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  • Connie Post at Market

    On the red carpet at the IHFRA gala

    Editor in Chief Bill McLoughlin turns the spotlight on the award winners as well as the association itself on the red carpet at this year's International Home Furnishings Representatives Assn. gala event. He’s even joined by "rival" red carpet interviewer, Connie Post, with dueling microphones. (Video coverage sponsored by AcceptanceNOW.)

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  • Bill McLoughlin

    Furniture Everyday

    Bill McLoughlin

    March 16, 2017

    Did Premarket reveal the industry’s Achilles heel?

    This week’s Premarket saw its largest number of exhibitors since 2014, and while attendance was somewhat curtailed by an unexpected storm across the Northeast, there were plenty of dealers in town, and some even came in early to get a head start (no surprise there). Events like this are always a good opportunity to assess the industry’s health, and I received some interesting responses to the question, “How is business?” This is one of those questions that typically elicit the stock response: “Good.” This time however, there was often a long pause, occasionally followed by a facial expression ...

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  • David Perry

    Bedding Today

    David Perry

    January 31, 2017

    Bob Sherman loomed large on Las Vegas bedding scene

    There he was, much larger than life, once again dominating the mattress scene at the bedding-rich Las Vegas Market. Bob Sherman’s industry comeback is now under way at Restonic, a fact advertised with a huge banner on the World Market Center parking deck. The banner pictured Sherman holding the Restonic logo and just a few well chosen words: “Bob Sherman” in the lower left corner and “Space B926” in the lower right corner. Call that his new business card, an invitation to his many retail friends, a shot across the bow of his new competitors, or even a monumental ...

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  • Bill McLoughlin

    Furniture Everyday

    Bill McLoughlin

    January 26, 2017

    Optimism is great; a strategy is better

    Attendees at this week’s Las Vegas Market took a page from the U.S. Post Office, refusing to be deterred by opening day rains and swarming the Market Center in what IMC officials said was likely to be record numbers. And while it’s common to take such reports from show and market operators with a grain of salt, the classic eye test of elevator, car and bus traffic along with activity on the market floor itself suggested they just might be right. The prevailing mood was one of optimism among exhibitors, significant numbers of which came to market ...

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