Furniture Today Blogs

Bill McLoughlin

And the award goes to . . .

And the award goes to ... well, that’s up to you. Furniture Today’s Annual Leadership Conference, this year to be held Nov. 28-30 at the Four Seasons Resort in Orlando, Fla., will crown three Furniture Industry Leadership Award winner... 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

Online marketing guru Qualman sees physical stores' advantages

Erik Qualman, whose explorations of the online world have earned him the title of the “Digital Dale Carnegie,” is not forecasting the end of brick-and-mortar retailers. Quite the contrary. Those retailers have “huge assets,&rdqu...; 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..
Cindy Hodnett

4 things to know about Millennials…in China

It’s no secret that Millennials are the top marketing target for many companies, and strategies for marketing to this demographic group appear on an almost daily basis. However, a subset of Millennials — those living in China — a... More

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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
Clint Engel

Is authenticity the secret ingredient for Jordan's?

I thought the whole “shoppertainment” movement at Jordan’s Furniture got started with the opening of MOM, the Motion Odyssey Movie, back in 1992, but CEO Eliot Tatelman corrected me. It was actually back in the 1980s, when Tatel... More

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Hello! I’m Clint Engel senior retail editor at Furniture/Today, where I cover all things retail. I’ll use this blog to offer my thoughts on both the furniture retail scene and general retail, but more importantly, as a vehicle to bring in and link to other ideas and sources of information that could prove useful to you. I hope you’ll use this space to share your thoughts, too. Also feel free to contact me directly at cengel@furnituretoday.com or 336-605-1129.
Thomas Russell

A look at the industry’s history helps define today’s complex trade issues

Reading all the headlines about the threat of tariffs on foreign made goods — China, Mexico or otherwise — got me thinking about what the furniture industry was like before I joined Furniture Today in 2003. Back then, the industry was... More

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Tom Russell Associate Editor I’m Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have had covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain some perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours overseas. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives on-line and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings. (to view or add public comments click on "Add your Comment" below each blog post)
Powell Slaughter

Trump gets busy: New administration has furniture industry’s attention

It didn’t take President Donald J. Trump long to start putting into effect campaign promises made regarding regulation and international trade. We’re talking the new administration’s first week in the White House.When it comes t... More

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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.
Erin Berg

Strike while the iron is hot

Three words I heard a lot during High Point Market: Motion is hot. And I would have to agree — not because I am partial to the category as the motion editor, but because based on what I’ve seen, the category is offering everything I w... 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.

Alex Milstein

5 innovations propelling the furniture industry into the future

Over the past few years, great strides in technological innovations have been made within the furniture industry, but we have only begun to see the potential of advanced technology for the industry. Here are five innovations that are just begin... More

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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 and manufacturers 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
Epperson

Industry money makers: Mattresses vs. lift chairs

At the April 2017 High Point market, it was interesting to see the contrast in two quite different product categories. Give Tempur-Pedic and Serta credit for creating specialty foam mattresses that consumers responded to and have been willing to ... 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
Mike Root

Happy Thanksgiving

The work has been done for 2016. Orders have shipped, ads have been placed, and the holiday season is upon us. I hope it has been a good year for you. We of course still have another month to go, but much of a sales rep’s business this next ... More

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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.
Houzz

9 design trends from Salone del Mobile 2017

Basic, unfussy pieces, simple contours, round forms and warm colors dominated at this year’s Salone del Mobile furniture and design fair in Milan. When the world is going through turbulent times, it seems, design tends to turn to the classic... More

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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.
Conversations with Dean Horowitz

The Boring Company

    Elon Musk releases a video explanation of his new venture - The Boring Company. While the Hyperloop is conceivable and exciting, would a series of tunnels with strategically placed elevator shafts and sleds be the answer to traff... 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.