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Courtney Thabet

An introduction

I have just started my fourth week as a research consultant for Progressive Business Media (PBM) and would like to introduce myself. My passion for research stems from my love numbers and figuring things out. I am a puzzle solver. I love mysterie... More

About This Blog

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

Vindication or disappointment

What will be the response to Trump trade policies? As the world prepares for a Donald Trump presidency, the issue of global trade continues to make headlines. This week, for example, the Wall Street Journal had two stories in its newly revamped ... More

About This Blog

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

Why your furniture company needs a blog and how to accomplish it

It may be hard to remember a time when blogs weren’t a thing, but it’s generally agreed that the first blogs started showing up around 1994. Their purpose evolved as their popularity grew, and before we knew it, personal help blogs, ... 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 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

Labor shortages behind expensive and slow home renovation projects

By Erin Carlyle, Houzz An ongoing construction labor shortage is affecting the speed and cost of renovation projects in the U.S., according to the latest Houzz Renovation Barometer, out this week. The barometer index tracks sector optimism among ... 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

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

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

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

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: 4 key numbers reflect upside for online bed sales

6 percent of bedding sales generated by the direct-to-the-consumer channel.Why it matters: While some bedding observers think the number is higher, this is still a significant number. It reflects a growing distribution channel and one growing rapi... 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.
Bill McLoughlin

A gentle lesson in leadership

As I sit here writing this, the Furniture Today Leadership Conference has just concluded. The focus of the conference this year was transformative change and leading organizations through it. Day one was packed with speakers describing the increa... 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

‘The original sleeping pill’ makes a powerful point

The mattress industry needs to do a better job of marketing itself. We need a catchy slogan to help us stand out from the crowd. I hereby propose this one: The original sleeping pill.Yes, our product does deliver a better night of sleep, and thus ... More

About This Blog

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: 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

About This Blog

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 .