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  • Thomas Russell

    Sourcing Strategies by Tom Russell

    Thomas Russell

    June 29, 2016

    Brexit may have big impact on furniture exports to U.K.

    U.S. furniture exporters – mostly domestic upholstery, but also some wood furniture manufacturers - have undoubtedly been reading about Britain’s planned exit from the European Union with some concern. That’s largely thanks to the ongoing strengthening of the dollar against the pound. While this is not necessarily new – the dollar has been strengthening against the pound steadily over the past year – the shift was nowhere near as dramatic as since the June 23 vote to exit the EU. This obviously makes goods in Britain – such as travel – less expensive to American consumers, but makes it more expensive for exporters ...

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  • David Perry

    Bedding Today

    David Perry

    June 29, 2016

    Are underdogs gaining share with quiet online partnerships?

    Looking for bedding's fastest-growing producers? Don't look in the usual places. Don't look at bedding's Big Four - Serta, Sealy, Simmons and Tempur-Pedic. And don't look at the well-known bedding names that follow the Big Four, names like Select Comfort, Corsicana, King Koil, Therapedic, Englander, Restonic, Kingsdown, Symbol, Kluft, Ashley and Spring Air. A number of those venerable bedding brands enjoyed good or even great growth last year, but the real growth stars, as a group, are those that are largely off the radar screens. That’s a key takeaway from my close reading of the ...

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  • Erin Berg

    On the Slant

    Erin Berg

    June 27, 2016

    Let's play the Gen. X game

    Let's take a short break and play a game. Read the following short intro and four mini-lists containing some interesting marketing research and furniture buyer data. Then answer two questions at the end. (And don't cheat by skipping down to read the questions first.) Ready, go! Generation X is more than 66 million strong, but because there are not as many of them as there are Boomers or Millennials they don’t get much attention from marketers. At least that's how it appears if you look closely at the marketing messages and images out there. As a ...

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    Kerry Lebensburger

    June 27, 2016

    Technology is the answer; your survival is the question

    TODAY: How are you using technology to improve the customer experience? When will the store know all about you when you walk in? Even what you want to buy before you can even approach them... all based on your social media postings? When will all stores have apps for information, smart labels that talk to you, ones that even text you? When will machine intelligence tell you that your product is about to break down and you should protect yourself in advance? And you thought adding Pinterest signs in your store was game changing. TODAY: How are you using technology ...

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