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The U.S. Department of Commerce has issued a preliminary determination that Murphy wall bed units are exempt from antidumping duties on Chinese-made wooden bedroom furniture. More
Reverie, a manufacturer of adjustable beds, has named Jennifer Shepard its training and development manager. In the newly created role, Shepard will be responsible for creating comprehensive training programs for the company’s wholesale and private label sales divisions. More
Standard Furniture is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court with its case seeking a portion of the duties distributed to U.S. producers on Chinese-made bedroom furniture, according to the company’s legal counsel. More
Ethan Allen wrapped up its fiscal year with a solid final quarter as its net income more than doubled on a sales increase of 9.1%. More
A week before its publication, “Factory Man,” the story of Vaughan-Bassett Chairman John D. Bassett III and his fight to keep his business going amid rising competition from Chinese furniture imports, is garnering good reviews. More
The Mattress Recycling Council has submitted a recycling plan to Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, a key step in Connecticut’s move toward becoming the first state to implement new mattress recycling legislation. More
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Vegas Best of Market
Cindy W. Hodnett
May 13, 2014One of the great things about not being famous is anonymity — the type of anonymity that allows one to walk into a furniture retail store to take a look at what’s on the floor and to experience customer service firsthand. These unscheduled excursions offer a rare opportunity for those of us immersed in the furniture business to put on a different hat and see the world of furniture from the consumer’s viewpoint, often illuminating why some stores continue to perform well even when consumers are reigning in their spending. Following a recent visit to a large fabric manufacturer ...
An Insider's View
November 18, 2013I hope no one expects me to lead by example. One evening, my lovely bride of 44 years and I were watching an old black and white murder mystery on television. Actually, I was watching the movie and she was playing Words with Friends with a friend, I guess.The movie was so old, the family had a maid who answered the door and served the meals. I interrupted Kathy and asked her if she noticed anything about the house in the movie. After a few minutes, she said it looked normal to her.That's when I pointed out ...
November 18, 2013Sometimes you hear a story that simply leaves you scratching your head in disbelief. Last week, I heard one from a furniture designer named Austin Rese. Austin is a man on a mission to launch a new lifestyle line of home furnishings. But before you yawn and turn the page, let me add this twist: He intends to bring this line of home furnishings to market from materials sourced only from the United States.Like so many others in our industry, Rese has been troubled by the staggering loss of U.S. jobs to overseas production. But unlike most of ...
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