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David Perry

Digital, sales experts set for Bedding Conference

Want to improve the digital part of your bedding business? Looking to give your sales force a performance-lifting upgrade? If you want to do those things (and who doesn’t?), you should attend Furniture Today’s upcoming Bedding Confere... 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

What if housing would never again drive your sales?

The common axiom of the furniture business is that housing activity drives furniture sales. When the housing bubble burst in 2008, the furniture industry suffered near catastrophic setbacks, and the uneven recovery of the housing business since th... 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

Beer run, only this one was automated

With "Proudly Brewed. Self-Driven." displayed on the delivery truck, last year OTTO and Budweiser partnered on a self-driving truck test: 51,744 cans of beer were hauled 120 miles in Colorado.   The senior director of logistics strategy at A... 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

A look at the industry’s history helps define today’s complex trade issues

Reading all the headlines about the threat of tariffs on foreign made goods — China, Mexico or otherwise — got me thinking about what the furniture industry was like before I joined Furniture Today in 2003. Back then, the industry was... 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

Take it from a Millennial: Are we really the most tech-savvy consumers?

When many people think about social media, they think about Millennials, the most tech-savvy generation. While there is some truth to this designation, don’t let the buzz about Millennials distract your furniture brand from an easy, alrea... 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

Home renovation professionals predict growth in 2017

By Erin Carlyle, Houzz It turns out that 2016, with all its surprises, was a pretty decent year to be a home renovation professional in the U.S. Why? For many businesses, it was a good one for the bottom line. Revenues grew for more than two-thir... 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

Superheroes among us: A tale of a buyer's journey

In this case, it was also an actual journey. On a recent business trip, I experienced some travel disruptions due to a severe winter storm that moved through the Southeast, a region not equipped to handle ice and snow. After repeated delays of my... 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.