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Thomas Lester

#MattressTags: Kinsley's Kippos get Kickstarter kick-off

  Kinsley's Kippos get Kickstarter kick-off Mark Kinsley, the staff vice president of marketing for Leggett & Platt’s bedding group recently completed a month-long Kickstarter initiative to fund his new Kippo workout shorts. Th... More

About This Blog

#MattressTags takes a new approach to bedding, bringing you unique, offbeat and at times humorous news that might not make the headlines but that we think is important to business and the people who conduct it, nonetheless... Our hope is to inform, enlighten and maybe make you smile.

David Stewart

March has nothing on the Madness of Retail

One day during high school basketball practice, I wasn’t passing the ball the way my coach would have liked. I was the best player on the team; so naturally, I felt I was the best person to be in control of the offense. There’s not an ... 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

Shoppers warm to marketing touting a cooler sleep story

The mattress industry is doing a good job of convincing consumers that cooler sleep is better sleep. But consumers who aren’t exposed to mattress marketing messages aren’t so sure that cool is better. For many of them, temperature conc... More

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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

What gives?

I just read a blog post of interest from Journal of Commerce Chief Content Officer Peter Tirschwell taking a look at how the recent “portastrophe” on the West Coast could affect labor/management negotiations at U.S. ports moving f... 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

'Portrastrophe', trucker shortages and other signs of logistical armageddon

At a time when the furniture industry is subject to one of the shallowest, slowest moving recoveries in modern history, every impediment to growth takes on magnified importance. Coming off a strong fourth quarter of 2014 the industry saw its momen... More

About This Blog

I’m Bill McLoughlin, Editor in Chief 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

To Pin or not to Pin – In 2015, it isn't Even a Question

In just over four short years, Pinterest has grown into a retailer’s land of opportunity. As potential customers build their pin boards of intentions on the fanatically popular site, they are very likely to either expose your products to a w... More

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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.
Chris Nicely

Couples therapy at IKEA: Some assembly required

Jokes about the joys of assembling IKEA's flat-pack furniture are nothing new, but the retailer's flat-pack furniture is now being used by a California therapist as a tool to help couples communicate. “Furniture assembly often causes more ... More

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Forever in pursuit of levity, contributor Chris Nicely serves up a dish of offbeat, odd, and viral stories from around the web.
Lester

Signage important in the sale

"Sign, sign, everywhere a sign. Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind.” With all necessary apologies to ’70s rock group Five Man Electrical Band, signs have their place. They are an important part of the retail scener... More

About This Blog

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.