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Bill McLoughlin

Take plenty of time to give thanks

The recent events in Paris are a stark reminder of what a dangerous world we live in and how fragile life can be. Every day, the headlines are filled with news of people inflicting pain and terror on their fellow human beings. It would be easy to... 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

In the shadows of bedding giants, Tier Two players find success

Lately I've been hearing surprisingly positive news from Tier Two bedding producers. They are reporting that there is life in the shadows of the bedding giants. Bedding's Big Four — Serta, Sealy, Simmons and Tempur-Pedic — command 70%... 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: Banish the blue light?

How to beat the blues By now we've all heard how bad blue spectrum light is for sleep preparation, yet millions of us wind down at night in front of the TV (which, by the way, emits its share of blue spectrum light). Saffron, a company that spe... More

About This Blog

#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

The evolution of retail sales

It was about content. Back in the “good ole days”, customers would come into our stores for content. We would show them options, then features and benefits. If we didn’t close the sale, they would go to the next store in se... 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 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

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 .

David Perry

Shoppers warm to marketing touting a cooler sleep story

The mattress industry is doing a good job of convincing consumers that cooler sleep is better sleep. But consumers who aren’t exposed to mattress marketing messages aren’t so sure that cool is better. For many of them, temperature conc... 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
Powell Slaughter

Unlocking Gridlock

While the business community is happy to lay blame for problems importers faced with West Coast port gridlock squarely on the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, the situation was more the landfall of a "perfect storm" that was years in t... More

About This Blog

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.
Chris Nicely

Etsy Halts Hocus Pocus

Want to sell your love potion, voodoo doll, or hex online? Be careful of what you promise, because online handmade marketplace Etsy has recently revised its rules on purveyors of all things metaphysical, from charms and hexes to potions and t... More

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Forever in pursuit of levity, contributor Chris Nicely serves up a dish of offbeat, odd, and viral stories from around the web.

They're trying to tell you something

Nourison introduced Nico Home at the High Point Market because it felt the rug and accessory category is lacking in furniture stores. Surya launched its Artistic Weavers sister brand last year with similar intentions. Officials felt that there wa... More

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Thomas Lester is the assistant editor of Home Accents Today and Furniture/Today.  A veteran journalist and storyteller, Lester will bring the stories behind the partnerships, product innovations and personalities in the home accents and furniture industries to life in this blog.

Pat Cory blog

As 2014 Ends A New Chapter Begins

As we enter the last week of 2014 let us take a moment to reflect on the past year’s success and missed opportunities. What is most important this time of the year is to thank all those who supported us throughout 2014. I would also like to... More

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Pat Cory is the newly appointed CEO of Cory Home Delivery, one of the oldest and largest specialized home delivery carriers in America, today in its third generation of family management and ownership. Headquartered in Secaucus, New Jersey, the company serves many of the top 100 furniture, appliance, and electronics retailers.,

Baby Boomer homes, memories hitting market

My wife and I will have been in our same residence for 30 years this August. It holds many memories of raising two kids, hosting friends and relatives, as well as now-gone pets and neighbors. Soon it will become listed as a “4BR, 2.5 bath, u... 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
Cindy Hodnett

'Tiny house' discussion leads to real-world build

A few weeks ago, I posted a blog about tiny houses, residences that are (usually) 350 square feet or less in size and places where the phrase “innovative use of space” takes on new meaning. It didn’t take long before the feedbac... More

About This Blog

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: