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Erin Berg

Is G20 a rude awakening for you?

Factory closures in Shanghai have been ordered by the Chinese government in advance of the G20 Summit. The long-anticipated impact of Hangzhou hosting the summit of world leaders might be starting to take hold. Rumors of possible shutdowns starte... More

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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.

Dean Horowitz 2016

Internet of Things: Wireless Connections for Logistics and more

KPN, the Netherlands's largest telecom and IT service provider, has completed a wireless Internet of Things (IoT) network. It is designed to enable the connection of millions of devices to the Internet.  It is being tested on facility manag... More

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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.
Bill Napier

The arrogance of ignorance

In preparing for an upcoming presentation, I came across a scene from Mad Men, where Don Draper and the agency is pitching a new marketing approach for a line of lipsticks – with a tagline – “Mark Your Man.” The theme is &... More

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Bill Napier is Managing Partner of Napier Marketing Group and a serial disruptor. His thought provoking blog will challenge conventional wisdom, look under the industry’s hood and seek to uncover the critical clues to improving its performance. Bill has been the chief marketing officer of several small, medium and large companies throughout his career, most notably Ashley Furniture Industries Inc., from 2000-2005. His passion is to help retail brands & brick mortar retailers grow their business by creating, guiding and deploying successful marketing B2B/B2C solutions integrating traditional marketing with the web/social media.
David Perry

4 reasons that bed sizes matter

17 Percent share of mattress purchases for twin-sized bedding. Why it matters: Because size matters. It’s a matter of dollars and cents. Our Consumer Buying Trends Survey asked consumers what bed sizes they purchased and how much they ... 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

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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.
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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

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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

What is the future of Consumer Culture?

How will tomorrow's consumers shop for goods and services? Will brick and mortar stores become simply distribution points? Entertainment venues? Will virtual and augmented reality make it unnecessary for consumers to ever leave their homes? I... More

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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

Boyd, Therapedic, Symbol on don’t-miss list for Vegas

In the category of “what is old is new,” Boyd Specialty Sleep is bringing a hybrid waterbed line to the upcoming Las Vegas Market. OK, Boyd’s four-model izone line is more than just a waterbed offering, as it also features air a... 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: You're going to sleep where?!?

Living (and sleeping) on the edge For most of us, the bed is the preferred place to sleep. However, there are always those among us who crave adventure and excitement and wouldn't mind if they found themselves nodding off in unusual places. Dre... More

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#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_

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

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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 .

David Perry

Purple's clever egg test racks up online views, wins fans

ALPINE, Utah - You could call this "Purple" prose. Yes, there is plenty of good news coming from the folks who recently brought us the Purple Bed. Brothers Tony and Terry Pearce, who founded Purple, are bedding veterans who have been specializing... 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.