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David Stewart

When social media isn't social

I recently had an opportunity to attend a massive social event. The attendance was countless and the venue, expansive. There seemed to be no limit to how much I could sell. The problem was, my competition was there as well. Unsure where to begin, ... More

About This Blog

The Furnishing Ideas blog will cover retail training, technology and industry commentary from a Millennial’s point of view. Author Doug Stewart is the director of training at Mega Group USA, a certified instructor for Dale Carnegie Training, a blogger at FurnishingResults.com and you guessed it, a Millennial. Doug has a deep passion for the industry but more importantly, he has a passion for the people of the industry. Learn more about Doug at About.Me/Doug_Stewart. Or connect on Twitter @Doug_Stewart_

Shame on you! OSHA regulation by shaming

It is no secret that under the current administration, OSHA has been increasingly aggressive in its enforcement efforts. OSHA has made apparent its preference for using a “stick” rather than a “carrot” to encourage complian... More

About This Blog

From time to time Furniture/Today invites people inside and outside the industry to post blogs that may interest our readers. If you would like a blog to be considered, please send it to our editor in chief, Bill McLoughlin, at bmcloughlin@furnituretoday.com .

David Perry

Online tools for sales associates gaining traction

HIGH POINT — Bedding retail sales associates are getting more attention these days in the online world. Leggett & Platt’s Sleep-Geek.com pioneered the way in giving RSAs a wealth of industry insights and education on a website ded... More

About This Blog

eBedding is a regular column of statistical analysis by bedding ediotr David Perry.  Ideas for future coverage can be shared with Dave at dperry@furnituretoday.com.
Powell Slaughter

The more things change...

Each New Year’s Day marks an opportunity for change and growth, and I've begun 2015 with that thought in mind. As you may have read, Jan. 1 marked my start date for rejoining the team here at Furniture/Today. I spent last week reestablishin... More

About This Blog

I’m Powell Slaughter, senior editor at Furniture/Today. I returned to the publication in January 2015 after nine years of writing about furniture retail strategies and best practices at a monthly magazine focusing on home furnishings retail operations. Prior to that, I spent 10 years with F/T covering wood furniture, the last five of those as case goods editor. While I cover occasional, home entertainment and home office here, a major responsibility is expanding our attention to the logistics side of the industry. I hope this blog will encourage a dialogue with retailers, vendors, third-party logistics specialists and carriers. I’d love to hear your ideas, concerns and suggestions for smoother flow of material and goods.
Bill McLoughlin

Port bottleneck has cost industry dearly

The announcement last week that U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez was headed to San Francisco to get involved in talks between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and Pacific Maritime Assn. to end the slowdown at key West Coast port... More

About This Blog

I’m Bill McLoughlin, Chief Content Officer at Furniture Today. In the 25 plus years I’ve covered retail the thing I’ve enjoyed most is the people; hearing their stories, learning about their companies and sharing insights on the business. Through this blog I hope to continue that dialogue. Sometimes you may agree with me, sometimes not. But it’s my hope you will find a fresh perspective and perhaps an idea or two that helps improve your business. I welcome your comments and look forward to a long and productive dialogue.
Kristin Sprague

App Support

When sticking to 2015’s New Year’s resolutions gets challenging, there’s an app for that. Nearly 50 percent of Americans will set New Year’s resolutions for 2015, yet by February, 92 percent of us will have already given u... More

About This Blog

Kristin Sprague is the Digital Publisher at Progressive Business Media. Her role is to be forward thinking in the digital progression of their clients as well as their publications (Furniture Today, Casual Living, Gifts and Decorative Accessories, Kids Today, Home Accents Today, Home & Textiles Today). An early adaptor to digital marketing, Sprague is committed to educate and inspire by sharing simplified and successful practices on current and emerging trends across the entire digital marketing landscape through this blog. Kristin encourages you to reach out with any digital curiosities or topics you would like to hear about.
Lester

The rug buzz coming out of winter markets

Now that the winter market cycle is essentially behind us, it’s time to take a look at what showed and sold well. It’s no secret that color is in. That much is evident in a walk through any rug showroom in Atlanta, Dallas, Las Vegas o... More

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Thomas Lester is the assistant editor of Home Accents Today and Furniture/Today.  A veteran journalist and storyteller, Lester will bring the stories behind the partnerships, product innovations and personalities in the home accents and furniture industries to life in this blog.

Pat Cory blog

As 2014 Ends A New Chapter Begins

As we enter the last week of 2014 let us take a moment to reflect on the past year’s success and missed opportunities. What is most important this time of the year is to thank all those who supported us throughout 2014. I would also like to... More

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Pat Cory is the newly appointed CEO of Cory Home Delivery, one of the oldest and largest specialized home delivery carriers in America, today in its third generation of family management and ownership. Headquartered in Secaucus, New Jersey, the company serves many of the top 100 furniture, appliance, and electronics retailers. corycompanies.com, patrickcory@corycompanies.com.
Epperson

Is there an app in the future to share furniture?

I own a red 32-year-old Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck with about 80,000 miles on it. It is probably the most pampered truck you will see. It still looks good and drives OK, and the A/C still blows cold, especially this time of year. We use it rarel... More

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W.W. "Jerry" Epperson Jr. is a managing director of Mann, Armistead & Epperson Ltd., 119 Shockoe Slip, Richmond, Va., an investment banking and research company that specializes in the furniture sector. Online at www.maeltd.com
Dan Minor

Exploring the Ideal Pricing Model

I'm excited - there are clear signs our industry is finally starting to move forward and implement change where it's been long-needed. Better late than never, right? But these changes are moving toward a problem that the industry of home décor has... More

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Barry Abraham and Dan Minor of Pure Home will discuss the need for change and integration within the home décor industry - it's time to change the way we do business, and we need to do it together in order to see a successful future in our industry.
Cindy Hodnett

Pay attention to consumers and reap the benefits

Financial analysts are projecting that more than $30 trillion in private wealth will be transferred from the Baby Boomer generation to their heirs over the next three decades, and the reallocation is likely to be the largest redistribution of pers... More

About This Blog

As the Upholstery/Style Editor for Furniture/Today, I spend my work hours studying a rainbow of fabrics, the sloping curves of sofa frames and the nail head trim and button accents on a piece of upholstery. I research hundreds of companies who bring these things together for consumers, and I greet every new product introduction with enthusiastic anticipation. It's the perfect professional fit for a writer who once traded Barbie's best ball gown for a brightly-hued 12-inch Dream House bed, and it's a journey I plan to share with F/T readers who understand that furniture is so much more than simply a place to sit. I look forward to reporting on what I see in different markets, and I hope you'll reciprocate by letting me know when something impresses you. Email: chodnett@furnituretoday.com
Mike Root

Come See IHFRA at Las Vegas Market

In the lobby of Building A at the Las Vegas Market’s World Market Center is the satellite office of the International Home Furnishings Representative’s Association. This office is ably manned by IHFRA executives in charge of everything... More

About This Blog

Hi, I'm Mike Root, President of Furniture Sales of Mid-America, (www.furnituresales.biz) a furniture wholesale company in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain states. We have been recognized by numerous national furniture factories for sales excellence including multiple Salesman of the Year awards. I currently serve on the Executive Committee of the International Home Furnishings Representative's Association (IHFRA) as well as the CQRID Advisory Board of the Interior Design Society.
I see incredible opportunities for our industry to make a difference in people's lives. It is my intention to share with you positive stories and observations from around the country as they relate to the home furnishings industry. True, this is a blog for furniture representatives. But the reality is that we are all representing the home furnishings industry. Therefore I will write to and for reps, but hopefully the message will resonate with all throughout the industry. My perspective is one of a third generation furniture guy with past experience in retail, rental, and wholesale. I also have the good fortune of working with my father, Emmet Root, who is still active as a rep after almost 60 years.
We also operate a consulting business to help retailers and factories use innovative marketing to capture the attention of the end consumer through the use of direct response marketing and social media (www.GetCustomersRigthNow.com). More information about me can be found on my blog at www.MikeRoot.com. To contact me by email meroot@mikeroot.com.