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  • Daniel Cullum named Shifman’s Salesperson of the Year

    Daniel Cullum holds up his award

    Luxury mattress manufacturer Shifman Mattress Co. named Daniel Cullum as its 2014 Salesman of the Year at its annual meeting at the High Point Market. More

  • Interior Define teams with Cylindo to launch 3D viewer

    Online and bricks-and-mortar retailer Interior Define has partnered with room planning software company Cylindo to launch a 3D viewer on its website, helping customers better visualize its custom upholstery before they buy. More

  • Big Marketing Lesson Comes From an Untimely Departure

    Big Marketing Lesson Comes From an Untimely Departure Recently I wrote an article to my customers that was not about furniture, not about a factory, and not about training. But this article has been commented on more than anything else I have written. I thought I would share it with you and see if you can tell why so many people have commented on it. Headline read: Applications Now Being Taken: Big Shoes to Fill In Our Marketing Department… Something happened Saturday at market that I did not share with anyone until now. I had a very hardworking employee of ... More

  • Signage important in the sale

    "Sign, sign, everywhere a sign. Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind.” With all necessary apologies to ’70s rock group Five Man Electrical Band, signs have their place. They are an important part of the retail scenery. After all, once your consumer sees what she wants, the signs give her the rest of the vital information. Signs can break the ice and introduce deals. During March’s Furniture/Today Finance Workshop, Progressive Leasing’s Blake Wakefield talked about how sales reps wearing a simple button saying “You’re Approved” prompted conversations about the retailer’s no credit needed program and ... More

  • Consumer Reports loses way with flawed mattress report

    Consumer Reports has a catchy — but bogus — headline on its latest mattress ratings report: “The myth of the $5,000 mattress.” I would like to suggest a new headline for the popular consumer products evaluation company to consider: The myth of a fair mattress report in Consumer Reports. Let’s start with that absurd headline. $5,000 mattresses are not mythical. They really exist. And many of them are great mattresses, delivering a great night of sleep. Consumer Reports even managed to stumble across a couple of them, by Duxiana, and included them in its ratings. Both made the Top ... More

  • Blueport Commerce wins patent for Store-Sync shopping app

    E-commerce technology and services provider Blueport Commerce has been awarded a U.S. patent for a cloud-based application called Store-Sync that links a consumer’s online and in-store shopping experiences. More

  • Ikea plans to double size of Illinois distribution center

    Ikea has announced it plans to double the size of its planned distribution center here as part of its strategy to serve customers in the Midwest. More

  • Surya selected for Georgia Fast 40

    Honored as one of Georgia's fastest growing companies More

  • Jacksonville-based Ashley licensee opens first store in Georgia

    Ashley interior shot

    The Jacksonville, Fla.-based Ashley Furniture HomeStore licensee has opened its first store in Georgia, celebrating the grand opening with the donation of 100 Tempur-Pedic mattresses to area children in need. More

  • Upholstery producer Mastercraft Furniture in Chapter 7 bankruptcy

    Upholstery producer Mastercraft Furniture has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy liquidation after halting production at its factory in Stayton, Ore. More

  • Valdese Weavers names Franklin, Neisler to key Dicey Fabrics roles

    Jennifer Franklin

    Longtime Valdese Weavers designer Jennifer Franklin has been named as the design director for the company’s Dicey Fabrics brand, with responsibility for styling new designs, trend and color direction, and merchandising for Dicey, which Valdese Weavers acquired in January. More

  • RESEARCH: Four out of 10 households plan to buy furniture

    37%

    In 2014, 37% of all U.S. households, more than 43 million, bought furniture and bedding products. This year, 41% of all U.S. households, another 47 million, have plans to buy furniture and mattresses. This exclusive data is from Furniture/Today's 2015 Consumer Buying Trends Survey. More

NY Home Show Videos

HTT Video Player for NY Show

Join HTT Editorial Director Warren Shoulberg and Editor-in-Chief Jennifer Marks as they kick off video coverage from the 2015 New York Home Fashions Market. Each day they will share news about the trends coming out of showrooms and the hot topics of the market week. See the videos! Sponsored by Lenzing.

Blogs

  • Thomas Lester

    An Inside Look

    Thomas Lester

    May 20, 2015

    Signage important in the sale

    "Sign, sign, everywhere a sign. Blockin’ out the scenery, breakin’ my mind.” With all necessary apologies to ’70s rock group Five Man Electrical Band, signs have their place. They are an important part of the retail scenery. After all, once your consumer sees what she wants, the signs give her the rest of the vital information. Signs can break the ice and introduce deals. During March’s Furniture/Today Finance Workshop, Progressive Leasing’s Blake Wakefield talked about how sales reps wearing a simple button saying “You’re Approved” prompted conversations about the retailer’s no credit needed program and ...

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  • David Perry

    Bedding Today

    David Perry

    May 20, 2015

    Consumer Reports loses way with flawed mattress report

    Consumer Reports has a catchy — but bogus — headline on its latest mattress ratings report: “The myth of the $5,000 mattress.” I would like to suggest a new headline for the popular consumer products evaluation company to consider: The myth of a fair mattress report in Consumer Reports. Let’s start with that absurd headline. $5,000 mattresses are not mythical. They really exist. And many of them are great mattresses, delivering a great night of sleep. Consumer Reports even managed to stumble across a couple of them, by Duxiana, and included them in its ratings. Both made the Top ...

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  • Bill McLoughlin

    Furniture Everyday

    Bill McLoughlin

    May 18, 2015

    'Portrastrophe', trucker shortages and other signs of logistical armageddon

    At a time when the furniture industry is subject to one of the shallowest, slowest moving recoveries in modern history, every impediment to growth takes on magnified importance. Coming off a strong fourth quarter of 2014 the industry saw its momentum blunted earlier this year by dramatic slowdowns at the West Coast ports that caused disruptions to early-year shows, retail inventories and manufacturing pipelines dependent on imported components. And while there are growing signs of improvement there continue to be myriad logistical issues that will continue to challenge the industry in the coming years. A massive shortage of truckers, currently ...

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Top 50 Retailing Giants

Top 50 Retail Giants

Movers and shakers. Trendsetters and up-and-comers. That's what you’ll find in the 2014 H&TT Retailing Giants Issue. Read Now. Sponsored by Divatex.