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Alex Milstein

5 Interesting Retail Articles You May Have Missed

The amount of content available on the internet can be overwhelming at times. Every site seems to be pumping out some form of content – whether it’s useful or not. That’s why finding the right content matters. For those who do... More

About This Blog

One Stop Shop blog is your number one source for furniture industry tips, advice and how-to’s. From social media guidance to breaking down trends in the industry, One Stop Shop offers solutions and ideas that will help retailers, manufacturers and suppliers succeed in business. Alex’s millennial tendencies and love for listicles runs deep, but not as deep as his passion for providing useful, helpful and informative solutions.

Have something you want Alex to write about? Contact him on Twitter @FTalexM or by email at AMilstein@furnituretoday.com
Houzz

Industry confidence on the rise while pros seek out Millennials to hire

By Mitchell Parker, Houzz While confidence in the overall renovation market is expected to continue to rise moderately but steadily in the coming months, when it comes to hiring workers, most professionals aren't as optimistic. That's because the... More

About This Blog

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a small room to building a custom home and everything in between, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world.
Erin Berg

Labor of Love: Making America Great (Again)

The Presidential candidates have been arguing about the greatness of America, our standing as a world leader and what needs to be done to strengthen the nation on a number of fronts. I’ll tell you straight away that I’m not here to at... More

About This Blog

Hi, I'm Erin Berg, associate editor covering motion upholstery and outdoor. I came to F/T with a marketing background from various industries not related to furniture so I like to think I can bring a different perspective to the business. My blog spot will sometimes be about sharing my ideas and thoughts, and always about inviting yours. I hope to spark conversation because from what I’ve learned about this industry, it’s built on relationships. And relationships start with conversation.

Conversations with Dean Horowitz

Smart Ships? Autonomous shipping is coming.

There has been a great deal of talk about driverless cars. We've discussed its potential impact on domestic delivery. But what about shipping? Rolls-Royce published a whitepaper entitled "Remote & Autonomous Ships - The next steps" earlier t... More

About This Blog

This blog is focused on bringing the Furniture/Today community together in a discussion of ideas and technologies that will ensure our individual, and collective, long-term value to the customers we serve. It’s the back and front-office. It’s the opportunities to save money, spend money and connect with information in new and exciting ways. The success of this endeavor will be measured by your contributions and the exchanges that facilitate growth for all involved. We are in this together. Here's to being connected.
David Perry

Mattress Math: 3 key facts about online bedding consumers

59% of Millennial households buying bedding online. Why it matters: OK, this is an impressive number, but it must be considered in context. Some bedding observers say the Millennials (born between 1981 and 2000) are the only consumers buying beds... More

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King Koil
Follow David Perry's latest blog series on the numbers behind the mattress industry. (Sponsored by King Koil.)
Sheila Sanon

How Furniture Survived the Logo Bubble – And What It Should Do Next

An explanation for the lack of on-product branding and its impact on sales and marketing Across major consumer products, brands are purifying their logos into being simple inflections of their company culture. As we millennials continue to replac... More

About This Blog

The Swinging Door blog will cover design education, hot impressions, and fresh commentary on contemporary furniture design from a young designer’s perspective. Sheilla Sanon is a senior furniture design student from Appalachian State University with an endless love for creativity. She is the founder and lead blogger at Dikore.com who enjoys celebrating unsung ideas and achievements in design.
Kerry_Lebensbruger_blog

Economic sweet spots to be found if you know where to look

Forty percent of all U.S. consumption spending is done by HENRY’s … High Earners, Not Rich Yet with $100,000-$240,000 income who are aspirational not yet luxury targets. They want styles different from parents, love to find “new... More

About This Blog

Kerry Lebensburger is president of sales for Ashley and a graduate of the Wharton School of Commerce and Finance. Since joining Ashley Furniture Industries in 1993 he has served in roles of increasing responsibility and has played a pivotal role in the rise of the company’s retail business to its current position atop Furniture/Today’s Top 100.

Kerry has shared his thoughts via e-mail with a select group of friends and associates for some time, offering his unique and penetrating insights not only on the furniture industry, but on the business, political and economic community at large. He has now agreed to share those insights with Furniture/Today’s audience.
Bill McLoughlin

3 home trends that should frighten the furniture industry

Tucked into the agenda of Progressive Business Media’s recent NEXT Conference was an innocuous sounding presentation on the Home of the Future, by architect and interior designer Heather McCune. It was informative, entertaining and frighteni... 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.
David Perry

Bedding e-tailers report provides 6 takeaways

I learned six key things while working on our first list of the Top 15 Bedding E-Tailers (see page p10 of Furniture/Today's Sept. 19 edition). Amazon is a quiet giant. Most of the industry buzz about this category surrounds companies like Caspe... More

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David Perry Bedding Editor Hi! I'm David Perry, the bedding editor for Furniture/Today. This is an online version of my Bedding Today column, which appears weekly in the pages of Furniture/Today. I invite you to take advantage of this blog format to share your comments on the topics that I tackle each week..
Thomas Lester

#MattressTags: It's Sleeptember

Better health through sleep The American Sleep Apnea Association has rolled out a new year-round campaign called Sleeptember, designed to create fun and engaging online and community events in order to raise awareness of the public health impac... 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. (Sponsored by Spring Air.)

David Stewart

Let’s face it, sales meetings are the worst

After a sales meeting, there's a spike in business, so you celebrate! Over the next two weeks, you notice the numbers begin to slip. By the third week, there is no evidence there was ever a sales meeting at all. Sales meetings are like fruit. The... More

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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_

6 furniture e-commerce pitfalls you can avoid

By Ken Shleifer, owner, Broadway Furniture, Tigard, Ore. Furniture stores that don't sell online are losing business and customers. You've probably heard that before and probably felt the pressure to strengthen your company's e-commerce capabilit... More

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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 .