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  • Hall of Fame: Bray built Vanguard on strength of American-made customization
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    Vanguard CEO and new American Home Furnishings Hall of Famer John Bray talks about how keeping production in America and customization can differentiate domestic manufacturers from importers, meeting today’s challenges – including staying attuned to the customer’s wants and needs, and plus advice he gave his children, both of whom are in the industry today. More ...

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    4 things you need to know before September ends

    The last issue of September 2016 has a full slate with our reports on retail technology, solar energy application within the furniture industry and sourcing out of Cambodia, as well as complete coverage of last week’s NEXT Conference (see our preview at http://www.furnituretoday.com/article).

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  • Bill McLoughlin

    Furniture Everyday

    Bill McLoughlin

    September 23, 2016

    3 home trends that should frighten the furniture industry

    Tucked into the agenda of Progressive Business Media’s recent NEXT Conference was an innocuous sounding presentation on the Home of the Future, by architect and interior designer Heather McCune. It was informative, entertaining and frightening, or should be to anyone who is in the business of selling furniture for inside the home. Among the findings offered by McCune were the following three trends that could well explain why furniture sales continue to lag despite what should be improving housing and economic numbers and why they might get worse unless the industry responds.  Great rooms remain high priorities and the ...

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  • Cindy Hodnett

    From Fabric to Frame

    Cindy W. Hodnett

    September 21, 2016

    Ikea secondhand coming soon to a store near you?

    Yes, you heard it right. Ikea is looking at ways to help consumers sell their used furniture. My weekday morning routine includes catching up on the overnight news via radio, and today's audio update included a NPR interview with Lars Petersson, president of Ikea U.S. Now whether you love or hate Ikea, you have to respect the furniture retailer's growth, much of it fueled by clean designs, affordable prices and the creation of a shopping "experience" that includes lifestyle vignettes and of course, those meatballs. Today, Petersson talked about how Ikea plans to continue to grow in ...

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  • David Perry

    Bedding Today

    David Perry

    September 21, 2016

    Bedding e-tailers report provides 6 takeaways

    I learned six key things while working on our first list of the Top 15 Bedding E-Tailers (see page p10 of Furniture/Today's Sept. 19 edition). Amazon is a quiet giant. Most of the industry buzz about this category surrounds companies like Casper, Saatva and Tuft & Needle — three online leaders — but Amazon quietly stands atop the online sales pyramid, with estimated online bedding sales last year of $125 million. Casper deserves its due. The company launched in April 2014 and at the end of last year was the No. 2 online bedding retailer, with estimated revenues of $100 million ...

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  • Conversations with Dean Horowitz

    Conversations.

    Dean Horowitz

    September 21, 2016

    Smart Ships? Autonomous shipping is coming.

    There has been a great deal of talk about driverless cars. We've discussed its potential impact on domestic delivery. But what about shipping? Rolls-Royce published a whitepaper entitled "Remote & Autonomous Ships - The next steps" earlier this year. Mikael Makinen, president of Rolls-Royce Marine, is quoted as saying "Autonomous shipping is the future of the maritime industry. As disruptive as the smartphone, the smart ship will revolutionize the landscape of ship design and operations." Of course, there will be concerns about the safety of high-ticket containers, but that may be overcome with technology, too.  As we continue to understand the ...

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Donny Osmond at Vegas Market

See our video coverage from the Summer 2016 Las Vegas Market with interviews from Donny Osmond, MicroD’s Ron Gordon, AICO’s Michael Amini, Furniture of America’s Mike Genrich and Sam Stoltzfus from Palettes by Winesburg.

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