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  • frontline friday 9-22

    From the desks of Furniture Today's editors ...

    A quick trip around the newsroom highlights stories ranging from rising raw materials costs and exchange rates to AR apps and preparing information about market introductions at High Point. Plus, David Perry hints that the direct-to-consumer channel has made a significant shift in this year's Bedding Distribution Report.

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  • David Perry

    Bedding Today

    David Perry

    September 26, 2017

    Bedding distribution study shows blockbuster gains in DTC channel

    Our latest retail bedding distribution report, released this week, contains some blockbuster findings. For starters, we are confirming the widely held belief that the direct-to-consumer channel has been growing rapidly. But we are doing so with a precision that should shake executive offices around the industry. Furniture Today’s examination of key bedding distribution channels shows that the direct-to-consumer channel, which accounted for a 6% market share in 2014, exploded to a 12% share last year. That means that channel, which is fueled by the emergence of bedding e-tailers in recent years, has gained about $1 billion in retail sales ...

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  • Clint Engel

    Clint's Notes

    Clint Engel

    September 25, 2017

    Industry facing some tough times, but it's not all bad news after all

    As William Shatner once sang: I hate to be the bearer of bad news but … we’re all going to die. And now that this talk of this worst and final outcome is out of the way, let’s move on to some less bad things retailers and the furniture industryare up against — and hopefully in the shorter term. Some say sales were already sputtering, and now we’ve lost more business to two massive hurricanes. For the first time in a long time, my calls to see how Labor Day weekend turned out were met by a resounding, “Meh ...

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  • Bill McLoughlin

    Furniture Everyday

    Bill McLoughlin

    September 21, 2017

    Now is the time for leadership

    In times of uncertainty or challenge, the difference between success and failure can be slight and often comes down to a single intangible quality — leadership. Defined, somewhat inadequately, as “the capacity to lead,” true leadership is easily distinguished by its absence and immediately recognized by its effective application. Within most any gathering, it will quickly become apparent where leadership resides, although many institutions and even industries struggle with creating a culture capable of nurturing and developing it. There are traits, however, that all leaders seem to possess. Where some see obstacles, leaders see opportunity. While some rest on their success ...

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  • David Perry

    Bedding Today

    David Perry

    September 19, 2017

    Matt Firm leads strong pack of retail bedding standouts

    Mattress Firm continues to lead the pack in bedding, standing high above its competition and continuing to set a sizzling growth pace. But several other bedding retailers are also doing well, a look at Furniture Today’s list of the Top 25 Bedding Retailers reveals. Each year we update that list, and each year Mattress Firm finds new ways to post spectacular sales gains. Last year’s increase, a 27.8% jump in bedding revenues, was fueled largely by the addition of Sleepy’s to the Mattress Firm portfolio. Sleepy’s added about 1,050 stores and more than $1 ...

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