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News and analysis on the global furniture industry: Reports on overseas markets, sourcing issues, tracking & transportation trends for furniture imports and exports.

Widgets

Widgets

See our new publication Widgets, which is dedicated to the parts and pieces that make up the products your customers buy. This issue includes details about Hickory Springs, Leggett & Platt, Atlanta Attachment, Jones Nonwovens, Lectra, Saba and HFMSE. Get the latest!

Blogs

  • Clint Engel

    Clint's Notes

    Clint Engel

    December 29, 2016

    My mom is too old for Ikea?

    My mom is 82, and she loves Ikea. Her dining room group -- Ikea. Bedroom furniture (except for the nifty new adjustable foundation from Ashley HomeStore) -- Ikea.* Her living room? OK, the upholstery is Ekornes. Still, those little sloping footrests that go with the reclining sofa — Ikea, as she didn’t really want to dish out hundreds more for the real thing. Office furniture — Ikea. Even her plates and napkins come from Ikea. All this is to point out that apparently my mother is an outlier. According to a consumer survey conducted by lender Earnest, the peak age for shopping that ...

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  • Mike Root

    From A Rep's Perspective

    Mike Root

    November 22, 2016

    Happy Thanksgiving

    The work has been done for 2016. Orders have shipped, ads have been placed, and the holiday season is upon us. I hope it has been a good year for you. We of course still have another month to go, but much of a sales rep’s business this next month is working on placements from October market which essentially means building for 2017. In our industry and many retail related industries it is natural to get caught up in the hustle of the fourth quarter retailer’s ad calendars. As important as this time is for the financial pocket ...

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  • Mike Root

    From A Rep's Perspective

    Mike Root

    October 7, 2016

    What does the rise of e-commerce mean for the furniture factory sales person?

    Over the last several decades, the demise of the independent factory sales person has always been rumored. It has concerned forward-thinking reps over the past 50 years. First came Levitz and the big box furniture stores. They were going to take over the landscape of the furniture world and negate the need of sales reps. My father and his generation had to sell around these guys who would drop stores in a marketplace and screw up distribution patterns. The worry always was they were going to run the independent furniture store out of business, and thereby run the reps out ...

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