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David Perry

RSAs need to master digital world

The digital world plays a vital role in the mattress shopping journey, a new research study reveals. Unfortunately, retail sales associates are not as well connected as they should be to the elements that bring success in that world. The research... 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..
Bill McLoughlin

How someone doing everything ‘right’ can cost you a sale

My wife and I purchased a new home recently and gradually have been buying new furniture. We’ve visited most of the local furniture stores and made a few purchases, some at a local brick and mortar and others via the Internet. On a recent t... 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.
Conversations with Dean Horowitz

Has KOOHL officially run its course

Taking an uncomfortable stab at Apple computer's infamous 1984 Super Bowl commercial, SNL introduced us to the KOOHL toilet.  "Nothing will ever be the same," is the closing comment.  While humorous, it does provide a wake-up... 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.
Courtney Thabet

Fear and Millennials in Orlando

Last week, after celebrating my two month anniversary with PBM, I presented research in front of more than 300 people at the 2016 Furniture Today Leadership Conference. As a former professor who had to speak in front of people daily, I did not th... More

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Welcome to Progressive Business Media’s research blog where I will talk research mostly related to the home furnishing industry. The research may include studies we here at PBM have done ourselves, or something I have come across that just piques my interest (and, hopefully, yours too!). I encourage you to share your thoughts and insights and contribute to the discussion. Contact me at cthabet@progressivebusinessmedia.com

“Research is formalized curiosity. It is poking and prying with a purpose.” - Zora Neale Hurston
Thomas Russell

Could business-friendly regulation offset potential threat from tariffs?

The start of a New Year typically brings a sense of optimism regarding opportunities for personal and professional growth. The furniture industry, which is no stranger to ups and downs each quarter, can share in this sense of excitement, particula... 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)
Alex Milstein

Do you talk about politics at work?

There are three things you don't talk about at work: sex, religion and politics. However, the most recent U.S. presidential election was a different story. The unusual candidates, heated debates and important policy issues made this election so... 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
Houzz

Designers find success in producing once-rejected Danish designs

By Kasper Iversen, Houzz Say the words “Danish design,” and many people automatically think of furniture and lighting from the 1950s and 1960s by designers such as Arne Jacobsen, Hans J Wegner and Poul Henningsen. Even though these de... 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.
Erin Berg

Not 16 candles but 650,000

Maybe you've heard this interesting statistic: Each day 10,000 people turn 65. That's a lot of birthday candles. It's also potentially a lot of sales in the power lift recliner category. An aging population of Baby Boomer and Silent generations i... 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.

David Perry

Product reviews: 4 key facts to help RSAs close the sale

52 -- That’s the percentage of Millennials who say they use reviews to research mattress brands. Why it matters:That’s the highest percentage of any key demographic group. The figure is 47% for Gen X-ers, while it’s just 39% for ... 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.)
Thomas Lester

#MattressTags: Being social and having fun

Hold it right there Bedding accessory supplier Malouf is always game for a little bit of fun on social media. Remember their biodegradable mattress on April Fool's Day? The gang from Logan, Utah is at it again, this time with the popular #Manne... 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.)

More furniture recalls coming for tipover risk

Neal Cohen is a product safety attorney based in Washington. A former CPSC Small Business Ombudsman, Cohen now assists manufacturers with compliance with CPSC regulatory requirements and investigations. Buried in an otherwise bureaucratic meetin... 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

Brady scores for Beautyrest Black and gives me a Twitter boost, too

I got in the huddle with Tom Brady this year, went out for a pass and received a perfectly thrown football. Then I ran it in for a touchdown. Translation: My Tom Brady tweets this year were big hits. You may recall that a nine-story-tall image o... 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.