• Who are the Top 100 Furniture Stores?
    Top 100 for 2017

    The nation's largest furniture stores racked up another good year, combining for a 7.2% sales gain in 2016. It wasn't nearly as strong as the 11% gain for last year's list of top stores, but the growth far outpaced that of the overall furniture store channel. More ...

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    Where e-commerce and brick-and-mortar merge

    Furniture Today editors discuss how furniture players continue to blur the distinction between e-commerce and brick-and-mortar: Casper places product with Target; Furnitureland South recreates the lifestyle options available online; and reports circulate that Amazon will build furniture warehouses.

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  • Alex Milstein

    One Stop Shop

    Alex Milstein

    May 23, 2017

    5 innovations propelling the furniture industry into the future

    Over the past few years, great strides in technological innovations have been made within the furniture industry, but we have only begun to see the potential of advanced technology for the industry. Here are five innovations that are just beginning to propel the industry into the future. Augmented reality. We’ve all heard about AR by this point. From Ikea to Williams-Sonoma, AR apps for retail are gaining ground like never before. AR’s ability to show what furniture looks like in a customer’s home, and even test if it will fit in a certain space, is changing the ...

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  • David Perry

    Bedding Today

    David Perry

    May 22, 2017

    Online marketing guru Qualman sees physical stores' advantages

    Erik Qualman, whose explorations of the online world have earned him the title of the “Digital Dale Carnegie,” is not forecasting the end of brick-and-mortar retailers. Quite the contrary. Those retailers have “huge assets,” he told me. And he cited brick-and-mortar moves by online specialists to make his point. Looking specifically at the world of mattresses, Qualman noted the importance of trying out a bed before buying. And, however compelling the marketing claims of online retailers, the fact remains that consumers can’t lie down on a mattress in cyberspace. There’s another brick-and-mortar store advantage. “Some people want to ...

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  • Epperson

    An Insider's View

    Jerry Epperson

    May 22, 2017

    Industry money makers: Mattresses vs. lift chairs

    At the April 2017 High Point market, it was interesting to see the contrast in two quite different product categories. Give Tempur-Pedic and Serta credit for creating specialty foam mattresses that consumers responded to and have been willing to pay up for. The mattress industry could use an iComfort-like introduction every year. High Point is not THE mattress market like Las Vegas, but there were several new imported mattress offerings that were almost too good to be true. They had premium exteriors with questionable innards but looked great. The intention is to offer these to retail at premium margins, pricing ...

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  • Bill McLoughlin

    Furniture Everyday

    Bill McLoughlin

    May 18, 2017

    Where sales 'experience' and store 'experience' diverge

    While attending a recent educational event, I was privileged to hear a number of successful store-based retailers talk about the importance of delivering a superior experience to consumers today, at a time when e-commerce is gaining an increasing share of attention and discretionary dollars. One cited Disney and its theme parks as a prime example of such experiences. Given all that our staff has written about this in recent months and how many furniture retailers are now taking proactive and creative steps to enhance their stores, this seemed an exciting and informative topic. But then something surprising happened. In discussing ...

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Scott Brothers at High Point Market with Bill McLoughlin

See our videos from the Spring 2017 High Point Market featuring coverage of the Scott Brothers, Christopher Guy, 3D furniture printing, and our Habitat for Humanity building project. See videos! Video coverage sponsored by AcceptanceNOW.

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