Eco-friendly home furnishings
This week, readers of our print edition of Furniture/Today will notice Furniture/Today began a two-part series called On the Surface — A Buyers Guide to Wood Species. This project is aimed at helping our readers become more familiar with the types of veneers and solids used in case goods. Depending on which resource you purchase from, the list can be fairly comprehensive, or it can just scratch the surface. Officials at one high-end manufacturer told me last year that they use up to 400 species of veneers in their wood product. But regardless of the amount of veneers or ... More
Ashley Furniture said this week it is dropping out of a pair of economic development projects in Wisconsin that would have given the company more than $6.2 million in state tax credits, but promised to continue adding jobs and expanding its operations in the state. More
Three industry leaders will be recognized in June by the Anti-Defamation League’s National Home Furnishings Industry. More
The North American Home Furnishings Assn. has added industry analyst Jerry Epperson and retailer Keith Koenig to the agenda for the Home Furnishings Networking Conference, May 17-19 in Orlando, Fla. More
A U.S. Bankruptcy Court judge has granted a pair of emergency motions to allow the trustee handling Carolina Mattress Guild’s Chapter 7 liquidation to sell the contents of two buildings and borrow money to maintain one of the properties. More
Furniture/Today has added Ken Bussell, vice president, financial services for Art Van Furniture, to the retail panel at its upcoming Finance Workshop, to be held March 25-26 at the Hilton Charlotte Executive Park in Charlotte, N.C. More
Canadian television personality and interior designer Karen Sealy has been named the official spokesperson for the 2015 Canadian Furniture Show, its organizers have announced. More
ATLANTA — Aaron’s revenues were up 37% in the fourth quarter to $759.7 million, reflecting the addition of Progressive Leasing, which Aaron’s acquired in April, the company announced. More
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Law and the Business of Furniture
March 3, 2015Recently, disruptions at the Pacific ports have stemmed from tension between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (representing employees) and the Pacific Maritime Association (representing employers). These work slowdowns and partial shutdowns have affected 29 West Coast ports handling more than 70 percent of imports from Asia (source: Dayton Daily News). Much has already been written about the issues in these negotiations, but for our purposes, it is an important reminder: the furniture business depends on many things outside your control, and disruptions are going to happen. Our job is to plan for them. In this case, products are delayed ...
March 2, 2015While there has been substantial and excited coverage of the tentative labor agreement aimed at returning the West Coast ports to normal, it's way too soon to begin any celebration. Estimates indicate it will take six to eight weeks to clean up the mess at the port of Oakland and three months to unclog the logjam in L.A. That means the first half of 2015 will be mostly in the books before some semblance of normality is restored to the flow of goods through those ports. And that’s assuming the “tentative” agreement proceeds apace and neither of ...
March 2, 2015The Los Angeles Lakers were playing at the Staples Center just across the plaza. Stevie Wonder was performing in the nearby Nokia Theatre. But the best show in Los Angeles this day was the kickoff of BEDTalks, the informative and inspirational series of talks presented by Mattress Firm Holding Corp. during its four-day annual national leadership conference. The opening was like the start of a Hollywood blockbuster. There was a feeling of excitement in the Diamond Ballroom at the JW Marriott as the meeting got under way. Some 1,400 Mattress Firm field and corporate leaders and company vendors filled ...
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