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Furniture Industry News Published in 2010

Rent-A-Center, Inc. Announces Acquisition of The Rental Store, Inc.  - 12/28/2010

The Rental Store, Inc. is a leading provider of consumer lease-purchase financing through third-party retail furniture and electronics retailers, operating approximately 145 kiosk locations.

Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library Names New Curator  - 12/28/2010

Karla Webb has been chosen to replace retiring Carl Vuncannon.

Retail Furniture Stories Part 4 - Online Article  - 12/28/2010

FURNITURE WORLD’s retail readers share their stories of survival, growth and service. This time, Jerome's Furniture, Interiors Joan & Associates and McKinstry’s Home Furnishings are featured.

Spring Air Opens Atlanta Showroom at AmericasMart  - 12/28/2010

The company will unveil a new 3,000 sq. ft. showroom at the January Atlanta International Home Furnishings, Area Rug and Gift Market.

Weekly Message From Margo - Business Planning Session For 2011  - 12/28/2010

Here is a 25 minute audio to help you to create a vision map for 2011.

CPSC Revises Safety Standards For Cribs  - 12/28/2010

Regulations eliminate drop sides, add new warnings and set standards for slat ingrity.

How to Professionally Deliver an Acceptance Speech  - 12/28/2010

It doesn't matter if you are accepting a major award from a national furniture furniture industry organization or a small local group, accepting an award is like walking a tightrope.

Gorman's Returns To Grand Rapids  - 12/28/2010

The company may hire workers displaced by the closing of Klingman's and Israels.

Therapedic To Debut Updated Features & Looks At Las Vegas Show  - 12/28/2010

Therapedic International will introduce additions to two of its top selling collections, BackSense and Kathy Ireland Home by Therapedic, at the Las Vegas Furniture Market.

E.S. Kluft Refines Its Aireloom Preferred Collection For Las Vegas Show  - 12/28/2010

E. S. Kluft & Co. announced that it will debut enhancements to its Preferred Collection, the latest offering in their Aireloom line, at the Las Vegas Furniture Market.

Rosa's Home Store To Liquidate New York Locations  - 12/28/2010

The company will begin GOB/ bankruptcy liquidation sales managed by Planned Furniture Promotions.

Gabberts Design Studio & Fine Furnishings Expands  - 12/28/2010

Gabberts Design Studio & Fine Furnishings announced the expansion into two additional markets: Sioux City, Iowa and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Nevada Cancer Institute Receives $25,000 from RC Willey’s "Think Pink" Campaign  - 12/28/2010

Recently, RC Willey’s Summerlin store manager Jeff Glover and Henderson store manager Brad Miller presented NVCI with a $25,000 check, with all of the money benefitting cancer treatment and ground-breaking research at NVCI.

Surya Helps 300 Childrren Through Its Donation To Smile Train  - 12/28/2010

Smile Train is dedicated to providing cleft lip and palate surgeries to children in developing countries.

Contract Liquidators Changes Name To Urban Furniture Outlet  - 12/28/2010

Delaware based retailer announces name change, new ownership and website launch.

Rizzy Home Donates To Help The Disabled  - 12/28/2010

Over 100 assistive devices were provided to patients in Gopiganj, India.

Home Expressions Opens Young America Signature Shop  - 12/28/2010

The expansion of this unique store-within-a-store concept focuses on providing consumers with a thorough and meaningful Young America shopping experience.

La-Z-Boy to Donate One Dollar for Every New Fan on Facebook, Follower on Twitter  - 12/28/2010

Throughout December, La-Z-Boy will donate one dollar to RMHC for every new “fan” (or “like”) on Facebook, and every new handle that follows @lazboycomfort on Twitter, up to $10,000.

Common Workplace Behaviors That Drain Everyone's Energy  - 12/21/2010

Twelve draining behaviors and how you can make a change for the better in each of these situations this New Year.

Weekly Furniture Message From Margo - Respect A Customer's Right To Get Angry and Other Retail Tips  - 12/21/2010

Here is a quick list of 7 business etiquette tips you can put into action this week as the holiday approaches, and into the new year for a more prosperous business life.

WHFA Selects Partners For 2011 Conference  - 12/20/2010

Home Furnishings Industry Conference (HFIC) is scheduled for April 30–May 2, 2011 at the Westin River Walk in San Antonio, Tex.

Help Furniture Customers To Right Size Their Homes  - 12/20/2010

Retailers can benefit from 11 REsolutions in 2011 on how consumers can benefit from Right-Sizing their homes with furniture.

New Senior VP of Sales for Bermex and Bertanie  - 12/20/2010

Marc Legal brings to the Bermex & Bertanie team more than 26 years of experience in sales, distribution and marketing of consumer goods.

AICO Recognized For Energy Conservation Efforts  - 12/20/2010

The company reduced air conditioner, lighting and unnecessary power usage throughout the entire AICO Corporate facilities.

Canadian Home Furnishings Market Hosts Seminars & Events  - 12/20/2010

Over 300 exhibitors will gather over four days in 400,000 square feet of space from January 15 to January 18, 2011.

Furniture Promotion Possibilities Tip #3: More Warning Signs  - 12/20/2010

Conduct a financial stress-test to size up your situation in terms of fiscal realities.

Bedding Industry Takes Center Stage at 2011 Winter Las Vegas Market  - 12/20/2010

Panel discussions and presentations focusing on the bedding market will take place during the January show.

Natuzzi 's COO Umberto Bedini Resigns  - 12/20/2010

Giuseppe Clemente will take over the position of COO of Natuzzi Group.

Stanley Furniture Announces $15 Million Prepayment of Outstanding Debt  - 12/20/2010

The company also expects to receive $2.3 million prior to year-end in connection with the sale of assets resulting from the decision to close its Stanleytown, Virginia facility.

Shoehorn Furnishings - Finalist in 2010 Housewares Design Awards  - 12/20/2010

An independent panel of judges selected Sleep and Store as the finalist based on superior design, appearance, function and originality.

What to Look For in an Assistant Furniture Store Manager  - 12/20/2010

What are the attributes that savvy general managers look for when they hire their key assistants?

KEM's Texas Furniture & Accessory Market To Feature Well Known Manufacturers  - 12/15/2010

Larry's Karel's Texas Market will be held at the Irving Convention Center near Dallas on May 1 & 2, 2011.

Milah Home Expressions Joins Sustainable Furnishings Council  - 12/15/2010

Milah Home Expressions is committed to utilizing sustainable practices in all aspects of its business.

AICO Awards Employee Excellence  - 12/15/2010

Ted Hsu, Director of Information Technology, was the recipient of the 2010 Employee of the Year. Angela Muzila wins Spirit ot Excellence Award.

'Tis the Season for P#ss@d off Customers  - 12/15/2010

Service recovery is never easy, but it is next to impossible when transactions are marred by holiday stress. Maribeth Kuzmeski says this is the time of year to over-service your customers.

Furniture Promotion Possibilities Tip #2: Your Sales Team  - 12/13/2010

Talk with each member of your sales team. Gauge how they’re feeling (motivationally speaking) and whether or not they have the energy and enthusiasm to do the job.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #98 - Building Your Email List: No Need for Double Opt-In  - 12/13/2010

There is absolutely no need for double opt-in. It costs you customers. If you already have it activated, turn it off.

The 8 Things Your Staff Hates About You  - 12/13/2010

If you own or manage a furniture store, there’s a good chance you have pet peeves regarding your staff members. What you may not realize is that your employees probably have a few complaints themselves.

January 24-28 Las Vegas Market Pre-Show Report  - 12/13/2010

Emphasis on mattress innovation; Alfresco Spaces returns; expanded Las Vegas Kids; Gift + Home; celebrity designers and more.

Intuit Introduces Complete Credit Card Solution For iPhone  - 12/13/2010

An all-in-one product that enables retailers to easily process credit card payments via the Apple iPhone.

Lack's Stores Retains DJM Realty to Dispose of All Retail Store and Warehouse Locations  - 12/13/2010

DJM Realty will be marketing 35 retail locations which range from 16,000 – 70,000 square feet, plus 4 warehouse locations.

Woolrich Adds JLA Home to Licensing Program  - 12/13/2010

JLA Home will provide Woolrich’s Home program with a line of coordinating top-of-bed products, textile wall art, and decorative pillows.

American Furniture Hall of Fame Provides Guidelines to Preserve Company Histories  - 12/13/2010

Photography, books and documents can be sent to the American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. at 202 Neal Place, High Point, N.C., 27262.

Vegas Kids Shines a Spotlight on All Things Juvenile  - 12/13/2010

Vegas Kids will return to Las Vegas Market, January 24-28, and will showcase the latest offerings in juvenile furnishings and accessories.

Furniture First Hires Vice President of Merchandising  - 12/10/2010

Tony Moretti has experience in buying and selling products, showroom layouts, merchandising plans, increasing retail sales while heading up a team of buyers.

World Market Center Las Vegas Forms Strategic Partnership with Gift & Home Trade Association  - 12/10/2010

World Market Center Las Vegas will give away 500 free association memberships to new gift buyers who register and attend the Winter Las Vegas Market, Jan. 24-28, 2011.

Doug Robetor Joins Feizy Rugs  - 12/10/2010

Robetor worked for OW/Sphinx as Southern Regional Manager and most recently as Loloi Rugs’ National Sales Manager.

Rosa's Homes Stores Seeks Approval For GOB Sale  - 12/10/2010

Planned Furniture Promotions has been hired to conduct it's Going Out Of Business sale.

Get Furniture Store Employees to Do What YOU Want  - 12/10/2010

Using rewards as enticements and threats of punishment are approaches aimed at obtaining obedience and compliance, but they can overpower, rather than empower.

Creative Co-Op Returns To High Point  - 12/10/2010

Line of accent furniture and decorative accessories will show in the Suites at Market Square M-2003.

Nowell's Teams With Ekornes For Holiday Fundraiser  - 12/10/2010

Proceeds will be donated to benefit cancer research at Duke Medicine.

Shermag Launches Two New Divisions  - 12/10/2010

Both divisions will offer globally sourced contemporary and modern styled sofas, sectionals, recliners and chairs reflecting the latest looks and trends.

Arhaus Signs Multi-Year Agreement With Alliance Data  - 12/10/2010

Alliance Data to continue providing private label credit services and marketing support for Cleveland-based retailer of fine home furnishings.

Groovystuff Partners With The Art Institute of Las Vegas For Design Competition  - 12/9/2010

Students will get real-world experience, a chance to earn royalties on successful design, and a reason to choose the home furnishings industry after graduation.

Retailer Roomful Express Goes Into Receivership  - 12/8/2010

All of the company’s existing 13 locations in western PA and Ohio will remain open as its operations will commence a "going out of business sale” scheduled to take place during the next few weeks.

aspenhome Uses Micro-Campaigns To Engage Consumers  - 12/8/2010

The first in the series of micro-campaigns challenges consumers to find the 15 hidden decorating tips in the aspenhome Centennial bedroom scene while listening to festive music.

Bush Industries Annouces Successful Rebranding Efforts  - 12/8/2010

Bush Industries announced that the company has experienced a successful year with its rebranding efforts, new product lines, and new partnership initiatives with kathy ireland Worldwide® and Christopher Lowell.

Las Vegas Design Center To Host IDS National Design Conference  - 12/8/2010

The 2011 event, comprised of an awards ceremony and a one-day workshop, will be held January 22-23 to coincide with the start of Las Vegas Market.

West Bros Launches New Website Design  - 12/8/2010

Newly redesigned website aims to improve the overall experience for visitors.

Art Van Teams Up with Marines to Bring Christmas to Children  - 12/7/2010

"Toys for Tots" collection bins will be located throughout all of Art Van's 33 showrooms.

Conn's Inc. Reports Revenue Decline For Quarter  - 12/7/2010

Retail segment loss before income taxes was $2.2 million for the quarter, as compared to a loss of $19.2 million for the same quarter in the prior fiscal year.

Hooker Furniture Reports Improved Sales and Profits For 3rd Quarter  - 12/7/2010

The Company reported net income for the first nine months of $3.4 million or $0.32 per share, compared with net income of $38,000, or less than one cent per share, in the fiscal 2010 nine-month period.

How To Get What You Came For At A Trade Show  - 12/7/2010

Given the proliferations of furniture shows, it is more important than ever be organized.

George Kosinski, Master Woodcarver Dies at 61  - 12/7/2010

He was a master carver, designer and artist who faithfully reproduced complex carvings as well as his own original designs. His knowledge of furniture production materials and methods was unmatched.

Three Furniture Industry Leaders Get Awards At Joint MFA/GNYHFA Dinner  - 12/7/2010

Well over 200 furniture retailers, representatives and industry suppliers were on hand. Highlights included announcement of 2011 event supporting City of Hope, thoughtful acceptance speeches and entertainment.

Roomful Express' 13 Locations Remain Open As It Renegotiates Debt  - 12/6/2010

The company is currently negotiating with its senior lenders to workout possible remedies to a judgment filed against the company for a debt payment of approximately $18 million.

Furniture Buying Index Up Holds Steady At 72  - 12/6/2010

This is thirteen points higher than the December 2009 level of 59.

Bill Forberg Launches New Store, Shelter Furniture in Toronto  - 12/6/2010

Shelter Furniture is an upbeat and eclectic urban warehouse style store.

Zenda Leather Named 2010 Sage Award Winner  - 12/6/2010

The award was presented December 1 during the All-Industry Sustainability Summit in Asheville, N.C.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #97 - Glitches and 7 Fixes: E-Commerce Storefront Website Platforms  - 12/6/2010

Furniture retailers who use an e-commerce storefront website need to customize accessible pages to show their customers they are not just another cookie-cutter online store.

HD Home: Americasmart's Newest Juried Design Destination Debuts This January  - 12/6/2010

HD Home will feature an exclusive juried lifestyles collection of the nation’s most inspired and design-driven home furnishings and home décor manufacturers.

Human Touch AcuTouch 9500 with HT-Connect Selected As 2011 CES Innovations Awards Honoree  - 12/6/2010

The International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Awards program recognizes successful consumer electronics products and their excellence in design and engineering.

Decorium Launches 10,000 sq. ft. Leather Gallery  - 12/6/2010

Toronto based retailer launches 10,000 sq. ft “Leather Gallery” located on the lower level of its 100,000 square foot store.

Furniture Promotion Possibilities Tip #1: Merchandise Matters!  - 12/6/2010

There are three warning signs that can alert furniture store owners to the need to look into the necessity of doing a high impact sale. The first warning sign is poor merchandising/ obsolete inventory.

Registration For February PrimeTime! Show Now Open  - 12/6/2010

PrimeTime! show for appliance, electronics and furniture independent dealers will be held on February 20-23, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada at The Venetian.

Weekly Tip From Margo: Making Money As An Interior Designer  - 12/6/2010

There is much talk nowadays about how to make money as a furniture retailer, but even more talk and confusion among those professionals who run design oriented businesses.

Five Additional Retailers To Use STORIS' Vision R8 SaaS  - 12/6/2010

Sleep Center Alabama, DFW Furniture, Freedom Furniture, Malkin’s Appliance, Mattress & Futon Shoppe, and Northern Home Appliance, will utilize STORIS' Vision R8 SaaS.

Terri Eagle Named President and CEO of F. Schumacher & Co.  - 12/6/2010

Ms. Eagle has extensive experience in the luxury brand and retail industry.

High Point Market Authority, High Point University Partner to Offer New Internship Program  - 12/6/2010

Program will match students with home furnishings companies that are looking for help during the High Point Market and also place them in semester-long interships.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 12/6/2010

Sales at furniture and home furnishings stores were down almost 1 percent from September but were up 2.9 percent from October 2009.

Las Vegas Market Honors Christopher Guy as Design Icon  - 12/6/2010

The “Design Icon” award celebrates modern-day design legends and gives them a platform to share their stories and inspire others.

Mattress Firm Acquires Maggie's Enterprise, Inc.  - 12/2/2010

26 store chain will continue operations under the Mattress Discounters’ name.

Weekly Furniture Message From Margo - A Perfect Pair: The Affluent and Your Offer!  - 11/30/2010

How can furniture retailers tap into that 1/3 of US consumers who still spend and who still wish to indulge, although with a bit more modesty?

Jennifer Convertibles Reports Revenue From Continuing Operations Up 11.8%  - 11/29/2010

During the fourth quarter, the Company closed fifty-two stores and suffered a net loss of over $6 million.

Natuzzi Reports North American Operations Up 26.9% For Quarter  - 11/29/2010

Total Net Sales were €386.7 million, up 6.5% as compared to the first nine months of 2009. Results reflect weakness in European markets.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #96 - Put On Your Best Face  - 11/29/2010

Differentiate yourself from the faceless online mob by personalizing your website, being accessible, and putting on your best face.

Naturepedic Will Carry Speciality Sleep Association's Environmental Seals  - 11/29/2010

Naturepedic joins a growing list of manufacturers carrying the new SSA seals, including Boyd Specialty Sleep Products and Natura World.

Kreber Acquires Furniture City Color  - 11/29/2010

Acquisition will expand the reach of Kreber which offers advertising and marketing services to some of nation's leading furniture retailers and manufacturers.

Three Furniture Retailers Honored By UFA  - 11/29/2010

Fred Saah, Sr. of Saah Unfinished Furniture in Alexandria, VA, Chris Corrente of Elliot’s Unfinished Furniture in Ventura, CA and Wendy Nusbaum of Bare Wood Furniture House in Finksburg were honored at the UFA annual trade show.

Bruce Cohenour Resigns From Senior Executive Role at Hooker Furniture  - 11/29/2010

Cohenour joined the Hooker Furniture management team in 2007 as senior vice president of national accounts and business development.

Belfort Furniture's Mike Huber and Rowe Furniture Inc.'s Stefanie Lucas To Receive City of Hope's Top Philanthropic Award  - 11/29/2010

The event, which benefits lifesaving cancer research, education and treatment at City of Hope, will be held at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC.

AP Industries Launches New Website  - 11/29/2010

Canadian manufacturer of high quality bedroom furniture, announced a complete website re-design, intended to increase the site's efficiency and the company’s brand awareness.

Dealers Win iPads from Universal Furniture  - 11/29/2010

Dealers from all over the country including Utah, Texas, Missouri, New York and Delaware were presented with 15 iPads valued at $599 each.

Promoting Civility In Furniture Store Organzations  - 11/29/2010

From a business and leadership perspective, the negative behavior happening outside of the workplace is trickling in -- affecting employee loyalty, organizational commitment and overall productivity.

When "At Your Service" Fails: Six Key Steps to Service Recovery  - 11/29/2010

Service recovery is never easy, but it is next to impossible when your customer service plan fails at every turn.

Commercial Bedding Company, Inc., Introduces Recyclable Mattress  - 11/29/2010

Green Karma sleep set is filled with elastomeric fibers created from recycled plastic water bottles.

Ethan Allen Rolls Out Touch Screen Technology  - 11/29/2010

In addition to their use as a full-catalog, content-rich resource, the screens provide a fun, accessible, intuitive means to see products and information differently.

La-Z-Boy Reports Retail Segment Sales Increase  - 11/23/2010

For the quarter, retail sales were up 3.2% compared with the prior-year period. Second quarter loss declined. Company wide results reflect weaker demand and decrease in average selling price for upholstery mix.

Lacks Furniture GOB Sale Progresses.  - 11/23/2010

Liquidation of all inventory and store fixtures is being managed by a joint venture composed of Hilco Merchant Resources, LLC and SB Capital Group, LLC.

IKEA On Track For Centennial, Colorado Fall 2011 Opening  - 11/23/2010

IKEA's 38th US store will be the first to integrate a geothermal system into its heating and cooling system.

Toray International America Launches Interactive Website for Ultrasuede Brand  - 11/22/2010

Among the site’s new features is the Ultrasuede® B2B Center, where memo swatches may now be ordered to streamline the request and fulfillment process.

Isuzu Eco-Max Trucks -Environmentally Friendly Truck Design  - 11/22/2010

On recent nationwide tour, the Isuzu NPR ECO-MAX Aero Body truck demonstrated mileage of 15 – 23 miles per gallon.

Habersham To Introduce American Treasures Collection At Winter Markets  - 11/22/2010

This collection offers a distinctly different look from the high-end company’s well-established, richly detailed furniture offerings.

Profit Management Promotions Launches Series Of Furniture Store Liquidation Sales  - 11/22/2010

More than $14 million in merchandise is projected to be liquidated through concurrent high-impact sales.

Koelnmesse Inc. Provides Tips for North American Attendees Planning To Visit imm cologne 2011  - 11/22/2010

From January 18-23, 2011 all the leading names in the international home furnishing industry will be represented at imm cologne.

Zuo Modern Relocates Miami Distribution Facility  - 11/22/2010

With over 100,000 square feet in warehouse, office, and showroom space, the Miami facility will serve as the distribution gateway for all of the US East Coast as well as into Central and South America.

Theodore Alexander's Keno Bros. Collection Debuts at Selden's Home Furnishings  - 11/22/2010

Selden‘s Home Furnishings hosted the west coast retail launch of the new Keno Bros. collection on November 4 featuring acclaimed furniture experts and twin brothers, Leigh and Leslie Keno.

Mattress Firm Names New Regional Sales Directors  - 11/22/2010

Scott Ebner is the new regional sales director for the Midwest Region, and Tim May will assume his new role in the Atlantic Region.

Palliser Furniture Opens Retail Gallery with Furnitureland South  - 11/22/2010

The 5,400 square foot gallery is designed to communicate different lifestyles: Metro, Suburban and Retreat.

Ethan Allen Opens New Design Center in Estero, Fl  - 11/22/2010

At the Ethan Allen Design Center in Estero, clients can expect to see an impressive array of furniture and accessories in a wide range of styles.

SHOWTIME Announces Newest Members  - 11/22/2010

New exhibitors debut at Showtime, December 5-8.

The Importance of Empowering Frontline Staff - How Many $100 Bananas Does Your Organization Have?  - 11/22/2010

In a furniture store, your"$100 banana " might be a customer asking that the store deliver a missing piece of furniture hardware or requesting a service call to check on a flaw in a newly delivered mattress.

Bob Duncan Takes Helm At AHFA For 2011  - 11/22/2010

Bob Duncan, CEO of American Leather, Dallas, was elected 2011 chairman of the American Home Furnishings Alliance.

Oeko-Tex to Present "Greening the Home Textile Supply Chain" at AHFA's Sustainability Summit  - 11/22/2010

The event will bring together a cross section of decision-makers and thought-leaders from manufacturing, retailing, and supplier companies to share ideas about elevating sustainability within the home furnishings industry.

Elaine Sink Named Anatomic Global's Director Of Customer Service  - 11/22/2010

Sink will oversee Anatomic Global’s “Incredible Support” initiative.

John Bassett Vaughan Receives Distinguished Service Award  - 11/22/2010

John Basset Vaughan, former chairman, CEO and president of Vaughan Furniture Company, received the American Home Furnishings Alliance’s prestigious Distinguished Service Award during the group’s 2010 Annual Meeting.

Mario Industries Opens Year-Round Wholesale Showroom for Lighting, Accent Furniture  - 11/22/2010

Mario Industries announced that it has opened a wholesale showroom and sales training facility for the company’s lighting and furniture products at its 160,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Roanoke, Va.

Mark Bannon Rejoins Planned Furniture Promotions  - 11/22/2010

Bannon’s responsibilies include interfacing with PFP clients and formulating marketing plans for retail client promotional events.

Gorman's Home Furnishings and Interior Design Named Top Michigan Workplace  - 11/22/2010

More than 203 companies from across southeast Michigan participated in the Top Workplaces 2010 survey.

27th China International Furniture Fair (Guangzhou) Pre-Show Report  - 11/16/2010

Management of the 27th China International Furniture Fair (Guangzhou) known as CIFF made available the following pre-show report for the March 2011 show.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #95 - SEO. A Moving Target?  - 11/16/2010

Avoid trying to trick search engines into giving you high rankings. Just do the solid work of helping them understand what your page is about and why they should give you high rankings.

Magniflex Introduces Bed Bug Repelling Mattress At IHMRS Show  - 11/16/2010

A timely introduction for the North American market was the company’s Protetto line, the first Oeko-Tex certified bed bug-repelling mattress.

La-Z-Boy Launches "Live Life Comfortably" Campaign  - 11/16/2010

Spokesperson Brooke Shields stars in ads featuring La-Z-Boy’s wide range of furniture.

Make Your Customers Happy - Offer Them Items Good For Gifting  - 11/16/2010

Marketers that help the gift shopper have more fun and also put their gift selections front and center will perform better, says luxury product expert Pam Danziger.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore Leverages New Social Media Sites to Support Communities  - 11/15/2010

Ashley's latest accomplishment was raising thousands of dollars for the City of Hope , a cutting-edge research and treatment facility for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases, after donating $0.50 for every Facebook fan it accrued during the initial launch of its Facebook page.

La-Z-Boy Announces Second Quarter Sales Decline  - 11/15/2010

La-Z-Boy Incorporated announced net sales for the fiscal 2011 second quarter of $293 million, down 2.6% from the prior year's second quarter.

Leon's Reports Third Quarter Sales Decline  - 11/15/2010

Net income was $18,081,000 vs. $15,643,000 for the same quarter in 2009.

Furniture Store Closing Posted To Facebook - A Hoax  - 11/15/2010

40 people showed up at Abraham's Furniture in St. Petersburg expecting to get free furniture. Police are investigating.

Furniture Fair Store Employees Charged With Transferring Money From Customers' Accounts  - 11/15/2010

Former employees reported to have taken more than $27,000 from customeers of Furniture Fair by accessing in store credit lines.

Texas Based Furniture Retailer Lack's Stores To Close  - 11/15/2010

The chain, founded in 1938 had $200 million in sales and employed 1,200 associates at its peak.

2010 Consumer Study By SFC and WMC Finds Economic Effects On "Green" Purchases  - 11/15/2010

Overall, findings are consistent with prior years showing significant interest in buying green home furnishings, though actual purchasing remaining very low due to lack of awareness and/or availability of options.

National Campaign Helps Raise Funds to Supply Field Beds To Hatian Earthquake Victims  - 11/15/2010

WorldBed sponsors include Anatomic Global, Overstock.com, the Consumer Product Group at Leggett & Platt, Ergo Customized Comfort, Relax The Back, FXI Foamex Innovations, Deslee Textiles USA, Brookwood Companies, Beds, Beds & More, A Bedder Bed and Wright Label, Lyon Credit Services, Specialty Sleep Association and Chicago Tape and Label.

9,000 Retailers Participate in Second Annual National Home Furnishings Month Campaign  - 11/15/2010

Sponsored by World Market Center Las Vegas, the 2010 campaign featured a month-long home mortgage sweepstakes that retailers promoted in their stores and on-line during the month of September.

Weekly Furniture Message From Margo - 8 Super Helpful Body Language Tips for Your Next Presentation!  - 11/9/2010

At this time of year, many home furnishings professionals have an array of opportunities to speak in public at networking events, conferences, and local shows and events. You may even be thinking about hosting your own in-store holiday themed seminars.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #94 - Can You Write Like A Fifth Grader?  - 11/8/2010

when you write copy for your website and run your Spelling / Grammar Check in Microsoft Word, your reading level will show. Strive for 5th to 6th grade, but a little higher is okay.

Bradington-Young to Consolidate Operations in Hickory, N.C.  - 11/8/2010

Hooker Furniture announced that it will transfer its Cherryville, N.C. operations and corporate offices of its Bradington-Young leather upholstery division to Hickory, N.C..

New EVP of Merchandising For Mattress Giant  - 11/8/2010

Azevedo joins Mattress Giant from Simmons Bedding Company, where he worked for 13 years and most recently served as executive vice president of sales.

Universal Furniture Expands Container Pricing Program  - 11/8/2010

The program, now available in 48 States offers direct container pricing for minimum orders of 500 cubes.

CORT Launches Student Referral Revenue Sharing Program  - 11/8/2010

CORT creates a web-listing placed on a school’s website along with off-campus housing information offering students furniture rental services.

Furnitureland South partners with Award-Winning Sales Trainer John Pyke  - 11/8/2010

Program will incorporate profile assessments, key-note speaking presentations, one-on-one planning sessions and small group accelerated skills training.

Furniture Brands Broadens Supply Base for Contract and RTA Product Lines  - 11/7/2010

The company will consolidate facilities to "rationalize overheads", obtain logistics synergies, and take advantage of its scale and global supply chain.

Macy's to Offer Discounts Through Facebook Deals  - 11/7/2010

Macy’s announced that it will participate in the launch of Facebook Deals which will offer special discounts when customers check in using Facebook Places.

Badcock Enters Social Media With Fully Integrated Campaign  - 11/7/2010

With the launch of their new campaign, “Joe,” Badcock Home Furniture & more announced that it will offer customers entirely new ways to engage with their brand – and win new furniture.

Stanley Furniture Announces Reduced Operating Loss For Third Quarter  - 11/6/2010

Operating loss for the third quarter of 2010 amounted to $6.4 million, compared to operating loss of $7.5 million in the third quarter of 2009.

Havertys Reports Net Sales Increase For Third Quarter 2010  - 11/6/2010

Net sales increased 3.4% to $157.1 million and comparable store sales increased 4.3%.

The #1 Secret to Grow Your Business in a Down Economy  - 11/2/2010

On November 4th, Mike Root will host a no-charge webinar discussing specific strategies that retailers should be using in today’s tough economic climate.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #93 - Get on Board the Social Network: Facebook  - 11/1/2010

Pitfalls you will want to avoid when setting up a Facebook page, plus ideas for content that will help you to build relationships with followers.

Gorman's Home Furnishings Adds Gary Vermeulen To Design Staff  - 11/1/2010

Gorman’s Home Furnishings And Interior Design has announced the addition of interior designer Gary Vermeulen to its Southfield showroom.

Sligh Furniture's Home Office Collection Makes Hollywood Debut  - 11/1/2010

The Alante home office collection will appear in a yet-to-be titled film by director Ivan Reitman, which stars Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, slated for release in January 2011.

Aaron's, Inc. Launches New Ad Campaign Featuring Nashville Recording Artist Brittini Black  - 11/1/2010

The song lets potential customers know that Aaron's will beat any competitor's advertised price while providing excellent customer service.

Beautouse Wins Design Competition Sponsored by Groovystuff and Appalachian State University  - 10/31/2010

Twenty-three of the 110 students in ASU’s Industrial Design and Furniture Design programs led by Professor Richard Prisco participated in the design competition.

Deadline Approaching For Sage (Environmental Leadership) Award  - 10/31/2010

The Sage Award program gives industry-wide recognition to companies whose environmental leadership illuminates a pathway of improvement that others in the industry can follow.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business Reports Slow Growth  - 10/31/2010

On an adjusted basis, sales at furniture and home furnishings stores were up 0.5 percent over August and up 3.1 percent over September 2009. Year-to-date, sales at these stores were up 2.3 percent.

How To Make Your Furniture Company Cool.  - 10/31/2010

Ideas for creating a company where career development and a focus on employee retention inspire an employee's best effort.

Piedmont Triad Partnership Launches Online Resource For Furnishings Industry  - 10/31/2010

Site provides information to companies interested in relocating, expanding or setting up furnishings-related businesses in the 12-county Piedmont Triad Region.

Piedmont Triad Partnership Launches Global Exchange For Furnishings Initiative  - 10/31/2010

The initiative is designed to enable industry members operating in the Piedmont Triad Region – or those who are considering moving to the area – to more easily tap into the area’s rich base of resources, relationships and expertis.

ASFD Announces 2010 Pinnacle Awards  - 10/29/2010

The American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) recognized outstanding furniture and accessory design at its annual banquet in High Point.

Furniture Row Companies Sign Agreement With Heisman Trophy Winner and NFL Quarterback, Tim Tebow  - 10/28/2010

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

Ethan Allen's Retail Divison Reports Net Sales Rebound  - 10/28/2010

Excluding special items from both periods, the current quarter net income was $3.2 million, compared to a prior year net loss of $5.7 million.

Art Van Hires New Senior VP Marketing  - 10/28/2010

Michigan based home furnishings company hires Diana Sikes, formerly a partner with Southfield-based Sussman Sikes & Associates.

Dutailer Wins JPMA Innovation Award in Las Vegas  - 10/26/2010

Dutailier’s Auto-Lock system makes it easier for a mom holding a baby, or for that matter an elderly person, to get in and out of a glider chair.

Aaron's, Inc. Announces Third Quarter Same Store Revenues Up 3.2%  - 10/26/2010

The customer count on a same store basis for Company-operated stores was up 6.7% in the third quarter compared to the same quarter last year.

Julia Rosien Launches New Social Media Consulting Company  - 10/26/2010

Rosein leaves Natura World Inc., to work with home furnishings companies as a Social Media Optimization consultant with her newly formed company, SocialNorth.com.

Mattress Firm, Protect-A-Bed Team Up To Fight Pancreatic Cancer  - 10/26/2010

During the month of November, National Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month, a portion of the proceeds from all Protect-A-Bed product sales at any Mattress Firm location will go directly to PanCan and TGen to further fund research to save lives.

Glideaway Appoints Michael Stowe To Expanded National Sales Manager Post  - 10/26/2010

Stowe will oversee a recently expanded national sales force and will focus on growing Glideaway’s integrated mattress and sleep accessories product lines.

Carls Patio Announces Opening of New Showroom in Sarasota  - 10/26/2010

Outdoor furniture retailer opens its 12th showroom in Florida.

Irving Schwartz To Be Honored At Canadian Home Furnishings Awards Dinner  - 10/26/2010

The 2011 edition of the Canadian Home Furnishings Awards will be held on Friday, January 14, 2011 at the Conference Centre in the International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario.

Elite Leather's Lugano Sectional Wins ASFD's 2010 Pinnacle Award  - 10/26/2010

The Pinnacle Design Achievement awards promote better design quality and encourage the recognition of furniture designers within the retail home furnishings industry.

Koelnmesse Introduces New B-to-B Platform For The International Furniture & Interior Design Sector  - 10/22/2010

BusinessEnergizer365 website helps to do away with time-intensive research in order to find a suitable supplier.

Toms-Price Upgrades to STORIS' Vision R8  - 10/22/2010

STORIS Management Systems is a leading supplier of Retail Solutions and Services for Big Ticket retailers.

Leucos USA Hires New Midwest Regional Sales Manager  - 10/22/2010

Liz Bock, formerly of Artemide, will be the new Midwest Regional Sales Manager representing the distributor of distinctive lighting brands in the USA.

Trend Watcher Gale Steves Says Consumers Want Multitasking Furniture  - 10/22/2010

Author says that, "Right-sizing allows those home buyers a way to imagine greater space and function possibilities."

Gorman's Home Furnishings And Interior Design Celebrates 70 Years  - 10/21/2010

To mark the event, Gorman's will offer a series of sales and promotions.

Furnitureland South founders Darrell and Stella Harris Inducted into American Furniture Hall of Fame  - 10/21/2010

With more than 1 million square feet of home furnishings and accessories, the store is a multi-day destination for consumers from every state and many foreign countries.

Overcoming Personality Collisions In The Busy Furniture Workplace  - 10/21/2010

The goal is to eliminate negative and neutral behaviors and practice positive confrontation reduction skills until they become new habits.

Furnitureland South Hosts Finalists and Winner of Project UDesign  - 10/21/2010

Furnitureland South will host the finalists and winner of Cargill BiOH polyols’ Project UDesign contest for a discussion of eco-friendly furniture design.

Select Comfort Reports 16 Percent Same Store Growth  - 10/21/2010

Same-store growth was offset by the closure of 28 stores since the beginning of the third quarter of 2009 and the termination of retail partner relationships during the third quarter of 2009.

CPSC Commissioner Urges Furniture Manufacturers To Speak Up  - 10/21/2010

Nancy Nord, a Commissioner at the Consumer Product Safety Commission, joined a panel of company presidents in High Point to discuss the impact of current furniture health and safety regulations on manufacturing and distributing home furnishings products.

American Furniture Hall Of Fame Foundation Inducts Four New Members Into The American Furniture Hall Of Fame  - 10/17/2010

Four industry leaders have been inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame. Joining 81 Hall of Fame members are Manuel Capó, former CEO of El Dorado Furniture; Darrell and Stella Harris, president and CEO and executive vice president of Furnitureland South; and Bob Timberlake, president of Bob Timberlake, Inc.

Kincaid Pilots AHFA's Eco3Home Program  - 10/16/2010

New labeling program shares safety, health and environmental features.

Banker & Brisebois Advertising Hires Susan Weatherhead as Director of Marketing  - 10/15/2010

Weatherhead will be responsible for leading the agency’s comprehensive marketing strategy and new business development efforts to expand in the retail arena. She will also serve in a brand management capacity working with B&B’s home furnishings manufacturers’ accounts.

La-Z-Boy Partners With Brooke Shields For Fall Branding Campaign  - 10/15/2010

The campaign will feature the real, relaxed side of Brooke Shields and the up-to-date and often surprising range and variety of La-Z-Boy furniture.

Palliser Furniture Launches New Retail Sales System  - 10/15/2010

The new sales system, complete with a reconfigured layout design is complete with branding screens and panels to communicate Palliser’s new lifestyle strategy, “My Home, My Style, My Way.”

Palliser Furniture to Launch Rebranding Effort for High Point Market  - 10/15/2010

“My Home, My Style, My Way” campaign uses compelling, black and white photography to convey three different lifestyles: Metro, Suburban and Retreat.

Furnitureland South Goes Pink To Raise Breast Cancer Awareness  - 10/15/2010

In support of Breast Cancer Awareness, employees of Furnitureland South will be donning (and selling) pink hair extensions through the month of October.

Keeping Up With The Vigilante Furniture Consumer  - 10/15/2010

Vigilante consumers are not as dangerous as they sound. They just want value, service, convenience, choice and lots of attention.

La-Z-Boy Names VP International Sales & Business Development  - 10/13/2010

David Crane will be responsible for further globalizing the La-Z-Boy brand, including developing, driving and supporting international business sales and development.

Builders of The Furniture Industry Collectible Book Series To Debut In High Point  - 10/13/2010

Builders of the furniture industry speak about their lives and the events that shaped them. The first books in the 40-book collectible set includes interviews with: John C. Bernhardt; Alvin E. Bland; Rose G. Blumkin; Bob Bush, Sr.; O. William Fenn; Rawson Haverty, Sr.; Clyde Hooker, Jr.; and Don A. Hunziker. They will be available at all Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library book sales locations in High Point.

A.P. Industries Fields New Management Team and High Point Showroom  - 10/13/2010

Celebrating its 60th year of manufacturing in Quebec Canada A.P. announced that it is moving into a new High Point showroom at H-1021 IHFC.

Surya To Host High Point Events  - 10/13/2010

The supplier of area rugs, wall décor, and textiles will have daily events with catered breakfasts and lunches, evening cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, and drawings including cash, ipads, airline tickets, and Surya merchandise.

Feizy Rugs Fetes New Collections with High Point Market Incentives and Party  - 10/13/2010

Company will introduce the Vardo Collection, Feizy’s latest collaboration with accomplished designer Tracy Porter.

Pearson Company Opens Doors To New Showroom At Hamilton Properties  - 10/13/2010

Company relocates to a larger space in the Hamilton Wrenn Design District.

ASID Illinois Member Suzy Regitz Named Chapter Medalist  - 10/13/2010

The ASID Chapter Medalist Award is the highest award bestowed by ASID on professional members at the chapter level.

Roma Home Decor Re-Brands Itself As Roma Living  - 10/13/2010

Roma Living will have a newly expanded High Point showroom.

2010 Sleep Train Annual Charity Golf Classic Raises More Than $400,000 for Foster Children  - 10/13/2010

Sleep Train, the largest bedding specialist on the West Coast and #4 nationwide hosted 380 participants for an eighteen-hole tournament, post-golf luau and dinner, and a live auction.

Makeover TV Guru and Space Planning Expert Partner to Provide Solutions for DIY Consumers  - 10/13/2010

Libby Langdon of Libby Langdon Solutions™ and Donna Barlett, President of ViewIT Technologies Inc., creators of The Board™ Space Planning Systems and 3Dream.net™ will provide affordable space-planning solutions for the DIY consumer market.

Bailey Street Announces High Point Bedroom and Accessories Line Additions to Mirador Brand  - 10/13/2010

Accent furniture and Couture Covers® manufacturer, Bailey Street Holding Company, announced the addition of an extensive line of bedroom and accessories to their Mirador line.

Fine Furniture Design Adding Three Major Collections at October High Point Market  - 10/13/2010

The collections will be shown in the company's new 21,000-square-foot showroom in Space 800 of the Wrenn wing of IHFC.

Capel to Introduce a New Style Point of View at High Point Market  - 10/13/2010

Capel says it will introduce an unprecedented number of cutting-edge collections in the braided, transitional and contemporary categories.

SHOWPLACE Celebrates 10th Anniversary At Fall Market 2010  - 10/13/2010

Celebration will feature an enormous cake-representation of SHOWPLACE designed to feed hundreds of Market-goers.

Cory Home Delivery Names Vice President Of Sales And Marketing  - 10/13/2010

CORY Home Delivery, one of the oldest and largest specialized carriers in America, has named furniture industry veteran Chris De Lisa to the new position of vice president of sales and marketing.

La-Z-Boy Introduces Revised Neutral Color Palatte At High Point Show  - 10/13/2010

The company says that neutrals are shifting to grays with shades of purple.

Biltmore's Licensing Partners, Encore and Capel Rugs, to Debut New Collections at October High Point Market  - 10/13/2010

New wood accents and rugs will be shown from manufacturing partners Encore and Capel Rugs.

New Antique & Design Center of High Point Celebrates Grand Opening  - 10/13/2010

To celebrate its Grand Opening, the Antique and Design Center will host an Opening Night Gala and Silent Auction benefiting Triad Health Project.

Former Sleepy's VP Merchandising Joins Anatomic Global  - 10/13/2010

Fishman’s primary responsibilities will be to develop and launch new retail programs, work with new retail partners and provide sales support to Anatomic Global retailers.

IHFC's Main Wing Undergoes Renovation  - 10/13/2010

As part of the IHFC's ongoing capital program, the Main Wing will greet Market visitors this October with upgrades inside and out.

Time for a Difficult Business Conversation? Four Steps to Make it Easier  - 10/13/2010

No matter what position you have in your home furnishings company, at some point you’re going to have to initiate a “difficult conversation” with a boss, co-worker, or colleague.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #91 - A Picture is Worth 1000 Words. Okay, But Which 1000?  - 10/11/2010

On your web site, you don’t know which 1000 words your prospects will think of when they see images of your products. Help them along with headlines, captions, and some body copy.

Furniture Concepts' Partner Chris Clarizio To Be Honored MFA/ GNYHFA Dinner Dance on December 4th  - 10/10/2010

This year, for the first time, the award will be presented at a jointly held formal dinner and dance hosted by the Metropolitan Furnishings Association and the Greater New York Home Furnishings Association.

Southern Textiles By Leggett & Platt To Introduce Mattress Encasement Line In High Point  - 10/10/2010

Patent-pending design lets new mattress encasement expand to accommodate higher-profile mattresses

Darafeev Enters Dining Market  - 10/10/2010

New chair line features a new patent pending flex-back design, which not only adds comfort, but long lasting durability.

Business Growth Prompts Workforce Expansion At CKI Solutions  - 10/9/2010

Mr. Alford will serve as CKI's Director of Marketing, and Ms. Younis will act as Sales and Marketing Coordinator for the company.

Kincaid Partners With Habitat For Humanity  - 10/9/2010

For each Homecoming collection (to be introduced in High Point) item sold, Kincaid will donate 1 percent of the wholesale price to Habitat for Humanity.

HFI Brands Launches First Home Collection for Lilly Pulitzer  - 10/9/2010

HFI Brands partners with legendary fashion design brand to launch a 200+ piece furniture line.

Karel Exposition Management Implements Social Networking Initiative  - 10/8/2010

Largest producer of regional furniture and accessory trade shows can now be found on Facebook, Linkedin and Twitter.

Bernie & Phyl's Furniture Opens New Store in Warwick, Rhode Island  - 10/8/2010

The retailer is planning a grand opening “Free For All” celebration that will begin on October 8.

Angelo Surmelis to Co-Host 2010 Pinnacle Awards  - 10/8/2010

Surmelis will present ASFD's inaugural Green Leaf Award to one of three finalists which include Kolkka Furniture, C.R. Laine Furniture and Hubbardton Forge.

Michael Payne to Speak In High Point On "Displaying Contemporary From The Floor Up"  - 10/8/2010

“Displaying Contemporary From The Floor Up” will feature HGTV celebrity designer Michael Payne speaking on key components that create visually stunning and effective contemporary displays.

Mike Root To Present Seminar At High Point Market, "The #1 Secret To Grow Your Furniture Business In Tough Times"  - 10/8/2010

All retailers who attend the seminar will be registered in a drawing to win their choice of a new IPAD or $500 Gift Certificate.

Canadel's Jean Deveault and easyhome Ltd. To Be Honored at Canadian Home Furnishings Awards Dinner  - 10/8/2010

The 2011 edition of the Canadian Home Furnishings Awards will be held on Friday, January 14, 2011 at the Conference Centre in the International Centre, Mississauga, Ontario during the Canadian Home Furnishings Market (Toronto).

Bassett Announces Loss For Third Quarter  - 10/8/2010

Wholesale quarterly sales grew on a year over year basis for the first time in four years. Company says actions taken to position company for future growth, negatively affected short term performance.

Clearwater American Furniture Moves To New High Point Showroom  - 10/8/2010

Company opens new 6,500 square foot showroom in Furniture Plaza.

Singapore Furniture Industries Council Elects New President & Executive Committee  - 10/8/2010

Industry veteran Mr James Goh, Executive Chairman and Group Managing Director of Lorenzo International Limited, has taken over the helm at the SFIC.

SHOWPLACE Unveils Smart Phone Shopping App  - 10/8/2010

The app, called SHOWPLACE Shopper, enables buyers to scan Quick Response (QR) codes assigned to products as they shop SHOWPLACE showrooms—capturing information about the products and images of items that interest them on their smart phones.

Sealy Launches Digital Campaign To Promote Memory Foam & Latex Line  - 10/8/2010

Sealy’s SimpleHealthyRest.com microsite and consumer sweepstakes to kick off November 1.

Sealy Unveils Web Solutions Program For Retailers  - 10/8/2010

The new program is designed to create consistency among Sealy retail partners’ E-commerce sites and maximize online potential.

SFC High Point Market Events  - 10/8/2010

Sustainable Furnishings Council will host mixers, presentations and discussions.

MicroD Teams with Surya To Add 5,000 Surya Products To ePreVue  - 10/8/2010

The collaboration will enable furniture retailers to automatically present consumers with Surya rugs, pillows, throws, and fine art packages that have been designer-matched to coordinate with upholstered furniture items viewed by online shoppers.

Hickory At Home To Launch "Final Touch" Bedding Accessories Concept  - 10/8/2010

During the Fall High Point Market, Hickory at Home will launch Final Touch, the division’s new top-of-bed retail initiative concept designed to help traditional bedding product retailers supplement their mattress and bedding hardware sales with a complete line of top-of-bed accessories.

Profit Management Promotions Opens North Carolina Office  - 10/8/2010

High-impact sales specialist responds to increased business in the Southeast by opening a regional office in Wilmington,NC.

Mary Helen Uusimaki Joins ISPA As New VP Of Membership And Communications  - 10/8/2010

Uusimaki has over 15 years of experience in sales, marketing, customer service and retention.

MAC Motion To Introduce "Flexible Seating" In High Point  - 10/8/2010

Mac Motion's Oslo Collection of Euro Style Chairs & Ottomans will be joined by a connector table which converts any amount of chair sets to Home Theater Seating Groups.

Audrey Sterk Introduces Furniture Line in High Point  - 10/8/2010

Starting with tables – coffee tables and end tables - each piece was designed to be used separately or in combination with the other tables.

Natuzzi Editions To Introduce Branded Retail Footprint Display In High Point  - 10/8/2010

The enhanced gallery concept allows dealers to communicate the unique value proposition of Natuzzi Editions upholstery products on the retail floor.

Natuzzi Group To Use Digital Engagement Technology To Drive Sales  - 10/8/2010

The technology engages customers using digital advertising, social media, email communication and retail partner deployments.

ITMA Partners With IHFRA To Benefit Fabric Reps  - 10/8/2010

ITMA fabric reps will constitute a new chapter of IHFRA and will be listed in IHFRA’s online directory.

Area Rug Supplier Noble House To Make Debut In High Point  - 10/8/2010

A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on October 16th at 9:45am in their new SHOWPLACE showroom, space 2206.

WHFA Home Furnishings Industry Conference Scheduled For April 2011  - 10/8/2010

The event, held in San Antonio, Texas, will kick-off with an opening keynote from Bob Beckel and Cal Thomas of USA Today’s Common Ground column.

New iPhone App Helps Customers "Try Before They Buy"  - 10/8/2010

The app, available now for free download at iTunes, allows consumers to browse catalogs with their smart phone, and take pictures of their personal space with the product they are considering embedded in the photo.

Furniture First Buying Group Announces New Line-Up for Private Label Mattresses in High Point  - 10/7/2010

The revamped lineup provides Furniture First Members with larger mattress profiles, luxurious covers with rich upscale looks and deep substantial feels.

GE Capital Acquires Sales Finance Portfolios from Citi Retail Partner Cards  - 10/7/2010

The purchased portfolios provide consumer financing programs and related services to small to mid-sized retailers in four business segments including home furnishings.

Adkins Joins Sam Moore in Product Development and Merchandising  - 10/7/2010

Adkins will manage the product development process and offer support in both merchandising and sales.

Teague in New Merchandising Position at Hooker Furniture Upholstery  - 10/5/2010

Sandi Teague will be responsible for fabric selection for Hooker Upholstery companies Sam Moore and Bradington-Young, along with product design, photography, cataloging, showroom display and promotions.

Virtual 3D Design Tool 3Dream.net Expands Browser Compatibility  - 10/5/2010

Other new features include increased wall accuracy to 1/2", enhanced performance, a ‘nudge’ tool for precise placement, and the ability to add a customized version of 3Dream to any web site.

Interior Lifestyle China 2010 Grows 30%  - 10/5/2010

Many first time exhibitors will present at the fair including Ballarini (Italy), Crystalex (Czech Republic), Jean Dubost (France), Nachtmann (Germany), Riedel (Austria) and several other brand names.

Courts Clarify Copyright And Trademark Rights In Furniture Cases  - 10/5/2010

Furniture designers interested in protecting their intellectual property rights should be aware of two recent federal appeals court decisions that clarify the scope of protection that may be available.

New Wolf Furniture Showroom in Mechanicsburg, PA  - 10/5/2010

Wolf Furniture reported that it recently opened a 45,000 sq ft showroom in Mechanicsburg, PA creating 25 new jobs.

Natuzzi Editions Launches Consumer Rebate Program  - 10/4/2010

The inaugural Natuzzi Editions 2010 National Rebate Program was created to support retail sales and dealer advertising in the U.S. and Canada for purchases made Nov. 1 – 15.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #90 - Rethink Saying "Welcome" on your Home Page  - 10/4/2010

The top of your home page is super-valuable real estate. Putting “Welcome” there is a total waste of that space and costing you traffic.

Next Generation-NOW Announces High Point Market Launch Party  - 10/4/2010

The High Point Launch Party will be 6:00–7:00 p.m. in the Coaster showroom at 111 E. Commerce Avenue and will feature networking, complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

Verlo Mattress Factory Store Introduces New Line Of Latex And Memory Foam Mattress  - 10/4/2010

This launch is the first of six new collections with 20 new beds that Verlo will be introducing.

Douglas Casual Living Gets New High Point Showroom  - 10/4/2010

Douglas Casual Living will open a new 8000 square foot showroom in Plaza Suites #310.

Archetype Furniture Design To Host High Point Lauch Party To Benefit City of Hope  - 10/4/2010

Launch party to take place on October 16th at the Archetype Showroom in the Union Square Building with a percentage of profits from opening day sales donated to The City of Hope Foundation.

Leda To Showcase Domestic Product in High Point  - 10/4/2010

Company looks to serve a growing sector that is looking for higher-end furniture.

City of Hope Invites High Point Attendees to Participate In Hike for Hope  - 10/4/2010

On Oct. 14, a Hike for Hope will raise funds to fight cancer and will honor grand marshals Shari Wagner and Paulette Rippley of Ashley Furniture for their work on behalf of COH.

IKEA Reports Profits of Over $3.4 Billion  - 10/2/2010

Profits in the 2009 September-August fiscal year were around euro2.5 billion ($3.41 billion), up from euro2.3 billion in 2008.

Impact Consulting To Offer Market Intelligence To NHFA Members  - 10/2/2010

Impact has agreed to provide a benefit to members by offering them a one-time, no-cost access to information.

Durham To Introduce Bayview Modern Cottage Collection In High Point  - 10/2/2010

Solid wood bedroom furniture manufacturer Durham Furniture will introduce its 16th collection at the upcoming High Point show.

Ralph Rossdeutscher of Natura World To Lead Environmental Initiative At SSA  - 10/2/2010

He will serve as chairman of the Specialty Sleep Association’s Green Initiative Board and spearhead the group’s move to develop a materials content label guide and a new Level III seal that will have a greater focus on more stringent environmental standards.

Fine Furniture Design to Unveil New Showroom at High Point Market  - 10/2/2010

Producer of finely crafted bedroom, dining room, occasional, entertainment, casual dining and upholstered furniture moves to IHFC.

Magniflex Triples Size Of High Point Showroom  - 10/2/2010

European bedding brand Magniflex announced it will unveil a record number of new products and services within its new, 4,000-square-foot showroom at High Point Market.

Berkshire Furniture's President, Eric Bernstein To Be Honored At December Gala Event  - 9/30/2010

The Metropolitan Home Furnishings Association (MFA) announced that Eric Bernstein, President, of Berkshire Furniture has been chosen as the recipient of the 2010 Howard Liveright Memorial Award.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business Reports Increase In New Orders  - 9/30/2010

Approximately 67 percent of the participants in the survy reported increased furniture orders year-to-date through July, up from 64 percent last month.

Natuzzi Americas Hires Two For Brand Management Team  - 9/30/2010

Joining the company as Assistant Brand Manager is Lisa Livingston. Shannon Lloyd is joining Natuzzi Americas as Digital Marketing Coordinator, a new position.

Dormia Mattresses Selected For "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"  - 9/30/2010

Nine bedrooms were furnished during filming of the reality series with state-of-the-art Dormia memory foam mattresses from Classic Brands.

Simply Amish Opens New Licensed Store In Edmonton  - 9/30/2010

This is the tenth licensed store for Simply Amish and their third in Canada.

Havertys Announces Its Commitment to American Cancer Society as National Sponsor  - 9/28/2010

Havertys associates are forming over 100 teams to participate in this year’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, an annual event.

Anatomic Global Returns To High Point Market  - 9/28/2010

Bio-formula-based memory foam mattress supplier announced its return to the High Point Market after a one-year hiatus.

16th Furniture Manufacturing & Supply China Post Show Report  - 9/28/2010

Four Day exhibition featured more than 2,000 exhibitors from 27 countries.

Whitecraft Signs Licensing Agreement With Biltmore  - 9/28/2010

Casual indoor and outdoor furniture manufacturer Whitecraft announced that it has signed a licensing agreement to launch an outdoor home furnishings program for the American treasure, Biltmore.

The Price of Avoiding Negotiations  - 9/28/2010

Some negotiations, like negotiating a lease on a new store location are usually one-offs that push you to competition. Others can lead to larger and recurring business relationships.

Furniture News TV features The Great American Home Store  - 9/28/2010

The newest webisode this week features The Great American Home Store with two locations one in Memphis TN.

Natuzzi Reports Net Sales Increase For Quarter  - 9/27/2010

Operating income increases, while net loss compared to the second quarter of 2009 narrows.

HFI Brands Reinvents Peoploungers Brand. Brings Line To High Point  - 9/27/2010

Peoploungers will introduce more than 200 designs that offer a great range of style within their comfort seating and accent furniture options.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #89 - Gray Font Matters: Should you follow the crowd?  - 9/27/2010

Gray text is all the rage with web designers these days. Before using gray, be sure to think it through to ensure it’s right for your site.

SALON at Market Square Sold Out For High Point Show  - 9/27/2010

Each Market, a jury reviews current SALON exhibitors and prospective companies to select the best design-driven furniture, lighting, rugs, wall art, softgoods, and decorative accessories available in the marketplace.

Homecoming Collection Debuts At Kincaid  - 9/24/2010

Largest whole home collection ever for company to be introduced at High Point Market

Classy Art Wholesalers Moves To New High Point Showroom  - 9/24/2010

Classy Art joins Crown Mark at 200 East Green.

New Book "Right Size" Helps Furniture Retailers Attract and Sustain Business  - 9/24/2010

Book helps furniture retailers to recognize the evolving role and function of homes by their varied yet interrelated use: lodging, eating, teaching-learning, storing, entertaining, rehabilitating, relaxing, creating and more.

QFMA Launches National Campaign To Promote Canadian Furniture  - 9/24/2010

By creating the Quality Canadian Furniture campaign, the Quebec Furniture Manufacturers Association (QFMA) is using a direct, dynamic and fun-filled approach to build awareness among the Canadian public.

"Sleep" Hall Completely Booked At imm cologne  - 9/24/2010

Cologne show has waiting list for bedding manufacturers wanting to exhibit at the January 2011 show.

Sleep to Live Opens Manufacturing Facility in Northern California  - 9/24/2010

The 50,000-square-foot facility is scheduled to open mid-October and will service Sleep to Live’s expanding customer base on the west coast.

American Society of Furniture Designers Launches Scholarship/Design Competition  - 9/24/2010

Scholarship/Design Competition is open to junior and senior level college students who have an interest in furniture design and are enrolled in an accredited design program.

Linon To Introduce New Rugs, Hold Greek Party in High Point  - 9/24/2010

Linon announced that it will be showing its full stocking rug line in 2 permanent locations in High Point.

Art Van Furniture To Open First Store In Mall  - 9/24/2010

Michigan's largest furniture retailer says that the new location will add approximately 80 new jobs to the region including sales, delivery and management.

Ecosleep To Introduce Bed With Zoned Air Technology In High Point  - 9/24/2010

Company hopes to build on the growing market share of mattresses with zoned air chambers.

Gorman's In Talks With Klingman's To Preserve Ailing Retailer  - 9/24/2010

The two companies are looking at a number of options for keeping the Klingman's and Israels Design for living brand alive.

ICFA Names New Officers  - 9/24/2010

Rory Rehmert of Pride Family Brands was elected Chairman. Vice Chairman is Eric Parsons, Gloster Furniture.

Weekly Furniture Message From Margo - To Greet Or Not At The Front Desk  - 9/21/2010

Does the position of your front desk and how you meet and greet customers affect furniture sales?

Klingman's And Israels Designs For Living To Liquidate  - 9/20/2010

Fifth Third Bank will take over Klingman's and Israels Designs for Living and will be holding going-out-of-business sales.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #88 - Web Best Practice: Embed Video Instead of Linking  - 9/20/2010

To keep visitors on your site, it’s a web best practice to embed video rather than link to video off-site. It’s also easy.

Lazurit Furniture Establishes US Headquarters. Opens 2 NJ Retail Locations  - 9/20/2010

Russian based contemporary styled retailer and manufacturer will make its debut in High Point at IHFC G578.

ITA Offers New Lite Touch Cordless Lift System for Roman Shades  - 9/20/2010

The new Lite Touch™ system was developed in response to growing awareness of child safety and has been successfully tested by the Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC").

North American Sales For Herman Miller Increases 15.4%  - 9/19/2010

New orders in the first quarter within the North American segment increased 21.6% from the prior year period, whereas the company's non-North American segment reported an increase in orders of 32.5%.

Kacey Fine Furniture To Close Three Stores  - 9/19/2010

Third largest Colorado furniture retailer makes move in response to poor business conditions.

Furniture Store Closings in Atlanta Balanced By New Opportunities  - 9/19/2010

Rooms To Go and I.O. Metro expand as others leave the market, opening up locations.

Pier 1 Imports Posts Profit For Fourth Straight Quarter  - 9/19/2010

Revenue at stores open at least a year rose 11.2 percent, a significant turnaround from the prior year's 7.6 percent decline.

Steelcase Named Corporate Climate Responsibility Leader  - 9/19/2010

Since 2006, Steelcase has reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by 37%.

Klaussner Enhances Partnership With Banner Marketing  - 9/19/2010

Partnership extended to include work on Klaussner's newly launched subsidiary company, Enso Sleep Systems.

Bolton Furniture Signs Long-Term Lease With SHOWPLACE  - 9/19/2010

A formal ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony will take place in High Point on Friday, October 15, 2010 at 5:30PM showcasing their new and expanded showroom.

Gold Bond's Visco Coil Futon Makes High Point Debut  - 9/19/2010

Visco Coil combines a best-selling innerspring futon with the addition of visco memory foam.

Young America Announces Additional GREENGUARD Certified Products  - 9/19/2010

GREENGUARD Certification focuses primarily on the indoor air quality of a child's living space.

Capel To Introduces Bold Colors At The Casual Furniture Market  - 9/19/2010

Capel will unveil a new custom border and base program, allowing consumers to choose from six unique bases and more than 200 of the highest quality outdoor fabrics.

Increase Furniture Store Back Office Productivity. Reduce Office Clutter  - 9/19/2010

Research shows there is a direct correlation between productivity and clutter. And back office clutter in furniture store environments are some of the worst.

America's Research Group Releases Consumer Poll  - 9/19/2010

Poll of 1,000 consumers finds that close to half (48.5%) said they are worse off, while 46.5% said they are better off.

The imm cologne Trendboard Names the Interior Trends for 2011  - 9/19/2010

Recently published Trend Book identifies “Emotional Austerity”, “Surprising Empathy”, “Re-Balancing” and “Transforming Perspectives” as major trends for 2011.

Trex Company Announces Licensing Partnership With Poly-Wood  - 9/19/2010

The Trex® Outdoor Furniture collection will include 26 exclusive designs across four different product lines to complement low-maintenance and eco-friendly Trex outdoor living spaces.

Van Gogh Designs Opens New Permanent Showroom At SOFA  - 9/19/2010

SOFA announced that it has welcomed one of Canada’s fastest growing furniture designers and manufacturers to its Design Centre.

Designer Wicker & Rattan, Gail's Accents, Gary George Design, and Lind Furniture To Show At IHFC  - 9/19/2010

IHFC announced that several furniture companies are opening new High Point showrooms in the IHFC for the Fall Market, October 16-21, 2010.

2010 Design Excellence Winners Announced  - 9/19/2010

The competition recognizes products for their overall design, as well as their marketability, innovation, color, construction and imaginative use of materials.

Cary, NC Retailer Nowell's To Host Modstock House Tour Party  - 9/19/2010

The TMH 2010 Modern Homes Tour on September 25th will take place in Raleigh and feature eight modernist houses as well as one iconic mid-century office building.

Scott Thomas To Show In High Point With Tomlinson  - 9/19/2010

Scott Thomas announced that it has relocated and expanded its High Point showroom moving from 200 Steele to 525 North Wrenn.

Manny Better and Donald Eisen to Launch "Better Home Designs" in High Point  - 9/19/2010

All products will be made in China; all wood, no resin, with hand rubbed designer finishes, finished backs, dovetail drawer construction and self-closing drawer glides.

Theodore Alexander Promotes Lizzy Freundel to Director of Marketing Communications and Innovation  - 9/19/2010

Freundel will be in charge of delivering the company's brand message across new and ever-changing media.

Jeff Katz of Fulton Stores to Be Honored At Joint GNYHFA / MFA Event  - 9/18/2010

He will receive the Jerry Gans Memorial award that honors prominent members of the furniture industry for distinguished service. This year, for the first time, this award will be presented at a jointly held formal dinner and dance that includes members of both the Greater New York Home Furnishings Association and Metropolitan Furnishings Association on December 4th.

Woolrich Promotes Nick Brayton to Director of Domestic Licensing  - 9/18/2010

Brayton will be responsible for directing all domestic licensing business including accessories and home furnishings.

Simmons Launches In-Store Microsoft TagTechnology  - 9/18/2010

Microsoft Tags are small barcode-like visuals that may be scanned and “read” by smart phones, with the goal of making in-store signage more interactive for consumers.

Dick Idol Brand Partners With Groovystuff  - 9/18/2010

Line of accent furniture, accessories, wall décor, and coordinated lighting will be introduced at the spring 2011 High Point Market.

First High Point Market for Gary George Designs  - 9/18/2010

Custom transitional and contemporary upholstery expert GBC Upholstery announced the introduction of the Gary George Designs Collection, a new retail-friendly contemporary upholstery line.

AHFA Unveils Eco3Home Product Registration  - 9/18/2010

New program is designed to help manufacturers communicate a product’s safety, health and environmental features to consumers.

IHFRA Announces Comprehensive Personal Insurance Program  - 9/14/2010

Program offers IHFRA members a comprehensive personal insurance program, offering a multitude of health and wellness insurance and discount options.

News Website FurnitureNewsTV.com Launched  - 9/14/2010

A destination website for industry insiders to view and share furniture news in an entertaining and informative audio-visual format.

International Textile Market Association Gets New Directors And President  - 9/13/2010

Three new directors on the board are Mac Lane, American Silk Mills; Kiran Singh, LAURA & KIRAN; and Jeff Veach, Brentwood Textiles.

ISUZU To Promote Its Environmentally Friendly New Trucks With Nationwide Tour  - 9/13/2010

Trucks that will be used for furniture delivery meet stringent new 2010 emissions standards.

imm cologne Creates iPhone App  - 9/13/2010

Application provides up to date news and information from the world of interior design.

Furniture Buying Index Rises Three Points  - 9/13/2010

Hopefully this will bode well for the rest of September.

Furniture First Partners With Lift Chair Manufacturer UltraComfort America  - 9/13/2010

Furniture First is a home furnishings and mattresses-only buying cooperative representing independent home furnishings retailers across the United States.

Study Finds That Consumer Use Social Networking To Get Home Furnishings Advice  - 9/13/2010

ROI Research Inc. find that 38% of social networkers have used social media to give advice about home furnishing purchases.

Elegant Lighting Opens New Showroom at Las Vegas Design Center  - 9/13/2010

Philadelphia-based manufacturer and distributor creates crystal chandeliers for every taste, from home to hotel.

Feizy Rugs Debuts New Tracy Porter Collection in High Point  - 9/13/2010

The Vardo Collection is Feizy’s latest collaboration with the accomplished designer and consists of six designs, each in multiple colorways.

NHFA Announces Retailer Resource Center's High Point Seminar Schedule  - 9/13/2010

Seminars will be held at the NHFA Retailer Resource Center located on the first floor of Plaza Suites at 222 S. Main Street, High Point, NC.

IHFC Plans InterHall Celebration for Sunday, October 17  - 9/13/2010

To commemorate InterHall's 20th, the IHFC plans a 20th anniversary celebration for Sunday, October 17 at 5:30 P.M.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #87 - 3 Proofreading secrets for mostly error-free website pages  - 9/13/2010

Before publishing a print or website page, proofread by printing out the page and slowly reading out loud.

DMI To Close Huntington Indiana Plant #5  - 9/13/2010

The company did not give a reason for the plant closing and says it does not expect any significant disruption in its ability to ship current product offerings.

Matsuoka International To Debut Custom Made Crystal Furniture In High Point  - 9/13/2010

Matsuoka the Japanese luxury furniture manufacturer announced that it is premiering a new line of lustrous custom made crystal furniture designed by world renowned glass sculptor Stephen Gormley.

Designer Richard Frinier and Catherine Frinier Renew Pledge To City of Hope  - 9/12/2010

Gift made in support of the construction of the Leslie and Susan Gonda (Goldschmied) Diabetes and Genetic Research Center Expansion Facility.

La-Z-Boy Launches 3D Virtual Space Planner Powered by Icovia  - 9/10/2010

La-Z-Boy customers can now configure their products in all available upholstery, leather and wood finish options and view them from any angle in full 3D.

Market Square & Suites High Point Market Events  - 9/10/2010

Fall Market events line-up features a combination of social, networking and education opportunities for market goers.

Hooker Reports Second Quarter Sales & Earnings Increases  - 9/10/2010

Increased sales were driven by higher unit volume as the Company made progress in reducing an order backlog swollen by production delays and shipping bottlenecks in the prior two quarters.

ICFA Plans Member Lounge During September Casual Market  - 9/10/2010

The ICFA Member Lounge is located on the southwest corner of the Merchandise Mart’s eighth floor.

Legacy Fine Casual Furniture to Make High Point Debut  - 9/10/2010

Company will have two showroom locations at the 200 Steele Building.

IHFRA Announces September Teleseminars For Furniture Reps  - 9/10/2010

Free teleseminars will cover technology and online marketing solutions for furniture representatives.

Tapestries, Ltd. To Show New Transitional And Contemporary Items at High Point Market  - 9/10/2010

Tapestries, Ltd. an industry leader in fine quality wall tapestry products from Europe announced that it will add 10 new Transitional and Contemporary pieces to its collection when the company shows at High Point this fall.

The Furniture Row Companies Install 80,000 LED Bulbs In Stores Nationwide  - 9/10/2010

LED lighting is being installed in 330 Sofa Mart®, Oak Express®, Bedroom Expressions® and Denver Mattress Company® specialty furniture stores across the United States.

Weekly Furniture Message From Margo - Hey, You Do Business Like a Girl! - Part 2  - 9/7/2010

Do business like a girl and "kick butt" in furniture sales! - PART 2.

Culp Announces Results for First Quarter  - 9/7/2010

Net sales were $55.9 million, a 23 percent increase compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2010, with mattress fabrics segment sales up 18 percent and upholstery fabric segment sales up 30 percent over the same period a year ago.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #86 - Make a boomer's day. Choose larger font sizes  - 9/7/2010

Be different from other websites and use larger font sizes. Your readers will stick with your web pages longer.

Furniture First Adopts FurnitureCore.com as its Source for Business Intelligence  - 9/7/2010

Furniture First members can access ongoing measures of their market share at a product category level, plus get details such as demographic profiles of households, shoppers, and purchasers, to allow each retailer to identify areas of opportunity.

Furniture First Finalizes Plans to Hold Annual Symposium in Greensboro, NC  - 9/7/2010

Two days of Pre-Market shopping will immediately follow the Symposium on Monday, September 14 and Tuesday, September 15, 2010.

Revco International Announces +10YR Anniversary Celebration  - 9/7/2010

Revco International recently announced plans for their +10 YR. Anniversary Celebration to take place during the October 2010 High Point Furniture Market.

Cargill’s BiOH Polyols Opens Voting For Eco-Fiendly Furniture Design Competition  - 9/7/2010

The competition is sponsored by Cargill’s BiOH® polyols business—makers of the soy-based ingredient which replaces a percentage of petroleum in foam used for upholstered furniture cushioning.

2010 Sage Awards Deadline Is September 10th  - 9/7/2010

Now in its third year, the Sage Award program gives industry-wide recognition to companies whose environmental leadership illuminates a pathway of improvement that others in the industry can follow.

I.O. Metro Debuts in Georgia, Opening at Three Avenue Locations  - 9/7/2010

Specialty lifestyle furniture retailer I.O. Metro announced that it will make its Georgia debut with grand openings at three Atlanta Avenue® locations from September 14 – 16.

Office Depot Introduces Exclusive Style@Work Collection By Thomasville  - 9/7/2010

The company says that the line is ideal for small or home office, and that the Style@Work Collection can help transform a basic workspace into a professional looking and classy office at prices starting at just $120 per furniture piece.

Human Touch Wins 2010 ADEX Awards for Design Excellence  - 9/7/2010

The HT-5040 WholeBody™ massage chair received the highest honor of Platinum for its artful blend of advanced massage features and design.

5 Myths Every Business Must Avoid to Survive the Recovery  - 9/7/2010

Avoid these failed strategies to survive the recovery.

Brown Jordan Joins The Sustainable Furnishings Council  - 9/7/2010

As a leading manufacturer in the outdoor furniture industry, BJI is dedicated and focused on “greener” approaches in all aspects of its business.

American Society of Furniture Designers Planning 2011 Conference in Savannah  - 9/7/2010

ASFD and SCAD will jointly host the event, which will focus on the future of the profession of furniture design and how the value of furniture design can be more effectively promoted to the general public.

Linon's Area Rug Division To Show At Home Fashions Week In NYC  - 9/7/2010

The company will show at the 230 5th Ave Building, New York, NY, on the 8th Floor, Suite 816 from September 13th-15th.

Revco International Announces Product Expansion + Sales Growth  - 9/7/2010

Inspiration Collection additions to debut at the upcoming October 2010 High Point Market, include: Hospitality Graded Upholstered Dining Chairs + Occasional Chairs, Slab/Glass Top Dining Tables, Bedroom, Bookcase, and Occasional additions.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 9/4/2010

We are still selling furniture with some mproved results in spite of all the bad news. That’s not all bad.

Capel Rugs Announces Partnership with Designer Kevin O'Brien  - 9/3/2010

The line will feature O'Brien's original designs to debut at the October High Point Market.

AHFA Announces Craftmaster EFEC Registration  - 9/3/2010

EFEC or Enhancing Furnitures Environmental Culture is a voluntary program created for the residential furniture industry by the American Home Furnishings Alliance.

Weekly Furniture Message From Margo - Hey, You Do Business Like a Girl!  - 8/31/2010

Do business like a girl and "kick butt" in furniture sales! - PART 1.

imm cologne Pure Village Display To Present Emerging Design Trends  - 8/31/2010

imm cologne will again present its Pure Village display at the January imm cologne show.Pure Village will include well-known design brands from the furniture, textiles, lighting and bathroom sectors presented as creative interior concepts.

Record Number of Buyers and Exhibitors Register For High Point Pre-Market  - 8/31/2010

Buyer registration for Fall Pre-Market 2010 is at its highest point in its four-year history, with 201 leading buyers from 80 companies signed up for the event, Sept. 13-14.

Sterling Industries Moves to IHFC For Fall High Point Market  - 8/31/2010

Sterling has relocated to the fashion-forward, design-oriented section of Hamilton Wing.

Nationwide Marketing Group Adds New Members  - 8/31/2010

Growth in membership has increased their total sales volume by over $200 million.

Chicago Casual Market To Host "Inspired Exteriors Day" Seminars  - 8/31/2010

Educational programming will focus on exterior design and business practices for design professionals.

Recent PrimeTime! Has Largest Furniture Display In Show's History  - 8/31/2010

Independent dealers from across the country attended the buying show and conference looking for the best deals in furniture, appliances and electronics.

New Home Sales Tank, But Luxury Home Sales Expected to Rise Through 2011  - 8/31/2010

Unity Marketing's latest affluent consumer survey predicts rebound in new home sales.

Buyer From Morris Home Furnishings Wins Apple iPad  - 8/31/2010

Surya announces that Bona Griffieth, Accessory Buyer for Morris Home Furnishings of Dayton, Ohio is the winner of a new Apple iPad.

Human Touch Adds Five Experts to its Wellness Council  - 8/31/2010

Wellness Council members include professional chiropractors, doctors, massage therapists, athletes, and fitness experts.

Art Van Brings 'The Big Apple' to Detroit With Gala to Benefit Henry Ford Health System  - 8/30/2010

Art Van Furniture is underwriting the majority of the expenses for the event, with ticket proceeds going directly to benefit Henry Ford Health System.

Classic Brands Sees Increased Demand For Mattress Covers  - 8/30/2010

Infestations of bed bugs have created interest in the category.

RoomStore Re-Launches Its E-Commerce Site  - 8/30/2010

E-commerce site for one of the 20 largest furniture retailers in the country includes many improvements.

AWARDS Reception To Honor Outstanding ICFA Members  - 8/30/2010

Excellence among manufacturers, designers and sales representatives will be recognized at an International Casual Furnishings Association awards reception during the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #85 - Color Your Web Pages, E-Newsletters, and Banner Ads Like a Pro  - 8/30/2010

It’s easy to perfectly and professionally match colors for your web pages, e-newsletters, and banner ads with these free tools.

imm cologne Announces High Level of Early Buyer Registrations  - 8/30/2010

imm cologne announced that it is heading for the next January show with a strong wind at its back.

Barcalounger & American of Martinsville Furniture liquidation starts August 31st  - 8/26/2010

The liquidation sale of all thousands of pieces of furniture, leather, fabric, wood, raw materials, vehicles, and factory equipment will be open to the public starting on Tuesday August 31st at the Martinsville, VA offices and factory locations.

IPSA and RRI Complete Pilot Program For Recycling Used Mattresses  - 8/26/2010

Project tested options for automated processing and recycling large volumes of used mattresses.

Piedmont Triad Partnership Selects Mcneill Communications To Direct Communications For Furnishings Cluster Initiative  - 8/26/2010

McNeill Communications, based in High Point, will work with the PTP to increase the global visibility of the Piedmont Triad region among domestic and international companies involved with multiple sectors of the furnishings cluster, including residential, contract, hospitality, institutional and others.

Weekly Message From Margo - Hi, I See You: How Are You Doing Today?  - 8/24/2010

This week's marketing observation from Margo, discusses how to get better performance from employees, vendors, co-workers and even customers.

Biltmore Renews Licensing Agreement with Belk  - 8/24/2010

This fall Belk will be unveiling a variety of new Biltmore products.

Art Van Furniture Will Send 20 Families on Vacations to Disney World  - 8/23/2010

Visitors to any of the 31 Art Van Furniture stores and 2 Art Van PureSleep stores can enter to win, simply by applying for an 'Art Van Signature Card'.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #84 - Dangers of Nickel and Diming Web Development  - 8/23/2010

Smaller companies need to stop nickel and diming their web sites, face the hard facts, and allocate much more of their marketing budget to web development.

Sleepharmony Expands Mattress Protector Lineup With Full Encasement Products  - 8/23/2010

the new sleepharmony Deluxe Full-Encased Mattress Protector covers all 6 sides of a mattress while providing a protective barrier between the consumer and any allergens that might thrive in an unprotected mattress.

How to Deal with Difficult Furniture Co-Workers  - 8/23/2010

Difficult co-workers can be enough to make you want to quit. But in today’s economy, quitting any job is simply not an option.

La-Z-Boy Reports Flat First-Quarter Sales  - 8/23/2010

A mix of one-time external factors negatively affected sales and earnings for the quarter.

Flexsteel Announces Record Net Income for Fiscal Year and Fourth Quarter  - 8/23/2010

Cost cutting, including plant closures and workforce reductions made in 2009 contributed significantly to gross margin improvements.

Kluft Names Steve Smith VP Finance  - 8/21/2010

Smith is a financial executive with 20 years experience implementing cost-saving programs for a variety of fast-moving, growth-oriented manufacturing businesses, including the mattress industry.

Classic Leather Signs Long-Term IHFC Lease  - 8/21/2010

Wholesale Interiors also takes space in the Design Center IHFC.

imm cologne's Trend Board Discusses Critical Interior Design Issues  - 8/21/2010

The Trend Board of imm cologne has the job of analysing current trends in the world of interior design and projecting them into the future.

Sleepy's Raises over $100K For American Cancer Society  - 8/19/2010

The event featured a variety of family fun activities including a dunk tank, pony rides, and barbeque, along with a make shift track on the grounds of the facility to walk in memory of loved ones and in honor of those facing a journey with cancer.

WithIt Announces 2010 WOW Awards Recipients  - 8/19/2010

This is an annual program that recognizes individuals and/or corporations contributing to the success and growth of the home and furnishings industries

Kendall College Of Art And Design Names Dean  - 8/19/2010

Max S. Shangle, former Chair of the Furniture Design Program, has been named Dean of the College. He has lectured both nationally and internationally on furniture design and manufacturing subjects and has authored several furniture related articles.

Jane Seymour To Host 22nd Induction Banquet During High Point Market For The American Furniture Hall Of Fame Foundation  - 8/19/2010

Industry Fellows who will be recognized at the banquet for their exceptional leadership, accomplishments and contributions to the furniture industry are Gerald Birnbach, Manuel Capó, Thomas Day, Darrell and Stella Harris, Michael and George Massood, and Robert “Bob” Timberlake.

Art Van Furniture To Open Design Centers  - 8/17/2010

Art Van will launch "Scott Shuptrine Interiors" in 8 of its 33 stores. Each center will be 4,500 square feet, carry premiere furniture lines and staff two certified interior designers.

Kindel Furniture Co. Merges with The Taylor Co.  - 8/17/2010

The Taylor Co. in Grand Rapids is a manufacturer of high-end, wooden and veneered components to Kindel and other fine furniture manufacturers.

Bob's Discount Furniture Charitable Golf Outing Raises $250,000 for Charity  - 8/17/2010

This year’s beneficiaries of the monies raised are the American Cancer Society’s Camp Rising Sun, Family & Children’s Aid, Connecticut Children’s Medical Center, Jimmy Fund and the American Red Cross.

Leon's Net Income For Quarter Increases 41.7%  - 8/17/2010

For the second quarter of 2010, the company reported higher sales and a significant improvement in profits when compared to the second quarter of 2009.

Next Generation-NOW Hosts Successful Launch Party  - 8/17/2010

Next Generation-NOW is a community of young, passionate and vibrant home furnishings professionals that are the future of the home furnishings industry.

Weekly Tip For Perfect Furniture Deliveries #1 - Hiring/Recruitment  - 8/17/2010

Furniture delivery is a tough job, so don't sugar coat it during the interview... and other hiring and training tips.

Natura World Welcomes Russell Banks as Plant Supervisor  - 8/16/2010

Mr. Banks joins Natura from Waterloo Bedding, where he spent six successful years.

Real-Time Performance Reviews For Furniture Stores  - 8/16/2010

On the list of things that are done for all the wrong reasons in furniture organizations, performance reviews would have to rank near the top.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #83 - When Inconsistency Works for SEO  - 8/16/2010

To cover all bases, you should optimize your website (for example) for both terms “bunk beds” and “bunkbeds.”

Houston's Ashley Furniture HomeStore to Reveal $25,000 Drab to Fab Room Makeover  - 8/15/2010

The room makeover was awarded at the July 3rd grand opening of the new Ashley Furniture HomeStore at San Felipe and the 610 Loop.

Rent-A-Center Names Maureen Short Vice President of Finance - Analytics and Reporting  - 8/15/2010

Short is tasked with helping define and implement the strategic vision for analytics at Rent-A-Center.

Be Aware of Bedbug Cross Contamination With Bedding Pick-ups  - 8/15/2010

Care should be taken to not transport used bedding on the same trucks as new bedding.

Capel Rugs Names Lorie Arthur Senior Designer  - 8/14/2010

Arthur is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with more than 20 years experience in textile design, product development, merchandising and sourcing.

AHFA Introduces Carbon Calculator  - 8/14/2010

The American Home Furnishings Alliance has introduced a new tool on its website, www.sustainablebydesign.us, that is designed to help companies compare their carbon footprint results against industry averages.

Bailey Street Announces New Mirador Brand Launch  - 8/14/2010

Extensive line of agressively priced Mirador brand case goods will be made available to independent retailers in partnership with Welton USA.

Report On Luxury Consumers Segments Buyers Into Four Categories  - 8/14/2010

New trend report introduces the profiles of the affluent consumer most likely to shop for luxuries in their home and how best to sell to them.

Durable Products Company Obtains Certipur-Us Certification For Ecosleep Mattress Line  - 8/14/2010

This move is in response to consumers seeking clearer guidance when shopping for environmentally friendly mattresses.

Build Your Furniture Business and Credibility through Public Speaking  - 8/14/2010

Speaking before a group of strangers can be intimidating, but keep focused on the positive impact the presentation will have on your business reputation and your bottom line.

Furniture Buying Index Drops 3 Points  - 8/14/2010

America's Research Group finds that consumers are focused on back to school shopping this month, but is still 12 points above August 2008 index.

WGSN Launches WGSN-Homebuildlife, A Forecasting and Analysis Tool for the Global Home and Interiors Industry  - 8/14/2010

Subscribers get consumer and market intelligence on 14 product categories and across the product development lifecycle.

Fine Furniture Design Growing, Moving to IHFC for Fall Market  - 8/14/2010

Formerly at Union Square, Fine Furniture will showcase its growing case goods and upholstery lines in space W800.

Feng Shui for the Mind: Keys To Uncluttered Furniture Store Communication  - 8/14/2010

Do you have repeated conflicts with your sales associates, customer service people and back-end employees? Here's how to make your life simpler and more productive.

America's Research Group Reports On The State of the Reluctant American Shopper  - 8/14/2010

With back-to-school shopping now in full swing during August, American shoppers revealed money-saving shopping habits and views about their economic health.

Stanley Furniture Reports Second Quarter Net Loss  - 8/14/2010

Net sales of $37.9 million declined 10.5% from the second quarter of 2009 and increased 3.8% from the first quarter of 2010.

Havertys Reports 13.2% Same Store Sales Increase for Second Quarter  - 8/9/2010

Sales for quarter and half year improve, general and administrative costs decline.

Conn's, Inc. Reports Furniture & Mattress Sales Increase 15.8%  - 8/9/2010

The growth in furniture and mattresses sales was driven by the addition of in-store specialists focused on this category, improved in-store displays and expanded product selection.

El Dorado Furniture Founder Honored with Street Naming  - 8/9/2010

This is the second street to be named after Manuel. The first was in front of El Dorado’s Calle Ocho Boulevard showroom on Miami’s S.W. 8th Street, the site of the first store the family opened in 1967.

Edward Carey Joins Theodore Alexander as new President of Vietnam Operations  - 8/9/2010

Additionally, Antony Maitland Smith has been appointed to the position of Vice President of Foundry Operations and will be responsible for Theodore Alexander’s own foundry as well as management of the metal subcontractors.

World Market Center Las Vegas Designer Forum Discovers Next Season's Emerging Trends and Innovations  - 8/9/2010

Three of the nation’s leading designers, Darryl Carter, Mary McDonald and Kishani Perera, unveiled their forecasts at the recent Las Vegas show.

BDI Taps Dale Mason As Product Development Manager  - 8/9/2010

Dale is recognized in the furniture industry for his experience in product development management for design driven companies.

Magniflex Responds To Trademark-Infringement Claims Of Las Vegas Hotel Lawsuit  - 8/9/2010

Magniflex is Italy’s largest mattress manufacturer, producing a broad line of bedding products that the company ships to more than 70 countries around the world.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #82 - Go to War with the Army You Have  - 8/9/2010

Your website and Internet Marketing campaigns don’t have to be perfect. They just need to be a little better than your competition.

Home Furnishings Marketing Executive, Leigh Ann Venable Joins Ed Kemp Associates  - 8/9/2010

Venable is the previous owner of 360 Marketing a High Point Based Marketing and Branding Agency specializing in the Home Furnishings Industry.

Bush Furniture Announces Exclusive Licensing Agreement with kathy ireland Worldwide  - 8/9/2010

Bush Furniture and Kathy Ireland Worldwide will launch new lines of ready-to-assemble office furnishing. The agreement also will include designs for the home.

Three Rules of Social Media Marketing for Businesses Large and Small  - 8/9/2010

The shift in the “power of the press” carries with it three rules of social media marketing for businesses large and small.

Florida Home Furnishings Association Merges With Southeastern Home Furnishings Association  - 8/9/2010

The new SEHFA will be strengthened and will eliminate needless duplication due to previously overlapping territories in the Florida panhandle.

Stordal Mobler opens flagship store in Shanghai  - 8/9/2010

The 1,400 square foot store has on display the Stordal collection called DesigNature, which includes 8 recliners and 4 matching sofa sets.

Chris Rayle Joins Legacy Classic Furniture  - 8/9/2010

Chris Rayle has joined the company as Vice President of Merchandising.

Scutaro To Assume New Responsibilities At Murray Feiss  - 8/9/2010

As the new VP Sales & Marketing she will retain her product development and merchandising duties and all associates currently reporting to Maria will continue to do so.

Furniture Veterans vs. Hot Shot Newbies  - 8/9/2010

As the company head, you can greatly alleviate tension, fear and resentment between new hires and company veterans.

Wholesale Interiors To Exhibit At 4th Annual Midwest Furniture Show  - 8/9/2010

Introductions include products inspired by the mid-century, transitional, and modern design periods.

Nationwide Marketing Group Offers New Website Services  - 8/9/2010

Nationwide Marketing Group (NMG) announced that it will now provide its independent dealer-members with increased online presence through a national directory service, email marketing program and customized website solutions.

Simmons Bedding Secures Patent on Transflexion Comfort Technology  - 8/9/2010

Company says that the technology ensures that a mattress feels the same at home as it does on the retail floor.

Weekly Furniture Message From Margo: Online Marketing for a Higher-Thinking Brain  - 8/9/2010

Many retailers and business pros think they can take a TV commercial and pop it up online. Not so. It just won’t work. The web is NOT TV. It’s a totally different animal.

Feizy Rugs Opens New New York Showroom  - 8/9/2010

Permanent showroom will be open for the New York Home Fashions Market, September 13th-September 17th.

Waibel Named To EFEC Board of Examiners  - 8/9/2010

Randy Waibel, Corporate Environmental Manager of Hickory Springs, was recently named as the newest member of The American Home Furnishings Alliance’s (AFHA) Enhancing Furniture's Environmental Culture (EFEC) Board of Examiners.

UltraComfort America Prepares for Pre-Market with Expanded IHFC Showroom  - 8/9/2010

Weight capacities are 300 lbs. for the small frame size and 375 lbs. for their medium and large frame sizes in both the lift and recline and recline-only models.

Home Comfort Furniture and Mattress Center Partners with FurnitureDealer.Net to Introduce Mattress Catalog Website  - 8/9/2010

The new version of the mattress catalog website features updated and enhanced product presentations from the major mattress manufacturers and other players in the industry.

Furniture Brands International Reports Second Quarter Results  - 8/9/2010

Furniture Brands reported net income of $4.2 million, compared to a loss of $16 million in the second quarter of 2009 driven by better margins.

Industry Study Reports 39.9 Increase In Specialty Sleep Unit Sales  - 8/9/2010

Classic Brands CEO Mike Zippelli comments on these figures in relation to innerspring sales for June 2010.

aspenhome Adds Collection To Generate Revenue For City of Hope  - 8/3/2010

A portion of the sale from products in the Reede’s Landing collection will be donated to City of Hope for the life of the collection.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #81 - Close Encounters with a Spoofing Email  - 8/3/2010

If a spam email goes out to people in your address book, you’ve probably been “spoofed” and it’s usually no big deal. But, still, be careful and take precautions just in case.

Speciality Sleep Association Launches Safety & Environmental Seal Program  - 7/30/2010

Safety & Environmental Program (SEP) will educate and inform consumers of the components in the sleep products they buy.

The Furniture Training Company to Launch a Chinese Language Training Website with Shanghai Oceania Publishing & Media  - 7/30/2010

Online furniture training lessons translated into Chinese will provide furniture product knowledge, selling techniques, and room design skills training for furniture retailers and manufacturers in Asia.

Art Van Furniture to Open Two New Showrooms  - 7/30/2010

Art Van Furniture recently acquired the real estate and assets of Brewbaker's Furniture, another family-owned business that had been in business for more than 50 years.

Aaron's, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Same Store Revenues Up 2.4%  - 7/30/2010

For the second quarter of 2010, revenues increased 7% to $445.0 million.

Capel Rugs Welcomes Jim Spangler as Southwest Regional Sales Manager  - 7/30/2010

Spangler will cover the sales territory of Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.

Worldbed Project Emerges As Not-For-Profit Charity  - 7/30/2010

The WorldBed Project has grown since the January 12 earthquake in Haiti, when mattress manufacturer Anatomic Global mobilized a team to fund the production and delivery of emergency cot-sized mattresses to displaced Haitians.

Ethan Allen Announces Grand Opening in Pittsburgh, PA  - 7/30/2010

The 7,500-square-foot Design Center is located at 1680 Washington Road.

Durable Products Company Expands Ecosleep Line  - 7/30/2010

dpc will debut these additions in Las Vegas at the World Market Center, Las Vegas Market.

Buying Groups Head to Las Vegas During Las Vegas Market, Gift + Home and Vegas Kids  - 7/30/2010

More than 25 home furnishings and gift buying groups representing hundreds of stores will be attending the Summer Las Vegas Market, Gift + Home and Vegas Kids.

Feizy Rugs' Hosts Party, Debuts The Mystique in Las Vegas  - 7/30/2010

Mystique is one of several Feizy Home Collection and Fine Collection designs making their Las Vegas debut.

Leggett & Platt Consumer Products Group Simplifies Brand Architecture, Presents Unified Offering  - 7/30/2010

Fashion Bed Group®, the company’s product brand for ornamental beds, daybeds and futons will evolve into a sub-brand called Leggett & Platt® Fashion Bed™, strengthening the tie to the parent brand.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 7/29/2010

This marked the seventh straight month that orders were up compared to the same month a year ago.

Is Your Aftermarket Protection Protected?  - 7/29/2010

Are you in compliance with your states insurance laws? Are you protected if your current provider fails? Will you be left holding the bag?

SSA To Hold Las Vegas Market Seminars On Bedding Related Evironmental Issues  - 7/29/2010

Four briefings will educate participants on how to sell more sleep products by addressing the safety and environmental concerns of consumers.

Facebook: Fired Up or Just Fired?  - 7/29/2010

The good, the bad and the ugly of social media in your furniture store workplace.

HFIA Names Service Lamp Corp Exclusive Lighting Provider  - 7/29/2010

This program is designed to save HFIA members money on lighting.

Harbor Outdoor Debuts 2011 Collections In Las Vegas  - 7/29/2010

Named after two of Sydney’s world-renowned beaches, the new additions add depth and versatility to Harbour Outdoor’s lines of contemporary outdoor furniture.

Las Vegas Market, Gift + Home and Vegas Kids Announces iPhone App Update  - 7/29/2010

To download the World Market Center Las Vegas Market App, iPhone™, iTouch™ and now iPad™, users may go to the Apple® App Store within iTunes and search for "World Market Center Las Vegas."

Ethan Allen Expands Contract Business  - 7/29/2010

Ethan Allen announced the launch of ethanallencontract.com, a website dedicated to its contract division.

Three Additional Manufacturers Join High Point Pre-Market Sponsor Companies  - 7/29/2010

Lane Home Furnishings, Fine Furniture Design and Wynwood Furniture have joined the September 2010 Pre-Market sponsorship group supporting this retail product preview event.

John Thomas Furniture Takes Showroom Space In Tupelo  - 7/29/2010

According to Bryan Sprinkles, Sales and Marketing Manager John Thomas Furniture, the company has been evaluating the value of regional markets for some time.

Zenith Freight Lines Adds 15 Team Trucks  - 7/29/2010

Zenith expands to service growing customer demand for expedited shipments from California to ports and hubs throughout the United States.

Dutailier To Relocate To IHFC Building Ih High Point  - 7/29/2010

Dutailier plans to introduce a new line of gliders in High Point that will include a unique glide feature.

Anatomic Global To Unveil "Sleep By Design" Product Line  - 7/29/2010

The company says that Sleep By Design’s comfort design architecture takes the subjectivity and guesswork out of the visco-memory foam mattress buying process.

Outlast Sheet Sets Launch Nationwide in Sleepy's  - 7/29/2010

Sheet sets use technology that helps to reduce temperature changes under the covers so the user stays at a balanced temperature throughout the night.

Kingsdown Names Mattress Industry Veteran as New Senior Vice President  - 7/29/2010

Damewood will oversee domestic sales, including leading strategic sales initiatives.

Vivon International Debuts Industry's First One-Piece Positional Mattress Line In Las Vegas  - 7/29/2010

Vivon Life Positional Mattress can be used with any standard bed, thereby giving consumers positional mattress functionality without the need for special foundations or furniture.

E. S. Kluft & Co. Introduces Mattress to Honor 70th Anniversary  - 7/29/2010

E. S. Kluft & Co. announced it will debut "Celebration" mattress in honor of the 70th Anniversary of its Aireloom brand.

Classic Moves To Multi-Brand Strategy  - 7/29/2010

The company will present the latest mattresses and accessories from its Dormia and Space Age brands at the Las Vegas Market.

Effective Questioning To Combat Price Objections  - 7/29/2010

How can sales professionals avoid this pitfall, improve the probability of closing the deal while maintaining sustainable margins and commissions?

World Market Center Las Vegas Sponsors Home Mortgage Sweepstakes for 2010 National Home Furnishings Month Promotion  - 7/28/2010

The 10-day retail sales event, championed by World Market Center Las Vegas (WMCLV) and endorsed by eight leading trade associations, will occur Sept. 18-26.

Furnitureland South Joins Broyhill Furniture and Make-A-Wish Foundation  - 7/27/2010

Room makeovers are a popular request for wish kids, and the Make-A-Wish Foundation® fulfills more than 400 room makeover wishes each year.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #80 - Does Your Text Look Clickable, When It's Not?  - 7/27/2010

When text isn’t clickable, avoid using colored fonts and underlines on web sales pages. Also be exclusive with your link colors.

Koelnmesse Offers Tips and Info on how to Prepare for Orgatec 2010  - 7/27/2010

Biannual Orgatec show will be held on October 21-25, 2010 in Cologne, Germany.

Las Vegas Market Tweetup Event Scheduled For August 2nd  - 7/27/2010

To join the real life event on Twitter, search Twitter using the hashtag #tweetupWMC starting at 5:00PM PST on Monday, Aug. 2nd and follow @tkpleslie , @tkpsev and @WorldMarketCtr on twitter.

Keystone Collections By Martins Hires National Sales Manager Tom Nelson  - 7/27/2010

Manufacturer of upper end domestic solid hardwood products also enlists the services of design firm Steve Hodges Associates, Inc., to assist in product development and design.

Tempur-Pedic Second Quarter 2010 Sales Up 42%  - 7/24/2010

Mattress sales increased 58% in the North American segment and 10% in the International segment.

How to Lose Your Best Furniture Customers in Three Easy Steps  - 7/24/2010

Customer service managers can readily get a fix on those factors which may be causing customer service problems.

Texas Based Retailer MOTIF Modern Living Wins Innovation Award  - 7/24/2010

By unanimous vote of the judges, Austin based contemporary furniture retailer MOTIF Modern Living was the inaugural recipient of the ICON Honors for Innovation.

Magniflex Opens New Sales & Customer Service Center In NYC  - 7/24/2010

Based on its continuing growth, the company has moved its sales and customer service operations to Grand Street, a few blocks from its showroom.

Loft 102 Debuts It's First Bedroom Collection At Las Vegas Market  - 7/24/2010

Loft 102, a company formed by Sligh Furniture creates products with a smaller, more casually modern footprint.

12 Characteristics of Great Leaders  - 7/24/2010

Use situational leadership to manage the challenges at hand.

Joe Carroll Joins Mcneill Communications - Launches Marketing Communications Division  - 7/23/2010

Carroll will oversee marketing and communications to include planning, advertising, public relations, social media and a full suite of creative services.

Magniflex To Introduce Accessories Line In Las Vegas  - 7/23/2010

The company is offering a brand new line of seven ergonomic Coolmax® pillows for use at home, work or travel.

Surya Welcomes New Director Of Marketing  - 7/23/2010

Stephanie I. Tyus will be responsible for building the Surya brand through the initiation of a comprehensive and cohesive new marketing plan.

Leggett & Platt Reports 15% Second Quarter Sales Increase  - 7/23/2010

The quarter’s 15% growth, and the associated higher capacity utilization, led to meaningful earnings improvement.

Surya Expands Las Vegas Showroom; Announces Product Promotions  - 7/23/2010

Surya doubles showroom space and will give away and Apple iPad.

Furniture Comes to Life at Ottawa International Animation Festival  - 7/23/2010

"Furniture of My Mind," is an engaging look at the relationship between humans and their furniture.

World Market Center Las Vegas Helps Reduce Carbon Footprint With One Good World Series  - 7/23/2010

The series will feature in-depth discussions and high-profile speakers focused on eco-friendly issues.

Growth, Creativity Celebrated At Americasmart This July  - 7/23/2010

AmericasMart honored individual permanent showrooms and temporary booths for outstanding visual creativity, use of space, product placement, signage, flooring and lighting.

Hearst Magazines Introduces the Esquire Home Collection at the Four Hands showroom in Las Vegas  - 7/23/2010

Hearst Magazines and it licensing partners are introducing Esquire Home, a new collection of home furnishings and accessories inspired by the lifestyle of the modern, discerning Esquire man.

TD Retail Card Services Launches "Renovate" Credit Card Program For Home Furnishings Retailers  - 7/21/2010

Created specifically for the home furnishings sector, the Renovate Card is a revolving private label consumer credit card that can be used for purchases of products or services at any merchant participating in the program.

Ethan Allen Reports 4th Quarter Earnings Jump 18%  - 7/21/2010

Diluted earnings per share for our fourth fiscal quarter expected to be in the range of $0.30 to $0.32 compared to a loss per share of $0.23 in the previous year quarter.

Barbara Cote Is New Product Development Manager For Murray Feiss  - 7/21/2010

Barbara comes to Murray Feiss with over 30 years of experience in the Lighting field.

Natura World Moves to New Las Vegas Showroom  - 7/21/2010

The company will celebrate with a house warming party and launch of their Sleep Envelope Contest on Tuesday, August 3rd – complete with wines from New Zealand.

Business Owners to Receive Complimentary Business Analysis In Las Vegas  - 7/21/2010

The business analysis will help furniture retailers visiting the Las Vegas show identify areas of opportunity in their business to increase profitability and cash flow.

Next Generation-NOW Group Launches with a Kick-Off Reception During Las Vegas Market  - 7/21/2010

Group will focus on the development of up-and-coming home furnishings industry leaders.

Truckskin to be Featured on WHFA/NHFA Retailer Resource Center Launch Pad during Las Vegas Market  - 7/21/2010

Truckskin will be launching their newest product of window and floor graphics during this Market on the Launch Pad.

Furniture Industry Fund Raising Event In Chicago To Benefit City of Hope  - 7/21/2010

August 16th event at Chicago's Field Museum will benefit the cancer research center.

Las Vegas Market Launches New Hot Spot: Social Media Bar  - 7/21/2010

Inspired by the Apple Genius Bar® and powered by The Kaleidoscope Partnership’s expertise, buyers will be able to receive free assistance.

Human Touch to Launch New Perfect Chair Gallery Program In Las Vegas  - 7/21/2010

Interactive gallery and sales program is designed to create brand awarness and infulence the consumer's buying decision.

Martin Roberts Design Launches Web Site  - 7/21/2010

New Web site for Martin Roberts Design LLC offers articles and case studies with other content that highlights consulting, store design and graphics solutions used by top retailers to increase sales and gross margins.

Theodore Alexander Names Winner of Inaugural Distinction in Design Program  - 7/21/2010

Andrew Golombisky will receive an internship as well as a full-time position as designer-in-residence with the company.

Spirit Sleep Moves To The IHFC  - 7/21/2010

The company is planning the introduction of six new Memory Foam Mattresses at the October Furniture Market.

Weekly Furniture Message From Margo - Of Coffee & Furniture  - 7/20/2010

Many of our employees have become non-thinkers. Non-thinkers at retail cause lost sales and customer service issues.

Info Retail Will Host Free Podcast Service Aug 2-4 at Las Vegas Market  - 7/20/2010

Retailers and exhibitors can record their own podcast and deliver the content to customers at no-charge.

Cousins Furniture And Home Improvements Receives 2010 Best of Deer Park Award  - 7/20/2010

Cousins Furniture And Home Improvements has been selected for the 2010 Best of Deer Park Award in the Wood Household Furniture category.

SCAD Students Challenged To Create Eco-Friendly Wing Chair  - 7/20/2010

One Savannah College of Art and Design student will hold the distinction of having designed the next eco-friendly wing chair to hit the U.S. furniture market. Competion sponsored by Cargill’s BiOH polyols, Century Furniture, and Toray International brand Ultrasuede.

Fall 2010 High Point Market Pre-Registration Opens  - 7/20/2010

The Market Authority has also added new travel packages to supplement the Hotel Program and attract new attendees to Market.

China International Furniture Fair (Guangzhou) - CIFF Annouces September 3-6 Show  - 7/20/2010

The September show will feature a one-stop sourcing model for modern home furniture, classical home furniture, outdoor living, home decor and home textiles.

Furniture First Teams With Dovetail Alliance  - 7/19/2010

Dovetail Alliance and its members will offer a comprehensive set of services to Furniture First members and take part in the organization’s annual member symposium, which features seminars and exhibits by a select group of vendors.

Jennifer Convertibles Files Voluntary Petition for Chapter 11 Reorganization  - 7/19/2010

The decision to file for Chapter 11 protection was based primarily on lack of liquidity which resulted from the substantial losses the Company has incurred in recent periods.

CPSC Proposes New Rules for Full-Size and Non-Full-Size Cribs  - 7/19/2010

Serious safety hazards with cribs have ranged from drop-side hardware or other drop-side entrapment issues to failures of the mattress support and detachment or breakage of the crib slats.

ASFD Announces 2010 Pinnacle Awards Finalists  - 7/19/2010

The Pinnacle judges met at High Point University's Norton Hall for a full day late last month to select the finalists for the 15th Annual ASFD Pinnacle Design Achievement Awards.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #79 - Don't Skimp on Internet Copywriting  - 7/19/2010

Good Internet copywriters are worth their weight in gold. For ROI, skip the article mills.

Summer Las Vegas Market, Gift + Home, Vegas Kids Seminars & Events  - 7/19/2010

Attendees at the summer Las Vegas Market, Gift + Home and Vegas Kids, Aug. 2 – 6, will find robust, educational programming and an incredible variety of activities.

Mattress Sales Decline In Europe  - 7/19/2010

Mattress sales fared better than the overall furniture market. Percentage of single mattresses trending upward.

Abbyson Living Adds "Advanced Living" Entertainment Collections To Drop Ship Program  - 7/19/2010

The units feature eco-friendly sustainable wood and transitional design details.

Jane Seymour Scheduled For AICO Showroom Appearance  - 7/19/2010

AICO’s guests can find Seymour from 10am – noon, and from 2pm – 4pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during the Las Vegas Market.

World Market Center Las Vegas Recruits Veteran Team To Lead Gift + Home Division  - 7/19/2010

World Market Center Las Vegas will debut its first-ever gift-focused event inside of Las Vegas Market, with the launch of Gift + Home, Aug. 2-6.

Brand Sense Partners Announces the Launch of $150 Million Investment Arm  - 7/19/2010

bsp closed its first acquisition late last year when it purchased the 20 year-old Shabby Chic® home furnishings and home décor brand to be shown at the upcoming Las Vegas Furniture Market.

Tri-State HFA To Honor Albert Boscov As 2010 Person of the Year  - 7/16/2010

Chairman/CEO of Boscov’s will be honored at the Tri-State HFA Awards Dinner held on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at Holiday Inn – Historic District in Philadelphia.

Organic Mattresses, Inc. (Omi) To Host Cocktail Party And Book Signing At Las Vegas Market  - 7/16/2010

The event will be held across the hall from Tempur-Pedic® at the new OMI showroom located in Building C, space 1515, on Tuesday, August 3 at 4:00 p.m.

Industry Veteran Steve Eisler Joins CF Oakton  - 7/15/2010

Eisler will assemble a dedicated sales team that can take the CFO product to the best retailers in the country.

Capel Rugs Seeks Other US Companies Interested In Export Growth Initiative  - 7/15/2010

Capel Rugs will be spearheading an initiative to establish a permanent showroom at SOFA|Source of Furniture + Accessories, the design centre at the International Centre in Toronto, Canada, for a consortium of North Carolina-based home furnishings companies.

WHFA & NHFA Announce 2010 Las Vegas Summer Market Seminar and Business Survival Academy Series  - 7/15/2010

During Market, the RRC will host a powerful selection of industry speakers on a diverse range of specific retail issues. These complimentary workshops are designed to motivate, educate and accommodate busy buyer schedules while still providing a wealth of quality information.

Dealing With Business Setbacks  - 7/15/2010

When setbacks happen, vulnerability often follows. Feeling unprotected and exposed, we don’t want people to know what we’re facing, whether it’s a professional upset such as the loss of a job, loss of sales volume, being passed over for promotion, or something more personal.

Trend Forecasters Share Expertise at Las Vegas Market, Aug. 2 - 6  - 7/15/2010

Some of the country’s premiere trend forecasters will provide attendees with a road map to the hottest and most vibrant selections of the year.

Roger Thomas To Be Keynote Speaker At The International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market  - 7/15/2010

A recognized leader in interior design for the hospitality industry, Thomas was listed in Architectural Digest’s AD 100 in 2010 and 2007.

Create-A-Mattress Launches e-Commerce Website For Made To Order Mattresses  - 7/15/2010

Site allows consumers to choose the materials, softness, features and other dimensions to create made-to-order mattresses based on personal preferences as well as health requirements, with national delivery.

Art Van Promotes 'Christmas in July Toy Drive' for Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan  - 7/13/2010

Art Van Furniture announced that is partnering with Children's Leukemia Foundation of Michigan to bring the "Holiday Toys Program" to its Michigan stores, July 9-31.

Havertys Reports Second Quarter Sales Increase  - 7/13/2010

On a comparable store basis, sales for the quarter increased 13.2%.

Vegas Kids Helps Buyers Capture Growing Market  - 7/13/2010

Buyers can expect to see a broad and colorful spectrum of showrooms with the latest in youth furnishings and décor, as well as informative speakers and seminars.

Ed Mitre Joins Feizy Rugs As Director of Advertising & Marketing  - 7/13/2010

Mr. Mitre brings over 13 years of experience in the design and advertising industries, both as a corporate team manager and as a freelancer.

Furniture Statesman and Virginia Benefactor J. Clyde Hooker Dies  - 7/13/2010

Furniture industry statesman, community benefactor, decorated World War II veteran and the visionary leader of Hooker Furniture from 1960 until 2000, died July 12 at the age of 89.

American Furniture Hall Of Fame Foundation Calls On Industry For Company Histories And Books  - 7/12/2010

The American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. announced that it is asking the industry to share its company histories and books to preserve the cultural, economic and artistic history of the furniture industry.

Laneventure & Brown Jordan Announce Changes At IHFC High Point  - 7/12/2010

Laneventure will relocate its showroom and Brown Jordan will undertake a high six-figure remodel of its showroom space.

WithIt Announces Leggett Platt as Top Sponsor for Conference  - 7/12/2010

Leggett & Platt is top sponsor for “Leadership2: Take it to the Next Level,” the non-profit’s annual education conference.

Classy Art Wholesalers to show with Crown Mark and Soflex in Las Vegas  - 7/12/2010

Wall decor company will have a presence in both buildings A and B at World Market Center.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #78 - Easy Website Content Management Systems -Yeah, right!  - 7/12/2010

Even if you have an “easy” content management system, plan on some man hours and a learning curve for properly maintaining your website.

MEGA Group USA To Show in Las Vegas  - 7/12/2010

MEGA Group USA will be showcasing several new programs at the August 2-6 Market.

Weekly Furniture Message From Margo- Learn to Use the Pareto Principle  - 7/12/2010

As a business person, business manager, or manager of self, FOCUS on what matters most.

South Shore To Unveil Over 30 New Products At Las Vegas Market  - 7/11/2010

The company will introduce three collections in this, its 70th year.

HFIA and UFA Put Finishing Touches on Partnership  - 7/11/2010

In the new partnership, UFA members can join HFIA at a discounted rate as branch members. All branch members will have access to the HFIA benefits.

Furniture Delivery Truck News: Isuzu First To Meet 2010 Emission Standards  - 7/11/2010

Engines used in furniture delivery vehicles meet new standards and are clean idle certified.

Surya Announces Addition Of Pat Douglass To VP Of Printed Rug Division  - 7/10/2010

He will work with Surya's print rug factories for development, production and distribution of printed rug products.

Embody by Sealy Wins Polartec APEX Award for Innovative Design  - 7/10/2010

Winners of the award were selected based on their use of Polartec fabrics. Products must exhibit versatility, function and be unique in design with an emphasis on aesthetics.

Bassett Reports Net Sales Decline For Second Quarter  - 7/10/2010

Wholesale segment's net sales dropped 4.9 percent while company-owned comparable same store sales decreased 1.7 percent. Results were adversely affected by delays in receiving imported product from suppliers.

ICFA TO Sponsor Google Sketchup Webinar  - 7/8/2010

The International Casual Furnishings Association (ICFA) will offer a webinar from 2 to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, July 27, to provide instructions for using Google SketchUp to design an outdoor living room.

Furniture Buying Index Drops Two Points In June  - 7/8/2010

America's Research Group says this reflects a sense of consumer job insecurity.

American Furniture Hall of Fame Member Hyman Meyers Passes  - 7/7/2010

Furniture retail pioneer, retired President and CEO of Heilig-Meyers dies at the age of 98.

The Sleep Doctor Dr. Michael Breus, Releases New Mattress Line At Las Vegas Show  - 7/7/2010

Sleep surface is designed with new comfortable and temperature regulating materials.

Twin-Star International Moves To Larger Las Vegas Showroom  - 7/7/2010

Twin-Star International announced that it is moving to Building A, Suite 548 at the Las Vegas World Market Center, in an effort to accommodate their new and expanding lines.

Furniture Veteran Michael Williams Dies At 71  - 7/7/2010

Mr. Williams worked with The Bay, then Bauhaus Furniture and, since 1988, Highland House Furniture, Hickory, N.C.

July Atlanta Show Events and Seminar Schedule  - 7/7/2010

Shows will feature expansive lineup of events—stacked with a wide variety of presentations, guest appearances by celebrity chefs and renowned designers, cooking demonstrations, as well as parties, promotions and seminars and giveaways.

Furniture First Buying Group Partners With MicroD  - 7/7/2010

Buying cooperative representing 177 independent home furnishings retailers chooses MicroD, Inc. as its new consumer website provider.

New Larger Showroom for Eclipse International and Eastman House At Las Vegas Market  - 7/6/2010

In addition to the Eclipse and Eastman House lines, there will also be two new ventures unveiled at this upcoming market.

WithIt Las Vegas Market Events  - 7/6/2010

WithIt will hold a seminar, market mixer and a luxury champaign tour at the upcoming Las Vegas Market.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #77 - Think a Second Time about Joining the Better Business Bureau  - 7/6/2010

Join the Better Business Bureau to get valuable “link juice” from being listed in their directory and to use their online seal on key pages of your website.

ISPA Reports That Mattress Sales Rise By Over 10 Percent  - 7/5/2010

Participating manufacturers operating in all regions of the United States reported improved shipment and revenue figures in May and for the year to-date.

Furniture Store Fire Destroys Pennsylvania Store  - 7/5/2010

Damage at Rustic Acres Furniture estimated at $1.5 million.

Biltmore and Partner Capel Rugs to Debut New Collection at Atlanta International Area Rug Market  - 7/5/2010

The partnership between Capel Rugs and Biltmore began with the reproduction of antique textiles that were a part of Mr. Vanderbilt's collection.

Cheminne Taylor-Smith Named Vice President of Marketing for the High Point Market Authority  - 7/5/2010

Taylor-Smith will provide strategic direction for all domestic and international marketing, and will oversee all public relations and communications programs related to the biannual High Point Market.

New Book about High Point "Furnitureland" Published  - 7/5/2010

“Furnitureland- Glimpses of Sentiment” is an entertaining look at one of America’s cherished furniture manufacturing hamlets.

Hooker Furniture's Larry Ryder named CFO Award Winner By Virginia Business Magazine  - 7/5/2010

CFO Awards for the state of Virginia were given by Virginia Business in five categories.

Gold Bond To Introduce Two-Sided Sacro-Support Mattress In Las Vegas  - 7/5/2010

Company will concentrate on introductions to retail for under $1,000.

DPC To Introduce Make-Your-Own-Pillow Concept At Las Vegas Market  - 7/5/2010

Similar to the popular “Build-a-Bear Workshop” concept, consumers identify their sleeping position, select their firmness preference and custom embroidery message, and then watch as their personalized pillow is filled, sewn and fluffed.

Imperial Rugs Signs With Well Known Drop Ship Rep Agency  - 7/5/2010

Imperial Rugs hires Continents Apart, LLC, as its exclusive drop ship reps.

HFIA Offers New Business Insurance Packages To Members  - 7/5/2010

“The power of this program is that it brings together a collective group, the furniture industry, and in doing so provides special pricing, underwriting concessions and outstanding service,” noted Mary Frye, President of HFIA.

OMI To Unveil Newly Designed Las Vegas Showroom  - 7/5/2010

Located in Building C, space 1515, the new showroom is at the center of the 15th floor’s most visited area.

Dimond Lighting Opens Showroom At AmericasMart Atlanta  - 7/5/2010

Dimond, which has secured nearly 1,600 sq. ft. of space on the 12th floor of Building 1 in showroom 12-C-7, aligns with the existing companies that showcase design-driven home furnishings and accessories.

World Market Center To Present Distinctive Programming At Inaugural Gift + Home Show  - 7/5/2010

Show that runs from August 2-5 will be packed with a unique roster of speakers sharing merchandising secrets, trend forecasting and insight into the minds of consumers.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 7/5/2010

Survey notes that many of the economic models out there do not suggest a double dip. New orders in April 2010 were up 12 percent over 2009.

Ergomotion To Show New Lines In Two Las Vegas Market Showrooms  - 7/5/2010

Adjustable bed base company Ergomotion announced that it will show its new product lines in space C 1415 as well as a second exhibit in the Specialty Sleep Association space C 1350, unit C76.

Jovi Home To Show In Atlanta For The First Time  - 7/5/2010

The Jovi Home Living and Rugs collections include area rugs, accent rugs, braided rugs, decorative pillows, throws, curtains, floor cushions, bath mats and shower curtains, table linens and kitchen sets.

Stylus Made To Order Sofas Las Vegas Market Introductions  - 7/5/2010

Company will introduce many new collections in both custom order and in-stock quickship programs.

The 8 Cs For Keeping Power In Perpective  - 7/5/2010

Knowing who you are is the most critical element in becoming an effective leader.

Fabrictech Rebrands Its Premium Protection Lineup  - 7/5/2010

The company spent the past several months rebranding the program in order to help retailers showcase the benefits of premium health and allergy protection products.

Bestar Appoints Daniel Mercier President  - 6/29/2010

Canadian manufacturer Bestar Inc. designs, manufactures, and distributes a vast array of ready-to-assemble furnishings.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #76 - Alt Tags for the Blind and SEO Revisited  - 6/29/2010

When writing alt tags, be sure to identify or announce that you are about to describe an image.

Weekly Furniture Message From Margo - Opening Yourself to Creativity!  - 6/29/2010

The future belongs to the creative right-brainers and left-brainers who use their right-brain skills. If you don't believe me, do a little research. The world is changing, and how we do business must change too.

Glideaway Sleep Products To Debut Four Mattresses At Las Vegas Market  - 6/29/2010

Mattresses will evoke a spa-inspired theme.

National Cotton Batting Institute (NCBI) Joins The SSA "Green Initiative" Program  - 6/29/2010

The two organizations share the common goal of educating the consumer about natural components in mattresses and bedding.

Aaron's, Inc. to Close Office Furniture Division  - 6/29/2010

During the second quarter the Company closed all but four of its Aaron's Office Furniture stores and plans to have the remaining stores closed by September 30, 2010.

New Furnitureland South Cafe Opening July 1st  - 6/25/2010

Furnitureland South announced that their the new Furnitureland South Café, opening July 1, 2010, will feature casual dining and a fresh, new menu for the whole family.

Celebrity Designer Christopher Lowell Creates Integrated Merchandising Display For Lighting at Las Vegas Market  - 6/25/2010

Attendees will learn how cross-merchandised products can enhance their retail environment, ultimately leading to stronger sales.

La-Z-Boy Presents Designer of the Year Award  - 6/25/2010

La-Z-Boy recently named Darcy Suchman, In-home Designer for the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries® in Annapolis, the first-ever recipient of its “Designer of the Year” award.

Martin Roberts Design Gives Barbados-Based Retailer Dwellings A Facelift  - 6/25/2010

Dwellings now boasts an expanded kitchen department and bed and bath section with an extensive line of mattresses. They have also introduced a Design Studio for custom orders and stock designer lines like the Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams collection.

aspenhome Partners With Al Roker And The NBC TODAY Show To Support Memphis’s New Ballet School  - 6/25/2010

aspenhome makes a furniture donation to the New Ballet Ensemble and School in the heart of Midtown Memphis.

WithIt Announces 2010 Scholarship Winners  - 6/25/2010

Two Jena and Stephen B. Hall Scholarships have been awarded to students pursuing degrees related to design and home and furnishings industries.

Toronto Summer Furniture Show & Golf Tournament - August 2010  - 6/25/2010

Last year 40 companies with permanent showrooms in the International Centre and outside showrooms in the GTA participated in the TSFS.

Capel Rugs Introduces Cozy New Designs at Atlanta Rug Market  - 6/25/2010

Capel will be presenting notable new collections in both the braided and soft contemporary categories.

Kincaid Furniture Selected as Vendor of the Year By Becker Furniture World  - 6/25/2010

With more than 250,000 square feet of furniture and home furnishings, Becker Furniture World is a destination that attracts customers from a five- state area.

Expo & Charity Auction To Help Support Furniture Bank of Houston  - 6/25/2010

Retailers, creafts people, artists and other businesses that participate by renting space at the Expo will have a rare oppotunity to get exposure for their products, and services, make sales and support a worthwhile cause.

Simply Amish Introduces Six New Collections For Las Vegas Show  - 6/24/2010

Simply Amish is releasing seven cutting-edge collections that champion its time-honored philosophy: “Many Styles. One Standard.”

Herman Miller Reports Flat Sales In Fourth Quarter  - 6/24/2010

For the full fiscal year, net sales totaled $1,318.8 million, reflecting a decrease of 19.1% from the fiscal 2009 level.

Congress Passes Federal Formaldehyde Legislation  - 6/24/2010

The regulation applies to hardwood plywood, particleboard and medium density fiberboard and all home furnishings products made with these, as component parts.

Furniture Industry Veteran Dave Phillips Receives Prestigious Seal Prize  - 6/24/2010

Phillips was the founding chairman of Phillips Factors Corp., and of Phillips Mills which merged with Culp. He was a founding partner in the Market Square Partnership.

The HOME center at AmericasMart To Feataure Newly Expanded Showrooms  - 6/24/2010

Nearly 20 companies on the HOME floors will open new showrooms in Atlanta and/or expand existing space at the July Market—totaling more than 50,000 sq. ft. of new product.

Midwest Furniture Show Announces Preliminary Exhibitor List  - 6/24/2010

Annual furniture show set for August 11th and 12th in Schaumburg, IL.

"Bones" and Other Current Interior Design & Decor Trends  - 6/23/2010

Home furnishings sales and design associates need to keep up with what’s currently trending in the design and décor-scape. Only then can they be ahead of the curve in making sure that their customers get knowledgable interior design advice.

Expanded Youth Furnishings Line up at Las Vegas Market Plus Seminars & Events  - 6/23/2010

The most recent projections by New York-based Easy Analytic Software Inc. (EASI) suggest that youth bedroom sales will increase nationally by 14.8 percent over the next five years. Vegas Kids offers complimentary educational seminars designed to help retailers learn more about tapping the youth furnishings industry and how to reach consumers.

Sligh Furniture Gets Consumers Digest "Best Buy" Designation  - 6/23/2010

Sligh Furniture Company announced that it has received a “Best Buy” designation from Consumers Digest for its Alante Partners Desk.

The Rainforest Alliance Releases New Verification Mark to Recognize Achievements in Sustainability  - 6/23/2010

Rainforest Alliance verification mark, will let consumer know that a particular enterprise or project -- whether it be a hotel, carbon-offset project or company selling wood products — has complied with strong standards for sound management that benefits the environment and communities.

Michael Pino, Natura's International Director of Sales Passes  - 6/23/2010

20-year industry veteran and Natura’s International Sales Director, loses battle with cancer at age 56.

Weekly Furniture Message From Margo - Reaching Out with Confidence  - 6/22/2010

This audio presentation will help you speak in front of people with confidence. It is especially good for new sales consultants, so business owners, let your employees and sales staff take a listen, too.

Maker of CHEERS Recliner Sofa Brand Reports 49.3% Sales Increase  - 6/22/2010

The company manufacturers the only Chinese brand in the top 10 in the North American recliner sofa market.

Retailer "Relax The Back" Recognizes Anatomic Global With Award  - 6/22/2010

The award recognized Anatomic Global for its outstanding performance supporting sales of the environmentally-friendly memory foam mattresses that the two companies worked in partnership to develop.

How to Improve Planning Session Participation  - 6/22/2010

If you struggle with participation challenges in your company’s planning activities, here are eight tips to help make your sessions successful:

Postcard from Paris Adds to Design Staff  - 6/22/2010

Postcard from Paris is a full-service interior design firm with a 15,000-square-foot retail showroom and design centre in downtown Greenville, SC.

Big Drawers Furniture Introduces Eastern Shore Furniture Line  - 6/22/2010

The company’s specialty is creating “big-drawer” chests, with each drawer capable of holding 40 golf shirts or their equivalent.

HFIA & AFHA Team Up To Defeat Retail Sprinkler Regulation  - 6/21/2010

Legislation would have mandated the installation of sprinkler systems in retail furniture stores even if they had been grandfathered by their local code agencies.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #75 - Bye-Bye Bad Broken Links  - 6/21/2010

Periodically, check the links on your website. Make sure you don’t annoy your visitors by having misdirected or broken links.

City of Hope Golf Tournament Honoring Lee Goodman of Jerome's Furniture Raises $500,000  - 6/21/2010

The event raised $500,000 for City of Hope, a leading research, treatment and education center for cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Furniture Training Company Selected To Train UK, Australian and New Zealand Furniture Salespeople  - 6/21/2010

The Furniture Training Company partners with RetailSystem.Com to offer furniture training to their client retailers.

Linon Introductions For Atlanta Market  - 6/21/2010

Along with the complete collection of Linon’s Area Rugs the company will feature many of their stocking furniture items, and wall art programs.

BIFMA Elects New Directors  - 6/21/2010

Association representing the North American office and institutional furniture industry adds three new board members.

Las Vegas Market To Hold Second Annual “Alfresco, A Taste of Las Vegas”  - 6/21/2010

Attendees will sample culinary creations from celebrated Las Vegas chefs who will personally oversee the creations served, including celebrity Chef Bradley Ogden, while mingling amid the latest outdoor furnishings and illumination of the Alfresco Spaces display.

DMCCF/ MFA Raises $10,000 To Help Families Fight Cancer At Recent Golf Outing  - 6/18/2010

Dean Michael Clarizio Cancer Foundation (DMCCF) and MFA raise money to help families deal with with affects of cancer on their daily lives.

Matress Manufacturer E.S. Kluft & Co. Adds Manufacturing Capacity  - 6/18/2010

Recently, the company leased a 30,000 square foot warehouse across the street from their existing facility and is using the new space for the manufacturing and upholstering of mattress foundations, including the eight-way hand-tied box springs.

Jeromes Opens 42,500 Square Foot Store In Cororna, CA  - 6/18/2010

Family owned and operated, Jerome’s Furniture, founded in 1954 known for value and a wide selection of products, announced that it is officially opening the doors of its newest store in the City of Corona.

Ethan Allen Opens New Format Design Center in Paducah, KY  - 6/17/2010

Ethan Allen plans to open new Design Centers in Estero, Florida; Upper St. Clair, Pennsylvania; and several locations in China by the end of 2010.

American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation Adopts Aggressive Strategic Plan  - 6/17/2010

The four initiatives are: expansion of the oral history and book publishing programs; preservation of our memorabilia; creation of a super website to provide original information; and creation of a comprehensive history and timeline.

interzum guangzhou / CIFM 2010 Post Show Report  - 6/17/2010

China International Woodworking Machinery & Raw Materials Fair (Guanzhou 2010) attracted over 43,000 visitors.

Las Vegas Market Adds Upscale Outdoor Furniture Display Area To Building B  - 6/17/2010

The expanded temporary destination, located on the second floor of Building B, is dedicated to up-market, design-driven casual furniture manufacturers.

Pier One Returns to Profitability  - 6/17/2010

The Company reported net income of $7.7 million, or $0.07 per share, for the first quarter, versus net income of $29.3 million, or $0.32 per share, for the same period last year. Reports increases in traffic, conversion rates and average ticket.

Azadi Fine Furniture & Accessories Opens In Mississippi  - 6/17/2010

The impressive 15,000 square foot showroom, designed by local architectural firm Wooldridge & Associates, is located off the Highland Colony Parkway in Ridgeland.

Simply Amish Opens 9th Licensed Store  - 6/15/2010

Simply Amish reported that it recently celebrated the expansion of its licensed-store program with grand opening of a store in Salt Lake City, UT.

Survey Finds That Chinese Mattresses Have Almost 10% Of Retail Mattress Floor Space  - 6/15/2010

China was the largest source of mattresses and foundation imports last year, jumping 24.7 percent and representing a dollar value of $89.9 million, according to an industry trade group.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #74 - First get your prospects to say "No."Then go for the "Yes!"  - 6/15/2010

Getting a "no" out of the way first improves your chances of getting people to take a look at a survey, brochure or other information you want them to see.

Weekly Furniture Message From Margo - You Have Not Because You Ask Not!  - 6/15/2010

Go ahead: Ask for the sale, the raise, the special product. Ask for the backrub, the conversation, the love.

Sealy Names New Director Of Marketing Communications  - 6/15/2010

Piper joins Sealy from Whirlpool Corp., where she led marketing efforts for some of the most powerful brand names in the cooking, refrigeration and dishwasher businesses.

La-Z-Boy Reports Increased 4th Quarter Sales  - 6/15/2010

Retail segment posted reduced loss on improved sales. Wholesale upholstered segment was up 12.2% for quarter and casegoods wholesale segment sales declined 4.5% for quarter.

Ashley Furniture HomeStore Enters Specialty Sleep Category  - 6/14/2010

Company looks to become the value provider in specialty sleep.

Furniture Logistics Specialist Launches Supply Chain Consulting Firm  - 6/14/2010

Company specializes in supply chain efficiencies for the furniture industry.

Financial Management: Three Key Questions For Retailers  - 6/14/2010

When all is said and done, there are a handful of financial management questions that every retail store owner should always know the answers to after the business financials have been put in the drawer for the month.

Steelcase Introduces Bio-Based Packaging Material  - 6/14/2010

Steelcase will ship selected products with a bio-based packing material made from agricultural byproducts developed by Ecovative -- a natural composite materials company.

Cory Home Delivery Adds New Business, Opens Cross-Dock Warehouse  - 6/14/2010

Cory celebrates opening of a distribution center in Melville, Long Island for a major furniture retailer with stores in the New York metropolitan region.

Hooker Furniture Creates Online Community for Home and Design  - 6/14/2010

The online community includes two blogs, a Facebook fan page and a dedicated channel on YouTube.

Furnitureland South Donates Contest Prize to High Point Salvation Army  - 6/14/2010

This donation will be used to purchase children’s books, pajamas, and stuffed animals for local families in need.

Nominations Open For Outdoor & Casual Furniture Sales Rep of The Year  - 6/14/2010

The award is designed to recognize and honor an outstanding sales representative within the casual furnishing industry.

Universal Furniture Announces New Program For West Coast Retailers  - 6/11/2010

Dealers in 10 western states will receive direct container pricing for minimum orders of 500 cubes.

Stew Leonard To Speak At Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market  - 6/11/2010

AmericasMart announced that ICON HONORS has tapped Stew Leonard, Jr. a world-recognized retailer, as the keynote presenter for the inaugural ICON HONORS awards celebration on July 17, 2010.

Furniture Retail Is Tough - Keep Your Workday Sanity  - 6/11/2010

With all the recent layoffs and trimming of unprofitable retail furniture store locations in the past year, those of us who are still employed face a tough dilemma.

Bruce Cohenour Named President of Hooker Furniture Casegoods  - 6/10/2010

In his expanded role, he will be responsible for sales, merchandising, marketing and operations for the wood furniture division and will report to Paul B. Toms Jr., CEO and Chairman of the Board.

International Casual Furnishings Association Seeks Design Entries  - 6/10/2010

Entries are sought in 11 different categories, including cast metal furniture, complementary casual products, fabric, outdoor lighting products, outdoor rugs/carpeting/flooring, rattan/wicker/woven furniture, resin/fiberglass furniture, shade products, tubular materials furniture, wood casual furniture, and wrought iron/wrought aluminum furniture.

La-Z-Boy South Plant Celebrates 50 Years  - 6/10/2010

La-Z-Boy local employees and company leadership will be joined by Newton Mayor David Carr and Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, as well as members of the Newton community, to honor the plant’s long and esteemed history of producing La-Z-Boy furniture.

Wiseway Transportation Services Helps To Distribute Furniture To Needy Families  - 6/10/2010

Wiseway provided transportation support to Bridging Inc., in the collection of enough items to completely furnish the homes of more than 50 families.

Sev Ritchie Joins The Kaleidoscope Partnership  - 6/10/2010

Sev Ritchie, formerly Executive Vice President of ayr1.com , has joined The Kaleidoscope Partnership as business partner and Chief Operating Officer.

Add Sales TRIUMPHS Model to Your Selling Skills Repertoire  - 6/10/2010

Susan has been doing well in her furniture sales career for many years. She understands how to follow up on leads and referrals and how to offer excellent customer service. Yet, she’s amazed at how much more successful her colleague, Michael, is, when she puts much more time and sweat into her work than Michael seems to do...

Weekly Furniture Message From Margo - 3 Secret Weapons To Gain Furniture Sales Now  - 6/8/2010

This week, I am entrusting you with 3 Secret Weapons to Gain Sales in a Questionable Economy (or in any economy). Put them into action immediately and over the next couple of weeks as you reach out to your local community.

Top "Bed Head" Crowned In Nationwide Contest  - 6/8/2010

Cargill BiOH® Polyols and Serta® Mattresses seek out and find the best of the worst snarls and mysterious flat spots.

Hooker Reports Higher Net Income On Lower Sales For Quarter  - 6/8/2010

Lower sales were driven primarily by sourcing delays, along with continued sluggish business conditions.

Surya To Introduce 18 New Rug Designs and 22 Decorative Accent Pillows At Atlanta Show  - 6/7/2010

All of the distinctive designs were inspired by artifacts selected from the Smithsonian Institution’s vast archives and libraries.

Bailey Street Holding Company Renews World Market Center Lease  - 6/7/2010

The 3,000 sq. foot showroom is located in Building A-455.

Magniflex Offers Additional Discounts To Retailers Who Work With Designers  - 6/7/2010

The program offers designers and retailers wholesale prices on a full range of eco-friendly mattress collections for three months, followed by 30-percent discount thereafter.

Stanley Furniture Strengthens Sales & Marketing Team  - 6/7/2010

Ward O’Quinn has assumed the role of Product Manager for the company’s nursery and youth product line, Young America. Neil MacKenzie is the company’s new Director of Marketing.

Free Online Service Shotfarm Allows Furniture Retailers & Manufacturers To Exchange Product Images  - 6/7/2010

Manufacturers put all their product images and information in a single place where retailers can go to get them. One system, one password, one workflow.

New Restaurant at SHOWPLACE in High Point To Open  - 6/7/2010

100 HIGH announced that it is set to open for the upcoming ITMA – Showtime event on June 6 - 9.

ICFA Announces Apollo Award Finalists  - 6/7/2010

The program recognizes retail excellence in the sales and marketing of outdoor furnishings.

Touchstone Home Products Moves To Pennsylvania  - 6/7/2010

Manufacturer of TV Lift Cabinets for Plasma and LCD Flat Screen TVs leaves California.

Studio Anise Opens in Soho  - 6/7/2010

Studio Anise will launch with an opening event on Monday May 17, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m.

Capel Rugs Promotes John Harrison to General Manager of Import Division  - 6/7/2010

Harrison will have primary responsibility for Capel's planning and purchasing strategies as well as inventory control and vendor management. He reports to Director of Merchandising Tami Watras.

Art Van Furniture Announces Million Dollar Charity Challenge  - 6/7/2010

Art Van Furniture is bringing back the "Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge," where $1 million is given to fund 50 diverse grants to non-profit organizations.

STORIS Launches Release 8.7  - 6/7/2010

This release provides retailers with the ability to run a leaner enterprise, and includes advanced enhancements designed to maximize the customers' shopping experience.

Buyers Saw Lots of Handcrafted, Solid Wood, Domestic-Made Furniture At Recent N.I.W.A. Furniture Expo  - 6/7/2010

This was the largest N.I.W.A.show in its 11 year history, helped by an interest among furniture retailer to buy American made furniture from factories that specialize in making quality solid wood products.

Pier 1 Imports, Inc. Comparable Store Sales Up 14.3%  - 6/7/2010

All major merchandise categories performed well during the quarter and the variations in the performance geographically were much less than last year.

American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation Announces Six Nominees For Induction In October  - 6/7/2010

The six nominees are: Gerald Birnbach, Manuel Capó, Thomas Day, Darrell and Stella Harris, Michael and George Massood, and Bob Timberlake.

Take Your Business Networking to a New Level  - 6/7/2010

As you move forward, however, remember that your involvement with business networking sites should be just one small aspect of your business building efforts; it’s definitely not an end-all approach for getting business.

Furniture Factory Warehouse Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy  - 6/7/2010

Furniture Factory Warehouse, a leading home furnishings retailer operating 12 stores in South Texas since 1989, announced it has filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection as a result of unfavorable financial conditions, including a sustained decline in furniture sales.

Furnitureland South founders Darrell and Stella Harris Nominated for American Furniture Hall of Fame  - 6/7/2010

Furnitureland South, the World’s Largest Home Furnishings Showplace, announced the nomination of its founders, Darrell and Stella Harris, for induction into the American Furniture Hall of Fame.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #73 - More on Web Page Headlines for Landing Pages  - 6/7/2010

Stir up hope in your customer with your web page headlines to win her heart and help her to take action.

PROFITsystems Introduces "Passport-to-Profit" Program  - 6/7/2010

In new program, senior consultants collect client metrics and reports to suggest areas retailers can look at to improve profits.

Lite Source Renews Lease at World Market Center Las Vegas  - 6/7/2010

The 8,500 sq. foot showroom, located in A-310, will contain some of the latest and most innovative new products available in preparation for the upcoming August Las Vegas Market, Aug. 2 – 6.

Sleep Train Celebrates 25 Years in Business  - 6/7/2010

Sleep Train announced that it is celebrating 25 years in business events for employees and customers.

Weekly Furniture Message From Margo - 8 Proven Business-Building Tips.  - 6/1/2010

8 Proven Business-Building Tips that you can apply to your furniture or decorating business (store-front or home-based) to build it to success.

Furnitiure Buying Index Rises To 72  - 6/1/2010

When the Index reaches 70 points or higher, the success of retail furniture sales goes up dramatically.

WGBH Boston Announces New Woodworking Television Series  - 6/1/2010

The instructional show invites viewers into the workshop of Boston native and fine furniture maker Tommy MacDonald, a graduate of the famed Boston-based North Bennet Street School.

Strong Pre-Registration Reported For June Syracuse Furniture & Accessory Market  - 6/1/2010

100 plus dealers have already pre-registered for the new order-writing, trade only market.

Natuzzi Reports Big First Quarter Sales Increase For Italsofa Brand  - 6/1/2010

American sales for Natuzzi up 3.9% and for Italsofa up 25.2%.

NHFA New England Chapter Announces July Charity Golf Tournament  - 6/1/2010

Third annual golf tournament will benefit The Home for Little Wanderers.

MDS Launches Fabrics with New Hand Embroidery Techniques from India  - 6/1/2010

Fabrics created using popular traditional Indian hand embroidery techniques such as Chican, Aari and Adda will be shown at ITMA Showtime June 6-9.

Grammy-winner Michael McDonald To Perform At AmericasMart  - 6/1/2010

AmericasMart announced that five-time Grammy-winner Michael McDonald will take the spotlight as the headlining performer at the inaugural ICON HONORS awards celebration, July 17.

ASID Illinois Chapter 2010 Design Excellence Awards  - 6/1/2010

ASID-IL is accepting entries for the 2010 Design Excellence Awards, an annual competition.

Use the 3 Rules in Loyalty Sales  - 6/1/2010

In stores like furniture stores that don't, by and large, sell commodity items, there is even more opportunity to differentiate to create customer loyalty.

Midwest Furniture Club Sponsors 8th Annual Bill Krause Charity Event  - 5/31/2010

Event that will benefit the Alexander Graham Bell Montessori School & Alternatives for the Hearing Impaired will be held on June 29th, 2010 at the Villa Olivia Country Club in Bartlett IL.

Ergomotion Adjustable Beds Names Ermalovich Senior Product Designer  - 5/31/2010

Mr. Ermalovich will be responsible for research and development, new product design and implementation, installing a new research and development department within the company, brand extensions, and adding comfort options to the company’s product mix.

Luxury Sleep System Manufacturer Hollandia International Opens Philadelphia Store  - 5/31/2010

For the first time, consumers can visit Hollandia with or without their designer to sample their range of high-end sleep systems, daybeds, loungers and accessories.

Leggett & Platt Consumer Products Group Joins WorldBed Project  - 5/31/2010

Will be part of an initiative that is sending mattresses to Haiti to help alleviate discomfort as the rainy season approaches.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #72 - Web Page Headlines for Landing Pages  - 5/31/2010

Tap into your customer’s pain with your web page headlines to help her recognize an urgent need for your product or service.

HPU Announces Celia Moh Scholarship Recipients  - 5/31/2010

The scholarship program, funded by Moh's initial gift of $3 million, was established to provide full tuition scholarships for students whose academic endeavors would lead to careers in the home furnishings industry.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 5/31/2010

Survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors were positive again for March 2010.

Chromcraft Revington, Inc. Reports Improved First Quarter Results  - 5/25/2010

The Company’s net loss for the current quarter was $980,000 as compared to a net loss of $3,152,000 for the prior year period.

Culp Announces Improved Expectations for Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2010  - 5/25/2010

Mattress fabrics segment sales are expected to be up 26 percent and upholstery fabrics segment sales are expected to be up 13 percent over the prior year period.

Larry Shaw & Ron Ball To Be Honored With Lifetime Achievement Awards  - 5/25/2010

The two will be honored at the casual furniture industry’s annual awards gala to be held on Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Field Museum in Chicago, during the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market.

Weekly Furniture Message From Margo - Organize & Delegate!  - 5/25/2010

This week Margo asks you to take a little bit of time to think about the activities you spend your time on throughout the days and weeks in your furniture business.

WithIt Announces 2010 WOW Awards Finalists  - 5/25/2010

Julie Phillips, vice president of The Phillips Collection, earns top honor, 2010 Legacy Award; Education, Mentoring and Future Leader award recipients to be announced at WOW Awards dinner.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #71 - Revisit, Review, and Refresh Regularly!  - 5/25/2010

Along with always adding new pages to your website, set aside some time to revisit, review, and refresh existing key pages.

von Hemert Interiors Celebrates 90 Years  - 5/25/2010

Company will be celebrating its anniversary with a magnificent re-grand opening and re-design of one of their landmark von Hemert Interiors stores located in Laguna Beach, CA.

VMFS Memorial Day Sale Dedicated to Helping the Humane Society  - 5/25/2010

Verlo Mattress Factory Stores plans to dedicate 5 percent of total Memorial Day sales at Grafton and West Bend locations to the Humane Society.

Pacific Furniture Dealers Honor aspenhome  - 5/25/2010

aspenhome sales representative Michael Gess was honored as the "Best Vendor Representative of the Year" at PFD’s annual conference in Anaheim, California.

World Market Center Las Vegas Hotel Discounts Announced  - 5/25/2010

There are wide-ranging resources available for those attending Las Vegas MarketTM, Gift+HomeTM and Vegas KidsTM.

Transforming Exceptional Service into Revenue Growth  - 5/25/2010

If selling furniture can be redefined as ‘doing something for someone’, your team will give themselves “permission” to ask the extra question or provide the added benefit that increases value. Once this is achieved, you will be on the path to transformational change.

ICFF Post Show Report  - 5/25/2010

International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF), attracted 22,867 attendees to the recent four-day show.

Singapore Delagtion At Milan Show Reports Excellent Results  - 5/25/2010

The 14 member delegation, comprising some of Singapore’s leading furniture companies and design-centric firms, contributed to a growing presence of Singapore furniture on the international scene at the Milan show.

Continents Apart Hired As Drop Shipping Reps for Leisure Solutions Furniture  - 5/25/2010

Previously Leisure Solutions’ in-house sales team marketed and sold to eCommerce, Catalog and TV Home Shopping accounts.

Furniture LIquidators of America Adds Additional Location In Charlotte-Mooresville Area  - 5/25/2010

Company says it offers deeply discounted brand name home furnishings and accents by keeping low overhead and utilizing prime real estate locations via short-term leases.

Mark Quinn Promoted At Leggett & Platt  - 5/25/2010

Mark Quinn has been promoted to the position of Director of Marketing for the Residential Furnishings Segment of Leggett & Platt.

Barry Miller, Long-Time Sales Representative Passes  - 5/25/2010

Fourth generation furniture representative Barry Miller passed away after a year-long battle with brian cancer.

imm colngne January Show On Track To Surpass 2010 Show  - 5/25/2010

More than 70 percent of the scheduled space has already been booked. In 2011, LivingKitchen, will take place parallel to the imm cologne show.

AHFA Reports That Home Furnishings Industry Has Made Environmental Improvements  - 5/25/2010

Comprehensive environmental program – which calls on participants to make continual improvements and undergo an annual maintenance audit to retain their registration – has been implemented at 37 different U.S. facilities.

CORT Helps NBC's 'The Celebrity Apprentice' Contestants Stage Apartments with Furniture  - 5/25/2010

CORT’s own study of 7,800 staged homes finds staged homes sell in an average of 5.5 months, versus 10.4 months for those not staged.

Ann S. Lieff Joins Furniture Brands International Board Members  - 5/25/2010

Ms. Lieff, 58, is the founder of The Lieff Company, a business consulting firm, and has been its President since 1998.

Nationwide Marketing Group Opens Online Registration For August Show  - 5/25/2010

Show to feature intensive workshops, specialized seminars, social networking events and product deals for independent reatilers.

World Market Center Launches Five Integrated Websites  - 5/25/2010

The newly redesigned websites of World Market Center Las Vegas include a new corporate website and address along with four unique event sites for WMCLV’s roster of Markets, including Las Vegas MarketTM, Gift+HomeTM, Vegas KidsTM and INSPIREDESIGNTM.

Southerland, Inc. Purchased by Employees  - 5/25/2010

The new, employee-owned Southerland is being led by two co-presidents, David Corbin and Stephen Russo, and executive vice president and CFO Bryan Smith.

The 4th Annual Midwest Furniture Show Expands Exhibition Space  - 5/25/2010

This year’s show will cover over 66,000 square feet of exhibition space.

Wells Wayside Fine Furnishings Opens Kincaid Gallery  - 5/25/2010

4,500 square-foot gallery, showcases a large selection of Kincaid’s extensive offerings of bedroom, living, dining, home office, home entertainment, and upholstered home furnishings.

Rent-A-Center Announces Two Key Executive Appointments  - 5/18/2010

Rent-A-Center, Inc., the nation’s largest rent-to-own operator, announced the appointment of two seasoned executives to newly created senior management positions.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #70 - Get Great Backlinks & "Link Juice" From Suppliers  - 5/18/2010

Check all of your suppliers’ website store locators to ensure your store’s website is listed and linked.

Retail Vacancy Rate In Northern NJ Rises to 8%  - 5/18/2010

The vacancy rate in retail properties along northern New Jersey's six major shopping corridors reached 8.0% in April, as numerous 'big box' spaces that went dark in 2008 and 2009 have remained empty.

Former Stanley Employees May Apply For Trade Adjustment Assistance  - 5/18/2010

Following the announcement that Stanley Furniture would eliminate 530 domestic jobs, the U.S. Department of Labor said that Stanley Furniture employees would be eligible to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA).

Planned Furniture Promotions Launches New Website  - 5/18/2010

The website provides tools to help retailers analyze their business, and answers almost every question that retailers might have about high impact sales.

Human Touch Appoints Billy Curtright as New Director of Sales, Furniture and Specialty Sleep  - 5/17/2010

Curtright will be responsible for expanding Human Touch’s sales and dealer opportunities throughout the furniture and specialty sleep markets.

WHFA Conference Attracts 280 Attendees  - 5/17/2010

Conference provided the 280 attendees the chance to network with one another, learn from business experts and experience the business behind the magic of Disney.

Ethan Allen Announces Grand Opening in Paducah, KY  - 5/17/2010

Annette and Jim Moss, authorized Ethan Allen retailers, will hold the Grand Opening for a new Ethan Allen Design Center in Paducah on May 22.

Anatomic Global Announces Plant Expansion  - 5/17/2010

Sustainable mattress manufacturer said it was adding 140,000 square feet of manufacturing space at its 1241 Old Temescal Road facility, for a total of 240,000 square feet.

Pennsylvania Retailer Wins Leggett & Platt Contest  - 5/17/2010

Jon Garber, owner of Valley Furniture and Mattress in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, will enjoy a weekend getaway with his wife, compliments of Leggett & Platt Consumer Products Group.

Stanley Furniture Announces Key Operations Leadership Changes  - 5/17/2010

Bob Harold, VP Domestic Operations and Larry Hagwood, Operations Manager for the Stanleytown and Martinsville facilities will be instrumental in helping Stanley Furniture to impliment its restructuring plans and set a path toward profitability.

Stone House Furniture To Cease Operations  - 5/17/2010

Store that serviced customers in Mechanicsville, PA area for over 40 years plans going out of business event.

HW Home Honored with 2010 Western Retailer of the Year Award  - 5/13/2010

Furniture retailer has four showroom locations and a thriving eCommerce business with approximately 40 employees.

Singapore Debuts at International Contemporary Furniture Fair 2010  - 5/13/2010

Five Singapore companies will showcase their latest product lines at the ICFF, embodying the finest of what the Singapore furniture industry has to offer.

King Koil Renews Long-Term Lease At World Market Center  - 5/13/2010

Located in Building A-546, the 13,000 sq. foot showroom is home to King Koil Spine Support mattresses which has been with World Market Center since its opening in 2005.

Howard Galant Named Senior VP Sales E.S. Kluft & Co.  - 5/13/2010

He will focus on strategic growth opportunities for the maker and distributor of the Aireloom and Kluft brand mattresses.

Simmons To Offer All CertiPUR-US Certified Foams  - 5/12/2010

The CertiPUR-US certification process subjects FPF products to a battery of independent laboratory examinations including tests for VOCs and chemical analysis.

Better Sleep Council/International Sleep Products Association Selects CJP Communications as Agency of Record  - 5/12/2010

The agency’s goal will be to position the mattress as the key to a great night’s sleep and a productive day.

Linda B. Clayton, CHR Named Regional Sales Rep For Whoesale Interiors  - 5/12/2010

Clayton, head of Clayton & Associates, is based in the Dallas/Fort Worth area and has served Texas furniture stores since 2006.

Companies To Debut At Summer Showtime 2010 In High Point  - 5/12/2010

There are ten new members of the International Textile Market Assn., which produces
Showtime.

Heather Ann Creations Renews Lease Agreement at World Market Center Las Vegas  - 5/12/2010

The 3,200 sq. foot showroom is located in Building A-409.

Magniflex Announces Interior Designer Affiliate Program  - 5/12/2010

The program offers wholesale pricing to interior designers and any affiliated retailers.

Therapedic & Hollandia International Sign Licensing Deal  - 5/12/2010

Hollandia will own the Therapedic license for Israel and Cyprus, and plans to open Therapedic retail stores in Israeli cities over the next year.

High Point Market Authority Reports Higher Buyer Registrations  - 5/12/2010

Brian D. Casey, president and chief executive officer of the High Point Market Authority, reported that 77,705 home furnishings professionals registered for Spring Market.

ABC Carpet & Home Hosts Events To Coincide With ICFF  - 5/11/2010

Parallel to the ICFF, ABC Carpet & Home annouced that it will feature a series of events targeted toward the design community, but open to the public at large.

Christopher Guy High Point Showroom Opens All Year  - 5/11/2010

Showroom will remain open to serve the large design community in North and South Carolina, as well as neighboring territories.

Seven New Celia Moh Scholars Announced  - 5/8/2010

The Celia Moh Scholarship is considered one of the preeminent academic scholarship programs for students bound for the home furnishings industry, paying full-time tuition and fees, room, board and books for its recipients.

Kimbrell's Martin to Receive SHFA’s Willis Award  - 5/8/2010

The award will be presented to Martin this summer at a celebration in his hometown of Belmont, N.C. He will also receive recognition at this year’s SHFA Conference June 13-15 in Charleston, S.C.

Furniture Buying Index Passes The 70 Point Mark  - 5/8/2010

When the Index reaches 70 points or higher, the success of retail furniture sales goes up dramatically.

Havertys Reports First Quarter Profit  - 5/6/2010

Net sales increased 8.2% to $156.0 million and comparable store sales increased 10.1%.

Furniture Brands International Reports 2010 First Quarter Earnings of $3.5 Million  - 5/6/2010

For the 2010 quarter, Furniture Brands reported net income of $3.5 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, compared to a loss of $4.2 million or $0.09 per diluted share in the 2009 quarter.

Consumer Shopping Survey Finds Consumers Still Cautious  - 5/6/2010

Consumer Mind Reader™ survey released by America’s Research Group (ARG) and UBS finds many consumers on the edge of financial distress.

Steelcase Wins Circle of Excellence Green Achievement Award  - 5/6/2010

IFDA recognized past achievements, as well as advances in reducing product packaging, greening its supply chain and end of product life programs.

Attendance up at Furniture First Buying Group's Membership Meeting at High Point Market  - 5/5/2010

Furniture First is a full line home furnishings and mattresses only buying cooperative representing 177 independent home furnishings retailers from medium-low to medium-high end quality products across the United States.

"Bed Head' Hits The Mainstream During Cargill BiOH Polyols, Serta Photo Contest  - 5/5/2010

‘Bed Head is Soy Stylish’ contest details available on Facebook – top entries vie for top-of-the-line Serta queen mattress, runners up to receive iTunes gift cards.

Furniture Retailer The Roomplace Names Steve Giordano As CEO  - 5/5/2010

Giordano will be joining The RoomPlace from The Room Store, a retail chain in the Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and Texas, where he had been Chief Operating Officer.

Martin Ploy Named New AICO President  - 5/5/2010

Ploy has been with the company for 8 years, and held the position of Executive Vice President for the past 5 years.

Brett Austin Named VP of AmericasMart Marketing & Sales Services  - 5/5/2010

Austin’s appointment as vice president elevates and expands his previous position as AMC Marketing and Publishing Procurement/Production director.

Unity Marketing's Luxury Consumption Index Drops 9.3 Points  - 5/5/2010

The rise in the index back in January was a result of new year optimism. Even though the index dropped 9.3 points in April, it is still higher than it was in October 2009.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #69 - Internet Online Marketing: Nobody Knows It All  - 5/5/2010

Nobody knows it all when it comes to Internet online marketing. You need educate yourself; be prepared to make mistakes and learn from them; and, be prepared to hire more than one person or firm.

Weekly Message From Margo DeGange - "One Of Our Ill-Mannered Associates Will Be With You Shortly."  - 5/5/2010

Appreciation HAS TO BE COMMUNICATED. It cannot be just an idealistic "line" in your mission statement. Fancy phone systems sporting lovely voices dripping with elegant verbiage and well-spoken syntax won’t cut it.

Severe Flooding In Middle Tennessee Hits Crescent Fine Furniture  - 5/5/2010

Cresent re-opened for business on Monday morning and is shipping merchandise as scheduled, despite the natural disaster.

Capel Rugs Reports Increased Sales in High Point  - 5/5/2010

The company saw an improvement in all categories, especially among its transitional and braided collections.

Style Guru Susanna Salk to Present Seminar on Decorating Children's Rooms as Part of VegasKids Show  - 5/5/2010

Salk’s design presentation, Tues., Aug. 3 at 2:00 p.m., will feature a lively discussion on the exciting state of children’s rooms today based on images from her recently published book Room for Children: Stylish Spaces for Sleep and Play.

Top Home Furnishings Retailer Haynes Furniture Upgrades to STORIS' Vision R8  - 5/5/2010

Haynes Furniture is running over 700 concurrent users on STORIS’ R8.7 platform.

Victoria Scorfina Named President of Rothman Furniture Stores  - 5/5/2010

She becomes one of only very few women in the United States to lead a regional, multi-store, retail furniture chain.

Leggett & Platt's Take A Virgin Mattress Home Contest and Virgin Mattress Social Media Campaign Launches  - 5/5/2010

The Take A Virgin Mattress Home Contest is part of a new social media campaign Leggett & Platt designed to engage and connect with consumers.

Magnussen Home Furnishings Signs Multi Year Lease Renewal with World Market Center Las Vegas  - 5/5/2010

The 13,000 sq. foot Magnussen Home showroom is located in Building A-546 World Market Center, Las Vegas.

Kimberley Wray Steps Down as V.P. of Marketing for High Point Market Authority  - 4/30/2010

Wray will continue to fulfill her duties through June of this year.

Isuzu Commercial Truck & Utilmaster Introduce New Commercial Van  - 4/30/2010

Economical, maneuverable walk-in van can be used for tight neighborhoods and smaller delivery routes.

Sedlak Interiors Opens Brand New Mattress Gallery  - 4/30/2010

A Shifman mattress gallery, located on The Street of Dreams in the 100,000 square foot furniture store, has undergone a floor to ceiling improvement.

Hekman Introduces European Legacy Collection  - 4/30/2010

Collection includes more than 45 separate furnishings for the dining room, bedroom, home office and living room.

BDI Hires Joseph Strovas As Director Of International Sales  - 4/30/2010

Strovas will organize and manage global accounts while developing and maintaining multiple projects for contemporary home theater furniture manufacturer BDI.

HPU Students Get Furniture Industry Experience At Recent High Point Show  - 4/30/2010

Students assisted companies looking for help in a variety of ways.

Select Comfort Reports 13% Net Sales Increase For First Quarter  - 4/30/2010

The increase in sales was driven by a 29 percent increase in same-store sales, offset by the impact of the closure of 76 stores since the beginning of 2009 and the termination of retail partner relationships at the end of the third quarter 2009.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 4/29/2010

New orders were 13 percent higher in February 2010 than February 2009. New orders in February 2009 were 22 percent lower than February 2008. This marked the fourth month in a row that orders were up over the previous year’s same month comparison.

David Savula Named Executive VP AmericasMart Home & Gift Showroom Leasing  - 4/29/2010

Savula’s promotion, approved by action of the AMC Board on April 27th, follows a seven-year tenure as senior vice president in charge of AmericasMart’s Home showroom leasing.

American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation Elects New Officers & Directors  - 4/28/2010

Elected as Board president are Jeff Cook, Broyhill Furniture Industries; as first vice president, Kurt L. Darrow, La-Z-Boy, Inc; as second vice president, Randy Ford, Leggett & Platt; and as secretary-treasurer, George Cartledge, III, Grand Home Furnishings.

La-Z-Boy Celebrates Opening Of 500th La-Z-Boy Comfort Studio  - 4/28/2010

La-Z-Boy Comfort Studios feature 3,000 -9,000 square feet of retail space dedicated to the broad selection of La-Z-Boy furniture for the family room and living room, including the company’s recliners, motion sofas, sleep sofas, sectionals and leather upholstery.

Capel Rugs Unveils 2010 Look Book  - 4/28/2010

Capel Rugs announced that it has unveiled its 2010 Look Book, the company's first-ever consumer direct mail catalog designed to drive consumers to dealers.

Ethan Allen Reports Sales Increase & Smaller Loss For Quarter  - 4/28/2010

The Company’s Retail division delivered net sales of $107.1 million, increased 3.7% and the Wholesale division delivered net sales of $96.6 million, increased 9.7% from the prior year quarter.

Furniture Industry Raises $1 Million For City Of Hope  - 4/28/2010

The Spirit of Life gala honoring Joe Cory, Sr., The Cartledge and Bennett families raised $1 million for research, treatment and education for cancer and other life-threatening diseases at City of Hope.

Aaron's, Inc. Reports Same Store Revenues Up 4.4%  - 4/27/2010

Same store revenues (revenues earned in Company-operated stores open for the entirety of both periods) increased 4.4% during the first quarter of 2010 compared to the first quarter of 2009.

Tempur-Pedic Reports Improved First Quarter 2010 Earnings  - 4/27/2010

Mattress sales increased 55% in the domestic segment and 19% in the international segment.

PROFITsystems Holds Third Colossal Meeting In Colorado Springs  - 4/27/2010

The meeting, facilitated by Phyllis Zaepfel, Vice President of PROFITgroups, had over 60 attendees representing nearly 30 member companies.

No Raises this Year? Secrets to Employee Retention in Difficult Times  - 4/27/2010

The problem is, no hard working employee wants to hear these words "times are tough…no raises this year." The question is, how do you keep employees happy and productive during tough times?

High Point University Publishes New Home Furnishings Newsletter  - 4/25/2010

The recent issue of the Home Front" concentrates on social media marketing.

HPU Names Ashley Holleran 2010 Haverty Cup Recipient  - 4/25/2010

Upon graduation, Holleran will work with Haverty Furniture in Pineville, NC.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #68 - The Relationship Begins With Your Website Content  - 4/25/2010

Ready-to-buy customers should be the goal of most furniture dealer websites.

Final Call For Entries: "One Good Chair 2010: Minimum/Maximum" Design Challenge  - 4/25/2010

World Market Center announced that less than two weeks remain to register early for the "One Good Chair 2010 Minimum/Maximum" design competition, which challenges participants to design a chair that’s not only sustainable but also comfortable.

Armen Living Expands Manufacturing Capacity  - 4/25/2010

Company reports that it is quadrupling its omanufacturing facilities in China to keep up with increased demand.

Secret Sports Psychology to Skyrocket Your Sales Performance  - 4/25/2010

Here are a few tips that you can use with your sales people immediately.

Survey Finds That 65% Of Baby Boomers Unhappy With Comfort & Support Of Their Mattresses  - 4/24/2010

A surprising finding of the research, was that only five-percent of the respondents were considering buying a new mattress, whereas 60-percent said they would more readily buy a mattress topper.

Leggett & Platt Posts First Quarter EPS of $.29  - 4/24/2010

Sales from Continuing Operations were $816 million, 14% higher than in the first quarter of 2009.

Sean Bergman Joins Fabrictech International as Vice President of Sales and Maketing  - 4/24/2010

Sean joins Fabrictech after his last position with Verlo Mattress Factory Stores’ Corporate Home Office as Director of Sales and Retail Development.

Simple, Cost-Effective Branding With Computer Generated POP Materials  - 4/24/2010

Any high quality Retail Software Solution should provide the ability for the retailer to utilize the features of the same system to create highly graphical and informative bar code labels, POS labels, floor tags, sales receipts, and much more (checks, purchase orders).

Flexsteel Announces Third Quarter Profit Improvement on Higher Sales Volume  - 4/24/2010

Net sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2010 were $81.5 million compared to the prior year quarter of $73.6 million, an increase of 11%.

International Furniture Fair Singapore Launches Hospitality Asia 2011 Shoiw  - 4/24/2010

Hospitality Asia 2011, a brand new show-within-a-show will be marking its debut in March next year. Co-located within IFFS/AFS 2011, Hospitality Asia 2011 will occupy 5,000 of the total 70,000 square metres set aside for IFFS/AFS 2011.

Dutailier Introduces Autolock Feature On Select Glider Models  - 4/24/2010

Dutailier has made it easier for people of all ages to get in and out of their gliders. The new Auto-Lock mechanism is designed with safety in mind and will engage as soon as it senses any weight transfer to the glider’s arms.

Hickory Chair Furniture Company Achieves Sustainable By Design Certification  - 4/18/2010

Company joins C.R. Laine, Kincaid Furniture, American Drew and Lea Industries in achieving Sustainable by Design certification.

Aishni Home Furnishings Adds Production Capacity In Jaipur  - 4/18/2010

An additional 125,000 square feet of manufacturing space will will add 80 or more containers to the present production capacity.

American Society of Furniture Designers Elects New Board and Executive Committee  - 4/17/2010

Steve Hodges has been elected president for 2010-2011.

WithIt Announces Competitive Intelligence Panelists For High Point  - 4/16/2010

The featured speakers will share their insights about the products, trends and noteworthy collections they will have spotted on the first few days of the Spring 2010 High Point Market, April 17-22.

West Bros. Furniture & Arbor Day Foundation Join Forces  - 4/16/2010

New marketing program encourages consumers to help build the forests of the future and help to fight the devastating effects of deforestation and climate change.

Schnadig Unveils New Website  - 4/16/2010

Site features three of the company’s five portfolios – Schnadig, Schnadig Home and Compositions.

Bevan Funnell Unveils Classic English Furniture In High Point  - 4/16/2010

The company's managing director will host a regular polishing and technical demonstration at the show.

David Dowdy New Director of Sales For Chili Technology  - 4/16/2010

Dowdy will be responsible for developing and implementing a national sales strategy for the maker of mattress heating and cooling systems.

Furniture Training Company Receives Prestigious Training Award  - 4/16/2010

The Furniture Training Company was recently awarded the 2010 Best Educational Software Award (BESSIE) for having the “best vocational training website” by the ComputED Learning Center.

Trends Seen At the High Point Market  - 4/16/2010

The High Point Market Authority, official sponsor of the show, has published its annual Spring Fashion Report featuring insights from top interior and product designers, color specialists and trend forecasters.

Natuzzi To Show New In-Store Display System In High Point  - 4/16/2010

The company will showcase new architectural and visual components that tell the brand story at point of sale. The cohesive display system is fashioned to reflect the latest chapter in the leather upholstery major’s evolution.

Berkline Launches 'Buy-One, Get-One' Program In High Point  - 4/16/2010

The program gives retailers the opportunity to offer consumers two recliners for the price of one with five different style choices.

High Point Market Awarded International Buyer Program Designation for 2011  - 4/15/2010

The IBP program is designed to connect U.S. companies with foreign customers, and to raise global awareness of a designated event.

Wolf Furniture to Open New Showroom in Mechanicsburg, PA  - 4/15/2010

Wolf Furniture & Mattress announced that it will open a 45,000 sq ft showroom late this summer in Mechanicsburg, PA.

Classic Brings Back Dormia Brand  - 4/15/2010

The Dormia Memory Foam Collection and Dormia Latex Collection will debut at the April 2010 High Point Furniture Market.

Icovia Offers Space Planning Training Through Partnership with Furniture Training Company  - 4/15/2010

Icovia Inc., announced an educational partnership with Furniture Trading Company (FTC) to help Icovia customers increase the sales success and space planning proficiency of their sales force.

SEHFA Convention To Feature Speakers Jeffrey Hiller & Sharon Gillis  - 4/14/2010

June 6-8 Southeastern Home Furnishings Association convention will be held in Destin, FL

Southern Home Furnishings Association Announces 2010 Conference Details  - 4/14/2010

“Making the Most of Your Marketing” panel discussion will feature Jeff Child, president of R.C. Willey; Bob Sherman, president of Serta International; and Sarah Cooney, communications director of Circle Furniture.

Furnitureland South Featured In April Extreme Makeover Home Edition  - 4/14/2010

Retailer helps furnish a rustic-urban farmhouse with furnishings from several of Furnitureland South’s manufacturing partners, including Conrad Grebel, Huntington House Furniture, Lexington Home Brands, Martha Stewart by Bernhardt, Robin Bruce, and LaneVenture Excursions.

84 New Exhibitors to Show in Market Square & Suites  - 4/14/2010

These additions to the hundreds of companies already showing in Market Square & Suites at the High Point Market, April 17-22.

Rachel Ashwell To Headline IHFC/IFDA High Point Luncheon  - 4/14/2010

Rachel Ashwell will present “Staying True to Your Brand While Evolving in Today’s Market,” on Sunday, April 18, 2010 at 12:00 PM in the IHFC’s International Ballroom.

Groovystuff To Introduces "Summer Of Love" Collection In High Point  - 4/14/2010

Embracing genuine looks from the 60's and 70's, the Groovystuff "Summer of Love" collection combines original pieces in the Chris Bruning Signature product line with fabrics that are reminiscent of an generation of Americans that thought in revolutionary ways.

World Market Center Las Vegas Amasses New Exhibitors for Inaugural Gift+Home Market  - 4/14/2010

For gift buyers, this means newly added product categories in Las Vegas including personal accessories, bath and body, stationery, general and inspirational gifts, as well as an expanded presentation of existing gift segments like seasonal décor.

Kathy Ireland Home By Omnia Leather Returns To IHFC  - 4/14/2010

Company will showcase its exclusive line of leather upholstery on the eleventh floor of the Design Center, space D1102.

Capel Rugs Streamlines Sales Structure  - 4/14/2010

Capel has restructured its sales force with dedicated company employees to allow the company to focus more on maintaining and developing relationships with customers and meaningful dialog with its dealers.

Gus* Design Group To Introduce Eco-Friendly Designs In High Point  - 4/14/2010

Company will expand its collection of FSC-Certified, eco-friendly designs by offering new in-stock upholstery, dining, and accents that use wood sourced from responsibly managed forests.

World Market Center Las Vegas Names Ron Radin Business Development for Lighting Category  - 4/14/2010

World Market Center is becoming an important and growing resource for lighting buyers with nearly 75 companies representing this category.

Christopher Guy Launches Newly Renovated High Point Showroom  - 4/14/2010

The newly renovated showroom will serve as host for the Christopher Guy and Architectural Digest in “An Affair to Remember” cocktail reception on Sunday, April 18 at the High Point Spring Furniture Market.

Bograd's Fine Furniture - First US Retailer To Show Matsuoka International Collection  - 4/14/2010

Bograd's will debut the Matsuoka International collections of heirloom furniture during a private, invitation-only event at its Hamburg Turnpike store showroom on April 27, 2010.

EcoSleep Completes Study Of Its Flat -Seal Packaging Technology  - 4/14/2010

Company announced that its flat-seal packaging technology resulted in a 99.9% recovery rate for 2009.

Hammary To Introduce The La Valencia Collection In High Point  - 4/14/2010

Hammary, a La-Z-Boy company, in partnership with the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has introduced the La Valencia furniture collection under the Design in America(R) brand.

Circle Furniture Increases Sales With Sales Education Series  - 4/12/2010

Retailer's sales data consistently shows an uptick when its design consultants are given the information and tools they need to best serve customers.

Is It A Good Idea To Spy On Other Stores' Websites?  - 4/12/2010

Using these tools and tips, your Web site stands a much better chance of beating your competitors to gain valuable new markets of consumers.

Craftmaster to Create Online Showroom Using MicroD ePreVue for Product Catalog and Personalization  - 4/12/2010

The next-generation online presence will showcase the wide range of products and options in convenient and rewarding user customer experience.

Natuzzi Names Mussallem President,  - 4/12/2010

Most recently, Mussallem was senior vice president of sales, responsible for national accounts, Natuzzi Editions and Italsofa brands.

Dutailier Announces Promotions & Management Changes  - 4/12/2010

Guy Patenaude has been named Vice President of Sales for the North American market, David Fontaine has been promoted to Vice President Marketing, and Customer Service and Christian Parent was promoted to Vice President of Operations.

High Point Market Authority Sponsors Business Building Seminars  - 4/12/2010

HPMA is sponsoring two, special educational seminars specifically targeting the needs of smaller independent retailers and interior designers during the upcoming show.

Carolina Girl Furniture To Debut In High Point  - 4/12/2010

The product line includes sofas, chairs, ottomans, chaise loungers, sofa sectionals, pillows and doggie beds.

Berkline To Show Modular Furniture Line In High Point  - 4/12/2010

Able to be rearranged to form entirely different seating configurations, Neat Seats are sold as components so that entire sections, or seats, can be adjusted to suit a room.

Surya To Unveil New Candice Olson Studio In High Point  - 4/9/2010

Surya has dedicated 800 square feet of showroom space to display the designer’s growing collection of exclusive rugs.

IHFRA Announces Charles B. Costar Dean of IHFRA Award Winners  - 4/9/2010

Awards will be presented at the IHFRA Presidential Gala at the upcoming Spring High Point Market.

Young America Announces Final Winner of Sales Appreciation Event  - 4/9/2010

Jodie Williams of Stacy's Furniture in Grapevine, Texas, is the companyʼs third grand prize winner.

Flexsteel Renews Lease Agreement with World Market Center Las Vegas  - 4/9/2010

Flexsteel has expanded its showroom, located in Building A-530 and A-520, by 5,400 feet.

Theodore Alexander USA Names Russell Towner President  - 4/9/2010

A sales and marketing leader with 16 years experience in luxury brands, Towner will be located in the recently established High Point headquarters.

IHFRA & ayr1 Form Strategic Alliance  - 4/9/2010

IHFRA and ayr1 are teaming up to provide a virtual store program for independent retailers.

IHFC Building Creates Searchable Product Database  - 4/9/2010

A3 IT Solutions, a Greensboro-based technology firm, has been selected by the International Home Furnishing Center to develop a new website feature for www.ihfc.com.

HomeFurnishings.com Will Allow Non-NHFA Members To Participate  - 4/9/2010

The NHFA remains an integral industry partner in the promotion of the retailer and supplier to consumer web portal, although membership in the NHFA will no longer be a requirement of participation on the site.

AHFA To Present Tools & Tatics At June Marketing Meeting  - 4/9/2010

Expert economists say the recovery is now well underway, but home furnishing companies should not heave a sigh of relief, says AHFA.

R. Jack Richardson Named President of American Drew/Lea/Hammary.  - 4/9/2010

The companies, which operate within La-Z-Boy’s casegoods group, are expected to be fully consolidated by April 24, 2010.

Feizy Rugs To Highlight Three Lifestyle Trends In High Point  - 4/9/2010

Company will also introduce several new collections.

Todd Banik Joins AICO As Director of Upholstery  - 4/9/2010

His retail experience includes visual and product merchandising, and buying positions at Gabbert’s, Robb & Stucky, and Treasures Furniture.

Mega Group Launches Evolution Network  - 4/9/2010

Evolution Network is a buying group for Canadian-based independent furniture retail stores.

Butera and HFI Brands Introduce Line In High Point  - 4/9/2010

HFI Brands has partnered with Butera to bring the industry what the team fondly calls "aspirational designs at an attainable price point" pieces.

What You Need To Know About Design Patents in the Furniture Industry  - 4/9/2010

A complete primer on furniture design patents including: recent developments in the law; information on what is protected; design patents and damages; practical tips.

HTL, Trend Furniture, and Domicil Open New Showroom in High Point  - 4/8/2010

HTL International Group of Companies announced the opening of a new 48,000 square foot showroom in Plaza Suites #400 for the upcoming High Point Market.

Theodore Alexander Signs Deal With Keno Brothers  - 4/8/2010

The “Keno Bros.” collection will be unveiled during the High Point Market held April 17-22, 2010 in the Theodore Alexander showroom.

Linder's Furniture To Open Second Superstore In Cathedral City, CA  - 4/8/2010

The move marks the second phase of the 28 year-old Southland company’s expansion plans for 2010 and comes a month after opening their first superstore showroom in Rancho Cucamonga.

IHFC Announces New High Point Exhibitors  - 4/8/2010

Exhibitors include Accentage Furniture, HomeStretch LLC, American Heritage Billiards and SOHO Concept.

Bassett Mirror To Introduce Hidden Treasures Program In High Point  - 4/8/2010

Program includes quick-ship on bestsellers; volume discounts; special payment terms; and ADV loss-leaders.

Dovetail Alliance Debuts Web Site for High Point  - 4/7/2010

The new site will provide home furnishings retailers, manufacturers and importers with a single point of contact for top service providers in a range of disciplines.

Natuzzi Americas Names Brand Communications PR Agency of Record  - 4/6/2010

Brand Communications specializes in public relations and marketing communications within the home furnishings industry and is owned by Leslie Newby, president.

Furniture Promotions Company PMP To Give High Point Seminar  - 4/6/2010

Profit Management Promotions seminar will give a behind the scenes look at furniture promotions companies.

July 2010 Will Be Official Furniture Promotion Month For New Jersey Retailers  - 4/6/2010

Sponsored by MFA, the all-industry effort will reach consumers via 800 televison spots and be supported by coupons from participating retailers that consumers can download from the Association's dedicated website.

Furniture Buying Index Up For Fifth Straight Month  - 4/6/2010

America's Research Group announced that their Furniture Buying Index rose another two points this month to a reading of 69.

Home Delivery America, Inc., Receives Service Awards  - 4/5/2010

HDA is a 3rd party supplier to such well known clients such as, GE, Sears, Home Depot and Bob’s Discount Furniture.

Sligh Furniture To Roll Out Premium Color Option Program In High Point  - 4/5/2010

Nine standard premium colors are available—fresh olive, sassy green, vintage ivory, simply pewter, morning yellow, grey lux, rumba red, blue bliss, and vintage black.

IHFRA Honors Ray Isser, CHR with Rudy Steltemeir Award  - 4/5/2010

Award recognizes a member who has exceeded the “call of duty” as an IHFRA member and sales representative.

IHFRA Elects Sandy Dant as President  - 4/5/2010

IHFRA's Executive Committee will be sworn in at the IHFRA Presidential Gala on Friday, April 16 at the IHFC Ballroom.

AICO Unveils New Jane Seymour Products In High Point  - 4/5/2010

The co-branding is an industry first, and this High Point market showcases the three current collections of their design collaboration.

New Book From Michael Greene "Retail LIfe"  - 4/5/2010

Included are challenging ideas for novice and experienced retailers, franchisees and college business students.

Bassett Announces Plans to Reopen Upholstery Facility  - 4/5/2010

The plant is expected to open at the end of May and will manufacture a new starting price point of sofas, loveseats, chairs, and pillows for Bassett's store network and independent retailers.

Greater New York Home Furnishings Association Gets IHFRA Chapter Of The Year Award  - 4/5/2010

The Chapter is being honored for the bold initiatives it has taken to reorganize its operations and reframe its mission to align itself with the current economic situation and changing nature of the furniture industry.

Althorp Living History To Debut New Collection at High Point Market  - 4/5/2010

The new line, named “The Falconry” consists of 45 items, is made from English oak in two finishes and brings a new dimension to the success of the Althorp Living History brand.

How To Deal With Weaknesses In Furniture Store Employee Reviews  - 4/5/2010

So how do you avoid The Weakness Trap? Consider taking the following actions...

American Furniture Hall of Fame To Provide Static Window Clings To Members  - 4/5/2010

The American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. is providing static window clings for 2010 Foundation members to display in their offices, showrooms, plants and stores.

Weekly Message From Margo DeGange - Pet Peeves  - 4/5/2010

20 pet peeves pointing to the fact that regardless of the industry we are in, as business people, we need to preserve the quality of our service to customers.

Tradewins Moves Showroom to Furniture Plaza  - 4/5/2010

The new 9,000 square foot showroom has been completely renovated -- providing a fresh palette against which the company will highlight its best-selling collections and introduce several new offerings.

WHFA Partners With Banner Advertising  - 4/5/2010

Integrated marketing and advertising firm brought in to help develop and enhance the marketing efforts of its nearly 800 independent home furnishings retailer members.

Easy Furniture Web Tips - Develop Custom Content for Your Website  - 4/2/2010

If your website content isn’t original, Google won’t give it any “points.” So it won’t help your search results rankings. If the piece has good information, your customers might like it, but if they don’t find you in the first place … “Houston, there’s a problem.”

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 4/2/2010

After two years of significantly declining order rates, this news has been good news.

Fremarc Designs Returns To IHFC After Five-Year Absence  - 4/2/2010

The California-based manufacturer of hand-crafted seating, occasional tables, dining and bedroom furniture to show in the Design Center.

Loloi Rugs Renews Lease Agreement with World Market Center Las Vegas  - 4/2/2010

Relocates showroom to expanded 6,500 sq. foot location in Building B.

Aaron's, Inc. Opens Milestone 1,700th Store  - 3/30/2010

The company plans to increase its store count by approximately five percent to nine percent during 2010.

Customer Service-Oriented Salespeople: The Most Effective Way to Practice Side-by-Side Buying - Part 3  - 3/30/2010

Part 3- Chapters 6-7: Peter Marino presents an updated sales skill manual for retail salespeople and managers in retail furniture stores.

Natuzzi S.p.A. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2009 Financial Results  - 3/30/2010

Net sales for full year 2009 were €515.4 million (approx. $696 million), decreasing by 22.6% with respect to €666.0 million (approx. $900 million) reported in 2008.

High Point Market Authority To Offer Lecture Series For Designers  - 3/30/2010

The series kicks off on Sunday, April 18 at noon, when famed New York designer Clodagh—a preeminent force in the world of interior design known around the world as a pioneer of the current green movement—presents “Trends in Eco-Conscious Interiors and Architecture.”

Easy Furniture Web Tip #67 - Manufacturer Brand Logos: To Link or Not to Link  - 3/30/2010

It’s fine to have the brand logos on your site, just don’t make them active links to the manufacturer’s web site.

Weekly Furniture Message From Margo - A Model For Connecting With Customers  - 3/30/2010

The model was meant for speakers and trainers who create (and deliver) content. The exciting part though, is that it is a beautiful model to understand how to connect with clients and customers.

Retailer American Furniture Warehouse Completes Upgrade to STORIS' Vision R8  - 3/30/2010

The Top 100 furniture retailer has over 1,000 users running on the latest release R8.7.

Part 11- Employment Practices - All About FurnitureTeams  - 3/30/2010

This week we’ll look at factors that contribute to high performing teams, and next week – some strategies to promote and enhance team development.

WithIt To Mentor Students at High Point Market  - 3/30/2010

About 80 college students majoring in furniture design, interior design, business and marketing will participate in the spring event hosted by Natuzzi.

Ryan Trainer To Head International Sleep Products Association (ISPA)  - 3/30/2010

Since coming to ISPA eight years ago as the group’s second ranking professional and general counsel, he has played a key role leading its statistics, legal, consumer product safety and sustainability platforms.

Hunter Douglas Discontinues All Internet Sales  - 3/30/2010

Company will only sell its products through "well-trained and fully merchandised dealers."

Donald Stuart President of Temple-Stuart Passes  - 3/30/2010

Don Stuart was an owner and director of the Temple Stuart Co. in Baldwinville for over forty years, retiring as President in 1990.

Sligh Furniture Adds Bedroom To Line For High Point  - 3/30/2010

The collection is based on one of the company’s most successful home office and home entertainment designs.

Natuzzi Names VP Sales Managers  - 3/30/2010

Leather upholstery major Natuzzi Group names Craig Ruse and Brad Cates to management positions.

220 Elm announces 5 parking winners for April Market  - 3/30/2010

The winning retailers will park in the lot located at 303 W. Green Drive right across the street from the 220 Elm building.

MIFF Post Show Report  - 3/30/2010

MIFF attracts international visitors from 140 countries.

IFDA Educational Fundation Announces Walk for Design Education Partners  - 3/30/2010

IFDA Chapters raise money in support of students, young professionals and worthy endeavors, including historic preservation, interior design programs and universal design.

The International Furniture Fair Singapore 2010 Post Show Report  - 3/30/2010

Show attracts 10.7 percent more visitors in 2010 including 93 overseas buying delegations.

Meco Corporation To Show Casual Dining Furniture At High Point Market  - 3/28/2010

The company announced that it will celebrate the grand opening of its new furniture showroom at High Point Market in the Center Point Building.

American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation Names Karen McNeil As CEO  - 3/27/2010

"Karen has been instrumental in building the Hall of Fame Foundation into more than just an annual banquet, but a respected organization on a new course to preserve our stories and history,” says Donald Belgrad, president of the Foundation.

Tvilum Scanbirk returns to 220 Elm for the April High Point Market  - 3/27/2010

Danish sustainable RTA furniture manufacturer Tvilum-Scanbirk is returning to 220 Elm this spring market.

SFC and ART Enter Into A Co-Promotion Agreement  - 3/27/2010

The Sustainable Furnishings Council and Accessories Resource Team announced a new relationship to facilitate awareness and participation in the green movement.

EcoSleep To Debut Temperature Regulating Mattress In High Point  - 3/27/2010

Company says the new mattress will combine the benefits of its patented EcoSleep foam materials with the exceptional heat dissipation of TENCEL.

Racanelli Construction Company Completes NYC Raymour & Flanigan Showroom  - 3/22/2010

This is the seventh major project Racanelli has completed for the nation’s 7th largest U.S. furniture retailer in the past two years.

Easy Furniture Web Tip #66 - Using LinkedIn  - 3/22/2010

If you’re in business, you need to “link in” to LinkedIn. It’s a proven, powerful, and effective networking resource. Thankfully, it’s easy.

ABC Carpet & Home Introduces an Urban Zen Pop-up Boutique  - 3/22/2010

Donna Karan’s dedication to social change and timeless design is unveiled at an exclusive Urban Zen retail pop-up boutique within ABC Carpet & Home, the iconic Manhattan home design destination.

American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation Calls For Nominations  - 3/21/2010

The nominees will be recognized with a personal video and inducted at the American Furniture Hall of Fame banquet on October 17 during the Fall High Point Market.

Bernie & Phyl's Furniture's Co-Founder Featured In MS Awareness Week Public Service Annoncements  - 3/21/2010

Phyl will also receive the national “MS Hope Award” from the National MS Society, Central New England Chapter at their MileStones Gala on May 20, 2010 at the Westin Boston Waterfront in Boston.

CARE and Anatomic Global Team Up on The WorldBed Project  - 3/21/2010

10,000 Emergency Field Beds to be delivered to displaced Haitians for the rainy season.

Third Generation "Rug Man" Forms Consulting Company  - 3/21/2010

Norm Sweeters has formed Sweeters Consulting, LLC to provide sourcing, product development and purchasing assistance.

Sunbrella Fabrics To Debut In High Point  - 3/21/2010

Ruggiero is presenting five color stories including: crisp blue and white; soft neutral colors of the California coast; rich red hues mixed with creamy neutrals; grays of misty mornings on the beach; gold and sage of the Italian countryside.

Oyimay And Trendwood Make Debut In High Point  - 3/21/2010

Oyimay Sofa will make its East coast debut in a 13,000 square foot showroom in Furniture Plaza #600 and Trendwood will be welcoming buyers in its new 3000 square foot showroom, Furniture Plaza #400.

Herman Miller Reports Order Growth in the Third Quarter  - 3/20/2010

On a consolidated basis, new orders in the quarter were $290 million, representing an increase of 3.8% from the prior year third quarter.

WAC LIGHTING Appoints James McMahan to General Manager and Vice President  - 3/20/2010

For the past 21 years Mr. McMahan worked for Schonbek Lighting Worldwi