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  • Thomas Lester

    An Inside Look

    Thomas Lester

    December 16, 2014

    2014 a year of change, continued growth

    As we come close to drawing the curtain on 2014, I want to take a few moments to look back on the year that was. It didn’t take long for the first major announcement to come in January. While most of us were preparing for shows in Atlanta and Las Vegas, Shaw Inds. announced on Jan. 6 that it was leaving the area rug sector to concentrate on other areas in floor covering. As part of the plan, it retrofitted its Ringgold, Ga., rug factory to produce luxury vinyl tile. With the news of Shaw’s exit coming the ...

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  • Ray Allegrezza

    Editor's Desk

    Ray Allegrezza

    December 15, 2014

    It's been an amazing ride

    How many times in my life have I been told that life is about the journey, not the destination? Enough to have it resonate as a statement of truth for me. But ironically, as I write my final column as the editor in chief of Furniture/Today, I am struck by the fact that, at least on a professional level, my journey and destination began and ended with an event that I’ve loved being a part of: the Furniture/Today Leadership Conference. Most of you probably don’t know that when I joined the paper some 18 years ago ...

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  • Bill McLoughlin

    Furniture Everyday

    Bill McLoughlin

    December 15, 2014

    How do you measure the value of an idea?

    When you implement a new practice your store or manufacturing operation, one that saves you money or increases sales, how do you measure the value of that idea. Is it simply in the sales increase or dollars saved? If the idea enhances your brand and causes customers to think about you more frequently, in a more positive way, or to talk about you with friends and family how much more is that worth? This thought came to me as I was listening to Leggett & Platt’s Mark Kinsley speak at Furniture/Today’s Leadership Conference, where he was encouraging attendees ...

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