Furniture Industry News http://furninfo.com/Feed/FullFeed.aspx Furniture World Magazine's News Feed for current furniture industry news and articles from our magazine. Copyright 2020. All rights reserved. Loves Furniture & Mattresses Announces Grand Opening of Seven Southeast Michigan Locations http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12220/ <p>Loves Furniture &amp; Mattresses, a new home furnishings retailer, announced the grand openings of seven new Southeast Michigan locations with more stores to open in the coming weeks. The metro Detroit stores include locations in Ann Arbor, Battle Creek, Canton, Portage, Shelby Township, Howell and Port Huron.&nbsp;Each location will feature an array of home furnishings, including mattresses, sofas, loveseats, dining furniture and more. Loves CEO Matt Damiani made the announcement at an opening ceremony held at the Canton location today.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We created Loves because we think everyone deserves to love where they live,&rdquo; said Damiani.&nbsp;&ldquo;We saw a better way to build a furniture buying experience &ndash; one that is personalized and designed to encourage exploration, imagination and discovery of the perfect pieces to help create memories at home that last.&rdquo;</p> <p>The stores will carry an incredible selection of well-known brands, including Tempurpedic, Beautyrest, Serta, Stearns &amp; Foster, Lane, Bassett, Flexsteel, Jonathan Lewis and Bernhardt, as well as exclusive brands only available at Loves.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Loves experience is rooted in clear and simple pricing so customers can easily shop in alignment with their budget, style and fashion for every price point, and features a seamless process to shop online, in-store or both.&nbsp;</p> <p>Customers will have the option to choose how they want to shop &ndash; either independently, or with the assistance of Loves Home and Sleep Specialists who have exceptional expertise and training to provide support in-person or online. By-appointment shopping offers personalized service without pressure.</p> <p>The Loves Treasures area inside each store will feature affordable accessories. From wall d&eacute;cor to decorative accessories, this space will rotate seasonally so customers can discover treasures that perfectly complement their homes.&nbsp;</p> <p>Loves also announced a community alliance with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan, an organization working tirelessly to provide food for families and individuals in need. Since March, Gleaners has nearly doubled its monthly food distribution and greatly expanded its services to meet people where they are &ndash; from Detroit to Howell. Loves will donate $10,000 to Gleaners and a portion of sales from the grand opening weekend of their Canton location, Sept. 3 - 7.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re so thankful for the support of our friends at Loves, especially during this time of staggering need amid the pandemic,&rdquo; said Stacy Averill, vice president of community giving, Gleaners. &ldquo;Loves&rsquo; support will help us make significant strides in our mission to create a healthy, hunger-free community. We look forward to our continued collaboration.&rdquo;</p> <p>Loves will hire nearly 1,000 associates to support 27 locations across Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania.&nbsp;</p> <p>For more information on current open positions, visit&nbsp;<a target="_blank">www.lovesfurniture.com</a>.<br /> <br /> </p> <p><strong>New Loves Furniture &amp; Mattresses Stores in Southeast Michigan</strong></p> <p>Below is a list&nbsp;of the first seven new metro Detroit stores opening this week:&nbsp;</p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in; list-style-type: disc;"> <li><strong>Ann Arbor</strong>, 425 E. Eisenhower Pkwy, Ann Arbor, MI 48108</li> <li><strong>Battle Creek:&nbsp;</strong>6100 B Drive N, Battle Creek, MI 49014</li> <li><strong>Canton</strong>, 41661 Ford Road, Canton, MI 48187</li> <li><strong>Howell</strong>, 4101 E Grand River Ave., Howell, MI 48843</li> <li><strong>Port Huron</strong>, 1234 32nd Street, Port Huron, MI 48060</li> <li><strong>Portage (Kalamazoo),&nbsp;</strong>550 Ring Road, Portage, MI 49024</li> <li><strong>Shelby Township (Lakeside Mall)</strong>, 14055 Hall Road, Shelby Township, MI 48315</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About Loves Furniture &amp; Mattresses:</strong> <em>Loves Furniture &amp; Mattresses is a neighborhood furniture store that combines a personalized shopping experience with a wide variety of products that appeal to every budget. Loves has created a new experience from the ground up that brings together a large selection of quality, stylish products, Home and Sleep specialists and an easy shopping experience to help customers love the hunt in finding perfect pieces for their home. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a target="_blank">www.lovesfurniture.com</a>.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <style> &lt;!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536859905 -1073732485 9 0 511 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-priority:99; color:#0563C1; mso-themecolor:hyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; color:#954F72; mso-themecolor:followedhyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;}mso-level-number-format:bullet; mso-level-text:?; mso-level-tab-stop:4.5in; mso-level-number-position:left; text-indent:-.25in; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Symbol;} ol {margin-bottom:0in;} ul {margin-bottom:0in;} </style> http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12220/ Thu, 03 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT Malouf Shows New Adjustable Bases at Las Vegas Market http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12221/ <p>Malouf highlighted two new adjustable bed bases in their Las Vegas Market showroom during the pared-down tradeshow. The M455 and the S655 complement the existing line up of adjustable bed bases already offered to their retail partners. </p> <p>&ldquo;Adjustable bed bases continue to be some of our most popular products,&rdquo; said Eric Holmstead, national sales manager. &ldquo;We wanted to diversify the line up so that customers focused on health benefits and customers focused on premium features have more options at more price points.&rdquo;</p> <p>The M455 builds on the health benefits of sleeping adjusted at an affordable price. It features customer-favorite elements of the best-selling E455, plus neck and back massage. The S655 includes additional massage motors, head tilt to better open airways and make watching TV or reading in bed more comfortable, and under-bed LED nightlights. </p> <p>Both adjustable bases include built-in Bluetooth&reg; capabilities and pair with the Malouf Base App, the highest rated adjustable base app and winner of the Best Consumer Goods Application. Customers can control the bed right from their smart phone, use the Snore Detection feature which automatically adjusts the bed to stop snoring, and use Siri Shortcuts for hand-free controls.</p> <p>Product Development Manager Ryan Carlisle said, &ldquo;Our customers let us know what features they like, so we wanted to make those available on new bases. The M455 and the S655 round out our product line up at accessible prices so more people can enjoy sleeping elevated.&rdquo; </p> <p>Malouf created a full recap video of all the new products launches from this Las Vegas Market. For those unable to attend or interested in learning more about the new Weekender furniture, M455, and S655, the video is now available on the Malouf Youtube Channel. For those interested in additional product information, contact a Malouf sales representative at 800-517-7179 or sales@maloufsleep.com.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>About Malouf: </strong><em>A leader in the furniture and bedding industry, Malouf offers a wide range of innovative products including mattresses, adjustable bed bases, furniture, pillows, sheets, mattress protectors, bed frames and mattress toppers. Malouf products are available in over 15,000 retail partner locations in the U.S. and its growing international team now serves over 25 countries. Known for its commitment to quality, pricing and service, Malouf continues to expand its vertical integration and technology capabilities to better serve its customers with more than 335 global patents and trademarks. Malouf, a Certified B Corporation&reg;, was founded in 2003 by Sam and Kacie Malouf and is headquartered in Logan, Utah. For more information, visit <a target="_blank">maloufsleep.com</a>.</em><br /> <br /> </p> http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12221/ Thu, 03 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT CITY Furniture Adding 500 Jobs http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12222/ <p>Furniture retailer CITY Furniture recently announced plans to hire more than 500 employees by the end of this year.</p> <p>&ldquo;Families coping with the COVID environment suddenly need their homes to multitask as workplace, school and staycation refuge,&rdquo; says CITY Furniture President Andrew Koenig. &ldquo;By making their online or in-store shopping process fast, easy and safe, with great values, we&rsquo;re on track for our highest-ever annual sales in our company&rsquo;s history.&rdquo;</p> <p>With sales up significantly, the most intense demand is for upgrading family rooms/living rooms, establishing home offices and creating comfortable outdoor living areas.</p> <p>Most of the new jobs will be in South Florida, with about 200 in sales, another 250 in warehouse, delivery and customer care, and 50 corporate positions, including IT, eCommerce, etc. To expand its talented, diverse team the firm has transitioned almost completely to virtual interviewing, including online assessments and using a team hiring approach that Koenig said is yielding high quality new hires.</p> <p>As South Florida&rsquo;s economy reels under pandemic pressures, the company is finding that many applicants with sales experience in retail, hospitality, automotive, real estate and restaurant industries make a smooth transition to sales for CITY Furniture, where first-year sales associates average $60,000 to over $100,000 in earnings, Koenig said. Delivery drivers are in high demand, he added, and those who drive CITY Furniture&rsquo;s &ldquo;green&rdquo; fleet of compressed natural gas-fueled trucks average first-year earnings of $50,000 to $70,000, receive extensive training and do not need a Commercial Driver License (CDL).</p> <p>To keep pace with growth, CITY Furniture has ramped up its already active outreach to veterans, and to college grads through a well established college-recruiting program. Virtual hiring events within and outside of the firm are a crucial recruiting tool, including those with community partners such as the Urban League and Hire Heroes USA.</p> <p>In today&rsquo;s economy, fast action to transform operations is essential, said Koenig. He draws ideas from kaizen continuous improvement for businesses, and studied the process in Japan. This spring, CITY Furniture streamlined the customer experience with contact-less payments and availability of free contact-less delivery, fast checkout using sales associate iPads, deeper website product content, and unlimited free design services staffed 24/7 online to de-stress the shopping process and help customers create great spaces on a budget. The company plans to roll out 3D models and Augmented Reality on its website this fall.</p> <p>&ldquo;Our showrooms and warehouses are open safely and operating 100 percent, while following all CDC safety guidelines including social distancing, face masks, and frequent deep cleanings,&rdquo; Koenig said. &ldquo;Our corporate office team and customer care associates continue working remotely, and are transforming their areas with virtual training and virtual meetings, all going well.&rdquo;</p> <p>While changes accelerated in recent months, CITY Furniture&rsquo;s long-term growth is per plan. As the Southeast and Southwest licensee for Ashley HomeStore, the retailer opened an Ashley HomeStore North Miami Beach in August at 1400 NW 167th Street. Construction is underway for a 133,000-square-foot CITY Furniture superstore in Altamonte Springs, to open in spring 2021 as the brand&rsquo;s third Orlando area store. Koenig expects that opening to create more than 100 additional jobs. Additional store growth and expansion plans are underway and future announcements will be coming soon.</p> <p>CITY Furniture operates 20 showrooms from Miami through Vero Beach, and in Southwest and Central Florida, as well as 14 Ashley HomeStore showrooms as the brand&rsquo;s Southeast and Southwest Florida licensee. For information: https://jobs.cityfurniture.com and www.cityfurniture.com.</p> http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12222/ Thu, 03 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT Moe’s Home Collection Announces New Flagship Store in Seattle http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12223/ <div> <p><span>Moe&rsquo;s Home Collection, the North American retailer and wholesaler, best known for its modern and contemporary furniture and home d&eacute;cor, has announced the opening of their new American flagship location at 1023 1st Avenue, downtown Seattle. The grand opening is set for September 4th, 2020, just in time for the long weekend. This news comes in at a close second alongside the launch of their new transactional website, set to be live early September.</span></p> <p><span>Their Seattle showroom will house Moe&rsquo;s Home products across all categories and design styles, including Scandinavian, modern, mid-century modern, contemporary, industrial, rustic, art deco, and retro varieties. This will be their sixth location across the USA, including licensee stores and warehouses in Alaska, South Dakota, New York, and Washington state. Customers coast to coast can benefit from fast delivery and fulfillment due to their shipping warehouses in New Jersey and Kent, WA. Now, they have an additional showroom and store to view all core</span></p> <p><span>collections and new product introductions. After a 15-year presence in Seattle, Moe&rsquo;s Seattle location will continue to offer the superior shopping experience that their customers know and love.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;We are thrilled to be back in Seattle. We&rsquo;ve had a presence in Seattle for over 15 years with 4 stores in various areas, including our licensee store in Bellevue, WA, as well as our central distribution hub, which allows us to offer the fastest delivery across state lines. We are especially excited about this new location. We love the neighborhood, the atmosphere, and the building itself.&rdquo; &ndash; Sara Samieian, President of Retail Division</span></p> <p><span>The location. Within the last historic trio of neighboring architecture, built in 1900-1901 &amp; modeled after the Italian Renaissance Revival movement by Max Umbrecht, Moe&rsquo;s Home will be calling the magnificent North East corner their flagship&rsquo;s home. The building is, in fact, the same site of the prominent Z.C Miles &amp; Piper Company, a home furnishings store that began in Seattle in 1870 &amp; lists on the National Register of Historic Places &amp; Seattle City Landmarks. Moe&rsquo;s Home is humbly excited and proud to be bringing history back full circle with its wide range of furnishings and d&eacute;cor.</span></p> <p><span>Peeled back in time with its beautiful exposed red brick walls, high ceilings, wooden beams and pillars, this significant building is set in a spirited neighborhood best described by its independent merchants and arts venues. Found between old-town, Pioneer Square and the Pike Place Market, this building is a stone&rsquo;s throw away from the Seattle Art Museum, Olympic Sculpture Park, Benaroya Hall, and Seattle&rsquo;s beautiful waterfront. This distinguished brand has undoubtedly found its ideal place to situate in such a diverse, world-class city.</span></p> </div> <p><span>The soft opening of their Seattle store is set for a few days after the unveiling of Moe&rsquo;s Home&rsquo;s fully updated transactional website. This new site will be offering improved functionality, brand new product introductions, and all the tools for a smoother shopping experience. Opening to the public on September 4th, with all precautionary COVID measures in place, Moe&rsquo;s Home on 1st Avenue will be offering 20% storewide over the long weekend, as well as</span><span> a chance to win up to $1000 for in-store purchasing. Swing by Seattle, you won&rsquo;t be disappointed. There&rsquo;s always something new, something thoughtful, and invigorating for you at Moe&rsquo;s Home.</span> </p> <hr /> <p><span><strong>About Moe&rsquo;s Home Collection:</strong></span><span> <em>Creative expression, quality products, innovative and unique pieces &ndash; Moe&rsquo;s Home Collection is design made simple. For over thirty years, our family-owned business has dedicated our time to enriching our customers&rsquo; lives by transforming their everyday living space into their dream oasis with design and passion. For more information, visit <a target="_blank">www.moeshomecollection.com</a>.</em></span> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <style> &lt;!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536859905 -1073732485 9 0 511 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} p.MsoBodyText, li.MsoBodyText, div.MsoBodyText {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-link:"Body Text Char"; margin-top:0in; margin-right:0in; margin-bottom:6.0pt; margin-left:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-priority:99; color:#0563C1; mso-themecolor:hyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; color:#954F72; mso-themecolor:followedhyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} span.BodyTextChar {mso-style-name:"Body Text Char"; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-locked:yes; mso-style-link:"Body Text";} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:113.0pt 47.0pt 14.0pt 48.0pt; mso-header-margin:77.1pt; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;}size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection2 {page:WordSection2;} </style> http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12223/ Thu, 03 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT Idle Group Announces Multi-Brand Licensing Partnership With Hearst Magazines http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12219/ <p>Direct-to-consumer bedding and furniture holdings company, Idle Group, announces the launch of a multi-year licensing partnership with Hearst Magazines. The deal brings together Idle&rsquo;s North American and global operating, supply and marketing platform with Hearst Magazines&rsquo; vast audience of loyal consumers, brands and broad print and digital media platforms.&nbsp; </p> <p>Idle Group, led by e-commerce and mattress veteran Craig Schmeizer who also co-founded Nectar and the Resident Home family of brands, is scheduled to launch the first mattress brand lines in Q4 2020 with Country Living, followed by House Beautiful, Men&rsquo;s Health and Women&rsquo;s Health in early 2021.</p> <p>The partnership offers Hearst Magazines audience premium sleep products crafted with the attention to detail readers have come to love and expect. Each brand will bring their marketing support to one of the fastest growing consumer product segments. </p> <p>&ldquo;This partnership proves the mattress space is anything but sleepy, and we believe introducing the strength of Hearst Magazines iconic and authoritative brands to this category cuts through the confusing array of messages consumers need to process from so many &lsquo;beds-in-a-box' and transient pop-up brands," said Schmeizer, Idle Group&rsquo;s CEO &amp; Founder. "We are honored to be selected as Hearst Magazines&rsquo; partner.&nbsp; It is clear that channeling the deep brand equity brought by titles such as Country Living, House Beautiful, Men&rsquo;s Health &amp; Women&rsquo;s Health and others can be transformative within both e-ecommerce and traditional distribution contexts."&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>&ldquo;Hearst Magazines&rsquo; portfolio includes the leading lifestyle brands that hundreds of millions of consumers know, trust and love," said Steve Ross, global chief licensing officer &amp; head of brand development for Hearst Magazines. "From content to commerce and product development, our reputation is built on a commitment to quality and consumer confidence, which makes this collaboration a natural fit, deepening connections forged with our loyal audience of readers and brand enthusiasts.&rdquo;&nbsp;&nbsp; </p> <p>The new mattresses will be available direct-to-consumer on dedicated websites for each new mattress brand, offering a host of options suited for all budgets and sleep preferences. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p> <br /> <strong> About Idle Group:</strong> <em>Idle Group, based in San Francisco and including Idle Group Asia, is committed to delivering top-quality sleep and furnishing solutions to meet a wide variety of customer needs.&nbsp; Idle Group acquires and develops bedding and home furnishing category businesses in the U.S, Europe, and Asia that can be grown leveraging Idle&rsquo;s category experience, infrastructure, capital, and distribution. </em><br /> <br /> <br /> <strong> About Hearst Magazines:</strong> <em>Hearst Magazines&rsquo; portfolio of more than 25 powerful brands in the U.S. inspire and entertain audiences across all media platforms. Hearst Magazines&rsquo; print and digital assets reach nearly 165 million readers and site visitors each month &mdash; 70% of all millennials and 69% of all Gen Z over the age of 18 (source: comScore/MRI 1-20/S19). The company publishes over 300 editions and 245 websites around the world and attracts more readers of monthly magazines than any other publisher.</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12219/ Wed, 02 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT IMC Announces Virtual Programming for 2020 Fall High Point Market http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12215/ <p>International Market Centers (IMC) announced a robust lineup of virtual programming to be presented before and during Fall 2020 High Point Market, Oct. 13 &ndash; 21, 2020. IMC&rsquo;s 20+ educational webinar topics include trend forecasting, business practices during and after the COVID-19 crisis, consumer preferences, diversity and current market trends.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;IMC is delighted to provide a lineup of educational and influential sessions for fall market,&rdquo; said Dorothy Belshaw, chief marketing and digital officer for International Market Centers. &ldquo;While in-person programming is still not possible, these expanded pre-market digital presentations give designers and retailers important trend-focused and business-building information to assist in market preparation and allows High Point Market attendees to focus on buying while at market.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> IMC&rsquo;s proprietary&nbsp;<strong>TrendWatch</strong>&nbsp;program returns this fall as a series of three CEU-accredited webinars. Presented by 24-year magazine editor and home furnishings trends forecaster Julie Smith Vincenti of Nine Muses Media, the half-hour sessions will present each of the three trends - TOUCH POINTS (Sept. 23), POD (Sept. 30) and PROLOGUE (Oct. 7) -- currently shaping the home furnishings industry. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a target="_blank">http://www.imchighpointmarket.com/trendwatch</a>.<br /> <br /> IMC&rsquo;s popular&nbsp;<strong>Virtual Showhouse</strong>&nbsp;program, a project in which 6 well-known designers use IMC exhibitor product to create individualized rooms, comes to life during an hour-long CEU-accredited webinar titled&nbsp;<strong>The House that Diversity Built</strong>&nbsp;(Oct. 8) In the session, the panel of designers &ndash; Breegan Jane, of Breegan Jane Interior Design; Erika Taylor, of Taylored Interior Solutions, LLC; Evette Rios, interior designer, lifestyle expert and television host; Albie Buabeng, of Albie Knows and The Design Influence Podcast, and others to be announced &ndash; discuss their diverse backgrounds, design experiences and global perspectives as well as what went into creating their one-of-a-kind, dream home residence.<br /> <br /> Pre-market offerings will feature another nine CEU-accredited webinars, including&nbsp;<strong>Insider Tips for the Best Photography for Your Marketing &amp; Money</strong>&nbsp;(Sept. 29), presented by photographer Stephen Karlisch and hospitality designer Chad Dorsey;&nbsp;<strong>Your Brand: Promoting, Licensing and Protecting It!&nbsp;</strong>(Oct. 1), presented by Evette Rios, interior designer, lifestyle expert; Greg Wyman, of Jewel Branding &amp; Licensing; Stephen Davies, attorney and design industry veteran and Ellen Gefen, host of&nbsp;<a >TheHome.com</a>;&nbsp;<strong>Expand Your Network: The Benefits of Building Relationships In and Outside of the Design Industry</strong>&nbsp;(Oct. 5), presented by four popular designers;&nbsp;<strong>Re-defining Luxury&nbsp;</strong>(Oct. 12), presented by Erinn Valencich, of Erinn V Design Group; Courtney McLeod, of Right Meets Left Interior Design; Chad James, of the Chad James Group; Vicky Serany, of Southern Studio Interior Design; Scot Meacham Wood, of Scott Meachum Wood Home + Design; Brynn Olson, of Brynn Olson Design Group and Lynn Terry of&nbsp;<em>Southern Home</em>;&nbsp;<strong>How COVID-19 May Change Home-D&eacute;cor Preferences&nbsp;</strong>(Oct. 13), presented by Michelle Lamb and Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf of&nbsp;<em>The Trend Curve</em>;&nbsp;<strong>Using Financing to Retain and Attract Customers in Uncertain Economic Times</strong>(Oct. 14), presented by TD Bank&rsquo;s Mike Rittler;&nbsp;<strong>Sherwin-Williams: How Do Cultures Influence Color?&nbsp;</strong>(Oct. 15), presented by Sherwin-Williams Director of Color Marketing, Sue Wadden;&nbsp;<strong>ReImagine, ReOpen &amp; ReEngage - Visual Merchandising Transformed&nbsp;</strong>(Oct. 16), presented by Gretchen Kroll, of Tripar International, Inc.; and Walking the Market with Rug News &amp; Design (Oct. 20), presented by Sarah Stroh and Leslie Stroh, of&nbsp;<em>Rug News and Design</em>.<br /> <br /> Other virtual sessions will cover a collection of relevant topics. These sessions include&nbsp;<strong>How to Shop for Eco, No Matter What You're Shopping For - with Sustainable Furnishings Council: SFC</strong>&nbsp;(Sept. 24), presented by John Eason, of John Douglas Eason Interior Design; Jennifer Jones, of Niche Interiors; Anelle Gandelman, of A-List Interiors and moderated by designer Breegan Jane;&nbsp;<strong>Working With a Coach - Part 1 Featuring Kimberley Seldon - BUSINESS OF DESIGN&trade;</strong>&nbsp;(Oct. 14), presented by Martha Lowry, CEO of Design of the Times, Inc. and Kimberly Seldon, Business of Design&rsquo;s advocate in chief;&nbsp;<strong>Working With a Coach - Part 2 Featuring Gail Doby - Gail Doby Coaching &amp; Consulting</strong>&nbsp;(Oct. 19), presented by Gail Doby and Jodi Cook, of Cook House Design. Additionally,&nbsp;<em>Furniture, Lighting and D&eacute;cor&rsquo;s&nbsp;</em>Editor-In-Chief Diane Falvey will also present four&nbsp;<strong>&ldquo;Think Tank &ndash; Maximize Profitability&rdquo;&nbsp;</strong>sessions, including&nbsp;<strong>Where&rsquo;s the Growth?&nbsp;</strong>(Sept. 15);&nbsp;<strong>The Ins and Outs of Product Design Licensing</strong>&nbsp;(Sept. 22);&nbsp;<strong>Down to Digital</strong>&nbsp;(Sept. 29); and&nbsp;<strong>Benefits of the Retailer/Designer Business Model</strong>&nbsp;(Oct. 6).<br /> <br /> All virtual programing is free, and pre-registration is recommended. Complete descriptions are available online at&nbsp;<a target="_blank">http://www.imchighpointmarket.com/webinars-and-events/</a>.</p> <hr /> <p > <br /> <strong>About High Point Market: </strong><em>High Point Market<strong> </strong>is the largest furnishings industry trade show in the world, with more than 2,000 manufacturers in 11.5 million square feet of showroom and exhibit space in multiple buildings in downtown High Point, North Carolina. Each Market attracts tens of thousands of retail home furnishings buyers, interior designers, architects, and others in the home furnishings industry. International Market Centers (IMC) owns 17 prime High Point Market showrooms which contain 70 percent of the exhibitors, including the majority of the top 500 manufacturers. Fall 2020 Market is scheduled for Oct. 13 &ndash; Oct. 21, 2020. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a target="_blank">www.imchighointmarket.com</a>.</em><br /> <br /> <strong>About International Market Centers:</strong> <em>International Market Centers (IMC) is the world&rsquo;s largest operator of premier showroom space for furniture, gift, home d&eacute;cor, rug, and apparel industries. International Market Centers owns and operates nearly 20 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C., Las Vegas and Atlanta. IMC&rsquo;s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furniture, gift, home d&eacute;cor, rug, and apparel industries. For more information, visit&nbsp;<a target="_blank">www.IMCenters.com</a>.</em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <style> &lt;!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536859905 -1073732485 9 0 511 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-priority:99; color:#0563C1; mso-themecolor:hyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; color:#954F72; mso-themecolor:followedhyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} </style> http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12215/ Wed, 02 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT Coaster to Showcase During Fall High Point Pre-Market http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12216/ <a >Coaster Fine Furniture</a>, a North American furniture distributor, recently announced that the company will open their showroom during High Point Pre-Market starting September 14<sup>th</sup>, 2020 in North Carolina. <p>Pre-Market occurs each March and September, a month before the spring and fall High Point furniture markets. This gives dealers from around the country a chance to see new products slated to launch in April and October. </p> <p>&ldquo;Coaster has not attended a Pre-Market show in over 10 years, so we are excited to attend next month,&rdquo; said Don Deeds, Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Coaster. &ldquo;We want to assure our dealers that Coaster is taking every precaution against COVID-19. Our team will conduct temperature checks, offer sanitation stations, and all other social distancing guidelines will be enforced. The health and safety of our customers, employees and the community are very important to us.&rdquo; </p> <p>Coaster will utilize the first 2 floors of the main building and the first floor in the gallery building during Pre-Market. The company will offer dealers a first look at the new, incoming 2021 products and groups from their most recent 2020-2 supplement catalog.<span>&nbsp; </span></p> <p>High Point Pre-Market will be held September 14-15. For more information, visit <a >www.coasterfurniture.com</a>.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>About Coaster Fine Furniture:</strong> <em>Coaster is a second-generation company that has become a leading North American furniture distributor. Today, Coaster has 7 branches and 2 U.S distribution centers and employs over 800 people. Coaster offers a diverse and stylish selection of casual and formal living room, dining room, bedroom, home office and accent d&eacute;cor. Coaster furniture products can be found through an extensive dealer network and through leading online retailers. </em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12216/ Wed, 02 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT 300 South Main Expands High Point Market Showroom in Historic Philip-Davis Building http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12217/ <p>Industry wholesaler and manufacturer, 300 South Main, recently announced the expansion of the company&rsquo;s showroom presence in High Point just in time for pre-market.&nbsp; 300 South Main will take over the entire building for its growing line of products.&nbsp; Formerly known as the Philip-Davis Building, this historical landmark to the local community is now being transformed into the company&rsquo;s footprint at market. <br /> &nbsp;<br /> The expanded showroom is now in excess of 17,000 square feet between the two floors.&nbsp; The upstairs will feature the very successful category of outdoor furnishings while the downstairs main level will feature the new product category of leather and fabric motion.&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;Due to COVID-19, Fall Market will look and operate differently this October.&nbsp; Our newly expanded showroom will allow us to display our new innovative products, launch into new categories, as well as provide enough space to properly social distance and follow the CDC guidelines.&rdquo;&nbsp; Said Ken Salm, president of 300 South Main. &nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;<br /> He said the space will continue to keep the company on a very fast-track of growth. <br /> &nbsp;<br /> &ldquo;We have been experiencing rapid growth in North America,&rdquo; Salm said.&nbsp; &ldquo;Our new showroom provides additional opportunities to collaborate with our retailer network to help them grow their business. </p> <hr /> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About 300 South Main: </strong><em>300 South Main was born from a 25 year history of manufacturing quality outdoor furnishings for retailers worldwide. High quality material give you the confidence that your furniture will withstand the elements and keep it appealing for years to come. For more information, visit <a target="_blank">www.300southmain.com</a>.</em></p> http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12217/ Wed, 02 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT Naturepedic Fights to Prevent Non-Hereditary Childhood Cancer Incidence http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12218/ <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong><a >Naturepedic</a> announced that it is on a mission to reduce the rising incidences of non-hereditary childhood cancer cases. The GOTS-certified organic mattress manufacturer is working with organizations and nonprofits like&nbsp;<a >The Max Cure Foundation</a>&nbsp;that are pushing for policy reform on hazardous chemicals infiltrating everyday consumer household products, while raising awareness on the correlation between toxic chemical exposure and childhood cancer, and preventative action parents can take.</p> <p>September&rsquo;s national Childhood Cancer Awareness month casts a grim light on the alarming 34% increase in childhood cancer rates in the United States since 1975, as it continues to be the nation&rsquo;s leading cause of death by disease in children after infancy (1-19 years old). Recent&nbsp;<a >scientific proposals</a>&nbsp;indicate the development of childhood cancer can depend on exposure to environmental risk factors in critical periods of development in utero, childhood and adolescence.</p> <p>Dr. Philip J. Landrigan,&nbsp;MD, MSc, FAAP, remarks, &ldquo;There is much to be discovered on causal links to childhood cancer. However what we do know is such an uptick in cases over a short period of time signifies environmental factors are at play. Most human diseases, about 80%, result from the interplay of genetic susceptibility and the chemicals we&rsquo;re exposed to, so when a child with the wrong combination of genes, is exposed to the wrong chemical, disease can result.&rdquo; Pediatrician Dr. Lavin,&nbsp;MD, FAAP, adds, &ldquo;Children are most vulnerable and susceptible to environmental toxins because they&rsquo;re enduring critical periods of development and have much lower body weights. The timing of exposure is just as important as the dose, and even low doses of exposure can be damaging.&rdquo;</p> <p>Barry A. Cik, Founder and Technical Director of Naturepedic, states that, &ldquo;There are over 80,000 chemicals being actively used in the U.S., the majority of which have not be adequately tested for safety or effects on human health, yet, they appear regularly in our everyday household products, especially in baby products. Crib mattresses, for example, are typically made with PVC, flame retardants, formaldehydes, pesticides, and PFCs, some of which are known carcinogens. Yet, newborns are spending 10-16 hours a day sleeping on top of them, subjecting them to potential inhalation and absorption.&rdquo;</p> <p>Backed by 90 environmental organizations, the toxicity of the mattress industry is corroborated by the recent report &ldquo;<a ><em>The Mattress Still Matters</em></a>,&rdquo; released by the nonprofit Getting Ready For Baby Coalition. The investigative report found that the majority of crib mattresses evaluated were made with chemicals of concern. Naturepedic&rsquo;s No-Compromise Organic Baby Crib Mattress was concluded as the only mattress to be both fully transparent with component claims and made with no hazardous chemicals.</p> <p>Understanding that reducing children&rsquo;s exposure to environmental toxins may help prevent non-genetic childhood cancer is what motivates Cik to continue to his fight for massive chemical reform, while upholding the Naturepedic philosophy of transforming lives through safer, healthier, nontoxic, organic-based products. Cik relays, &ldquo;We are fighting to disrupt the industry from the top down, but also want parents to not only have access to trustworthy information to assess what&rsquo;s at risk, why it&rsquo;s important, and what chemicals to be aware of, but to understand that they have power in this, too. We want parents to be better equipped with how to create safe, optimal conditions for their child that, by effect, can lower internal toxicity levels and may prevent their risk of disease. &rdquo;&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>About Naturepedic:</strong> <em>Since 2003, Naturepedic has been on a mission to protect the lives of babies, children and families through safer, healthier organic-based products that have a positive impact on the environment. A brand with purpose, transparency and ethical practices has made Naturepedic the most respected company in the industry today. Committed to MADE IN USA, they source organic cotton grown by Texas farmers, and purchase steel and innersprings from US manufacturers. All Naturepedic products are made in their own factory in Ohio and are certified by MADE SAFE, GOTS, GOLS, OCS, Greenguard Gold, and FSC. Naturepedic is also recommended by American Sustainable Business Council, Green America, 1% For The Planet, Women&rsquo;s Voices for the Earth, The Ecology Center, Practice Greenhealth, EWG, Sustainable Furnishings Council, Clean Production Action, Allergy Kids Foundation, Healthy Child Healthy World, Kids For Saving Earth and&nbsp;<a >many others,</a>&nbsp;and is an EPA Green Power Partner. Since its inception Naturepedic has been a consistent and generous advocate and supporter of NGO&rsquo;s and nonprofits advocating for parents &ldquo;Right to Know&rdquo; about what is in the products they bring into their homes.&nbsp;&nbsp; </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <style> &lt;!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536859905 -1073732485 9 0 511 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-priority:99; color:#0563C1; mso-themecolor:hyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; color:#954F72; mso-themecolor:followedhyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} </style> http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12218/ Tue, 01 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT Monthly Furniture Insights Report From Smith Leonard http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12214/ <h3>MONTHLY RESULTS</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>New Orders</strong></p> <p>New orders in June 2020 increased 30% from June 2019, according to our latest survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors. While maybe higher than we expected, we did expect good order results for Junebased on our conversations with people who had said that once things at least partially opened back up, orders were very strong. Compared to June 2019, new orders in June 2020 were up for some 73% of the participants.</p> <p>Year to date, new orders were down 16% compared to the same period a yearago. The year to date results were pretty much across the board as some 81% of the participants reported decreased year to date orders.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Shipments and Backlogs</strong></p> <p>Shipments in June were down 7% from June 2019 after a decline of 31% reported for May. It was interesting that the results were pretty much split for the month as about one-halfr eported increases and the other half reported declines. It was just that some of the ones with a decline in shipments had greater dollar declines.</p> <p>Year to date, shipments were down 21%, down from 18% reported last month. Shipments were down for almost all participants, with 94% reporting declines in shipments.</p> <p>Backlogs increased 21% over May results as the dollar amount of new orders exceeded shipments. Backlogswere up 32%over June 2019 with the large increase in orders over last year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Receivables and Inventories</strong></p> <p>Receivable levels are a bit hard to measure at this point. Receivables were down 22% from last year, somewhat in line with the year to date shipments. But comparing month to month may take a while to see real correlations as timing can affect these numbers when we have the big swings in shipments.</p> <p>Inventories were down 13% from June 2019 and down 5% from May 2020. As with receivables, the numbers are in linewith current business but just not able to be adjusted quickly in both domestic companies as well as distributors.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Factory and Warehouse Employees and Payroll</strong></p> <p>The number of factory and warehouse employees was down 8% from last June, down from 10% reported last month. This number was about even with the number in May 2020.Factory and warehouse payrolls were up 27% from May 2020 levels as companies continued to bring employees back to work. The payrolls were down 15% from last year and down 20% year-to-date, the same as reported last month.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>NATIONAL<br /> <br /> </h3> <p><strong>Consumer Confidence</strong></p> <p>The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index&reg; decreased in August, after declining in July. The Index now stands at 84.8 (1985=100), down from 91.7 in July. The Present Situation Index &ndash;based on consumers&rsquo; assessment of current business and labor market conditions &ndash;decreased sharply from 95.9 to 84.2. The Expectations Index &ndash;based on consumers&rsquo; short-term outlook for income, business, and labor market conditions &ndash;declined from 88.9 in July to 85.2 this month.</p> <p>&ldquo;Consumer Confidence declined in August for the second consecutive month,&rdquo; said Lynn Franco, Senior Director of Economic Indicators at The Conference Board. &ldquo;The Present Situation Index decreased sharply, with consumers stating that both business and employment conditions had deteriorated over the past month. Consumers&rsquo; optimism about the short-term outlook, and their financial prospects, also declined and continues on a downward path. Consumer spending has rebounded in recent months but increasing concerns amongst consumers about the economic outlook and their financial well-being will likely cause spending to cool in the months ahead.&rdquo;</p> <p>Consumers&rsquo; assessment of present-day conditions receded in August. The percentage of consumers claiming business conditions are &ldquo;good&rdquo; declined from 17.5%to 16.4%, while those claimingbusiness conditions are &ldquo;bad&rdquo; increased from 38.9%to 43.6%. Consumers&rsquo; appraisal of the job market was also less favorable. The percentage of consumers saying jobs are &ldquo;plentiful&rdquo; declined from 22.3%to 21.5%, while those claiming jobs are &ldquo;hard to get&rdquo; increased from 20.1%to 25.2%.</p> <p>Consumers were also more pessimistic about the short-term outlook. The percentage of consumers expecting business conditions will improve over the next six months declined from 31.6%to 29.9%, while those expecting business conditions will worsen increased slightly from 20.2%to 20.5%. Consumers&rsquo; outlook for the labor market was also less positive. The proportion expecting more jobs in the months ahead declined from 29.6%to 29.1%, while those anticipating fewer jobs increased from 21.3%to 21.9%. Regarding their short-term income prospects, the percentage of consumers expecting an increase declined from 14.8%to 12.7%, while the proportion expecting a decrease rose from 15.8%to 16.6%.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Leading Economic Indicators</strong></p> <p>The Conference Board Leading Economic Index&reg; (LEI) for the U.S. increased 1.4%in July to 104.4 (2016 = 100), following a 3.0%increase in June and a 3.1%increase in May. &ldquo;The US LEI increased for the third consecutive month in July, albeit at a slower pace than the sharp increases in the previous two months,&rdquo; said Ataman Ozyildirim, Senior Director of Economic Research at The Conference Board. &ldquo;Despite the recent gains in the LEI, which remain fairly broad-based, the initial post-pandemic recovery appears to be losing steam. The LEI suggests that the pace of economic growth will weaken substantially during the final months of 2020.&rdquo;</p> <p>The Conference Board Coincident Economic Index&reg; (CEI) for the U.S. increased 1.2%in July to 99.2 (2016 = 100), following a 2.9%increase in June and a 2.4% increase in May.</p> <p>The Conference Board Lagging Economic Index&reg; (LAG) for the U.S. decreased 1.0%in July to 109.2 (2016 = 100), following a 2.3%decline in both June and in May.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>HOUSING</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Existing-Home Sales</strong></p> <p>Existing-home sales continued on a strong, upward trajectory in July, marking two consecutive months of significant sales gains, according to the National Association of Realtors&reg;. Each of the four major regions attained double-digit, month-over-month increases, while the Northeast was the only region to show a year-over-year decline.</p> <p>Total existing-home sales, completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, jumped 24.7% from June to a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5.86 million in July. The previous record monthly increase in sales was 20.7% in June of this year. Sales as a whole rose year-over-year, up 8.7% from a year ago (5.39 million in July 2019).</p> <p>Single-family home sales were at a seasonally-adjusted annual rate of 5.28 million in July, up 23.9% from 4.26 million in June, and up 9.8% from one year ago. The median existing single-family home price was $307,800 in July, up 8.5% from July 2019.Existing condominium and co-op sales were recordedat a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 440,000 units in June, up 29.4% from May and down 22.8% from a year ago. The median existing condo price was $262,700 in June, an increase of 1.4% from a year ago.</p> <p>&ldquo;The housing market is well past the recovery phase and is now booming with higher home sales compared to the pre-pandemic days,&rdquo; said Lawrence Yun, NAR&rsquo;s chief economist. &ldquo;With the sizable shift in remote work, current homeowners are looking for larger homes and this will lead to a secondary level of demand even into 2021.&rdquo;</p> <p>The median existing-home price for all housing types in July was $304,100, up 8.5% from July 2019, as prices rose in every region. July&rsquo;s national price increase marks 101 straight months of year-over-year gains. For the first time ever, national median home prices breached the $300,000 level.=</p> <p>Total housing inventory at the end of July totaled 1.50 million units, down 2.6% from June and 21.1% from one yearago. Unsold inventory was at a 3.1-month supply at the current sales pace, down from 3.9 months in June and down from the 4.2-month figure recorded in July 2019.Yun noted these dire inventory totals have a substantial effect on sales. &ldquo;The number of new listings is increasing, but they are quickly taken out of the market from heavy buyer competition,&rdquo; he said. &ldquo;More homes need to be built.&rdquo;</p> <p>Properties typically remained on the market for 22 days in July, seasonally down from 24 days in June and from 29 days in July 2019. Sixty-eight percent of homes sold in July 2020 were on the market for less than a month.</p> <p>First-time buyers were responsible for 34% of sales in July, down from 35% in June 2020 and up from 32% in July 2019. NAR&rsquo;s 2019 Profile of Home Buyers and Sellers &ndash;revealed that the annual share of first-time buyers was 33%.</p> <p>According to Freddie Mac, the rate for a 30-year, conventional, fixed-rate mortgage decreased to 3.02% in July, down from 3.16% in June. The average commitment rate across all of 2019 was 3.94%</p> <p>&ldquo;Luxury homes in the suburbs are attracting buyers after having lagged the broader market for the past couple of years,&rdquo; Yun said. &ldquo;Single-family homes are continuing to outperform condominium units, suggesting a preference shift for a larger home, including an extra room for a home office.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Regional</strong></p> <p>For the second consecutive month, sales for July increased in every region and median home prices grew in each of the four major regions from one year ago.July 2020 existing-home sales in the Northeast increased 30.6%, an annual rate of 640,000, although a 5.9% decrease from a year ago. The median price in the Northeast was $317,800, up 4.0% from July 2019.</p> <p>Existing-home sales increased 27.5% in the Midwest to an annual rate of 1,390,000 in July, up 10.3% from a year ago. The median price in the Midwest was $244,500, an 8.0% increase from July 2019.</p> <p>Existing-home sales in the South were up 19.4% to an annual rate of 2.59 million in July, up 12.6% from the same time one year ago. The median price in the South was $268,500, a 9.9% increase from a year ago.</p> <p>Existing-home sales in the Westwere up 30.5% to an annual rate of 1,240,000 in July, a 7.8% increase from a year ago. The median price in the West was $453,800, up 11.3% from July 2019.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>New Residential Sales</strong></p> <p>Sales of new single-family houses in July 2020 were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 901,000, according to estimates released jointly by the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. This was 13.9%above the revised June rate of 791,000 and was 36.3%above the July 2019 estimate of 661,000. </p> <p>The median sales price of new houses sold in July 2020 was $330,600. The average sales price was $391,300. The seasonally-adjusted estimate of new houses for sale atthe end of July was 299,000. This represents a supply of 4.0 months at the current sales rate.</p> <p>Compared to July 2019, sales in July 2020 were up 25.0% in the Northeast, 81.4% in the Midwest, 27.6% in the South and 40.8% in the West.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Housing Starts</strong></p> <p>The U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development jointly announced that privately‐owned housing starts in July were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,496,000. This was 22.6%above the revised June estimate of 1,220,000 and was 23.4%above the July 2019 rate of 1,212,000. Single-family housing starts in July were at a rate of 940,000; this was 8.2%above the revised June figure of 869,000.</p> <p>Compared to July 2019, July 2020 starts of single-family units were up 23.3% in the Northeast, 6.5% in the Midwest, and 12.3% in the South. Starts were down 6.8% in the West.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Housing Completions</strong></p> <p>Privately-owned housing completions in July were at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1,280,000. This was 3.6% above the revised June estimate of 1,236,000 and was 1.7% above the July 2019 rate of 1,258,000. Single-family housing completions in July were at a rate of 909,000; this was 1.8% below the revised June rate of 926,000.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>OTHER NATIONAL</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Retail Sales</strong></p> <p>The U.S. Census Bureau announced advance estimates of U.S. retail and food services sales for July 2020, adjusted for seasonal variation and holiday and trading-day differences, but not for price changes, were $536.0 billion, an increase of 1.2%from the previous month, and 2.7%above July 2019. Total sales for the May 2020 through July 2020 period were down 0.2%from the same period a year ago. Retail trade sales were up 0.8%from June 2020, and 5.8%above last year. Nonstore retailers were up 24.7%from July 2019, while food and beverage stores were up 11.1%from last year. On an adjusted basis, sales at furniture and home furnishings stores were down 1.9% from July 2019 and down 13.5% year to date compared to a drop of 16.4% reported last month.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Consumer Prices</strong></p> <p>The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.6%in July on a seasonally adjusted basis, the same increase as in June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.0%before seasonal adjustment.</p> <p>The gasoline indexcontinued to rise in July after increasing sharply in June and accounted for about one quarter of the monthly increase in the seasonally adjusted all items index. The energy index increased 2.5%in July as the gasoline index rose 5.6%. This was partially offset by the food index, which decreased 0.4%in July, with the index for food at home declining 1.1%.The index for all items less food and energy rose0.6%in July, itslargest increase since January 1991. The index for motor vehicle insuranceincreased sharply in July, as it did the previous month. The indexes for shelter, communication, used cars and trucks, and medical care also increased in July, while the index for recreation declined.</p> <p>The all items index increased 1.0%for the 12 months ending July, alarger increase than the 0.6%rise for the period ending June. The index for all items less food and energy increased 1.6%over the last 12 months.Thefood index increased 4.1%over the last 12 months, with the index for food at home rising 4.6%. Despite increasing in July, the energy index fell 11.2%over the last 12 months.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Employment</strong></p> <p>Total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 1.8 million in July, and the unemployment rate fell to 10.2%, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report. These improvements in the labor market reflected the continued resumption of economic activity that had been curtailed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and efforts to contain it. In July, notable job gains occurred in leisure and hospitality, government, retail trade, professional and business services, other services, and health care.</p> <p>In July, the unemployment rate declined by 0.9 percentage point to 10.2%, andthe number of unemployed persons fell by 1.4 million to 16.3 million. Despite declinesover the past 3 months, these measures are up by 6.7 percentage points and 10.6 million,respectively, since February.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Durable Goods Orders and Factory Shipments</strong></p> <p>New orders for manufactured durable goods in July increased $23.2 billion or 11.2%to $230.7 billion, according to the U.S. Census Bureau announcement. This increase, up three consecutive months, followed a 7.7%June increase. Excluding transportation, new orders increased 2.4%. Excluding defense, new orders increased 9.9%. Transportation equipment, also up three consecutive months, ledthe increase, $19.6 billion or 35.6%.</p> <p>Shipments of manufactured durable goods in July, up three consecutive months, increased $16.6 billion or 7.3%to $244.0 billion. This followed a 15.2%June increase. Transportation equipment, also up three consecutive months, led the increase, $12.6 billion or 17.8%to $83.2 billion.According to the final report, shipments for furniture and related products were down in June from June 2019, 1.2% and down 2.6% year to date. Orders in June were down 3.1% from June 2019 and down 2.6% year to date.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Executive Summary</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Our latest survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors seemed to reflect what we were hearing in our discussions with those in the industry. Probably the biggest surprise was that new orders in June were 30% ahead of June 2019. We had heard from many that June orders had really started to come in better than expected but the increase over June last year was more than we would have thought. New orders were up for 73% of the participants. In May, new orders were down 8% from May 2019.</p> <p>Year to date, new orders were down 16% from the same period last year after an 18% decline reported last month. Some 81% of the participants reported a decline in orders year to date.</p> <p>Shipments in June were down 7% from June 2019 which was pretty much in line with the decline in orders reported in May. The results were pretty much split though, as about one-half of the participants reported increases and the other one-half reported a decline.</p> <p>Year to date, shipments were down 21% with 94% of the participants reporting a decrease in shipments. Backlogs were up 21% over May as the dollar amount of orders exceeded the dollar amount of shipments.</p> <p>Receivable levels were in line with year to date shipments. The month to month comparisons may be difficult for a while as there will likely be timing issues for a while until things settle down.</p> <p>Inventories were down 13% from June 2019 and down 5% from May 2020. Participants continue to adjust these levels to current conditions as it is difficult for manufacturers to bring down inventories quickly when business had been so good and also difficult for importers to adjust quickly as well. Then to be able to anticipate how long the improvement will last.</p> <p>The number of factory and warehouse employees and their payrolls seems in line considering the effects of the payroll protection program from the government as well as the fast-changing business conditions. Many are now complaining with business so good; the problem has been lack of ability to bring people back, as well as hire new people.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <h4><strong>National</strong></h4> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Consumer Confidence</strong></p> <p>The Consumer Confidence Index declined again in August falling to 84.8 from 91.7 in July and 98.3 in June. The Present Situation Index &ndash; based on consumers&rsquo; assessment of current business and labor market conditions &ndash; decreased sharply from 95.9 to 84.2. The Expectations Index &ndash;based on consumers&rsquo; short-term outlook for income, business, and labor market conditions &ndash; declined from 88.9 in July to 85.2 this month.</p> <p>According to the report &ldquo;The Present Situation Index decreased sharply, with consumers stating that both business and employment conditions had deteriorated over the past month. Consumers&rsquo; optimism about the short-term outlook, and their financial prospects, also declined and continues on a downward path. Consumer spending has rebounded in recent months but increasing concerns amongst consumers about the economic outlook and their financial well-being will likely cause spending to cool in the months ahead.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Housing</strong></p> <p>Existing home sales continued a strong upward trajectory in July, with two straight months of significant sales gains. All four regions had significant month over month increases, and all regions except for the Northeast had significant gains over July 2019, which was really good news. Single family sales in July were up 23.9% over June 2020 sales and were up 9.8% over July 2019. Housing inventory was down 2.6% from June and down 21.1% from a year ago. The median existing home price was up again in all regions and marked the 101<sup>st</sup> straight month of price increases in year over year gains.</p> <p>New house sales were also up quite nicely with sales up 13.9% over June and 36.3% above July 2019. New house sales were up considerably in all four regions of the country compared to July 2019 sales. Housing starts were also up nicely, up 22.6% from June and up 23.4% over July 2019. Housing starts were up nicely in all regions except for a 6.8% decline in the West.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Other</strong></p> <p>Retail sales increased 1.2% in July from June and were 2.7% ahead of July 2019.&nbsp; Total sales for the May to July period were down 0.2% from the same period a year ago. On an adjusted basis, sales at furniture and home furnishings stores were down 1.9% from July 2019 and down 13.5% year to date from the same period last year. The decline year to date last month was 16.4%.</p> <p>The leading economic indicators report showed another increase, up 1.4% in July following a 3.0% increase reported last month and a 3.1% increase in May. Ataman Ozyildirim, Senior Director of Economic Research at The Conference Board said &ldquo;Despite the recent gains in the LEI, which remain fairly broad-based, the initial post-pandemic recovery appears to be losing steam. The LEI suggests that the pace of economic growth will weaken substantially during the final months of 2020.&rdquo;</p> <p>The consumer price index increased 0.6% in July, the same as the increase posted in June. Over the last 12 months, the index increased 1.0%. The energy index increased 2.5% led by a 5.6% increase in gasoline index. This increase was partially offset by a 0.4% decline in the food index, with the index for food at home declining 1.1%. The food index increased 4.1% over the last twelve months. Despite the increase in the energy index last month, the energy index fell 11.2% over the last 12 months.</p> <p>Total non-farm employment increase 1.8 million in July while the unemployment rate dropped to 10.2%. The number of unemployed persons fell by 1.4 million to 16.3 million. This number was up 10.6 million since February.</p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>Thoughts</strong></p> <p>We have continued to hear that business has been better than expected as we came out of the months of March, April, and part of May, though there have been some recent rumors that not everyone is doing as well as others. We know there had to be pent up demand out there as those who had been planning to buy came back in a hurry once the stores opened and/or chose also buy online, either through a store or online retailer. Being at home more certainly made some of us notice things that could be improved!</p> <p>When it will end, or slow down, is anyone&rsquo;s guess. Maybe it has for some already but for many, business has remained strong. We applaud the retailers who have figured out new ways to get to customers and meet their needs. We know that many of them have had issues with not having inventory and some of the suppliers have not had sufficient finished goods to help. But for those who had inventory or could turn custom made in a relative hurry, it has been some good times.</p> <p>We hear that premarket may be more like market than ever before. But also realize that the High Point Market will likely also be like never before, but not necessarily in a good way. We know foreign travel will likely cut back significantly along with reduced domestic. We hope the Governor will be more aggressive with his next decision about opening things up and in a way that will more fully support the business community in general.</p> <p>We should get some feel for the impact social distancing and masks, etc. will have at premarket. Hopefully, we can use it as a test case for the best way to handle the October market.</p> <p>We wish we had more words of wisdom, but these uncharted waters make it hard. We will still have to work through all the negative political stuff for a couple more months unfortunately. We hope and pray to hear good news on a vaccine, as well as good meds for treatment of the virus.</p> <p>Stay safe and healthy.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> <style> &lt;!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1107305727 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536859905 -1073732485 9 0 511 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} </style> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><span id="ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_RadGrid1_ctl00_ctl08_NewsLabel"><span id="ctl00_ContentPlaceHolder1_RadGrid1_ctl00_ctl04_NewsLabel"><em>This Furniture Insights&reg; &nbsp;report has been re-published with the permission of Smith Leonard PLLC an independent member of the BDO Seidman Alliance.</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Firm Profile:</strong> <em>Founded in 1930 by BDO Seidman, LLP, the High Point, North Carolina practice was recently acquired by four individuals who have spent the majority of their 100+ year careers building the existing practice. Beginning January 1, 2007, Smith Leonard PLLC became an independent member of the BDO Seidman Alliance. Partners are Ken Smith, Darlene Leonard, Jon Glazman and Mark Bulmer. Among the firm's 32 employees are 18 CPAs.</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Service Area</strong> &ndash; <em>Smith Leonard concentrates primarily in the Triad, but also services companies with domestic locations throughout North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Texas.<br /> <br /> Smith Leonard has an extensive network of international relationships that helps service their clients&rsquo; needs throughout the world with locations in Asia, Europe, South America, Mexico and Canada. These companies range in revenue size of $2 million to $300 million.</em><br /> <br /> <strong>Practice Concentration</strong> &ndash; <em>The majority of the client base is composed of manufacturing and distribution companies.<br /> <br /> Many of its clients are either furniture manufacturers, distributors or suppliers to the furniture industry. Smith Leonard also services companies in retail, transportation, insurance, not-for-profit entities and employee benefit plans. Smith Leonard offers a full range of accounting and consulting services including audits, compilations, reviews, tax planning and compliance. The partners and staff of Smith Leonard also assists clients in mergers, acquisitions, business consulting, cash flow projections, and tax outsourcing. Individual clients benefit from extensive experience in family wealth services including estate tax planning.<br /> <br /> The firm continues to produce monthly and annual statistics for the furniture industry. For more information call (336) 883-018 or e-Mail: <a href="mailto:ksmith@smithleonardcpas.com">ksmith@smithleonardcpas.com</a>.</em></span></span></p> http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12214/ Tue, 01 Sep 2020 05:00:00 GMT MLILY USA Expands Pillow Program with Two New Collections http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12201/ <p><span>Mattress manufacturer MLILY USA announced that it is expanding its pillow lineup with two collections designed to meet the growing demand from retailers for high-margin sleep products that deliver add-on sales. The new pillows, crafted with MLILY&rsquo;s proprietary foams, offer exceptional breathability and are covered in an environmentally friendly, organic cotton fabric, will be showcased at the summer Las Vegas Market.</span></p> <p><span>The new pillow collections are available in three height profiles, and give the company a full array of a dozen pillows designed to meet a variety of comfort and sleep preferences and offer breathability and cooling properties for a cooler night&rsquo;s sleep.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;Sleep accessories, and especially pillow, continue to be a high-profit center for retailers, and we are committed to offering a range of options that address consumer wants and needs,&rdquo; said Stephen Chen, president of MLILY USA. &ldquo;Our family of pillows made from our proprietary foams and unique designs provide our partners with the ability to address a number of comfort issues for their customers, including sleeping hot, allergies, stress and anxiety and proper support.&rdquo;</span></p> <p>One pillow collection is designed with features a layer of MLILY&rsquo;s proprietary Smart Foam, which delivers the benefits and feel of latex, as well as breathability for air flow. Covered in a 100 percent, certified-organic cotton, removable and washable cover, the pillow is available in three heights to accommodate side, back and stomach sleepers and is priced to retail at $99. </p> <p>MLILY&rsquo;s other pillow introduction, priced to retail at $129, features a soothing gel layer to help with temperature regulation by dispersing heat through pinhole air vents. The gel side rests atop an anatomical foam that allows for a free flow of air. Pillows in this collection are covered in the same certified-organic cotton cover that can be removed and washed. </p> <p>The new pillow introductions join the company&rsquo;s family of pillows that include <em>BioRelax</em>, MLILY&rsquo;s CBD-infused memory foam pillow, and the Comfort, Harmony and Dreamer pillow lines.</p> <p>The company&rsquo;s complete product line, including its expanded pillow selection, will be on display in the company&rsquo;s Las Vegas showroom located at B-912 during market, August 30 through September 3.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>About MLILY USA:</strong> <em>MLILY USA is the North American mattress and pillow company of Healthcare Co., Ltd. Knoxville, Tennessee-based MLILY USA&rsquo;s mattresses, pillows and sleep accessories are manufactured in state-of-the-art factories around the world, including China, Thailand, Serbia and Winnsboro, South Carolina, that span more than 6 million square feet. With products sold worldwide, MLILY also holds a unique global strategic partnership with Manchester United, the leading sports brand and popular soccer team located in the United Kingdom. As part of the partnership, MLILY provides the team&rsquo;s training complex with mattresses and other sleep products. 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This collection consists of three models with distinct comforts: S3 L Sport (firmest), S5 LS (medium-firm) and S7 LSX (plush). Quarter-inch-diameter holes are drilled vertically top to bottom throughout the mattresses to ensure continuous airflow and a clean and healthy sleep environment. Along with the vertically drilled holes, BEDGEAR&rsquo;s patented Air-X panels on the sides and ventilated React material core provides enhanced airflow and cross-ventilation. Featuring BEDGEAR&rsquo;s patented Ver-Tex instant-cooling cover, the S mattresses have a large, elegant BEDGEAR logo knitted down the center along with an S-shaped fluid pattern.&nbsp;</p> <p>The Cosmo and Glacier pillow collections are the first of BEDGEAR&rsquo;s Performance pillows to showcase the brand&rsquo;s patented air vent design that maximizes breathability with cross-ventilation. An air vent is a soft, circular fabric with a mesh center, which is about the size of a nickel. The benefit of it is allowing hot air coming from the head, neck and shoulders to be directed away on the corners of the pillow away from the body. Both pillow collections feature BEDGEAR&rsquo;S patented Ver-Tex instant-cooling cover that is removable and washable to reduce sweat and heat buildup to create a clean and healthy sleep environment. Available in four heights, also called sizes, to meet personal sleep preferences, the lowest height pillow &mdash; 0.0 size &mdash; includes one air vent and a mesh patch on top and bottom while the other three heights &mdash; 1.0, 2.0 and 3.0 sizes &mdash; include 10 air vents and mesh on all sides.</p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in; list-style-type: disc;"> <li>Excluding the 0.0 size, the Cosmo collection has a dual chamber that is soft on one side and firmer on the other. It has a lofty, marquee-diamond pattern, gray-colored cover with eye-catching rose-gold stitching and an instant-cooling feel. Cosmo&rsquo;s fill allows conforming and pressure relief for enhanced comfort.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in; list-style-type: disc;"> <li>The Glacier collection has a single chamber that ensures consistent comfort throughout. It has a smooth, snow-white-colored cover with rose-gold stitching and an instant-cooling feel. Glacier&rsquo;s fill allows resilient support without pillow bounce.</li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;BEDGEAR has become a sought-after brand of Performance that provides fashionable and functional bedding products that are proven to relieve the consumer pain point of overheating,&rdquo; said Eugene Alletto, BEDGEAR founder and CEO. &ldquo;The elegant S mattress collection and Cosmo and Glacier pillow collections highlight BEDGEAR&rsquo;s dedication of bringing new airflow innovations to consumers and our retail partners.&rdquo;</p> <p>The S mattress collection as well as the Cosmo and Glacier pillow collections will be showcased at the Summer Las Vegas Market, taking place on Aug.30&ndash;Sept. 3.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>About BEDGEAR:</strong> <em>Launched in 2009, BEDGEAR is the brand of Performance that provides innovative bedding by focusing on an active lifestyle and well-being. BEDGEAR&rsquo;s sleep solutions are engineered with Performance fabrics that are temperature neutral and instant cooling and maximizes airflow to allow the body to naturally regulate its temperature. With a core belief of One Size Does Not Fit All&trade;, BEDGEAR has redefined the way people view sleep by developing interactive in-store experiences and breathable bedding products that are personally fit to a consumer based on specific factors, including body type, sleep position and temperature. BEDGEAR is dedicated to integrating environmental responsibility into product development to ensure less returned goods are being sent to landfills. BEDGEAR is essential to the rest and recovery routines of professional athletes and active people who need to maximize their sleep. A proud manufacturer in the USA, BEDGEAR offers mattresses, pillows, sheets, blankets, pet beds as well as travel, kids and baby products that often feature removable and washable covers to maintain a clean and healthy sleep environment. BEDGEAR is represented in more than 4,000 retail stores across the globe and has earned more than 220 U.S. and worldwide patents, trademark registrations and pending applications. Sleep Fuels Everything! For more information, visit <a >bedgear.com</a>. </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <style> &lt;!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536859905 -1073732485 9 0 511 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-priority:99; color:#0563C1; mso-themecolor:hyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; color:#954F72; mso-themecolor:followedhyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;}mso-level-number-format:bullet; mso-level-text:?; mso-level-tab-stop:4.5in; mso-level-number-position:left; text-indent:-.25in; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Symbol;} ol {margin-bottom:0in;} ul {margin-bottom:0in;} </style> http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12203/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 05:00:00 GMT Standard Furniture Offers Exclusive High Point Premarket Tours to Preview Expanded Product Lines http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12204/ <p>Case goods and upholstery producer Standard Furniture announced that it will offer furniture retailers a preview of its new product introductions &ndash; including a new home office line &ndash; at High Point Premarket set for Sept. 14-15.</p> <p>In addition to a broad line of home office furnishings, Standard will offer retailers an advanced look at a new collection of higher-end pieces, each designed to be used in a variety of ways to create the ultimate in design versatility. </p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve thoughtfully expanded our product offerings to meet the needs of both retailers and consumers,&rdquo; said Jay Peters, vice president of merchandising at Standard Furniture. &ldquo;As consumers are creating spaces that range from work at home to home entertainment, we&rsquo;ve created product lines that address those desires while also optimizing distribution, shorter lead times and expanding margin opportunities for retailers.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>Home Office Collection provides a functional workspace for all</strong></p> <p>While Standard has offered desks as parts of various collections in the past, they will preview their newest category at Premarket with a broad range of desks and shelving options to suit the needs of every member of the household.</p> <p>&ldquo;Families are multitasking in every room of the house &ndash; from office and school work to spaces for entertainment and relaxation,&rdquo; said Peters. &ldquo;And with that, the demand for designated home office pieces has grown exponentially so that people can have a comfortable, productive designated work space.&rdquo;</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;re offering pieces to suit every work style and space, whether your preference runs from standup to executive and for every space from a corner niche to full-sized corner office,&rdquo; added Tim Oakhill, chief marketing officer at Standard Furniture. </p> <p><strong>New multipurpose pieces offer design versatility</strong></p> <p>Standard will debut a collection of multipurpose pieces that includes products at higher price points to offer retailers increased margin opportunities. These pieces provide design versatility for any space and style, and may be used in a variety of ways throughout the home.</p> <p>For example, the Fayetteville console with its herringbone detail and oversized pulls provides a focal point as a dining room sideboard and will look equally as distinctive as an entertainment console. And the Sanger console offers multipurpose open shelving and cabinet space that solves entryway clutter issues and can also be used to bring style and function to an entertainment space. Available in three sizes, 52&rdquo;, 64&rdquo; and 70&rdquo;, the Sanger consoles offers a stylish storage solution for most any space. </p> <p>During Premarket, Standard&rsquo;s showroom at IHFC C-700 will be open by appointment only, offering retailers a look at key new product introductions. To schedule a Premarket appointment, Standard retail partners may contact their individual sales representative.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>About Standard Furniture:</strong> <em>Founded in 1946, American-owned Standard Furniture designs, distributes and markets quality residential furniture and accessories to suit a diverse range of interior styles. Ranked among the top 10 furniture providers in the U.S., Standard offers a variety of collections rooted in uncomplicated luxury, designed for spaces people call home &ndash; spaces that are real, relaxed, and refined. Standard also is licensee and distributor of Magnolia Home by Chip and Joanna Gaines. The company is headquartered in Bay Minette, Alabama. For more information, visit <a >www.standardfurniture.com</a>. </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <style> &lt;!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536859905 -1073732485 9 0 511 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-priority:99; color:#0563C1; mso-themecolor:hyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; color:#954F72; mso-themecolor:followedhyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} </style> http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12204/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 05:00:00 GMT Dallas Market Center and RepTime Announce Partnership http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12208/ <p>Dallas Market Center, the largest lifestyle marketplace in North America, and RepTime, the provider of best-in-class B2B software as a service (SaaS) solutions, have formed a partnership supporting RepTime&rsquo;s total operations including its software solutions uniting manufacturers, sales teams and retailers. As part of the partnership announcement, RepTime will be rebranded as MarketTime, reflecting their position as a 24-7 market solution and omni-channel marketplace platform supporting the complete B2B ecosystem.</p> <p>MarketTime&rsquo;s solutions are the only fully integrated cloud-based applications available to customers anywhere, anytime that fulfill three key needs: making product discovery and ordering easier, making organizing and sharing information intuitive and secure, and saving time and money.&nbsp;</p> <p>Cindy Morris, president and CEO of Dallas Market Center adds: &ldquo;Our business is year-round, unlike other marketplaces that only support periodic events, and we have long understood the need for improved year-round B2B software solutions. So we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a team that leverages industry experience with an unparalleled and superior platform delivering a new level of 24-7 business. Manufacturers, sales agencies and retailers are confronting increasing competition and tremendous pressure to work more efficiently. At the same time, they commonly report that their existing solutions&nbsp;are a patchwork of applications that aren&rsquo;t integrated and consequently don&rsquo;t communicate effectively. MarketTime&rsquo;s new solution, available today and not aspirational, is seamlessly integrated, secure, and has already been adopted by leading companies. Given the current business challenges we are inspired by this opportunity to work with MarketTime to help deliver clarity, efficiency, confidence and growth for buyers and sellers.&rdquo;</p> <p>Said&nbsp;Hemal Patel, founder and CEO of&nbsp;MarketTime: &ldquo;This is a tremendous opportunity to work together to help more companies succeed for the long-term. I&rsquo;ve&nbsp;built a loyal customer community of more than 80,000&nbsp;users&nbsp;across many industries by creating solutions that are intuitive to use, yet powerful;&nbsp;flexible and scalable; that maintain privacy protocols and safeguard sales data.&nbsp;But most&nbsp;importantly&nbsp;our platform simplifies business management and drives growth.&nbsp;That&rsquo;s why I&rsquo;m so pleased with&nbsp;our new solutions&nbsp;and&nbsp;with&nbsp;this partnership. Dallas Market Center not only gets it, they are committed to accelerating MarketTime&rsquo;s leadership position to serve more customers with a superior platform.&rdquo;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <center><iframe src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/B0a3o26wGsI" allow="accelerometer; autoplay; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture" width="560" height="315" frameborder="0"></iframe></center> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>A Comprehensive Solution&nbsp;with Easy Set-Up, Clear Advantages</strong></p> <p>The MarketTime advantages&nbsp;are threaded throughout its platform&nbsp;for manufacturers, sales teams, and retailers. First and foremost,&nbsp;the solution serves customers 24/7 via a single, interoperable, cloud-based platform&nbsp;that&rsquo;s easy to set-up&nbsp;and&nbsp;get started.&nbsp;In fact, anyone transitioning from an existing platform&nbsp;will&nbsp;be able to do so with a simple data exchange.&nbsp;Furthermore, the company has efficiently solved for&nbsp;a number of&nbsp;challenges including management and security of data, order transmission and tracking, expanding sales territories, customer&nbsp;service, and commission processing.&nbsp;</p> <ul style="margin-top: 0in; list-style-type: disc;"> <li>For manufacturers, this includes managing sales orders and product data, promotions, shipping information, and useful documents for approved sales agencies and their salespeople.</li> <li>For sales teams including agencies and sales representatives this includes tools for shared data to generate sales orders, track invoicing and commissions and managing back office tasks.</li> <li>For retailers this includes sales tracking, new resource discovery and review, and placing orders through a B2B e-commerce marketplace to debut in Q4 2020.&nbsp;</li> </ul> <p>The B2B e-commerce marketplace will allow buyers to discover thousands of products from leading brands across a wide range product categories as well as place product orders with confidence. Sellers will be able to reach more customers around the clock, expand their reach to new customers, and manage customer orders efficiently.</p> <p><strong>Sustained Company Growth</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>MarketTime&rsquo;s&nbsp;growth trajectory of 25%&nbsp;per year has coincided with the development and advancement of strategic solutions for the gift, home, toy, apparel and accessories, housewares, and outdoor living industries.&nbsp;MarketTime&nbsp;currently&nbsp;facilitates more than $1 billion in transactions annually while serving more than 1700 manufacturers, 300 sales agencies, 3500 sales representatives, and more than 75,000 retailers.&nbsp;The company also supports a growing&nbsp;and highly nimble&nbsp;software&nbsp;development team and&nbsp;an award-winning&nbsp;customer service team recognized as quick and&nbsp;invested in customer success.</p> <p><strong>Valued Customer Partners&nbsp;</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>MarketTime&rsquo;s&nbsp;expanding customer list include manufacturers such as Mattel, Fisher Price, and Aurora World; sales agencies across multiple industries including Diverse Marketing, NextGen Dallas, Brad Hughes &amp; Associates, GRACE by Catherine Sullivan, Indigo Agency, and In-Detail. Their partnerships are long-standing, their ability to increase sales the first year can be as high as 30%&nbsp;year over year,&nbsp;and&nbsp;customer praise is consistent:&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We are a 20 year customer and we have grown our business with RepTime&rsquo;s support. That&rsquo;s because the platforms that&nbsp;RepTime, and now MarketTime,&nbsp;have built work seamlessly and immediately&mdash;even when new software and hardware are introduced. Believe me when I say&nbsp;MarketTime&nbsp;has the best customer service, bar none. I have and will continue to recommend&nbsp;MarketTime&nbsp;to anyone who wants technology that works!&rdquo; &ndash; Kim Pettigrew, co-owner, In-Detail&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;My business partner and I trust&nbsp;MarketTime&nbsp;to the fullest. Their solution is superior and they service and support all our technology needs. We can't imagine using anything else.&rdquo; &ndash; Brad Hughes, co-owner, Brad Hughes &amp; Associates&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Diverse Marketing relies on MarketTime because they deliver all the tools our group needs to succeed in the sales industry.&rdquo; &ndash; Wes Hardin, president, Diverse Marketing&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;Their solutions keep our business going across dozens of vendors and 13 territory reps. MarketTime&nbsp;keeps our groups well-organized and secure.&rdquo; &ndash; Kim Pounds, owner, NextGen Dallas&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;<strong>Support for&nbsp;Expansion</strong>&nbsp;</p> <p>To help support the accelerated demand for&nbsp;RepTime&rsquo;s&nbsp;new solutions, a&nbsp;MarketTime&nbsp;Experience Center&nbsp;will launch inside Dallas Market Center for one-on-one and virtual introductions, onboarding and training throughout the year including major trade events.&nbsp;Finally, in the coming months&nbsp;MarketTime&nbsp;will be adding additional personnel&nbsp;to serve the expected influx of new customers.&nbsp;For more information including the latest news visit their legacy website:&nbsp;<a target="_blank">www.reptime.com</a><span style="text-decoration: underline;">.</span>&nbsp;</p> <p>As more buyers seek products across all lifestyle categories, Dallas Market Center continues to be the most complete marketplace of best-selling and one-of-a-kind products including gift, home d&eacute;cor, lighting, holiday and floral, gourmet and housewares, and fashion. Among Dallas Market Center&rsquo;s leadership positions: the largest residential lighting marketplace in North America; the largest and most successful open-daily design center; dominant trade events for gift, home d&eacute;cor, holiday and floral; and the nation&rsquo;s most comprehensive apparel and accessories marketplace featuring the latest styles from East Coast and West Coast designers. Centrally located within a short travel time from any location in the U.S. and Latin America, the marketplace is also situated in the strongest economic zone in the U.S.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>About Dallas Market Center:</strong> <em>Dallas Market Center is a global business-to-business trade center and the leading wholesale marketplace in North America for lifestyle products including western apparel and accessories, home d&eacute;cor, furniture, gifts, lighting and fashion for women, men, and children. Inside its dynamic, five million square foot campus near downtown Dallas, nearly 200,000 customers, including retailers and interior designers from all 50 states and 85 countries, seek industry trends, business education and new products via open-daily showrooms and from exhibitors participating in trade events held throughout the year. The Dallas Market Center website is available at&nbsp;<a target="_blank">dallasmarketcenter.com</a>. </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <style> &lt;!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1107305727 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536859905 -1073732485 9 0 511 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-priority:99; color:#0563C1; mso-themecolor:hyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; color:#954F72; mso-themecolor:followedhyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;}mso-level-number-format:bullet; mso-level-text:?; mso-level-tab-stop:4.5in; mso-level-number-position:left; text-indent:-.25in; mso-ansi-font-size:10.0pt; font-family:Symbol;} ol {margin-bottom:0in;} ul {margin-bottom:0in;} </style> http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12208/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 05:00:00 GMT AHFA is 2020 Baby Safety Month Partner http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12209/ <p> The American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) is working with its member companies to help parents ensure their youngsters stay safe through all of those early adventures.</p> <p>&ldquo;This year AHFA has joined with the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) in its annual awareness campaign to alert parents and caregivers about product safety issues,&rdquo; said AHFA Vice President of Communications Patricia Bowling. JPMA sponsors Baby Safety Month each year in September.</p> <p>To help keep children out of harm&rsquo;s way, especially as they become toddlers, AHFA has produced a toolkit of social media messages and information graphics that manufacturers and retailers alike can find at <a target="_blank" rel="noopener">www.babysafetymonth.org</a>. The materials urge parents to select furnishings that comply with ASTM F2057, a voluntary stability standard for clothing storage furniture.</p> <p>&ldquo;When shopping for a chest or dresser for a child&rsquo;s room, consumers should consider stability compliance their top priority. To assist in this effort, many of our member companies have been working this year to make compliance information easier to find in product descriptions on their websites,&rdquo; Bowling reports. &ldquo;Some leading e-commerce sites also are joining in the effort. Whether shopping online or in a retail store, we urge parents to confirm stability compliance before they buy.&rdquo;</p> <p>But the industry also recognizes that many parents use secondhand or repurposed furniture when outfitting a young child&rsquo;s room. &ldquo;Consequently, our 2020 Baby Safety Month messages also emphasize anchoring furniture,&rdquo; Bowling explains.</p> <p>Materials in the Baby Safety Month toolkit encourage parents to anchor their furniture at the same time they cover electrical outlets, lock cabinets and put a gate in front of the stairs. These other safety measures are considered &ldquo;routine&rdquo; when baby-proofing a home, and devices to help parents accomplish these safeguards are easy to find in stores. But parents often report that they are unaware of furniture tip-over hazards and are unfamiliar with furniture anchoring devices. Recognizing this information gap, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) launched <a target="_blank" rel="noopener">www.AnchorIt.gov</a> in 2015.</p> <p>AHFA&rsquo;s 2020 safety campaign tells parents to: &ldquo;Anchor furniture even if you think it won&rsquo;t tip. Anchor it even if you think they won&rsquo;t climb. Anchor it even if the furniture is new, and especially if it&rsquo;s not.&rdquo;</p> <p>Data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows, on average, four children under the age of six die each year when a chest or dresser tips over on them. When accidents involving TVs are added to the equation, the average number of fatalities involving children and clothing storage furniture more than doubles, to nine per year.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="/images/News/2020/JPMA_AHFA_2.png" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The number of companies producing nursery and children&rsquo;s furniture has declined in recent years, and only 10 current AHFA members now manufacture or import products in this segment. However, the stability standard applies to all clothing storage furniture, not just products intended for use in a child&rsquo;s room. More than 50 AHFA members produce adult bedroom furniture that is subject to the stability standard.</p> <p>&ldquo;With leadership from our member companies, the goal is to make stability compliance and tip restraint information a standard part of the product description for all clothing storage furniture,&rdquo; Bowling said. </p> <p>&ldquo;Participating in Baby Safety Month was a great way to shine the spotlight on those efforts and to give more attention to the &lsquo;Anchor It!&rsquo; message.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> </p> <hr /> <p><strong>About The American Home Furnishings Alliance:</strong> <em>The AHFA, based in High Point, N.C., represents about 230 leading furniture manufacturers and distributors, plus over 120 suppliers to the furniture industry worldwide. &nbsp;<br /> </em></p> http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12209/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 05:00:00 GMT E.S. Kluft & Company, Marshall Mattress Reorganize North American Operations http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12210/ <p>The Flex Group, parent company of U.S.-based E.S. Kluft &amp; Company and Canada-based Marshall Mattress, is announcing the integration of its two North American companies into one organization. </p> <p>&ldquo;We are committed to providing best in class service and quality products to all our customers. Integrating these two luxury mattress powerhouses into one organization creates even more opportunities to develop the Aireloom, Kluft and Marshall brands throughout North America,&rdquo; said Jon Stowe, managing director of E.S. Kluft &amp; Company.</p> <p>While the production of Marshall mattresses is transferring from Toronto, Canada to E.S. Kluft&rsquo;s Hazleton, Pennsylvania factory, the Marshall Mattress Company will maintain its Canadian sales team who will manage the three brands that are sold throughout Canada &ndash; Marshall, Aireloom and Kluft.<span>&nbsp; </span>The Toronto facility will still be used to warehouse and ship products to Canadian customers.</p> <p>&ldquo;Production of Marshall products has already begun at the Pennsylvania plant, with a smooth transition to ensure retail orders will be fulfilled in a swift and timely manner,&rdquo; said Stowe.</p> <p>The Pennsylvania plant will continue to produce Aireloom and Kluft mattresses for both Canada and the U.S. Marshall and E.S. Kluft also will share general services, including operations, administration, marketing and human resources, which provides additional efficiencies for both companies.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>New appointments</strong></p> <p>To further support the growth of Marshall&rsquo;s brand in Canada, <span>Tony LaMantia&nbsp;has been appointed </span>as the new&nbsp;<span>vice president of sales</span>&nbsp;for Canada<span>,&nbsp;</span>reporting to Jon Stowe, managing director, E.S. Kluft &amp; Company.</p> <p><span></span>&ldquo;We are excited to have Tony on board as he brings 22 years of experience in the bedding manufacturing industry. His knowledge of high-end bedding and his track record in driving revenue growth makes him an ideal fit for this role and our company,&rdquo; said Stowe.</p> <p>Most recently, <span>LaMantia</span> held a senior sales role with Kingsdown. Before that, he was in sales and management roles of increasing responsibility at Simmons Canada.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Additionally, Valerie Stranix has been named product director of North America, reporting to Magali Castillo, vice president of marketing, E.S. Kluft &amp; Company.<span>&nbsp; </span>Stranix will be responsible for new product development for the Aireloom, Kluft and Marshall brands across North America.</p> <p>Stranix, a 24-year bedding industry veteran, joined The Flex Group four years ago, most recently serving as general manager of Marshall Mattress and prior to that as sales director for the group&rsquo;s luxury brands. <span>&nbsp;</span>Before joining The Flex Group, Stranix worked in a number of executive roles with brands such as Spring Air Canada and Natura/Sommex.</p> <p>&ldquo;With the addition of Tony leading our sales team in Canada and Valerie in a new North American product development role, we have the strongest team in place to lead us into the next phase of growth and development as a leader of luxury mattress brands across North America,&rdquo; said Stowe. &ldquo;This new unified organization gives us the opportunity to expand the offering of all our most popular brands throughout the U.S. and Canada, including Marshall, Kluft and Aireloom.</p> <hr /> <p><strong>About E.S Kluft &amp; Company:</strong> <em>Based in Rancho Cucamonga, California, E.S. Kluft &amp; Company&rsquo;s two brands are Aireloom and Kluft. Kluft is its most luxurious brand available through Bloomingdale&rsquo;s and other prestigious retailers. Aireloom offers artisanal quality and legacy features such as hand-tied coils and hand side-stitching in the best-in-class category. These quality designs feature cutting edge, patented production methods. To learn more about Kluft and Aireloom product lines, please visit <a >www.KluftMattress.com</a> and <a >www.Aireloom.com</a>. </em></p> <p><strong>&nbsp;</strong></p> <p><strong>About Marshall Mattress:</strong> <em>Founded in 1900 by machinist and engineer James Marshall, Marshall Mattress is best known for its handcrafted luxury pocket coil mattress collections. Marshall invented and patented the original Marshall Pocket Coil, the first independent spring system designed to provide a unique, optimum, comfort and support environment for sleep.&nbsp;<span>The company pairs luxurious materials &ndash; such as cotton wrapped and individually-sewn pocket coils, natural New Zealand wool, pure cotton and finely woven Belgian damask fabric &ndash; with new technologies and quality manufacturing. </span>To learn more about Marshall Mattress, please visit <a >www.marshallmattress.com</a>. </em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>About The Flex Group:</strong> <em>E.S. Kluft &amp; Company and Marshall Mattress are owned by The Flex Group from Madrid, Spain. Founded in 1912, The Flex Group is amongst the world&rsquo;s top 10 global sleep products producers and is comprised of nine manufacturing companies with a total of 12 production centers, three retail chains and 115 showrooms in seven countries. It produces more than 1 million mattresses annually and has revenue of more than $400 million. The Flex Groups operates in Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Chile, the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada and commands a leadership position in premium bedding. </em></p> <p><em>&nbsp;</em></p> <style> &lt;!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1107305727 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536859905 -1073732485 9 0 511 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-priority:99; color:#0563C1; mso-themecolor:hyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; color:#954F72; mso-themecolor:followedhyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} </style> http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12210/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 05:00:00 GMT Watermark Living Announces Participation In High Point Pre-Market http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12211/ <p>WaterMark Living,&nbsp;designer and manufacturer of multiple lines of fashionable and customizable contract-grade indoor and outdoor living furnishings, lighting and accessories, announced its participation in the 2020 Hight Point Pre-Market, opening its showroom from September 13 &ndash; 15, 2020 in High Point, NC.&nbsp; North Carolina. Covid-19 safety recommendations will be followed within the WaterMark Living showroom at 205 S. Main Street, High Point.&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;We are excited to be able to highlight WaterMark Living&rsquo;s indoor and outdoor living products to any buyers attending the upcoming High Point Pre-Market,&rdquo; said Chad Harper, national sales manager, WaterMark Living. &ldquo;Our showroom will be safely manned and managed so visitors can be assured of a secure environment for touring our exciting collections of furnishing and accessories.&rdquo;</p> <p>WaterMark Living, headquartered in Largo, FL, will back up this appearance at the High Point Pre-Market with the availability of a full complement of product from numerous containers that have been arriving at their warehouse throughout the past weeks. Processing for shipment to retailers and designers, including custom cushioning for applicable furnishings, will be available in a 2.5 to 3 week time frame.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>On display during this preliminary market will be WaterMark Living&rsquo;s full complement of product including PoliSoul, all-weather wicker and aluminum outdoor furnishings.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>&ldquo;With the shuttering of this year&rsquo;s Chicago Casual Market, we see this September Pre-Market as possibly filling a void and provide retail and design professionals an opportunity to view the latest in outdoor living products this month with an ample amount of inventory and fast lead times,&rdquo; said Harper.&nbsp; &nbsp;</p> <p>For more information about&nbsp;Watermark Living<sup></sup>&nbsp;and its line of quality products, visit&nbsp;<a >www.watermark-living.com</a>.&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>About&nbsp;Watermark Living:</strong> <em>Watermark Living&nbsp;is a complete casual resource with more than four decades of dedication in sourcing quality outdoor and rattan products designed and proven to stand the test of time.&nbsp; Created by retailers for retailers,&nbsp;Watermark Living&nbsp;provides fashionable product that is highly customizable with quick turn-around times, from deep seating to casual dining, lighting and accessories.&nbsp;&nbsp;<a >www.watermark-living.com</a>.</em></p> <style> &lt;!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1107305727 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536859905 -1073732485 9 0 511 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} a:link, span.MsoHyperlink {mso-style-priority:99; color:#0563C1; mso-themecolor:hyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} a:visited, span.MsoHyperlinkFollowed {mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; color:#954F72; mso-themecolor:followedhyperlink; text-decoration:underline; text-underline:single;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} </style> http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12211/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 05:00:00 GMT CIFF Shanghai 2020 Announces Confirmation of Schedule http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12213/ <p>The organizers of the China International Furniture Fair (CIFF) recently announced that the 46th edition of CIFF Shanghai will be taking place in Shanghai Hongqiao from 7th to 10th September.</p> <p>The 45th edition of CIFF Guangzhou 2020 had a succesfful showing after being postpone by 4 months earlier this year due to COVID-19. The show saw 143,363 visitors, an important sign of the recovery of the Chinese furniture market and of the immediate return to normality of its leading trade fair.</p> <p>The 46th CIFF Shanghai 2020, organized by China Foreign Trade Centre (Group), has a theme this year of &ldquo;Connecting the World&rdquo;. With the aim of creating a strong integration between the high-level Chinese domestic market and international markets, the organizers are collaborating with several partners in order to sufficiently support both the offline and online business of its exhibitors and buyers this year. The collaboration with the B2B Giga Cloud Logistics trading platform will offer new opportunities to export-oriented companies.</p> <p>Held under the same roof of the National Exhibition &amp; Convention Center (Shanghai), over 1,000 exhibitors will occupy over 4.3 million square feet of exhibition space and will represent the entire furniture supply chain: home, outdoor and leisure furniture, home d&eacute;cor and home textiles, office, hotel, and commercial furniture, furniture industry machinery and materials.</p> <p>The Design Hall will be further extended this year: centred on Contemporary Design (Hall 4.1), it will develop into Modern Design (Hall 3) and Trendy Design (Hall 5.1). Mirroring the organizers&rsquo; desire to create culture of good design and good living, the 46th CIFF Shanghai 2020 will see the participation of the many brands and will be packed with events and exhibitions. </p> <p>The EAST Design Show will be run under the theme &ldquo;Return to Zero&rdquo;, and will host over 50 Asian design brands, academies, design studios and media, shedding light on subjects such as: what is architecture; what is interior design; what really is furniture; what does the home look like today.<br /> <br /> The Design Dream Show, organized by CIFF in collaboration with Red Star Macalline and Innovation Design Alliance, will work with Shanghai Promotion Center for City of Fashion to integrate lifestyle, fashion, food and travel elements into the home environment in a fun and captivating way.</p> <p>A plethora of upholstery brands, divided between Sofa Flagship (Hall 1.1) and Sofa Premium (Hall 2.1), following recent market trends.<br /> <br /> Producers of beds and mattresses will be located in the Sleep Lifestyle (Hall 3), designed to cater to the culture of sleep.</p> <p>In light of the sudden surge in smart working and having to reconsider the concept of traditional offices during the Covid-19 pandemic, the 46th CIFF Shanghai will show practical proposals within the Office Environment Pavilion (Hall 6.1), which will host brands that offer solutions for living and working in complete safety, integrating work environments with living spaces. This theme will be explored particularly in the Office Life Theme Pavilion, an exhibition event that, with the theme &ldquo;Home Office @Smart Office&rdquo; will highlight how office furniture can effectively combine working features with living ones.</p> <p>The pandemic also affects the organization of outdoor spaces. In the Outdoor Home Furnishings (North Hall), brands will focus on a lifestyle that will have to pay more and more attention to control and prevention, presenting products characterized by environmentally friendly materials, which generate a sense of well-being.</p> <p>In conjunction with CIFF Shanghai 2020, the 3rd edition of the Shanghai International Furniture Machinery &amp; Woodworking Fair, a furniture industry trade fair organized by CIFF in collaboration with Hong Kong Adsale, will be held in Halls 7.1 and 8.1 and brought to life by leading Chinese and international manufacturers who will present production technologies and all types of process machinery.</p> <p>CIFF has always taken the health and safety of its visitors, exhibitors and employees seriously. In consultation with government and local authorities in China, fair partners, venue and local team,CIFF has made the decision to ensure everybody&rsquo;s Covid-19 prevention, with all the necessary security measures being taken.</p> <hr /> <p><strong><span>About CIFF:</span></strong><span><em> CIFF Guangzhou</em></span><em><span>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<strong>CIFF Shanghai</strong>&nbsp;complement each other in order to strengthen each other and to grow together.</span></em></p> <p><em><span>The&nbsp;<strong>46<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;CIFF Shanghai</strong>&nbsp;will be held in Shanghai Hongqiao from&nbsp;<strong>7<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;- 10<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;September 2020</strong>&nbsp;(</span>home furniture, homedecor &amp; hometextile, outdoor &amp; leisure furniture,&nbsp;office furniture, commercial furniture, hotel furniture and furniture machinery)<span><br /> The&nbsp;<strong>47<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;CIFF Guangzhou&nbsp;</strong>will be held in Guangzhou Pazhou from&nbsp;<strong>18<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;- 21<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;March 2021</strong>&nbsp;(1<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;phase -&nbsp;</span>home furniture, homedecor &amp; hometextile, outdoor &amp; leisure furniture<span>) and from&nbsp;<strong>28<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;- 31<sup>st</sup>&nbsp;March 2021</strong>&nbsp;(2<sup>nd</sup>&nbsp;phase -&nbsp;</span>office furniture, commercial furniture, hotel furniture and furniture machinery &amp; raw materials<span>).<br /> <br /> Choosing CIFF means choosing both the entire extraordinary Chinese market and the global furniture market!</span></em></p> <p><em><strong>&nbsp;</strong></em></p> <p> <style> &lt;!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:"Cambria Math"; panose-1:2 4 5 3 5 4 6 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536870145 1107305727 0 0 415 0;} @font-face {font-family:Calibri; panose-1:2 15 5 2 2 2 4 3 2 4; mso-font-charset:0; mso-generic-font-family:swiss; mso-font-pitch:variable; mso-font-signature:-536859905 -1073732485 9 0 511 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-unhide:no; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} .MsoChpDefault {mso-style-type:export-only; mso-default-props:yes; font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.0in 1.0in 1.0in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.WordSection1 {page:WordSection1;} </style> <br /> <br /> <br /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12213/ Mon, 31 Aug 2020 05:00:00 GMT Iconic Stamford Landmark Says Goodbye http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12206/ <p><span>United House Wrecking is closing its doors after 66 years of business in Stamford.</span></p> <p><span>United House Wrecking was established as a demolition company in 1954, tearing down homes to make way for the creation of Interstate 95. 1<sup>st</sup> generation owners, Ross Lodato Sr, along with brothers Phil, John and brother-in-law Ray Bowling operated for 33 years on Selleck Street. The brothers found that customers were interested in salvage and discarded items. The yard was nicknamed &ldquo;The Junkyard with a Personality&rdquo;.</span></p> <p><span>People came from all over to visit our unique store. Over the years, the business evolved into the area&rsquo;s most eclectic selection of home d&eacute;cor. Alongside new furniture and accessories, you could find antiques, memorabilia, oddities and architectural salvage.</span></p> <p><span>Though they decided to stop wrecking in 1964, they kept the name and focused on the selling end of the business. 2<sup>nd</sup> generation, Ross and Mario, took over the reins of the business when it moved in 1987 to a new location on Hope Street and operated it for an additional 33 years.</span></p> <p><span>Mario states that carrying on our family&rsquo;s legacy of United House Wrecking was truly a blessing for us. We made every attempt to treat our customers and employees like family over the years. He quotes Dr. Seuss&hellip; &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t cry because it&rsquo;s over. Smile because it happened.&rdquo;</span></p> <p><span>Ross admits that closing will be emotionally difficult. We gave everything we had to this business and so much more. We lived and breathed it every day and we are very grateful to our fantastic customers and super employees over the many years. We feel the time is right for us to retire.</span></p> <p> <span>The &ldquo;Going out of Business&rdquo; sale will begin September 2<sup>nd</sup>. Everything must go! The store will be open 7 days a week from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.</span></p> <p><span>There are loads of great items for sale, some of which have never been available for sale before. The Lodato family is conducting this sale themselves in order to have a proper goodbye to Stamford.</span></p> <p><span>&ldquo;Please stop in to see us. 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The sales will be conducted by high impact furniture sales experts Planned Furniture Promotions.</p> <p>&ldquo;We&rsquo;ve had tremendous growth with our Ashley HomeStores over the past three years, nearly tripling in size and expanding into new regions of the country, mostly from acquisitions and partnerships,&rdquo; explained Spencer. &ldquo;To continue to succeed as DSG, we need to focus on excelling with our core brand, bringing our company together, and moving forward as we reinvent retail with technology, innovation, and an incredible customer experience.&rdquo; </p> <p>Stash celebrated its 10-year anniversary in June. The flagship Memphis store has been voted Best Furniture Store for nine of its 10 years serving the Memphis area.</p> <p>Known and loved as a place to find unique, quality home furnishings at reasonable prices, Stash Home was founded in 2010 by Chad and Jim Spencer along with Jeff Edgeworth to fill a void they saw in the middle to high-end furniture retail space. They opened their first two stores in Memphis and Oxford, Miss., which were followed by Tupelo store in 2013 and the St. Louis location in 2015.</p> <p>Dufresne Spencer Group is a privately held company and licensee of Ashley Furniture Inds. with 100 Ashley HomeStores and about 3,500 employees across 12 states.<br /> <br /> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <br /> <strong>About Dufresne Spencer Group, LLC:</strong> <em>DSG is a top 20 Furniture Retail company and the largest Ashley HomeStore licensee in the country. Headquartered in Memphis, TN, the organization operates 120 retail locations and 20 distribution centers across 12 states. With nearly 3,500 team members, they focus on making Life Moments Matter for their teams, guests, and community.</em> http://www.isnu.cn/Furniture-Industry-News/12207/ Sun, 30 Aug 2020 05:00:00 GMT 亚洲人成视频免费视频_亚洲人成视频在线播放_免费人成视频_欧美成_人网站_免费观看