High Point Show
Groovystuff will also feature eighteen student product designers from Auburn University and the results of their participation in the Groovystuff education to industry sponsorship.
Bobby Berk Home Opens in Los Angeles
Newest branch of modern design showroom and shop now open in Culver City’s Helms Bakery design district.
Industry Giant Robert S. Fogarty, Jr. Passes
Fogerty is well known for turning around brands such as Pennsylvania House and Kittinger, plus his 27 year leadership role at Kindel Furniture.
Loloi Rugs Unveils New Showroom at New York Home Textiles Market
New, expanded showroom to feature a vast array of collections, Sept. 23-26.
Registration & Hotel Bookings Open for Winter Las Vegas Market
Hotel reservations also are available, with special "early bird" discounts offered at select partner hotels through October 18, 2013.
Brazilian Furniture Business Round Table Event To Be Held In Miami, FL
Event will take place on November 5th and 6th, 2013 in the Intercontinental hotel - Miami-FL, from 9:30 to 4:30.
Surya to Exhibit for First Time at 2013 International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market
Company introduces more than 200 new indoor-outdoor products, including launch of outdoor art collection.
Furniture Training Company Updates Training Modules
Update includes new and revised content obtained from many furniture manufacturers.
Eleven Vietnamese Producers Showing in New High Point Showroom
The companies are exhibiting under the umbrella of the Vietnam Trade Promotion Agency (VIetrade) in a 4,428-square-foot showroom in the IHFC's Green wing.
Rizzy Home Opens New 3,700 Square Foot Showroom in the 7 West Building in New York
The showroom featuring Rizzy Home rugs, top of the bed, throws, quilts, and pillows will be open for the Home Fashions Market Sept. 23 to 26, 2013.
Furniture Brands "First Day" Motions Approved By U.S. Bankruptcy Court
Company to continue to meet its financial obligations with approval of $140 million debtor-in-possession financing.
ICFA Announces Design Excellence Category Winners
From among the 11 category winners in ICFA’s new Design Excellence competition, one product will be honored with the Lillian B. Winchester “Best of Show” Award.
Hooker Furniture Reports Double-Digit Sales and Income Gains for Second Quarter
In the second quarter, the net sales gain was driven by higher average selling prices in casegoods and upholstery and increased unit volume and lower discounting in the upholstery segment.
St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Critical of FBI Bankruptcy Bonuses
Columnist takes issue with plan offering top management incentives for selling assets and conserving cash.
New Live Love Laugh Collection from Caracole Light To Debut In High Point
In October, the Live Love Laugh collection for Caracole Light debuts with both case and upholstery items, including bedroom, dining and occasional furnishings.
Work of Tony Viramontes To Be Featured At Upcoming High Point Market
Vintage Print Gallery will show estate endorsed, numbered pieces by the illustrator who worked with fashion's biggest names, including Chanel, Valentino, Dior, and Givenchy.
Feizy Rugs Announces DIY Contest Winners
Angela Flournoy’s contemporary tribal design takes top honors.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 175: Turning New Content into a Workhorse
New content in the form of a well-written helpful web article can really be a workhorse to help your business grow.
City Furniture Gives Habitat for Humanity a Boost
City Furniture has just opened its newest Ashley Furniture HomeStore showroom with a boost to help Habitat for Humanity of Palm Beach County build affordable homes.
Midwest Furniture Show Scheduled For September 25-26
This year the Show has attracted major exhibitors such as Powell, Beverly, PureLatex BLISS and Southwood.
Dormeo Octaspring Launches Consumer Awareness Campaign
Company asks consumers to create its next tv commercial for a chance to win a luxury Range Rover.
Capel Rugs Partners with Hable Construction to Develop Exclusive Line of Bold, Graphic Floorcoverings
Initial collection features wool loop hooks and kid-friendly designs to debut at High Point show.
Ambella Home Taps Jena Hall To Assist In Launch Of New 'By George' Division
Division Debuts During Fall 2013 High Point Market With Designs Inspired By Gatsby Era, Coco Chanel, Émile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Others.
Furniture Training Company Webinar Series To Debut On September 12th.
September’s Management Webinar will provide 5 powerful and low-cost marketing techniques to supplement furniture stores' advertising initiatives.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 109 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking includes eight considerations that good leaders should make known to retail associates.
Weekly FurnitureWorld Media Note #89 from Lance Hanish: Mobile Marketing Is More Than Texting
Tips for incorporating brand banner ads, proximity marketing and QR Codes into your mobile strategy.
Furniture Brands International Files For Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection
Oaktree Capital Management L.P. will acquire substantially all of the assets of Furniture Brands except the company’s Lane business, through a Court-supervised auction process, subject to Bankruptcy Court approval and certain other conditions.
Nathan Furniture Limited, UK Taps Cubberley To Introduce Line In Upcoming High Point Market
This North American venture will be headed by Bill Cubberley, an industry veteran.
Wright Global Graphics Expands RetailLive with Near Field Communications Technology
RetaiLive is a collection of interactive sales tools that blend point-of-purchase (POP) materials with virtual content such as videos and animation.
Just Cabinets Furniture & More Grand Opening In Glen Burnie, MD
Twenty-store Mid-Atlantic operation also launched Just Cabinets’ “Just Cause” charitable giving program in the company’s retail stores for 2013 to benefit Autism Speaks.
Latex International Introduces New CTR (Controlled Thermal Reaction) Latex
Innovative material does not require a special FR solution.
Monthly Furniture Insights Report From Smith Leonard
Overall, key indicators for the industry appear fairly positive.
Six Personality Types That Can Sabotage Your Company’s Best Thinking
Mitchell Rigie and Keith Harmeyer, coauthors of SmartStorming, identify the most common offenders and pinpoint effective ways to handle them.
Sustainable Furnishings Council Releases Exclusive Consumer Research Report, “2013 Green Home Furnishings Study”
Results underscore need for continuing education on the part of home furnishings retailers and manufacturers.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 108 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking look at the lessons good leaders learn early in their careers.
Platinum Equity Rebrands Exel Direct as MXD Group
Exel Direct specializes in high-touch “white glove” delivery services for North American retail brands across a variety of consumer segments.
Proceeds From The Piedmont Furniture Club Golf Tournament Benefit Brenner Children’s Hospital
The tournament was a success with 24 teams and sponsoring partners, including International Market Centers (IMC), Murrow’s Transfer, Zenith Global Logistics, Planned Furniture Promotions, SDJ Trucking, Boyles Furniture & Rugs, BFI Inc., and others.
Abbyson Living Recognized For Strong Financial Growth by Inc. 500 for Second Consecutive Year
Abbyson Living also ranked 23rd on the list of top 100 Consumer Products & Services Companies.
Groovystuff Returns to the International Casual Furniture Market
The “Made in America: Patriot Barrel Collection” makes its first public appearance at the Casual Market in Chicago.
San Diego's First Calligaris Studio Opens at Hold It Contemporary Home
The Calligaris Studio features the complete line of the celebrated Italian furniture brand’s elegantly modern collection.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #88 from Lance Hanish: The Changing Nature Of The American Household
Households are increasingly limited to a single individual: last year, more than one-quarter of households were either men or women living alone.
Michigan Furniture Manufacturer to Open Showroom in West Bloomfield
Woodland Creek Furniture offers an artisan approach to furniture making.
The Dump Opens 134,000 Square Foot Outlet Store in Lombard, IL
Unlike traditional retail, The Dump is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday each week to reduce overhead.
Culp Announces Results for First Quarter Fiscal 2014
Net sales were $70.1 million, up 1.4 percent, with mattress fabric sales up 0.5 percent and upholstery fabric sales up 2.4 percent.
Affluents' Consumer Confidence Grows, Unity Marketing Reports
More positive outlook of affluent consumers' financial status corresponded to a 15.9 percent uptick from last quarter in their spending on luxury and high-end goods and services.
The Rug Market America Debuts Expanded Youth Designs at the 2013 ABC Kids Expo in Las Vegas
The nearly two dozen introductory designs include a variety of fiber contents for multi-use applications.
Pride Family Brands Announces The Expansion of Multi-Platform Retailer Marketing Materials
The company will debut the new sales and marketing tools and materials during the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market, September 17-20, 2013.
Twitter Chat Previewing Fall 2013 New Products from High Point Market Set for September 25
All product photos submitted for the Chat will be featured on a Sneak Peek pinboard on the High Point Market’s Pinterest page.
PMP Comments on Retail Upturn After Attending MEGA Group USA's Recent National Convention
The national convention is hosted twice a year as a way for service providers and MEGA dealers to network and learn about options that will bring them a stronger selling season than the one before.
Sleep Train Expands Got Sleep? Mall Retail Concept to Bay Area
Got Sleep? store opening in San Jose, which will be the brand’s third location in California.
Specialty Sleep Association (SSA) Elects New Officers
Todd Youngblood, President and co-founder of T2 International and Chili Technology, LLC of Mooresville, NC to serve as the association’s new chairperson.
Surya Named to Inc. 500/5000 List for Third Consecutive Year
Leading home décor brand featured on Inc. Magazine's list of fastest growing U.S. companies with three-year sales growth of 118 percent.
Furniture Mall Of Kansas Announces Grand Opening
August 30th grand opening event to benefit Topeka Rescue Mission with Bedgear personalized pillow fittings, entertainment, food and prizes.
Value City Furniture to Host Grand Opening of the New Right Sleep Shop
The store will feature a selection of top mattress brands like Sealy, Serta, American Signature and more, all available at amazing prices.
BDI Names New Vice President Of Marketing & Sales
Home theater, office and modular shelving system producer hires brand development expert Jim Lahren.
Leggett & Platt To Launch Sleep Geek 3.0 As An Open Platform
The Sleep Geek website, a site tailored to retail sales associates (RSAs) and managers in the bedding industry, has been redesigned and relaunched.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #87 from Lance Hanish-MobileNow: Is A Facebook ‘Like’ A Recommendation For Your Business?
Survey respondents, asked what they would view as an online recommendation to encourage them to try or buy a brand or product, pointed most commonly to YouTube video reviews (46.5%) and a friend liking a brand page on Facebook (46.1%).
Bob’s Discount Furniture and the American Red Cross Launch $250,000 Scholarship Program In NY and NJ
The High School Heroes program honors students who make exceptional contributions to the American Red Cross blood donor program in their schools, and helps encourage young people to become involved by helping patients in need.
Arhaus Furniture Increasing Store Count With New Lease Agreements
Arhaus Furniture has finalized a number of new lease agreements in Danbury, Conn., Schaumburg, Ill., Jacksonville, Fla., and Alpharetta, Ga., increasing its total store count in the fall of 2014 to 51 and 19 states.
Conn's Opens Two New HomePlus Stores
The new Conn’s HomePlus store format showcases furniture and mattresses in addition to the leading brands and the latest technologies in consumer electronics and home appliances.
Twin-Star International Home Furnishings Debut on HGTV’s Love It Or List It
Over several episodes this Fall, viewers will see a variety of Twin-Star International’s products featured in the TV show’s newly renovated homes.
Whittier Wood Products To Bring Prarie City Collection In White Oak At High Point Market
This collection updates the American Craftsman design aesthetic by gently curving each leg, subtly arching base rails and adding darkened square pegs.
MIFF Draws Strong Exhibitor Response
The Malaysian International Furniture Fair (MIFF) reported that with six months left before the start of the 2014 show, exhibitors have snapped up 80 per cent of the expanded 720,000 sq. ft. at the downtown Putra World Trade Centre.
Thailand International Furniture Fair 2014 Scheduled For March
The event will feature over 200 top furniture makers from Thailand and overseas.
Nationwide Marketing Group Launches New MemberNet 4.0
One of the newest key features is MemberNet TV Plus, the video platform of the system, which now has updated software and the ability to play 3D and 1080p.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 107 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking look at important considerations to address when planning for retail growth.
Furniture Brands to Voluntarily Delist From the NYSE
The company made the decision to voluntarily delist from the NYSE because it believes it will not be able to comply with the NYSE's continued listing criteria.
Las Vegas Market Sets 2014-2016 Schedule
Running Sunday through Thursday, future market dates are: January 26-30, 2014; July 27-31, 2014; January 18-22, 2015; August 2-6, 2015; January 17-21, 2016; and July 31-August 4, 2016.
Social Media Room - Part 3: Leveraging YouTube to Promote Furniture Sales
Optimizing results requires a grasp of YouTube marketing fundamentals. Here are some tips to help you maximize YouTube’s benefits:
MicroD Strengthens eCommerce for Retailers with
Channel Redefined Acquisition
MicroD, Inc. will acquire the successful eCommerce organization Channel Redefined in order to enhance its leadership position for online solutions.
Exstra Design To Debut Contempoary Line At High Point Market
The eclectic presentation of casegoods will incorporate a variety of materials, techniques, and cultural influences.
Decorating Den Interiors’ Chairman voted ‘Best Franchising Pioneer’
Bugg, who is in the IFA’s Hall of Fame, has led Decorating Den Interiors since 1984.
Sleepy's Customers line up at 7:30 a.m. For Chance To Win A Free Mattress
In late June, Sleepy’s opened 10 stores in the greater Chicago area, with other stores expected to open later this year.
Christopher Guy Grand Opening for New York Showroom September 17
The 20,000 square foot showcase solidifies the brand’s expanding presence in the US market.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #86 from Lance Hanish-MobileNow: Mobile Accounts For Almost 1/3rd Of Online Conversions
Consumers are now spending one-quarter of their digital time at home on their tablets or mobile phones, according to the study, and three-quarters of the mobile ad impressions tracked were viewed inside the home.
Tomlinson to Introduce The Salon Collection by Bea Pila
at the October High Point Market
The collection from divisions Erwin Lambeth and Directional feature pieces that are designed in varying heights and have a fun, modern “boutique” vibe.
Sustainable Furnishings Council and Elon University To Host One-Day Seminar in September.
Distinguished speakers include Mitchell Gold, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams; Jason Phillips, The Phillips Collection; Robin Wilson, Robin Wilson Home; Mike Italiano, MTS.
CORT Unveils Customer Service and Distribution Center in Omaha, Neb.
New facility recognizes CORT’s growing Omaha business while enabling better service to loyal customers.
Summer Classics Hires Bill Kelner as VP of Domestic Operations
Summer Classics is an innovator, manufacturer, and retailer of fine outdoor furniture in the U.S.
Leon's Furniture Limited - 2013 Second Quarter
Same store sales (including The Brick Limited) were basically flat compared to the prior year second quarter.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 106 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking discuss basic attitudes that good leaders instill in their retail associates.
Eight Suggestions For Effective Furniture Store Recruiting
The key is to ramp up recruiting efforts at the right time says Bill O'Malley.
ICFA Announces Manufacturer Leadership Award Winners
One manufacturer is honored in each of 10 categories for the design and quality of their products, along with their merchandising, customer service, ethics, communications and trade relations.
Therapedic International Will Enter India Through Licensing Deal With Leading Bangalore Sleep Retailer
The new company plans to invest around $4 million US dollars in the first year to establish its state of the art manufacturing facility at Bangalore, followed by similar investments in the next consecutive years.
City Furniture Opens “Green” Ashley Furniture HomeStore
In Fast-Growing Palm Beach Lakes Blvd. Retail Corridor
The new store is the third in a five-store regional expansion now underway by City Furniture, which is Ashley Furniture HomeStore’s licensee in southeast and southwest Florida.
International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market / MMPI Announces Final Phase of Renovations at the Chicago Merchandise Mart
The Casual Market is a 4-day trade show event dedicated to showcasing the best of new products and trends in the outdoor furniture and accessories categories.
Legacy Classic Kids to Introduce Wendy Bellissimo Nursery and Youth Furniture Collection
The Wendy Bellissimo Collection is set to launch at the fall 2013 High Point Furniture Market.
American West Worldwide Places Five Managers In Key Positions
Scott Lindsay, Reed Cullum, Noah Brown, Michelle Crow and Gigi Catapano join specialized furniture carrier and white-glove delivery company.
Mattress Recycling Legislation Approved in the California Assembly Natural Resources Committee
The legislation provides Californians with a comprehensive mattress recycling solution that is consumer friendly and efficient, says ISPA.
Art Van Furniture To Hold Food Drive To Help Homeless Veterans
Art Van will be collecting donations of non-perishable food items, toothpaste and other essentials at their Kalamazoo and Battle Creek locations.
AICO Donates To Oklahoma Relief Efforts
AICO donated a full truckload of furniture, and American West shipped it free of charge to Oklahoma City.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #85 from Lance Hanish-MobileFirst: How Are Retail Advertisers Engaging Mobile Audiences?
A study released by Millennial Media, in partnership with comScore, shows how retail advertisers are employing a number of postclick actions that differ significantly from the average advertiser on the platform.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 105 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking discuss the positive and negative consequences of conducting performance reviews.
Furniture Brands International Reports $40 Million Second Quarter Loss
Company is considering cost reductions, asset sales and modifying credit facilities to improve liquidity.
Furniture West And Canadian Home Furnishings Alliance Announce Merger
New organization is called the Canadian Home Furnishings Alliance.
Las Vegas Market Reports Strong Summer Show
New showrooms & 1,200 new lines generate 31% gain In buyer traffic over 2012 summer show.
HSM Verona Plant Completes EFEC Registration
EFEC – or Enhancing Furniture’s Environmental Culture – is the home furnishings industry’s environmental management system.
Feizy Rugs Kicks Off Second Annual DIY Contest
The first prize winner will take home $1000, with second and third prize winners receiving $500 and $250 respectively.
Tri-State Home Furnishings Association Announces That Robert Maricich is 2013 Person of the Year
Tri-State Home Furnishings Association Annual Awards Dinner will be held on Tuesday, November 12, 2013 in Philadelphia.
Ashley Furniture's Ron Wanek Donates $10 million to High Point University
High Point University is the recipient of a $10 million gift from the Ronald and Joyce Wanek Foundation.
MicroD Expands B2B Web Services for Manufacturers with FurnishWEB Acquisition
The addition of the cloud-based portal technology will provide unique opportunities for home furnishings manufacturers to comply with and service customer needs by improving access and reliability of product, inventory, and order information for retailers and reps.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 174 - Remarketing. How’d They Do That?
Consider a remarketing campaign to keep prospects aware of your brand.
Bedroom Sales Tip #4 From Leggett & Platt: Battle of the Sexes: Leveraging Seasonal Selling To Boost Your Sales
Four tips to help you boost sales of adjustable beds by targeting stressed-out consumers with appropriate seasonal messages.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #84 from Lance Hanish-MobileFirst: Treat Mobile As A Strategic Priority
Brands that can serve customers’ situations, preferences and attitudes in real time on mobile devices will leapfrog the competition and more importantly, provide their services at a premium.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 104 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking lists eight change agents that retail managers should keep in mind.
Country Value Woodworks to Introduce New Collection at All American Furniture Expo.
A long time supplier of traditional Mission and Shaker styles, the company will branch out into more modern and contemporary USA-made designs.
Natuzzi Reveals Details of Re-Organization Plan
Plan includes process innovation to make its Italian plants more competitive, and the introduction of new ergonomic seating.
Sleep Train Collects Nearly 22,000 Clothing Items For Foster Kids
California’s nearly 60,000 foster children enter care with little to no belongings of their own, and a new clothing item not only brightens their mornings but shows them their community cares.
Tupelo Furniture Market Exhibitors Will Offer Broader Range of Products and Price Points
In the past 12 months, more than 200 companies have leased new showrooms or expanded their existing spaces.
Tupleo Furniture Market To Open Building 1 To Both Trade and Consumers At Upcoming Show
Some companies opt to sell to the public to offset showroom costs.
IMC Announces Plans For Second Annual Las Vegas Market CEO Summit In 2014
Confirmed speakers to date include Mr. Charles Garcia, former White House aide under George W. Bush, Mr. Vivek Kundra, the first U.S. chief information officer appointed by President Barack Obama, and Ms. Susan Packard, co-founder of HGTV.
Monthly Furniture Insights Report From Smith Leonard
Receivable and inventory levels remain in good shape with receivable levels flat with last year in spite of the increase in shipments.
Zenith Global Logistics Expands Fleet
Specialized carrier adds trailers for freight and straight trucks for home delivery.
Art Van Furniture Helps Families Reduce Back-to-School Costs
Retailer to Give Away 12,000 Free Back Sacks Filled With School Supplies Aug. 17 and 18.
Wayfair.com Acquires DwellStudio
The acquisition further strengthens Wayfair.com's leadership position in home retail by adding a popular lifestyle brand with core competencies in original design and product development.
Simmons Targets Millennials With New CURV™ Memory Foam Line
62 percent of Millennials say "higher cost" is the biggest deterrent for buying a memory foam mattress.
Thomasville Announces Winner Of Memorial Day $10,000 Sweepstakes
Fran Stemmler of Whitestone, New York was selected at random from thousands of entries received on Facebook during the sweepstakes period.
Announcement of ASFD 2013 Pinnacle™ Award Finalists
Bob Maricich, President and CEO of the International Market Centers (IMC) announced the 52 finalists in 16 categories of this year’s Pinnacle Awards during the recent Las Vegas Market.
STORIS Vision 9.2 set for 2013 Release
Vision9.2 will offer enhancements for Advanced Warehouse Management needs with increased Distribution and Logistics processing.
Social Media Room - Part 2: Build Better Customer Relationship by Leveraging Today’s Social Media
Social media comes with a few cautions. Overly promotional or confusing programs are shunned. Also, social media conversion rates are low, so you need a bridge to get folks to “buy now.”
Dormeo Octaspring Presents Mattress Breathability Study Results
The Octaspring mattresses were compared with a series of sleep products that feature the components and properties typically touted by other leading manufacturers.
Kluft Invests In Specialty Sleep, Expanding Its “Synchronized Support” & “Adapt-And-React” Lines
The two all-foam lines were showcased at the Summer Las Vegas Furniture Market.
Reverie Introduced UPS-Able Foundation For Its Entry Level Adjustable Base In Las Vegas
UPS-able foundation is designed to offer the benefits of potential cost-savings and secure, convenient and direct delivery.
Kingsdown Unveils New Sleep Smart Website During Las Vegas Furniture Market
The website will serve as a portal to learn about Sleep Smart, featuring a video demonstration and product explanation.
Leggett & Platt Consumer Products Group Introduces Clean Shield Mattress Protectors
New mattress protector uses soft, easy-to-clean, plastic-free Crypton® Super Fabric.
National Sleep Foundation, PureCare® by Fabrictech Enhance Bedding Assortment
New retail packaging unveiled For PureCare Aromatherapy Line At Las Vegas Summer Market.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 103 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking lists eight topics for retail managers to focus on when coaching employees.
Fair Trade & Sustainable Resources Grow At Las Vegas Market
Three exhibitors recognized with inaugural global goodness award.
ISPA To Conduct A Mattress Recycling Developments Education Session At Las Vegas Market
ISPA President Ryan Trainer will discuss how new laws enacted in Connecticut and Rhode Island will affect retailers, manufacturers, consumers and others that handle discarded mattresses.
Pure LatexBLISS™ Introduces New “Prestige” Collection At Las Vegas Market
The all-latex series recreates the plushest of feels of beds made from horse hair, cotton and wool.
Therapedic International Will Introduce “Buoyancy” Collection At Summer Las Vegas Market
Therapedic International announced it will introduce its first gel-latex mattress collection, Buoyancy, at the Summer Las Vegas Market.
Organic Mattresses, Inc. (OMI) Debuts Patented Latex Non-Metal “Spring” At Las Vegas Furniture Market
A first for the organic category, the Lotus ELS features OMI’s Engineered Latex Spring (ELS), which offers the resiliency of latex with the response of an innerspring.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #83 from Lance Hanish-MobileFirst: Marketing To Women With Mobile…Part Two
Now you can reach people wherever they are, those lining up at a subway or bus stop; waiting for movies to start; or waiting in a doctors’ office are all great mobile social opportunities that cannot be ignored.
Christopher Guy To Showcase Latest Mademoiselle Collection At Summer 2013 Las Vegas Market
The Christopher Guy Las Vegas showroom has undergone a complete summer renovation that will offer several key conceptual areas including a 3-room Penthouse featuring many new pieces in the Mademoiselle Collection; a passageway of 24 vignettes that highlight snapshot settings, and a state-of-the art design lab.
Kingsdown Relaunches Expanded Passions™ Collection At Summer Vegas Market
Mattress line brings high-quality craftsmanship and competitive pricing to the premium category.
Reverie Will Add Updated Tech Accessories To Products At Las Vegas Market
New USB outlets and nightlight components added to popular remote stand and made for mobile module.
Technogel Brings Ultra-Comforting Gel From Bedroom To Office And Beyond
The new line features three seating supports, all made with a layer of the company’s patented Technogel® material.
E.S. Kluft & Co. Introduces Luxury Innerspring Designed For Popular Adjustable Bases At Las Vegas Market
Kluft redesigned its individually wrapped coils to bend easier, without sacrificing the sturdy edge support its mattresses are known for.
Three Companies Barred from Advertising Mattresses as Free From Volatile Organic Compounds Without Scientific Evidence to Back Up Claims
The proposed orders bar Relief-Mart, Essentia, and Ecobaby, from making VOC-free claims unless the VOC level is zero micrograms per cubic meter or the company relies upon competent and reliable scientific evidence that its mattresses contain no more than trace levels of VOCs, based on the guidance in the FTC’s Green Guides.
Dormeo Octaspring Partners With Frette To Offer Exclusive Luxury Linens Collection
The first products will be launched at the Summer Las Vegas Furniture Market, where Frette has created two sets of uniquely designed luxury sheets exclusively for Dormeo Octaspring mattresses.
Glideaway To Introduce “Revive Performance Series” At Summer Las Vegas Market
The series represents the second line created to meet the company’s new 5 Good Sleep Components Guide, designed as an easy reference to help consumers select the right mattress.
Jaipur Rugs Expands Las Vegas Showroom
JAIPUR plans to showcase over 500 new designs in new constructions, color ways, patterns and prices.
The Dump Announces Massive 134,000-Square-Foot Store in Lombard, Ill.
Newest location to employ 250 people and bring deeply discounted brand-name home furnishings to Chicago marketplace.
Mattress World Chain To Become Art Van PureSleep Stores
Art Van Furniture plans to convert 31 Mattress World locations throughout Michigan and Indianapolis to its signature Art Van PureSleep stores.
Aaron's, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Lease Revenues Up 5%
Same store revenues increased 1.9% during the second quarter of 2013 compared to the second quarter of 2012, and customer count on a same store basis was up 1.6%.
Karyn Johnson named Creative Director at Hooker Furniture
As Creative Director, she will provide visual direction for the Hooker, SamMoore, Bradington-Young, Seven Seas, Homeware and H Contract brands.
New Reverie Manufacturing Site In Western New York Significantly Increases Production Capacity
120,000 sq. Ft. Facility will house domestic assembly of adjustable bases.
Ergomotion Renews Las Vegas Market Showroom Lease
The company will show in a 2,583-square-foot showroom in space A-938 at the summer market.
Hollywood Bed Expands, Relocates Las Vegas Market Showroom
Bedding support specialist plans two major introductions for market.
Furniture First Welcomes Three New Members
Koerner Furniture, Quality Furniture Company and Sweat’s Furniture have joined the buying group.
Art Van Furniture Debuts First Chicagoland Store in Orland Park, Illinois
Art Van Furniture will open five more Chicagoland retail stores in the coming months in Ford City-Chicago, Ill; Batavia, Ill; Bolingbrook, Ill; Elston Avenue-Chicago, Ill and Merrillville-Hobart, Indiana, adding 600 new jobs to the region.
6th Annual Ante4autism Event Set For Las Vegas Market
Event to be held opening night of the Winter furniture market at the Golden Nugget. Co-Hosts hope to exceed last year’s total of $35,226.
Vivon Life Elevates The Concept Of A Mattress-in-a-Box With Their New Collection At The Las Vegas Market
The mattress program offers pricing, packaging and delivery options to fit any business model.
PureCare® By Fabrictech Expands Canadian Presence
Zucora will represent the PureCare® and Fabrictech International® lines of mattress protectors, pillows and mattress toppers in Canada.
Furniture Wizard Introduces The User-Friendly Point-Of-Sale Kiosk At Las Vegas Show
The Kiosk can act as a catalog station and handle transactions from start to finish, allowing associates to show add-on items along the way. It can also be used in conjunction with an iPad Application called iFurniture.
Munitio Joins Nationwide Marketing Group As Vendor Partner
Munitio will be attending Nationwide’s PrimeTime! show for the first time August 11-14, 2013 in Dallas, Texas.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 102 - A Good Leader...
This week's tips from Country View Woodworking list the benefits that accrue by working to create teamwork and esprit de corps among employees.
HOMEDECO Furniture Introduces New Urban Scale Upholstery
New line of upholstered chairs, love seats, recliners and sofas designed specially for compact living spaces such as apartments, condos, flats and vacation homes, will be unveiled at Las Vegas Market.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #82 from Lance Hanish-MobileFirst: Marketing To Women With Mobile
58% of women surveyed said they want to receive a personalized mobile offer while in your store.
High Point Market Receives Expanded Funding From the State of North Carolina
The High Point Market Authority reported that the State of North Carolina provided $1.86 million in funding to the Market Authority for the fiscal year July 2013 through June 2014, an increase of $200,000 over the prior year.
Artisan House Co-Founder, Kurt Freiler, Dies
Launched the metal artwork company with business partner Jerry Fels in 1964.
Malouf Fine Linens Announces Permanent Las Vegas Showroom.
Company's line includes mattress protectors, pillows, foundations and sheet sets from $14 to $325.
Gotcha Covered To Debut Smart Sheet System At Las Vegas Market
The patent-pending Smarty-BandZz™, eliminates customer frustration with bed sheet fit, orientation and size identification.
Groovystuff New Product Introductions - Las Vegas Market
Groovystuff to unveil “Collage is the New Color” Collection.
Bobby Berk Home Making Debut at Las Vegas Market
New line features U.S.-made custom upholstery, tables in modern styling.
Delia and Baker Join High Point Market Authority Staff
Mona J. Delia is the new vice president of communications and Candy Baker is director of industry sales and promotions for High Point Market Authority.
Kingsdown Launches Enhanced Sleep Smart Collection At Summer Las Vegas Furniture Market
The company will be making its system that uses technology to “read” a sleeper’s body and create an individualized sleep surface, available to all dealers.
New Magniflex Gallery Program Offers Italian Inspired Branding Initiative At Las Vegas Market
Galleries will be offered in five and seven-bed configurations to make a visual impact on retail showroom floors.
E.S. Kluft & Co. Introduces Expanded “Aireloom Aspire” Collection In Las Vegas
Previously only offered in a hybrid coil and foam construction with three comfort feel options, the entry-level luxury collection now boasts three additional mattress constructions with price points ranging from $2,000 to $3,000.
Reverie To Unveil New Semi-Sectional Design For Its 7S & 5D Adjustable Bases In Las Vegas
The move further establishes the company as a leader in providing customizable sleep options.
Dormeo Octaspring® Introduces “Octaspring University”
“Octaspring University” is a comprehensive learning module that models a four-year college curriculum from “freshman” to “senior” year.
Glideaway Will Add Four New Models To Popular “Intuition” Collection
“Intuition” is first line designed to conform with company’s new point of purchase program – the “five good sleep components guide”.
Seahawk Designs Adds New Sto-A-Way® Plus Foundation With Adjustable Base
The base allows consumers to have the full storage capabilities of the original STO-A-WAY foundation while offering benefits associated with adjustable beds.
Technogel To Showcase 3-Step Line-Up Of Mattresses At Summer Las Vegas Market
Mattresses feature the industry’s first full layer of pure gel – weighing in at as much as 88 pounds.
Bob’s Discount Furniture, PFP Co-host Largest Fundraiser in Annual Event’s History
The money will benefit organizations carefully selected by the Bob’s Discount Furniture Foundation, formed 26 years ago by Gene Rosenberg and Bob Kaufmann, co-founders of Bob’s Discount Furniture.
SEAFIE To Debut At 20th Anniversary Malaysian International Furniture Fair
Southeast Asia Furniture & Interiors Import-Export Exhibition Moves to March 2014
Therapedic International Opens Second Las Vegas Showroom
The additional space, which boasts 42 mattress skus, will feature products primarily from brand licensees.
Wright Global Graphics’ “Retailive” Technology Makes Vegas Market Debut
RetaiLive is an interactive sales tool that blends point-of-purchase (POP) materials with virtual content such as videos and animation, engaging customers with real time marketing, sales and product information.
Passing of George Massood -MGM Transport Co-Founder
Quiete in demeanor, exceptional in his integrity, he was one of the great gentleman of the furniture industry. George Massood will be missed.
Stanley Furniture Introduces La Palma & Montreux
Two new living room collections are designed to fit lifestyle niches.
Latex International Positions “Latex Hybrids” As The Best Hybrid Option For Side Sleepers
Company's graphite infused latex innovation is more flexible and durable than traditional latex, and rates high for absorbing heat.
Somerton Dwelling Taps Jena Hall to Support Merchandising and Rebranding Efforts
Somerton Dwelling reported that it has retained Jena Hall of Jena Hall Designs as a consultant to develop new merchandising and integrated marketing strategies to help reposition and rebrand the company.
Postobello Ends Licensing Agreement With Drexel Heritage
The company is exploring a number of new directions and relationships that will involve manufacturing and distribution.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 173: Put Your Picture On Your Website
Being shy can cost you customers.
Flexsteel Implements New Electronic Ordering and Communication System
The technology allows Flexsteel's retailers and sales representatives to submit orders electronically, check shipping status, download printed materials, and more.
Leggett & Platt® Introduces New Adjustable Bed Bases, Mattress Protector, Beds And Headboards At Summer 2013 Las Vegas Market
Showroom visitors will have a chance to win iPad Minis, gift cards and more.
Hooker Furniture Unifies Sales Management Through New Geographic Structure
Under the new structure, each regional sales executive can speak and act on behalf of all four brands: Hooker Furniture, Sam Moore, Bradington-Young and Seven Seas Seating.
Kingsdown Enters The South American Market Through A Partnership With Brazil Licensee Euroflex
The move marks Kingsdown’s first entry into South America.
Petros Komodikes Joins Lynch Sales Company
Previously, Petros has worked in foreign exchange markets and in promoting Cypriot interests in the USA.
FXI Develops New Technologies That Improve Temperature Regulation In Mattress Constructions
FXI says their new visco foam process allows the cell structure to be completely open, providing 15 times more airflow than other comfort related foams.
Abbyson Living Names Dana Andrew to its Board of Directors
Andrew brings more than 16 years of expertise in international marketing and public relations—a decade of which has been cultivated in the home furnishings industry—to Abbyson Living’s rapidly growing brand.
Colette Schulte Joins Furniture Brands International As Go-To-Market Director, Motion/Recliner
Colette was most recently a regional vice president of sales and merchandising for Man Wah USA, a motion furniture manufacturer.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #81 from Lance Hanish-MobileFirst
According to the latest quarterly report from RKG, smartphones and tablets combined accounted for 26% of organic search traffic in Q2, up from 15% a year earlier.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 101 - A Good Leader...
This week's list of short tips for retail managers focus on what a good retail leader must know about how stress affects workplace performance.
Shifman Launches New Collection At Bloomingdale’s
In addition to Shifman’s signature two-sided mattress construction, the new line is distinguished by a high content of all-natural cotton, real boxsprings, and enhanced comfort choices.
Gorman’s Interior Designer Becomes "Certified Aging In Place Specialist"
Aging in Place, a program run by the National Association of Home Builders, focuses on universal design, which is geared towards baby boomers who wish to enhance and improve their homes so they may stay in them as they age.
Las Vegas Market Announces Flagship US Partnership with UBM Sinoexpo
New 7,800 square foot China Pavilion debuts 18 manufacturers.
Las Vegas Market Announces a Full Slate of Networking Events and Daily Hospitality
Las Vegas Market attendees will be greeted daily with complimentary breakfasts, nightly courtyard receptions, happy hours, cocktail receptions and a fundraising event for Gift for Life.
GE Capital Retail Bank’s Second Annual Shopper Study Outlines Digital Path to Major Purchases
The survey and interviews explored the shopping habits of 3,220 consumers nationwide who had recently made purchases of $500 or more and were in the market for major items in 12 segments including home furnishings and bedding.
Lite Source To Celebrate 30th Anniversary In Las Vegas
As part of the company’s 30-year celebration Lite Source recently released its new Elite Collection catalog at the Dallas Market and will unveil its new Main Line Catalog #141.
Nourison and kathy ireland Worldwide to Launch Rugs and Decorative Accessories Collections at Summer Markets
Collections are expertly designed to make home decorating fun, easy and an expression of individuality without compromising the family budget.
Jerrys Home Furnishings Opens Third Location
Furniture First buying group member features mattresses by Serta, Restonic and Mattress 1st.
UBM Asia and Indonesia Furniture Association Launch Indonesia International Furniture Exposition 2014
The exhibition is expected to host 500 furniture manufacturers and 5,000 furniture buyers worldwide.
Art Van Furniture Prepares for Chicagoland Expansion with Launch of Bolingbrook Distribution Center
The distribution center will service all furniture deliveries in the Chicagoland area. Art Van will use five local trucks to start and anticipates increasing this number to 25 crews by the end of next year.
Bassett Announces Higher Fiscal Second Quarter Results
Company reported net sales for the second quarter of 2013 of $81.2 million, an increase of $13.8 million, or 20%, over the second quarter of 2012.
Havertys Reports Increased Sales for Second Quarter
On a comparable store basis, sales for the quarter increased 11.2%.
American Furniture Hall Of Fame Foundation Announces Six New Industry Fellows And Nominees For Induction At October Banquet
The six nominees who will be made Industry Fellows at the October 20 banquet are: Aminy I. Audi; John D. Bassett III; Milo Ray Baughman, Jr.; A. Leon Capel, Jr.; Hassel H. Franklin and Eugene Rosenberg.
Natuzzi Takes Steps To Safeguard The Company's Competitiveness
Company will invest up to 190 million Euro (245 million USD) over a five-year period to increase competitiveness.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 100 - A Good Leader...
This week's list of short tips for retail managers focus on what a good retail leader must teach his or her staff as a baseline to achieve excellent retail performance.
Las Vegas Market Attracts 1,200 New and Expanded Lines in 18 Months
More than half of the growth has come from the rapidly emerging gift category with 510 new permanent gift showrooms and lines, and 405 new gift temporaries.
Wingo Joins Bernhardt in Key Merchandising Role
In her new capacity, Wingo will drive the conceptualization of new products, work with key retailers and help guide and direct the casegood product development process.
Universal Introduces Bellamy From Smartstuff™ By Universal Furniture
It's a carefully curated girls’ collection that combines heirloom styling with a thoroughly modern frame of mind.
kathy ireland Office® by Bush Furniture Wins Consumer Digest Magazine “Best Buy” Award
The Secretary Desk from the Grand Expressions Collection and Volcano Dusk Collection’s Home Office L-Desk with Hutch and Lateral File were recognized.
Somerton Dwelling Networks with Aria Designs to Showcase Their Rebranding Efforts
This partnership with Aria Designs is part of Somerton’s rebranding efforts and marketing strategy.
Dormeo Octaspring To Open New Plant In Winchester, Va
New 38,000-square-foot facility will bring 20 new jobs to the area and help Dormeo Octaspring more efficiently serve its retailers on the Eastern seaboard and in Eastern Canada.
Bombay Heritage and Powell Announce New Lifestyle Collection Introduction At Las Vegas Market
The South Seas collection is designed to capture the essence of exotic retreats, and features 15 skus of casual dining, accent, and occasional furniture.
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Announces New Leadership Roles within Williams-Sonoma and Pottery Barn Brands
Williams-Sonoma, Inc. announced the hiring of David Jimenez as Senior Vice President, Visual and Store Experience, for the Williams-Sonoma brand, and new leadership roles for three of its Senior Vice Presidents.
JAIPUR To Show 500+ new Products At Atlanta Market
New Atlanta Showroom at AmericasMart, Building 1, will be open year-round.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #80 from Lance Hanish-MobileFirst: How To Sell Your Brand Via Mobile
The online medium has a number of creative ad formats and tactics for marketers to choose from. Similarly, there is a great deal of experimentation going on in mobile right now.
Social Media Room - Part 1: Leveraging the Pros and Cons of Consumer Review Websites
Here are the key considerations in leveraging positive feedback about your company and dealing with negative reviews.
Pasquale Natuzzi To Head Up Natuzzi Americas
The company plans to launch a new marketing and commercial strategy that will allow the Italian brand to achieve faster growth in the USA, Canada and Latin America.
AIF Trading Group Launches New Motion Line at Las Vegas Market
The company is exhibiting in an 8,000-square-foot showroom in space A-1030, which is twice the size of its previous location in space A-1020.
Surya Announces Summer Market Event Schedule
Surya schedules retail and designer geared events for the upcoming Atlanta and Las Vegas Summer Markets.
Magniflex Expands Presence In Miami
New showroom will cater to both North and South American dealers.
Reverie's CEO Martin Rawls-Meehan Interviewed By Fox News
Reverie was selected for the show that aired June 26th because of its innovation and technology.
EnvironmentalLights.com Selected as LED Lighting Vendor by Nationwide Marketing Group
EnvironmentalLights.com will have access to approximately 3,500 retail members of the Nationwide Marketing Group that collectively operate more than 10,000 stores.
SexySleep Tip #7- Using Multiple Mattresses
Study finds surprising consumer behavior.
PREVAIL Responsive Sleep Technology (ReST™) “Smart” Beds To Be Rolled Out at the Summer Las Vegas Market
The heart of ReST is the unique pressure-sensing surface, which in real time, proactively scans a pressure map of the sleeper’s body, and then instructs the smart bed to adjust to the sleeper’s pressure and comfort needs throughout the entire night.
BLU Sleep Products Supports American Breast Cancer Foundation With BLUE GOES PINK Program
Introduces Pink Wellness Airflow Pillows, Toppers and New Full body
Pillow Program at Summer Las Vegas Market
Robert Duffy Named Executive Director of Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam and CertiPUR-US® Certification Program
Industry veteran succeeds Douglas Sullivan who retires from helm of voluntary testing, analysis and certification program for flexible polyurethane foam used in bedding and upholstered furniture.
National Sleep Foundation, Comfortex Partnership Promotes Better Sleep
As part of their partnership, the National Sleep Foundation and Comfortex are providing informational brochures to consumers about the importance of proper sleep, and how to create a proper bedroom environment to promote deep restful slumber.
Bienenstock Furniture Library Announces Pat Plaxico Gardens
Named in honor of Pat Plaxico, landscaping is part of an ongoing community effort to revitalize downtown High Point. Library plans to add a scholarship for Landscape Architecture and Garden Design to complement the existing $10,000 design competition scholarships for Interior and Furniture Design.
E.S. Kluft & Vi-Spring Will Merge North American Operations
Earl Kluft, the founder and chief executive officer of E.S. Kluft & Co., will be the CEO of the combined North American company and has signed a long-term contract to remain in that role.
Specialty Sleep Association (SSA) Sets New Vision and Mission for the Trade Association and Its Membership
SSA will transition from a group that markets and promotes innovative technologies labeled as specialty sleep to become a trusted authority for consumers regarding the contents, health and wellness aspects and, the safety features of specialty sleep products.
GE Capital Retail Bank and Baer’s Furniture Extend Consumer Credit Card Program
Private label credit card available at 15 Baer’s Furniture Florida locations.
Furniture Suppliers Raise Funds For Scholarship Program
Golf Tournament raises approximately $19,000 for scholarship program specifically designed to benefit children of home furnishings industry workers.
Wells Fargo Capital Finance Unifies Commercial Services Division
Kevin Gillespie is the new head of the Trade Capital, which continues to specialize in the retail and consumer goods marketplace. He oversees a national team that provides a broad range of financing and factoring services, including accounts receivable and inventory financing, and accounts receivable management services.
BIFMA Partners with the Sustainable Purchasing Council
The SPC is a new organization developed as a collaborative effort to harness the power of institutional purchasing for greater sustainability achievements.
GMFA/Clarizio Foundation Golf Outing Gives $10,000 To Families Fighting Childhood Cancer – Fischer of Sofas Plus Gets Meadoff Award, Benefits DMCCF
$5,000 donations were presented at the event held at Knoll Country Club in Parsippany, NJ to two families to help with the many expenses associated with childhood cancer.
SexySleep Tip #6- Promoting Mattress Sex Appeal Tastefully
In recent study 76% of RSA's said the mattress industry should use sex appeal in a tasteful way to create more interest in its products, considering the direct connection between the mattress and intimacy.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 172: Even Clumsy SEO Practices Can Work
If you can’t afford a full-blown search engine optimization campaign, you can still benefit from do-it-yourself SEO practices.
Naturepedic To Showcase New Symphony Organic Luxury Mattress with 2-Sided, Reversible Latex Pillow-Top
at Summer 2013 Las Vegas Market
The Symphony mattress features two layers of organic encased coils and organic cotton batting, organic coir, organic wool batting and a custom-made organic knit mattress cover fabric.
Las Vegas Market's Social Media Pages to Connect to New Products, Market Happenings and Buzz
Las Vegas Market’s FIRST LOOK brand returns this summer on Pinterest with its Ready Your Repin rally for “Likes” and “Repins”.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 99 - A Good Leader...
This week's list of short tips for retail managers focuses on the benefits of encouraging retail associates to read and do research to achieve personal and corporate goals.
Woodchuck’s Furniture Celebrates Debut of HGTV HOME Furniture Collection
Woodchuck’s hosted Linda Woodrum, the interior designer of the HGTV Smart Home, who gave an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at her approach to designing HGTV’s first high-tech coastal home to a standing-room-only audience.
Somerton Furniture Gets a New Name
Somerton Dwelling’s goal is to be a source for the independent retailer to create a destination to compete with the major home-centric chains.
Cory Home Delivery Expands, Hires Klein & Valleri
New clients include Art Van Furniture in Michigan, FAMSA and Bob Mills Furniture in Texas, Ethan Allen Retail in Florida, and Wal-Mart in Puerto Rico. Newly onboard in the Northeast region are Grange Furniture in North Bergen and Ashley Furniture in Edison, New Jersey, as well as Mark’s Design Ethan Allen in Allentown, Pennsylvania.
Sleep Train Opens Got Sleep? Store in San Diego
The company plans to open several more Got Sleep? retail locations in malls, open-air shopping centers or lifestyle centers throughout 2013.
Kittinger Furniture Supplies Furniture For White House Down Thriller
Kittinger Furniture built replicas for movie set of action thriller White House Down starring Channing Tatum.
Bedroom Sales Tip #3 From Leggett & Platt: Battle of the Sexes: Redefining Today’s Bedroom Consumer
According to Unity Marketing’s “Home is Where the Luxury is” study, men put an emphasis on the functional, practical aspects of the items they choose to buy while women, are more interested in creating home environments – typically a safe and calming atmosphere more resort or retreat-like.
imm cologne 2013 Show To Feature Larger Bedding Area
Demand has been strong due to the many new exhibitors as well as well as long-time exhibitors’ interest in acquiring larger showroom spaces.
Somerton Dwelling Hires Pinamonti and Lena to Support New Branding and Repositioning
Somerton Dwelling is the US Sales & Marketing arm of Kingstone Furniture.
Weekly FurnitureWorld Media Note #79 from Lance Hanish-MobileFirst:
Online Organic Search Continues As The Way Adults Find Websites
Studies find that organic search brings in the most traffic and also drives higher order values than email or social.
HGTV HomePulse Survey Reveals Consumer Attitudes About Home Improvement
Study finds that 31 percent of women vs. 17 percent of men would opt to update the décor while 19 percent of men vs. three percent of women would choose technological enhancements.
HFRM holds Free Educational Seminar and Contributes $500 to Folds of Honor
Cathey Manley was the guest speaker and host for the seminar, presenting a speech entitled “Sales By Design, a Plan for Achieving Selling Success”.
Go Home Ltd. To Open Second Atlanta Showroom at AmericasMart
The company will also celebrate the opening of its second showroom space at AmericasMart, Strictly Vintage, focusing on the best in one-of-a-kind, authentic vintage home furnishings.
Monthly Furniture Insights Report From Smith Leonard
Furniture shipments in the most recent survey month were 11 percent higher than shipments for the same month in 2012. Consumer confidence showed another nice gain in June reaching the highest level since January 2008.
Shifman teams up with Seven Homes Charity
Seven Homes is a charitable child-placing agency whose mission is to improve the lives of children by providing the highest-quality care.
Surya To Launch Innovative New Vignette Display System During Summer Markets
Surya Complements provides retailers an innovative, space-conscious way to showcase rugs from the company’s vast selection of styles and constructions in the context of a complete room display.
Jaipur Home Distributes Food & Necessities to Disaster Site In Himalayas
Company asks furniture industry to make a donation to support the relief effort.
Weekly FurnitureWorld Media Note #78 from Lance Hanish-MobileFirst: Retailers Say Social Is Having A Big Impact On Business
12% of retailers responding to a KPMG survey believe that showrooming is having a significant impact on their business.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 98 - A Good Leader...
This week's list of short tips for retail managers focuses on the effect of gossip in the workplace.
North American Home Furnishings Association Commits to Five Additional Years in an Expanded Space at Las Vegas Market
New location provides great visibility and a refreshed floor plan.
Chromcraft Revington, Inc. Renews its Commitment to Las Vegas Market with Three-Year Lease
The company will continue to display their residential and commercial furniture in the 6200 square foot showroom of Building A-529.
Toby's Showroom Decorating Tips For Furniture World Readers
Owner of retailer Amish Furniture Factory shares ideas for creating a comfortable and productive atmosphere for furniture sales.
CUSTOMATIC To unveil the Rize REVOLUTION Adjustable Bed at Vegas Market
Bed has with special functions like, adjustable lumbar back support, Bluetooth apeaker sound system, a “head-tilt” auto flex feature that contours to the natural curvature of the spine.
Singapore Furniture Industries Council Seeks Furniture Design Award Entries From Students & Designers
Furniture Design Award 2014 allows designers to explore their imagination and demonstrate their originality.
Online Retailer Amerisleep Launches New Responsive Website
Site is designed so that consumers shopping in brick-and-mortar mattress retailers can access the Amerisleep site on a smartphone or tablet to compare features and pricing, and then click to make a purchase at the same time.
Decorating Den Interiors Designs New Branding
Decorating Den Interiors franchisees represent more than 85 home furnishings suppliers offering its customers furniture, case goods, accessories, lighting, floor and wall coverings, draperies and other hard and soft window treatments.
Springthrough Creates Industry-First Website Experience for Haworth Online Retail Site
By using the AR tool on an iPad, shoppers simulate the placement of furniture in their small office or home to compare colors and textures to the carpet, walls and other room décor in real time, and connect to the item in the online store to place their order.
SexySleep Tip #5- Mattress Sex Education For Retail Sales Associates
73% of retail sales associates (RSAs) agreed that, “If intimacy (sex) can make mattresses more relevant and exciting to consumers, the industry should be educating and informing consumers on this topic in a tasteful way."
Bedroom Sales Tip #2 From Leggett & Platt: Five Ideas For Display and Point of Sale
Consumers are always looking for the latest advancements in technology from a myriad of industries and an opportunity exists to steer this conversation into the bedroom.
Russian Furniture Fair FIDexpo To Launch In May 2014
Organizer says that FIDexpo will build a strong platform for the Russian market, bringing new international players from Europe and Asia to satisfy demand.
La-Z-Boy Reports Improved Fiscal 2013 Year-End
Same-store written sales for the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® store network increased 12.7% for the full fiscal 2013 year.
Wayfair.com Launches Inspiration Gallery
Company says that home enthusiasts can now discover inspiration from professional designers and easily shop home decor looks by style, space, location and designer – all in one place.
Groovystuff Launches Website Dealer Portal
Home furnishings manufacturer, Groovystuff announces a website dealer portal with instant access to product details and pricing.
FXI Taps Former Fortune 500 Exec To Lead Home Furnishings Division
Gary Fassak's key responsibilities include overseeing the group’s day-to-day business operations, as well as driving strategic partnerships with the company’s home furnishings customers.
Gold Bond Introduces Juvenile Bedding Line
Gold Bond collaborated with NY based retailer The Bedroom Source, a juvenile bedding and furniture retailer to design a new, more luxurious new series.
Bradshaw Kirchofer Introduces Furniture Website With Custom Order Options
New Website lets shoppers specify size, dimensions, color, finish and more.
The China International Furniture Fair (Guangzhou): September 7-10, 2013
The show will be held concurrently with Homedecor + Hometextile China (Guangzhou) 2013 at the China Import & Export Fair Complex, Pazhou to build a "one-stop" platform for furniture and home furnishings.
Rooms Moscow and MIFS 2013 Report Successful Second Show
German companies investigate "Furniture Franchise" project giving overseas furniture firms an opportunity to enter Russia and CIS countries.
Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients Bill and Rochelle Tepperman Honoured at Chamber Ball
The Teppermans have made service to the community their personal mission for the entirety of their life together.
Dave Palmer Launches Corporate Improvement Program For Home Furnishing Companies
Past President of the San Francisco Mart and past general Manager of the World Market Center in Las Vegas, recently announced a new seminar program named Active Listening, a program he is presenting with Joe Skillin, a marketing and motivation consultant.
IKEA To More-Than-Double Size Of Colorado’s Largest Single-Use Rooftop Commercial Array On Denver-Area Store
The 83,700-square-foot solar addition will consist of a 623-kW system, built with 2,492 panels, and will produce 961,000 kWh of electricity annually for the store.
ASTM Issues New Crib Mattress Standard
This new standard will be voluntary although many, if not all, crib mattress manufacturers are expected to meet the standard.
Recruiting Tip#1: Use Your Website To Have A Constant Flow Of Canditates
If you are not promoting a Career Center on your website, you are missing a great opportunity to have a constant stream of candidates seeking out your furniture store as a potential employer.
Bedroom Sales Tip #1 From Leggett & Platt: Turning A Bedroom Into An Oasis
Leggett & Platt’s “Bedroom Battles” survey reveals that most Americans haven’t organized their bedrooms in at least six months, which easily explains why bedrooms are often considered more of a headache to avoid rather than a calming retreat to enjoy.
HSM Announces Joint Venture Between E&R-Hickory And Spinks Springs
HSM will manufacture unique microcoil pocket springs for mattress comfort layers In North America.
Furniture Brands Completes EFEC Registrations
EFEC – or Enhancing Furniture’s Environmental Culture – is the home furnishings industry’s environmental management system. The program was developed by AHFA in 1999.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 171: This Is No Time To Be A Grump.
Are you grumpy when it comes to writing your About Us page? Do you keep everything about your store “professional”? i.e. corporate, impersonal, stuffy … grumpy?
SexySleep Tip #4- Tools For Mattress Sales Professionals
80% of RSAs said their company has not given them information or training on how to address sex questions during a mattress sale
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 97 - A Good Leader...
This week's list of short tips for retail managers focuses on the decision making process.
KEM Returns To Orlando For The 77th Central Florida Furniture & Accessory Market
Karel Exposition Management, together with the Florida Home Furnishings Representative Association and the Florida Association of Furniture Manufacturers are sponsoring the show. Edison show scheduled for August 4-6.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #77 from Lance Hanish-MobileFirst: Luxury Now Means Price Is Considered
Sttudy finds that 98% of affluent consumers shop online. These wealthy consumers are spending approximately five hours per week engaged in online shopping activities.
Zimmerman Chair Introduces New Product Line at the 2013 All American Furniture Expo
Joining Zimmerman Chair at this year’s expanded Expo are approximately 80 other manufacturers of quality, handcrafted furniture.
Mattress Firm Hires Executive Vice President of Brand Management
Mr. Oakhill will oversee brand and communications strategy, development and implementation for the growing chain.
Armen Living Returns to Las Vegas Market
The company will also be showing its TENure collection, which was their largest collection ever launched in the company’s 31 year history.
Piedmont Furniture Club To Hold 27th Annual Golf Tournament Honoring Harold Hart
Harold Hart is a furniture distributor and owner of Hart Furniture in Siler City, NC.
Makeover Secrets From Decorating Den Interiors Featured in REALTOR Magazine.
REALTOR® Magazine turned to eight Decorating Den Interiors design professional in different cities to offer tips and cost information to help realtors advise clients on cost vs.value of room makeovers.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #76- from Lance Hanish-MobileFirst: Mom’s The Word
Mobile is extremely important and if you are marketing to Moms, the weekend (specifically Saturday and Sunday) is the best time to reach them.
Rizzy Home Appoints Teresa Parris as Creative and Visual Manager
Ms. Parris is an industry veteran who has won numerous awards for Showroom and Visual display as well as many Home Show Design honors.
SexySleep Tip #3- Fielding Questions About Sex & Mattresses
Leggett & Platt study finds that 87% of RSAs have fielded a question about sex in relation to a mattress during the sales process, yet most have never received any company training on handling intimacy questions.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 96 - A Good Leader...
This week's "Good Leader" tips identifies seven attributes that good leaders should encourage associates to develop.
ART Announces Member Discounts At Dallas, Atlanta & Vegas Shows
Retailers are eligible for the market discounts with their membership with ART, the association.
Abbyson Living Announces New Outdoor Living Collection
Their newest line will start with weather-resistant rattan & wicker furniture.
Sunbrella Fabrics' Merchandising Manager To Give Continuing Education Course On Performance Fabrics
Marcia Blake will discuss how fabric performances are designed and manufactured, including fiber types, coloration, finishing, construction and testing.
Las Vegas Market Expands Temporary Space to Three Floors
Strategic placement unifies exhibitors By product categories & themes.
Summer Las Vegas Market To Host Signature Panel of Top Tastemakers and Trends
The Ahead of the Curve live show boasts an extraordinary line-up of top U.S. designers at the upcoming market, including Alexa Hampton, Ron Woodson and Windsor Smith.
Furniture First Approves Three New Members
The addition of Ross Furniture Company, Rudd Furniture and Stone Barn Furniture brings the membership rolls to 205 stockholders with 427 stores in 47 states.
International Furniture Fair Singapore Announces New Dates
The new set of dates closes the gap between IFFS/AFS and the southern China furniture shows.
CBX Strategist Cites Need For Socially Relevant Stores
“When retail is literally everywhere, when we can buy virtually anything off our phones and have it delivered, why go to a store?”
Century Furniture Names Jay Paschall National Sales Manager
Jay comes to Century from Kindel Furniture, where he had been Vice President of Sales and Product Development.
Overstock.com Promotes Brian Popelka to Senior Vice President, Customer and Partner Care
Seasoned vice president takes on expanded responsibilities.
View The June 2013 Edition of FURNITURE WORLD Magazine
The current Digital Edition of Furniture World Magazine is now available to read on your computer or mobile device including iPad.
Grand Home Furnishings To Buy Four Stores From Big Sandy
Acquisition will expand Grand Home Furnishings' presence in West Virginia.
Furniture Brands Names Kathy Veltri President, Thomasville Furniture
Veltri most recently was Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Arhaus Furniture.
Christopher Guy Debuts New Flagship Showroom In The New York Design Center
The Christopher Guy showroom which is
located on the penthouse floor of the NYDC
will strengthen the brand’s offering to
designers and architects in the NY metropolitan area.
Chairtech Appoints Kelly Steele Vice President of Sales and Purchasing
Longtime retailer and entrepreneur formerly owned Hausenbarn International.
Decorating Den Interiors Announces Decorator of the Year
Linda McCall's family room was selected as the best of more nearly 300 entries in 12 categories judged by international and regional design journalists in the company’s 29th International Dream Room awards competition.
Magnussen Home Furnishings to Launch Licensed Crayola Youth Bedroom Line
Magnussen Home Furnishings reported that it has entered into a multi-year licensing agreement with Crayola and plans to launch a Youth Bedroom line in its name at the High Point Furniture Market this October.
Mobile Marketing Expert Wapple Becomes STORIS Integrator
This partnership allows Wapple to tightly integrate the STORIS retail platform with Wapple’s award winning mobile optimization technology.
Hooker Furniture Doubles Net Income on Higher Sales
The 108% increase in net income was driven by higher sales across all operating units, decreased product discounting for casegoods, and lower product costs and higher operating profitability for domestic upholstery operations.
Art Van Furniture Boosts Detroit Education With $2 Million Donation
Funds will support 100 million dollar campaign for Governor's New Public System of Schools.
Ideas: BrendasHome.com Unveils New Online Store with Unique Furniture Finds
In addition to selling restored and refinished items, the Company also sells a variety of new wooden furniture and wall decor.
Alliance Data Signs New Multi-Year Agreement With Top-50 Furniture Retailer El Dorado Furniture
Company selected to provide marketing-driven private label credit program to enhance cardholder acquisition and customer shopping experience.
All American Furniture Expo Expands in 2013
Hallagan Fine Furniture, Johnston Benchworks, and Fusion Designs sign on as new exhibitors.
Summer Las Vegas Market Registration Now Open
Attendees can take advantage of “early bird” discounts with select partner hotels, with the first deadline beginning June 7, 2013.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #75 from Lance Hanish-MobileFirst: Want Social To Boost Sales? Be Prepared To Spend The Necessary Time
The top benefits of social media marketing were revealed by Social Media Examiner in its annual “Social Media Marketing Industry Report”, which surveyed more than 3,000 marketers on their social media activities.
Celia Moh Scholarship Selects Seven College Students For Industry’s Most Prestigious Scholarships
The Celia Moh Scholarship is considered one of the preeminent academic scholarship programs for students bound for careers in the home furnishings industry.
Former Owner of Banner Marketing Starts New Advertising Company
Local Mattress Leads says it is looking to partner exclusively with one mattress retailer per domain name/local area.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 95 - A Good Leader...
This week's "Good Leader" tips identifies seven essential behaviors necessary for successful retail managers.
SexySleep Tip #2- Stuck In Quicksand?
Study found that 58% of consumers said intimacy/sex will be a determining factor when they buy their next mattress.
Nation’s First Mattress Recycling Legislation Becomes Law
The legislation will increase mattress recycling, create new recycling jobs, and increase the amount of discarded mattress materials that can be used to make new products.
Chuck Reilly Assumes Chair of City of Hope’s National Home Furnishings Industry Group
Long-time co-chairs Jena Hall and Roger Friesen accept new volunteer responsibilities.
Nationwide Announces Details for August PrimeTime! Show
The event will be held August 11-14, 2013 at The Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, Texas.
Leon & Lulu's Curtin Wins Best Independent Store Owner In 2013 Readers Poll
Mary Liz Curtin, co-owner of Leon & Lulu, a destination lifestyle store in Clawson, Mich., was voted best Independent Store Owner by readers of Hour Detroit magazine in its 2013 Best of Detroit contest.
Seven Interview Tips to Make Sure You’re Hiring a Grad Who Plays Well with Others
The job market is flooded with brilliant, high-performing new grads. Unfortunately, says
Bruce Piasecki, growing up in an era that celebrates the individual doesn’t tend to make one a coachable, loyal team player—and that’s the
kind of employee your furniture store needs the most.
Surya To Open Expansive New Las Vegas Showroom At Summer Market
The new 30,447 square foot space will provide the company with a 400% expansion from its previous showroom location.
Associated Press Profiles Reverie As Example Of Manufacturers Bringing Production And Jobs Back To The U.S.
The company was highlighted as one of a growing number of businesses that are spurring the manufacturing trend known as reshoring.
How Small Changes Made a Big Difference to Davids Furniture & Interiors
White paper: "A New Design for Davids: How to Transform a 41-year-old Furniture Store into a 21st Century Destination Where Customers Can Create a Stylish Home."
ICFA Announces Apollo Award Finalists
The program recognizes retail excellence in the sales and marketing of outdoor furnishings.
Monthly Furniture Insights Report From Smith Leonard
Study finds that, "It has been quite a long time since so many things were so favorable to the industry."
Pure Michigan Woods Design Challenge Turns Furniture Design Into Economic Engine
A field of 13 contestants presented their work to a panel of judges including Scott Glenn, Vice President of Merchandising for Slumberland Furniture, Aime Fitzhugh, Vice President of Merchandising for Gardner-White Furniture, Steve Silver, CEO of Steve Silver Co., Lowell Eastman from Michigan Pure Wood Works, and contest organizer Dennis Valkanoff of Mega Motion.
Five Tools That Will Help You Survive—and Lead Your Tribe to Success
Leadership tips from the new book, "Look Different and Stay Agile to Survive the Business Jungle."
June 21 Is Deadline For Design Excellence Entries
Entries are now being accepted in 11 categories of casual furnishings.
International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market™ Announces September Show Schedule
This year, the Casual Market is set to officially debut its two new dedicated casual showroom floors.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 94 - A Good Leader...
This week's "Good Leader" tips explain how successful managers use recognition and appreciation to motivate employees.
Sears Canada Reports Same Store Sales Decline of 2.6%
Sears' major appliances business maintained market share but experienced sales declines, as did their furniture and mattress businesses.
Art Van, WDIV-TV And Forgotten Harvest Help Victims Of Oklahoma Tornado
Art Van Furniture is asking Metro Detroiters to donate non-perishable food items or personal hygiene items.
Natuzzi S.p.A. Reports Smaller First Quarter 2013 Loss
Company experiences continued weakness in it's high-end branded products, a 9.8% decrease over 2012 first quarter.
West Elm Announces Two New International Retail Locations In the UK and Australia
Both West Elm stores are currently slated to open in late 2013.
Ethan Allen Opens Second Location in Europe
Company now operates stores in Brussels and Antwerp. Additional international locations set to open this year.
Retail Sales Rebound in April; Increase 0.6 Percent
Furniture and home furnishing stores’ sales were flat seasonally-adjusted month-to-month and increased 6.4 percent unadjusted year-over-year.
CPSC Chairman Advises Furniture Industry To
‘Aim For Highest Level Of Safety’
Tenenbaum addressed members of the American Home Furnishings Alliance Board of Directors during the group’s May meeting in Arlington, Va.
Wingate Named Furniture, Retail Key Accounts Manager For Protect-A-Bed
Wingate, a furniture industry veteran, will oversee the company’s focus to sell their full line-up of products directly to home furnishings customers.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 170: 5 Easy Steps to Writing Web Content That is Likeable
This week I want to give you an easy tip to help you write “likeable” copy. It’s a simple 5-step process.
Nationwide’s Members Launch All-New ANSWERS Learning Program
New program kicks off with initial orders for more than 1000 pre-prograMmed tablet devices for sales teams.
Hooker Partners With Retailers To Launch eCommerce Websites
As part of the co-branded partnership called P3, Hooker is building out ecommerce websites or “iStores” for retailers that offer Hooker Furniture brands for sale in the retailer’s local marketplace,.
Boyles Furniture & Rugs Hosts Ribbon Cutting and Community Event
Boyles’ official Grand Opening and ribbon cutting ceremony marks the relaunch of a popular home furnishings retail brand in the region.
SexySleep Tip #1- Intimacy/Sex & The Mattress Purchase
Leggett & Platt’s SexySleep research reveals that 85% of people never consider sex when purchasing a mattress.
Jeff Gober Returns To Latex International
Latex International announced it has appointed components veteran Jeff Gober as director of component sales for the company’s western division.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 169: “I like you guys.” Web Content That Works!
The main goal of your web content should be that you want folks to think, “I like these guys.” Then they’ll take that call-to-action.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #73 from Lance Hanish-MobileFirst: Solving The Video Content Evolution
Question is -- do you try and do it in-house or hire pros? For most brands the answer is to hire pros. The advantage, of course, is the wide range of talent and capabilities you can access. The problem is how to keep the costs down.
Legacy Classic Honors 2012 Sales Representative of the Year
The top honor went to Skip Camillo, who was named the 2012 Sales Representative of the Year. Camillo, a veteran of the award, oversees Legacy Classic in the New England states.
Kincaid Furniture Expands Kincaid Shoppe Retail Concept Nationwide
Kincaid Furniture Company reported that it is expanding its Kincaid Shoppe retail merchandising program nationwide, recently adding furniture retailers in Denver, Colo., and Grand Rapids, Mich.
Lea Industries Recalls Children's Beds Due to Fall Hazard
This recall involves the side rails on 34 different Lea children's bed collections, including loft, bunk and panel styles in twin, full and queen sizes.
Art Van Furniture's Million Dollar Charity Challenge "Bonus Challenge" To Award $50,000 To Michigan Charities
Art Van annoucned that 150 Michigan charities have the chance to win $50,000 in grants as part of the 2013 Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge "Bonus Challenge".
Connecticut Senate Approves Mattress Recycling Bill
The legislation authorizes an industry-led non-profit organization to create and run a mattress recycling council that has the authority to set and collect a consumer fee to fund recycling operations.
HSM Names Corporate Vice President of Innovation and Technology
HSM (formerly Hickory Springs) hires Gregg Greulich to facilitate the company's ability to offer HSM customers access to the latest materials and manufacturing techniques.
Twin-Star International’s Copyright Infringement Complaint Upheld by ITC
Prohibits importation of electric fireplaces, related components from accused Chinese companies .
AHFA Manufacturing Summit To Focus on On Healthcare Reform
Greg Stancil, director of healthcare reform at Scott Insurance, Roanoke, Va., will help executives navigate the maze of reform measures to determine both short-term and long-term implications for business.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 92 - A Good Leader...
This week's "Good Leader" tips eplain how successful managers can communicate effectively with their employees.
Furniture Web Tip #3 From The Furniture Market: Pinterest: Interior Design Remodelling Goes Social
Using Pinterest can provide SEO benefits within a linking strategy. Images from Pinterest are inserted into websites or blogs, using an embed code, directly linking to the original website.
When You Buy Quality, You Cry But Once
A poem about selling by Peter Marino, excerpted from his yet to be printed and published work, Mythy:The Ephemeral Moth.
Four Students Win Groovystuff by Design Contest
Students from their respective schools were charged with designing an environmentally friendly product that reflects the Dick Idol Legends brand and can be produced using sustainable furniture manufacturing practices.
Ken Burrows To Be Honored With
Lifetime Achievement Award By ICFFA
In the furniture industry since his high school days, Burrows’ journey has been a circuitous one, taking him from the factory floor to the executive suite and now to a retail store.
Twin-Star International Receives Seven ADEX Design Awards for 2013
Twin-Star is a seasoned veteran when it comes to receiving ADEX Awards with their first two, a Platinum and a Gold for electric fireplaces, received in 2006.
Liberty, Southern Motion and Serta Receive Awards form Furniture First
Furniture First Buying Group reported that it honored three of their vendor partners with Vendor of the Year Awards, presented May 14, 2013 during the group’s Symposium in New Orleans.
Kingsdown Expands Presence In Asia With First Indonesian Licensee
With this partnership, plans are in place to open five retail “Sleep Centers” this year featuring Kingsdown’s MySide® product line and bedMATCH™ sleep diagnostic technology.
Pure LatexBLISS Announces “Cruise For Bliss” Winners From Its Online Learn And Earn Program
Pure LatexBLISS' “Learn and Earn” program, is designed to educate and inspire retail sales associates to “live latex.”
How to Overcome Affluent Consumer Resistance to Indulge in Luxury
New survey finds affluent consumers are growing increasingly careful about spending on high-priced luxuries calling for marketers to take action.
Former Costco Wholesale Vice President Joins Abbyson Living
Mike Pollard plans to bring forth new comprehensive business practices that will directly impact the growth of the Abbyson Living organization.
Dormeo Octaspring Hires Bedding Veteran To Run U.S. Manufacturing
Dormeo Octaspring® has appointed 15-year bedding industry veteran Michael Carter as director of manufacturing to head its Dallas facility.
Book Review: Zebras & Cheetahs - How to Look Different and Stay Agile to Survive the Business Jungle.
Leaders identify co-workers in their business environment so they can take steps to help each one adapt to reality, and motivate all of them to work together toward a collectively prized outcome.
Mike Kenney Promoted To President Of Norwalk Furniture
Kenny served with the former Norwalk as the general manager of three Atlanta franchise stores and then as vice president of operations for 22 company-owned retail stores.
Jon Porter Wins Kincaid’s Leo Kahn Salesman of the Year Award
Kincaid Furniture presented its annual Leo Kahn award as “Salesman of the Year” to Jon Porter.
Wesley Mancini Honored For Lifetime Achievement In Design
ASC Honors awards, given every three years, recognizes exceptionally creative individuals whose lifetime contributions have distinguished them and enriched the cultural and social history for Charlotte-Mecklenburg.
ASFD Accepting 2013 Pinnacle Award Entries
The deadline for entries is June 1, 2013. Entry criteria, submission guidelines and forms are available for downloading at www.asfd.com.
Thomasville Memorial Day Event Includes Launch Of New Magalog, $10,000 Sweepstakes
The new catalog format offers a stylish, fresh approach for readers as it has been designed to read more like a magazine than a catalog.
Sleep Train Expands Got Sleep? Mall Retail Concept to Northwest
New Vancouver, WA store offers Portland-area mall shoppers a comfortable, convenient location to explore.
Pure Latexbliss™ Joins “End It”Campaign To Shine A Light On Modern-Day Slavery
The "End It" campaign’s website www.enditmovement.com, educates readers that 27 million men, women and children are working as slaves in 161 countries, including the United States.
International Sleep Products Association Releases 2012 Mattress Industry Report Of Sales And Trends
Report contains information on U.S. mattress sales by region, contract sales, product size data, as well as price point trends, import/export figures and general econometric data that influence mattress sales.
Book Review: Adaptive Action- Leveraging Uncertainty in Your Organization
It’s the Age of Uncertainty, and organizations everywhere are “stuck” in old habits and old ways of thinking that no longer work.
Dormeo Octaspring Expands Its Manufacturing In United States
Dormeo Octaspring® invested more than $500,000 to retrofit its 30,000-square-foot Dallas-area distribution facility with new equipment.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 93 - A Good Leader...
This week's "Good Leader" tips from Country View Woodworking focus on managing information flow in retail organizations.
Leon's Furniture Limited Reports Challenging First Quarter
Leon's corporate sales, excluding The Brick, of $150,675,000 in the first quarter of 2013, decreased by $6,756,000, or 4.3%, compared to the first quarter of 2012.
Bob’s Discount Furniture Celebrates the Grand Opening of Two New York City Stores.
Retailer will contribute a total of $27,000 to 16 New York City schools and two youth-focused charities to celebrate the May 23 grand opening of its newest discount furniture stores in Brooklyn and the Bronx.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #72 from Lance Hanish-MobileFirst: Moms Are Using Social To Make Purchases
44% have made a purchase due to a friend liking or posting about the brand on a social network, 32% because they saw a picture on Pinterest, and almost 1 in 4 on account of seeing a sponsored ad on a social network.
First-Of-Its-Kind Study Reveals Mattresses Could Be Negatively Impacting Intimacy
Leggett & Platt releases study that prompts discussion of sex-versus-sleep issues by consumers following the purchase of memory foam bedding.
Doing Retail Right Retail Furniture Tip #18: Five Things You Can Do To Improve Your Store's Image
Often it is little things, easily done, that impress customers most.
Furniture Brands International Reports $19 Million First Quarter Loss
Net sales were $254.7 million compared to $287.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2012, a decrease of $32.6 million, or 11.3%.
Michelle Jennings Wiebe Named Top Style Spotter At High Point Market
The product that received the most votes on any of the Style Spotters’ boards was the Bradstreet Spool Chair from C.R. Laine, which was spotted by Kelly Kole of Kandrac & Kole.
Hickory Springs Changes Name To HSM
Re-branding initiative consolidates brands and divisions under one name with the message, "One Company, on the Move, Together”.
Furniture First Elects New Board of Directors Members
Ken Paul of FrontRoom Furnishings in Columbus, OH and Richard Talsma of Talsma Furniture in Hudsonville, MI were elected as the newest members of the Board of Directors.
Bedding Retailers Mattress Warehouse, Mattress King And Sleep Outfitters Kick Off Bedding Give Away
Mattress retailer Innovative Mattress Solutions (iMS) announced that it is kicking off a celebration of its 30th anniversary on Facebook by giving away one queen-sized mattress set each week for 30 weeks.
Las Vegas Market Adjusts the Winter 2014 Dates
Market dates adjusted to include a weekend day and end on Thursday to accommodate optimal Friday return travel.
Reverie Launches Online Portal For Dealers
New platform will facilitate communication and knowledge sharing for retailers and RSAs.
Zuo Signs Lease On Permanent Tupelo Showroom
Zuo Modern plans to feature promotional sets and barstools in the space, located at Building 4, #4438.
ITMA Announces Newest Exhibitors At Showtime™
Summer Showtime 2013 is scheduled for June 2-5.
Gold Bond Adds Chelsea Collection At Recent High Point Show
Company reports success with expanded line of value priced, two-sided mattresses.
Video Promoting Independent Stores From Nationwide Marketing Group Gains Traction
The Independent Resurgence campaign is just one of an array of exclusive campaigns that the Nationwide Marketing Group provides to its members.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 168: Be Social when Posting on Facebook. Sell sparingly.
Six ideas for getting material to post to your store's Facebook account.
AICO Announces Management Changes
Bill Dominguez , currently VP of Supply Chain, will become Vice President of Product Development. Jeff Santanello, currently VP of Dealer Logistics and Communication, will become Vice President of International Purchasing.
Monthly Furniture Insights Report From Smith Leonard
Year-to-date, furniture orders were up 2 percent over the first two months of last year. Just over 63 percent of the participants reported increased orders for the two months combined.
Furniture Training Company Recognized With Major Training Award
The Furniture Training Company receives 2013 Best Educational Software (BESSIE) Award for having the “best vocational training website.”
ASFD Installs Slate of Officers & Directors for 2013-2014
Assuming the role as ASFD president is John Conrad of Powell Company, High Point, NC.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #71 from Lance Hanish-MobileFirst: It Takes Two Or More Years To Forget Bad Service
Bad customer service experiences are more likely to be shared than good ones, according to results from a ZenDesk-sponsored survey conducted by Dimensional Research.
Kingsdown Taps Former Burlington Industries Exec To Lead Quality Control Efforts
Shoe will report directly to Kingsdown Executive Vice President of Operations and COO Joe Schmoeller.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip # 91 - A Good Leader...
This week's "Good Leader" tips eplain how successful managers can add value to the lives of employees and their families.
Scott Prillaman Promoted to Casegoods Operations VP Post at Hooker Furniture
Most recently, Prillaman served as Director of Warehousing, Distribution and Logistics.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 167: Rank Checking. Accurately.
Google does what is known as "personalization." It tracks your searches as well as your location and serve listings according to what it thinks YOU are looking for.
Does Your Retail Workplace Meet These Three Powerful Human Needs?
How to give your employees the three things they deeply crave—safety, belonging, and mattering.
Weekly Furniture Management Tip #90 - A Good Leader...
This week's "Good Leader" tips eplain how successful managers can get more work out of associates without putting too much stress on them.
Hickory Springs Breaks Ground For New Foam Tech Lab
$1.5 million Conover, N.C., facility enhances company’s foam formulation capabilities.
"Amazing Bed" Debuts At The Recent High Point Show
Innovative Standards rolled out their new, patented deep tissue massage bed housed within a premium memory foam mattress.
Las Vegas Market Expands Better Home Decor Selection
New floor of permanent showrooms will be dedicated to the category at the Summer 2013 Market, July 29-August 2, 2013.
West Michigan Retailer Talsma Furniture Opens Design Center Location
Talsma will open two other speciality stores on the same block this year -- a mattress store and an urban-themed store.
NeoCon 2013 Announces Seminar Schedule
June 10-12, 2013 at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #70 from Lance Hanish-MobileFirst: Surviving In The Amazon Era
79% of retailers offer a mobile site; 65% offer a mobile optimized site; 56% use 2D bar codes; 23% have an iPhone native app; 22% use SMS; 18% have an iPad app; 18% have an Android native app and 14% have other tablet programs.
Chairtech Adds Second U.S. Warehouse to Enhance Service
Chairtech produces value-priced dining and occasional tables, desks and chairs in metal, leather, glass and wood under the Italstudio brand.
McNeill Communications Group Promotes Lauren Estep To Vice President Of Media Relations
She will guide the firm’s media relations efforts, social media outreach and strategic event planning.
Hotspots Of The Past Hint At The Future Of Retail Design
CBX executive highlights role of shopper engagement during speech at Global Shop 2013.
MicroD Recognized for Innovation in Furniture eCommerce
Magazine features the North Carolina-based company and its chief executive in the cover story of its U.S. print publication.
Germany’s Domicil Expands Global Footprint in U.S.
Domicil offers European-style, contemporary furnishings with an emphasis on the living room area.
Therapedic International Partners With Leading Turkish Bedding Producer
Istikbal is considered amongst Turkey's most respected brands, producing furniture, home textiles and mattresses.
Chinese Bedding Manufacturer & Retailer Airland Will Open 34 Sleep Shops Featuring Kingsdown In 2013
Airland has already opened its first two MySide branded retail locations, both in Shenzhen, outside of Hong Kong.
Highwood USA Announces New Benefits Program for Dealers
The benefits program will include an initial special floor sample offer, plus shipping costs of sample products will be waived.
Decorating Den Interiors Attracts New Franchise Owners
Five new franchise owners came from inside and outside of the interior design business.
La-Z-Boy Recognizes Surya As Vendor Partner Of The Year For Its Outstanding Service Pledge
In lieu of giving a plaque to Surya, La-Z-Boy contributed $500 to Surya’s philanthropic partner, the Akshaya Patra Foundation that feeds 1.3 million underprivileged children daily in schools across India.
Borkholder Furniture Adds New IHFC Showroom for April High Point Market
The company, which showed at the October market in a temporary space in the Made In America Pavilion, will now exhibit in a 3,500-square-foot showroom in the IHFC’s Hamilton wing.
Chinese Upholstery Producer Evergo Furniture Showing at High Point Market.
The company offers its line on a direct-container basis, including mixed containers, from its China plant, or in smaller quantities from warehouses in Toronto and Los Angeles.
American Furniture Hall Of Fame Foundation Elects New Officers And Directors
George Cartledge, III, Grand Home Furnishings has been elected Board president; William D. Kimbrell, Star Furniture, first vice president; Michael Amini, AICO/Amini Innovation Corp, second vice president; and Bill Markowitz, The Veneman Group, Inc, secretary-treasurer.
Mattress Firm to Expand in Pennsylvania with Five New Stores
The first of the Pittsburgh locations will open in May with all five locations expected to be open by the end of July.
Sandberg Furniture Moves to Larger IHFC Showroom for April High Point Market
Sandberg will introduce three new promotionally priced bedroom groups.
Magnussen Home Furnishings Presents Top Sales Awards
Magnussen Home Furnishings announced that it has honored 9 of its sales associates with its top sales awards.
Kindel Furniture Returns to High Point Market, Announces “Made in America” Growth Strategy
High-end furniture maker seeks acquisitions, JVs and alliances with American makers of fine furniture.
Surya Partners With Australian Designer Florence Broadhurst's Brand
Home accessories brand Surya announced an exclusive new line of pillows inspired by the archival designs of the late Australian designer Florence Broadhurst.
Cozzia USA Moves to Plaza Suites for April High Point Market
At market, Cozzia will introduce a new line of new zero-gravity recliners and expand its offering of best-selling Shiatsu models with new styling and color options.
Tip For Consumer Reports And One-Size-Fits All Mattress Recommendations
Michael Magnuson the founder and CEO of GoodBed.com, the leading online research destination for mattress shoppers takes issue with Consumer Reports about its list of Best Mattresses.
The Rug Market America Debuts Collections At High Point Market
Includes trending themes from vogue to nautical to contemporary vintage.
North American Home Furnishings Association Develops Collaborative Teams To Discuss Its Future Direction
Preceding its conference on June 1, the organization will hold its first board meeting where directors and members will work together to build on a foundation that creates a member-centric future.
HGTV Host Candice Olsen To Host "Solving Your Design Challenges" At High Point Market
Event, open to all Market visitors will offer insights by interior designer, author, Surya collaborator and HGTV host Candice Olson.
Rizzy Home to Host Withit Luncheon with Vicki Payne, Host of "For Your Home"
At the luncheon, Rizzy will introduce a line of hand-tufted rugs and coordinating decorative accent pillows designed by Vicki Payne.
IKEA Completes Redesign Of Marketplace To Offer An Updated Shopping Experience For Accessories
Redesign of the accessories marketplace updated the merchandising platform in departments such as cookware, bedding, lighting, home organization and textiles.
Surya Announces Release Of Spring 2013 Catalog
Surya Spring 2013 catalog will be available in digital and mobile versions this month.
Furniture First Moves to New, Larger Showroom in IHFC for April High Point Market
At market, Furniture First will show five new stationary sofas from Craftmaster that coordinate with area rugs from Nourison, part of a private-label program for buying group members.
All American Furniture Expo Returns to Lancaster, PA Convention Center For September Show
Show features only American-made handcrafted and hand finished furniture.
Erica Wingo Promoted to Merchandising Director Post at Hooker Furniture
Wingo joined Hooker in 2007 after graduating at the top of her class in the Home Furnishings Marketing program at High Point University, earning the Haverty Cup Award.
Christopher Rose Will Guest Speak at the American Society of Furniture Designers’ Market Dinner on April 22nd
Christopher Rose currently teaches in the Graduate Furniture Design Program at Rhode Island School of Design.
Scandinavian Art Factory Adds New IHFC Showroom for April Market
Malerfabrikken specializes in original contemporary wall art.
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Announces High Point Seminar Series
All seminars in the Design Viewpoints Series are free to interior designers attending High Point Market and offer up to .3 continuing education units (CEUs).
GBS Enterprises Exhibiting at High Point Market in New IHFC Showroom
Supplier of mattress and furniture warranty services and mattress accessories will unveil its 5- and 10-year Adjustable Bed extended warranty program.
Gov. Pat McCrory to Visit High Point Market on Opening Day
McCrory will meet the 42 furniture industry leaders who recently sent the governor a letter in support of funding for the High Point Market Authority.
Eisenberg Departs From Latex International
Pure LatexBLISS President Kurt Ling will now oversee the company’s international business development.
LaurelHouse Designs Expands High Point Showroom
LaurelHouse Designs will add 16 new groups and 50 accent pieces to their Inspirations line.
SFC Panel of Furniture Manufacturing Experts to Discuss “Home Health” During High Point Market Luncheon
Earth Day Luncheon: Healthy Homes to investigate toxicity vis-à-vis home furnishings;
luncheon set for Monday, April 22, at 12:30 p.m.
Made In America Pavilion Back With 44 New Exhibitors
Authentic Home Furnishings Association showing 7000 sq ft of ready-to-finish furniture.
Stein World Appoints David Kuehneman as Senior Vice President of Sales
Most recently, Kuehneman served as Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Wells Lamont (a Berkshire Hathaway company).
Doing Retail Right Tips From Bill & Lou: Constant Change
Just because you remodeled last year doesn’t mean you’re finished. Staying fresh, fun and competitive is a never ending process.
Weekly Furniture World Media Note #69 from Lance Hanish-MobileFirst: Showrooming Secrets
Study results suggest that only 5% would leave if the online retailer offered the item for at least 5% less, while a plurality 23% would leave for a discount of at least 20%.
Feizy Rugs To Host 1970s-Themed Party in High Point
Guests can enter a dance contest for a chance to win an iPad mini, play nostalgic board games or just relax.
Surya Announces New Partnership With Apartment Therapy
Surya and Apartment Therapy will be collaborating to provide exclusive in-depth reporting of the upcoming High Point Market via Twitter.
Mattress Firm to Expand in North Florida with Two New Stores
The new stores, located in Tallahassee, will help to solidify Mattress Firm’s presence throughout Florida.
Next Generation-NOW Partners with Surya for High Point Bash
The group invites attendees to “Rock the Casbah!” at the Surya celebration while enjoying foosball, air hockey and doubleshoot basketball with the Next Gen crew.
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