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  • Thomas Russell

    Sourcing Strategies by Tom Russell

    Thomas Russell

    March 4, 2015

    Let's promote the wood story

    This week, readers of our print edition of Furniture/Today will notice Furniture/Today began a two-part series called On the Surface — A Buyers Guide to Wood Species. This project is aimed at helping our readers become more familiar with the types of veneers and solids used in case goods. Depending on which resource you purchase from, the list can be fairly comprehensive, or it can just scratch the surface. Officials at one high-end manufacturer told me last year that they use up to 400 species of veneers in their wood product. But regardless of the amount of veneers or ...

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  • Jerry Cohen Law and the Business of Furniture blog.

    Law and the Business of Furniture

    Jerry Cohen

    March 3, 2015

    Pacific Ports Trouble Highlights Need to Plan for Disruptions

    Recently, disruptions at the Pacific ports have stemmed from tension between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (representing employees) and the Pacific Maritime Association (representing employers). These work slowdowns and partial shutdowns have affected 29 West Coast ports handling more than 70 percent of imports from Asia (source: Dayton Daily News). Much has already been written about the issues in these negotiations, but for our purposes, it is an important reminder: the furniture business depends on many things outside your control, and disruptions are going to happen. Our job is to plan for them. In this case, products are delayed ...

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  • Bill McLoughlin

    Furniture Everyday

    Bill McLoughlin

    March 2, 2015

    Don't pop the champagne just yet

    While there has been substantial and excited coverage of the tentative labor agreement aimed at returning the West Coast ports to normal, it's way too soon to begin any celebration. Estimates indicate it will take six to eight weeks to clean up the mess at the port of Oakland and three months to unclog the logjam in L.A. That means the first half of 2015 will be mostly in the books before some semblance of normality is restored to the flow of goods through those ports. And that’s assuming the “tentative” agreement proceeds apace and neither of ...

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  • David Perry

    Bedding Today

    David Perry

    March 2, 2015

    Stagner, Carlsen share passion at big Mattress Firm event

    The Los Angeles Lakers were playing at the Staples Center just across the plaza. Stevie Wonder was performing in the nearby Nokia Theatre. But the best show in Los Angeles this day was the kickoff of BEDTalks, the informative and inspirational series of talks presented by Mattress Firm Holding Corp. during its four-day annual national leadership conference. The opening was like the start of a Hollywood blockbuster. There was a feeling of excitement in the Diamond Ballroom at the JW Marriott as the meeting got under way. Some 1,400 Mattress Firm field and corporate leaders and company vendors filled ...

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  • Bill Powell Mexico FTtv

    FT/tv video: What’s up with Mexico?

    F/T’s Powell Slaughter, just returned from Expo Mueble in Guadalajara, Mexico, sits down with Editor-in-chief Bill McLoughlin to provide an update on business and furniture trends south of the border, including insights on the effects of U.S. port troubles on Mexico’s manufacturing prospects.

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    All about veneers

    Furniture/Today’s March 2 edition presented an overview of some of the top veneers used in furniture, including images of veneers and how they are processed. Below are some images from that report as well as some that didn’t make to the print edition.

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