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Kristin Sprague

A Good Egg - five ingredients for a winning promotional email

If only sending promotional emails was as easy as making an omelet. Sometimes the subject line isn’t right. Sometimes the image gets skipped over. But don’t despair, not all chefs get it right the first time. And having the right recip... More

About This Blog

Kristin Sprague is the Digital Publisher at Progressive Business Media. Her role is to be forward thinking in the digital progression of their clients as well as their publications (Furniture Today, Casual Living, Gifts and Decorative Accessories, Kids Today, Home Accents Today, Home & Textiles Today). An early adaptor to digital marketing, Sprague is committed to educate and inspire by sharing simplified and successful practices on trends across the entire digital marketing landscape through this blog.
Bill McLoughlin

Here comes the recovery . . . maybe

Is it? Could it be? The on-again off-again improvement of furniture industry fortunes and the stuttering economic recovery that seems to take two steps forward and one step back appears to be back on again . . . maybe . . . for now. If that soun... 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

Robust slate of bedding intros set for Vegas show

The summer Las Vegas Market can’t match the introductory firepower of its winter counterpart, but the upcoming event offers a surprisingly robust assortment of offerings. A careful look through the bedding charts elsewhere in this issue &md...; 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: The cat came back

And the cat came back Heartwarming story alert: A family that relocated from Texas to Alaska thought they had lost their pet cat, Moosie, at some point during their move. Moosie, however, hitched a ride inside one of the family's mattresses and... 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

Starbucks' lesson for independent bedding retailers

My local coffee shop has a sign that says, "Friends don't let friends drink Starbucks" posted behind the counter. I often overhear the barista’s snide remarks about “Starbucks, the evil coffee corporation”. I’ve always fou... 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 FurnishingResults.com 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 bmcloughlin@furnituretoday.com .

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 dperry@furnituretoday.com.
Powell Slaughter

Any port in a storm?

While things appear to be returning to what passes for normal at West Coast ports, numbers are appearing that indicate the bitter labor dispute that clogged ocean shipments to and from the region, including the nation’s largest port complex ... 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.
Lester

More on the floor: Five hot looks from the summer rug markets

With the Atlanta market just completed and plenty of images coming our way for the upcoming Las Vegas event the season's rug trends are coming clearly into focus. For retailers looking to make a statement on selling floors there's p... 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. corycompanies.com, patrickcory@corycompanies.com.
Epperson

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 www.maeltd.com