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Interior Design Society Launches Consumer-Facing Website: The IDS List
Designed for the consumer eye, this interactive platform features the work of IDS members nationwide and educates visitors on why and how to hire an interior designer.
MarketTime Experience Center To Debut at January Total Home & Gift Market in Dallas
The hands-on showcase will demonstrate B2B software tools supporting business growth and global e-commerce marketplace.
Atlanta’s Market Snapshot Recognizes 40 Trendsetters
Sourced from across Atlanta Market’s showroom and temporary gift and home décor resources, the finalists are new introductions or best sellers to be featured at the Winter 2021 Atlanta Market, January 12-19, 2021.
ISPA Joins Industry’s ‘Alliance4Safety’
Alliance4Safety is a broad initiative designed to reinforce a unified industry message that “Safe=Essential” for home furnishings companies.
Eclipse International Creates Ultra-Premium Sleep Portfolio With Three Luxury Brands
The company continues to broaden its collections handcrafted with luxurious, natural and organic materials designed to stand out on retail showroom floors and retail between $2,000 and $8,000.
Lee Industries, Local Upholstery Company, Announces New Employee Health Center Opening
Scheduled to open in January, the health center is a 2,300 square-foot facility conveniently located in Conover, North Carolina between LEE’s multiple manufacturing facilities in the Newton-Conover area.
Malouf Hires New Lead Tradeshow Designer
Adam Stevenson will lead tradeshow design efforts and increase focus on the customer’s experience with product in stores.
Over 30 FFO Home Stores to Rebrand to American Freight
One-stop-shop home retailer American Freight expands its national footprint while saving local jobs.
Ikea Cancels Its Catalog, Breaking a Vital Link in the Customer Journey
Ending the catalog will save the company a ton of money and allow the company to funnel all resources into digital where it sees its future lies.
Precision Textiles Develops “Slumberbundle” Package of Bedding Items Under Slumbershield Brand
The SlumberBundle collection, a grouping of sleep accessories kits that include mattress protectors, sheets, blankets and pillows, are designed to capture consumers at key purchasing moment.
Interview: 10 Questions With Matthias Pollmann, VP at Koelnmesse
Opting for a Hybrid even in May, everything that takes place at the trade fair venue in Cologne will be online-compatible and can be streamed around the world.
Wayfair Donates Over $12 Million in 2020 to Social Impact Initiatives Globally
Invests additional $3 Million in small community businesses through restaurant partnerships.
Work From Home Safety Act Passes Congress, Establishes National Flammability Standard
The Safer Occupancy Furniture Flammability Act (SOFFA) passed the U.S. House of Representatives at the end of 2019 and made it into the 2020 year-end omnibus bill recently approved by Congress.
Moe’s Home Collection Announces New Licensee Location in Toronto, Canada
Owned and operated by Thamer Almutlaq, this 7500 ft2 store’s grand opening is set for mid-January 2021, 20 minutes North of downtown Toronto in Vaughan, Ontario.
Nourison Ends 2020 with Double-Digit Growth
The COVID crisis prompted major updates in technology, allowing employees to work remotely from home, and also facilitating virtual customer meetings, virtual showroom tours and virtual markets.
Retailer Web Services Announces New Executive Leadership
All Executive Team Members promoted from within RWS.
WithIt Announces 2020 WOW Award Recipients
The annual WOW Awards honor the achievements of home furnishings professionals that embody the organization's mission.
250+ Brands Exclusively in Atlanta Market Showrooms This January
The exclusives are found within the Market’s 1,000+ permanent showrooms on 33 floors in three buildings open for the January 12-19, 2021 Atlanta Market.
Rent-A-Center Enters Into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Acima
Acquisition to create leading virtual Lease-to-Own platform.
Esquire Advertising Study Reveals Major Shifts in Furniture and Appliances Shopping Activity by State and Demographics
While brick-and-mortar stores in blue states saw a decrease of 24 percent in Black Friday shopping activity, red states saw a 45 percent increase.
J.B. Hunt, University of Arkansas Announce $2.25m Collaboration
The Collaboration's goal is to address inclusivity and sustainability in supply chain industry.
Atlanta Market to Debut East Coast Edition Of IMC’s Signature ‘Ahead of the Curve’ Program
The “Ahead of the Curve” trend program will be presented through a webinar on January 5 in advance of Winter 2021 Market.
Dallas Market Center Debuts Lightovation Virtual Show January 7
First online residential lighting trade event to feature 70-plus brands for inspiration and ordering.
imm cologne and LivingKitchen Announce Pure Talents Contest’s Up-And-Coming Designers
The 18th edition of the pure talents contest has attracted 862 product entries from 59 countries this year.
Creating Dynamic Online Furniture Shopping Experiences During the Pandemic
Developing an online experience built for online customization drives sales and provides customers a better shopping experience; now and after the pandemic.
Malouf Showcases Holiday Spirit in Annual Video and Card
In a year that has been marked by ups and downs, Malouf wanted to both celebrate the year coming to an end and to thank all their retail partners for their continued support.
Banker & Brisebois Brings Marketing Tech to Furniture First Buying Group
This partnership will begin with a focus on B&B’s Marketing Marketplace program, an online subscription service with downloadable, customizable, professionally designed marketing campaigns for budget-conscious furniture retailers.
City of Hope Opens Investigational Trial for Type 1 Diabetes
The trial is part of The Wanek Family Project for Type 1 Diabetes at City of Hope, which seeks to find cures for the disease.
Dallas Market Center Announces Date Change for January 2021 Lightovation
Largest trade event for residential lighting rescheduled for March 23-26, 2021; other January events to continue as scheduled.
American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation Calls for Nominations Through February 1
All members of the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation are eligible to nominate and to second a nomination.
Katapult to Become a Publicly Traded Company Through Merger With FinServ Acquisition Corp.
Katapult’s fully digital technology platform provides consumers with a flexible lease purchase option to enable them to obtain essential durable goods from Katapult’s network of e-commerce retailers.
Norris Furniture & Interiors Participates in Military Makeover Reveal
Company donates furniture and furnishings to Cape Coral veteran, family.
MAC Expos Shifts Dates for Northeast Furniture & Accessory Market to August 1 – 3, 2021
The region’s largest annual furniture & accessory market, held at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, New Jersey, has shifted the 2021 dates to August 1 – 3, 2021.
Riverside Furniture Names John Iasiello President; Henjes Remains CEO, Chairman
Iasiello has been with the company for three years, serving in the roles of Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning and Business Development and most recently Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Product Development.
Allied Home Expands to New East Coast Bedding Facility
Company relocates to larger facility in historic Hildebran, North Carolina.
BEDGEAR Foundation Donates Thousands of Performance Bedding Products to Honduras Following Hurricane Eta
This donation will be sent directly to BEDGEAR’s long-time retail partner in Honduras, Muebleria Elements, which will prioritize distribution of the bedding products based on areas most heavily affected.
Pleasant Mattress Names Carter Gronbach As New President
Gronbach is a 30-year mattress industry veteran who has held senior operations and executive posts with some of the industry’s leading bedding brands.
Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) Announces the Appointment of Mr Phua Boon Huat As President
An experienced Industry veteran, Mr Phua Boon Huat who is the Director of AlphaLeap Consulting Pte Ltd has taken over the helm at the SFIC from Mr Mark Yong.
High Point’s “First Tuesday” Event Adds March Date to Schedule
Originally supporting the High Point Pre-Market scheduled dates, this new additional date is in response to the reschedule of all announced market changes.
The Mango Foundation Plants 5,000 More Trees
The non-profit organization that promotes tree planting to balance the use of wood in furniture production, crosses a major milestone with its newest partner, One Tree Planted.
OMI Celebrates 15th Year of Category First Greenguard Gold Certification
The certification demonstrates that OMI mattresses are independently tested and certified to meet rigorous standards for chemical emissions and volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
BrandSource Returns to Virtual Format for Summit 2021
On-site events to resume next Summer.
Jaipur Living Announces First Launch of 2021
100 rugs make their debut across 12 new and six existing collections.
IMC Launches “Market Insights” Monthly Webinar Series
“Market Insights” presents timely, actionable and exclusive content to IMC’s market universe and beyond as an extension of the programming it presents in connection with the Atlanta Market, IMC High Point Market and Las Vegas Market.
High Point Premarket Committee Confirms Spring 2021 Dates
Originally scheduled for March, Premarket will now take place April 25-27, 2021.
IMC Announces Date Changes for Las Vegas Market Winter and Summer 2021 Editions
Las Vegas Market — originally planned in January and July — to run April 11-15, 2021, and August 22-26, 2021.
High Point Market Authority Postpones Spring 2021 Market Until June
Market postponed to allow time for vaccine rollout and supply/logistics issues to sort themselves out.
PureCare Launches Pure Silk Pillowcases
The Pure Silk collection features 100% Mulberry silk pillowcases that offer both beauty and wellness benefits.
King Koil Inks Partnership With Best Mattress
Smartlife Mattress, “Luxury” collection & “Intimate” collection will be available in all 22 retail locations.
Dallas Market Center Presents Hundreds of Temps During January Total Home & Gift Market
A full marketplace of Temps in four distinct neighborhoods including Market Hall.
BrandJump Announces New Home Center Department
Melley Richards assumes Home Center Channel manager position.
First Tuesday Event’s Steering Committee Announces Logo and January Dates
The first Tuesday Event for January will Open on January 5th, 6th as well as 7th with up to 100 showrooms open for the event.
Hooker Furniture Corporation Reports Robust Profitability in Third Quarter
Consolidated net sales decreased by 5.4%, or $8.5 million, compared to the prior year period, while net income increased 157.5%, or $6.2 million.
Feizy Donates $25,000 to Feed My Starving Children (FMSC)
FMSC is a valuable non-profit that provides nutritious meals to starving children in 70 countries around the world.
JuniperMarket “Preview Pods” Facilitate Buyer Registration for New E-Commerce Platform At IMC’s Physical Markets
IMC_di will host a series of activities for buyers at IMC’s upcoming markets in Atlanta and Las Vegas.
Extend Partners With Guardsman Marking the Company’s Expansion Into Furniture Protection Plans
Guardsman is a provider of furniture care, with over 100 years experience and more than 10 million protection plans in force.
Eclipse International Forms Joint Venture With U.K.-Based Millbrook Beds
Eclipse to Produce Premium Bedding Line for U.S.; Millbrook to Manufacture Eastman House for U.K. Market
Precision Textiles Launches Direct Mail Campaign
Classic marketing approach aimed at creating a personalized & tactile experience for its customers.
Some Assembly Required: Blending Retail and Ecommerce in Home Furnishings and Furniture
By blending traditional retail and ecommerce strategies, brands are better positioned for success—but only if their supply chains are up to the omnichannel challenge.
BEDGEAR Announces New Flow Performance Pillow Collection
Advanced airflow capabilities ensure 100% breathability and maximum cross-ventilation.
MLILY USA Opens New 115,000-Square-Foot Warehouse & Distribution Center in Tennessee
This is the company’s second warehouse in Tennessee and its fifth in the U.S.
Walker Edison Names Four New Key Hires
Olivia Frere, Erika Henderson, Sharat Alankar and Joshua Bradley have joined the RTA Furniture company.
IMC Announces Changes to Brand Marketing Team to Support Physical, Digital Marketplaces
Sarah Mount has been promoted to a new digital marketing leadership role and Renee Loper-Boyd expands her marketing leadership role to encompass IMC’s physical gift and home furnishings markets in Atlanta, Las Vegas and High Point.
Conn’s, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Results
Third-party retail sales have increases 32.7% over the prior fiscal year period.
High Point Market Style Report Debuts 19 Trends for Winter/Spring 2021
The 30-page Style Report was produced by eight influential trend trackers, all part of the HPMA’s 2020 Style Spotters team.
American West, Innovative Delivery Systems and Sun Delivery Expand Furniture Home Delivery Network and Services
The carriers will continue to focus their strengths in furniture distribution and nationwide white-glove final mile deliveries.
Passing of Michael Massood Sr. at 96
Furniture transportation pioneer and cofounder of MGM Transport was an inspiration to those who knew him.
Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles – Spring Edition to Be Held in March 2021
The Spring Edition of Intertextile Shanghai Home Textiles will return to the National Exhibition and Convention Center (Shanghai) from March 10th - 12th, 2021.
HEARTS Awards Rescheduled for Summer 2021
In-person event moves to June Total Home & Gift Market in Dallas.
Riverside Furniture to Enhance Product Availability, Service with N.C. Warehouse
The 300,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Caswell County, N.C., positions the company to reduce shipment lead times to retailers in the Eastern U.S.
Charleston Forge Announces New Partnership With Lauren Nicole Designs
Lauren Clement of Lauren Nicole Designs to launch a licensed collection for Charleston Forge including products for both residential and hospitality divisions.
Richard Weeks to Serve As Solution Partners Chair in 2021
AHFA’s Solution Partners division has a diverse membership of product and service providers to the residential furniture industry.
SUNPAN Names New Key Account Manager
As a seasoned sales executive with over 35 years of experience in varying home furnishing categories, Maddrey brings a dynamic approach to the SUNPAN sales team.
Corsicana Launches New Nightsbridge Website
The website provides an upscale presentation of it's affordable luxury brand, and features extensive product information, pricing and a head-to-head comparison to other comparable mattresses.
Hickory Springs Joint Venture Starts Production of Environmentally Sustainable Spring System
First Time ‘Flexecore’ Will Be Available Outside of U.K.
Massood Logistics Opens New Headquarters
The new headquarters, located in Archdale, is the fifth location operated by Massood in North Carolina to serve the Home Furnishing industry and e-commerce marketers around the globe.
Bush Business Furniture Launches New Work From Home Website
TheWorkFromHomeExpert.com showcases an array of commercial-grade workspace solutions along with customer reviews, home office inspirations and educational blogs.
Magniflex Designs Exclusive Collection for Costco Canada
The Italian-made products provide Costco Canada with a complete merchandising package with three mattresses.
HEARTS Awards Auction Goes Live
70+ plates creatively transformed by celebrities and influencers up for bid online.
Lovesac and Threekit Partner Up to Reduce to Reduce Ecommerce Returns
By adding interactive 3D experiences to products, Threekit and Lovesac aim to reduce ecommerce returns, and therefore, lower CO2 emissions and waste.
Versteel Brings Elemental Modern Design to New GeoMetrix Table Collection
GeoMetrix can conform to any space and be reconfigured on the fly to meet changing needs.
The Aaron's Company, Inc. Completes Spin-off; Begins Trading as Independent, Publicly Traded Company
The Lease to Purchase retailer has completed its spin-off from its former parent company, and will operate as an independent, publicly-traded company.
Purple Will Donate 10% of Net Proceeds from Its Kid Collection Sales For #GivingTuesday to Precious Dreams Foundation
Giving Tuesday proceeds will support providing comfort to children in foster care.
Southerland Adding 6 Hybrid Models to Popular ‘Signature’ Collection
Priced to retail from $999 to $1,699 in queen sets, the six Signature hybrid models are designed around an 8-inch zoned wrapped coil system.
Easy Furniture Web Tip # 301: Adapt and Overcome
Weather the lockdown storms by adapting and overcoming.
Monthly Furniture Insights Report From Smith Leonard
It seems that, assuming this potential “second wave” of the pandemic does not shut everything down, business should stay pretty strong into 2021.
Mattress Industry Veterans Release New Book On Attracting Foot Traffic for Independent Retailers
Come Back to Bed is a guidebook for independent retailers that offers strategies and principles to differentiate a brand, form lasting customer relationships, and drive foot traffic into stores.
AHFA Announces 2021 Leadership
“Jeb” Bassett, Chief Operating Officer/Senior Vice President, Bassett Furniture Industries, will serve a second term as Chair of the AHFA Board of Directors.
Richard Tucker Will Lead 2021 Specialized Furniture Carriers Board
The Specialized Furniture Carriers, a division of the American Home Furnishings Alliance, represents companies that offer dedicated services focused on handling, transporting and warehousing residential furniture.
J.B. Hunt Announces Acquisition of Mass Movement, Inc.
The acquisition is it's fourth to expand final mile services since 2017
SUNPAN Joins HPSA and First Tuesday
The SUNPAN High Point showroom will now be open to trade accounts year-round through its new membership in the High Point Showroom Association and First Tuesday initiative.
National Retail Federation Expects Holiday Sales Will Grow Between 3.6 and 5.2 Percent
NRF also expects that online and other non-store sales, which are included in the total, will increase between 20 percent and 30 percent.
Udyat Logistics Acquires Second Warehouse in Miami
The new space will enable them to offer 30,000 square feet of capacity to their white glove delivery clients.
High Point Market Exhibitors Explore Off-Market Buying Opportunities
Three groups recently announced upcoming opportunities for qualified buyers to shop in High Point this December.
AmericasMart Offers December Buying Opportunities And Exclusive Programming
Market Wednesday on December 2, Virtual Sherwin-Williams Colormix 2021 Color Forecast on December 4, and Three Cash & Carry Saturdays on December 5, 12 and 19.
Ante4Autism Adds New Sponsors to 13th Annual Event
The 13th annual Ante4autism event will be held Saturday, 7 PM, 1/23/21 at the Golden Nugget in downtown Las Vegas.
Atlanta Next Inspires Atlanta Market Gift Updates
30 New, expanded and relocated showrooms set to open in Winter 2021.
47th CIFF Guangzhou 2021 Preview
CIFF Guangzhou 2021 will be held in two phases organized by product sector: from March 18th to 21st, for the home furniture, homedecor & hometextile, outdoor & leisure furniture sectors; the second from March 28th to 31st for office furniture, commercial furniture, hotel furniture and furniture machinery & raw materials for the furniture industry.
Darvin Furniture Helps Dedicate Library Sensory Room
Orland Park Library opens Sensory Room, dedicated to families with Autistic children.
Walker Edison Completes 20,000 Sq Ft State-Of-The-Art Photo/video Studio
The new studio will allow up to 7 full-time photo and video teams to work simultaneously.
Temporary Gift and Home Exhibits Return to Las Vegas Market
Exhibitors utilize brand-new expo at World Market Center Las Vegas facility this winter.
Special Edition of imm cologne Canceled Due to Pandemic
The special hybrid edition of imm cologne planned for January 20 - 23 , 2021 has to be canceled due to the current developments in the corona pandemic in Europe and Germany.
Rent-A-Center and Preferred Dynamix Launch New Platform to Help Unbanked and Underbanked
Preferred Digital and Preferred Marketplace will enable over 60 Million Americans to shop a wider array of retailers and brands.
Gabriella White Appoints Ashley Hullette General Manager of Manufacturing
Hullette will be based in Claremont, North Carolina – the site of our new upholstery facility.
American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation Calls for Future Leader Nominations Through January 15
The Foundation will select Future Leaders and facilitate vibrant discussions over dinner with inducted Hall of Fame members during the April 2021 High Point Market.
Mattress Flammability Standard Is a Lifesaver, NIST Report Finds
The standards prevented 65 deaths from bed fires annually in 2015 and 2016, and the number is expected to rise as more mattresses are replaced with the newer, standard-compliant models.
ISFD’s Good Designs Unmasked Virtual Pinnacle Awards Program Marked as an Industry Success
Acclaimed interior designer Corey Damen Jenkins was the keynote speaker at the awards ceremony which can still be viewed on YouTube.
Global CFO Survey Data Shares Insight Into Retail’s Survival Post-COVID-19
The survey aimed to understand the impact of COVID-19 has on the current business environment, how CFOs are perceiving their roles to evolve in a post-COVID-19 world, and the key building blocks that they must build to ensure a future-ready organization.
Bradington-Young Develops Leather Upholstery Cleaning Guide
The guide provides retailers and consumers with information on cleaning and disinfecting leather furniture during the pandemic.
Eclipse International to Launch ‘Natural Dreams Pure Talalay’ All-Natural Line of Latex Mattresses
The all-natural mattress line with GOTS-certified organic materials will be priced to retail from $1,999 to $7,999.
Spring Air Factory Network Ramps Up Production & Operating Efficiency
The ramp up across their network of 10 U.S. factories will help source supplies, and create operating policies and procedures to shorten delivery times to help retail partners keep up with pent-up demand.
Office Furniture Liquidations Launches Showroom for Designer Furniture
OFL l Luxe features the high-end furniture of Knoll, Bernhardt, among others.
TD Bank Survey: COVID-19's Impact On Holiday Shopping
Ahead of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, TD Bank surveyed consumers on their plans for the upcoming holiday season in light of the pandemic and economic downturn that are impacting how many American consumers are spending.
150+ Showrooms Debuting This January in Dallas
Across multiple floors and trade events new companies and iconic brands participating.
Kim Golson Joins Treasure Garden, Inc. as National Contract Sales Manager
In this role, Golson will work primarily with Treasure Garden’s hospitality collections, Shademaker and Jardinico overseeing all sales on a national level.
Loves Furniture & Mattresses Announces Grand Opening of New Headquarters in Warren
New furniture and mattress retailer opens store, distribution center and headquarters, brings more than 500 jobs to Warren community.
King Koil Launches First Partnership With RC Willey
Program to feature “Luxury” & “Smartlife” mattress collections.
SFC Invites Industry to Open Membership Webinar
Annual state of sustainability review in furnishings sectors.
Northeast Furniture & Accessory Market Rescheduled for August 22 – 24, 2021
Each winter, home furnishings retailers from throughout the Northeast have looked forward to connecting in-person with furniture, bedding & home décor manufacturers and wholesalers at market, held at the New Jersey Convention Center in Edison, NJ.
Bob’s Discount Furniture Donates $280,000 to Hunger-Relief Organizations
Retailer celebrates the holiday season gifting $2,000 to 140 local food pantries.
Furnishing Hope Launches 50 Home in 50 Days
The November 2020 Campaign is a way to help 50 families find sanctuary before the end of the year.
Houzz Releases Home Design Predictions for 2021
With over 2.5 million active home remodeling and design professionals, Houzz has unique insights into how people are designing and remodeling their homes.
Wayfair Names Michael E. Sneed to its Board of Directors
Johnson & Johnson EVP brings extensive experience in corporate affairs, communications and operations to the online home retailer.
Diakon Logistics Celebrates 30 Years of Service
One of the more notable advancements this year was the development and implementation of their Contactless Delivery Solution to help keep delivery teams and customers safe during the pandemic.
SFC Earns Forest Stewardship Council 2020 Leadership Award
Wood Furniture Scorecard initiative recognized for shared conservation goals.
Las Vegas Market’s FIRST LOOK Showcases Gift and Home Themes
COLOR CLASS, PATTERN PRIMER, REMOTE CONTROL and SUMMERTIME showcased for Winter Market.
Women’s Apparel Retailer Purchases Buddy’s Home Furnishings Stores
Bebe, a retailer known for Women’s Apparel, has purchased 47 Buddy’s Home Furnishings stores for $35 million.
Precision Textiles Touts Largest Portfolio of Glass-Free, FR Solutions for Mattresses in the Industry
The company’s comprehensive portfolio of nonwoven textiles offers a safer, cleaner alternative to FR Socks, which can expel tiny shards of glass throughout homes.
Darvin Furniture Continues it's 100th Anniversary Celebration
Dozens of names will be drawn to receive more than $135,000 in furniture prizes.
Turning Customers Into Company Representatives
How Outer, Shapermint and ChatDesk do it.
Podium Introduces First Chargeback Guarantee for Local Businesses to Handle In-Person Purchases
Robust payments product includes enhanced retail functionality and fraud protection.
High Point Market Authority Welcomes Three New Members to Board of Directors
The three new members include Josh Hudson, CEO of Hudson’s Furniture in Florida, Randy Tilinski, President of Bungalow Classic in Atlanta, Georgia and Jeremy Hoff, President of Hooker Furniture.
J.B. Hunt Places Seventh On FreightWaves FreightTech 25 List
FreightWaves’ 2021 FreightTech Awards list recognizing innovation and disruption in the transportation and logistics industry.
Coohom Announces Partnership with magicplan
The partnership will bring to market an end to end design platform that makes measuring a space to the designing and visualizing of it seamless.
Fairfield Implements UVC Disinfecting Technology to Three of It’s Lounge Chair Series
Ultraviolet C (UVC) disinfecting product can be applied to the company’s Payton ,Conrad and their Modern Arm Wall Hugger Recliner series.
OW Lee Announces Las Vegas Showroom Move
The new OW Lee showroom, #A-124, is located on the 1st floor in Building A within the Las Vegas Design Center.
Legends Furniture Ramps Up Their Team
Eight new members were added to their Information Technology, Operations and the Marketing departments.
Universal Furniture Kicks Off Virtual Market November 16
Event provides live and on-demand information on new product introductions.
Easy Furniture Web Tip #300: Overdue Website Checkup
If you haven’t had a website checkup in awhile, be sure to do so soon.
New Showrooms and Major Relocations Highlight Winter 2021 Home Décor Refinements In Atlanta
Nearly 70,000 square feet of new, expanded and relocated home décor showrooms are in preparation for its Winter 2021 staging, January 12-19, 2021.
The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame To Participate On Givingtuesday On December 1
The foundation's GivingTuesday theme: ‘My Industry. Our Future’ emphasizes the Furniture Industry's collaborative spirit and how much we can do together if each of us does our part.
Furniture First Adds Five Retailers, Nine Locations to Membership
The five new members include Rettig Furniture in Findlay, OH, Simpson Furniture in Coralville, IA, Coffman’s Home Furnishings and Appliances in Jackson, TN, Phelan’s in Cedar Rapids, IA, and Toms Price Home in Chicago.
Homemakers Furniture Announces Extended Black Friday Plans To Provide Safe Shopping Experience
Plans include an expanded array of deals throughout the entire holiday season, as well as new shopping options that accommodate for increased COVID-19 safety measures.
J.B. Hunt Earns Eleventh Consecutive Smartway Excellence Award From EPA
J.B. Hunt was also named a 2020 SmartWay High Performer: Multimodal Carrier for utilizing opportunities that maximize mode efficiency while transporting freight, reducing cost and environment impact.
Las Vegas Market Primed to Help the Industry Get Back to Business
Winter Market registration is now open.
Atlanta Attachment Adds Sales & Service Resources to Further Expand Into Furniture Industry
Long-time technical service executive, John Rogers, to lead a new initiative focused on equipment sales, machine servicing and product installation for furniture manufacturers in the Hickory, North Carolina region.
IHGF Delhi Fair Autumn Opens Virtually
The 50th edition of IHGF Delhi Fair comes to you in a virtual format November 4th-9th, showcasing India’s premium collections in Home, Lifestyle, Fashion, Textiles, Furniture & Gifting.
Jaipur Living Sponsors Luxury Designer Virtual Showhouse
The 20,000-square-foot tourable and shoppable virtual luxury designer showhouse debuts on December 3, 2020 at 6pm ET during a special VIP launch event.
PFP Offers Free Tool to Help Retailers Evaluate Cash Flow
The free cash flow calculator provides a practical solution to help retailers manage the health of their business.
Tempur-Pedic Ranked #1 In Retail Mattresses in Customer Satisfaction
The J.D. Power Mattress Satisfaction Report award marks the second consecutive year Tempur-Pedic has achieved this distinction, and the third time overall.
KAS Launches Virtual Video Series
The new Video Series includes a High Point Recap Video and Virtual Showroom Tour providing a detailed look at rug racks and new introductions for those that did not make it to market.
Moe’s Home Releases Fall/Winter 2020/21 Lookbook
Their latest visual edition takes on the home as this new, all-encompassing everything, how the spaces that we once had for togetherness and leisure have now altered.
Virtual Style Spotters LIVE! Scheduled for November 11
Typically occurring in person towards the end of each Market, this fall’s panel discussion will take place virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, November 11, at 2:00pm EST.
Atlanta Market Adapts Winter 2021 Temporary Presentation
Relocated neighborhoods allow for safety and social distancing.
Diamond Mattress University Hits Milestone and Goals for Retailers
Mattress producer expands education program based on growth.
Furniture Retailers Expect Sales Surge to Continue, Piper Sandler-HFA Survey Finds
The bullish outlook follows 8 percent average sales growth year-over-year reported by respondents in the third quarter, the survey found.
ICFA Presents Inaugural Unsung Hero Award
New annual recognition of outstanding manufacturers’ customer service representative.
Monthly Furniture Insights Report From Smith Leonard
After three difficult months of significant negative growth in orders compared to 2019 results, our survey has shown three straight months of very significant increases in orders.
Weekly Business Tip #7 from Snap Finance: How to Optimize Your E-Commerce Channel
To help your website stand out, attract new visitors, and boost conversion rates, e-commerce must provide a great customer experience.
IMC Expands Marketing and Customer Outreach Teams to Prioritize Omnichannel Business Needs
Veteran retailer Mary S. Moore joins IMC as SVP Omnichannel Buyer Engagement.
US Commerce Secretary Tours CITY Furniture at Pandemic Recovery Roundtable Event
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross focused on South Florida businesses’ pandemic recovery strategies at a special Roundtable event on Oct. 23, hosted by CITY Furniture in Tamarac.
Las Vegas Design Center Webinar Addresses Maximizing Profits for Designers
November events include First Friday Webinar and Fall Sample Sale.
Retail Ecommerce Ventures (REV) Officially Relaunches Pier 1 Imports Online Store
Pier 1 starts anew as Internet-first retailer of home furnishings and accessories.
Tempur Sealy Reports Record Third Quarter Results
Total net sales increased 37.9% to $1,132.3 million as compared to $821.0 million in the third quarter of 2019.
International Market Centers To Present 22 Buying Events in 2021
The wholesale events will take place in Atlanta, High Point, N.C and Las Vegas.
Gus* Modern Launches Spring 2021 Furniture Designs
New collection available for exclusive digital preview.
Precision Textiles Unveils Its First “Cap” FR Solution for Mattresses
The new product, EcoFlex EZ-Fit Cap, “fits” over the foam core of a mattress like a fitted sheet.
Perigold Welcomes Celebrated Design Brands to its Online Luxury Showroom
Perigold continues to expand its portfolio of luxury home furnishings by adding more than 22 renowned brands to site.
Furniture China 2020 Post Show Report
The 26th China International Furniture Expo reported 124,953 visitors with 111,511 domestic visitors, an increase of 4.8% over 2019.
imm cologne Show Announces imm cologne @home Virtual Show Options
The trade fair organizers of imm cologne are working to extend the show into the digital sphere to deliver maximum reach.
Easy Furniture Web Tip #299: Tending to Stalled Lockdown Web Marketing Projects
A way to get ahead of your competitors is to tend to those web marketing tasks that stalled during the lockdowns.
Ashley Furniture Industries Completes One of the Largest Rooftop Solar Installations in the Country
Leesport, PA manufacturing and distribution facility installs nearly eight-megawatt system.
Bob Maricich Named to the Atlantan Magazine’s Most Influential List
Maricich was instrumental in envisioning and developing the strategy for the creation of International Market Centers, L.P.
It’ll Be a ‘Do or Die’ Holiday for Retailers
Holiday spending is expected to decline 7% from comparable levels in 2019.
Corsicana Mattress Launches 9-Model Copper Protech Collection
The collection provides hotels, colleges, & healthcare customers with cleaner and healthier sleep options.
Stressless Launches 2021 Product Catalog
New catalogs available to consumers now online and at authorized Stressless retailers.
The Home Furnishings Association Launches Centennial Campaign Paying Tribute to Retailers
100x100 – The Voices of a New Era was created to recognize the furniture retail community’s contributions during challenging times.
ISFD Announces 2020 Pinnacle Awards® Winners
The Pinnacle finalists were recognized and the winners revealed on Saturday, October 24 during the Pinnacle Awards’ Great Designs Unmasked, on the ISFD’s YouTube channel.
Soft-Tex International Expands Senior Leadership Team
Appoints three new VPs and launches new team.
Tepperman’s Scores High On 2020 Wood Furniture Scorecard
The goal of the Wood Furniture Scorecard is to encourage furniture retailers, big or small, to implement strong policies that drive responsible wood sourcing practices through their complex supply chains.
Ashley HomeStore Partners With Elite Rewards to Raise Money for Hope to Dream Charity
Elite Rewards has committed to a 5% donation from the total Mastercard Reward cards awarded with purchases at participating Hope to Dream Ashley HomeStores in the U.S. and Canada.
Southerland Taps 20-Year Bedding Veteran As Regional Vice President of Sales
Daryl Newton brings retail, manufacturing experience to new role.
Malouf Increases In-House 3D Capabilities with Three New Hires
The team focuses on creating photo-realistic renderings of products, while constantly developing new skills, like 3D animation.
IMC Enables Buying for Q4 through Physical & Digital Platforms
For buyers unable to attend upcoming markets, IMC_di’s legacy digital tools – ShopZio as well as Catalog Connexion, enable buyers and designers to source and shop.
Ashley Furniture Expands to the Columbus Region
Announces plans to build a new facility in Etna, Ohio, investing $70 million and creating 300 new jobs.
Gerber Technology Improves Mass Production with Launch of Next-Generation Cutting Room
The Gerber Atria™ Digital Cutter sets a new digital standard for mass production.
Atlanta Next Campaign Brings Currey & Company Flagship Showroom to AmericasMart
The showroom is a key element in a dynamic new arrival experience in debut at the Winter 2021 Atlanta Market, January 12-19, 2021.
SAYA Recycles Fabric Scrap & Overstock into Performance Fiber
SAYA Rscuw launched at annual Taipei Innovative Textile Application Show (TITAS).
ISFD Honors 2020 Pinnacle Awards Winners at Online TV Presentation
“Good Designs Unmasked” event, October 24, 6 pm ET.
Submit Nominations Now for HFA Retailer of the Year and Other Awards
Now accepting nominations for its 2020 Retailer of the Year, Trailblazer and Emerging Star awards.
J.B. Hunt Recognized As a Top Transportation and Logistics Leader
Food Logistics, Inbound Logistics, Logistics Management and VIQTORY all recognized J.B Hunt ror its leadership and expertise in the transportation and logistics industry.
SFC and NWF Announce 2020 Wood Furniture Scorecard
13 Companies, including mebl, Simbly, Cisco Home, Williams-Sonoma Group earn top score.
National Emotional Wellness Month - Mattress Type Can Affect Overall Sleep Quality, Contributing to Mood, Stress and Immune System Regulation
Naturepedic is raising awareness on the correlations between sleep quality, mattress type and overall emotional wellness.
Furnituredealer.net Expands Focus On Suppliers
Hires three, including two well-known industry professionals.
Magniflex Unveils Creative Website for ‘GiNO’
The new website is designed to drive traffic, sales for retail partners.
Ashley Furniture’s National Manufacturing Day Events Go Virtual
Although in-person events and tours are unable to happen this year, nearly 2,000 middle school students have been invited for an educational virtual tour this month.
Jaipur Living Introduces Its Largest Launch of 2020
More than 90 rugs will make their debut in November across 18 new and 7 existing collections.
Retail Bankruptcies: Next On the Chopping Block
Unemployment and financial uncertainty are still holding back many American consumers from spending and there is no stimulus money coming to tied them over.
STORIS Develops New Feature for Retailers to Proactively Tackle Logistical Challenges
The new tool, View and Manage Open Order Lines, (VAMOOL), provides key data points for retailers to troubleshoot inventory line items that have fulfillment dates in jeopardy.
New Collections from Loloi Now Goodweave Certified
All its handcrafted collections made in India, such as Helena, Rayan, and Nala, display the label which provides assurance the rugs were produced without child, forced or bonded labor.
Gold Bond Ramps Up In-Person Training, Customer Service to Help Retail Partners
The independent mattress manufacturer has Increased COVID Safety Protocols to support the increase in personal sessions.
Malouf Improves Distribution with Seven-Day Coverage and National Team
Malouf adds a new shift to create seven-day coverage and expedite shipping through their distribution centers in North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, and California.
13th Annual Ante4Autism Event Schedule for January 23rd, 2021
The Golden Nugget in Las Vegas will follow all CDC guidelines for Covid and will require masks for players and attendees as well as social distancing on game tables.
Universal Furniture and Coastal Living Launch Outdoor Collection
The comprehensive piece collection consists of over 100 SKUs that includes casegoods and upholstery for living, dining and lounging outside.
Retail Design Firm NoBoxCreative Gives Top 10 Showroom Design Tips
Here are 10 showroom design tips retailers should keep in mind when evaluating and updating their showrooms to drive retail sales.
SC&H Capital Advises A.C. Furniture Company, Inc. in its Sale to Multiple Buyers
The Company had historically been one of the country’s largest contract manufacturers of seating for the hospitality, healthcare, and foodservice industries.
Ashley Furniture HomeStore Opens New Store in Tangerang City, Indonesia
The new store is owned and operated by PT Home Center Indonesia, who own nine additional Ashley Furniture HomeStores and 82 Ashley galleries in the surrounding region.
EY Announces Brad Bonham and Matt Davis of Walker Edison as an Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2020 Utah Region Award Winner
The Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards program is one of the preeminent competitive awards for entrepreneurs and leaders of high-growth companies.
CPSC: Refunds Must Be Offered in Stability-Related Recall Plans
Joint statement from CPSC Officials places priority on refund remedies.
HFA Adds Profit Chain To Growing List of Solution Partners
Profit Chain Consulting works with furniture retailers of all sizes to help them move merchandise – from the manufacturer to their customer – faster and more efficiently.
Sarreid Names Cates as CEO
Brad Cates has been named chief executive officer of Sarreid Ltd., following one year as chief operating officer of the company.
Sister Brands Summer Classics & Gabby Announce National Partnership With Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Partnership focuses on raising awareness for the importance of children’s hospitals and driving more than $100,000 in critical support to their network over the next two years.
New Breathe by Milliken® Fabric Offerings on Rowe Furniture
Partnership expands Rowe’s sustainable, natural performance fabric options.
Sam Moore Enters Occasional Category
‘Cocktails & More’ program offers retailers & designers domestic resource for custom occasional tables.
SFC Announces 2020 Wood Furniture Scorecard
Industry’s Top Score retailers in sustainable wood practices join special webinar.
IMC Names Three Fall 2020 High Point Market Snapshot “People’s Choice” Winners
Products by Bivona & Co., Modway and Paragon win in popular voting.
Classy Art CEO/Owner to Shave His Head for Breast Cancer Research
Every dollar raised will be donated to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
Katapult Removes Late Fees As Part of a Consumer-Centric Focus
The omnichannel payment platform remains focused on a consumer-centric experience that, in turn, gives merchants a lease-to-own payment solution.
Taylor King Unveils Fall 2020 Introductions
The fall introductions celebrate a range of individual styles with inspired designs featuring handcrafted construction, comfort and attention to detail.
Hooker Furniture Updates Best-Selling Design With Launch of “Castella Collection”
New finish offers fresh approach to classic european styling for today’s more casual lifestyles.
Loloi Launches Fall 2020 Virtual Market
Dedicated web page features new product intros and collaborations, showroom tours.
Hooker Furniture to Spotlight New Club Chairs & Stationary Upholstery Pieces at High Point Market
Mixed materials, comfort & customization options designed to help dealers drive ‘tem business’ at retail.
WithIt Gives Visionary Award to Kimberly Ward and Announces 2020 WOW Award Nominees
The Visionary Award, a new category for the WOW awards, honors women of achievement whose insight and actions have significantly impacted the home and furnishings industries.
Andreu World Releases Chairpedia: 101 Stories of Chairs
New design book dives into history's most iconic chairs.
Ashley HomeStore of Medford Partners With Hope to Dream Program to Donate 122 Beds to Almeda Fire Victims
The devastating Almeda fire started on September 8th in Southern Oregon, burning more than 3,000 acres and destroying 2,357 residential structures.
IMC Welcomes 90+ New, Relocating and Expanding Exhibitors for Fall 2020 High Point Market
73% of showrooms in IMC’s 17 High Point properties slated to open for Market.
HFA Adds Fortiva Retail Credit to List of Solution Partners
Technology-enabled second-look finance solution provides retailers with more opportunities to help shoppers complete a purchase.
Tepperman’s Wins Corporate Social Responsibility Award for Sustainability Efforts
Tepperman’s has been recognized by the London Chamber of Commerce with a Corporate Social Responsibility Award for their efforts to operate in an economically, socially, and environmentally sustainable manner.
ICFA Announces Leadership for 2021
Harold Hudson will serve as President of Summer Classics Private Label, Pelham, Ala., will serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors for 2021.
ITA Goes Where the Buyers Are This Showtime
International Textile Alliance is launching a dual-city outreach to connect wholesale fabric, leather, and trim suppliers with buyers during its bi-annual Showtime Textiles show in November.
Gabby & Summer Classics to Unveil New Showroom at High Point Market
The new 20,000+ square foot High Point Showroom, located at 333 North Hamilton Street, is comprised of four individual buildings that have been joined over the years.
John 'JT' Thompson Joins DreamView as Senior Director, Enterprise Business Development
Prior to joining DreamView, the 3D visualization and furniture industry expert was a consultant for the leading 3d online marketplace Turbosquid and its Kraken 3d digital asset management platform team.
Eclipse International Expands Chittenden & Eastman ‘Tiffany Collection’
The fourth model, The Astoria, features the same high quality, natural materials used throughout the Tiffany Collection and is covered with platinum and ivory Belgium damasks.
Hooker Furniture to Launch “Your Way” Home Office & Casual Dining Programs at Fall High Point Market
The Work Your Way program offers an assortment of key home office pieces for a variety of spaces; The Dine Your Way program includes a variety of casual dining tables and seating upholstered in performance fabrics.
Furniture First Adds Another Retailer of the Year to Membership
Brashears, with two locations in Arkansas and one in Missouri, was recognized as HFA’s Retailer of the Year in 2010.
Universal Furniture Celebrates One Year Of Upholstery Success in Conover
The company bought the former Southern Furniture plant to become its U.S. location for manufacturing custom upholstery.
Surya to Launch 800 New Rugs and Accessories at High Point Market
New design-driven introductions highlight luxury, performance, versatility and craft.
HEARTS Awards Honorees Announced
13 Organizations to present special recognition to 13 leaders for outstanding service during COVID-19 pandemic.
Walker Edison Unveils New Logo
The new logo captures Walker Edison’s tagline, “Live Outside the Box™.”
Mattress Recycling Council Advances Pocketed Coil Recycling Technology
MRC has completed a sponsored research project with Wisconsin-based Knoble Design LLC to explore a novel approach for recycling pocketed coils.
Southerland Arms Retail Partners With ‘Wake Up Well’ Campaign to Promote Better Sleep
Wake Up Well spans the company’s seven brands and emphasizes that sleep hygiene spans all budgets.
Feizy Debuts 33 New Collections at High Point Market
In addition to the new High Point Introductions, their Las Vegas Introductions will also be shown.
Hooker Furniture Marks 10 Year Anniversary of ‘Melange’ Collection With 45 New Pieces
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2020, Hooker Furniture will continue its emphasis and expansion of its Mélange collection with 45 new pieces at the Fall High Point Market.
Norwalk Furniture Announces Four New Textile Trends for Fall 2020
The four trends, including “Cabana,” “Amber,” “Green Envy” and “Purely Protected®”, will be added to the company’s product line with 85 new fabric and leather choices.
Features of STORIS Release 10.4 Bring Resource Efficiencies
A common thread of the new features is resource efficiency, from warehouse operations to inventory allocation and margin control.
70% of High Point Market Exhibitors Confirm Open Status for Fall Market 2020
Though a few exhibitors have yet to log into their profiles and indicate their Fall Market status, only 128 permanent exhibitors have shared they will not be open this October.
DispatchTrack Launches Industry-First Pickup Logistics Optimization
The last-mile logistics technology company is providing fully automated contactless customer pickup logistics support for retailers.
New Bridgeport and Kingston Style Creden-ZzZ™ Cabinet Beds To Be Introduced at High Point
The new lines will be on display at the upcoming High Point Furniture Market, October 13 -21, 2020.
Eclipse International Adds Malaysian Bedding, Latex Producer As Licensee in Southeast Asia
Aerofoam will manufacture, sell Eastman House, Chittenden & Eastman brands.
Thirty-Five Awards Presented in 2020 Design Excellence Competition from the New Jersey Chapter of ASID
Event and competition reinforced how good design impacts lives.
IMC’s Fall 2020 High Point Market Virtual Showhouse Highlights Diversity
Designers Share design ideas and inspiration during Oct. 8 “The House that Diversity Built” webinar
Nourison to host virtual market in conjunction with High Point Market
In conjunction with showroom participation at High Point Market, Nourison will host a virtual market on October 22, to connect with customers who do not plan on attending market.
Fourth Quarter Buying Events Showcase Americasmart Atlanta Open Year Round Showrooms
New Commercial Wednesday buying events join three Market Wednesday events and the Fall Cash & Carry market, all taking place October through December.
Monthly Furniture Insights Report From Smith Leonard
The last couple of months increases over 2019 levels has shown that there really was pent up demand out there.
In a Post-Covid World, Every Retailer Must Find Its 'Essential'
The place to start to find your essential is to figure out what your community of customers consider essential about the products you sell.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 298: Unplug and Replug All Your Devices Weekly
Make it a habit to unplug and replug all your devices weekly.
Craftmaster Furniture Introduces A New Paula Deen Collection
This collection consists of 25 different pieces, with a choice of 6 arm options, 4 back options, 5 base options and 17 different leg finish choices.
South Shore Furniture Introduces New Office Furniture Designed for Working-at-Home
The five collections, to be presented at a virtual event during High Point Market, includes computer desks, L‑shaped desks, file cabinets, credenzas, and height adjustable desks to switch from sitting to standing.
Samantha Fonseca Named ISFD Scholarship Recipient
Fonseca, an Industrial Design student at Appalachian State University, will be honored at the 10th annual Night of Luminaries and Rising Stars gala on April 28, 2021.
Sarreid Set to Unveil 200 New Products in High Point
Hundreds of new products are already in production, making them available immediately for purchase and shipment.
MIFF Leads Its Community to Digital Transformation Journey
Embracing the new way of doing business in the new normal with MIFF Furniverse.
WithIt Looks to Support Digital Expansion with Fundraising Raffle
The 2020 raffle, Get WithIt to Win It, features 30 days of prizes in the month of November.
MLILY To Double Size of Las Vegas Market Showroom
The new 20,000-square-foot foot will allow the company to showcase nearly 30 mattresses and its complete lineup of pillows.
2020 Sales Rep of the Year Finalists Named
The award recognizes an outstanding sales representative within the casual furnishings industry.
High Point Market and ASID Announce Educational Series Rebrand
Now titled ASID Learn x Design, the program will present three CEU-approved seminars via GoToWebinar as part of High Point’s virtual programming.
Virtual Market Center Launches New VMC Virtual Marketplace Platform
Platform for the home furnishings industry combines digital showroom tours with powerful sales tools.
Mattress Recycling Council’s Success in California Continues
Higher waste diversion, increased recycling and expanded research leads to strong 2019 performance of the product stewardship program.
Threekit On Track to Create Over 10 Million Product Images in 2020
Virtual Photographer uses proprietary layering and lighting technology to quickly and inexpensively create unlimited numbers of product photos from design files.
How Consumer Values Have Shifted in Covid Pandemic Challenging Brands To Find Their Purpose
That need for corporate purpose beyond just making money has only accelerated since the Covid pandemic hit.
BrandJump to Host Virtual Conversation on Online Promotional Planning
Q&A panel discussion with eCommerce experts in the home furnishings industry.
Sam Moore Expands “Simply Me Loft Living” Upholstery Program at Upcoming Fall High Point Market
The expanded collection includes 13 curved seating styles that can help create comfortable conversation areas within the home.
IMC’s Market Snapshot Program Highlights 50+Top Products at High Point Market
Voting for the final three People Choice’s winners – furniture (upholstery), furniture (case goods) and home décor – is now open through Oct. 9.
WithIt Offers Education Brunch on Building Executive Presence Virtually on Oct. 2nd
Guest speaker Sharon Delaney McCloud, a former news anchor and communications expert will present “Leadership Lessons: Building Executive Presence.”
ISFD Announces the 2020 Pinnacle Awards Finalists
The finalists will be feted during the Pinnacle Awards Online TV Presentation, and the winners announced, on Saturday, October 24.
50th Edition of the IHGF Delhi Fair - Autumn to Go Virtual
The upcoming edition, scheduled from 4th to 9th November 2020 will go live with 25 virtual halls featuring 12 well spread product segments.
SwanFRS Welcomes Terry Nelson to USA Team
Terry is an industry veteran with over 30 years of experience managing furniture stores and selling industry-specific retail management systems to home goods retailers.
Casual Industry Presents Awards at Virtual Gala Celebration
More than 300 members and guests joined in the online presentation to recognize manufacturing and retailing excellence.
Precision Textiles Invests in PPE
Company invests in new equipment to make PPE manufacturing permanent part of its product portfolio.
Universal Furniture Brings Modern Farmhouse to Life
The 45-sku collection with furnishings for living, dining, bedroom, occasional and upholstery was previewed at pre-market, and the full collection can be seen in October.
Summer Classics Wins Two ICFA Design Excellence Awards
Summer Classics was announced as a winner in two categories – Complimentary Casual Products and Dining Bar Chair – for its Brant Coffee Table and Havana 30” Bar Stool.
DesignOnHPMKT and DesignVisions2020 Partner to Bring ‘Visionary Secrets of Success’ to Industry Professionals
The partnership will allow DesignVisions2020 to share its design-focused webinar programming with a much broader professional audience
Hooker Furniture Launches “Cascade Collection”
The 57-piece assortment of bedroom, dining room, occasional, entertainment and home office pieces creates an elegant – yet livable – retreat from the modern day, fast-paced lifestyle.
Corsicana Introduces New Training Program to Help RSA's Sell Upscale ‘Nightsbridge’ Brand
The NightsBridge training program is designed as an interactive way to provide RSAs the features, advantages and benefits of Corsicana’s affordable luxury line.
Jaipur Living Selected a Trendwatch Winner at Upcoming High Point Market
Puebla Rania and Puebla Shazi will be highlighted in the Pod Trend webinar on September 23, 2020.
Special Order Upholstery Program Now Available from SUNPAN
Domestic by SUNPAN has expanded to include armchairs and special order custom configurations.
Dôme Deco Announces Concept Behind 2020 Fall Collection
Dôme Deco’s theme for the 2020 Fall/Winter Collection is "Quality of Life".
Koelnmesse Looks forward to the Return of Physical Trade Fairs (with Safe Conditions )
After Messe Frankfurt Announces they will not be organizing physical trade fairs at its own at the locationthrough March of 2021, Koelnmesse reaffirms plans for physical events in Cologne.
IHFRA Publishes Survey Results from Leading Retailers
IHFRA recently fielded a survey with leading retailers in order to take the pulse of their businesses in light of the pandemic—and to find out how reps can better serve them.
High Point Market Authority Announces Virtual Keynote Series and Style Spotters LIVE! for Fall 2020
The virtual Keynote Series will offer three sessions during the Fall Market dates while the virtual Style Spotters LIVE! event will take place after Market in November to recap the products spotted by the team in October.
ISFD Honors 2020 Pinnacle Awards Winners at Online TV Presentation
“Great Designs Unmasked” event, October 24, 6 pm ET.
Latexco Group CEO brings U.S. Division under Group Leadership
The world leader in latex foam production aligns U.S. operations within the global organization.
Maxwood Breaks Ground on New 600,000 Sq Ft Factory
Maxwood’s second Vietnam facility will again triple production capacity.
Conjure Launches Designer-Curated Furniture Rental Platform Out of Stealth
Announces $9m in seed funding and complete company rebrand.
MicroD Announces Virtual Booth Experience for Fall Market
The virtual booth will have an abundance of educational resources and events: webinars, articles, videos, and the chance to reserve appointments to discuss business.
Spring Air Mattress Donates Mattresses to First Responders Helping Clean Up After Hurricane Laura.
Spring Air International and its licensing partner Continental Silverline Products manufactured and donated mattresses to give frontline workers a place to rest following their long days helping clean up storm damage.
Bradington-Young Targets Gen X & Millennials With Launch of Plaza Midwood
Customizable upholstery collection offers more than 60 moderately scaled, transitional styles.
ICFA Announces Design Excellence Category Winners
Eleven manufacturers of outdoor home furnishings and accessories have been recognized for their outstanding product designs, the International Casual Furnishings Association announced.
Casual Industry Names Manufacturer Leadership Award Finalists
Five manufacturers of outdoor furnishings have been named finalists for the International Casual Furnishings Association’s 2020 Manufacturer of the Year Award.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 297: Animated Logos On Websites? Not!
Animated logos are fun and useful, but they aren’t suitable for websites.
Weekly Business Tip #6 from Snap Finance: How to Build an E-Commerce Channel in 8 Steps
With the holiday season quickly approaching and social distancing restrictions still in place, an online channel will help boost sales.
Jaipur Living Announces October Launches, Including Breakthrough Rug Collection
The new Someplace in Time collection evokes the authentic look and feel of vintage Persian hand-knotted rugs.
High Point Market Authority Partners with One Room Challenge for First-Ever Virtual Edition
Kicking off October 7, One Room Challenge – High Point Market Edition will exclusively showcase products from High Point Market exhibitors.
Gabby Rolls Out Updated Upholstery Program
The New Program merges Gabby’s modern, transitional design with Stanford Furniture’s comfortable, custom upholstery.
OW Lee Unveils Plans to Relocate Operations to Comfort, TX
The manufacturer acquires 412,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in Comfort, Texas and plans to relocate its California operation to Texas in 2021.
imm cologne Launches a Testimonial Campaign
The guiding idea behind the new #Betterstartnow campaign is “The future of your business begins with you, and it starts today.”
Macy's Plans for Bloomingdale's: Reclaiming Luxury Leadership
For Bloomingdale’s, its prospects are good for picking up some of the customers and luxury business that Barney’s, Neiman Marcus, and Lord & Taylor have left on the table.
STORIS & Factory Direct Enterprises Set ERP Implementation Record
FDE went live on STORIS in just 87-days, setting an ERP Conversion Record for a Top 100 Retailer.
Paramount Sleep Company Introduces New Flagship Collection
Featuring six mattress models, The Paramount collection will debut at High Point Market.
Gold Bond Mattress Sees Consumer Trend Toward Better-Made, Higher-Priced Beds
The company has seen a 23 percent uptick in sales of its high-end products over the last few months.
Universal Furniture Announces Fall 2020 Market Events
Company offers all educational events via live steaming.
kathy ireland Worldwide Partners with Italian Sofas Company Di Giò
The kathy ireland Home by Di Giò and Kathleen Marie Italia by Di Giò made their debut this week at the High Point Pre-Market.
Fall High Point Market Prep Continues as Product Demand Increases
HPMA officials, building owners, and exhibitors are busily preparing for the upcoming Fall Market, as consumer demand for home furnishings continues to increase.
Moe’s Home is Heading to High Point With a New Showroom
50% larger than their previous showroom at over 15 000 square feet, MHC’s new space is situated right by the escalators in the IHFC Building.
Naturepedic Partners With the Max Cure Foundation in Honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
GOTS-certified organic mattress manufacturer joins the New Childhood Cancer Prevention Initiative, donating proceeds from sales and offering a 20% off discount code.
Surya Announces Opening of New Designer Showroom in Denver
Denver showroom to provide local design community with year-round access to high-end Surya rugs and accessories.
8th Annual Step Ahead Awards Recognize Women for Excellence in Manufacturing
The Manufacturing Institute will honor Evelina Rurek & Andrea Baker of Ashley Furniture Industries.
Wayfair Sets Date for Way Day 2020
This year, Wayfair’s popular retail holiday for home will be extended to a full two-day sales event from September 23-24.
IMC Announces Featured TrendWatch Products for Fall 2020 High Point Market
Three-part webinar series, free digital “flip book” to showcase TOUCH POINTS, POD and PROLOGUE.
How US Businesses are Preparing for Holiday During a Pandemic
New research commissioned by PayPal and conducted by Netfluential reveals that many U.S. retailers are taking a reactive, wait-and-see approach to the holidays.
Nourison Introduces New Quarry Area Rug Designs and Digital Print Accent Rug Collections for New York Home Fashions Market
Since New York Home Fashions Market Week is being hosted virtually during September 14-17, 2020, Nourison will hold digital presentations and virtual market appointments, providing customers with digital access to new introductions.
Magniflex Expands Private Label Program for Retailers
The company’s selection of Italian-made products provides retailers with a complete merchandising package covering pricing from $1,199 to $2,999.
BIFMA Director Brad Miller Retiring After 26 Years of Service
Brad’s various titles throughout his years at BIFMA included Manager of Government Affairs, Director of Communications & Government Affairs and Director of Advocacy & Sustainability.
HEARTS Awards Silent Auction Fundraiser To Benefit No Kid Hungry
More than 70 dinner plates to be creatively transformed by celebs including Jane Seymour, Justina Blakeney, Bobby Berk.
Hooker Furniture Launches "California Casual" Surfrider and Sundance Collections
121-Piece introduction is the one of the largest in company history.
Hickory Springs Reports Business Has Returned to Pre-COVID-19 Levels
Over the last six months, HSM implemented several proactive strategies to ensure it would be fully prepared for when orders rebounded.
POLYWOOD Announces Outdoor Textile Collection Collaboration with Designer and Author Shayla Copas
The artistry and aesthetic of this designer will be reflected in the Shayla Copas Fabric Collection, featuring 17 original textile designs.
Treasure Garden Announces New Fabric Additions to Shade Products for 2021
23 new fabric selections will include a jacquard, weaves, stripes and solids in 100% solution-dyed acrylic.
How to Go from Good To Remarkable in Retail
There are the few remarkable retailers who over deliver customers’ needs in unexpected ways, exceeding all expectations.
Houzz Opens 2021 Scholarship Program Call for Entries
Students studying architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, construction management and skilled construction trade programs invited to apply.
Enhancements Fuel ShopZio Adoption & Growth
A series of recent enhancements have extended the digital marketplace’s utility and increased its use.
Gabby Launches New Products for October High Point Market
In addition to new products, Gabby will also be debuting its updated upholstery program, following the acquisition of Stanford Furniture in late 2019.
IMC Announces New Organizational Structure For Leasing & Leadership Teams
Belshaw & Eckman promoted to new leadership roles; Mahoney, Messner, Morris & Stover expand leasing responsibilities.
SFC Uses ASID Award Grant for Interior Designer Survey
Findings to promote health and sustainability objectives.
Atlanta Designers Focus On Wellness For IMC’s 2020 Directions in Design
Vignette programming showcasing ADAC and AmericasMart product presented virtually as art of DISCOVER ADAC and Fall Design Week programming.
Nourison Showroom to Open for High Point Pre-Market
Nourison is opening for pre-market in conjunction with hosting a virtual market during the first week in October and participating in High Point Market, October 13-21, 2020.
Hooker Furniture Announces Breegan Jane As Its First Digital Brand Ambassador
As part of the partnership, Jane will work closely with the Hooker Furniture team to select products and create engaging content that will appeal to and inspire her audience.
September Showroom Openings at TheMart
Although the ICFA cancelled its annual trade show, Casual Market Chicago, some 15 manufacturer showrooms are opening during the week of September 21 to be available to buyers and designers.
Stickley to Host Dealers at Pre-Market Preview
The furniture manufacturer celebrates 120 years of American craftsmanship in 2020 and will present their newest introductions on September 13th, 14th, and 15th.
Corsicana Mattress Partners With O’Rourke Sales Company
This is the first time the company has worked with the national sales group – to provide a boxed bed program for TRIB Group, a rent-to-own buying group.
Jaipur Living Seeing Great Reaction to Monthly Digital Launches, Will Not Attend Fall High Point Market
The award-winning rug producer will continue to focus on its monthly rug, pillow, pouf and throw launches, which have been a huge hit since their inception in June.
Enouvation Partners with Uniters for Global Sales Strategy
Partnership to bring power packs and cordless motion solutions to global market.
Loves Furniture Selects TD Bank as Financing Partner
TD Retail Card Services will provide in-store financing, including a private label card offering.
Hurtado Muebles Announces Three New Collections
Will be unveiling the Emerald, Trianon, and Choral Bedroom Collections this fall.
Hall 11 Gets an Update for imm cologne 2021
With the introduction of conceptual changes to provide targeted stimulus for new business, the event is perfectly timed to support the industry’s relaunch in the face of the coronavirus crisis.
Hickory Chair Unveils the Everett by Skip Rumley Furniture Collection
A mix of materials from American Ash, American Walnut and Mahogany, marble, glass and custom-designed hardware were used in the creation of the collection.
SFC Webinar Addresses Antimicrobial Downsides
Science expert leads with COVID-19 discussion on Thursday, Sep. 17.
300 South Main Launches New Leather Motion Category For High Point Pre-Market
The category launch will include 20 groups that mainly focuses on the transitional to contemporary style range.
Wayfair Names Fiona Tan Global Head of Customer and Supplier Technology
Tan joins Wayfair with more than 25 years of experience leading technology teams at dynamic and fast-growing companies.
New Exhibitors Coming to IMC’s Suites at Market Square for Fall High Point Market
26 new brands among the 175+ exhibitors in IMC’s Suites at Market Square at High Point Market.
KingsHaven Announces Lighting Sponsorship of 23rd Biennial Show House
National lighting brand partners with Junior League of Detroit 2020 Designers’ Show House.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 296: Websites: Design vs. Usability. Which comes first?
A high-end furniture store with an elegantly designed website should still keep usability in mind.
Norwalk to Exhibit at High Point Premarket
This marks the first time the company has exhibited at the event, which takes place the month before the full Market in October.
Nourison Relaunches Nourison Hospitality Website
The Nourison Hospitality site allows customers to learn more about extensive product offerings and capabilities for the hospitality and commercial markets and explore actual installations.
Spectra Home Setting Pre-Market Appointments Showing Three New Collections
Spectra Home presenting Christina Home Designs, Spectra USA and Spectra Leather collections
What Jeff Bezos Knows About Consumer Psychology That You Don't
Consumer psychology – giving people control, activating positive emotions, reinforcing personal identity and belonging – is the unchangeable foundation on which to build a winning retail business strategy.
Eclipse International Expands Private Label Program to Encompass Complete Product Portfolio
Retailers who floor an Eclipse private label lineup receive exclusivity, and the company’s sales and merchandising teams work closely with dealers to design mattresses and point-of-sale materials.
Loves Furniture & Mattresses Announces Grand Opening of Seven Southeast Michigan Locations
Each location will feature an array of home furnishings, including mattresses, sofas, loveseats, dining furniture and more.
Malouf Shows New Adjustable Bases at Las Vegas Market
The M455 and the S655 complement the existing line up of adjustable bed bases already offered to their retail partners.
CITY Furniture Adding 500 Jobs
Forecasts record annual sales as florida’s families adapt homes for COVID-era multitasking.
Moe’s Home Collection Announces New Flagship Store in Seattle
The grand opening is set for September 4th, 2020, just in time for the long Labor Day weekend.
Idle Group Announces Multi-Brand Licensing Partnership With Hearst Magazines
Companies join forces in North America to create exclusive branded mattresses for iconic publications.
IMC Announces Virtual Programming for 2020 Fall High Point Market
IMC’s 20+ educational webinar topics include trend forecasting, business practices during and after the COVID-19 crisis, consumer preferences, diversity and current market trends.
Coaster to Showcase During Fall High Point Pre-Market
The company will offer dealers a first look at the new, incoming 2021 products and groups from their most recent 2020-2 supplement catalog.
300 South Main Expands High Point Market Showroom in Historic Philip-Davis Building
This historical landmark to the local community is now being transformed into the company’s footprint at market.
Naturepedic Fights to Prevent Non-Hereditary Childhood Cancer Incidence
As Childhood Cancer Awareness Month begins, Naturepedic is supporting The Max Cure Foundation’s new Childhood Cancer Prevention Initiative.
MLILY USA Expands Pillow Program with Two New Collections
The new pillows, crafted with MLILY’s proprietary foams, offer exceptional breathability and are covered in an environmentally friendly, organic cotton fabric, will be showcased at the summer Las Vegas Market.
Monthly Furniture Insights Report From Smith Leonard
We have continued to hear that business has been better than expected as we came out of the months of March, April, and part of May, though there have been some recent rumors that not everyone is doing as well as others.
CIFF Shanghai 2020 Announces Confirmation of Schedule
The 46th CIFF Shanghai 2020 will take place in Shanghai Hongqiao from September 7-10.
BEDGEAR Introduces New Mattress and Pillow Collections
The S mattress collection as well as the Cosmo and Glacier pillow collections highlight “fashion that functions” because of their elegant covers and new enhanced airflow designs.
Standard Furniture Offers Exclusive High Point Premarket Tours to Preview Expanded Product Lines
The company will offer furniture retailers a preview of its new product introductions – including a new home office line – at High Point Premarket set for Sept. 14-15.
Iconic Stamford Landmark Says Goodbye
United House Wrecking is closing its doors after 66 years of business in Stamford.
Dallas Market Center and RepTime Announce Partnership
Software company to rebrand as MarketTime; supporting new, interoperable and secure B2B management suite plus e-commerce marketplace.
AHFA is 2020 Baby Safety Month Partner
Alliance urges members to help educate consumers on the importance of always choosing furnishings that comply with safety standards.
E.S. Kluft & Company, Marshall Mattress Reorganize North American Operations
Valerie Stranix named product director of North America, Tony LaMantia appointed as the new Vice President of Sales for Canada.
Watermark Living Announces Participation In High Point Pre-Market
Plans to open its showroom (in accordance with Covid-19 safety recommendations) from September 13 – 15, 2020 in High Point, NC. North Carolina.
Stash Home Closing After Decade of Success
Dufresne Spencer Group retailer opts for going-out-of-business closures of two stores as part of overall business strategy.
Mercana Furniture and Décor Welcomes Anna Del Monte As Director of Business Development and E-Commerce
Del Monte joins Mercana with more than two decades of strategic sales experience at leading multinational companies including, Nike, Warner Brothers and Tom Tom.
Spring Air International to Offer Four-Model Boxed-Bed Collection
The mattresses are competitively priced to retail from $299 to $599 and offer a safe shopping solution for consumers.
imm Cologne 2021 Confirms Go Ahead for January 2021
The German trade fair has confirmed that it will take place (with Living Kitchen) from January, 18-24, 2021.
Corsicana Unveils New Power Motion Adjustable Bed Base
The addition of the base will allow retailers to receive a full complement of sleep products – mattresses, a power adjustable bed base and mattress toppers – on one delivery truck.
WithIt Launches Enhanced Career Center
In addition to serving as a robust source of employment opportunities, the Career Center will be set apart by a number of benefits it offers to professionals and employers.
When a Store Is More Than a Store: Measuring Its True Value
Retailers must stop measuring stores as a distribution channel and start measuring them for what they really are: a media channel.
Craftmaster Furniture Expands Manufacturing Capacity
The company will be moving into a new plant in the former Broyhill Complex located in Lenoir, expanding its manufacturing capacity by 20%.
Four Hands to Launch New Products Via Virtual Showroom Experience On August 27
For the remainder of 2020, they are shifting gears from in-person market showcases and will not be attending Vegas Market this fall, instead focusing on creating an immersive digital experience.
Simply Amish To Unveil New Showroom for 2020 Fall High Point Market
The custom, solid-wood furniture manufacturer will unveil their new showroom this October in the Hamilton Wrenn Design District.
R Furniture Design is Now Vanity Resource
The new name more accurately represents the mission of the Company, which is to be the market's premier source for exceptionally well-made, aesthetically magnificent, reclaimed wood and natural stone vanities.
MLILY USA Launches New Website
The new website serves as a more comprehensive platform with an improved store locator, sleep tip section and customer review area.
Malouf Launches New Weekender RTA Furniture Line
The new ready-to-assemble furniture will be on display at this weekend’s Las Vegas Market, with an opening price point at $299.99 for an entire upholstered bed or $89.99 for a headboard.
Nourison Opens Las Vegas Market Showroom in Conjunction With Virtual Market
The company is hosting both virtual and physical markets to help reach as many customers as possible, including customers that are not traveling to shows.
Universal Furniture Dives Into Outdoor With Coastal Living
Company achieves whole-home availability as outdoors becomes most important room in the home.
ISFD Announces Keynote Speaker and Judges for 2020 Pinnacle Awards
Join the ISFD and Corey Damen Jenkins at the annual Pinnacle Award celebration, held on Monday, October 19.
IMC Adapts the Buyer Experience For Fall Design Week and Discover ADAC
Fall Design Week is September 21-23, 2020 at AmericasMart and DISCOVER ADAC is September 22-24, 2020.
Diamond Mattress to Introduce Five Boxed Bed Collections at Las Vegas Market
Company’s focus on manufacturing and innovation keeps pipeline of new products strong even through pandemic.
Precision Textiles Announces Launch of the “Luxe Collection”
Premium fibers for quilted panels can double the value of a mattress without doubling the cost.
BEDGEAR Relocates to New, Larger Headquarters in Farmingdale, New York
Announces global stores expansion, promotions and product marketing group.
Feizy Debuts 60+ New Designs for Las Vegas Market
For clients unable to attend market or wishing to shop from a distance, all of their new pieces have been filmed and uploaded to YouTube.
Classic Brands Decides Not to Attend Las Vegas Market
Plans to launch new product line in the fall during High Point Market.
Sagebrook Home to Debut 700 + New Items for Las Vegas Market
Building on their brands momentum and attendance at August Markets, Sagebrook Home shares that they will feature an additional 200 items not shown in Atlanta or Dallas Markets.
Mainly Baskets Home to Launch Exclusive Design Collection With Sarah Bartholomew
The collection of furniture and pieces for the home will combine the Atlanta brand’s signature hand-woven designs with the Nashville-based interior designer’s classic style.
FurnitureDealer.net Promotes Alex Kirsch
Most recently serving as Vice President of Client Solutions, Alex was promoted to President of the company's core dealer services business.
Loloi Hosts Virtual Trunk Show for Retail and Design Customers
The event runs through Sept. 6 and features immersive virtual showroom and personal tours.
IMC’s TrendWatch to Highlight Key Home Furnishings Trends in High Point Market Webinar Series
TOUCH POINTS, POD and PROLOGUE Showcased in Connection with Fall 2020 Market.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 295: Stay Connected to Your Customers. By Email.
For furniture stores competing with online retailers and big box stores, it’s important to keep that personal connection with your customer base.
Industry Associations Join Forces to Launch Alliance4Safety
Effort assures public officials safe businesses are essential businesses.
Atlanta Market Successfully Adapts Market Experience in Summer 2020
IMC reports that Summer 2020 Atlanta Market saw serious buying, a safe shopping environment and a collective goal of working towards recovery.
American Woodcrafters Debuts Entertainment Category
American Woodcrafters adds entertainment pieces to popular collections.
Jaipur Living Intros New Collection with Jenny Jones
Inspired by the Australian designer’s life and travels, the Reconnext collection features seven designs across nine rugs - each with its own back story.
Coaster Announces Partnership with Military Makeover on Lifetime TV
Military Makeover is an award-winning home improvement show that offers hope and a helping hand to members of the military and their loved ones.
Shifman Hires Industry Veteran Scott Hollis and Heads to Vegas Market
The luxury mattress maker strengthens West coast presence and service with proven sales leader.
Corsicana Mattress to Open 165,000-Square-Foot Factory in Indiana
Employing 350, the facility is dedicated to the company’s growing boxed-bed business.
MLILY USA to Open New 644,000-Square-Foot Vertical Factory in Arizona in December
New facility to employ up to 300 when fully operational in 2021.
ITA Promotes Carrie Dillon to Managing Director
Dillon has been with the organization since 2014 and has grown through its ranks, first as Assistant Executive Director, then taking on the additional management of the ITA’s Educational Foundation in 2017.
Nourison Shares Tribute to Christopher Guy Harrison
Christopher Guy Harrison has been a dear friend and business partner to Nourison for many years, having launched the Christopher Guy Area Rug Collection license and partnership at High Point Market in October 2017.
Malouf To Offer Virtual and In-Person Appointments at Las Vegas Market
The Malouf team says they are committed to a safe market experience.
Mattress Firm Joins the VanLife Tour for a Sleep Journey Through the Desert
Sleep.com launches with VanLife tour featuring artists and musicians on their journey within for better sleep.
IMC Readies for Fall 2020 High Point Market
Showrooms & Temporary Exhibits run Oct. 13 – Oct. 21.
Soft-Tex Announces Las Vegas Market Product Lineup and Virtual Presentation Options
Due to COVID-19, Soft-Tex will not attend the Summer Las Vegas Market, but is producing a comprehensive virtual market experience complete with virtual product demonstrations and virtual Zoom appointments with customers.
Polyurethane Foam Association Shifts To Digital Fall Meeting
Online sessions will feature technical presentations, industry issue updates.
Omnia Leather to Be Open for Las Vegas Market
Omnia will be introducing motion options to its popular MAX Collection, a new transitional chair program, as well as showcasing its entire collection of stationary and motion upholstery options, in new updated leather covers.
Patrick Shanahan Joins OW Lee as Sales Rep for Eastern Canada
Patrick has been in the outdoor industry for 24 years, working in various territories as a manufacturers rep, including Southern & Northern California, the Northern Midwest, and most currently The Great Lakes and Eastern Canada.
Eclipse International Develops 12-Model Boxed Bed Collection for Omnichannel Retailers
The 12-model lineup, with mattresses to retail from $399 to $999 in queen, is supported by drop-shipping services direct from the factory to consumers.
Designs Direct Selects PlumSlice Labs, Inc. to Streamline Product Development
With the PlumSlice Product Platform, Designs Direct will be able to manage design specifications and streamline product development for their retail partners.
ISFD Receives Record Number of 2020 Pinnacle Awards Entries
With 163 Pinnacle Award entries covering 20 categories, the ISFD reports the largest number of entries in over a decade.
Top Tastemakers Take Over Las Vegas Market Instagram with #ViewOnVegas
Designers and Industry Influencers share favorite market products.
Feizy Expands Online Offering Of One-Of-A-Kind Rugs
The OAK portal allows clients to search for over 3,000 rugs with new distinctive pieces added daily.
Novogratz Announce Exclusive Collection at Target.com
The collection features futons, sleeper sofas, beds, coffee tables, desks, record stands, a selection of chairs and more.
Taylor King Expands Indoor Wicker Chair Options
Bringing a Fresh, Modern Feeling to Any Living Space, the Expanded Wicker Seating Options Makes the Perfect Accent for Most Any Interior, from Airy Sunrooms to More Formal Settings.
Wells Fargo to Deploy Versatile Credit’s Snap Sign™ Technology
Snap Sign contactless self-service technology provides shoppers with contactless, transition-to-mobile finance applications.
Treasure Garden Introduces the EVO - A Dual Light-Sound Pod for 2021
The EVO is an umbrella and a table light in one unit and an integrated bass speaker that provides a crisp surround sound experience outdoors.
Coohom Launches Video Studio to Streamline Video Creation Process
New technology can generate unlimited video imagery using 3D floor plan templates.
Diamond Sofa Open for Summer 2020 Las Vegas Market
The company will also be broadcasting live “Virtual Showroom Tours” daily during the Market via its Instagram Live platform.
How Consumer Spending Fared So Far Through 2020: Not Well
Here is what people are and aren’t buying now and what it indicates for the rest of the year.
Recap: 49th IHGF Delhi Fair - Virtual 2020
Nearly 1,300 participants exhibited in 25 virtual halls in 12 broad categories were visited by over 4,000 buyers from across the globe.
IMC Webinar Forecasts 2021 Interior Design Trends
“Where Will 2021 Take Interior Design?” is Aug. 18
SUNPAN to Open at Las Vegas Market
Located at B700, Building B, World Market Center, showroom appointments are not mandatory but are encouraged.
Ekornes, Inc. Partners with Retail Network to Raise $300k for Local Charities
Stressless Summer Charity Promotion Results in Huge Success
Reverie to Miss Summer 2020 Las Vegas Summer Market
Safety concerns, expansion of personalized virtual experiences drive decision.
IFDA's Educational Foundation Announces Design Student Scholarship Winners for 2020
Students committed to enhancing the quality of life through interior design.
Eclipse International Will Not Attend Summer Las Vegas Market
While the Eclipse team will not be attending the market, the company is prepared to offer showroom tours coupled with FaceTime or video calls.
In a Changed Landscape, Leading Thinkers Look Ahead at the Future of the Home Industry
Business of Home’s second-annual Future of Home conference will be reimagined as a television talk show, live-streamed to the homes of 700 design professionals on September 14 and 15, 2020.
Banker & Brisebois Launches an All-New Retail Marketing Campaign Builder
Available now, The Marketing Marketplace subscription service offers professionally designed marketing campaigns and customizable programs for small-to-mid-sized furniture retailers.
95% of Dallas Showrooms To Be Open For August Markets
More than 800 permanent showrooms plus 450 temps.
IMC_di Unveils New Juniper Brand & Suite Of New Software Solutions
Juniper’s new digital tools begin to launch in August.
Crosley Furniture Opts Out of Las Vegas Market
Crosley Furniture will be among the growing list of World Market Center exhibitors opting not to open their showroom for the upcoming Las Vegas Market due to COVID-19 concerns.
Steelyard Announces Results of Interior Designer Survey
Steelyard surveyed interior designers on their changing business landscape and what they need from manufacturers.
Study Finds Lockdown Video Calls Inspire Home & Garden Purchases
Around half of US consumers agree that seeing inside other people’s homes in lockdown video calls has inspired them to improve their own living space.
Wayfair Celebrates Winners of 2020 Wayfair Professional Tastemaker Awards
Five new tastemakers recognized for innovation in residential, hospitality, & commercial office design.
Humanscale Partners with ecomedes to Make it Easier to Source and Buy Sustainable Office Furniture
Newly launched website to offer easily searchable health and sustainability-related certification criteria for Humanscale products.
Greenington Not Attending Las Vegas Market
The Earth-friendly bamboo furniture manufacturer plans to digitally launch a shopping experience with market specials.
Four Hands Adds Vice President of Logistics Position, Taps Craig Starnes for the Role
Starnes will manage the flow of goods from origin to customer while working to streamline logistics, fulfillment, and final delivery.
Brazilian Furniture Production Reacts in May and Grows 53% Over the Previous Month
Exports also increased in May and June and entrepreneurs are optimistic about the second half of the year.
Customer Service By Design: How To Differentiate Your Ecommerce Experience
With retailers turning to ecommerce to survive the pandemic, it’s important to heighten the customer experience to stand out in the crowd.
Online Payment Enhancements in eSTORIS 4.2.6 Meet Shifts in Consumer Behavior
In eSTORIS’ latest Release 4.2.6, two key payment processing enhancements help retailers as they navigate an influx of online eCommerce orders: Online Payments on Open Orders and Pre-Authorized Credit Card Processing.
Las Vegas Market to Present Signature ‘Ahead of the Curve’ Program as Webinar
Luxe Interiors + Design Returns as sponsor and program moderator.
Parker House Withdraws from Summer Las Vegas Market
While Parker House Furniture typically shows at both Las Vegas furniture markets each year, the company will not be opening its showroom for the upcoming summer market.
J.B. Hunt Makes First Company Delivery Using the All-Electric Freightliner eCascadia
Transportation provider is one of the first companies to participate in the Freightliner Customer Experience Fleet.
Bradington-Young Reports Higher Orders Than This Time Last Year
Trend is fueled by pent-up demand from consumers who have been cooped up at home for months and a renewed interest in American-produced products in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hooker Furniture Continues “Virtual Market” Initiative
Virtual showroom tour & new video series showcases new collections & existing programs across all business units.
Versteel Presents Minimalist Furniture Collaboration with Jonathan Nesci
In a first-time collaboration, Versteel and Nesci created a line of minimalist occasional tables that challenge conventional furniture design.
Diamond Mattress Website Redesign Balances Retailer and Consumer Needs
Simpler design and emphasis on manufacturing innovation provide more complete story of products and company.
City Furniture Selects Kibo’s Headless-Based eCommerce
The Florida-based home furnishing and accent retailers selected the Kibo’s headless, microservices-based ecommerce offering to help power the company’s online presence.
Recap: 45th CIFF Guangzhou 2020
1,607 exhibitors occupied more than 3,2 million square feet of exhibition space, attracting 145,000+ visitors.
PMP Sales Announces Launch of New Division – PMP Consulting
PMP Consulting will work with the retailers to create plans to improve deficiencies, control expenses, and raise productivity – all with an eye to helping the owners achieve the objectives they desire.
Myriad Software Launches PointCentric 2.0 for Home Furnishing Retailers
New Release includes enhanced accounting, financial and POS features.
Myriad Software Marks 30-Year Anniversary
Trailblazing woman-owned tech company looks back on success, forward to innovation.
Magniflex Plans to Introduce “Gino” at Las Vegas Market
New Boxed bed collection will target millennials.
Spring Air Signs 48 Boscov Stores to Carry 12 SKUs
Four Seasons and Back Supporter lines chosen for partnership.
Pre-Registration for Total Home & Gift Market Accelerates Via New FastPass System
One-step digital pre-registration offers quickest, safest entry to market.
FurnitureDealer.net Launches New Technology
Partners With Wells Fargo Retail Services and Furniture Marketing Group (FMG)
Naturepedic Excels in New Investigative Crib Mattress Report
The organic mattress manufacturer ranks number one in transparency and material safety tests in new crib mattress report.
Sagebrook Home Doubles Their Gallery Space at Dallas Market
The International Home Decor brand has expanded their Gallery space within the In Detail Showroom (WTC Suite 500) to roughly 5,000 square feet.
The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation Moves Induction Celebration to April, 2021
The Induction Celebration, traditionally held during the October High Point Market, has been moved to Saturday, April 17, 2021 at the Sheraton Greensboro Four Seasons.
Ekornes, Inc. Announces Rollout of New Retail Merchandising Program
New Stressless Comfort Zone enhances brand presence, creates sophisticated selling environment.
J.B. Hunt Discloses 2019 Sustainability Metrics
The supply chain solutions company also provides a road map for progress in new report.
KAS Rugs Will Not Be Attending Las Vegas Market
Instead, as a safer option they will be offering multiple Virtual Promotions and digital friendly experiences.
King Koil Adds 20 New Retail Partners As a Result of ‘Mattress Stimulus Package’ Launched Earlier This Year
Program defers payment on samples & inventory until 2021.
Precision Textiles Donates 2,000 Masks to Oasis
Oasis is a New Jersey based non-profit organization providing services to underprivileged women and children.
Parker House Launches Digital Product Catalogs
The launch includes four digital catalogs that encompass its entire product line, including: Parker House case goods, Parker Living leather motion upholstery, Parker Living fabric motion upholstery and Parker Living Sleep.
Chicagoland Resident Wins 2020 Ford Explorer in Darvin Furniture 100-Year Celebration
The winner, Bridget Kincy-Pollard, was the third person to try her code when she won the Ford Explorer from Joe Rizza Ford.
Sam Moore Announces Winners of Interior Design Contest
Texas, Minnesota & Georgia Designers submit winning entries.
Nourison to Host Virtual Market in Addition to Atlanta and Las Vegas Market
The Floor covering and home accents manufacturer will host a virtual summer market on August 18, 2020 at 1pm EST.
Furniture of America Goes Virtual for Summer Las Vegas Market
Virtual Market runs for two weeks from August 24th – 28th and August 31st – September 3rd
A Reckoning Is Coming For Retail: Get Ready
Even post-pandemic, consumers will continue to do more and more from the safety of their home spaces.
Las Vegas Design Center Offers Signature Programs, Expanded Resources for Designers
The Las Vegas Design Center (LVDC) will debut a new showroom at Summer Las Vegas Market, Aug. 30 – Sep. 3, 2020 and present two virtual programs in August.
Shifman and Macy’s Partner on Luxury Mattress Collection
Hotel Classic Collection meets Macy’s customer preference for high-quality materials and luxury goods.
Founder and Lead Designer of KingsHaven Releases New Book
Designer and founder of national lighting brand and design firm, Lauren Wylonis, releases new book, “At Home with KingsHaven: Estates, Interiors, Landscapes.”
American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Launches The Covid-19 Project
The initiative aims to document the home furnishings industry during pandemic.
Jonathan Charles Announces New Barcelona Collection
The 28-pc. Barcelona Collection is part of the company’s launch of multiple new lifestyle collections and stand-alone items premiering in time for the October High Point Market.
500+ Showrooms Set to Open For August Atlanta Market
Expanded exhibitor search tools launch to support brand discovery.
IHFRA Taps Steven Allegrezza as Director of Digital Strategies/Marketing
In his new role, Allegrezza will have oversight for the creation and implementation of digital events, podcasts, member training and will also work to enhance and improve IHFRA’s website.
Ashley Homestore's Hope to Dream Program Donates to Local Make a Wish
11-year old Gabby will now be sleeping on a new adjustable queen mattress, topped with bedding filled with touches of her favorite color, pink.
InterHall Showcases Design-Driven Home Furnishings at Fall High Point Market
Ten New exhibitors join 70+ high-end manufacturers, suppliers and designers.
Sustainable Furnishings Council Names 2020 Ambassadors
Each of the high-profile designers will serve in a leadership and advocacy role, with the goal to affect positive change among their interior designer peers, clients, and the home industries at large.
Pandemic Playbook from Amber Engine: What CAN You Do in the Chaos?
Alter your company’s product and go-to-market strategies by asking yourself three simple questions.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 294: Insights from a Writer (not me)
Appreciate the talents a terrific copywriter can bring to your business.
Weekly Business Tip #5 from Snap Finance: Helping Customers Get What They Need Most
Thanks to available financing options, you don’t have to read your customers' minds or ask potentially embarrassing questions.
Furniture Wizard Releases New Cloud-Hosted Platform
With the new cloud-hosted version of Furniture Wizard, users can access their Point-of-Sale System from anywhere.
Corsicana to Launch Virtual Showroom Tour for Retailers Unable to Attend Las Vegas Market
Coinciding with the opening of the Summer Market, the comprehensive program will offer retailers access to the company’s complete portfolio of products.
Symbol Mattress Reinvents Sleep Fresh Brand
The Sleep Fresh mattress makeover gets non-toxic Sanitized treatment and supports brick-and-mortar with e-commerce option.
Southerland Launches Southerland Connects to Bring the “Market” to Customers
Southerland Connects is a complete plan that provides the company’s retail partners with product samples, turnkey point-of-sales materials and private, one-on-one product demonstrations for enhanced safety.
STORIS’ Marketing Supervisor, Caitlin Jascewsky, Inducted to HFB’s Forty Under 40
HFB started the Forty Under 40 program in 2015 to recognize accomplished up and coming professionals in home furnishings.
Monthly Furniture Insights Report From Smith Leonard
Both the Leading Economic Index and Consumer Confidence reports indicated that in the short term, economic recovery may be slow.
Weekly Business Tip #4 from Snap Finance: 3 Tips to Reduce COVID-19’s Impact on Your Business
The better you are at identifying and meeting your customer’s needs, the better chance your business will have of surviving COVID-19.
Albany Industries Appoints Tina Sikma as CFO
The upholstery furniture manufacturer also promotes four others in key management roles.
Coaster Fine Furniture Announces Digital Las Vegas Market Experience
Retailers will receive a first look at a variety of the newest Coaster furniture products available for purchase during market week.
IKEA Live Oak Store receives LEED Gold Certification
IKEA Live Oak features recycling stations, EV charging stations, carpool-preferred parking, a high-efficiency heating and cooling system and more.
ICFA Announces 2020 Apollo Award Finalists
The ICFA membership will vote via an online ballot for a winner in each of two categories later this summer, with the winners being announced on September 23.
XPO Logistics Announces Two Senior Executive Appointments
Eduardo Pelleissone named Chief Transformation Officer; Alex Santoro named Executive Vice President, Operations.
SUNPAN Announces New Sustainability Program
Program includes the launch of their new sustainable, made in America collection, Domestic.
Aaron's, Inc. to Separate into Two Public Companies
The two companies, Progressive Leasing and the Aaron's Business, are expected to benefit from improved strategic focus.
IMC to Address Diversity in Retail and Design Webinars
Gift, Home and Apparel industry sessions extend work of IMC’s Diversity & Inclusion Network.
Herman Miller Partners With Logitech G for New Line of Gaming Furniture
The Embody Gaming Chair will meet the demands of pro players and streamers and is the first item in a line that will also include a height adjustable desk and monitor arm.
Dallas Market Center Presents More Than 400 Temps During August Shows
A month of discovery presented across multiple shows featuring leading brands and start-ups with new products for retailers.
Spring Air Taps Experienced Customer Service Rep for Team
Prior to joining Spring Air, Michele Rosselli was a customer service manager with the Encore Boston Harbor, a luxury resort and casino.
Weekly Business Tip #3 from Snap Finance: Upselling, Your Key to Growth
How can you boost sales in a highly competitive market?
Horizon Home Opens Puebla, Mexico Distribution Center
The 50,000 square foot facility will also stock product for Horizon's US Warehouse program out of Phoenix, AZ.
IMC to Present Webinars on Post-COVID-19 Retail
Hosted by Atlanta Market and Las Vegas Market as Summer Market Preparation.
2030 IFDA Survey Foresees Key Influences: Wellness, Aging-in-Place & Smart Home Features
In the next 10 years, our homes will shrink in size, grow healthier in design, and more amenable to aging in place.
AHFA Foundation Continues Support for Furniture Academies
The Foundation has awarded $49,000 in grants for 2020 to support furniture industry training programs.
Why Now Is the Time for Furniture Retailers to Adopt Augmented Reality
AR presents a huge opportunity by allowing customers to visualize a product in their own space, all while taking important details like size and fabric pattern into account.
BrandJump Names Nicole Gallo-Pratt Associate Director of Creative Content
Established communications pro will bring bench strength and leadership to content processes.
Atlanta Market Launches New Virtual Tools
It is enhancing its interactive digital toolbox to support buyers before, during and after the upcoming Summer 2020 Atlanta Market.
American Leather Holdings Taps Stefanie Lucas for Chief Revenue Officer
With 20 years in the home furnishings space, Lucas has held various leadership positions with furniture manufacturers and retailers as well as international consumer brands.
Neighborhood Goods Has Invented A New Department Store Model That Actually Works
Traditional department stores have been experiencing a slow and painful to watch death for years. The pandemic may be the final nail in their coffin.
ICFA Sales Rep Designs 2021 Membership Pin
Shield motif reflects strength of 4,500 fellow professionals.
Jaipur Living Announces August Launch
The launch includes two new licensees, 16 collections, and nearly 70 rugs.
Indiana Governor Honors Indiana Furniture for Business Longevity and Service to Hoosier Workforce
Indiana Governor, Eric J. Holcomb honored Indiana Furniture with the Governor’s Century Business Award in recognition of the company’s longevity and service to its employees, community, and the state.
AHFA Solution Partners Board Cancels 30th Annual Education Golf Tournament
The decision comes amid ongoing concerns related to COVID-19 combined with current North Carolina restrictions.
American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Inductee Video Receives a Silver Telly Award
The video, about Hall of Fame inductee Jim “Mack” McIngvale of Gallery Furniture, was a winner in the Non-Broadcast: Not-for-Profit category of the 41st Annual Telly Awards.
City Furniture Embraces Digital Transformation
The furniture retailer integrates Akeneo PIM with Widen DAM and selects ProductsUp to streamline eCommerce.
Yale Debuts Tag-to-Tag Telematics Solution to Encourage Social Distancing
Employees can simply wear the electronic proximity tags on a lanyard, offering a minimally intrusive solution that only makes its presence known when providing a proximity alert.
Las Vegas Market Announces Two FIRST LOOK Webinar Dates
Five Summer Market Themes Include GATHER TOGETHER; PRINTS,CHARMING; SCREEN TIME; TAKE CARE and TRADITIONAL-ISH.
Sam Moore Announces Winner of Vintage Chair Social Media Contest
Picture of 1947 Classic Wing Chair & Ottoman wins contest.
Pandemic Playbook from Amber Engine: Downtime To-Do List
Now that ‘Stay Home’ orders have been partially lifted, your to-do list may look a lot different than it used to.
Weekly Business Tip #2 from Snap Finance: 3 Social Media Platforms Guaranteed to Grow Your Business
With the shift in the retail landscape, digital channels like social media are more important to your brand, your bottom line, and your longevity than ever before.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 293: Announce New Pages Everywhere
Announce new website pages everywhere you can, the effort will drive traffic to your website and help your website stay relevant and fresh, helping you to build trust between you and your customer base.
High Point Market Opens Fall Registration
Debuts #HPMKTsafe Initiative to outline safety measures pertaining to Fall Market in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Sleep Country Announces Partnership with Malouf
Sleep Country Canada and Dormez-vous will exclusively offer Malouf's pillows, bedding and other sleep products nationwide.
Las Vegas Market Reveals Summer 2020 Virtual Programming
In line with buyer sentiment, summer market programming will be offered through digital market channels rather than in at-market sessions.
IMC Repositions August Markets as Showroom-Only Buying Opportunities
Tradeshow Presentations Suspended at Summer Gift, Home Furnishings and Apparel Markets.
BEDGEAR Brings New Performance Mask to Mattress and Furniture Retailers
The Performance™ Mask is engineered to reduce heat and sweat buildup based on customer demand from its mattress and furniture retailers.
Dorel Home to Launch Exclusive Queer Eye-Inspired Furniture Collection
Launched July 15th exclusively on Walmart.com, the Queer Eye furniture collection features updated-industrial designs for living room, bedroom, office, dining room, and outdoor patio spaces.
Feizy Releases 2020-2021 Catalog
With over 500 pages, each collection is exceptionally detailed with stunning photography, comprehensive product information, and key features.
New Ethan Allen Design Center Opens in San Mateo
Formerly located in the Bridgepointe Shopping Center, the new Design Center connects clients to Ethan Allen’s world-class interior designers within a curated product gallery.
Walker Edison's Brad Bonham & Matt Davis Announced As Entrepreneur of the Year Finalists
Brad Bonham and Matt Davis join the ranks of unstoppable entrepreneurs in the Utah Region.
Standard Furniture Announces Expansion of Sales Team
Standard has named Eric Greene sales director while Chuck Eitel, Dave Johnson, Rick McCabe and Patrick Ruland have been named corporate account managers.
Soft-Tex International Doubles U.S. Production Capacity
Issues a corporate commitment to expanding U.S.-based production by at least 20% annually for the next 5 years.
Confidence Returns to Home Renovation Market Amidst COVID-19, Houzz Barometer Finds
Expectations for new business inquiries and committed projects rebound following early pandemic impact.
Weekly Business Tip #1 from Snap Finance: 3 Ways Secondary Financing Can Change Your Business for the Better
With many Americans facing economic uncertainty, understanding their new financial challenges can help you develop strategies to better serve them and boost your income.
Pandemic Playbook from Amber Engine: Your Crisis Contribution
During WWII, Detroit, MI transitioned from America’s auto capital to a military supply powerhouse; What is your company’s contribution in these times of trouble?
Jordan's Furniture to Open First Maine Location
The new location in the South Portland Maine Mall will include 120,000 square feet of showroom, making it the largest furniture store in the state.
Genius Exchange 2020 Goes Virtual, Serves More Designers
Two-day intensive program features top presenters, key business strategies, and mastermind sessions with industry mentors.
Gold Bond Sees Futon Demand Jump 25% As ‘Boomerang Effect’ Grows
The boomerang effect, which sees adult children returning to their parents’ homes, has climbed exponentially during the pandemic with government data estimating 2.9 million adults moved back home during the first half of this year.
ICFA Reports Results of Fourth COVID Survey
Latest survey reflects challenges as stay-at-home orders start to lift.
Whereoware Welcomes John Schneider As Chief Technology Officer
With over 20 years’ experience in leadership roles at technology firms, Schneider will lead and mentor Whereoware’s web development and technical services team.
Dillon Parrish Joins Uttermost As Senior Designer
Dillon Parish has joined Uttermost after 12 years with Arteriors as a Senior Designer.
Christina Anstead of HGTV Debuts New Christina Home Designs Collection for Spectra Home
The approximately 30-piece California modern upholstery and occasional accents collection offers families fashionable looks at affordable prices.
MLILY USA to Expand Workforce at S.C. Factory by 35%
The mattress manufacturer is looking to grow its workforce by 35 percent to fill a third shift and increase its production to more than 6,000 units a day.
Greenington Taps Troy Lerew as Vice President of Sales
Lerew comes to Greenington from Benchmaster Furniture, where he held the post of President of Sales & Marketing and previously served as CMO for UNITERS.
Precision Textiles Sells Record 10 Million Yards of Medical Grade Fabric
The milestone supports the growing demand for domestically produced medical gowns for healthcare personnel on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.
John Boardman Passes Away at 91
In the 40 years he was President of Sam Moore, the company grew to be one of the largest upholstery furniture manufacturers in the Southeast U.S.
SFC Tackles CO2 Emissions in Next Sustainability Essentials Webinar
Monthly series developed to educate and activate furnishings industry.
ICFA Board of Directors Approves Cancellation of Casual Market
The move comes amid ongoing concerns related to COVID-19 combined with current state and local restrictions to sponsoring the event scheduled on September 22-25.
Doug Sanicola Named Acting Chair of ICFA
Sanicola, President of Outdoor Elegance in La Verne, Calif., served as the trade group’s first retail chair in 2017.
Retail Is Sick: It’s Time for Wellness
All retailers, nonessential and otherwise, have been massively disrupted during the nationwide coronavirus shutdowns.
Tiger Group Execs: Retail Inventory Valuations Bounced Back to Surprisingly Healthy Levels During Re-Openings
Pent-up consumer demand drove strong results at U.S. store-closure sales, note Tiger Group’s Dan Kane and Michael McGrail in Goldman Sachs webinar.
Industry Associations Lend Support to Revised Fall Market Schedule
Three industry associations joined the HPMA to support the new, three-period safe attendance plan for Fall Market, scheduled for October 13-21, 2020.
Janet Hayes named new CEO of Crate and Barrel
The innovative brand strategist joins the home furnishings retailer on August 1st.
Norwalk Furniture Enhances Performance Fabric Program
Adds eco-friendly line of fabrics & develops new merchandising strategy for fabric displays.
Sagebrook Home Announces Two New Showrooms at AmericasMart
Totaling 14,000 square feet, the two new showrooms will feature both a Décor + Lighting Gallery.
Ultrafabrics Bolsters High-End, Hygienic Fabric Collections with New On-Trend Colors
Twenty-five new shades added to both its popular antimicrobial range Ultraleather Pro, and its hi-tech Fusion & Fusion Shimmer collections.
Southerland Names 18-Year Industry Vet As EVP of Operations
Michael Prude has spent the last 18 years at Serta Simmons Bedding where he most recently managed operations for 11 factories in the company’s Southern Region.
Three National Industry Brands Announce Virtual Design Challenge Finalists and Winners
KingsHaven, Taylor King and Woodbridge Furniture recognize winning designs of summer 2020 Virtual Design Challenge.
45th CIFF Guangzhou reopens
The first major design event of 2020 in Asia will be CIFF Guangzhou, running from 27th to 30th July this year in Guangzhou.
Salt Flat Furniture Makes Debut in Malouf Showrooms
The comprehensive furniture collection consists of hundreds of products, ranging from living room sofas and sectionals to bedroom dressers and nightstands to dining room chairs and tables.
Retail Ecommerce Ventures Offers $20 Million for Pier 1 Imports Brand and eCommerce Business
Pier 1 had originally filed for Chapter 11 protection in February before stores began closing due to COVID-19.
Idle Group Expands Portfolio
Direct-to-Consumer mattress company launches new brand Haven, acquires Mend Sleep
Jonathan Charles debuts The Toulouse Collection
The 30-pc. Toulouse Collection conveys the best of 20th century European modern sensibilities.
Easy Furniture Web Tip #292: Get New Pages Indexed on Google Faster Via Social Media
To help Google find your new web page, post a link to it on your Facebook, Twitter, and other social media pages.
Pandemic Playbook from Amber Engine: What Should Furniture Suppliers Do During Covid-19?
What your company does during this strange, in-between period determines how quickly your facility will ramp up in what will, undoubtedly, become “the new normal.”
Lawsuit Against AHFA, ASTM Dismissed
A Pennsylvania federal judge last month dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit, declaring that the Alliance did not share in the responsibility for a Florida toddler’s death in a furniture tip-over accident.
Las Vegas Market Enlists 12 Designers to Create Its First-Ever Virtual Showhouse
Designers share ideas & inspiration in two-part webinar.
Podium Partners with PROFITsystems
This partnership will allow furniture retailers the ability to integrate their Point of Sale (POS) data with Podium's messaging and online review products.
Dallas Lighting Expo to Take Place August 19-21
Event to showcase new lighting products from select group of Trade Mart exhibitors, concurrent with the summer Total Home & Gift Market
The Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas Receives Temporary Certificate of Occupancy
IMC’s Summer Las Vegas Market hosts grand opening of new downtown tradeshow facility.
Scott Tinsley Becomes New ISPA Chair
Hank Little Appointed Vice Chair and newly elected trustees announced.
“MIFF Furniverse” Online Exhibition to Open in August 2020
Connecting global furniture markets with real-time trading opportunities.
Neela Montgomery Leaves Crate and Barrel
After six successful years with the Otto Group, Neela has decided to leave the company on August 1st to pursue new opportunities.
Capel Rugs to Introduce Four New Styles at Las Vegas Market
Company also offering extended, 60-day payment terms on new orders.
2020 Has Been Miserable for many retailers. What's likely next?
Hoping that the worst is over, retailers are encouraged that business will recover, maybe not in the third quarter, but that it will start to turn around by the fourth.
Monthly Furniture Insights Report From Smith Leonard
On the better news front, from our conversations, most have felt that business has come back somewhat better than expected; On the not so good front, the virus issues are not going away.
HS2 Earns Greenguard Gold Certification for Micro-Coil Comfort Layer Systems & Fabric-Encased Mattress Coil System
UL’s GREENGUARD Certification Program requires that products meet some of the world's most rigorous standards for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (“VOCs”) into indoor environments.
Celebrate the Fourth of July with Outdoor Furnishings Made in the USA
Research conducted on behalf of the ICFA earlier this year showed that more than half of Americans were planning to add at least one new piece of outdoor furniture this year.
Atlanta Market Announces Summer 2020 Market Virtual Programming
Presented Pre-Market July 1 – August 10, 2020.
Pandemic Playbook from Amber Engine: Balancing Humanity and Business
There's a strange combination of elements at play right now: The desire to remain socially sensitive, the drive to provide employee protection and the need to navigate layoffs – and subsequent rehires – when the economy recovers.
Employee/Customer COVID Safety Checklist For Furniture Retailers
Frequent Furniture World contributing author David McMahon provides readers with a short checklist for mitigating COVID risks right now in your stores.
Over 500 Retail Stores Deploy Precision Textiles’ Hygienic Mattress Testing Kits
The sanitized, individually wrapped, one-time-use kits offer reassurance to consumers who are testing mattresses.
Badcock’s eSTORIS Website Hits New Milestones During Pandemic
The Badcock team reported that since March of 2020, Badcock.com has seen their online sales increase 4x.
Brandwise Welcomes 50k Retailers to Brandwise Passport
Phase III of Brandwise 2.0 rolled out last week with the migration of credentials for 50,000 registered Reach B2B Retailer Connections to the Brandwise Passport.
Malouf Expands Distribution Network to 5.3 Million Square Feet with Acquisition of California Property
A new warehouse distribution property in Delano, California adds 1.2 million square feet to the company’s distribution network.
Naturepedic Raises Awareness for Baby Crib and Child Mattress Safety
The organic nontoxic mattress company educates on the chemical, allergenic, physical, hygienic and breathability needed for maximum mattress safety.
Luxury in a Post-COVID World
The MBB big-three consulting firms – McKinsey & Company, Boston Consulting Group, and Bain & Company – have all come out with their post-coronavirus predictions for the luxury market.
Ashley Homestore's Hope to Dream Program Partners With Metropolitan Ministries to Donate 50 Beds to Children in Need
Each of the recipients will be provided with a brand-new bed, including: a twin mattress, bed frame, sheets, pillow and comforter.
AICO Names Denise Salcido Director of E-commerce
Salcido had previously worked as Sales Support Manager responsible for driving sales analytics and managing day to day sales operations.
Gift for Life Supports Women’s Center in Dallas With Text-To-Give Campaign
Third fundraising outreach tied to annual Retailer Excellence Awards
Leggett & Platt Announces Bedding Leadership Changes
Eric Rhea will retire from the company in mid-July; Holt Montgomery promoted to Vice President of Operations for domestic Bedding business.
Ekornes, Inc. Relocates High Point Showroom to 220 Elm
The company will show in space 110 at 220 Elm for the first time in October 2020.
Report: Consumers Want Social-Distancing Services From Local Businesses Even After the Pandemic
New research from Podium highlights the COVID-19 impact on tech-enabled communications and services that consumers expect from local businesses.
Steelyard Survey Gives Designers A Way to Tell Brands What They Really Want from a Business Partner
The results will be shared with the home furnishings, design and décor industries later this summer to help improve communications, business relationships and purchase opportunities.
Dallas Market Center Announces 2020 Lightovation Showroom of the Year Winners
The Lighting industry watched online as three Showroom of the Year awards and three specialty categories honored outstanding lighting retailers on Facebook Live.
Feather Launches Over 200 Pieces of Furniture
Furniture rental company also debuts home decor category featuring rugs, mirrors and artwork.
La-Z-Boy Q4 sales down 19% Amid Store Closures
The company reported strong performance in the first 10 months of Fiscal 2020, however the last two months of the year were significantly impacted by COVID-19 and mandated retail closures across North America.
American Mattress Alliance Announces Inaugural Board of Directors
Nearly 30 businesses in the bedding industry, ranging from suppliers to retailers to service providers, formed the AMA in response to an anti-dumping petition filed with the International Trade Commission (ITC) In March.
Retail Re-Opening Leading Southerland to Add 10% to Workforce
The manufacturer is looking to expand its customer service, shipping and quality control departments, as well as increase production staffing, supervisory positions and truck drivers for Southerland Transport, its wholly owned trucking division.
IKEA & SPACE 10 Launch Website to Re-Think Home Design Post Covid-19
A series of digital experiments by IKEA exploring new ways of interacting with the spaces we live in.
Pandemic Playbook from Amber Engine: Content Strategy for Furniture Companies
Whether you’re addressing an unprecedented event, like the coronavirus pandemic, or you’re simply tackling 2020’s content plan, it’s easiest to start with the big picture.
Furniture Industry Veteran Steve Kincaid Passes
Kincaid formally started with Kincaid Furniture Company 1970. After the company's acquisition by La-Z-Boy, he served in top management positions for more than 25 years.
Southerland Expands Reach Into Washington State, Idaho & Nevada With “Mattress Today” Partnership
The independently owned retailer will carry a 16-model lineup of Southerland products.
Ethan Allen Opens New Design Center in Green Bay
Global furniture brand opens its second Wisconsin location.
IMAX Worldwide Home Introduces IMAX Connect
New personalized live showroom shopping experience for customers.
Spring Air Resumes Domestic Manufacturing As States Reopen
Spring Air’s 10-facility network offers a full domestic footprint through independently owned factories.
Eclipse International Taps Kelle Giordano As Director of Marketing, Graphic Design
Giordano is charged with leading the company’s marketing efforts and brand positioning.
Naturepedic Helps Sponsor Latest Nontoxic Healthy Pregnancy Guide
The Healthy Pregnancy Guide, made by nonprofit organizations MADE SAFE and the Plastic Pollution Coalition, is a science-backed go-to on everything families need to know to minimize toxic exposure to better ensure healthy baby outcomes.
Maelee Arnold Presented with HPU’s 2020 Haverty Cup
Arnold, who is from Asheboro, received $3,000, her name engraved on the base of the Haverty Cup, which is on permanent display in the library of Norton Hall on the HPU campus.
Walker Edison Announces Joana McKenna As New President
Ms. McKenna was most recently the Vice President of Growth at Walmart Inc., where she led marketplace business growth strategy.
Standard Furniture Ramps Up Product Development With Appointment of Jay Peters as VP Merchandising
He returns to the company after a successful 10-year stay as an executive in merchandising for a top 100 furniture retailer.
Easy Furniture Web Tip 291: Waiting and Waiting and Waiting for the Kids
If your website or social media needs some TLC, stop waiting around for your daughter or your nephew and hire a professional.
Gary McCray to Receive 2020 ICFA Lifetime Achievement Award
Earlier this spring, McCray retired as president of Klaussner Outdoor after launching the division for the whole-home producer in 2014.
Updates to Atlanta Market Gift Collection Planned for Summer 2020 Edition
Appelman Schauben and Ivystone announce lines and amenities for new floor 11 Lifestyle Collection.
IHGF Delhi Fair Goes Virtual
The sourcing destination in India goes virtual from 13-18 July 2020.
Gary Friedman Aims to Make RH More Luxury, But Can His Dream Become Reality?
This grand vision for RH is intended to take the brand from its existing $5-$6 billion level in the U.S. to a $20 billion global brand, as he plans to move across borders.
Baby Boomers Drive Home Renovations, Houzz Survey Finds
Home renovation and design activity remains stable year over year.
Corsicana Honors Three Sales Executives With Top Award
John Knight, Mario Holguin & Joey Showers lead company sales growth.
Moe’s Home Collection Announces Second Wave of Moe’s Digital Market 2.0: The Designers Edition Webinar
On June 25th, 10 am PST (1 pm EST), guests and industry professionals are welcome to link in on the conversation, hosted by three top-tier industry experts.
Nourison Implements Return to Work Plan
Employees will have daily temperature checks, wear face coverings, and keep work areas disinfected regularly.
Association Names Deirdre Jimenez, AIA ASID President & CEO
Jimenez will succeed Thomas Reardon, who is retiring after a 22-year tenure as Executive Director and playing a major role in shaping BIFMA for the future.
IFDA'S Educational Foundation Announces Professional Grants for 2020
Deadline extended until July 31, 2020.
Jaipur Living Presents July 2020 Accessories Launch
The global rug and textile furnishings company will introduce 85 pillows and five poufs in one of its largest-ever accessories launches.
Atlanta Attachment Amps Up Digital Product Launch Initiatives in Response to ISPA Cancellation
AAC has developed several digital initiatives to continue to service its manufacturing partners who were planning to attend the Expo in New Orleans.
China’s Top eCommerce Players Increase Their Market Share in Disruptive Year for Retail
Alibaba, JD.com and PDD will command nearly 84% of the market in 2020.
Room & Board Sees 80% Conversion Rate Increase Through Kibo's Personalization
Home furnishings retailer used Kibo’s Monetate to personalize customer experiences.
Amini’s Galleria Launches New eCommerce MicroD Website
The family-owned casual retailer's new website features a dynamic ecommerce platform complete with MicroD’s ePreVue CPQ module to allow consumers a custom shopping experience.
Martin Roberts of Martin Roberts Design Passes Away at 77
Roberts’s retail designs were part of the fashion, furniture, food and the luxury item industries.
National Survey Findings Confirm Consumers Are More Likely to Buy a Mattress Containing CertiPUR-US®-Certified Foam
More than 90 percent said they were willing to pay more to ensure the foam was certified; Forty-six percent said they were willing to pay $50 or more; 30 percent would pay more than $75 extra.
Threekit 3D and Augmented Reality Now Available to Over 1 Million Shopify Users
Merchants can now simply customize their products in 3D and AR and drive up to 250% increase in conversions.
IKEA U.S. Launches New Pride Collection to Support LGBTQ Homelessness Relief Initiatives
A a portion of proceeds from the new, limited-edition Pride-themed collection of reusable bags, will benefit the Ali Forney Center of New York City and the Los Angeles LGBT Center.
Dallas Total Home & Gift Market: Balancing Good Business and Good Health
August market experience to include sweeping new health and safety measures; new showrooms and temps; interactive inspiration to support retail rebound.
Pandemic Playbook from Amber Engine: Business Future Post Pandemic
It’s worth a look around to see what your company needs to put in place to accommodate business once we’re past the pandemic.
Craftmaster Launches Spring 2020 Introductions
The new collections consist of over 160 new fabrics, 20 new sofa and sectional groups, plus 25 accent pieces.
Buyer Activity & Sales Levels Surge On Shopzio B2B Marketplace
During the month of May, ShopZio’s month-over-month sales volume doubled; the 116% gain over April represents an all-time high of millions of dollars in product sales.
IKEA Plans To Open Its Own Malls in the U.S.
Described as a “major play” in the U.S. market, Reuters reports Ikea is eyeing locations in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago.
IMC to Host Together Safely Webinar for Summer Markets on June 17
The hour-long webinar will address the on-site experience for Summer Markets, including contactless registration procedures, required use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for all market participants and staff, expanded sanitization policies and the implementation of social distancing and traffic control measures.
HPU Students Win $25,000 in Scholarship Funds at CIL Design Competition
The inaugural competition, which was held online due to the national pandemic, challenged students in a collaborative design-art studio course to design an object that was both art and light.
Summer Las Vegas Market Offers Resources for Retail Recovery
Market dates move to Aug. 30 – Sept. 3.
127th Canton Fair Hosts Online Introduction Events for Global Partners and Buyers
The online events not only aim to facilitate better communications between buyers and sellers but also create a channel for global partners and companies in the post-COVID-19 era.
Shoptelligence Announces Team Expansion
Frank DeFalco has joined the firm as Business Development Director and Julie Kennedy and Doug Collier have joined the Board of Advisors.
Precision Textiles’ Hygienic Mattress Testing Kits featured in ‘Rooms to Go’ Ad Program
The individually packaged, one-time-use kits are featured in the retailer’s advertising as a tool that allows customers to “shop comfortably” while trying out new mattresses in showrooms.
John Thomas Furniture Announces New American Made Timberland Creation Dining Program
The program, which will combine John Thomas components paired with North American Hardwoods, offers shoppers cost effective internationally sourced components and domestically grown and crafted, White Oak table tops.
Hooker Furniture Reports Preliminary Results for First Quarter During February-April COVID Crisis
COVID-19 crisis drove the most significant downturn in their business in over 50 years.
WithIt Awards Scholarships for 2020
Ten scholarships will be awarded this year to young women from schools across the U.S.
Dallas Market Center: 2020 Showroom of the Year Awards to be Announced on Facebook Live
The virtual awards event honoring lighting retailers will be held June 24 on Lightovation's Facebook page.
LuuF Brand Launch Success Gives Back to First Responders
Rebrand of direct-to-consumer boxed bed Luft kicks off with big donation to First Responders Children’s Foundation.
Tuesday Morning Commences Store Closing Sales at Over 130 Locations Across the U.S.
B. Riley Financial's Great American Group to lead Tuesday Morning's store closing sales event.
ASID Names Design Luminary Gary Wheeler as Interim CEO
The appointment comes on the heels of the recent announcement that Randy Fiser, Hon. FASID will step down from his position as CEO at the end of July.
Malouf Releases New E-Commerce Website Guide for Retail Partners
The guide that walks businesses through key steps to creating, managing, and marketing a retail site.
La-Z-Boy of San Antonio Reports Record-Setting Business as Stores Reopen for Business
Credits upboard system and a focus on getting shoppers back to buy.
Corsicana Adds 3 Design Execs to Product Development Team
Focus is on expanding private label program.
High Point Market Authority Releases Style Report
Opens submissions for 2021 Style Spotters Team.
Ethan Allen CEO Receives Ascend A-List Award Honoring Outstanding Pan-Asian Leaders
The Ascend A-List Awards give visibility to accomplished and impactful Pan-Asian business leaders.
Darvin Furniture Resumes 100-Year Celebration With Opportunity to Win 2020 Ford Explorer
Customers can register for prizes in the Darvin Furniture & Mattress showroom until 9 p.m. July 13, including a 2020 Ford Explorer.
Vanguard Furniture Launches 3D Visualizer
State of the art tool allows users to visualize custom options and finishes on the fly including exact pricing for one of a kind designs.
MUFG Completes Investment in Point of Sale Financing Platform Company ChargeAfter
The strategic investment and partnership will equip global eCommerce and brick-and-mortar retailers with the tools they need to approve more applications for POS financing from multiple lenders in real-time.
Jackson Carpenter to Lead Manwah’s MW Home
Gabriele Natale hired to lead Cheers as its President.
IMC’s Campuses to Reopen With New Safety Mitigants and Procedures in Place
AmericasMart Atlanta Reopens June 8, 2020 ADAC, High Point Properties and World Market Center Las Vegas to Reopen June 15, 2020.
BrandJump Hosts Final Ecommerce Webinar in Three-Part Series
Hundreds of participants attended first two webinars to learn ecommerce strategies.
American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation Names Five New Members to the Hall of Fame
Honorees to be inducted at October 17 celebration.
Tom Phillips to Retire as CEO of Weekends Only Furniture and Mattress
Decision comes after 23 years at the helm; Lane Hamm promoted to CEO.
eMarketer: US Retail Sales to Drop More than 10% in 2020
But US eCommerce will surge 18%, up from prior forecast of 13%.
PureCare OmniGuard Protectors Certified to Block Viruses including COVID-19
All OmniGuard Advance mattress covers pass highest barrier performance test established by the CDC.
Best Rest to Debut Several New Mattresses This Summer
With a focus on health and safety, new product introductions to be shown at Las Vegas Market
Pandemic Playbook from Amber Engine: The Bounce Back
As governors begin to open states, business owners find themselves questioning if they should hit the brake or stomp on the gas.
H Contract Taps Mark Craven for New Executive Position in Sales, Merchandising
Craven served in executive positions for senior living specialist Fairfield Chair over a dozen years before joining H Contract’s parent company Hooker Furniture in 2018.
IHGF Textiles Virtual Fair 2020 Kicks Off June 15-18
Sourcing for India’s treasures in home textiles, floor coverings & furnishings goes online this year.
Mlily USA Introduces Max Colchon Value Mattress Line
The addition of the six value-priced brand gives the company’s retail partners a full suite of mattresses priced to retail from $479 up to the company’s premier PowerCool sleep system at $5,999.
IMC’s High Point Virtual Market Featured Strong Engagement, Product Discovery and Connections
High Point Virtual Market Experience ended on a high note last week with record engagement on the IMC High Point Market website, generated by thousands tuning in for educational content and using product discovery tools.
Craftmaster Furniture Renews Licensing Agreement with Paula Deen
Craftmaster has over 500 active retailers currently carrying the collection and will be introducing several new groups in conjunction with their Spring 2020 product launch.
IMC Implements “Together Safely” Protocols
Reopening of Atlanta, High Point and Las Vegas campuses governed by rigorous COVID-19 health and safety requirements.
Eclipse International Recalls All 155 Employees & Resumes Full Production
The company’s current focus is on producing a full line of roll-pack mattresses to accommodate an increase in orders being sold by its retailers through e-commerce sites.
Summer Atlanta Market Moves to August 13-18, 2020
The 2020 summer market will be staged August 13-18, 2020 at AmericasMart® Atlanta, with buying across its complete product collection alongside introduction of new enhanced safety protocols.
Google for Small Business Features Retailer Web Services As a COVID-19 Resource
‘Highly Specialized e-Commerce Solution’ provides special offer for retailers to get started on WebFronts® .
King Koil Rolls Out ‘Smartlife Mattress’ at 40 Sit ’n Sleep Stores
The three-model smart sleep system collection, which adjusts to body shape, weight, sleep position and preferences, will be featured on the retail floor with its high-tech, in-store presentation.
Restonic Launches Contest to Encourage Consumers to Support Their Local Businesses
The company is offering two cash prizes to enthuse consumers to tag their favorite local businesses on social media between June 1st to 12th.
Las Vegas Market Opens Submissions for FIRST LOOK Program
Market Exhibitors Can Submit New Products Through June 12.
STORIS Rolls Out New Features to Its CXM Solution
Major feature releases were recently rolled out to CXM including Shopping Cart Emailing, Manager Dashboards, and integration to STORIS enterprise Data Warehouse solutions.
Downtown Sykesville, Md. Wins National Main Street Title
$25K “America’s Main Streets” cash prize to fund COVID-19 crisis recovery program.
Pandemic Playbook from Amber Engine: Social Selling for Furniture Companies
Now that you built a community on social media and have a fully stocked digital catalog of products to sell, it’s time to embrace the art of social selling.
Decorating Den Interiors Announces Franchise Owner of the Year And Other Top Business Awards
Interior design franchise owner Kathy McGroarty, Lansdale, Pa., was named Franchise Owner of the Year.
Pandemic Playbook from Amber Engine: Choosing an Ecomm Platform for Furniture
As the dividing line between growth and stagnation, Ecommerce seems daunting for small furniture companies.
Unity Marketing Report: The HENRYs After COVID-19
35+ page report from Unity Marketing explores what the new-normal, post-coronavirus world will look like from the perspective of the HENRYs and ways that luxury brands can connect with them.
Monthly Furniture Insights Report From Smith Leonard
As we noted last month, it is hard to really know what to say about the economy, the furniture industry, and most anything else in this environment.
Leadership Changes Announced at Agio, USA
Doug Peppler named President, succeeds Bob Gaylord who becomes Executive Committee Chairman.
AHFA Logistics Conference Postponed to 2021
The group’s next conference, titled “Navigating Into the Future,” will be held June 14-16, 2021, in Wilmington, N.C.
CITY Furniture Hiring Now For 175 New Jobs In Sales, E-Commerce, IT and Analytics
Retailer will also be opening two showrooms in coming months, creating 150 additional jobs.
ICFA Creates Unsung Hero Award
New annual recognition of outstanding manufacturers’ customer service representative.
Connector Team Adds Interim Staffing Solution For Home Furnishings Industry
Service fills a critical current need for retailers and brands to scale up quickly without hiring additional permanent employees.
Dallas Market Center Announces The HEARTS Awards Program
Single year alternative to annual ARTS Awards unites the industry to honor leaders during COVID-19 pandemic.
Gus* Modern Introduces Eco-Friendly Vegan AppleSkin Leather
Vegan AppleSkin™ Leather is an eco-friendly upholstery material developed with apple pomace from the juicing industry.
Interim Contract Staffing - The Need for a Flex Workforce in the Post Covid-19 Work Environment
As we emerged from the pandemic and COVID-19, businesses are needing to fill highly skilled positions, and fast.
King Koil Expands Senior Sales Team
Bill Visser, Doug Kinde will manage brand’s sales in Western and Midwest U.S.
BIFMA Launches New Portal for Training and Education
BIFMA Learning will serve as the training platform for BIFMA Faculty.
Pandemic Playbook from Amber Engine: Forging Ahead in Financially Trying Times
Actionable steps to help your outfit stay financially afloat during this difficult time.
Twin Star Home Donates Desks to High School and Transitional Education Students
Furniture will be utilized for home learning during COVID-19 pandemic.
Las Vegas Design Center Holds Signature ‘First Friday’ Program Digitally During COVID-19 Crisis
The June webinar, 10 to 11 a.m. (PT) on Friday, June 5, features a discussion with industry expert Leslie Carothers, principal of Savour Partnership, on how to utilize digital channels to generate income.
Indian Fashion Jewellery & Accessories Show (IFJAS), 2020 Goes Virtual
For home furnishing retailers looking to expand selections into fashion accessories log on to this virtual trade show from June 1-4.
Report: Home Furnishing Brands Find Increases In Social Engagement During Quarantine
With people spending more time at home than ever before, there's been an increase in social media engagement around home furnishing brands.
Decorating Den Interiors Announces Designer of the Year and Other Design Awards
Franchise owner Diana Apgar, Cincinnati was named Designer of the Year for her design of a spectacular outdoor space for a Florida home.
Features of Newest STORIS Release 10.3 Deliver Efficiency
A significant enhancement in 10.3 is Enhanced Special Order, which greatly expands the flexibility and control over Special Order product sales and purchase orders.
Gus* Modern Launches Fall 2020 Furniture Designs
New collection available for exclusive digital preview.
Leflein Survey: COVID-19 Challenging Sales Rep’s Businesses
Out of 422 members of the International Home Furnishings Representatives Association (IHFRA) surveyed, 99.8%–admitted losing income, with the average loss coming in at a staggering 73%.
45th CIFF Guangzhou to Be Held in a Single Edition On July 27-30, 2020
Home Furniture/Home Decor/Outdoor Leisure/Office Show and CIFM/interzum Guangzhou sectors will be consolidated in a single event this year.
ISFD Announces 12 Winners in the Inaugural INNOVATION + DESIGN Competition
The juried and curated competition was open to ISFD members as well as members of the professional Maker/Designer community and post-secondary students.
High Point Market Authority Expands Fall 2020 Market Dates
Fall Market will now take place over 9 days from October 13 – 21, 2020, in an effort to spread out attendance and account for expected reduced capacity requirements.
King Koil Develops ‘Mattress Stimulus Package’ to Help Sleep Retailers Bounce Back from Closures
Brand will defer payment on samples & inventory until 2021.
Southerland Offers 5 Tips for Retailers to Re-Open
The five-point plan is designed to help its retail partners reopen to keep employees, consumers and products safe as the nation resumes business.
Norwalk Furniture Forecasts Four Textile Trends for Summer 2020
Neutrals, Earth Tones, Energetic Greens & Performance Fabrics gain momentum.
J.B. Hunt Transport Services, Inc. Named to Fortune 500 List for Eighth Consecutive Year
The company advances up eight positions to 346 on the Fortune 500 list.
Tools2Win and PerformNOW Announce Partnership
Tools2Win and PerformNOW collaboration plans include Quarterly Business Reporting and Consulting, Virtual CFO, and Industry Performance Group Analytics.
Darvin Furniture Starts Community Hero Program to Honor First Responders, Front Line Workers
The Darvin Community Hero Program offers anyone the opportunity to nominate someone they feel is a hero during these challenging times.
Dorel Business Re-Launches Bridgeport Brand
The brand will feature items in the categories of seating, tables, office and reception furniture.
“Das Haus” Gets an Update for Its Tenth Edition at imm cologne 2021
New location, concept and theme for the design showcases hosted by the Interior Business Event imm cologne
Jaipur Living Presents First of Four Introductions Planned for Summer
The first launch includes 25 power loomed and performance rugs.
Furniture of America & Aidway Unite to Build US Made Face Masks
The combined venture aims to effectively increase much-needed facemask distribution.
Tools2Win Develops New Live Occupancy Monitor Tool to help Home Furnishing Retailers Safely Re-Open
This software, made available free to the industry, will allow retailers to communicate the number of customers in the store at any time.
Precision Textiles Launches First Furniture Safety Testing Kit for Consumers
Company has developed the first hygienic upholstery testing kit for consumers to use in stores while shopping for upholstery.
Survey: Growing Financial Toll On Casual Furnishings Industry
New IFCA survey reflects frustrations among retailers deemed non-essential businesses.
Pandemic Playbook from Amber Engine: Adjusting for Supply Chain Problems from Covid-19
It is imperative to plan now for better performance in the existing climate and protect your business from future issues in times of crisis or quarantine.
Feizy’s Video Production Highlights New Spring 2020 Collections
With the lack of a High Point market and current climate, Feizy has produced 6 new videos showcasing their Spring 2020 Introductions.
Week One of IMC’s High Point Virtual Market Experience Draws Robust Audience
Week two highlights include virtual showhouse debut, more webinars & product discovery.
McCreary Modern Matches Employee’s Fund Raising Efforts
The Ronald McDonald House of Winston Salem “Sport a Shirt, Share a Night” campaign received a donation of $13,090.00 from the employees and management.
PureCare Earns 4th Consecutive Women’s Choice Award
Recognized with the Women’s Choice Award® for 2020 as 9 out of 10 Customer Recommended Sleep Essentials
Home Furnishings Association Seeks More Help for Furniture Retailers
The Home Furnishings Association has asked congressional leaders to provide more help for furniture retail businesses.
Sagebrook Home Launches New Sister Company to Provide PPE Resources for the Home Furnishings Industry
The new company, Comfort and Care Health Co (C&C Health Co), will offer resources of personal protective equipment or PPE, by leveraging their overseas contacts to import and stock wholesale supplies.
American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation Elects Gat Caperton to Board of Directors
Caperton is CEO of Gat Creek, an award-winning manufacturer of solid-wood home furniture that employs over 150 artisans in Berkeley Springs, W.V.
Home Décor Offerings Expand at Las Vegas Market
IMC continues to plan for summer markets, with 13 new home décor showrooms confirmed for the Summer 2020 Las Vegas Market, running July 26 – July 30, 2020.
IMC Continues Atlanta Market Home Décor Refinements
Atlanta NEXT Phase Two showroom updates to open at Summer 2020 Atlanta Market building 1 lobby construction underway.
IMC Updates Summer Gift & Home Market Plans
IMC is postponing both markets until August, with Atlanta Market now running August 13 – 18 and Las Vegas Market running August 30 – September 3.
Pandemic Playbook from Amber Engine: How to Market During the Pandemic
This can be a period of growth – it just might be that it’s a different kind of growth than you’re used to.
Fusion Designs Resumes Operations
Company completes lean manufacturing initiative, eyes new digital tactics, steps up dealer support.
KAS Rugs Releases 2020 Digital Catalog
This Catalog has over 200 pages filled with color, design, inspiration, helpful cleaning tips and much more.
Malouf Increases Distribution Space to 4 Million Square Feet with New Building in North Carolina
The purchase of a 500,000-square-foot warehouse building in Lenoir, NC follows last month's purchase of Salt Flat, which added over 500 furniture SKUs to Malouf’s portfolio.
KAS Rugs Announces Virtual HPMKT Participants Can Now Place Orders Online
Participants of the Virtual High Point Market, running May 11-29, can now shop KAS Rugs’ full catalog on the ShopZio B2B Portal.
ICFA Cancels Preview Show
Originally scheduled for July 16 18 , the ICFA has shifted its focus toward Casual Market Chicago scheduled in September.
Taylor King, Woodbridge and KingsHaven Announce Virtual Design Challenge
Launched via Facebook on April 29, the contest invites interior designers to create a luxurious Paris living room using upholstery, case goods, dining and occasional furniture and lighting from the three companies.
Classic Brands Creates Retail Solution for eCommerce
The program includes product, a supported e-commerce platform and drop-ship services to complete the experience.
‘Tools to Win in the New Normal’ Free Webinar to Help Independent Retailers Prepare for the Road Ahead
The webinar, “Preparing for the Road Ahead - Tools to Win in the New Normal,” takes place at 3 p.m. EST on Wednesday, May 13.
SUNPAN Launches New Rug Category
As part of SUNPAN’s Made in India program, these exclusive new rug designs are brought to life by skilled local artisans.
Ashley Furniture HomeStore Opens New Store in Nairobi
The new 10,000 sq. ft. showroom, opened on May 1st, is the third Ashley Furniture HomeStore in the county of Nairobi.
Coronavirus Will Make Wellbeing the New Luxury Trend of the Future
Luxury brands will need to ponder how their consumers’ luxury values and lifestyles will change as a result of the reset they have experienced.
Winning Website Tip #14 From PERQ: Three Digital Advertising Mistakes Furniture Retailers Make
Dodge these common mistakes to master modern marketing.
The NIWA Expo Has Been Rescheduled for June 1 - 2
The NIWA and Michiana Event Center will be following CDC guidelines and will be taking the recommended precautions to make this event possible.
IFDA's Educational Foundation Announces Professional Grants for 2020
Applications will be accepted between June 1 and June 30, 2020, for five professional grants from the Educational Foundation (EF) of the International Furnishings and Design Association.
New eSTORIS Release 4.2.5 Unveils New Secure Checkout Process
The new checkout process is now a single-page, three-step process that eliminates friction, helping customers focus on completing their purchase.
Corsicana Mattress Launches Turnkey E-Commerce Boxed-Bed Program for Retail Partners
20-Bed merchandising package helps retailers get on-line & service customers rapidly in changing retail landscape.
Howell Furniture and Ashley Home Stores of Southeast Texas Partner Up to Help Feed Frontline and Essential Workers
The two are donating $50,000 to twelve locally owned restaurants to help feed frontline and essential workers.
Splitit Announces Agreement With Purple
Purple saw roughly 15% of their revenue coming from purchases made using Splitit.
Stickley Audi & Co. Re-Opens Select Locations
Stickley Audi & Co. showrooms located in Englewood, CO, Superior, CO and Pineville, NC will open to the public.
Interior Designers Elected to International Business Advisory Council
Interior designers from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Idaho, and Canada were recently elected to the Leadership Council of Decorating Den Interiors from among some 250 interior design business owners throughout the U.S. and Canada.
Homemakers to Reopen Their Urbandale Showroom
Homemakers plans to repone their showroom on Saturday, May 9th, and will be adjusting store operations to support local public health guidance.
BrandJump Announces Three-Part Ecommerce Webinar Series
BrandJump’s webinar series is designed to educate manufacturers on an ecommerce strategy and help them to navigate some of the complexities in creating an online strategy.
Ready, Set, Go: How 2 Main Street Retailers Are Preparing For Reopening After Coronavirus
I reached out to several community-based retailers to learn how they have come through this forced pause to their businesses and how they plan to see their way to its end.
Sam Moore Set to Return to Production Next Week With Enhanced Employee Safety Protocols
Company utilized “down time” to enhance facility, operational efficiencies & quality processes.
ISFD Elects New President and Five Board Members for 2020-2021
The new board president is Liz Shaver, designer for Otto & Moore, who has served as an executive board vice president for the past two years.
Southerland Develops Easy-To-Ship Adjustable Bed Bases Designed During Swell in E-Commerce Sales
Made in the U.S. as part of Southerland’s American Adjustables and InMotion brands, the power bases are delivered in a single box and the electronic controls in a second, smaller box.
Malouf Adds Four New Territory Managers to Sales Team
New territory managers are Jackson Loveday, Rocky Mountain District; Chase Clark, Southwest District; Karen Pixton, Midwest South District; and Danny Peterson, Midwest North District.
ALLIED Home Pivots Production to Create Cotton Face Masks, Donates Bedding and Pillows
CEO Steve Uretsky directed the 80,000 square foot bedding division to switch a large portion of its production over to facemasks, using the tightly woven, allergen-barrier cotton usually reserved for fine pillows and comforters to make breathable, washable face masks.
Hooker Furniture Receives Patent on Savion Power Reclining Sofa Collection
Effective May 19, the patent will cover the novel aspects of multiple configurations of the Savion collection including a sectional, 2-seat and 3-seat sofas, love seat and a stand-alone chair.
Sarah Sherman Samuel Launches Quarterline Collection With Semihandmade
The new collection gives consumers a way to personalize their kitchen cabinets, credenzas, and consoles.
Lulu & Georgia to Release New French Art Deco Collection
The new collection includes furniture, rugs, art, sculptural décor and more.
Pandemic Playbook from Amber Engine: Keeping Your Workers Safe During Covid-19
In your own facility, it’s imperative to see the safety issue from the human-level – not as the organization.
Dallas Market Center Reopens To Buyers
Strict health and safety, social distancing measures in place.
Ashley Furniture’s Ecru Manufacturing Facility Producing Gowns for Local Hospital
To date, the company has created 2,100 gowns for Magnolia Regional Health Center, and hope to make about 4,000 more.
Dôme Deco Announces Virtual Launch of Spring/Summer 2020 Collection
The One-On-One Brand Tour features 30 minute Zoom screen shares, which includes videos of their showroom at Maison & Objet in Paris, gives a guided virtual tour of their Atlanta Showroom and trains the tour recipient how to most efficiently navigate the WebShop to place orders.
Home is Where the Heart Is: Tips for Effectively (and Sensitively) Courting Consumers in the COVID-19 Era
Now is an ideal time to position relevant brands in front of a captive and eager audience with home-focused content.
Feizy Launches Five New Spring Collections
The Feizy Rugs 2020 trends are comprised of Opulence, Tech Play, Natural Wonders, Mankind, and Inner Peace, with each trend represented across multiple constructions and price points.
Former Salesforce and G2 Executive Matt Gorniak Joins Threekit as CEO
New CEO is brought on to accelerate Threekit’s global growth and partnerships as the company transforms how buyers experience and purchase products with 3D visualization and AR experiences.
Serta Simmons Bedding Appoints Shelley Huff as CEO of Tuft & Needle and EVP of Direct to Consumer
Seasoned retail business executive brings extensive industry background to a newly broadened role for Serta Simmons Bedding and Tuft & Needle.
Ekornes Enters Relaxer Category with Stressless Mike and Max
Stressless Motion offers the benefits of a traditional relaxer with the Scandinavian style of a Stressless.
MLILY USA Launches MAP Pricing Program
The new Minimum Advertised Pricing (MAP) program enables its retailers to sell the brand online for the first time.
Summer Edition of Total Home & Gift Market Moves to August 19-25
Traditional market elements that involve close contact and/or gatherings will be adjusted or removed completely.
Monthly Furniture Insights Report From Smith Leonard
While some think the economy will come back strong and quickly, we are not sure how “quickly” that will be.
MIFF Reschedules 26th Edition to 2021
The Malaysian International Furniture Fair has been rescheduled to March 8-11, 2021 at the Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Centre (MITEC) and Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC).
Eyeing the Re-Opening of Brick-And-Mortar Stores, Precision Textiles Develops First Hygienic Mattress Testing Kit
Kits offer retailers a safe solution for reassuring consumers shopping for a mattress.
High Point Market Authority Announces Virtual Style Spotters LIVE! Event
This spring, Style Spotters LIVE! will be offered as a virtual event via Zoom on May 14 at 2pm ET.
Nourison’s Hospitality Division Announces New Hires
Geri Cymbalsky has joined the company as Director of Hospitality Brand & Product Development and Westley Owens has joined the hospitality division in the role of Senior Designer.
Pandemic Playbook from Amber Engine: Leadership for Leaders in Crisis Time
Without the support of a close-knit team to rely on, a room to read and feedback from employees, this is a trying time to make decisions, inspire action and steady losses.
Badcock Home Furniture & More Marks First Anniversary of E-Commerce Rollout
The Southeastern home furnishings retailer commemorates a successful year of offering online retail.
Tools 2B First Data Gives Furniture First Members Sales Insights
This data tracks the exact percentage change of sales and foot traffic since the President’s March 13, 2020 National Emergency Declaration.
Norwalk Furniture Resumes Production May 4
Adhering to CDC and Ohio state guidelines called “Responsible Restart Ohio,” its manufacturing, distribution and production employees returns to work following mandatory health and safety protocols.
J.B. Hunt Launches New Electronic Bill of Lading Feature
In support of social distancing during deliveries, the new feature will enable businesses and carriers to digitally sign BOLs, further reducing contact during the delivery process.
American Leather Launches Online Ordering Site for Face Masks
Manufacturer to make protective masks available to public; proceeds to support North Texas Food Bank.
Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market Cancels Spring Show; Announces Fall Dates
2020 Fall Ohio Hardwood Furniture Market scheduled for Sept. 16-17, 2020.
Gold Bond Mattress Filling Shortfall in Northeast With 3,500 Healthcare Mattresses Due to Covid-19 Pandemic
The mattresses are being distributed by the state to the Army Corps of Engineers for use in temporary facilities, that are being used as healthcare outposts, as well as in hospitals.
AHFA Solution Partners Award 12 Scholarships
The scholarship fund was created by AHFA’s Solution Partners division, which currently has more than 100 member companies that supply equipment, components and services to the residential furniture industry.
Malouf Acquires Home Furnishings Company Salt Flat
This acquisition adds furniture manufacturing capabilities of over 500 initial SKUs across six categories: living room, dining room, bedroom, outdoor, storage and office.
Furniture Retailers Lean Heavily on HFA’s COVID-19 Recovery Page, Webinars
The resources page keeps members updated on the HFA’s communication with Washington legislators, helps retailers follow guidelines for having their PPP loan forgiven, write an essential letter they can send local governments and more.
Corsicana Ramping Up to Produce Up to 70,000 Masks a Week in U.S. Factories
The company plans to sell the masks at cost to businesses and directly to consumers through Corsicana’s e-commerce retailers.
Tennessee-Based MLILY USA Donates 200 Mattresses to Regional Tornado Relief
The company partnered with the J.A. Henry Community YMCA in Chattanooga for the donation, which will distribute the mattresses to people in the area impacted by the storm.
Craftmaster Furniture Reopens
Craftmaster had shut down operations on Friday March 30th due to the coronavirus epidemic; The opening coincides with the opening of many of the furniture retailers around the country, with the exception of the Northeastern U.S.
When Will Shopping Activity Resume?
According to March 2020 data from Narvar and Forrester, 58% of US retailers believed shopping activity would return to normal in at least three months, while 40% said one to three months.
Main Street Survival Guide
How an art gallery, jewelry store, home furnishings store, gift shop and florist will survive shutdowns.
Universal Furniture Launches Special Order Upholstery Program
The special order upholstery program includes 425 fabrics, 200 frames and six finishes, all made in North Carolina at the company’s new upholstery plant in Conover.
Aireloom Develops Medical Beds and Designs Face Masks for Healthcare Workers and Others in Need
Aireloom joins forces with Design Unites to raise funds for Habitat for Humanity in response to COVID-19 relief efforts.
Ekornes Launches New Stressless Dining Chairs
New program features smoother movement and new options.
Sagebrook Home Announces the Naming of Serena Martin As Marketing Director
Martin’s role will encompass sales and marketing, advertising, content, engagement and community events for the home decor brand.
Steelyard Adds 24 “On-Air Stream” Designer and Brand Interviews to High Point at Home Web Platform
The brands and makers discuss aspects about their current status, what they are doing for their employees, what they have planned for spring and October Markets, new projects and licensed collections.
American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Publishes Three New Oral Histories from Industry Leaders
The foundation has published three more books, hardcover oral histories of Hall of Fame inductees Aminy I. Audi, CEO and chairman of L. & J.G. Stickley; John Bray, president of Vanguard Furniture Company; and the late Bernard Castro, founder of Castro Convertibles.
Wayfair Professional Releases Outdoor Trend Report
Style experts dove into the shopping behaviors of millions of Wayfair customers to determine 2020’s top outdoor design trends.
Easy Furniture Web Tip #290: Quarantine Homework: Check Your Website Links
Fight the quarantine blues. Use some of your slow time to tidy up your office and your website.
Genesis Credit Acquires Tidewater Credit
Move further establishes Genesis as a premier provider in second look financing.
Importance of America’s Main Streets and Their Small Businesses Highlighted By COVID-19 Crisis
Independent We Stand asks the public to vote online, determine semifinalists for $25K cash prize.
Nourison to Host Virtual Spring Market
The two-week virtual market, being held May 5 – 14, is designed to help Nourison connect with dealers and interior designers and discuss how to best support them and their business needs in the current environment.
PureCare Develops Clean Cover Hospital Pillow Collection
Company leverages new pillow equipment in Phoenix to fill hospital and government contracts immediately.
Hooker Furniture Develops “Virtual Market” Initiatives in Response to High Point Market Cancellation
The three-phase program kicks off in late April with dynamic web pages that present four major case good collections – Cascade, Castella, Surfrider and Sundance.
CommerceBear To Host Panel Discussion With Furniture Classics, Kensington Furniture
The second live discussion, called “Thrive 2.0 | Data is king in an omnichannel world”, will be held on Wednesday May 6th at 3PM EST.
IMC Market Websites Launch New Digital Content To Bring Buyers and Exhibitors Together Online
New webpages connect Atlanta, High Point and Las Vegas communities until markets resume.
Branding in a Brave New World: How To Market in a Time of Isolation
How is your business supposed to market itself when, as they say in Hamilton, “the world turned upside down?”
Classy Art Hosts Virtual High Point Market
50% of the net proceeds are being donated to Save the Children, a non-profit organization that is focused on helping children in need through the COVID-19 pandemic and year round.
Financial Survival for Small Businesses and Startups: Understanding Your Rights to Relief and How To Navigate The System
With the recent temporary shutdown of many small businesses and startups during the COVID-19 pandemic, many financial relief programs are now available.
Kujiale Acquires SaaS Company Modelo
The acquisition expands Kujiale's tech-enabled platform for commercial real estate and the AEC industries.
Jerome’s Furniture Announces Frontline Heroes Giveaway Campaign
Individuals can nominate someone working on behalf of others’ COVID-19 safety for chance to win $500 gift card.
Tafisa Completes Multi-Million-Dollar Upgrade to its Line Number 1
The modernization project saw the complete refurbishment of the company’s original press, responsible for producing high-quality particleboard panels used in the company’s thermally fused laminate (TFL) line of decorative panels.
Ekornes Launches Chairish the Frontline Heroes Contest
Company recognizes frontline employees as company shifts manufacturing to PPE during COVID-19 crisis.
Dowel Furniture Partners with Designer Josh Greene to Debut its Fourth Luxury Furniture Collection
Featuring 23 exclusive designs, the collection emulates modern sophistication with a relaxed Southern California approachability.
Southerland Delivers 1,000 Medical-Grade Mattresses to Tennessee Emergency Officials
The company delivered its first four truckloads of medical-grade mattresses to the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA) for use in pop-up and field hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Spring Air Northeast Pivots to Manufacture Masks During COVID-19 Pandemic
Factory making 10,000 masks a week to backstop shortage.
Purple Commits U.S. Manufacturing Resources To Help Fight Against COVID-19
In cooperation with Relief Bed International, Purple is donating its newly developed mattresses to care facilities facing shortages.
IMC Launches New Digital Experience to Support Its High Point Market Customers
The 3 week online event offers buyers product discovery and virtual connections.
High Point at Home Goes LIVE
Steelyard in partnership with High Point Market Authority launches new platform.
Surya Kicks Off Virtual Launch of Spring 2020 Introductions
Interactive digital catalog, video gallery and virtual walk-throughs bring new products to life.
How Furniture Retailers Can Compete with Amazon in 2020
Take these three steps to provide a visual experience for your shoppers that builds trust and drives conversions.
Spectra Home Donates 4,000 Face Masks to Help Local Workers
The face masks were donated to Moses Cone Memorial Hospital, High Point Regional Hospital, the local High Point police department, EMS, area grocery stores, and to nurses and care workers at the regional VA Hospital.
STORIS Introduces Enhanced Special Order Processing in New Release 10.3
Enhanced Special Order greatly expands the flexibility and control over relevant product sales and purchase orders.
CARES Act Providing a Lifeline in Casual Furnishings Industry
New IFCA survey reflects heightened financial concerns and reductions in staffing levels and advertising spends.
IKEA Retail U.S. Donates More Than $1.6 Million in Products and Supplies to Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts
IKEA U.S. stores and distribution centers to provide critically needed items to the American Red Cross, Feeding America®, departments of health, and local medical organizations and nonprofits.
American Leather Announces ‘Heroes Deserve Comfort’ Giveaway
Submission offers frontline and local heroes nationwide a chance to win a Comfort Air chair.
IHFRA Cancels This Year’s Furniture Industry Awards Gala (FIAG)
The annual event will be rescheduled to coincide with the April High Point Furniture Market in 2021.
Spectra Home Announces Spectra USA Upholstery Program
Customers can select from about 40 sofa, chair and ottoman frames, in an array of designer and performance fabrics, all hand-built in North Carolina.
A COVID-19 Furniture Industry Update: How to Survive Now and Thrive Later
Profit Chain Consulting releases a two-part checklist: The first section is designed to help you get through the current crisis, while the second is designed to help you plan and organize your business for the economic recovery.
Beautyrest Launches Harmony Lux Line in Partnership with SEAQUAL
Each queen mattress in the Beautyrest Harmony Lux line helps eliminate the equivalent of 50 water bottles from our oceans.
Sam Moore to Launch “Search for Vintage Sam Moore” Social Media Contest
In honor of it's 80th anniversary celebration, the custom upholstery specialist is encouraging consumers, employees, designers and retailers to submit images of vintage Sam Moore designs.
City Furniture Secures 500kW of Solar Power in FPL’s New SolarTogether Initiative
Joining the nation’s largest community solar program is the latest step for the furniture retailer’s 2040 Green Promise.
Malouf Releases Impact Report to Highlight B Corp Initiatives
The report focuses on key areas of impact, such as the company’s sustainability initiatives through its Environmental Sustainability Council as well as its charitable efforts through the Malouf Foundation.
Coronavirus Has Pushed a Growing List of Retailers to the Edge
With consumers’ heightened awareness of the danger of being in confined places with strangers, it is highly unlikely they will flock to stores and malls even once they reopen.
Eclipse International’s Director of Digital Marketing Scott Baronofsky Dies at 60
During his tenure with Eclipse, Scott helped elevate the company’s online marketing presence and developed its current advertising strategy.
IMC Buyer Survey to Reveal State of the Industry During the COVID-19 Crisis
The survey of 200,000+ home furnishings, gift and apparel buyers will result in a real-time representation of the state of the industry during the COVID-19 crisis.
Wayfair Appoints Jim Miller as Chief Technology Officer
Veteran tech executive moves into permanent CTO role to lead Wayfair’s global tech operations.
Winning Website Tip #13 From PERQ: Hold Your Digital Sales Team Accountable
Keep customers and sales associates engaged through your digital showroom.
Mlily USA Partners With Ole Smoky Moonshine to Donate Hand Sanitizer to Hospitals
75 gallons of medical-grade hand sanitizer were delivered to three different hospital networks in Eastern Tennessee and in South Carolina to help healthcare workers in the battle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Steelyard Reports Interior Designers and Furniture Brands are Finding New Ways to Serve their Customers
Interior designers and furniture brands are finding innovative ways to serve customers and keep their businesses going during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Tiger Group Issues Risk Assessment Guidance For Lenders On Consumer Goods Categories
The moderate risk categories were rounded out by Fine Jewelry, Furniture and Health & Beauty, each with a rating of 9 out of 15 (with 15 the highest risk) on Tiger’s total risk assessment scale.
ZUO Modern Partners With the Live Broadcast Network
Interior designers, architects and small independent retailers are invited to join in a live transmission from the Luis Ruesga CEO and Founder of ZUO of the new Introductions for 2020.
POLYWOOD Recognizes Earth Day’s 50th Anniversary
For the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, POLYWOOD is bolstering its commitment to the health of the planet and encouraging others to follow its lead in taking an active role in protecting the environment.
IMC’s High Point TrendWatch To Be Three-Part Webinar Series
Free Half-Hour Webinars to be Held on April 29, May 13 and May 27.
Norwalk Furniture Launches New Digital Marketing Tools
Enhancements include a redesigned website with visualization software, simplified custom order processes & a mobile app.
Are Flame Retardant Issues Solved?
Dr. Marilyn Black, Vice President and Senior Technical Advisor for Underwriters Laboratories explains how to achieve both fire safe and chemical safe furniture.
Universal Furniture and Coastal Living Unveil New Getaway Colletion
This is the second collection from the Universal/Coastal Living collaboration and is meant to elicit the feeling of being on island time.
NOVA of California Launches Newest Collection of Home Office Lighting
Desk lamps and task lamps are all included in this work-from-home-inspired curation.
High Point Market Authority Cancels Postponed Spring Market
Originally scheduled for April, the Market Authority previously announced market’s postponement until June, allowing for the possibility that conditions would improve in time for the show to occur.
Jerome’s Furniture Restructures Operations in Response to COVID-19 Quarantine
Company reduces employee count by approximately one-third or 274 staff members.
Eclipse International Launches National Ad Campaign in Architectural Digest
The campaign is designed to coincide with Better Sleep Month in May.
Sunpan Boosts April Donation to Daily Bread Food Bank
Daily Bread has seen a 53% increase in overall visits at its on-site food bank and expects the trend will increase due to COVID-19 layoffs.
Planned Twin Star Home ‘Style Takeover’ Exercise Goes Remote
April 2020 ‘Style Takeover: College Edition’ by High Point University Visual Merchandising Students has been adapted so students can still have a learning experience.
Casa Moda to Source PPE for Furniture Industry
The company now wants to offer its lineup of PPE to the Market Authority, individual showrooms or any showrooms that want to protect their customers and their workers.
IMC_DI Announces Next Wave of New Hires
17 New staff including Teddy Pekalski as Director of Sales.
Bernie Rubin Passes Away After Battle With COVID-19
Bernie started the Bernie and Phyl’s furniture store with his wife Phyllis in 1983, eventually expanding to nine stores in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine.
BEDGEAR to Donate 19% of All Performance Pillow Sales in the Month of April to Support COVID-19 Relief Efforts
The BEDGEAR Foundation is also distributing tens of thousands of KN95 respirator masks, which are being donated to hospitals, nursing homes and First Responders based on Long Island, NY, and in the South Carolina areas.
HFA Requests Changes to SBA Lending Program
The Home Furnishings Association has asked for three corrections to the administration of the Paycheck Protection Program.
Larry Smith, Founder and Owner of Village Green, Passes Away at 80
A few years after leaving Chicago to assist in the family business, Larry started Village Green, which specializes in garden products, equipment, plants and patio furniture.
MRC Reports Six Million Mattresses Recycled in Five Years
Mattress Recycling Council celebrates milestone across program states.
Luxury Market Will Take Years to Recover from COVID-19
Two of the world’s leading authorities on the luxury market are out with their latest assessments of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the luxury market.
AHFA Releases New COVID-19 Stay-At-Home Research
Nearly three-quarters of office workers have relocated to work stations at home.
IMC to Present Free Webinar Series
Content offered by Markets in Atlanta, High Point & Las Vegas.
Soft-Tex Announces Donation of 10,000 Masks to Local New York Organizations to Protect Against Coronavirus
A web-based submission process has been established for organizations to request mask donations on Soft-Tex’s website.
Jaipur Living Launches Trade Talk Instagram Live Series to Connect with Customers
Running every Wednesday through the month of April, the talks feature design industry influencers and experts sharing their insights, along with their favorite Jaipur Living products.
Classic Brands Announces Efforts in Response to COVID-19
Company creates initiative to donate thousands of pillows to hospitals in need; launches solution to provide brick-and-mortar retailers with an e-commerce platform.
Naturepedic Announces Production of Organic Face Masks
U.S. certified organic mattress and bedding manufacturer designs new organic face masks for the general public.
Shopzio B2B Marketplace Adoption Surges
IMC Responds to COVID-19 crisis by providing customers with free access.
ASID Develops Community Pulse Survey to Analyze Covid-19 Impact
Bi-Weekly initiative represents the society’s first step in research, explores industry response and resiliency.
Diamond Mattress to Donate Mattresses and Masks to Aid Pandemic Relief
Mattresses ideal for healthcare use and masks for general protection available for national distribution.
Industry-focused Performance and Accounting Firm to Assist Furniture Businesses to Prepare For Recovery After COVID-19
David and Wayne McMahon’s firm PerformNOW Inc., introduces program to make it easier for clients to afford and use their services while businesses are experiencing unprecedented revenue declines.
Surya Unveils Spring 2020 Catalog
The catalog showcases more than 1,000 new designs across all categories, with expansions in the rug, lighting and accent furniture categories.
Customatic Donating Beds and Masks to COVID-19 Front Lines
Adjustable bed and mattress maker aids pandemic relief efforts with donations to hospitals and essential businesses in hard-hit areas.
Spring Air International Teams With U.S. Licensees to Produce & Distribute Face Masks to Hospitals
Licensees from all across the U.S. are using a stretch knit ticking and non-woven to produce the masks that can then be used for those who do not need to wear a N95 mask.
Eclipse International Shares How-To Video & Manual for Producing Medical Masks to Manufacturers Worldwide
After receiving calls from companies wanting to help, Eclipse International created a five-minute video and a detailed manual that offers step-by-step instructions on making the masks.
Hall of Fame Induction Celebration to Present John Mackey As Keynote Speaker
John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods Market, will headline the 2020 Induction Celebration on October 18 during the Fall High Point Market.
OW Lee Ramps Up Effort To Produce Fabric Face Masks
The company has committed to producing 25,000 masks to help in the fight against COVID-19
Kingsdown Shifts Production to Health Care Beds
The changeover has been completed to produce hospital beds in the company’s factory in Mebane; Toronto, Ontario; and Shawinigan, Quebec in Canada.
Norwalk Furniture Redirects Production Efforts to PPE
The company has shifted it's production to sewing protective facemasks and medical gowns for local hospitals and healthcare personnel.
Ekornes Global Helps Support CoVid-19 Pandemic
Manufacturing of PPE ramped up in Norway and USA.
Hickory Springs Shifts Production to Protective Masks & Gowns
Efforts began this week at three of Hickory Springs’ North Carolina facilities to support the nationwide shortage of personal protective equipment across the country.
Moe’s Home Collection Announces Moe’s Digital Market
The platform will allow visitors to virtually browse Moe’s Home Collection product, and watch a short video about each collection to learn about the materials, design, and quality.
AMA Estimates 12,000 U.S. Jobs Could Be at Stake If Mattress Antidumping Petition Continues
Petition aims to slap tariffs on imported mattresses from seven countries: Vietnam, Thailand, Turkey, Serbia, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Cambodia.
Sam Moore Celebrates 80th Anniversary
Initiatives aimed at engaging with local community, employees & customers.
Malouf to Offer Free Mental Health Resource for Retail Partners During COVID-19 Crisis
Retail partners and their families can receive a free premium membership to Recovery Suite, which provides anonymous access to three digital wellness apps: Lift, Turn and Fortify.
Polyurethane Foam Association Cancels Spring Meeting
Shifts focus to fall meeting, November 4-5, In San Antonio.
McMullan Joins Mattress Recycling Council to Support the Sleep Products Sustainability Program
Effort aims to reduce waste and save energy during the mattress manufacturing process.
IMC Provides Summaries of Government Relief Programs
IMC's 27-page document details programs and packages that are available to businesses.
HFA, AHFA, and IHFRA: Home Furnishings Are ‘Essential’
The three Home Furnishings Associations jointly petitioned Vice President Mike Pence to consider adding home furnishings to the products considered “essential” during the COVID-19 pandemic.
ASID Expands FREE Access to COVID-19 Resources and Education
ASID extends free access to their online catalog of educational resources for members and non-members; creates a resource landing page for the design industry, and curates a new series of COVID-19 Webinars.
Future-Proofing Luxury Brands After Coronavirus
Since emotions are at the core of luxury consumer spending, the luxury industry is totally dependent upon their customers’ feelings for sales.
American Mattress Alliance Unites Industry Amid COVID-19 Bed Shortage
A number of US corporations respond to a petition which aims to bar imported mattresses — including medical-grade mattresses — by imposing insurmountable tariffs.
Serta Launches “Stay Home, Send Beds” Program to Facilitate Bed Donations for U.S. Hospitals
Visitors to SertaReliefBed.com can purchase up to 10,000 beds to be distributed in the city of their choosing.
Klaussner Utilizing Production Capabilities to Provide Healthcare Supplies
The company has partnered with other local manufacturers to help produce face masks in response to the nationwide shortage.
IMC Offers Free Subscriptions & Transactions On Its Shopzio B2B Marketplace
Free subscriptions and transactions will be offered to customers through year-end to help address business disruption caused by COVID-19 pandemic.
Gold Bond Mattress Working Overtime to Fill Shortage of Contract Mattresses in Northeast
Company commits to meeting increased demand for beds.
ART Launches ARTful Wednesdays During This Work From Home Time
ART is launching a virtual schedule that incorporates education and network community time to make up for loss of connectivity.
BIFMA Connecting Furniture Industry Resources In COVID-19 Fight
The not-for-profit trade association has established an industry-specific webpage for COVID-19 resources in an effort to support and assist in this crisis.
BrandJump Launches New Product Information Management System
SaaS platform integrated into suite of services to give clients a streamlined product launch process.
CIT Financing Speeds Protective N95 Masks to Healthcare Workers
Aria Designs, a North Carolina-based furniture manufacturer and importer, is using its global supply chain and manufacturers to supply the much-needed protective masks.
PERQ Launches New Tool to Help Retailers Combat Coronavirus Effects
The new Virtual Consultation Scheduler aims to help minimize the effects of coronavirus shutdowns on retailers.
Fred Starr Passes Away at 87
The former President/CEO of Thomasville Furniture and Natuzzi Americas remembered as a wonderful husband, father, mentor and leader who loved the Furniture industry.
Federal Charges Filed By Teamsters Against CORT Furniture For Mass Firing Of Coronavirus Whistleblowers, Union Supporters
"Chilling Effect" of Silencing Workers Could Be Deadly Say Teamsters
Ashley HomeStore Donates 100 New Beds to Emergency Shelter to Help Reduce COVID-19 Spread
The donation, in partnership with the City of Tampa and Catholic Charities of St. Petersburg, will provide Tampa's vulnerable population with a place to shelter and sleep well.
Operation: Ignite Provides 10 Topical Seminars for Design Professionals Navigating Turbulent Times
Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting creates free programming for the industry.
Interior Design specialist Jimmy DeLaurentis: Post-Coronavirus Market Will Be Brisk
After weeks hunkered down in homes, consumers will look to enhance living spaces.
Furniture First Holds Townhall Calls for Members
The cooperative buying group adds three members as it works to help all members stay connected during COVID-19 closures.
Monthly Furniture Insights Report From Smith Leonard
For our industry, this virus and related issues came at a not so good time, as business in general had seemed to be improving along with the economy.
Precision Textiles to Outfit New Jersey Hospital With Medical-Grade Mattress Encasements
Level 4 mattress covers to benefit Englewood hospital during covid-19 pandemic.