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"Design Between the Lines" Episode 112 Libby Langdon

Interior and Furniture Designer Libby Langdon sits down with John Conrad to discuss her unique journey to becoming a designer, how crafting a lifestyle brand can be a powerful asset, and her advice to students just starting out in the home furnish... More

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“Design Between the Lines” is the only Design and Home Furnishings Podcast where we talk with the real game-changers, industry innovators, and lifetime legends of the Home Furnishings industry. It is here that listeners can sit down and listen in on a casual chat with the people who craft the furniture industry into what we see today, and to learn a little bit more about life in their world.

Bill McLoughlin

How to win the Internet in 3 easy steps

If only it was that easy. Every retailer today is wrestling with existential questions around the integration of e-commerce and digital marketing into established business models. There is no longer a debate about the need to play in these spaces... 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

Matt Firm leads strong pack of retail bedding standouts

Mattress Firm continues to lead the pack in bedding, standing high above its competition and continuing to set a sizzling growth pace. But several other bedding retailers are also doing well, a look at Furniture Today’s list of the Top 25 Be... 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.
Clint Engel

7 takeaways from Conn's 2Q earnings call

Conn’s managed to swing to a profit despite a steep drop in fiscal second quarter sales, and its higher-margin furniture business had something to do with that. Here’s more on this, the continuing impact of Hurricane Harvey and other ... 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 or 336-605-1129.
Thomas Russell

Malaysia labor shortage needs fixing

Malaysia’s furniture industry is no stranger to labor shortages, thanks largely to the fact that it has to import most of its labor from surrounding countries. This poses a challenge to manufacturers as many of those workers face deportation... 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

Another private equity target?

It’s been an interesting year regarding private equity investment in the furniture industry on both the vendor and retail sides of the business. This summer, for instance, Blackstone acquired showroom powerhouse International Market Centers... 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

Who’s the J.K. Rowling of furniture? Learn how to tell your story

As a reporter, my job is to listen to stories and retell them. So it should come as no surprise that one of the most common statements I hear is: We have a great story, and we just need to tell it. Actually, it’s not quite that simple. A st... 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.


After the storm: Finding the silver lining and other good thoughts

We share everyone’s concern about our friends in eastern Texas with Hurricane Harvey. I cannot fully relate to their experience, but seeing the visuals on television is frightening. Our prayers go out to our friends at Gallery Furniture, Mat... 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

Your guide to buying a sofa that will last forever

By Susan Redman, Houzz One of life’s pleasures is curling up and relaxing on a cozy sofa. But buying a sofa that will stand the test of time requires careful consideration. The important thing is to not rush into an impulsive purchase, as y... 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.
PBM Strategic Insights

What retail can learn from MTV's latest reinvention

Music video pioneer, MTV, has undergone numerous rebirths over its 36-year history and currently finds itself in the midst of another. Launched in 1981 with the music video “Video Killed the Radio Star,” the channel redefined musical ... More

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Welcome to PBM Strategic Insight’s blog where we will talk marketing research. This may include general overviews about research and its benefits, studies we have done ourselves, or studies we come across that piques our interest (and, hopefully, yours too!). Please share your thoughts and insights and contribute to the discussion.

Mike Root

How do you want to be remembered?

A 2014 song, by a group called Magic is on my mind these days. The opening verses go like this: “How do you want to be remembered? As a sinner or a saint, as a hero or a villain Think about the steps you take How do you want to be remembere... More

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Hi, I'm Mike Root , president of Furniture Sales of Mid-America (, a furniture wholesale company representing multiple factories serving retailers in the Midwest and Rocky Mountain states. I was honored with the IHFRA Distinguished Service Award, am on the board of directors of the International Home Furnishings Representative's Assn. and previously served six years on the executive committee. In that experience I am fortunate to meet many reps and understand their challenges, concerns as well as successes. It is from that frame of reference I write this blog.

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 lifelong furniture guy with past experience in retail, rental and wholesale. I also have the good fortune of being part of a three generation agency, working with my father, Emmet Root, who is still active as a rep after more than 60 years and my son, Jay, who is helping brick-and-mortar and Internet retailers sell furniture online.

More information can be found on my blog at To contact me by email

Alex Milstein

One threat furniture retailers are overlooking

Many retailers fear the disruption e-commerce has caused, but they may be overlooking a crucial threat to brick-and-mortar stores: mobile phones. The disruption mobile phones can cause in regard to comparing stores before shopping is clear, but... 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