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Furniture Industry News Published in 2008

Furniture Web Tip #6 -Join Just One Online Forum Today  - 12/30/2008

For smaller furniture retail companies, start out by joining two or three online forums and get familiar with the territory.

Pro Bowl Starter Vince Wilfork Completes TV Ads For Bob's Discount Furniture  - 12/30/2008

Television commercials featuring Vince Wilfork, his wife Bianca, their son and daughter, were produced by the Bob's Discount Furniture in-house production team.

New Group Health Plan to Benefit HFIA Members  - 12/30/2008

The program offers nationwide network access and provides medical, prescription drug, dental and life/AD&D coverage.

Artisan House Announces Las Vegas Market Introductions  - 12/30/2008

"At Last" kinetic sculpture plus retro- and color-inspired wall sculptures promise to generate movement and excitement in Vegas.

Tripartite Role Plays For Furniture Sales Associates  - 12/30/2008

Salespeople should role play at least once a week. It makes sense to make your mistakes in role and fewer of them on the job?

Demountable Concepts, Inc. Announced Demountable Hybrid System  - 12/30/2008

Companies can make more deliveries per day while reducing rush loading and double handling by using multiple demountable bodies with each low GVW truck in their fleet.

Gabberts Designer Awarded ASID Designer of Distinction for 2008  - 12/27/2008

This marks Karen’s first receipt of this highest ASID award.

Aaron Rents, Inc. Sees Strong Fourth Quarter  - 12/23/2008

Aaron Rents is thriving in this economic environment, giving consumers access to home furnishings through non-credit based lease plans.

Dallas/Fort Worth Based Retailer Sleep Experts Collects 3,000 Blankets for Victims  - 12/23/2008

Sleep Experts collected more than 3,000 blankets, sheets, comforters, pillows and towels, to be delivered to The Family Place.

Hickory Hardware Brands Acquired by Management Team  - 12/23/2008

Decorative and functional hardware group returns to its West Michigan roots.

Twin-Star Expands: Headquarters, Personnel, Product Lines  - 12/23/2008

Twin-Star also doubled their Plaza Suites square footage to make room for Tresanti media consoles, the company’s newest venture.

Spring Air To Launch Official Ironman Mattress Line  - 12/23/2008

Spring Air believes this mattress line is a way to tap into a new market focusing on delivering the right type of support and recovery to more atletic consumers.

Weekly Web Tip #5 - Put Every Sale Event On Your Website  - 12/23/2008

It’s counterproductive to run a sale and not to also put it on your website. Be sure to write the meta tags to attract even more customers at no additional advertising cost.

How to Solve Your Workplace Communication Problems  - 12/19/2008

When time is wasted, directions are unclear, and re-work is costly, it usually means one thing: a lack of clear communication.

Credit Bureau Reporting Feature Announced For CreditStar Consumer Finance Software  - 12/19/2008

The program used by many retail furniture stores meets the Credit Bureaus' requirements and is reported in the Metro II format.

Baltimore Craft Council Show To Feature Top Contemporary Craft Artists  - 12/19/2008

More than 700 top contemporary craft artists will present their latest handmade works including jewelry, clothing, furniture and home décor items.

How to Harness the Power of Praise In Your Furniture Store  - 12/19/2008

It takes energy and commitment to deliver consistently uplifting service. Praise is the spark that lights the fire. Frequent recognition is the fuel that keeps the fire burning.

Spring Air Enters The Israeli Market  - 12/18/2008

Joins with leading retailer Dr. Gav to carry its Back Supporter Classic and Four Seasons lineups in its 14 retail showrooms throughout the country.

Take Free Self-Test That Gives Advice On Making Your Shop "Pop".  - 12/18/2008

Danziger's new book "Shopping" helps retailers learn how to attract shoppers and get them to spend more. Provides link to pop quiz and practical advice from Pam.

Chris Delisa of Homeline To Head Greater New York Home Furnishings Association  - 12/18/2008

Chris Delisa, Vice President of Sales for Homeline Industries will succeed Jordan Greenberg, President of Apropos Furniture as President of GNYHFA for 2009.

MFA Presents Liveright Award To Louis Massood, MGM Transport  - 12/17/2008

Other honorees included Yoav Meron, representing Vaughan-Bassett, Donald Issacma, President of United Bank card, Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Kaplan, and Ms. Amy Berkowitz of Hackettstown Trading Post.

Whitecraft Supports Susan G. Komen Fund With Show Home Participation  - 12/17/2008

The home’s interior and gardens will be featured in multiple episodes, airing Spring 2009, of For Your Home, one of PBS’ top-rated series.

Natura Recognizes Outstanding International Retailer  - 12/17/2008

American Mattress of Hawalli, Kuwait was presented International Sales Recognition Award.

Wal-Mart Dominates Christmas Shopping  - 12/17/2008

Almost two thirds (66.2%) of American consumers shopped at Wal-Mart last week compared with 41.3% last year.

Furniture Brands International Adopts Icovia Space Planning Solution  - 12/17/2008

Broyhill, Drexel Heritage, Lane, and Thomasville adopt Icovia as exclusive, online space planner.

Be a Shortcut: The Secret Fast Track to Business Success  - 12/17/2008

Shortcuts are the ones called upon because they were willing, during better times, to work at a few things very passionately and personably.

CORY Home Delivery Receives 2008 NJ Family Business of Year Award  - 12/16/2008

Recognition comes as company prepares to celebrate 75th anniversary.

Hooker Reports Net Sales Decrease of 17.6%  - 12/16/2008

Third quarter 2009 net income of $3.0 million decreased 50.1%, from net income of $5.9 million in the same 2008 period.

Furniture First Buying Group Meets In Atlanta  - 12/15/2008

Annual strategy meeting to help identify opportunities for the buying group, its supplier-partners and its members.

Discover your Store's Brand Lover  - 12/15/2008

Five ways to tap into your most profitable customers.

ISPA Pushes Housing Recover Plan  - 12/15/2008

IPSA is among 600 organizations that are pressing for a major stimulus package to stem the decline in home values, stabilize financial markets and reignite consumer demand for homes and home furnishings.

Las Vegas Market To Unveil Extensive New Resources In Building B  - 12/15/2008

Building B will be a true hub of activity during Las Vegas Market, including an assortment of new and expanded showrooms, educational resources and convenient services.

Interior Innovation Award Cologne To Honor Innovative Exhibitors  - 12/12/2008

The award cermony will take place on the Cologne Fairground on Monday, January 19, 2009 in Hall 3.1 at the “D3 Lounge”. Judging panel to include two Americans.

Hamilton Properties To Hold Champaign Breakfast For High Point Buyers  - 12/12/2008

Each morning during the show, Hamilton Properties will provide complimentary breakfast, champagne and live entertainment.

Sunbrella Furniture Fabrics Warranty Increases from 3 Years to 5 Years  - 12/12/2008

The new limited warranty program became effective Nov. 1 and applies to both color fastness and fabric strength.

Capel Rugs To Introduce Value Priced Chobi Reproductions In Atlanta  - 12/12/2008

Capel is the first rug manufacturer to offer machine made duplicates of high quality Chobi hand knots from Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Joan Kaufman, ASID, Appointed President-elect ASID-IL Chapter  - 12/12/2008

Kaufman, a resident of Naperville, Ill., is president of Interior Planning and Design, Inc., a full-service interior design firm she founded in 1990.

Jeff Sheahan joins Touchstone Home Products Inc. as CEO  - 12/12/2008

Touchstone is a leader and pioneer in the design and manufacturing of Theater Lift cabinets.

Weekly Web Tip #4 For Furniture World Readers  - 12/12/2008

Web Tip #4: Don’t send PPC click-throughs to your Home Page.

Smyrna Trading Increases Showrom Space At AmericasMart  - 12/12/2008

Smyrna will introduce two new rug concepts this January.

Henry Simon Fine American Furniture Takes A Ski Day  - 12/12/2008

Put out sign for customers, “If you’re crazy enough to be out in this weather, please join us at Tyrol Basin for a ski day - WE’RE CLOSED”.

CIFF Show Announces Major Exhibitors  - 12/12/2008

Show will increase the number of domestic and overseas exhibitors that cater to both the Chinese domestic and international markets.

America’s Research Group/UBS 2008 Christmas Survey  - 12/12/2008

Although the number of shoppers out this past weekend (49.8%) equaled the number last year (49.4%), they went to fewer stores.

5 Feng Shui Tips to Increase Employee Back Office Retention  - 12/12/2008

Furniture stores may be fashion forward on the sales floor, but have a dismal reputation for paying attention to the environment in which back-office staff works.

Las Vegas February Market Seminar Series To Focus on Forecasts  - 12/12/2008

Las Vegas Market’s “Forecast Series” in February Will Inspire Attendees with the Latest in Color, Lighting and Tomorrow’s Home Trends

AP Industries To Introduce Two New Collections At The Toronto Show  - 12/12/2008

The Copenhagen and Rot-Flüh collections are made of solid birch and birch veneer, available in a choice of over 30 different finishes.

Furniture Buying Index Rebounds Two Points  - 12/12/2008

This increase brings it back to the October level from the two point drop it experienced last month.

Furniture Brands To Lay Off 15 Percent Of Domestic Workforce  - 12/11/2008

The staffing reduction will eliminate approximately 1,400 management, professional and hourly positions across all functions.

HomeDirect Express Introduces Expedited White Glove Delivery  - 12/10/2008

Home delivery service offers transit times as fast as seven business days and a money back guarantee.

Simmons Bedding Company Obtains Extension of Forbearance Period  - 12/10/2008

Agreement will give Simmons more time to reduce the leverage on its balance sheet by pursuing an organized financial restructuring.

Ed Bates Rejoins Spring Air As VP & Director of Sales Northeast Region  - 12/8/2008

Bates was one of the leaders of a group of eight independent licensees who sold their businesses in June of 2007 to create a unified Spring Air Company.

New York City Bed Bugs Fuel Mattress Encasement Sales  - 12/8/2008

Problem creates opportunity for furniture retailers in affected areas to create new and add-on sales.

New York Design Center and Metropolitan Home To Host Design Cares Charity Auction  - 12/8/2008

Design Cares brings together the design community to celebrate the holidays and to raise money to support Furnish a Future, NYC’s only free furniture bank.

Makers of Ultrasuede Receive UN Humanitarian Award  - 12/8/2008

Award presented in recognition of commitment to combat global climate change with technologies that support environmental sustainability.

Prove You're Worth Every Penny  - 12/8/2008

Every salesperson loses sales. When you lose because of a small difference in price, it’s frustrating. Why doesn’t the customer see you’re worth every penny?

Bob's Discount Furniture Donates Furniture To Connecticut Family  - 12/5/2008

Bob Kaufman, Cathy Poulin & William Newton from Bob's Discount Furniture to assist In Extreme Makeover efforts by providing a truckload of new household furniture.

Icovia Software Helps Partnership For The Homeless  - 12/5/2008

Icovia software will enable FaF’s Home Furnishings Associate to sit with each client and select pieces based on the apartment size, room configuration and elevator availability.

Patrick H. Norton of La-Z-Boy Dies  - 12/5/2008

Norton was a furniture industry pioneer and leader for more than 50 years as well as a World War II veteran who served in the Army Air Force.

Diane Caldwell Joins IHFC Leasing Team  - 12/5/2008

She returns to High Point after working the last three years in leasing for the World Market Center in Las Vegas.

Room Design Tool 3Dream.net Launches New Website  - 12/5/2008

The goal of the complete overhaul was to make it easier to navigate, be more informative and to bring forward special features of the program that could previously only be viewed when logged in.

Apprise Software Unveils Customer Profitability Analysis Tools for Consumer Goods Distributors  - 12/5/2008

Provider of integrated ERP and supply chain management solutions for consumer goods importers, designers and distributors, announced it has added a new customer profitability module to its popular ERP solution.

aspenhome Readies New State-Of-The-Art Distribution Center and Corporate Office  - 12/5/2008

Facility is designed to improve their service to customers by offering quicker order fulfillment with higher accuracy, improved stock-in rates and quality control.

Gorman's Home Furnishings and Interior Design Named Top Michigan Workplace  - 12/4/2008

Four store chain with 120 employees was evaluated on revenue, incentives offered and number of employees.

Al Sedgefield's Discount World of Sleep Joins Specialty Sleep Association  - 12/4/2008

Retailer of specialty bedding products, has joined the organization which helps educate consumers, retailers and manufacturers on “The Future of Sleep.”

C&F Enterprises, Inc. Leases Building C Showroom At World Market Center  - 12/4/2008

C&F Enterprises, Inc. leases a 10,540-square-foot showroom in Building C at World Market Center Las Vegas.

Artisan House Names Manager of Operations for Europe  - 12/4/2008

Mr Breckman will help assess, develop and implement the company's presence in the European market.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 12/2/2008

New orders in September 2008 were 12 percent below September 2007 order levels, according to a recent survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors.

Mig and Tig Furniture Joins ABC's 'Extreme Makeover: Home Edition'  - 12/2/2008

Chicago contemporary furniture store Mig and Tig announced that it donated furniture to outfit the entire house of a family in need.

Personal Sales Tips For Slow Days - Online Article  - 12/2/2008

A small attitude adjustment and a few reminders of important sales do’s and dont’s can get you back on track.

Report Examines the Changing Dynamics of the Home Furnishings Market  - 12/2/2008

Report examines the current mindset and psychology of home furnishings consumers to help home furnishings marketers and retailers discover actionable marketing strategies.

Neilson Study Reports On TV & Internet Use  - 12/2/2008

Heaviest users of the Internet are also among the heaviest viewers of television. Information has ramifications for furniture marketers.

Conn's Inc. Reports Record Results for Black Friday Weekend  - 12/1/2008

Product sales and service maintenance agreement sales rose approximately 23% during the month of November 2008.

Jennifer Convertibles Reports Results for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year End  - 12/1/2008

For the fourth quarter, revenue from continuing operations decreased by 16.3% to $30.8 million.

Weekly Web Tip #3 - Don't Let Your Computer Whiz Kid Get You Banned From Google  - 12/1/2008

If you pick the wrong firm and your SEO work is done unethically, your furniture website could get banned from Google search results!

AmericasMart January Show To Feature All Star Lineup  - 12/1/2008

Kool & The Gang, America's favorite Funk- Pop- Blues band, will headline AmericasMart's all-star lineup of top designers, tastemakers and celebrity chefs.

Tip From Leslie Carothers: New Web Application Makes It Easier To Shop For Furniture  - 11/26/2008

FURNITURE WORLD contributing editor reviews www.picclick.com that makes it easier for consumers to shop for furniture and retailers to sell overstock merchandise.

WEHSCO Celebrates its 100th Year  - 11/26/2008

Manufacturer of metal bed products now a division of Mantua Mfg. Co.

IPSA Reports Successful 2008 Conference  - 11/26/2008

Despite challenging economy, conference featured strong attendance and sold-out exhibit hall.

Robert H. Spilman Jr. Receives Distinguished Service Award from AHFA  - 11/25/2008

Spilman was a member of AHFA’s Board of Directors from 1999-2005 and served as president in 2004.

Bruce Bradburn Elected Chairman Of AHFA  - 11/25/2008

The Board of Directors also elected John Bray, CEO of Vanguard Furniture, Hickory, N.C., first vice chairman, and Bob Duncan of American Leather, Dallas, second vice chairman.

Mattress Giant Consolidates Distribution of 70 Locations Near Orlando  - 11/25/2008

Mattress Giant’s $5.4 million distribution center brings 40-45 new jobs to Polk County, Florida.

Singapore Furniture Industries Council Announces Executive Committee Members  - 11/25/2008

SFIC is the parent company of IFFS Pte Ltd and IFFS Pte Ltd is the organiser of the International Furniture Fair Singapore.

Jerome's Furniture Wins San Diego National Bank Founders Award  - 11/25/2008

Award presented at the 2008 Family-Owned & Closely-Held Business Awards Ceremony, hosted by the San Diego Business Journal.

DeCoro Secures Funds For Continuing Operations  - 11/24/2008

Additional capital will remove constraints and allow normal operations to resume immediately.

Online Retail Sales Expected To Escalate after Black Friday and Cyber Monday  - 11/24/2008

Procrastination and increase in shopping deals online may boost online sales this holiday season.

America's Research Group Furniture Buying Index Sinks to "54"  - 11/24/2008

The tough economic climate coupled with high credit card debt continue to raise havoc on consumers’ willingness to make major purchases.

SHOWPLACE High Point Announces New Exhibitors  - 11/24/2008

Showroom building has signed on four new exhibitors for the Spring 2009 Furniture Market.

Prolific Design Legend, Carlton Varney To Speak At Las Vegas Design Center  - 11/24/2008

“First Friday” at Las Vegas Design Center features educational opportunities, unique showroom specials, hospitality and other exclusive offerings for the trade.

Weekly Web Tip For Furniture Retailers #2  - 11/24/2008

If you have a website, you need search engine optimization (SEO). But what does that mean?

Don't Wait! 10 Things Furniture Businesses Must Do Now  - 11/24/2008

As a furniture business owner, manager or leader your choice is simple. Do what you know you need to do and do it fast, or die a slow death.

imm cologne Announces 5 Day January Show Travel Package For Retailers & Interior Designers  - 11/21/2008

Cologne, Germany Koelnmesse Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of the organizer of imm cologne is offering a travel package for North American furniture retailers and interior designers attending imm cologne, January 16-21, 2009.

1800mattress.com Founder Receives Latino Trendsetter Award  - 11/21/2008

Napoleon Barragan also receives CCCNY Business Leader of the Year award for his philanthropic efforts.

Survey Finds That Big Discounts May Lure Customers  - 11/20/2008

This year, almost ninety percent (89.2%) of consumers say they are either some (55.6%) or very much (33.6%) more driven by sales and discounts.

Natuzzi Reports Net Loss On Increased Sales Volume  - 11/20/2008

Unfavorable exchange rates and high operating expenses widen loss for first nine months of 2008.

ITMA Announces Winter Showrtime Schedule  - 11/20/2008

The International Textile Market Association will host its semiannual ShowtimeTM fabric market from noon Sunday, Dec. 7, through 3 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in High Point.

The First Philadelphia Furniture and Accessory Market To Debut In May  - 11/20/2008

Show is expected to attract attendees from Delaware, Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C, Southern New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

Sleep Country USA Winds Up Successful Coat Drive  - 11/20/2008

Mattress seller with 70 mattress retail stores throughout Washington and Oregon starts its annual Secret Santa Toy Drive a little early this year.

I Want A Raise? Wendy Liddle Cartoon  - 11/20/2008

Cartoon series that pokes fun at furniture retail managers, processes and sales associates.

Interior Designer Wins 3Dream "Speed Design Contest"  - 11/20/2008

“This is fun!” Dean said of her experience using 3Dream. “I would rather work with this program than sleep or eat chocolate," she added.

Dow Helps Simmons Create Eco-Friendly Sleep Systems  - 11/20/2008

RENUVA™ Renewable Resource Technology increases “green” content in new Natural Care® line.

Bedding Industry Unites To Fight Pancreatic Cancer At Golf Classic  - 11/20/2008

The event, themed “An Industry Unites,” is known for bringing together such rivals as Sealy, Simmons, Tempur-Pedic, Stearns & Foster and Protect-A-Bed.

La-Z-Boy Reports Fiscal 2009 Second-Quarter Results  - 11/19/2008

The company reported a net loss of $53.7 million; takes steps to cut costs including workforce reductions and store closings.

American Leather Introduces "Green" Foam  - 11/19/2008

Cushioning is fully recyclable and available in a wide assortment of firmness and densities.

Leggett & Platt Honors Innovation Leaders  - 11/19/2008

J.P. Leggett Innovator Awards at Leggett & Platt’s Technology Forum honors 12 employees.

WHFA Announces 2009 Conference & Expo Dates and Travel Deals  - 11/19/2008

Conference is specifically designed to provide attendees with the information and knowledge they need to deal with the changes in our business environment so they can survive and thrive.

Tips For Resolving Workplace Conflicts  - 11/19/2008

Is your co-worker on the sales floor or in the customer service department driving you nuts?

Richard Weber Joins GRID2 International as Vice President of Marketing  - 11/19/2008

Mr. Weber will be responsible for overseeing all marketing initiatives for the specialized retail design firm.

Kincaid Executive Bob Lemons to Retire  - 11/19/2008

Bob Lemons will retire from his position as Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing.

Bellini Furniture Live on Vision R8  - 11/19/2008

A leading designer of juvenile furnishings, Bellini, located in Chicago, IL, was running their business manually.

London Furniture Show Postponed Until 2010  - 11/18/2008

New show will debut in 2010 due to the economic downturn.

Newark, NJ Mattress Manufacturer Expands  - 11/18/2008

Newark Mayor Cory A. Booker and Shifman Mattress Company CEO Michael Hammer cut ribbon at opening ceremony.

Nationwide Marketing Group Opens Registration For PrimeTime! Show  - 11/18/2008

Vendor exhibition and buying show for appliance, electronics and furniture independent dealers to be held in New Orleans

Pier 1 Imports Expects Third Quarter Sales Decline  - 11/18/2008

Third quarter comparable store sales will be approximately negative 16 - 18%. Reports margins and inventory levels in good shape.

Weekly Web Tip For Furniture Retailers  - 11/17/2008

Websites must be tended just like your store or office.

The America's Magnificent Carpets Awards  - 11/17/2008

The 2009 Awards, staged Saturday, January 10, will recognize America's newest area rug introductions

aspenhome Fields 468 Walkers To Raise Funds For City of Hope  - 11/17/2008

aspenhome/FVI had the second largest group participating in this year’s Walk For Hope and were a lead sponsor.

The I'm Gonna Man  - 11/17/2008

Original poem for retail sales associates by contributing editor Peter A. Marino.

Jordan Spencer Opens Multi-Line Showroom at Las Vegas Design Center  - 11/17/2008

Jordan Spencer carries top design brands focused on transitional elegance.

Hickory Chair Named First Sage Award Winner  - 11/14/2008

The award recognizes companies that are environmental leaders while also serving as strong contributors to their local community and remaining a profitable business.

Trust Your Teammates: Everyone Wins  - 11/14/2008

Furniture retailers can take a lesson from the world of basketball about team management and team play.

Christine Evans to Return as Executive Director of the American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD)  - 11/14/2008

Former ASFD Executive Director steps in after the resignation of Jane Matteson.

Leons Furniture Reports Sales & Earnings Increases  - 11/14/2008

Strong merchandising and marketing efforts enabled Leon's to increase sales and profits over the comparable period for the prior year.

Sleepy's Expands Partnership with Toys for Tots for 2008  - 11/14/2008

Nearly all of Sleepy’s 700 showrooms will serve as conveniently located drop-off stations to the surrounding communities.

America's Research Group/UBS 2008 Christmas Survey  - 11/14/2008

Almost seventy percent of interviewed consumers (68.5%) expect stores to be short handed and 21.0% of these consumers will leave those stores due to lower staffing levels.

Capel Rugs Reports Excellent High Point Market Traffic  - 11/14/2008

Despite the weak economy, a focus on value-priced rugs, relaxed price points, new designs and gas card promotion fueled showroom attendance.

Specialty Sleep Association Urges Consumers To Sleep In On "Black Friday"  - 11/14/2008

Instead of waking up early to shop on the busiest shopping day, they are asking shoppers to stop at SSA member locations and take a nap.

Ekornes Reports Sales Increase For First Three Quarters  - 11/13/2008

Company will pursue a vigorous marketing strategy to counteract a more recent decline in North American sales.

High Point Market Reports Buyer Registration Number For Fall Show  - 11/13/2008

Activity bolstered by first-time visitors, interior designers and international buyers.

World Market Center Las Vegas Names Tradeshow Veteran Phillip McKay Senior VP  - 11/13/2008

McKay will be responsible for leasing to gift, lighting, rugs and decorative accessories segments as well as launching new product line categories.

Give Employee Feedback, Get Performance  - 11/13/2008

Effective performance feedback has rules to ensure its effectiveness because, done poorly, it can do damage to the manager/employee relationship.

Gautier Opens Concept Furniture Store In Paramus, NJ  - 11/13/2008

The 4,200 sq. foot showroom is one of many franchised stores the French furniture manufacturer plans to open in the United States and Latin America.

New Products Released by Guardsman  - 11/12/2008

Guardsman announced the addition of five new products to their already extensive line of furniture care products.

Mattress Firm to Acquire Five-Store Birmingham Franchise Operation  - 11/10/2008

The planned acquisition will bring Mattress Firm’s corporate-owned store count to 530 in 44 markets across 21 states.

Make Yourself Irresistible at Work  - 11/10/2008

The reason we don't know how to make ourselves irresistible at work is because it’s the opposite of what we've been taught.

Retailer Joseph Bograd Receives Druckman Lifetime Achievement Award  - 11/10/2008

Mr. Bograd will be honored along with two recipients of the GNYHFA's Jerry Gans Memorial Award, Julie Feinblum, CEO of Julius M. Feinblum Real Estate, Inc. and Ray Simonetti of Broyhill Furniture.

La-Z-BOY Announces Corporate Initiatives  - 11/10/2008

Plans to close 15-20 stores, cut capital expenditures and reduce workforce by about 850 employees.

Havertys Reports Third Quarter Comparable-Store Sales Decline  - 11/10/2008

Comparable-store sales declined 14.9% for the quarter.

Stanley Furniture's Young America Brand Introduced In China  - 11/10/2008

Clare Zhang introduced as the brand's leading retailer of Young America products in the country.

Kelly Cruz Interiors Wins 3Dream.Net High Point Contest  - 11/10/2008

3Dream.net allows user to create ‘live’ interactive rooms, instantly show customers how their rooms will look, furnish, paint, accessorize them and then generate an itemized “shopping list” of purchase items.

Homefires Provides Tips For Making Your Office "Greener"  - 11/10/2008

Well known accent and area rug company incorporates practical, common sense green routines into the corporate culture of its company.

Revco Adds Swivel Feature To Home Theater Introduction  - 11/10/2008

Allows football fans and movie lovers to watch big screen TV from anywhere in the room.

AHFA Launches Enhanced Internet Search Tool  - 11/10/2008

The powerful new Furniture Finder will allow shoppers to conduct detailed product searches in an expansive, multi-brand, digital catalog.

Montage Furniture Services Hires Two Corporate Trainers  - 11/10/2008

MFS furniture protection plans cover fabric, leather and vinyl upholstery, area rugs, mattresses, wood and other solid surfaces.

CORT Acquires Aaron Rents Corporate Furnishings Division  - 11/10/2008

CORT continues to increase its share of the furniture rental market through organic growth and acquisitions.

Joe Ruggiero High Point Showroom for Miles Talbott Wins Design Award  - 11/10/2008

Showroom features Ruggiero’s most successful Sunbrella® fabrics.

Broyhill Sponsors 3k Walk In Support Of Passionately Pink for the Cure  - 11/10/2008

A total of 112 Broyhill employees from all company locations donated money towards the fundraiser, and 40 of those employees participated in the walk.

American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD) Executive Director Resigns  - 11/10/2008

Jane Matteson has resigned to pursue other industry opportunities.

Chromcraft Revington, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Sales Decrease  - 11/10/2008

Residential furniture shipments decreased in all categories as compared to the year earlier periods.

Stanley Furniture Announces Management Changes  - 11/5/2008

Rick Schroeder is the new Vice President of Design. Adam Tilley has been named Vice President of Product Management for Adult Product Lines.

Specialty Sleep Association Offers Consumer MatressFinder  - 11/5/2008

Association to offer retail mattress and bedding store locator for visitors to the association website, www.SleepInformation.org.

Broyhill's Raymond Simonetti Receives Jerry Gans Memorial Award  - 11/5/2008

The award honors prominent members of the furniture industry for distinguished service and is presented each year by the Greater New York Home Furnishings Association.

Harvertys Adopts Icovia Room Planner  - 11/5/2008

Havertys finds that online interior design and space planning solution enhances the customer experience.

Room Planners Publishes Four New Home Furnishings Reports  - 11/5/2008

Finding new ways to add value and margin will help furniture manufacturers and retailers improve profitability and build excitement.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 11/4/2008

Lots of negatives with a few positives such as increased housing sales and lower gas prices.

WHFA Accepting Nominations for the 2009 Western Retailer of the Year Award  - 11/4/2008

The Western Retailer of the Year recognizes and rewards the contributions of home furnishings businesses in the West.

Internet Is Key to Influencing Home Furnishings Shoppers to Buy  - 11/4/2008

The Internet captures just over 5 percent of the total home furnishings market, according to the latest study of the home furnishings market from Unity Marketing.

artisan studio™ Collection Names Canadian Distributor  - 11/4/2008

Designer and crafter of multi-dimensional metal sculptures announced the finalization of a Canadian distribution agreement with Toronto- based Picture Perfect International.

Boomerang Your Way to the Best Possible Retail Business Solutions  - 11/4/2008

Get away from the trap of endless meetings, stalled plans, unresolved issues and poorly recycled ideas.

New Mexico Retailer American Home Files For Chapter 11  - 11/4/2008

Regional chain with 12 stores in New Mexico and Arizona files voluntarily.

2008 Pinnacle Design Achievement Awards Winners  - 11/3/2008

Listing of the 2008 Pinnacle Award winners and judges' comments during gala awards ceremony in High Point.

Aaron Rents, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results  - 11/3/2008

Net earnings rose 32% to $21.1 million versus the $15.9 million recorded in the third quarter last year.

Furniture Brands International Reports Third Quarter Results  - 11/3/2008

Net sales for the 2008 third quarter were $413 million, compared with $501 million in the third quarter of 2007.

PROFITsystems Appoints Parlin as COO  - 11/3/2008

In her new role as COO, Parlin will take on the challenge of directing the products and services that PROFITsystems offers.

Julius M. Feinblum Receives Jerry Gans Memorial Award  - 10/30/2008

The award honors prominent members of the furniture industry for distinguished service and is presented each year by the Greater New York Home Furnishings Association.

Yipit Launches Website That Makes Furniture Store Inventories Searchable By Consumers  - 10/30/2008

Shoppers can specify the type, style, materials and price range of the piece they want, and see every showroom in New York that carries it.

OFS Brands acquires Loewenstein Furniture  - 10/29/2008

Socially responsible furniture manufacturer looking to quickly improve quality, lead-times and customer service.

Target Settles Website Accessibility Suit  - 10/29/2008

Retailer establishes $6 million fund and promises to take affirmative steps to provide full access to their Web sites by blind consumers.

New Sustainability Section Launched on ISPA Website  - 10/29/2008

The new section includes information on recycling used mattress components, green marketing rules in foreign markets and green chemistry.

Adjustable Bed Maker Ergomotion Names Int'l Sales & Marketing Director  - 10/29/2008

Gui Peres will be responsible for development of training, marketing and sales for Ergomotion’s adjustable bed international customers as well as working with the company’s domestic sales department.

Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2008 Result  - 10/28/2008

Company reduces number of stores; reports 3.4% increase in same store sales.

NHFA To Host Manager Workshop March 29-April 1  - 10/28/2008

Workshop provides managers and would-be managers with essential tools and strategies for the challenges facing the home furnishings industry.

STORIS Releases Feature-Rich Vision R8.6  - 10/28/2008

New features include 'Multi-Lingual' capability, Quick Launch Menu Bar, Menu Builder, and Line Item Delivery, in addition to revamped Merchandise Reservations and Forms Designer programs.

Why Leaders Fail  - 10/28/2008

The most important question for a leader isn’t, “What do I want to do?” but rather, “What can we get done working together?”

Seven Ways to Fuel the Fire in Employee Performance  - 10/28/2008

In a down market, it is crucial to do an awesome job for your customers. This starts by being awesome to your employees.

Bob's Furniture Hosts Bob's Fantastic Fire Safety Day  - 10/28/2008

Fire fighters from local fire departments will be visiting Bob's Discount Furniture locations and offering fire prevention and safety instructions.

aspenhome Takes Steps To Brand Their Customer Service Experience  - 10/28/2008

Furniture company creates a "recognizable icon" for their online customer service department.

Luxury Consumption Index (LCI) in Free Fall  - 10/28/2008

It is time for luxury brands to better understand and use pricing strategies in order to maximize both profits and sales potential.

I Care Sleep Joins Specialty Sleep Association  - 10/28/2008

I Care Sleep Products, a separate business unit of Hickory Springs Manufacturing Company, produces the Earthcare and i-care lines.

HPU Hires Hillenbrand-Nowicki as Instructor of Interior Design  - 10/28/2008

She will be responsible for teaching Introduction to Interior Design and Design Fundamentals to freshmen, as well as Commercial Design I to seniors.

Fraud Trial Part 2 Focuses On Accounting At Heilig-Meyers  - 10/28/2008

A new complaint charges that Bank of America misled investors as to the profitability of the now defunct retail chain.

HPU Dedicates "Alfred J. Audi Conference Room" in Norton Hall  - 10/24/2008

Alfred J. Audi, recently inducted member of the Furniture Hall of Fame receives honor funded by his friends at Hooker Furntiture.

aspenhome Launches Corporate Conscience Fundraising Campaign To Benefit City Of Hope Cancer Research  - 10/24/2008

City of Hope recognized David Heard, Jena Hall, Andy Nielsen, David Blum, Kim Whitlock, and Bill Reece at High Point cocktail party.

Mitsubishi Fuso Announces Truck Incentive Program  - 10/24/2008

The incentive program is open to all retail customers in the United States who purchase a new Mitsubishi Fuso truck and take delivery by December 31, 2008.

Steelcase Study Shows Businesses Not Harnessing the Power of Social Networking  - 10/24/2008

Survey reveals that the majority of those using social networking tools are under the age of 34.

Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center Offers "Passport to Glamour" on November 13  - 10/24/2008

High fashion and home furnishings will mingle together at Las Vegas Design Center November 13 for “Passport to Glamour,” open to trade professionals and connoisseurs of design.

HOM Furniture to Encourage Consumer Safety By Distributing Smoke Alarm Batteries  - 10/24/2008

Furniture retail chain works to be a civic leader through its many “green” initiatives and providing community-minded benefits.

Audi, Badcock, Lauristen and Natuzzi Inducted As Members Of Furniture Hall of Fame  - 10/22/2008

Four iconic furniture industry leaders were chosen from among seven deserving inductees.

Ed Massood Resigns as President of MGM  - 10/22/2008

Massood plans to focus his attention on the Thomasville furniture retail stores he owns with his brother Michael.

Second Annual High Point Market Showroom Design and Merchandising Ideas Competition Winners Announced  - 10/22/2008

More than 70 entries were judged by a panel of editors representing both domestic and international publications.

Becker Furniture World Uses Internet Strategy To Boost Traffic  - 10/22/2008

In a tough business environment, Becker’s revenue year-to-date has increased over last year.

Dutailier Enlarges Showroom For High Point Market  - 10/20/2008

More room needed to show a wider selection of the Prestige and Matrix Collection gliders.

Singapore Furniture Companies To Show In Dubai  - 10/20/2008

This year, a total of 12 companies will be participating at the Singapore Pavilion at Index Dubai, showcasing a wide range of furniture in a variety of styles.

Top 100 Furniture Retailer Uses Technology To Boost Average Ticket  - 10/20/2008

Jerome’s Furniture reports 20% increase in average ticket with automated kiosk that pre-approves customers for in-store credit.

Furniture.com Hires Morgan Woodruff as COO  - 10/20/2008

Woodruff will have primary responsibility for driving results for Furniture.com clients and new business development.

Motivation Needed Now More Than Ever: 4 Steps That Work  - 10/20/2008

Would you rather follow someone who is constantly preaching failures and bad luck or someone who is persistent in finding opportunity?

Furnitureland South Selects Icovia Interactive Room Planner  - 10/20/2008

Company expects that the room planner will reduce IT costs and improve the overall customer experience.

In Challenging Times, Service Matters Most!  - 10/20/2008

Use the following eight principles to build a superior service culture for your organization. The time to make it happen is now.

Flexsteel Residential Sales For Quarter Decrease Slightly  - 10/20/2008

Company continues to adjust their operations and workforce to bring production capacity in line with demand.

American Leather Purchases Assets Of John Charles Designs  - 10/18/2008

American Leather will purchase the rights to John Charles’ home furnishing designs, textile collection and marketing materials.

SHOWPLACE To Unveil "The Villas" Display This Week In HIgh Point  - 10/18/2008

The Villas showrooms are designed for maximum exposure with an inviting, open environment, which includes stained flooring, lighting and overhead accent trellis.

Dell Computer & High Point Market Authority Team Up To Enhance Market Attendees' Experience  - 10/18/2008

Technology Leader Will Supply Computers for Product Locator Stations, Buyer and Media Centers.

Copeland Furniture Introduces New FSC-Certified Bedroom Collection In High Point  - 10/18/2008

Newport Bedroom Group continues the company's commitment to sustainable forestry practices and environmentally sound furniture manufacturing.

Tempur-Pedic 3rd Quarter Domestic Sales Decrease 17%  - 10/17/2008

Mattress units declined 18% domestically and 10% internationally.

Globe Manufacturer Introduces Frank Lloyd Wright Collection In High Point  - 10/17/2008

The globes have been adapted from select Wright drawings and concepts, chosen by Replogle and authorized by the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Lamp Manufacturer Mario Industries To Debut Virtual Online Sales Office In High Point  - 10/17/2008

Home furnishings manufacturer says it will now offer the industry's first 24/7 online sales support.

In the Current Economy, the Highest-Income Affluents Have Cut Their Spending the Most  - 10/17/2008

A new Unity Marketing survey of luxury consumers found that ultra-affluents who represent the top 2 percent of U.S. households are changing their lifestyles and shopping behavior.

Raffle Underway To Benefit RugMark  - 10/17/2008

Certified child-Labor-free rug donated by Creative Matters will support RugMark’s Most Beautiful Rug campaign to end illegal child labor.

Research Report Examines Current Mindset Of Home Furnishings Consumers  - 10/17/2008

Unity Marketing has just published a new research study of the home furnishings market that examines the results of two consumer surveys.

Over 36,000 Visitors Attend 22nd CIFF Show Guanzhou  - 10/16/2008

Post show report - 22nd CIFF hosted 677 exhibitors and 36,247 visitors, which is almost the same as last year.

ICS Announces Close Out Company Will Show In High Point  - 10/16/2008

Company to offer furniture and accessory closeouts in High Point at 40-60% off their original cost.

imagine home Brings Accessories Made By South African Artisans To High Point  - 10/16/2008

A portion of all company profits goes to imagine Foundation, a non-profit established by Ranew dedicated to mentorship, tools and education for South Africans.

Caribbean Furniture Chain Opens Doors In New York  - 10/15/2008

Courts currently operates over 90 stores in 11 Caribbean countries. First US store to open in Brooklyn on October 31st.

NaturesCast To Show New Collection At EcoStyle Gallery In High Point  - 10/15/2008

Benedict Collection and Stride Stool made from agro-forest waste will be shown at the EcoStyle Gallery during the High Point Market.

Hickory, NC Area Furniture Firms To Introduce Export Consortium  - 10/15/2008

The consortium will roll out its package at the High Point Furniture Market and target some 2,000 international buyers.

Shine Home To Introduce European Design Influenced Collection In HIgh Point  - 10/15/2008

Shine Home’s new collection broadens the scope of each of its current categories of upholstery, case goods, tables, lighting, accessories and artwork.

TCHFM, The Canadian Furniture Market Is Sold Out  - 10/15/2008

400 Exhibitors, 10,000 visitors, educational and entertaining events announced.

Stanley Furniture Appoints VP of Product and Sales Management for Young America  - 10/15/2008

Kevin Walker will be responsible for developing and managing the Young America® product line and opening additional Young America® Signature Shops.

Designer Bob Mackie To Make Personal Appearances In High Point  - 10/15/2008

Appearances to support the launch of his new rug collection with Surya and new lighting collection with Murray Feiss.

RMS, Inc. Acquires Travel Incentive Specialist Travel America, Inc.  - 10/15/2008

Transaction will allow for expansion of retail incentives including travel premiums and incentives into a number of industries including home furnishings.

Inada Hosts Complimentary Massage Chair Centers at High Point Market  - 10/15/2008

Massages will be offered in the Buyer’s Lounge, IHFC Green Wing G-376 and NHFA Retailer Resource Center, IHFC Main Building, M-1210.

The Rainforest Alliance Releases Expanded Sustainable Furniture Directory In High Point  - 10/15/2008

Market attendees can also learn more about sustainability trends in the home furnishings industry at the Rainforest Alliance Suites At Market Square booth.

Dutailier Introduces Matrix Two, A New Modern Style Wood Glider In High Point  - 10/15/2008

The Matrix Too collection offers eight different glider combinations for added style and practicality.

Sheryl McAdams and Brin Perryman Join MMPI High Point  - 10/15/2008

McAdams and Perryman will join two other leasing directors, Julie Messner and Jamie Gragg, who all report to Tim McGee, senior vice president and general manager of MMPI in High Point.

Jordanian Delegation To Visit HIgh Point Market  - 10/15/2008

More than 70 international buying organizations, including a delegation from Jordan are scheduled to visit the High Point Market.

Smith & Watson To Show in High Point For First Time  - 10/15/2008

100 year old English and continental antique reproduction furniture manufacturer to show at 330 North Hamilton.

Sealy Opens New Toronto Facility  - 10/15/2008

Scarborough plant built to handle growing Canadian sales.

Pavilions on Main 3 Welcomes 14 New Exhibitors  - 10/15/2008

Pavilions on Main 3, with its energetic atmosphere, flowing layout and open showrooms, evokes the spirit of an urban street bazaar.

The Amazed Trend Center Returns To High Point  - 10/15/2008

Organized in the form of a labyrinth of “rooms”, AMAZED is back with a completely new installation of inspiring ideas and trends impacting the home furnishings industry.

Copeland Furniture Achieves SFC Silver Exemplary Membership Status  - 10/15/2008

Sustainable Furnishings Council designation recognizes Copeland’s environmental manufacturing practices.

Sleepy's Promotion Directed at Older Sleep Deprived Americans  - 10/14/2008

Sleepy’s offered older adults 50-and-over a 10 percent discount on top of already discounted sale merchandise.

Hamilton Properties High Point Announces High Profile First Time Exhibitors  - 10/14/2008

Kreiss, Smith & Watson, Reual James and Seabu will be bringing unique products to Hamilton Properties.

Wesley Mancini, Ltd., and Classical Elements, Inc., Launch New Rug Line  - 10/14/2008

The Classical Elements/Wesley Mancini rugs will be made with vegetable dye rather than chemical dye, and will be hand-spun by nomadic tribes in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Norwalk Furniture Announced New Executive Team - Hosts High Point Receptions  - 10/14/2008

Well capitalized company is back in production and emerges with virtually no debt says interim president Dan White.

PURE Furnishings To Debut Socially Conscious Line In High Point  - 10/14/2008

Line of eco-chic upholstery and casegoods will be shown for the first time at Market Square in High Point.

Survey Shows How Affluent Consumers' Behavior Is Changing after the Bail-Out and the Stock Market Collapse  - 10/14/2008

Survey shows that the majority of affluents are changing their shopping behavior in response to the current economic climate.

Twin-Star International Launches Tresanti Furniture and Doubles High Point Showroom Space  - 10/14/2008

Company will introduce elegant consoles for home theater that are designed to help organize electronic components.

The Kaleidoscope Partnership and AYR1.com Form Strategic Alliance  - 10/14/2008

Alliance to further both business' objectives of providing cutting edge internet solutions to retailers and manufacturers in the home industries.

Practice of Staging Homes and Offices Becoming More Widespread  - 10/13/2008

A staged house sells, on average, 17 percent higher than an un-staged house, according to U.S. Housing and Urban Development.

Sealy Unveils Mattress Pressure Mapping Research Laboratory  - 10/13/2008

The Center of Excellence will provide new opportunities to further the industry’s understanding of how uncomfortable pressure points lead to tossing and turning.

Selamat Designs To Unveil New Rattan Seating and Table Collections at High Point  - 10/13/2008

The collection being unveiled at High Point includes occasional seating and tables, and introduces new finishing standards for the company.

Sev Ritchie Joins Web Solutions Company, ayr1.com  - 10/13/2008

Mr. Richie formerly ran FurnitureChannel/ FurnitureFan.com.

Stanley Furniture Reports Third Quarter Operating Loss  - 10/13/2008

Net sales of $54.5 million decreased 25.6% from the third quarter of 2007. Consolidation and restructuring underway to lower costs.

1800mattress.com Announces Store Expansion Plans In Maryland and DC  - 10/13/2008

Veteran Ken Mazda hired to expand retail presence from 3 to 40 stores within 18 months.

Lexington Home Brands Builds NY Brownstone In Their High Point Showroom  - 10/13/2008

The new space was designed to house Barclay Square, a smartly chic collection from Lexington.

ayr1 Partners with Reshare To Offer Home Furnishings eCommerce Solution  - 10/12/2008

$3 million technology initiative to provide a solution that allows home furnishings manufacturers and importers to sell their products online directly to consumers in partnership with their retailers.

Berkline Establishes West & East Coast Stocking Centers  - 10/12/2008

Program allows smaller dealers to use the program without having to buy whole containers.

Murray Feiss To Host Bob Mackie Cocktail Party In High Point  - 10/11/2008

New Bob Mackie collections will be unveiled on Tuesday in the IHFC building.

PowellKIDS Galleries to Make High Point Debut  - 10/11/2008

Developed by Powell in conjunction with The Connie Post Companies, the new displays make use of movable walls for maximum product exposure.

La-Z-Boy Names Mark S. Bacon, Sr. Chief Retail Officer  - 10/11/2008

As Chief Retail Officer, Bacon will report directly to Darrow and will have overall responsibility for all sales, store operations, training and merchandising functions within the company's retail segment.

If Your Retail Plan Isn't Working, Wear Something Different  - 10/11/2008

Many home furnishings retail associates and managers know about Feng Shui principles as they relate to room design, but did you know that the clothes you wear on the job affects your productivity and how people relate to you?

Louis Massood To Win Howard Liverlight Award  - 10/10/2008

Highest honor presented by MFA will be presented on December 2nd. Mr. & Mrs. Arthur Kaplan to win Retailer of the Year Award.

IHFC Offers Free High Point Buyer Parking - New InterHall Exhibitors Announced  - 10/10/2008

IHFC's InterHall has added 19 new exhibitors for the Fall 2008 High Point Market.

Picture Source To Debut New Division At High Point Show  - 10/10/2008

Fresh, avant-garde line of wall décor focuses on ultra modern designs and color palettes which will appeal to younger consumers.

Raymond Waites To Hold Silent Auction & Wine Tasting In High Point  - 10/9/2008

Event to raise funds for the Raymond Waites Design Competition Scholarship presented by the International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA).

Carpenter Adopts Cargill's BiOH Polyols for New Foam Product Line  - 10/9/2008

Renew products are fully recyclable and available in a wide assortment of firmness and densities, including the first biobased high resiliency (HR) foam.

Klaussnerhome Opens Five New Branded Retail Stores & Has Plans For Others  - 10/9/2008

Retail store model offers retailers the ability to carry a wide array of custom upholstery, at reasonable pricing, offer a one-stop shopping experience, and guaranteed quick delivery.

Furniture Buying Index Drops Three Points  - 10/9/2008

The Furniture Buying Index is compiled each month by America's Research Group from interviews with 5,000-8,000 consumers.

Comparable Store Sales For Pier One Drop 11.7 Percent  - 10/9/2008

Drop due to a decline in traffic during the month of September of 8 percent.

Take Control of Your Team: Now is the Time to Deal with Bad Employees  - 10/9/2008

Just as good leaders become great leaders during poor times, the bad performers can become good performers.

PROFITsystems and The Lively Merchant Team Up To Help Retailers  - 10/8/2008

Lively specializes in generational transfer consulting. The two companies will also be developing marketing campaigns for retailers.

How and Why to Green Your Textile Choices  - 10/8/2008

A primer on "green" textile choices by Patty Grossman who will speak at a free luncheon in High Point on this topic.

Trump Home To Introduce Three Design Collections In High Point  - 10/8/2008

Each collection was inspired by the magnificent and opulent design of the properties owned by Donald Trump.

The Power of Cult Branding: In Search of Your Best Customer  - 10/8/2008

Cult Brands don't just foster casual relationships with their customers; they find ways to play an integral part in their lives.

INTERIORS UAE, Abu Dhabi Scheduled For March 2009  - 10/8/2008

Interiors UAE offers a platform for interior and exterior furnishing companies to showcase their products to a market that is rapidly expanding.

Sealy Reports Net Sales Decline of 9.3% For Quarter  - 10/8/2008

A deteriorating retail environment in Canada and Europe were partially offset by sales gains in Mexico and Argentina.

Las Vegas Market Moves To Fall And Winter Show Dates  - 10/8/2008

The Fall 2009 Las Vegas Market will be held Sept. 14-17. The new date pattern for Fall 2009 and the Markets thereafter, officially start on Monday and close on Thursday.

Bob's Discount Furniture Opens 31st Store Location  - 10/7/2008

Festivities will include several New England Patriot Cheerleaders, Bob's Discount Furniture TV Personalities Cathy Poulin & William Newton, Oldies 103.3 Street Team and 100.7 WZLX radio DJ's.

IHFRA Benefit Partners Give Incentives For New Members' Week  - 10/7/2008

The International Home Furnishings Representatives Association announced that it will again be holding its special membership drive during this Fall High Point Market.

Havertys Comparable Store Sales Decline 14.9%  - 10/7/2008

Total written business was down 15.2% for the third quarter versus a decrease of 5.8% for the same quarter last year.

Caffeine for Your Voice- and E-Mail  - 10/7/2008

Use messages on your voicemail and email to differentiate yourself from the competition.

Powell Company To Host "High Points In The Youth Market" Presentation  - 10/7/2008

Speaker will present exclusive research, and also present compelling data regarding the future of the expanding youth market.

Furniture China 2009 Plans Enhanced Infrastructure & Services  - 10/7/2008

Show will be staged September 9-12, 2009 at four venues and will be organized by product category.

Cisco Brothers To Manufacture Line by Artist John Derian  - 10/7/2008

The pieces are manufactured using green materials such as soy-based foam, non-toxic glues and FSC-certified domestic maple wood.

Private Island To Introduce 300 New Items To Completely Remerchandised Line  - 10/7/2008

Formerly known as Bamboo Road, Private Island Furniture is an American-owned company with partner-managed offices in Texas and in Central Java.

Five Facts about SEO and PPC Every Furniture Store Owner Should Know  - 10/7/2008

SEO refers to manipulating Web site content in a way that improves your chances of appearing on top of the results page; whereas PPC allows you pay for an advertisement or sponsored link to show up on the top results page, and you are charged for each click.

Jaipur LLC To Offer Shesham Wood High Point Market Specials  - 10/7/2008

Jaipur LLC division of Shekawati Art Exports is India's largest manufacturer of high quality solid Shesham wood furniture.

Verlo Mattress Factory Stores LLC Welcomes Haraldson and Welsh  - 10/7/2008

Jennifer Welsh is Verlo’s new retail environment and merchandising manager. Britta Haraldson is administrative assistant/customer service administrator.

LifeStyle Furniture USA To Debut New Line In High Point  - 10/7/2008

Company produces designer products fabricated from wood and metal that can be shipped in ten days or less.

GE Money & Furniture First Announce Consumer Financing Relationship  - 10/6/2008

Multi-year relationship will provide consumer financing services through the home furnishings cooperative’s 346 independent retailer locations across the United States.

Tri-State HFA Announces Art Bergman as Emcee for Awards Dinner  - 10/6/2008

Awards will be presented at the dinner to retail stores and representatives.

High Point Market Special Events Hosted By Merchandise Properties  - 10/4/2008

Complimentary food, drinks and seminars will be available for buyers throughout the show.

Vaughan Furniture Moves High Point Showroom To Plaza Suites  - 10/3/2008

After forty-five years in the same showroom in High Point, Vaughan Furniture moves to a larger space.

Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center Announces Fall/Winter Events  - 10/3/2008

The Las Vegas Design Center plans to deliver a high dose of inspiration in its new programming calendar.

Thomasville Accelerating Retail Strategy With Marketing Initiatives  - 10/3/2008

Company increases marketing, publicity and internet initiatives, launches new collection and expands company owned stores.

IFDA Announces Raymond Waites Design Competition Scholarship  - 10/3/2008

College and university students will be invited to design a living area based on modern interpretations of classic themes, in keeping with the noted designer’s ideas.

Miles Talbott To Introduce Joe Ruggiero Collection In High Point  - 10/3/2008

Line will allow for 262 different configurations of one of Ruggiero’s favorite designs.

Capel To Bring Special Deals On Hand Knotted Rugs To High Point  - 10/3/2008

Company says that the one-of-a-kind floor coverings will be available at 25% below wholesale prices.

Seven Additional Companies Pass Environmental EFEC Audit  - 10/3/2008

AHFA’s EFEC program – which stands for “Enhancing Furniture’s Environmental Culture” – is a furniture industry-specific environmental management system.

Woolrich Furniture to Be Produced by Shadow Mountain  - 10/3/2008

Debut collection is planned for the October High Point Market, held October 20-26.

Tips For Financing Your Own Furniture Store Accounts  - 10/3/2008

It isn't difficult to establish in-store financing and there are some added benefits.

DeFehr Furniture Closes Two Manitoba Plants  - 10/2/2008

High Canadian dollar and tough US housing market is cited.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 10/2/2008

According to the latest survey of residential furniture manufacturers and distributors, 2008 orders are down 10 percent for the year.

C.R. Laine Is First Manufacturer To Achieve Sustainable by Design Certification  - 10/2/2008

To attain Sustainable by Design certification, C.R. Laine was required to conduct a rigorous evaluation of its corporate environmental footprint, as well as its global climate impact.

High Point Market Authority Announces Showroom Display & Merchandising Competition  - 10/2/2008

All companies exhibiting at the Fall 2008 High Point Market are eligible and invited to enter the competition.

American Furniture Hall of Fame To Present Diamond Lapel Pins At High Point Induction Ceremony  - 10/2/2008

Custom-designed lapel pins will honor inducted members and Hall of Fame nominees.

imm cologne Show To Feature Special Upholstery Show Within A Show.  - 10/2/2008

The entire spectrum of upholstered furniture, from affordable starter sofas to elegant designer products, will be on display at the “imm comfort” show in halls 5, 6 and 10.

Furniture China 2008 (Shanghai) Post Show Report  - 10/2/2008

Organizers report strong showing despite challenges faced. Plans to streamline processing of visas for next show.

Chromcraft Revington, Inc. Announced Plant Closure  - 9/30/2008

The Company intends to source its custom dining furniture produced at this site from various suppliers and cease upholstered furniture manufacturing.

Furniture Law Blog About Patent and IP Law Issues Launched  - 9/30/2008

The blog dissects the dicey legal issues affecting the furniture industry with a keen focus on intellectual property matters.

Fall 2008 Trends Forecast Is Available On High Point Market Authority Website  - 9/30/2008

Report contains insights from leading trend-trackers, manufacturers and retailers on connecting with today’s consumer in the coming months.

American Software Introduces Rental & Lease Programs For CreditStar Software  - 9/30/2008

Package includes features such as Revolving accounts, or Installment Contracts, Credit Bureau Reporting, and Letters Writing, and Variable Interest Up-Rate system.

Furnitureland South's International Sales Team Books over $7 Million In International Orders  - 9/30/2008

International orders span 50 different countries over past two years.

JRM Consultants/Trainers and Knorr Marketing Partner for Retailers  - 9/30/2008

Companies sign mutual referral agreement in order to provide a greater level of comprehensive consulting services to independent home furnishings retailers.

Room & Board To Open Atlanta Store  - 9/29/2008

Family-owned furniture company brings unique home furnishings to Atlanta's Westside Provisions District; historic 1910-era building to provide 34,000 square feet of retail space.

Steelcase Reports Revenue Increase For Quarter  - 9/29/2008

Reported revenue represented an increase of 9.3 percent compared to $825.2 million in the prior year quarter.

Masons Furniture Fire Was Intentionally Set  - 9/29/2008

Four suspects have been taken into custody following the break in, theft and fire.

IKEA Appoints Richard Castanon Manager of Future Charlotte Store  - 9/29/2008

356,000 square-foot IKEA Charlotte will be the Swedish company’s 1st store and restaurant destination in the Carolinas.

Villageois Inc., Acquires Valco Furniture  - 9/29/2008

Valco is a manufacturer of solid wood Maple and Pine bedroom furniture 100% made in Canada.

STORIS 2008 User's Conference a Success!  - 9/29/2008

The event included two full days of over 35 educational seminars and many social and networking events.

Joya White Diamond To Be Featured On TLC's Designing Spaces  - 9/29/2008

The White Diamond was selected for its environmentally friendly use of soy-based materials in the sleep system’s core visco memory foam.

Susie Coelho to Headline 20th Anniversary Hall of Fame Banquet  - 9/29/2008

As a television veteran of 25 years she has hosted two series’ on HGTV and was also a contributor on the "Today" show and "The View,”GTV and was also a contributor on the "Today" show and "The View,” among others. among others.

A Bad Manager Can Send Your Employees to an Early Grave  - 9/29/2008

A third of US workers spend a minimum of twenty hours per month at work complaining about their boss. Are you the worst type... the seagull manager?

Study Shows Companies Can Reduce Carbon Emissions by 20 Percent With Green Packing Methods  - 9/29/2008

Study shows that using blankets, straps, bars and plywood tiers allowed the company to fit an average of about 65 percent more products into its trailers.

Little Leadership: It's the Smallest Things That Make the Biggest Difference  - 9/29/2008

Leaders spend so much time in pursuit of the next ‘Big Idea’ that they miss the scores of little ones right in front of them that can have an immediate and lasting impact.

Home Trends and Design - Introductions For High Point Market  - 9/29/2008

Experts on Eco-friendly dining pieces to unveil new chair designs this fall.

Samuelson Expands High Point Presence  - 9/29/2008

The new showroom located in the Steele Building is more than 3000 square-feet.

Outwit the Competition: Use Nontraditional Low-Cost Marketing  - 9/29/2008

Small marketing techniques that can build market share and sales.

America's Research Group Announces New Book By Britt Beemer  - 9/28/2008

Book by by C. Britt Beemer, CEO of America’s Research Group (ARG) with Robert L. Shook, THE CUSTOMER RULES, will be available in stores and on-line October 1.

Kincaid Web Site Receives Makeover  - 9/28/2008

Site has fresh look and offers improved functionality.

Powell Works With Las Vegas Chapter Make-A-Wish Foundation  - 9/28/2008

Powell was among the World Market Center tenants to donate Hannah Montana furniture to child with leukemia.

High Point Seminar To Discuss Fuel Impact, Furniture Transportation Strategies  - 9/28/2008

Topics will include combating rising fuel and transportation costs, managing Asia logistics and cost-effective transportation and logistics strategies for today’s global economy.

Patios Plus Wins Apollo Award In Multiple Store Category  - 9/26/2008

The International Casual Furnishings Association announced winners of the prestigious Apollo Award for retail excellence.

Wood Products May Not Be Held To New Customs Declaration Rules Until Spring 2009  - 9/26/2008

Under discussion is a voluntary compliance period running from December 15 until perhaps April 15, 2009.

Home Furnishings Political Statement Of The Day  - 9/26/2008

Classic Sleep Products offers to donate 535 mattresses so that members of Congress can stay in session 24/7 and still have the ability to take a rest, while trying to iron out a solution to the nation’s worsening financial crisis.

Gallery Furniture To Open New Location  - 9/26/2008

The new store, which is scheduled to open before the holidays, will feature an extensive rug and accessories department.

Groovystuff Introduces Groovy Products and Market Specials  - 9/25/2008

Celebrating 10 successful years in home furnishings, eco-conscious Groovystuff debuts a variety of inspired products in High Point.

Interior Design Society To Offer Design Technology Training In High Point  - 9/23/2008

Interior Design Society teams with ViewIT Technologies to offer ‘Hands-On’ design technology training on October 20th during the High Point market.

Norwalk Furniture To Resume Operations Under New Ownership  - 9/23/2008

Company plans to hire 300-350 employees and start filling outstanding orders.

Albert Prillaman Elected CEO Stanley Furniture  - 9/23/2008

The Company also announced the promotions of R. Glenn Prillaman and Stephen A. Bullock.

IHFC To Offer IHFRA Members Special Services  - 9/23/2008

Free breakfast, parking spaces and IHFC Club membership are offered.

Sealy Joins Specialty Sleep Association  - 9/23/2008

Sealy has joined the organization which helps educate consumers, retailers and manufacturers on “The Future of Sleep.”

American Furniture Hall of Fame Opens Reservations for 2008 High Point Banquet  - 9/23/2008

This year's honorees are: Alfred J. Audi, Wogan S. Badcock Jr., Howard G. Haas, Simon Kaplan, K. Bruce Lauritsen, Pasquale Natuzzi and Adrian M. Pearsall.

Write Your Own Paycheck: Use the Law of Compensation to Earn More Money  - 9/23/2008

Those who always emerge as the top performers know how to use the Law of Compensation to their benefit.

Four Hands Announces Distribution Deal With Designer John Reeves  - 9/23/2008

Four Hands will unveil a collection from award-winning British designer John Reeves during the High Point Market.

DeCoro Hires Furniture Industry Veteran Rocky Campbell to Lead Motion Production  - 9/22/2008

Mr. Campbell will oversee the entire motion production of DeCoro. Based in Shenzhen.

Award Design Competition For AFHF Announced  - 9/22/2008

American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation Inc. (AFHF) is announcing a competition to create a new design for the award that will be presented to members.

Furniture Sales Associates Complete Over 100,000 Web-Based Training Lessons  - 9/22/2008

The Furniture Training Company announced that their client’s retail furniture sales associates have now completed over 100,000 Internet-delivered training lessons.

1st Kansas City Furniture & Accessory Market A Success  - 9/22/2008

Karel said that buyers came from Nebraska, Oaklahoma, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri. Leasing for the next show begins January 15th, 2009.

Spring Air Launches Consumer Websites  - 9/22/2008

The company has re-launched www.springair.com and www.naturesrest.com to provide consumers with more practical information about its products.

aspenhome Announced "A Team" Award Winners  - 9/22/2008

aspenhome’s@ 2008 “A Team” recognized for providing outstanding world class service.

Probable Buyer For Norwalk  - 9/19/2008

Norwalk Furniture Corp is negotiating with a potential buyer for the assets of the company.

Elran Relocates Its High Point Showroom  - 9/19/2008

Company plans to introduce a complete presentation of reclining and stationary upholstery especially designed for today’s consumer.

AmericasMart Introduces Transportation & Shipping Service  - 9/19/2008

In house service offers exhibitors door-to-dock product shipping, storage and delivery.

Cologne Orgatec Contract Furniture Show Set For October 21-25  - 9/19/2008

The event will provide an overview of international offerings in furnishing, lighting, flooring, sound and AV technology in the office and object sector.

Artisan House To Introduce 35 Color Infused Metal Sculptures In High Point  - 9/19/2008

Artisan House will introduce a total of 35 new items: 28 wall sculptures, five tabletop pieces and two freestanding sculptures.

Heman Miller Reports Earnings Increase  - 9/18/2008

Sales decline of 2.6% offset by significant operating expense decline.

Pier 1 Imports Reports Net Loss For Quarter  - 9/18/2008

Net loss improves from same period last year. Comparable store sales for the quarter declines 1.7%.

Stores Take Home Top Honors for Casual Furniture Retailing  - 9/18/2008

Apollo Award winners are selected from hundreds of retailers throughout the country.

Charley Chair Company To Show For First Time In High Point  - 9/18/2008

Company says that their chair has a playful personality, is comfortable and practical.

Creditstar Announces New Pricing For CreditStar Retail Financing Software  - 9/18/2008

New pricing will allow medium and smaller sized retailers to manage and monitor their customer accounts.

Flexsteel Reports Residential Net Sales Down 6.4%  - 9/16/2008

Company reports sales declines across all business units, with largest declines in recreational vehicle seating.

Aaron Rents, Inc. Sells Aaron's Corporate Furnishings Division to CORT Business Services Corporation  - 9/16/2008

Aaron Rents, Inc. will receive cash of approximately $72 million from the sale, subject to adjustments, in addition to payment for certain accounts receivable.

Sleep Survey Reveals Finances, Family & Health Keeping Americans Up At Night  - 9/16/2008

The survey indicated that the top three concerns keeping American adults up at night are finances, family and health.

Launch of International Closeout Services Announced  - 9/16/2008

Company gives home furnishings retailers the opportunity to purchase excess inventory, close-outs, stranded containers, discontinued merchandise and over-stocks.

Tropitone Expands Stoneworks Collection At International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market  - 9/16/2008

Tropitone will expand its Stoneworks™ solid surface table tops with the debut of the Zagora Collection.

How to Invite, Incite and Ignite Employee Performance  - 9/16/2008

Five tips for boosting employee performance and cutting turnover in retail furniture stores.

The Casual Market Announces Design Excellence Award Winners  - 9/16/2008

The Design Excellence Awards are considered the highest recognition for new product design in the casual furniture industry.

Linda Truckenmiller Named ASID Illinois Chapter Medalist  - 9/16/2008

Award presented in recognition of outstanding service and significant contributions the chapter, the Society and the profession as a whole.

Bob's Discount Furniture Donates $20,000 For Cultural Arts Programming  - 9/16/2008

Seven elementary schools will receive $3,000 grants for cultural arts programming during the 2008-09 school year.

WHFA offers Expanded Resources and Education on All New Website  - 9/16/2008

Newly expanded sections of the website include the Safety Spot, Advocacy and online publications.

Furniture Brands To Consolidate NC Broyhill Plants  - 9/11/2008

Furniture Brands International announced that it is consolidating all five of its Broyhill upholstery manufacturing and warehousing sites to boost efficiency and capacity.

Simmons Consolidates Atlanta Manufacturing Operations Into Existing Facilities  - 9/11/2008

The closure of the Atlanta facility will result in the layoffs of 91 associates and 12 administrative and management team members.

Mattress Discounters Files Chapter 11  - 9/11/2008

The company which operates 140 sleep centers across the Northeast owes its 30 largest creditors $9.3 million.

IKEA Posts Record Sales  - 9/11/2008

Sales increase by 7 percent, down from 14% in the previous year. Same store sales figures not available.

Pacific Market Center Hosts Two Day Event For Independent Retailers  - 9/11/2008

Forum for businesses to recharge their batteries, sharpen their competitive edge and develop new relationships.

Capel's Gallery Program Expands with Two New Locations  - 9/11/2008

Capel Rug galleries open in Edmond, Oklahoma and El Paso, Texas.

Merchandise Mart Properties Signs Five Year Agreement To Host Showtime™ Fabric Fair  - 9/11/2008

As part of the Showtime growth strategy, the December fabric fair will feature a new Eco area.

1800mattress.com To Handle Distribution of Specialty Mattresses For QVC  - 9/11/2008

QVC shoppers will receive white glove customer service with the in-home delivery of their new mattress.

Furniture World Funnies - I Want A Raise!  - 9/9/2008

Cartoons by Wendy Liddle that highlight and poke fun at the plight of furniture store managers and sales associates.

High Point Market Authority Publishes Business Forecast  - 9/8/2008

The High Point Market Authority has published an in-depth, Business Outlook report for home furnishings industry professionals.

Resort Interiors To Debut New Tommy Bahama Kingston Collection  - 9/8/2008

Retailer Resort Interiors was voted “Best Interior Design Firm” for 2005 by Emerald Coast Magazine.

High Point University Receives Generous Gift From L. Paul Brayton  - 9/8/2008

Mr. Brayton of Brayton International donates property valued at $2.3 million.

Three Biggest Mistakes In Presenting Home Theater  - 9/8/2008

Berkline says that many home furnishings retailers don't give their customers the full home theater experience.

Sea Gull Lighting Names Sales Managers  - 9/8/2008

John Sena has been named as National Sales Manager, and Eric Korn as Northeast Regional Sales Manager.

Danziger Cites Cultural Changes Affecting Spending On Luxury Goods  - 9/8/2008

Once the current economic crisis is over, the luxury consumers will have undergone changes that will profoundly effect the way luxury marketers do business

Girvin Group To Represent Indiana Furniture  - 9/8/2008

Girvin was previously employed by Herman Miller, Inc. as a territory manager.

Ethan Allen Chooses Gregor Noelle To Spearhead Eurpoean Expansion  - 9/8/2008

Company plans to to establish Ethan Allen Studios, or a “store-in-store” within large furniture stores or fully convert small furniture stores to dedicated Ethan Allen Interior Design Centers.

Shermag Inc. Obtains Extension of CCAA Stay Order  - 9/8/2008

Stay order will allow Shermag time to liquidate assets and hold a creditors' meeting.

Simmons Closes Ontario Facility Due To Work Stoppage  - 9/8/2008

Company says that the effects of the strike have compromised the plant’s economic viability.

Morris Furniture Co., Inc. Raises OVER $125,000 Children's Medical Center of Dayton  - 9/8/2008

Annual charity golf benefit included 220 golfers, representing over 130 company vendors, community partners and media companies.

Sklar Peppler Furniture Declares Bankruptcy  - 9/6/2008

The union was notified late Thursday that the company is bankrupt and 174 workers will lose their jobs.

Informational Webinar on Formaldehyde Regulations that Go in to Effect January 2009  - 9/5/2008

The Western Home Furnishings Association (WHFA) announced that they will be holding an informational webinar for home furnishings retailers.

Sleep Country USA Collects 44% More New Clothes For Foster Children  - 9/5/2008

Retailer with over 70 locations collected over 5,600 clothing items during five-week drive.

Maker Of Temperature Modulating Fabric Used In Bedding, Teams Up With Menopause The Musical  - 9/5/2008

In honor of Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month this September, Outlast Technologies and Menopause The Musical Out Loud Tour™ are teaming up to raise awareness and funds for ovarian cancer research.

Stephen Enkeboll Of Enkeboll Foundation For The Arts & Architecture Passes  - 9/5/2008

Stephen was the son of the late Raymond Enkeboll, founder of Carson-based Enkeboll Designs.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 9/4/2008

For the month of June, new furniture manufacturing orders declined a larger than expected 14%.

Norwalk Furniture Shut Down Production  - 9/4/2008

Financing deal falls short and company stops accepting new orders.

ICFA Expands Presence At Casual Show  - 9/4/2008

he International Casual Furnishings Association will be located on the eighth floor of the Merchandise Mart, Booth #4016.

Bernie & Phyl's Extends Jingle Video Deadline  - 9/4/2008

Norton, MA based retailer will give away a brand- new 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid on Thanksgiving weekend.

Furniture Buying Index Rebounds Four Points  - 9/4/2008

This is the first increase the Index has seen since it began its downward slide last year.

Mealey's Furniture Collects Half-Ton Of Supplies For Veterans  - 9/4/2008

Labor Day weekend event was held in conjunction with the American Red Cross Lower Bucks County Chapter to benefit wounded veterans.

Wolf Furniture Expands With New Stores In Chambersburg and Hanover, PA  - 9/2/2008

The addition of a Chambersburg store will give Wolf Furniture 10 locations, plus their Clearance Outlet store in Altoona, PA.

Kincaid Furniture Celebrates Store Opening in Springdale, AR  - 9/2/2008

Kincaid freestanding store is flanked by a La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery as well as an America’s Mattress store.

NHFA Introduces New Finance Programs  - 9/2/2008

National Home Furnishings Association has introduced three new programs to help home furnishings retailers support profits in today’s uncertain economy.

Tropitone Furniture Debuts Mondovi Seating Collection  - 9/2/2008

The collection is designed for the spacious outdoor rooms of homes with transitional style architecture.

Zenith Global Joins Forces With Hong Kong's Logistics & Distribution Giant IDS  - 9/2/2008

Company expands its furniture, lighting and home décor warehousing, logistics and transportation services to 15 ports throughout Asia. tics and transportation services to 15 ports throughout Asia.

Sleep County USA Introduces Mattress Line In Oregon Market  - 9/2/2008

Retailer responds to growing demand for eco-products with addition of Nature’s Rest Mattress Sets by Spring Air.

Eclipse names new Director of Marketing  - 9/2/2008

Jared Carlitz has been named Director of Marketing.

Conn's Reports On Impact of Hurricane Gustav  - 9/2/2008

Retailer closed six stores in Louisiana and four in Southeast Texas in advance of the storm.

HOM Furniture to Acquire Gabberts Design Studio & Fine Furnishings  - 9/1/2008

The combined organization is projecting retail sales of more than $200 million in 2008 and more than 1,000 employees.

Furniture First Symposuim Reports Record Attendance  - 9/1/2008

Buying cooperative's event focused on what the non- competing membership can do in order to continually improve and grow their businesses.

PROFITconsulting Releases e-Marketing Software  - 9/1/2008

Release will allow retailers to utilize the same types of permission based marketing tools that Crate & Barrel, Lowe’s, & Ethan Allen do.

Bob's Discount Furniture's Celebrate The Arts Contest Deadline Approaches  - 9/1/2008

Contest is designed to focus attention on strengthening arts programs in local schools.

Habersham To Expand Licensed Biltmore Collection At High Point Market  - 9/1/2008

Habersham announced that it will unveil the newest additions to the Biltmore™ Chateau Reserve Collection

ISPA Sponsors Competition To Develop Products From Recycled Mattresses  - 9/1/2008

The competition’s organizers hope that contestants will propose innovative ideas that could make better use of recycled mattress materials, and that these new products might generate more revenues for disposal facilities.

World Market Center Features Latest Home Furnishings Trends On Its Website  - 9/1/2008

Tym DeSanto, the renaissance guy on TV’s popular reality series HGTV Design Star, provides a preview tour of next season’s hottest styles and trends.

SHOWPLACE High Point Announced New Exhibitors  - 9/1/2008

Timothy’s Fine Art and Custom Framing, Intent Decor, Superior Furniture Co., and Jasper Cabinet have leased space for the Falurniture Co., and Jasper Cabinet have leased space for the Fall show.

Select Comfort To Feature Outlast Technology In New Sleep Number 9000 Bed  - 9/1/2008

Bed will incorporate top-of-the-line platinum level temperature-regulating material.

The Denver Mattress Company Opens New Factory Store  - 8/26/2008

The 240,000 square foot facility has a brand new factory-direct showroom displaying the latest in mattress technologies and styles.

Investment Firms Renew Agreement to Purchase the Assets of Norwalk Furniture  - 8/26/2008

Terms of the revised letter of intent include most of the same terms and conditions as the original proposal.

La-Z-Boy Reports Fiscal 2009 First-Quarter Results  - 8/26/2008

Company reports loss for quarter. Net sales decline for upholstery, case goods and retail store division.

Verlo Mattress Factory Stores Franchise Owners To Be Honored  - 8/26/2008

Tim and Laurie Fettig, Verlo Mattress Factory Stores of Manitowoc franchise owners, were selected to receive the Franchisee of the Year Awardby the International Franchise Association.

Boca Rattan Moving To Meet Increased Demand  - 8/26/2008

Toronto based manufacturer of Philippine made custom upholstered products expands to meet needs of commercial and residential clients.

McMahon's Furniture To Cease Operations  - 8/26/2008

Family owned 17 store operation will close this Friday and start GOB sales on Saturday.

Sleep America Charities To Hold September Golf Tournament  - 8/25/2008

The event will feature guest speaker Jay Parry, President and COO of the Phoenix Mercury, Emcee Al McCoy, Voice of The Phoenix Suns with an appearance from Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano.

Steve Cumbow Named COO Of Spring Air  - 8/25/2008

In addition to overseeing the finance and shared services departments, he adds manufacturing and supply chain management to his portfolio.

Patty Streiner Joins Indiana Furniture  - 8/25/2008

Ms. Streiner is Northeast Regional Sales Manager for the 100 year old, environmentally responsible furniture manufacturer.

Hooker Furniture Announces Overhead Cuts  - 8/25/2008

Company lays off 25 employees in operations, warehousing and administration at its wood furniture division.

Decorize, Inc. Posts Record Fourth Quarter Profit  - 8/25/2008

Net profit increased over $400,000 compared to a net loss of $215,000 for the same period last fiscal year.

Badcock Home Furniture Announces Senior Management Change  - 8/25/2008

Current COO Mike Price has been named Chief Executive Officer, replacing Don Marks who will retire.

KC & The Sunshine Band, Peter Frampton and JoDee Messina To Entertain Af Fall High Point Market  - 8/25/2008

Also scheduled will be top regional bands, Superglide and The Band of Gold

Las Vegas Market Post Show Report  - 8/25/2008

World Market Center provides a wrap-up of show traffic, programs and successes.

New Online Channel for Ethical Products Launched  - 8/25/2008

The initiative represents the first effort of its kind to convene a variety of sellers that offer ethical products in one cohesive shopping experience.

Retail Search Firm Surveys Retail Buyers' Salaries  - 8/25/2008

Buyers from a number of industries were surveyed. Results include both salaries and job responsibilities.

Want a YES Decision From Anyone? Trigger it!  - 8/25/2008

We are pre-programmed to comply with other’s requests when the request activates the appropriate triggers.

Pamela St. Martin Named Vice President, Product Marketing for Murray Feiss Lighting  - 8/22/2008

St. Martin's primary focus will be product development and marketing for the company reporting to Greg Vandia, President of Murray Feiss Lighting.

National Search Launched for the Ugliest Couch  - 8/22/2008

Provider and marketer of ready-made furniture covers, announced the launch of its 2008 Ugly Couch Contest.

Dutailier Enhances Its Wooden Glider Line With Introduction of Matrix Too  - 8/19/2008

Dutailier’s new Matrix Too collection will be launched at the ABC Show in September 2008 and at October High Point.

SFC Changes Name To Sustainable Furnishings Council  - 8/19/2008

The SFC has also concluded a broad-based consumer study of awareness, attitudes, and interests regarding green issues in the home furnishings industry.

OFS Brands to Acquire Loewenstein  - 8/19/2008

Socially responsible furniture and logistic solutions provider plans to expand into the hospitality market.

Nationwide Marketing Group Partners With Nielsen Claritas For Consumer Study  - 8/19/2008

Buying group commissions study that divides the U.S. population into 66 segments based on various socio-economic data, such as income, age, race, occupation, education and household composition.

Hamilton Wrenn Design District Association Elects New Officers  - 8/19/2008

Bill Cain, President of Chelsea House has been elected President of Hamilton Wrenn, replacing Rod Lambeth.

Get Your Furniture Business Off The First Tee!  - 8/19/2008

If you have low employee morale, high turnover rates and profits are sagging, think about hitting more greens and sinking more putts!

SCS Certified Under California's Formaldehyde Regulation Law  - 8/19/2008

Furniture and other finished products made with composite wood materials are covered under the regulations.

La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries Store In Allentown, PA Changes Ownership  - 8/17/2008

Frank Hager, is expanding his ownership of area La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores to five.

NaturesCast Introduces Bloss Collection  - 8/17/2008

A Filipino-based eco-friendly master furniture and home accessories manufacturer, NaturesCast®, creates functional and artistic home décor and furniture products.

Bobi Leonard Will Be Featured Speaker At Las Vegas Design Center  - 8/16/2008

Bobi Leonard’s September 5th topic will be, “The Legal Aspects of a Successful Design Business - How to be a Financially Independent Interior Designer.”

Klaussnerhome Celebrates Grand Opening of Greensboro, NC Store  - 8/15/2008

25,000 sq. ft. store is the fifth privately owned and operated dedicated Klaussner Home Furnishings’ store.

Britt Beemer Lowers Back-to-School Spending Forecast  - 8/15/2008

America’s Research Group lowers its forecast for back-to-school spending to minus 4.0% below last year’s sales results.

Worldwide Logistics and Magnussen Logistics form Venture  - 8/15/2008

Venture combines Magnussen’s Asian logistics expertise with WWL’s domestic logistics expertise to provide a complete logistics solution to distributors and retailers.

The Specialty Sleep Association (SSA) Reports Successful Las Vegas Show  - 8/15/2008

Association gears up to attract to its membership those retailers who are keen on selling specialty sleep products in their stores.

Chromcraft Revington, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Loss  - 8/12/2008

Residential furniture shipments in 2008 were lower in all categories primarily due to a weak retail environment, competitive pressure from imports and other factors.

Wal-Mart Reports July Sales  - 8/12/2008

The home furnishings business led the home category, with strengths in ready-to-assemble furniture.

Four Hands Donates to Ronald McDonald House  - 8/12/2008

Four Hands has supplied furniture for 10 rooms at the new Ronald McDonald House in Austin, TX.

Sleep Country USA Continues Expansion In The Northwest  - 8/12/2008

Store in Auburn, Washington will feature a large selection of floor models, scratch and dent and discontinued models, in addition to the traditional models featured at other Sleep Country USA stores.

Finalists Named In 2008 Pinnacle Design Achievement Award Competition  - 8/12/2008

Pinnacle Awards winners will be announced at a Gala Dinner event Monday October 20 at the Natuzzi showroom building on Commerce Street in High Point.

Home Trends and Design - Introductions For High Point Market  - 8/12/2008

Three bedroom groups will be added to their eco-friendly collections Java, Santa Fe and Colonial Plantation at High Point.

Hooker Furniture Reorganizes Upholstery Operations  - 8/12/2008

Alan Cole has been named President and Chief Executive Officer of Hooker Furniture Upholstery.

High Point Pre-Market Event slated for September 15 & 16  - 8/12/2008

The event has been re-energized and repositioned as a to offer significant competitive advantage for participating retailers and manufacturers.

Furniture Brands Launches 'WOW' Strategy At Broyhill  - 8/12/2008

Company says that the consultative, fact-based sales approach that is the foundation of the 'WOW' strategy works with customers at every level.

Verlo Mattress Factory Store Opens in Longmont, CO  - 8/7/2008

8,850-square-foot manufacturing facility and showroom officially opened August 1.

Even In Retail, Time is Not a Four Letter Word  - 8/7/2008

While you may dream of getting “more done” within your workplace setting, you may not be game when you learn the collateral damage of accomplishing more.

Furnitureland South Debuts $15M State-of-the-Art Distribution Center  - 8/6/2008

The renovation added 225,000 square feet to the existing 250,000 square foot distribution center.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 8/5/2008

For the month of May, 67 percent of the participants reported lower orders compared to last year, down from 71 percent last month.

Stainmaster and Multimaster Merge To Form Global Care Solutions, LLC  - 8/5/2008

Global Care Solutions plans to capitalize and build upon the core competencies of Uniters, Stainsafe and Multimaster and will be a leading force in the furniture care and protection business.

Industry Executives Take Action to Broaden Market for Mattress Sales  - 8/5/2008

Meeting focused on key industry issues including the development of a National Marketing Campaign, development of a National Sustainability Initiative, sales associate education and training.

Selling Your Small Furniture Business  - 8/5/2008

The risks and rewards of an FSBO (for sale by owner) strategy.

Furniture Customer Survey Finds That Quality Trumps Price As Most Important  - 8/4/2008

Integrity Retail Solutions survey found that nearly 60% of customers felt that service and quality is the most important thing they consider when shopping.

Glentruan Ltd,. Announces Direct Container Program  - 8/4/2008

Program from Glentruan Vietnam Ltd. maker of solid wood furniture crafted from North American hardwoods allows for smaller volume orders and 6-8 week delivery.

Affluent Consumers Continue to Cut Back on Luxury Spending, but the Pace of the Decline Is Slowing  - 8/4/2008

Unity Marketing believes that there are definite signs that the worst is almost over and luxury consumers' confidence will start to recover in terms of spending.

Lighting Guru Illuminates Techniques at July Las Vegas Market  - 8/4/2008

Lighting industry expert Randall Whitehead shared his expertise with Las Vegas Market attendees.

Charlotte, NC Home Accessories Retailer Teams Up With "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition"  - 8/4/2008

Blacklion will supply furniture and accessories in support of an upcoming episode of the ABC television series.

Sealy Announces Closure of the Clarion, PA Manufacturing Facility  - 8/4/2008

Action is part of a strategic plan that includes streamlining their cost structure to become a leaner organization.

Havertys Reports Second Quarter Loss  - 8/4/2008

Company says that accounts receivable balances continue to decline due to a reduction in 2008 of in-house financing greater than one year.

Investment Firms Agree To Purchase Assets Of Norwalk Furniture  - 8/4/2008

IRG Capital Group, LLC, an affiliate of Industrial Realty Group, in partnership with Blackbird Capital Partners has signed a letter of intent to purchase the assets of Norwalk Furniture Corp.

Simmons Company Reports Second Quarter Sales Decline  - 8/4/2008

Domestic segment net sales decreased $16.0 million, or 6.5%, to $229.3 million compared to the same period of 2007.

NULLDeCoro Appoints Luciano Cassara to Lead Global Sales  - 8/1/2008

Mr. Cassarà will drive the sales and marketing activities for DeCoro and he will play a critical role in implementing the Company’s business strategies.

Winners of 'One Good Chair' Competition Announced At Las Vegas  - 8/1/2008

One Good Chair was sponsored by Las Vegas Design Center at World Market Center Las Vegas, the Sustainable Furniture Council and Western Interiors & Design magazine.

Bob's Discount Furniture Opens 30th Store  - 8/1/2008

Retailer with stores in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island, opens store in Bellingham, MA.

Design Icon Series Names Larry Laslo as July Las Vegas Market Honoree  - 8/1/2008

Laslo is the second Design Icon to be honored in this fashion, with the first being Vladmir Kagan at the previous Winter Las Vegas Market.

US Housing Crisis Hurts Chinese Manufactuers  - 7/29/2008

Increase in bankruptcies, higher costs and lower margins.

IKEA adopts New Generation Visualization Tool  - 7/29/2008

Company signs long term agreement to provide online 3D Web visualization space-planning tool, 20-20 Virtual Planner to IKEA,

WithIt Names 2008-2009 Scholarship Winners at Vegas Event  - 7/29/2008

The event additionally kicked off a new “R U WithIt?” membership drive campaign.

Recognizing Signs of Depression in Your Retail Employees Is Good Business  - 7/29/2008

Business has been depressing for many retail furniture stores this year, but for some employees, It isn't just the "blues".

Buying Group of 100 Decorators to Tour Las Vegas Market  - 7/29/2008

Their itinerary features a talk by Mary Gilliatt, the internationally-acclaimed British designer and author of 47 books on design.

Norwalk Gets $2 Million To Continue Operations  - 7/26/2008

Comerica Inc. offers to resolve debt issues that caused the recent shut down of the company.

Select Comfort Reports Second Quarter Net Loss  - 7/26/2008

Net sales for the quarter totaled $152.1 million, a decrease of 15 percent.

Design Bookstore To Debut In Las Vegas  - 7/25/2008

Visitors will have an opportunity to preview 3Dream.net – the industries' newest to-the-trade, online virtual design system in the Potterton Books showroom.

Kittle's Furniture Announces Grand Opening of Klaussner Galleries in all Stores  - 7/25/2008

Galleries average 5,000 square feet and include over twenty-five upholstery settings.

Eco Exotic To Bring A Diverse & Original Product Line To Las Vegas  - 7/24/2008

This year, Indonesian furniture and home accessories are appearing in a shade of green at the Las Vegas Furniture Show.

Baseline Licensing Group Creates Virtual Showroom  - 7/24/2008

The first-of-its-kind virtual showroom showcases BLG's sports-themed home furnishings product line.

aspenhome To Receive City of Hope's Top Philanthropic Honor  - 7/24/2008

Spirit of Life® Award to be presented at April 26 Spring Market gala dinner.

WithIt Panel To Speak in Vegas On Maintaining Sales in a Tight Economy  - 7/24/2008

The event is open and important to buyers, designers, retail store owners, sales representatives and manufacturers.

Retailer Resource Center to Provide Complimentary Services At Vegas Show  - 7/23/2008

Amenities included complimentary breakfast, cocktails, hors d'oerves and internet access.

Alex Reeves named VP of Sales for Craftmaster Furniture  - 7/23/2008

Mr. Reeves previously worked for Hickory Hill Furniture as Vice President of Sales.

Sustainable Furniture Council To Host Educational Events In Las Vegas  - 7/23/2008

SFC offers six educational seminars with the support of World Market Center, GE Money, and Con-Tech Lighting. Each is open to market attendees and the public at no charge.

Klaussner Home Furnishings Appoints Ron Werner To Head Division  - 7/23/2008

Werner will direct the company’s national sales initiative in the contract furnishings industry.

2,000 Retail Sales Associates Certified Product Knowledge Experts  - 7/23/2008

NHFA, WHFA, HFIA, FMG, and the Traffic Guys have all become affiliate partners of The Furniture Training Company and sponsors of the training.

Aaron Rents, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Same Store Revenues Up 4.1%  - 7/23/2008

55 to 65 new Company-operated stores and 55 to 65 new franchised stores to open this year.

Rizzy To Offer Custom Size Rug Program In Las Vegas  - 7/23/2008

The program pertains to all the company’s hand-knotted and hand tufted collections.

GRID2 Designs Dramatic Las Vegas Showroom For Comfort Solutions by King Koil  - 7/23/2008

The space was designed to showcase the mattress manufacturer’s high-end Natural Response line.

Sealy Names Larry Rogers as President and CEO  - 7/23/2008

Since joining Sealy in 1979, Mr. Rogers has held various roles within the organization including his most recent position as President of Sealy North America.

Ethan Allen Reports Net Delivered Sales Decline  - 7/23/2008

Comparable Ethan Allen design center delivered sales were down 3.2% as compared to the prior year comparable period.

Tempur-Pedic Reports Second Quarter Earnings Decline  - 7/22/2008

Net sales declined 7% to $238.7 million in the second quarter of 2008.

Mattress Giant Open's 360th Store Location  - 7/21/2008

The addition of two new locations mark a 26-store growth rate for the chain in the first six months of the year.

HOM Furniture Awarded 2008 Rug Retailer of the Year  - 7/21/2008

The Retailer of the Year (ROY) nominees were selected by AmericasMart area rug exhibitors and were voted on by an independent panel of industry experts.

Norwalk Suspends Operations While it Seeks Capital  - 7/21/2008

Norwalk ceases manufacturing and lays off workers at plants in Norwalk, OH, and Cookeville, TN

Natura World Appoints Mattress Industry Veteran As VP Sales  - 7/21/2008

Scott Miller will be responsible for identifying and developing business opportunities with key accounts across the United States.

Kuka Home Makes 46,000 Square Foot Debut In Las Vegas  - 7/21/2008

Vertically integrated retail and upholstered furniture manufacturing giant plans to open one of WMC's largest showrooms.

Wiseway Transportation Services Expands Delivery Area  - 7/21/2008

The specialized furniture transportation company will offer expanded delivery service to Missouri and Ohio.

Four Hands To Introduce Eco-Friendly Upholstery In Las Vegas  - 7/21/2008

The new items in the already successful Wilshire collection are the first environmentally friendly upholstery pieces that Four Hands has introduced.

Bernie & Phyl's Furniture To Hold Jingle Contest  - 7/18/2008

Retailer to run Jingle Video Contest, with the Grand Prize winner driving away in a brand-new 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid.

Furniture First Buying Group Announces Annual Symposium Speakers  - 7/18/2008

Symposium, will be held in Chicago, IL on August 19 – 21, 2008.

Abbyson Living Partners With Musterring To Introduce European Collection  - 7/18/2008

The designs will take center stage as they are debuted at the Abbyson Showroom in the Las Vegas World Market Center in July.

Powell to Launch Two New Youth Groups in Las Vegas  - 7/18/2008

The company will also introduce their Connie Post-designed PowellKids Gallery program.

Lodge Living Introduced at Summer Las Vegas Market  - 7/18/2008

A 25,000-square-foot glass enclosed showroom on the thirteenth floor of the new Building C will house 20 companies.

WHFA and NHFA To Have Over 50 Business Service Providers At RRC  - 7/18/2008

More than 50 business service providers will be showing in two Retailer Resource Center (RRC) locations during the July Las Vegas Market on the 16th floor of Building B.

Carpenter Launches Strategic Marketing Solutions  - 7/18/2008

Strategic Marketing Solutions (SMS), is a consulting firm serving manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers.

Smith Leonard Furniture Executives 2007 Annual Summary  - 7/18/2008

Residential furniture shipments declined in 2007 with upholstery outperforming case goods.

Riverside Furniture Asks To Participate in AHFA Environmental Program  - 7/18/2008

EFEC is a voluntary environmental management system created by AHFA to provide a systematic approach to improve environmental performance and company operations.

Kevin Mann Joins Craftmaster Furniture  - 7/17/2008

Craftmaster Furniture Inc. has hired Kevin Mann to the newly created position of Vice President of Operations.

Ashley Furniture Home Stores Expanding with New Headquarters  - 7/17/2008

Six store chain based in Missouri will consolidate all operations in a 118,800-square-foot building being built by ARCO at Green Park.

Kathy Ireland Home by Omnia Furniture Offers Expanded Upholstery Program In Vegas  - 7/17/2008

Kathy Ireland Home by Omnia Furniture will expand its selection of middle to upper end fabrics at the Las Vegas Market.

Four Hands Expands Showroom in Las Vegas  - 7/17/2008

Four Hands has leased an additional 2,700 square feet in Building B of World Market Center Las Vegas.

WHFA & NHFA Announce Las Vegas Summer Market Seminar Line Up  - 7/17/2008

The Retailer Resource Center will host a powerful selection of industry speakers on a diverse range of specific retail issues.

Furniture Brands International To Increase Company-Owned Manufacturing In Asia  - 7/16/2008

Furniture Brands International announced a number of initiatives to reduce ongoing costs and improve efficiencies in the face of unusually weak economic conditions.

IHFRA To Hold Membership Drive In Las Vegas  - 7/16/2008

Manufacturers' Representatives can visit IHFRA during Rep Appreciation Day in World Market Center’s Grand Plaza to learn more about the benefits associated with membership.

'Designer Days' Series During Summer Las Vegas Market  - 7/16/2008

Designers attending the Summer 2008 Las Vegas Market can choose to experience a robust, high-end series of events planned especially for them.

28-Year Bedding Veteran Joins Ergomotion’s Executive Team  - 7/16/2008

John “Johnny” Griggs has been named Vice President of Sales at Ergomotion, the adjustable bed maker

Woolrich Home Furnishings to Participate in WMC's Las Vegas Lodge Living Area  - 7/16/2008

Each of Woolrich’s 11 home furnishings Brand Partners will be well represented in a 1000 square-foot space within the highly visible, glass-fronted pavilion.

Incremental Changes, Exponential Results  - 7/16/2008

Five small but important tips for managers that will dramatically improve customer service, job performance and longevity.

Berkline Unveils "Green" Initiatives  - 7/16/2008

75-year-old furniture maker expands its environmentally friendly product offerings and manufacturing processes.

Leggett & Platt Consumer Products Group Sales Management & Product Development Appointments  - 7/16/2008

Management changes made at Leggett & Platt's Top of Bed Division and Consumer Products Group.

MicroD Partners with ViewIT Technologies for 3D Room Planner  - 7/16/2008

Since hundreds of websites already use MicroD’s EasyPlan Pro room planning software, the new joint product will allow consumers to create their room plans in 2D in easy to use EasyPlan Pro and then visualize those room plans in 3D in a collaborative way with the designers or retail sales persons.

Edison Furniture & Accessory Market Scheduled For August 3  - 7/14/2008

Karel Exposition Management expects strong traffic from New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania retailers.

Fine Art Tapestries To Introduces Tapestry Art Flat Screen TV Covers  - 7/14/2008

Motorized roll away art unit introduced at the Las Vegas Market will conceal any flat panel TV.

DeCoro Appoints Phillip French To Cover The UK and Ireland  - 7/14/2008

DeCoro recently expanded its manufacturing capacity in China by 900,000 square feet to meet growing international demand.

Brazil Baroque To Introduce Palazzo Bed At Las Vegas Market  - 7/14/2008

Several other designs will also be added to the line of hand-painted furniture made of recycled and reclaimed Brazilian hardwoods.

I Want A Raise! - Cartoon #1  - 7/14/2008

Cartoons by Wendy Liddle that highlight and poke fun at the plight of furniture store managers and sales associates.

Inexpensive Showroom Renovations - Big Impact - Part 1 - Online Article  - 7/14/2008

Retail furniture store renovation strategies for small, medium & large investments.

Midwest Dinner Cruise To Benefit City of Hope  - 7/14/2008

Last year, 300 industry members attended the cruise and raised nearly $200,000 for City of Hope, a leading biomedical research and treatment institution for cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

La-Z-Boy Announces Sales & Marketing Management Changes  - 7/14/2008

Greg White has been promoted to Senior Vice President of Sales and Merchandising. Steve Matlock is the new Vice President, Retail Development.

Jennifer Convertibles Reports Revenue Decrease For Quarter  - 7/14/2008

Company reports making progress with its Ashley Division in spite of 12.6% decrease in revenue from overall continuing operations.

Stanley Furniture Announces Second Quarter Net Sales Decline  - 7/14/2008

Company expects to post an operating loss for the third quarter of between $5.2 and $7.8 million.

Vermont Tubbs Transitions Production Facility to New Hampshire  - 7/11/2008

Vermont Tubbs' case goods will now be manufactured at Brown Street Furniture's production plant, where both companies will operate in tandem.

Furniture Buying Index Drops Another Point  - 7/10/2008

The reading is the lowest ever recorded since America’s Research Group began compiling the Index in 1992.

Mac At Home Repositions Exhibition Strategy  - 7/10/2008

Company takes 2,000 sq-ft space in Las Vegas to leverage space utilization for sales meetings, presentations, and training throughout the year.

Classic Sleep Announces Las Vegas Introductions  - 7/10/2008

Company will bring low priced visco and temperature regulating mattresses to the summer show.

Furniture Brands Transitions to Operating Company Model  - 7/10/2008

Company will move to centralized headquarters that will generate cost savings and promote a collaborative culture.

World Market Center Las Vegas Broadens Its Global Footprint  - 7/10/2008

154 international exhibitors will show at the 2008 July Las Vegas Market.

Stanley Furniture to Consolidate North Carolina Manufacturing Operations  - 7/9/2008

The manufacturing consolidation will result in the elimination of about 350 jobs at the Lexington, N.C. production facility.

Association Says Used Furniture Sales Continue To Grow  - 7/9/2008

National Association of Retail and Thrift Stores says the furniture resale market continues to grow at 5%.

Furniture Brands Names Communications Officer  - 7/9/2008

Mr. Hastings will serve as primary liaison with the investment community and will provide strategic support for the company's human resources and marketing functions.

LifeStyle Furniture USA to debut their new product line at Las Vegas Show  - 7/9/2008

The company will manufacture and stock several styles of table bases that fit both traditional and contemporary styles.

Ibolili Plans Showroom Moves in Atlanta, High Point  - 7/9/2008

Ibolili is introducing collection of more than three dozen eco-friendly home furnishings, accessories and statement art pieces handcrafted by artisans in Indonesia.

Haverty Furniture Posts Sales Decline  - 7/8/2008

On a comparable-store basis, sales for the quarter declined 12.7%.

Stickley Acquires Assets of Nichols & Stone  - 7/8/2008

Carlton E. “Tuck” Nichols, Jr., current President of Nichols & Stone and 8th generation Nichols will be instrumental in the transition and in launching the new product that will make its official debut in the Stickley showroom in High Point, North Carolina.

What To Do During Inflation, Recession & Consumer Cutbacks  - 7/8/2008

All indications point to this grim economy being a short window of our lifetime. The key to coming out on top is paying close attention to your customers and making them priority one.

Mealey's Furniture & Mattress Newest & Largest Store Opens In Warminster, PA  - 7/8/2008

84,000 sq. ft. store is their largest. Mealey’s is donating a portion of profits from every sale during July and August in support of the American Red Cross Lower Bucks County Chapter’s new Service to Military Families program.

Ken Fonville To Oversee Product Development For NewLeaf  - 7/8/2008

NewLeaf, the lifestyle brand of Fairmont Designs is scheduled to launch in 2009 at their flagship store in Shanghai.

Sligh To Introduce Medium Priced Line In Las Vegas  - 7/7/2008

The launch of Loft 102 home office introductions includes casual traditional and transitional products with cleverly incorporated functionality for home office and personal electronics management.

Furniture First Buying Group Adds 8 New Members  - 7/7/2008

Eight members have recently joined the national cooperative bringing the total to 168 retailer-stockholders with 348 stores in 44 states.

Summer 2008 Las Vegas Market Located On One Central Campus  - 7/7/2008

All exhibits, showrooms, social events and seminars will be on one central campus located in the heart of Las Vegas at World Market Center.

GRID2 Selected To Upgrade 2008 Pinnacle Awards Presentation  - 7/7/2008

Strategic design firm will develop a fresh and dynamic new look for the Pinnacle Awards, which will be presented on opening night of the October High Point Market.

Hooker Furniture Creates General Manager Post for Opus Designs  - 7/7/2008

Bruce Cohenour will set the overall direction for the youth furniture specialist Hooker acquired in December of 2007.

Sue Harman Receives Prestigious ELITE Award  - 7/7/2008

Sue Harman, an employee of Guardsman, is one of the industry’s top technical experts in coatings, touch-up, and repair products.

Joe Primock and Bob and Beverly Lee To Receive Lifetime Achievement Awards  - 7/3/2008

Joe Primock, former owner of Denver-based Broadway Furniture, and Bob and Beverly Lee, founders of O.W. Lee, will be honored at the 2008 Apollo Awards Banquet during the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market in Chicago.

Top 100 Furniture Retailer, C.S. Wo, Enters Into Agreement To Use STORIS  - 7/3/2008

Wo provides fine home furnishings, with 17 locations in Hawaii and California.

ICFA Combines Pre-Market and September Casual Market Into One Event  - 7/2/2008

Pre-Market will be held Wednesday, July 8, to Friday, July 10, 2009, at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 7/2/2008

New orders for April 2008 were 8 percent lower than orders reported in April 2007 according to a recent survey of furniture manufacturers and distributors.

Buhler Furniture Opens Showroom At WMC Las Vegas  - 7/2/2008

Canadian domestic furniture manufacturer will show a broad selection of affordable domestic accent furniture at the show.

American Furniture Hall of Fame Announces Candidates for Induction  - 7/2/2008

Alfred J. Audi, Wogan Stanhope Badcock, Jr., Howard G. Haas, Simon Kaplan, K. Bruce Lauritsen, Pasquale Natuzzi and Adrian M. Pearsall have been nominated to receive the industry's highest honor.

Furniture China Show Unveils New Visual Identity  - 7/2/2008

MP Sinoexpo and the renowned Paris-based architects Saguez & Partners, have redeveloped the show’s visual identity, from the logo to the entrance badges, from the catalogue design to onsite signage.

Generation Brands Appoints Jeffrey Tartamella  - 7/2/2008

Jeffrey Tartamella is the new President of the Sea Gull Lighting Products business unit, overseeing the Sea Gull Lighting and Monte Carlo Fan Company brands.

Slumberland Furniture Aids Midwest Tornado and Flood Victims  - 7/1/2008

112 store chain is partnering with local charities and relief organizations to help families affected by recent natural disasters in the Midwest.

Monsoon Pacific USA To Show In Las Vegas Building C  - 7/1/2008

India’s largest furniture manufacturer, noted for its Sheesham solid wood products will introduce a less than container load program.

Lexington Home Brands Debuts Its Permanent Las Vegas Showroom  - 7/1/2008

Company promises a sensory experience of luxury and style.

Stobel Mattresses To Be Featured on Sears.com Website  - 6/30/2008

Manufacturer of organic mattresses known for its opposition to the use of chemical fire retardant chemicals used in bedding, announced that Sears has chosen Strobel's new Organic Program.

Grant Dawson Collections Selected To Exhibit In Product Showcases  - 6/30/2008

Products to be featured in HIGH DESIGN and Green Product Showcase at the Atlanta Gift Show.

The Room Source to Hold $10 Million Bankruptcy Liquidation Sale  - 6/30/2008

Moderately-priced furniture chain with six locations in California, will conduct a court-ordered bankruptcy liquidation sale beginning June 28, 2008.

Sealy Launches National Advertising Campaign  - 6/30/2008

"Better Six" campaign reinforces Sealy’s commitment to drive retail sales and delivers brand conviction by tapping simple human truth.

IHFC Announces Three New Tenants  - 6/30/2008

The International Home Furnishings Center (IHFC) announced the addition of three companies that have signed on as new tenants – Paragon and Propac Images, both of Albertville, Ala., and Bailey Street, of Fort Worth, Texas.

Hilding Anders Acquires High End Italian Bedding Manufactuer  - 6/28/2008

The acquisition of Bedding Srl, takes Hilding Anders farther towards becoming a world leading bed and mattress manufacturer.

L.A. Mart and L.A. Mart Design Center Announce Promotions  - 6/28/2008

Frank Joens is promoted to vice president, leasing and sales, and Jim Nahin is promoted to vice president, design center leasing.

EcoMemoryFoam To Offer Green Memory Foam Mattress Line In Las Vegas  - 6/28/2008

Company brings plant-based memory foam mattresses, pads and pillows on the The summer Las Vegas show.

Bailey Street To Bring Queen Anne Styled Chairs To Summer Markets  - 6/28/2008

The limited distribution line with interchangeable fashion covers is licensed under the Southern Living® magazine trade mark.

Eco Exotic To Reveal Wide Range of Designs At Summer Las Vegas Show  - 6/28/2008

Indonesian furniture and home accessories companies committed to sustainable business, will be revealing a wide range of designs at the Living Green Pavilion.

The Most Important Key to Success in Business Leadership  - 6/28/2008

There’s no mystery here. Regardless of whether you’re talking about the furniture business, politics, sports or the military, the best leaders are first-rate communicators.

World Market Center & Fiera Milano, Italy's Prestigious Exhibition Centre, Collaborate At Summer Vegas Show  - 6/28/2008

The July Las Vegas Market, scheduled for July 28 through Aug. 1, will salute Italian design with an 8,000-square-foot museum-quality exhibit.

Herman Miller Reports Sales Increase For 4th Quarter  - 6/27/2008

Sales increase driven by growth in overseas emerging markets. Gains also achieved in operating income.

City Furniture Opens Naples Showroom  - 6/27/2008

53,500 square foot showroom offers quality home furnishings and world class service at outstanding values.

Abbyson To Open Second Showroom In Las Vegas Building "C"  - 6/27/2008

Abbyson Living will host a variety of events in conjunction with the opening of the 15,000 sq. ft. showroom in the Atrium of Building "C'.

Leggett & Platt Touts Thermal Properties Of Innerspring vs. Visco Foam Mattresses  - 6/27/2008

University lab technicians measured the evaporative heat loss properties of visco-foam, air chamber and multiple innerspring mattresses using a thermal manikin designed to simulate the body weight and temperature of an average person.

Verlo Mattress Factory Stores Partner With Red Cross  - 6/27/2008

Communitywide fund-raiser, the Sandbag Sale and Fund-raiser to benefit flood victims.

Design Icon Series Names Larry Laslo as Summer 2008 Honoree  - 6/27/2008

World Market Center Las Vegas announced that it is honoring Larry Laslo of Larry Laslo Designs as a Design Icon during the Summer 2008 Las Vegas Market.

Natura World Expands Organic Collection At Las Vegas Market  - 6/27/2008

The company will introduce two organic mattresses and 100% organic cotton linens at the Las Vegas summer show.

Universal Furniture Awarded Patent For TV Dresser  - 6/27/2008

The chest of drawers incorporates a hinged, drop-stay door that covers a drawer-sized, recessed cavity.

Capel Promotes Coleen Stoutnar To VP Marketing  - 6/27/2008

Stoutnar to Lead Advertising and Marketing Division for the 91 year-old rug manufacturer and importer.

Harden Hires CFO & Environmental, Health and Safety Engineer  - 6/27/2008

Harden has hired Richard Partlow as its new Environmental, Health and Safety Engineer and Richard Shaw as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Metropolitan Furnishing Association of New Jersey Golf Outing Benefits Cancer Foundation  - 6/26/2008

More than 160 industry members, friends and family enjoyed the day of good golf, finefood and a series of fund raising activities to benefit the Clarizio Foundation.

City of Hope Names New Spring Market Date, Venue For Spirit of Life Gala  - 6/26/2008

The dinner and important fundraising event will move back to its original venue, the Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons.

Tim McGee Appointed Senior VP, General Manager MMPI's High Point Properties  - 6/26/2008

McGee will oversee all aspects of MMPI’s High Point Properties which include, Market Square, The Suites at Market Square, Plaza Suites, Furniture Plaza, and National Furniture Mart.

Steve York Joins Fairmont Designs As VP Product Development  - 6/26/2008

Mr. York is an industry veteran with over 20 years of product development experience at Schnadig.

The Rug Company Joins RugMark  - 6/26/2008

International luxury rug label reams up with non-profit organization to improve Nepalese weaving conditions.

IHFC Names New President and CEO  - 6/25/2008

Tom Mitchell, a seasoned professional in the home furnishings showroom business, has been named President and CEO of the IHFC

Ekornes First Quarter Sales for U.S. and Canada Up 17 Percent  - 6/24/2008

Order receipts in the first quarter were strong, up 40 percent in U.S. currency.

Leadership Change at Tropitone  - 6/24/2008

Cap Hendrix has been named CEO for the casual furniture manufacturer.

Chromcraft Revington, Inc. Announces Succession in Leadership  - 6/24/2008

Benjamin M. Anderson-Ray to step down. Ronald H. Butler will become the Company’s Chairman and CEO.

Capel Set to Unveil New Collections At Summer Markets  - 6/24/2008

Capel will introduce a lively and eclectic assortment of rug collections, colors, shapes and designs

The Seven Sins of Strategy  - 6/24/2008

The path to becoming a highly strategic manager begins with understanding the seven sins of strategy and the action steps to avoid them.

Artisan House To Host "Meet the Artist" Event In Las Vegas  - 6/24/2008

Shawn Coffey will talk about his comprehensive selection of metal art sculptures during the summer Las Vegas show.

Vermont Tubbs Returns to Las Vegas  - 6/24/2008

Under new ownership, the company will bring sophisticated bedroom collections and juvenile beds to the summer show.

Groovystuff Celebrates 10 Groovy Years  - 6/24/2008

Festivities for the sustainable home furnishings manufacturer will take place at World Market Center during the Las Vegas summer show.

Natural Fine Furnishings To Show in Las Vegas  - 6/24/2008

Eco-friendly wood furniture company features “green” sustainable furniture pieces at the summer show.

The RoomPlace at Harlem Furniture Implements 'What's Next' in Furniture  - 6/23/2008

Forward-thinking campaign is based around its continuing commitment to providing customers with furniture conducive to today's ever-changing lifestyle trends.

Living RichLy International Relocates Headquarters from NYC to Ho Chi Minh City  - 6/23/2008

LRI is a manufacturing and sourcing company for indoor and outdoor home furnishings and décor.

SEHFA Honors Retailer and Manufacturer's Representative of the Year  - 6/23/2008

Jason Rudd of Rudd Furniture is the top retailer and Price McLemore III, McLemore & Associates is the top rep.

Spring Air To Enter Bedding Market In India  - 6/21/2008

Company plans to have three manufacturing facilities producing 500 pieces a day and 30 Spring Air branded retail showrooms in the country by 2010.

Historic Mount Vernon Introduces Three French Furniture Lines  - 6/21/2008

Mount Vernon celebrates the 250th birthday of the Marquis de Lafayette and his historic friendship with George Washington with three new French furniture lines now available from Caperton Furnitureworks, Taylor King, and Durham Furniture.

Erol Lebowitz Named VP Merchandising For Mattress Giant  - 6/20/2008

Industry veteran assumes newly created position.

Highland Park Furniture Selects STORIS  - 6/20/2008

Highland Park will utilize the Vision R8 Core Products to enhance their operations.

Dormia, Inc. Retail Affiliates File For Chapter 11  - 6/20/2008

Classic Sleep Products, Dormia’s wholesale mattress manufacturing business, is not affected.

R.C. Willey To Run Ad Campaign Featuring Paige Davis  - 6/20/2008

Paige Davis, host of The Learning Channel’s long-running hit “Trading Spaces,” is the spokesperson for a major new advertising campaign for R.C. Willey.

Harden To Exhibit At Vegas Market's Green Living Pavilion  - 6/20/2008

165-year-old company’s first Vegas show to focus on eco-friendly products.

The Lax Series Unveils English Walnut Bookcases  - 6/20/2008

The L.A.-based design house adds new pieces to its collection of minimalist-inspired home furnishings.

Hellenic Rug Imports Announced Green Initiatives  - 6/20/2008

In addition to introducing eco-friendly products, the company has introduced employee carpooling and warehouse efficiency measures.

1800mattress.com Survey Finds Americans Sleeping On The Job  - 6/20/2008

Survey results and five tips on how to improve “Sleep Quality” without changing “Sleep Quantity.”

Grant Dawson Collections Secures New Representation  - 6/20/2008

John R. Walker Company will represent the upscale, earth-friendly decorative accessories line.

Kathy Ireland Home by Martin To Relocate  - 6/20/2008

The company will move to a custom-made warehouse and corporate office campus In July.

Samuelson Furniture Announces Winners Of Scholarship Competition  - 6/16/2008

Awards presented annually to members of student chapters of New Jersey ASID.

La-Z-Boy Starts Offering Consumers The Option To Purchase Online  - 6/16/2008

After making a purchase on www.la-z-boy.com, La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries stores provide service and delivery.

Seminar Series at July 2008 Las Vegas Market To Highlight Color, Lighting & Trends  - 6/16/2008

All seminars are free to Las Vegas Market attendees and will take place July 28, July 29 and July 30 on the 16th floor of World Market Center’s Building B.

AHFA Furniture Foundation Awards Grants  - 6/16/2008

Appalachian State University, North Carolina State University and Furniture Hall of Fame receive funding.

NSF and BIFMA Announce that New Furniture Sustainability Standard is Available for Public Comment  - 6/16/2008

Following two years of development, the standard is now entering the official NSF consensus body vote and an open, ANSI public comment period to last 45 days.

CORY To Deliver Innovative "Warehouse on Wheels" Service  - 6/16/2008

The new demountable service alliance enables CORY to shave delivery time and money from the bottom line for retailers.

American Craft Retailers Expo Announces 2009 Show Dates  - 6/16/2008

Held at the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall, ACRE features a wide array of handmade products including furniture and home decor by American and Canadian artists, designers, and craftspeople.

American Society of Furniture Designers Names Judges For 2008 Pinnacle Awards  - 6/15/2008

Entries for the home furnishings design awards will be accepted through July 30.

Home Furnishings Retail Customer Survey and Email Marketing Company Launched  - 6/15/2008

IntegrityRetailSolutions.com LLC has launched a one of a kind online ‘Patent Pending’ customer satisfaction survey and e-mail marketing system for Home Furnishings, Appliance and Electronics Retailers. For the first time, Integrity’s unique online tools integrate surveys and powerful e-mail marketing into one comprehensive easy to use product.

FabricTech2000 Reaches 700 Store Milestone  - 6/15/2008

FabricTech2000 products prevent skin particles and moisture from reaching a mattress.

The Facts about Selling Your Furniture Business Independently  - 6/15/2008

When furniture business owners make the decision to put their establishment on the market, they are faced with a number of choices on how to handle the process. For many, working with a business broker is the solution, while others choose to go it alone.

Stork Craft Manufacturing Inc. Acquires Brand & Trademarks Of Canwood Furniture  - 6/14/2008

The juvenile category will be the first to be addressed by this new venture. Many of Canwood’s best sellers, will be introduced in the foreseeable future.

Whitecraft Appoints David Morris, Jr. as New VP of Sales  - 6/14/2008

Morris will be responsible for the management of all company sales activities including contract and hospitality, as well as organizing and managing the sales team.

Furniture Brands Names Interim Supply Chain Leader  - 6/14/2008

Furniture Brands International named Dan Stone, Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, as interim leader of the company's supply chain organization.

Crate & Barrel Partnership with DonorsChoose.org Receives Award  - 6/14/2008

Receives the Cause Marketing Forum’s Silver Halo Award, America’s highest honor for companies that “do well by doing good” through joint projects that are both profitable and promote social causes.

Brand Source’s Bob Lawrence Honored With Lifetime Achievement Award By City Of Hope  - 6/14/2008

More than 330 industry members showed off their best backhands and demonstrated their perfected short games at the 17th annual West Coast Golf and Tennis Tournament, a benefit for City of Hope.

ISPA Launches Group Healthcare Program For Members  - 6/14/2008

International Sleep Products Association is working with Affinity Benefit Services LLC of Chicago, IL, to offer the ISPACare™ program.

Upscale Retailer Porto Closes Locations  - 6/14/2008

Home furnishings retailer devoted to environmental and social responsibility falls victim to economic downturn.

WithIT Names 2008 WOW Awards Nominees  - 6/14/2008

Winners will be honored at a dinner ceremony on August 13, during this year’s Education Conference, August 12-14, in Charlotte, NC.

Specialty Sleep Association To Unveil Permanent Space At WMC Las Vegas  - 6/14/2008

The group’s theme --- “The Future of Sleep” --- will be reflected by the innovative companies and products exhibiting in this space.

Retailbuyers.com Names Kleiman as Vice President Sales  - 6/12/2008

Kleiman will manage and develop all channels of U.S. distribution, as well as evaluate the company’s advertising, marketing, and other strategic opportunities.

Hooker Furniture Reports First Quarter Sales, Earnings Declines  - 6/11/2008

Company is looking for ways to decrease operating costs and stimulate sales.

High Point Market Moves Opening Day To Saturday  - 6/11/2008

Effective with the Spring Market, April 25 to April 30, 2009, the High Point Market will encompass six days, officially opening on a Saturday and operating through the close of business on Thursday.

Brick Group's Exec. VP and CFO To Step Down  - 6/10/2008

Home furnishings retailer continues search for new CFO.

Conn's, Inc. Announces Management Changes  - 6/10/2008

Timothy L. Frank is now Chief Executive Officer, Reymundo de la Fuente, Jr. is President – Credit Division, and David W. Trahan is President – Retail Division.

Hellenic Celebrates 20th Anniversary. Unveils Southern Living Home Collection  - 6/10/2008

Southern Living Home collection and many other introductions will be on display at The July Atlanta Gift and Area Rug Market.

Mealey’s Furniture & Mattress To Open Store In Warminster, PA  - 6/10/2008

Store will feature 84,000 square feet of furnishings, all on one level, making it more than 25 percent larger than any other Mealey’s store.

Guardsman Announces Sales Awards  - 6/10/2008

National Sales Conference in Grand Rapids, MI also presented Guardsman reps with information on retail training strategies and product introductions.

Summer Las Vegas Market Moves in Eco-Friendly Direction  - 6/10/2008

WMC says that the Living Green Pavilion has been popular since its inception, and is attracting more cutting-edge sellers than ever before.

Leggett & Platt Named One of the Top 35 Innovative Companies  - 6/10/2008

According to the Consumer Products Patent Scorecard published in The Wall Street Journal’s Money & Investing section, Leggett & Platt ranks among the Top 35 Innovative Companies in the Consumer Products industry sector.

Rock Legend Rod Stewart to Headline Grand Opening of World Market Center's Building C  - 6/6/2008

More than 500 exhibiting companies will be housed in Building C alone. WMC promises that food, spirits and a barrage of surprises will also be on hand throughout the evening.

Berkline and Brunswick Billiards Partner To Create Home Theater Seating  - 6/6/2008

Product will be sold in Brunswick's 300 dealer locations and direct, through their website.

It's Retail. Don't Feel Like It? - Do It Anyway  - 6/6/2008

In the furniture business and in life, here will be many days when you don’t feel like doing the work, but go ahead and do it anyway.

More Showroom Expansion on Tap for Furniture Classics  - 6/6/2008

Parent company of Furniture Classics and the Two Palms Casual brand announced expansion of permanent showrooms in Atlanta and Las Vegas.

Rizzy Rugs & HomTexco Merge To Form Rizzy Rug and Home  - 6/5/2008

In addition to bedding ensembles and duvets, rugs will be merchandised with pillows, table runners, placemats, linens and throws.

China International Furniture Fair Announces New Fall Dates  - 6/5/2008

Show dates moved to accommodate buyer needs and avoid conflict with the summer Olympic games.

Abbyson Announces Opening Of Second Power Of Home Location  - 6/5/2008

Home furnishings specialty retailer Power of Home is set to open a 20,000 sq. ft. location in the Agoura Design Center.

Brownstreet Furniture Subsidiary Acquires Vermont Tubbs  - 6/4/2008

Parent company BSF Transitions LLC now operates Brownstreet Furniture, Vermont Tubbs and Mystic Valley Traders.

Broyhill Partners With TV Show Where Families Vie For Furniture Prizes  - 6/4/2008

Broyhill is the exclusive furniture partner with YOUR PLACE OR MINE? for all 13 episodes, and will provide prizing for up to four rooms of furniture per episode.

Consumer Media Runs Stories On Fire Retardant Chemical Dangers  - 6/4/2008

Controversy within the industry exists, but books and news stories build consumer awareness of possible dangers.

Sealy Introduces New Mattress Featuring Smart Latex Materials  - 6/4/2008

Sealy sees the new Sealy Posturepedic PurEmbrace sleep system as the springboard to growth and product innovation in the specialty bedding category.

Nine Celia Moh Home Furnishings Scholorship Recipients Selected  - 6/4/2008

Students from selected universities around the country with home furnishings programs were eligible to apply.

Decorating Tips For Media Rooms  - 6/4/2008

Tips from the experts at Arhaus Furniture, to make media room spaces as functional and comfortable as it can possibly be.

New England Retailers, Reps Honor Len Bloomburg  - 6/4/2008

National Home Furnishings Association’s New England Chapter honored former retailer Len Bloomberg for his contributions to advancing the goals of both his fellow retailers and factory representatives.

Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture To Host Parenting Customer Workshops  - 6/4/2008

Nanny Yvonne, one of the stars of the hit television show “Nanny 911,” will conduct six free interactive parenting workshops.

Besa Lighting Opens Showroom in Las Vegas  - 6/4/2008

The new showroom will be located at #C-1088, in the new Building C, on the 10th floor.

How Relationship Marketing Can Help Your Furniture Business During Bad Economic Times  - 6/4/2008

We lose 10% of our influence every month we do not have contact with our clients. And just a 5% increase in customer loyalty could add 20-80% to your bottom line.

Schoenfeld Interiors Unveils its Newest Store in Downtown Seattle  - 6/4/2008

Schoenfeld's is best known for its high-level design services from its in-house interior design team, which includes customized design plans for consumers' homes.

Danfield, Inc., Develops Chemical-Free Tanning Process For Leather  - 6/4/2008

Danfield says its product line EcoHides creates soft and pliable leather without harming the environment.

Eco-Bedding Manufacturer Natura World Expands Facility By 300%  - 6/4/2008

Expansion anticipates the demand for environmentally-friendly bedding to remain strong.

Simmons Company Reports Net Sales Increase For Quarter  - 6/3/2008

The domestic segment sales growth was primarily attributable to an increase in conventional bedding average unit sales price of 7.9% which was partially offset by a decrease in conventional bedding units sold of 3.6%.

PROFITsystems Announces e-Showroom  - 6/3/2008

Software makes it easy to organize, categorize, and create a user-friendly shopping experience for a store’s customers.

Luxury Mattress Manufacturer Magniflex Announces Lower Pricing Across Its Major Collections  - 6/3/2008

Through better soucing, designer and manufacturer reduces pricing on eco-bedding products.

Entry Forms For Furniture Environmental Award Available  - 6/3/2008

The Sage Award was created by AHFA to recognize excellence in the home furnishings and bedding industries in the areas of sustainable business practices, social responsibility and profitable growth.

NHFA Recognizes Retailers with Best Practices  - 6/3/2008

Winners of this year’s “Best Idea” luncheon were David Harkness, Harkness Furniture (1st place), Doug Wolf, Wolf Furniture Enterprises (2nd place), and Mike Spiller, Spiller Furniture (3rd place).

National Harris Interactive Poll Confirms Effect of New Mattress  - 6/3/2008

National survey commissioned by national retailer Mattress Firm and conducted by Harris Interactive, aimed to quantify the impact of a new mattress on sleep quality.

Agoura Design Center Adds Three New Home Furnishings Store Tenants  - 6/3/2008

The unique furniture retail complex in Agoura Hills, Calif. is one of the largest high-end retail furniture centers in Southern California.

Tom Little Joins Broyhill As VP Sales/Merchandising  - 6/2/2008

Little seeks to better penetrate other product categories, continue to diversify Broyhill's upholstery presentation and broaden their customer base.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 6/2/2008

The results for March continued to reflect poor performance for most in the industry.

Report On WHFA Conference in Tucson, AZ  - 6/2/2008

WHFA Conference attendees build bikes, attend energizing educational sessions and have fun in the Sonoran Desert.

NHFA Announces Private Label Credit Card Program Savings  - 5/30/2008

Effective June 1, the basic rates for six- and twelve-month plans have been lowered 50 basis points by Citi Retail Services.

Furniture Brands Expands Licensing Program  - 5/30/2008

Shelley Peters will lead the program as Furniture Brands' director of licensing for the Thomasville, Lane, Broyhill, Drexel Heritage and Henredon brands.

Global Link Logistics Names Hessel Verhage as President  - 5/30/2008

Atlanta, GA based furniture freight forwarder from Asia to North America names industry veteran to lead company.

Bernie & Phyl's Furniture Opens New Store in Hyannis, MA  - 5/30/2008

Largest privately owned furniture retailer in Massachusetts announces strong opening for their newest store.

Study Finds That Marketing Efforts For Luxury Goods Needs To Be Age Appropriate  - 5/30/2008

Unity Marketing's Luxury Tracking Study finds young affluents and those over 40 choose different priorities for reducing their luxury budgets.

Trump Home To Introduce Mar-a-Lago Collection  - 5/30/2008

The Mar-a-Lago collection reflects the magnificent and opulent design of the historic Mar-a-Lago Club that Donald J. Trump restored and owns.

Global Surroundings Introduced Eco-Friendly Commercial & Residential Line  - 5/30/2008

Woven resin and reclaimed teak furniture line was introduced at Hospitality Design Expo 2008.

The Do's and Don'ts of Strategic Planning  - 5/30/2008

The basic eight pairs of “do’s and don’ts” will help you lock in your furniture store's prospects for success and avoid common pitfalls.

Big Lots, Inc. Names Senior Vice President of Store Operations  - 5/28/2008

Christopher Chapin will oversee store standards, field operations, customer service, process development, and program implementation.

Groovystuff Expands High Point Showroom  - 5/28/2008

Sustainable style expert and rustic furniture manufacturer Groovystuff increases its display area over 10 fold by its 10th anniversary.

International Building & Decoration Fair CBD 2008  - 5/28/2008

Subsidiary home decoration added to display built-in wardrobes, sliding doors, partitions, office decorations, hotel decorations, electronic and electric engineering.

Develop Sales Rapport - The Friendshp Trigger  - 5/28/2008

Liking is a prerequisite for emotional triggers to be activated. We all prefer to deal with people we believe to be like us.

Joe Capillo To Be Keynote Speaker At Las Vegas UFA Show  - 5/27/2008

FURNITURE WORLD contributing editor will speak on "Staying Alive During Tough Times" at the trade show in Las Vegas that brings together leading manufacturers and retailers of real wood furniture, accessories and related products.

Furniture Retailer Wins One Year Of 3Dream.net  - 5/27/2008

Lucky winner Decorum registered to win at The Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library during the recent High Point market.

IKEA Opens 1st Swedwood Factory in United States  - 5/27/2008

The factory is the Swedish company’s first furniture production location in the United States, and will produce a variety of wood-based IKEA products.

Simmons To Offer Eco-Friendly Mattress Line at JCPenney  - 5/27/2008

Offers download of "The Green Guide to a Healthier Bedroom" that contains design tips for virtually every aspect of the bedroom as well as advice for obtaining healthy, rejuvenating sleep.

Fairmont Designs Donates $500,000 To Assist Chinese Earthquake Victims  - 5/27/2008

Donation made to help rebuild unsafe school buildings, and provide food, water, shelter and other relief efforts.

Ecology Set To Be A Tangible Experience At Orgatec  - 5/27/2008

Cologne and its Orgatec show will once again become the international meeting place in October for all aspects of office furniture and office design.

The Five Poisons That Can Create Passivity In Your Organization  - 5/27/2008

Even if only one of these poisons has been dispersed in your organization, it’s sufficient to permeate your culture with the suboptimal performance of an “us vs. them” mentality.

Dutailier Launches An Improved AvantGlide Collection  - 5/21/2008

The chairs come in a choice of three different bases, nine backs including four with adjustable headrest, and will be offered in a choice of three microfibers, leather match, and two grades of leather.

W.A.C. Lighting Appoints Matthew Wakeham Marketing Director  - 5/21/2008

His primary focus will be on spearheading the firm’s market research efforts to help launch products that fill market needs and build the firm’s customer base.

Excelsior Designs to Debut at World Market Center Las Vegas  - 5/21/2008

The nearly 7,000 square foot space will showcase Excelsior Designs case goods, Casa Novalia® Leather, and their licensed lifestyle collection for Nicole Miller.

Dutailier Extends its Stock Program to More Collections  - 5/21/2008

Dealers can take advantage of the program that guarantees shipping within 8 days.

SCAD wins ICFF Editors Award for Best Design School  - 5/21/2008

The 2008 ICFF Editors Awards were bestowed on best-of-show products in a total of 16 categories.

Jordan Greenberg Presented With Meadoff Award For Sportsmanship  - 5/20/2008

The award was presened by Gail Meadoff at the The 64th presentation of this coveted award during the GNYHFA's golf outing.

Dan Marciano Forms Recycling Consulting Firm  - 5/20/2008

Company will offer home furnishings retailers innovative, practical and effective ideas on how companies can reduce their waste cost, provide a benefit to the environment, and generate undiscovered revenue.

Furniture Brands Announces Results Of Stockholder Meeting  - 5/20/2008

Company adds three new members to the board. Election of directors and a stockholder proposal were contested.

Bernie & Phyl's Furniture Wins Family Business Award  - 5/20/2008

Retailer Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture has been selected as the 2008 winner of the Massachusetts Family Business Award for businesses with more than 250 employees.

Survive the Mass Exodus of Boomers in the Furniture Industry  - 5/20/2008

In 2011, the oldest of the Baby Boomers will turn 65, marking a turning point in corporate America. You need to find out as soon as possible how this might affect your company.

America's Research Group Study Documents Consumer Pessimism  - 5/19/2008

800 telephone interviews with adult consumers reveal negative signs for retailers at least into 2009.

The High Point Market Authority Kicks Off Room Rate Discounts  - 5/19/2008

Substantial room discounts can be realized for attendees who book early.

Midtown Furniture Superstore and Mattress Center Announces Largest Lane Furniture Gallery  - 5/19/2008

News of 22,000 square foot gallery is being supported with a Nintendo Wii game console giveaway and additional advertising.

Lighting Designer Brian Orter To Speak at Las Vegas Design Center  - 5/19/2008

Brian Orter is the design director of Johnson Light Studio, a high-end architectural lighting design firm based in Manhattan.

Artisan House Names Director of International Business Development  - 5/19/2008

Industry veteran Mark Hearne to lead growth plan for overseas market.

Todd Swiler Joins Ekornes As Western Regional Sales Manager  - 5/15/2008

Mr. Swiler will be responsible for managing and coaching the company’s western regional sales force.

Hellenic Rug Imports To Open Showroom During ITMA Showtime in High Point  - 5/15/2008

Hellenic is using the ITMA show to focus on coordinating and streamlining Hellenic's newest offerings with the latest fabrics.

NHFA Adds Four Members To Board  - 5/15/2008

George Nader, Nader’s Furniture Stores; John Hamilton, The RoomStore Furniture; Rick Haux, Sr., Super Stores of America; and Joe Quintal, Rotman’s Furniture have joined the NHFA Board.

WCSC Announces National Window Covering Safety Month  - 5/15/2008

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) will partner once again this October to observe National Window Covering Safety Month.

Your Own Personal Brand  - 5/15/2008

In the retail furniture business, your company has a brand image that is promoted, protected and nurtured. If you are a retail sales associate, manager or even a back office employee, you also have a brand... a personal brand.

Bob's Discount Furniture Sponsors "Have A Heart Day" Event  - 5/15/2008

The event will encourage donations of pet bedding, treats, new or gently used toys and new transportation crates for needy dogs and cats.

Eilersen Launches its Krypton Sofa at ICFF  - 5/15/2008

Krypton is a modern interpretation of “the bag box” of the 70s.

For Better Sleep Month, Sleep America Hosts Sleep Seminars  - 5/15/2008

Retailer partners with a comprehensive sleep medicine center to speak on topics such as sleep hygiene, the difference between normal and abnormal sleep, and when a snore means more.

Leda Furniture Jeans It Up for The Cure  - 5/14/2008

The CURE Foundation is a Canadian, non-profit organization that provides funding for breast cancer research and awareness.

Macy's Reports Same Store Sales Decline of 2.6%  - 5/14/2008

In the first quarter of 2008, the company opened a Macy's store in Westminster, CO, and closed a Macy's store in Memphis, TN, and a Macy's furniture store in Richmond, VA.

Franz Collection Announces Grand Opening of Showroom at Las Vegas Market  - 5/14/2008

The grand opening will include a champagne reception in the showroom, located at C601 in the Center's newly-completed Building C.

ASFD Accepting Pinnacle Awards Entries Through July 30  - 5/14/2008

Pinnacle Awards for design excellence will be presented by the American Society of Furniture Designers at a gala on opening night of the next High Point Market.

NHFA New England Chapter to Golf For Charity  - 5/14/2008

The event will benefit the New England Home for Little Wanderers (The Home).

Six Home Furnishings Carriers Merge To Form World Wide Logistics  - 5/13/2008

Four Truckers, Furniture Transportation Systems, Milwaukee Delivery Service, Palmer Transport, Rudisill Transportation and Warren Trucking merge operations to form company with combined revenues of $100,000,000.

Simmons Company Reports First Quarter Sales Increase  - 5/13/2008

Simmons gains market share and takes steps to deal with rising raw material & fuel costs by raising prices on certain products.

Mattress Discounters Sets Goal To Donate 50 Beds To Needy Pittsburgh Families  - 5/13/2008

"The Dare to Care Kid's Crusade" has set a goal to donate fifty new twin-sized beds to area needy families approved through the downtown Pittsburgh Salvation Army.

Foamex Announces First Quarter 2008 Sales Decrease  - 5/13/2008

Company says the decrease was primarily driven by lower sales volumes across all segments and lower average selling prices in the Carpet Cushion segment.

Extreme Makeover Home Edition Season Finale To Feature Kelly B. Rightsell Designs  - 5/13/2008

Kelly B. Rightsell Designs will be part of a very special two-hour season finale of Extreme Makeover Home Edition that will complete the show’s two year 50 state tour which began with Alaska in September 2006.

Jack Walts Passes Away  - 5/13/2008

IHFRA 2004 Pillar of the Industry Award winner and retired sales manager for Keller Furniture Manufacturing will be remembered as a “salesman’s sales manager”.

World Market Center Las Vegas Announces Plans for Year-Round Hospitality Marketplace  - 5/12/2008

The introduction of Hospitality at Las Vegas Design Center, set to open in 2009, is part of World Market Center’s long term growth strategy.

Kindel Furniture Co. Hires Sales Rep Joseph Poltorak  - 5/12/2008

A veteran of the paper industry and a woodworking hobbyist, Poltorak will cover Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and Louisiana.

Furniture First Buying Group Adds 3 New Members / Sets Symposium Dates  - 5/12/2008

Furniture First has 160 retailer-stockholders with 328 stores in 44 states.

Sleep Country USA Donates Over 4,000 Pairs Of Shoes  - 5/12/2008

Community and business donations yield 4,231 shoes for foster children in Washington and Oregon, Up 115% from 2007.

Waverly Ad Campaign To Feature Sandra Lee  - 5/12/2008

Sandra Lee is a Home and Style expert and the host of “Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra Lee” on the Food Network.

emma gardner design To Introduce Rug Designs At ICFF  - 5/12/2008

Designs will include hand tufted and hand knotted rugs.

Daniel J. Dorzback Joins Executive Search Firm Career Management  - 5/12/2008

Daniel J. Dorzback has joined Career Management, an executive search firm specializing in the retail, catalog and e-commerce industries.

Vermont Governor Attends Mill River Furniture Gallery Opening  - 5/12/2008

Mill River Furniture recently celebrated the grand opening of an 850-sq.-ft. Ekornes Stressless® Comfort Zone in Johnsbury, Vt.

Four Speed Bumps that Halt Furniture Retail Profits  - 5/9/2008

Examine every aspect of your company to see where you have waste, redundancy, or just downright slowness.

Whereoware Expands Into Furniture Market  - 5/9/2008

Web-based technology provider with strong reputation in the gift, home décor and lighting industries debuts several funiture websites for clients.

IHFC President Tom Lindh Resigns  - 5/8/2008

Bruce Miller, a member of IHFC's Board of Directors who held the job before Mr. Lindh will step in on an interim basis.

Sam's Club Reports Strong Furniture Sales  - 5/8/2008

April sales figures for Wal-Mart reports operating unit and product segment strengths.

Outlast Technology Now Found in Enhanced Sleep Number 7000 Bed  - 5/8/2008

Outlast® temperature-regulating technology is designed to balance a sleeper's skin temperature, allowing him or her to remain comfortable during the night.

Glen Raven Custom Fabrics Americas Announces Promotions in Design Group  - 5/8/2008

Greg Voorhis has been promoted to Decorative Fabrics Design Manager, and Sara Hall has been named Technical Design Manager.

La-Z-Boy and Brown Jordan Team Up To Extend Outdoor Line  - 5/8/2008

The line will be targeted to both traditional and specialty outdoor furniture stores and will debut at the Official SCFMA Pre-Market at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart.

Furniture Buying Index Drops One Point  - 5/8/2008

America’s Research Group suggests that furniture retailers should concentrate on advertising low priced goods this summer.

Ultrasuede Introduces Signature Colors Of Top Designers  - 5/8/2008

The designers and their colors are Barclay Butera, Barclay Butera Blue; Rick Lee, MagentaModern and South Beach; Vladimir Kagan, Kagan Red; and Stanley Jay Friedman, Stanley and Iris.

Havertys Reports Comparable Store Sales Decline For April  - 5/6/2008

Earnings for the first quarter were up 24.2% on a 3.0% sales decline.

Industry Study Links New Mattresses To Increased Physical Activity  - 5/6/2008

Better Sleep Month (BSM) national survey reveals that people are likely to get better sleep on a newer mattress (one to four years old).

Shermag Files For Protection From Creditors  - 5/6/2008

Under pressure from creditors, Shermag seeks bankruptcy protection. Employees and former employees are also seeking compensation.

Groovystuff Follows Sustainable by Design and EFEC Initiatives  - 5/6/2008

The EFEC Program by the AHFA is designed to help its members develop and maintain strong, proactive environmental programs.

Five Retailers Honored By Lexington Home Brands  - 5/6/2008

Contest winners include Louis Shanks in Austin, Texas; Baer’s Furniture in Pompano Beach, Fla.; DeBoer’s in Toronto; Furnitureland South in High Point, N.C.; and Hurwitz-Mintz in Metairie, La.

Should You Use Strategic Entertainment At Your Next Sales Meeting?  - 5/6/2008

As a home furnishings retailer, you want to get your managers, sales associates and your customers excited about your brand and its promise.

ABC Home Expands Its Modern Furniture Collection  - 5/6/2008

Herman Miller Environment will be the platform for which ABC Home launches a cradle to cradle program starting with the Aeron, Mirra and Cella chairs.

NHFA Reports Excellent Response To Co-Branded HGTV-NHFA Website  - 5/6/2008

Program has now attracted 700 retail stores nationwide, a segment of the industry representing more than $4 billion in annual sales.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 5/6/2008

Furniture industry continues to founder in spite of an increase in new furniture orders in February. Noted are some bright spots at the recent High Point show.

La-Z-Boy Recognizes Top Sales Performers  - 5/6/2008

The Pinnacle Club Awards recognize the highest-achieving sales associates who participated in the La-Z-Boy Furniture Galleries “Peak Performance” Program.

dkVOGUE To Show Films On Danish Design At ICFF  - 5/6/2008

The film collection will be presented as part of an exclusive installation in the Danish Pavilion of the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). The films will screen continuously throughout the Fair.

Change Your Words ~ Increase Your Sales Success  - 5/6/2008

What if you are “curious” instead of afraid, and “fascinated” instead of frustrated? Here is how exchanging words can change your career in home furnishings.

Fred Page Honored With Riverside’s President’s Award  - 5/2/2008

Riverside representative in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Idaho and Montana honored at awards dinner.

Furniture First Reports Good Results For Promotional Mattress Line  - 5/1/2008

The Mattress 1st line is sold exclusively by Furniture First’s 160 members. Collectively, the group boasts 328 retail stores nationwide.

AHFA Summit To Address Key Issues For US Furniture Manufacturers  - 5/1/2008

AHFA’s says that their 2008 Manufacturing Summit is designed to help companies address the key challenges of domestic production.

Rent-A-Center, Inc. Reports First Quarter Revenue Increase  - 4/29/2008

Increase in revenues was primarily driven by a 2.8% increase in same store sales, offset by 315 fewer stores.

Furniture Sharehouse Celebrates First Anniversary of Helping Westchester Families in Need  - 4/29/2008

To date, Furniture Sharehouse, a furniture bank, has distributed more than 2,000 items of furniture valued at over $150,000.

"What If?" - Preparing Your Furniture Store For The Unexpected  - 4/29/2008

Every business owner owes it to his or her family, employees and customers to create a plan for the "What If?".

Western Home Furnishings Association Hosts Build-a-Bike Event  - 4/29/2008

WHFA conference and expo in Tucson, Ariz. will begin with a unique charity event in support of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Tucson.

AMC Liquidators Announces Retail & Accessories Division  - 4/29/2008

AMC Liquidators opens its inventory to the public, providing upscale furniture and home accessories purchased from major manufacturers, hotels, businesses and designers.

Notre Dame's 'Rudy' Speaks At CORY National Management Meeting  - 4/29/2008

Home delivery company also promotes Bob Alter and Scott DeBlois to VP of Operations positions and names Pat Trinca, Director of Human Resources.

The Kaleidoscope Partnership Announces Program To Help Retailers Leverage Website Presence  - 4/29/2008

Program helps retailers use their websites and the power of the internet to increase sales and drive future revenue.

High Point Market Announces Fall Market Concert Headliners  - 4/29/2008

Headliners KC & The Sunshine Band, Peter Frampton and country music diva Jo Dee Messina to entertain Market guests.

American Furniture Hall of Fame Elects Officers & Directors  - 4/29/2008

Donald Belgrad, Schnadig Corporation is 200-2009 president for the international, industry-wide effort organized to research, collect and preserve the cultural, economic and artistic history of the industry.

July Las Vegas Market Grows ‘High Design’ Resources  - 4/28/2008

A broad selection of innovative designs and luxury product from around the globe will be featured as part of the juried design sections at the 2008 July Las Vegas Market.

B&B Offers Economic Stimulus Rebate Promotions  - 4/28/2008

Banker & Brisebois Advertising (B&B) has created economic stimulus rebate promotion ads, available to subscribers to their online newspaper ad service.

HFIA Members to Help Hurricane Katrina Victims  - 4/28/2008

HFIA members from around the country are donating furniture to be distributed at HFIA’s annual meeting in New Orleans in May.

SalesForce: Selling with Service Receives Prestigious Online Learning Award  - 4/28/2008

Internet delivered furniture sales training course receives the 2008 Best Educational Software Award in the category of vocational training.

Fairmont Designs Retains GRID2 for Corporate Identity Work  - 4/28/2008

Growing China manufacturer to update their identity and their retail showroom in Shanghai.

Furniture Brands Announces Board Succession Plan  - 4/25/2008

Two members of its board of directors have indicated their intention to retire from the board upon completion of a new director selection process.

Dateline NBC Brings Light to Hazards of Illegal Renovated Mattresses  - 4/25/2008

Tips home furnishings retailers can pass along to customers regarding persistent health and safety risks to consumers.

High Point Market Reports That 47,168 Buyers Registered For April Show  - 4/25/2008

High Point registration proved stable, bolstered by increases in international delegations, interior designers and first-time buyers.

AHFA Announces Environmental Award  - 4/25/2008

Award for sustainable business practices, social responsibility and profitable growth to be sponsored by Cargill’s BiOH™ polyols.

Flexsteel Reports Lower Third Quarter Sales & Earnings  - 4/22/2008

Company expects fourth fiscal quarter shipments will be lower than the prior year quarter due to lower order backlogs and declining order rates.

Ethan Allen Announces Third Quarter Sales and Earnings  - 4/22/2008

Net delivered sales decreased, but their retail division saw gains. The company says it is making progress in positioning Ethan Allen as a provider of design solutions and service.

Furniture Brands International Reports Revenue Decline; EPS Increase.  - 4/21/2008

Company expects improvements in profitability to continue as they complete transition to a branded consumer products company.

Prillaman To Focus On Strategic Issues At Stanley Furniture  - 4/21/2008

Albert Prillaman asked to take a more active role, given the current uncertainties in the furniture business.

Stanley Furniture Reports First Quarter Sales Decline  - 4/21/2008

First quarter sales decline 16.7%. Earnings per share decline from $.15 in the prior year quarter to $.10.

Tempur-Pedic Reports First Quarter Earnings Decline  - 4/21/2008

Average selling prices in the industry may be trending lower as many consumers defer high-end mattress purchases.

Leggett & Platt Announces First Quarter Earnings  - 4/21/2008

Sales (from continuing operations) projected to be approximately 2% lower than in 2007.

Bemco Announces Olympics Gymnastics Themed Promotion  - 4/21/2008

Bemco's 2008 program features men's champion Alexander Artemev and women's champion Chellsie Memmel in its marketing elements.

Classic Interiors To Host Breast Cancer Awareness Event  - 4/21/2008

During this 1-day event, the Harrisburg, PA based furnishings retailer will give an additional discount off all pink-tagged merchandise, selling decorative pillows made from the Feel Your Boobies® t-shirts, and raffling off a fabulous pink chair!

Abbyson Living Offers Vegas Ticket Giveaway  - 4/20/2008

Las Vegas trip offer coincides with the opening of Abbyson Living's 10,000 square foot Las Vegas showroom in July.

Jennifer Johanson of EDG Interior Architecture + Design is Featured Speaker at Las Vegas Design Center  - 4/20/2008

Johanson’s presentation, “Restaurant Design Strategies for Impact and Performance,” will take place on Friday, May 2.

Schneiderman’s Furniture Gets Technology Upgrade  - 4/20/2008

Retailer upgrades to STORIS' Vision R8 for its organized and user friendly format and robust core enhancements.

Four More Rug companies Team with RugMark to End Child Labor  - 4/20/2008

RugMark is an international nonprofit organization working to end exploitative child labor in the carpet industry and give educational opportunities to children in India, Nepal and Pakistan.

Sun Capital Sends Letter to Furniture Brands Shareholders  - 4/16/2008

Urges shareholders to vote for the director nominees it proposed.

Luxury Mattress Brand Magniflex Opens Stores Internationally  - 4/16/2008

The company opened five new showrooms in: China, in Guangzhou, Beijing and Shanghai; Kiev, Ukraine; and Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Simmons Company Sponsors Western Retailer of the Year Gala  - 4/16/2008

The 2008 Western Retailer of the Year Gala will honor Lee Goodman, Jerry Navarra and Ann Navarra of Jerome’s Furniture of San Diego, CA.

24th Long Beach, CA Furniture & Accessory Market Set For April 25-27  - 4/16/2008

The show, the largest of its kind in California, is open to buyers from furniture stores, specialty stores, interior designers and designer showrooms.

Top Designer Michael Payne To Create Furniture Collection For Lazar  - 4/16/2008

Designer and original host of the long-running HGTV series, “Designing for the Sexes,” to design clean, simple, contemporary furniture for Lazar.

Baseline Licensing Group Reports 42% Sales Increase For Quarter  - 4/16/2008

Company says that the addition of furnishings featuring Major League Baseball, NBA, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and key colleges have driven the growth.

WithIt Recognizes Kathleen Holterman, Mary Frye, and Leslie Carothers  - 4/16/2008

All WithIt Ambassadors will be honored at this year’s WOW Awards Dinner, slated to coincide with the organization’s annual Educational Conference, scheduled for August 13 – 15.

Stanley Furniture Announces First Quarter Net Sales Decline  - 4/15/2008

Net sales of $62.5 million decreased 16.7%. Decrease in operating income and margin resulted primarily from lower sales and production levels.

Slone Brothers Furniture Builds Brand by Building a Better Shopping Experience  - 4/15/2008

Orlando, Florida retailer chooses The Connie Post Companies to create an environment that inspires female shoppers to buy.

American Society of Furniture Designers Seeks Pinnacle Awards Entries  - 4/14/2008

Pinnacle Design Achievement awards will be presented at the October 2008 High Point Market. Deadline for entries is July 30.

A.R.T. Furniture Opens East Coast Warehouse  - 4/14/2008

50,000 square foot warehouse facility in Hickory, NC, will facilitate shipments to East Coast retailers.

Sealy Inc. Honors Robert G. Addison  - 4/14/2008

Dr. Addison returned to Sealy headquarters for a dedication ceremony to celebrate his contributions to the development of the original Sealy Posturepedic.

Jennifer Convertibles Reports Revenue Decrease For Quarter  - 4/14/2008

During the quarter, the Company closed four stores. Their first Ashley Furniture HomeStore continues profitability and revenue growth.

Bassett Furniture Reports 11% First Quarter Earnings Increase  - 4/14/2008

Bassett Furniture's retail and wholesale segments reported sales increases for quarter.

Hollandia International Incorportes Heavy Duty Safe Into Bed Design  - 4/14/2008

Alternative to storing jewels, cash or other valuables underneath the mattress.

U.S. Department of Commerce Certifies AWFS®Fair  - 4/14/2008

Under the Program, the U.S. Commercial Service will promote the AWFSFair through their overseas offices in more than 80 countries.

Rooms To Go To Build $45 Million Louisiana Distribution Center  - 4/11/2008

Distribution facility and retail outlet will service the four Rooms To Go showrooms already located in Louisiana.

Fred Gilbert Named Sales Rep of The Year For New River Casual Furniture  - 4/11/2008

Award presented at national sales meeting for importer of Brazilian casual outdoor furniture line.

Sleep America Collects 100,000 Meals in Three Day Food Drive  - 4/11/2008

Over 18,200 lbs. of non-perishable food items and $11,000 in monetary donations were raised and droped off at 28 of Arizona bedding retailer's locations.

Retail Furniture Industry Veteran Bob Groters Joins Joya Sleep Systems  - 4/9/2008

Joya Sleep Systems, the new U.S. brand extension of Garme Colchones of Valencia, Spain, has retained the services of Bob Groters as Director of Retail Sales.

Broyhill To Develop Consumer Model For Testing Products Prior To Introduction  - 4/8/2008

A premiere marketing information company has been engaged by Furniture Brands International to help build a market research and consumer insight model specific to the furniture industry.

WHFA's Conference and Expo To Offer A Unique Charity Event,  - 4/7/2008

To kick-off their all new Conference and Expo, WHFA has crafted a unique opening session called, Build-a-Bike and Learn to Build a Relationship with Your Community.

Broyhill Furniture Expands Honors Program For Sales Force  - 4/7/2008

Scott Teitelbaum and Daniel Reeser are the first winners of the new Outstanding Achievement Award 2007, which honors sales representatives who have excelled in all aspects of their job function.

Baseline Licensing Group Announces Sports Logo Recliner Give-A-Way Program  - 4/7/2008

Manufacturer of officially licensed sports lifestyle home furnishings announced a plan to draw sports fans into furniture retailers, nationwide.

Judges Seek "Eco-Chair" Contest Entries by June 9, 2008  - 4/7/2008

World Market Center Las Vegas to award design innovation for ‘One Good Chair’ competition.

Online Overstock Shopping Site Retailbuyers.com Updates Site for 2008  - 4/7/2008

Site now incorporates a “RetailerToRetailer” web site, and includes additional categories with sorting capabilities.

Online Product Locating Virtual Catalog To Be Unveiled In High Point  - 4/6/2008

The complimentary showroom directory and product content service will be accessible at supervised kiosks in the International Home Furnishings Center.

WithIt Announces Scholarship Foundation Drive at High Point Market  - 4/5/2008

The organization has set a goal of $100,000 for the Scholarship Foundation by 2009.

Finger Furniture Finds Romance Is the Key to Better Bedding Sales  - 4/4/2008

"If you want to compete on something other than price, take a look at intimate apparel retailer Victoria’s Secret," says retail design consultant Connie Post.

How to Help - & How Not to Help A Grieving Business Associate  - 4/4/2008

Comforting a grieving person can be scary, awkward and confusing. But rest assured that these simple, kind gestures will be remembered forever by your colleague and friend.

Haverty Furniture Reports March Same Store Sales Decrease Of 9.8%  - 4/4/2008

Company continues to focus on reaching out to customers to enhance their total Havertys shopping experience.

Grange Opens Showroom In Market Square  - 4/4/2008

French casegoods manufacturer Grange returns to High Point after six years.

International Furniture Fair Singapore ASEAN Furniture Show Post Show Report  - 4/4/2008

The show recorded an attendance of 18,361 trade visitors from 129 countries.

IHFC Builds Market Excitement with JumboTron  - 4/4/2008

The JumboTron will promote IHFC exhibitors, as well as the new and exciting renovations at InterHall and Pavilions on 3.

Regional Officials To Visit High Point Market  - 4/4/2008

Among the distinguished guests will be U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole, Congressman Mel Watt and Congressman Howard Coble, State Senators Katie Dorsett and Floyd McKissick, and more than one dozen members of the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Exotic Rugs To Be Shown At NY Historical Society Exhibition  - 4/4/2008

Dozens of dazzling Oriental rugs and textiles will be the centerpiece of Woven Splendor from Timbuktu to Tibet: Exotic Rugs and Textiles from New York Collectors."

Universal Furniture Debuts Five Collections In High Point  - 4/4/2008

Bedroom and dining collections suited for casual and traditional settings.

Cosco Home & Office Product To Debut Sabe Line In High Point  - 4/4/2008

Space-saving furniture introduction with tool-free set up tailored to meet needs of today's urban socialite.

Cross-Cultural High Point Showroom Opened In Former Gas Station  - 4/4/2008

Alternative showroom promises to deliver fine art, design, and hip happenings in High Point.

Ultrasuede On Trend For High Point  - 4/3/2008

Company will introduce designer colors, patters and applications in upscale showrooms throughout the High Point Market.

RoomStore Increases Commitment to Online Furniture Sales Training Programs  - 4/3/2008

Retail chain will double the number of retail furniture sales associates trained and certified using Furniture Training Companys' online sales training programs.

WithIt Sets Industry Educational Conference Agenda  - 4/3/2008

The Women In Home Furnishings Today (WithIt) annual industry conference is set for August 12-14th, 2008, at the Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel in Charlotte, N.C.

Pre-Registration For July Las Vegas - Hotel Deals Online  - 4/3/2008

Opening of building C expected to bring record number of exhibitors and buyers together on single campus.

Furniture Brands Appoints Mike Heath as President of Pearson  - 4/3/2008

Mr. Heath will replace Sam Boyd who will retire in April.

Better Homes and Gardens Debuts American Inspirations Collection In High Point  - 4/3/2008

Collection blends American history and styles of the 19th century.

British & Korean Retailers To Discuss Design & Style At High Point Seminar  - 4/3/2008

Y.H. Kim of The Gallery, a 15-unit Korean chain, and Simon Hilton, of two-unit Brown Antiques in London, will describe how American furniture and decorative accessories fit successfully into their merchandise assortments.

Jessica Canovas and Natalie Dardaris Join Covet As Sales Reps  - 4/3/2008

Canovas and Dardaris join company whose motto is, "Life is confining. Covet what’s not."

Capel Rugs Announces High Point Introductions  - 4/3/2008

Privately-owned rug manufacturer and importer will bring several rug collection introductions to their Market Square showroom.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 4/2/2008

Shipments down, but Inventories may be coming into line as deals on overstocks of imported furniture slow down.

Habersham Expands High Point Space To Launch Upholstery Collection  - 4/2/2008

Introduction is the next phase in the furniture manufacturer’s whole home interior design concept.

Sales Representative James "Jimmy" Borstein Honored for Professionalism, Leadership and Integrity  - 4/2/2008

The E.M. Knabusch Memorial Award is considered the pinnacle of career achievement for La-Z-Boy sales representatives.

Stainsafe Introduces GreenGard Eco-Wise Furniture Care & Protection Products  - 4/2/2008

Stainsafe says that GreenGard, with its Eco-Wise products and packaging materials permits consumers to protect their furniture and the environment.

10 Best Practices for Selecting Furniture Store POS Software  - 4/2/2008

Ten best practices for selecting your next retail management system.

Arizona Based Retailer Sleep America Kicks Off Unique Food Drive Promotion  - 4/2/2008

KSLX Morning show host Mayfield will literally get in bed—aboard a flat bed truck—and stay in bed until the Sleep America truck is filled with food.

High Point Market Email Invitation Links  - 4/2/2008

Links to email blasts sent out by FURNITURE WORLD Magazne advertisers in advance of the April 2008 High Point Show.

Connie Post to Launch "Affordable Solutions" at the High Point Market  - 4/2/2008

Redesigned showroom offers retailers quick, simple and inexpensive ways to revive, refresh and reinvigorate their stores.

Hooker Furniture Reports Higher Gross Profit Margins  - 4/2/2008

Company also reported fiiscal 2008 net sales decreases versus fiscal 2006 across all established product lines.

La-Z-Boy Announces Domestic Plant Closure  - 4/2/2008

The company will consolidate all of its domestic cutting and sewing operations in Mexico and will transfer production from its Tremonton, Utah plant, which will be closed, to its five remaining La-Z-Boy branded upholstery manufacturing facilities.

Natuzzi Reports American Sales Decrease Of 6.8 Percent  - 4/1/2008

Company results impacted by a difficult macroeconomic environment, weak dollar, bad weather conditions in Italy and an Italian national transportation strike.

Jeffery Monroe Long, Husband of HPMA's Kim Wray, Dead At 48  - 4/1/2008

Jeffrey Monroe Long, husband of High Point Marketing Authority executive Kimberley Wray, died suddenly late last week. He was 48.

Powell to Debut Ultimate Gamers Loft Bed In High Point  - 4/1/2008

The HQ Escape features a plasma mount for a large-screen TV, storage cubbies and wire management for electronic accessories, and docks for MP3 players, cell phones and video games.

Bernie & Phyl's Furniture Announces "Sure Thing" Furniture Promotion  - 3/31/2008

Response to offer by a another Massachusetts chain, this promotion offers customers a sure thing instead of chance to win.

IHFC to Host Two Ribbon Cuttings for Newly Renovated Areas  - 3/31/2008

Ceremonies to open completely transformed spaces – Pavilions on 3 and Wrenn and Green Wings in High Point.

Tempur-Pedic Class Action Suit Dismissed  - 3/31/2008

The lawsuit generally alleged that the Company and certain named defendants made misleading public statements concerning the Company's financial condition.

Chromcraft Revington, Inc. Reports Larger 4th Quarter Loss  - 3/31/2008

Shipments of residential furniture in 2007 were lower primarily due to competitive pressures from imported furniture and the impact of restructuring activities at the Company.

A.R.T. Furniture To Open East Coast Warehouse  - 3/31/2008

50,000 square foot warehouse facility in Hickory, NC, will facilitate shipments to East Coast retailers.

ASID Illinois Chapter Announces Scholarship Opportunities  - 3/31/2008

Two students throughout the state of Illinois will each be awarded $1,000-scholarships.

Furniture Export Seminar At Spring High Point Show  - 3/31/2008

American furniture manufacturers will learn about “Seizing Furniture Export Opportunities” under United States negotiated Free Trade Agreements at a special power breakfast.

Bob Timberlake To Meet And Greet At Joya Sleep Systems In High Point  - 3/31/2008

Bob Timberlake, will be at Joya Sleep Systems' High Point showroom to promote his Signature Collection of Joya visco memory foam sleep systems.

Klaussner Home Furnishings To Launch "Sudden Service-Shanghai" Program  - 3/31/2008

Company says that this program will drastically reduce ship times on select direct import upholstery groups.

Raymour & Flanigan Takes Steps To Reduce Its Carbon Footprint  - 3/31/2008

Home furnishings retailer to reduce energy usage, increase recycling of packaging materials and burn truck waste oil.

AHFA Restates Furniture Domestic Production Numbers  - 3/31/2008

Update follows restated Department of Commerce census data that reported drastically reduced furniture benchmark production numbers.

Furniture China Exhibition on Track for Further Expansion  - 3/28/2008

High traffic Shanghai show has commissioned a well-known Paris design firm to work on a comprehensive visual upgrade to be completed before the September show.

Leggett Introduces Advanced Innerspring Bedding Technology  - 3/28/2008

Patented wire design offers high-performance at a value price point.

La-Z-Boy To Introduce Eco-Friendly Options In High Point  - 3/28/2008

The company will introduce a soy based foam option and 22 eco-friendly fabrics.

Halvorsen Joins West Bros. As VP Sales & Marketing  - 3/28/2008

Former Pennsylvania House VP joins Canadian solid wood furniture producer.

PROFITsystems Announces New Carrier for Their PROFITfreight Program  - 3/27/2008

PROFITfreight is a group-buying program designed to help members save money on both their in-bound and out-bound freight.

Steelcase Reports Revenue Growth For 4th Quarter  - 3/27/2008

Revenue for fiscal 2008 increased 10.4 percent to $3.4 billion compared to $3.1 billion last year.

Williams-Sonoma, Inc. Expects Net Revenue Decrease For 2008  - 3/27/2008

Parent of West Elm & Pottery Barn expects net revenues in fiscal year 2008 to decrease 3.9%.

interzum guangzhou 2008 Opens to Furniture and Woodworking Industry  - 3/27/2008

interzum guangzhou 2008 is expected to attract more than 50,000 visitors from the furniture manufacturing, production and design sectors.

AHFA Environmental Seminars Scheduled For High Point Show  - 3/26/2008

Sessions will deal with the thorny issue of wood certification and the AHFA's Sustainable by Design certification program.

Delegation of Portuguese Furniture Makers to Visit High Point  - 3/26/2008

Delegation will also be going to New York and Miami in the coming weeks.

ISPA EXPO 2008 Reports Successful Show  - 3/26/2008

The International Sleep Products Association reported that attendee buying power was at an all-time high despite the challenges of a struggling economy.

Mittelman To Show At September Karel's Kansas City Market  - 3/25/2008

One of the largest furniture distributors in the Midwest has confirmed exhibit space for the first Kansas City Furniture & Accessory Market, September 13 & 14, 2008.

Curt Christian's Highland Design Expanding into Dining  - 3/25/2008

The dining group is an extension of his Weston collection, featuring its trademark two-tone Rosewood finish, concave curved drawer fronts and no visible hardware on case pieces.

Metropolitan Designs & Decor To Introduce Table Line In High Point  - 3/25/2008

Metropolitan Designs and Décor announced that it will bring a new line of fine metal tables and granite tops to High Point. The tables are available in a variety of sizes and styles to accommodate any lifestyle. Styles range from traditional to ultra contemporary.

MFA Golf Outing in Support of the DMCCF*  - 3/25/2008

New Jersey based furnishings association golf outing will be held this year in conjunction with The Dean Michael Clarizio Cancer Foundation (DMCCF).

Herman Miller, Inc., Announces Settlement with NY Attorney General  - 3/25/2008

Agrees to pay $750,000 to settle suit having to do with their Minimum Advertised Price Program.

Lexington Home Brands Announces Introduction of Hancock Park collection  - 3/24/2008

High Point introduction Hancock Park will give classic style a twist, with traditional designs that are refined, but not formal or fussy.

Furniture Rep & Marketer David Goldstein Passes  - 3/24/2008

Goldstein was President of Metropolitan Furniture Marketing Services, Tenafly, NJ, a firm that represents furniture manufacturers.

Rooms To Go Opens First Of Four Houston Area Stores  - 3/24/2008

The Baybrook store will employ approximately 40 Houstonians and boasts more than 35,000 square-feet of showroom space.

Tempur-Pedic Comments on Challenging Economic Environment  - 3/24/2008

Company currently expects total net sales for the first quarter of 2008 will result in a high single digit percentage decrease compared to the prior year.

Sustainable Furniture Council To Hold High Point Seminars  - 3/23/2008

SFC will also give a presentation at the Window Coverings Expo in Atlanta on March 27th.

American Leather Hires Amy Archer As Director of Merchandising  - 3/21/2008

Over her 25-year industry tenure, Archer has been known for her quick wit and incisive analysis of consumer behavior.

Sleep America Announced Promotions  - 3/20/2008

Len Gaby promoted to CEO, Dean Ritchey joins as Executive VP and Dan Mckinley will be VP Sales for large mattress retailer.

Merchandise Mart To Host Spring High Point Seminars  - 3/20/2008

Seminar Series to debut on the top floor of The Suites at Market Square.

NHFA Offers Free “Ask the Experts” One-on-One Meetings in High Point Market  - 3/20/2008

Retailers can learn from the industry’s best at NHFA’s Retailer Resource Center, M12 IHFC.

cmi Appoints Roy Evans VP Sales & Marketing  - 3/20/2008

A thirty-year veteran of the floor covering industry, Evans will be responsible for the company’s entire sales and marketing function.

Harden Upgrades its Harden Home Studio™ Program In High Point  - 3/20/2008

Harden will also expand its eco-friendly fabric and foam options at the High Point Furniture Market.

Cory Home Delivery Relocates To Expanded Corporate Headquarters  - 3/19/2008

One of the oldest and largest specialized home delivery carriers in America relocates to expanded offices in Secaucus, NJ.

Furniture Brands International Completes Executive Leadership Team  - 3/19/2008

Fortune 500 executive Steven G. Rolls has joined the company as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

PROFITsystems Version 11.3 Release Focuses On Ease Of Use  - 3/19/2008

This year’s release has focused on ease-of-use and additional management tools, according to Jeff Niskern, President and CEO of PROFITsystems.

aspenhome To Open 40,000 sq. ft. High Point Showroom  - 3/19/2008

A grand opening ribbon-cutting ceremony for the expanded showroom will take place on April 7th.

IPSA Announces Initiatives To Boost Mattress Sales  - 3/19/2008

Initiatives include: formation of a Mattress Retailer Council within ISPA; development of a National Marketing Campaign; and establishment of a National Sustainability Initiative for the industry.

Industry Luminaries Headline IHFC's Market Seminars  - 3/19/2008

IHFC will be the focal point of fresh ideas during the April High Point Market, bringing a broad range of seminars and some of the industry's most respected innovators.

Use Your Advertising Dollars to Reach the Female Demographic  - 3/19/2008

Advertising Age magazine research reveals some surprises for marketers about how women's leisure activities expose them to advertising messages.

High Point Market Gets IBP Designation  - 3/19/2008

The High Point Market has been designated a U.S. Commercial Service International Buyer Program (IBP) event.

Robert Allen / Beacon Hill Showroom to Open in Las Vegas Design Center  - 3/19/2008

Opening in July 2008 for the Las Vegas Market, the Robert Allen | Beacon Hill showroom will be the largest of the company-owned and operated showrooms.

WHFA Unveils Tucson, AZ Conference Format and Interactive Sessions  - 3/19/2008

The format is meant to get attendees out of their seats and actively participating in all of the education and fun.

Henredon & Drexel Heritage Relocate Headquarters  - 3/18/2008

FBI says that the move will help Henredon return to its roots as a premier high-end brand with enhanced U.S. manufacturing capability.

NHFA Affiliate SEHFA To Host Florida Convention  - 3/18/2008

The four days of education and fun will start on June 8 at the Sandestin Beach and Golf Resort.

Vaughan Furniture Phases Out Domestic Production  - 3/18/2008

Due to the growth of Vaughan's imported bedroom business, the company will close the B.C. Vaughan plant.

Mattress Firm Appoints VP of Human Resources  - 3/17/2008

Christine Brinkley will be responsible for supporting the company’s rapid growth through establishing employee-focused programs.

Furniture Brands International Agrees To Sell Hickory Business Furniture Unit  - 3/17/2008

HNI Corporation will purchase the company in an all-cash transaction of $75 million.

Vietnam International Furniture Fair  - 3/17/2008

Show reported having 550 booths with 150 local and foreign companies from 44 countries.

Harden Receives Silver Exemplary Status from Sustainable Furniture Council  - 3/17/2008

Harden scored additional points for sourcing and shipping its products within a 500-mile radius, which reduces carbon emissions; paying 100% of its employees a living wage; and creating The Living Canopy Program, a New York state-based educational initiative which also generates funds for land and water restoration efforts.

United Yarn Products Makes Sample Cards Available  - 3/17/2008

Sample cards have been produced for the company's newest lines of high-tenacity polyester filament yarns.

Five Simple Steps to Build a Winning Corporate Culture  - 3/17/2008

Culture can be consciously created by company leadership, and should be. Here are five steps that will help you consciously create or redefine your furniture store's corporate culture.

Mattress Firm Opens 13 New Stores in February  - 3/17/2008

New stores were added in Atlanta, Austin, Cape Coral, Fla., Dallas, Houston, Miami, Naples, Fla., Oklahoma City, San Antonio and St. Louis.

AHFA & NHFA Join to Propose Change In Furniture Store Building Code  - 3/14/2008

The proposal to require sprinklers for furniture stores containing significant amounts of upholstered furniture was approved by a committee of the International Code Council (ICC).

Two Palms Casual Announces High Point Introductions  - 3/14/2008

Company will debut over 30 new items in High Point, adding to its rapidly expanding product line.

California Marketing To Represent Furniture Classics  - 3/13/2008

California Marketing Associates, CMA, will represent both the Furniture Classics and Two Palms Casual product lines in several Western states.

NHFA Announces New England Chapter Meeting  - 3/13/2008

May event will feature a tour of Jordan’s Furniture, address by Dan Kaplan of New England Home magazine and presentation of the Arthur Adelizzi industry award.

Wicke’s Furniture Leases Go To Julius M. Feinblum Real Estate Inc and RCS Real Estate Advisors  - 3/13/2008

Furniture real estate specialists win the bidding for all of Wicke’s Furniture leased retail and warehouse properties in Bankruptcy.

STORIS Gears Up for 2008 User’s Conference ‘Innovation, Collaboration, Success’  - 3/13/2008

The conference will be held Thursday August 21st through Saturday, August 23, 2008.

IHFRA To Hold Presidential Gala and Awards Ceremony In High Point on Saturday, April 5, 2008.  - 3/12/2008

Highlighting the evening will be the installation of the 2008 – 2009 IHFRA officers and an awards ceremony.

New Officers & Trustees Elected To IPSA Board  - 3/12/2008

Charlie Eitel, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Simmons Bedding Company, will chair the ISPA Board.

Rooms To Go Launches Hannah Montana Furniture Line  - 3/11/2008

Rooms To Go announced that it has partnered with Disney to launch a line of children's furniture inspired by Miley Cyrus' hit television character, pop star Hannah Montana.

Simmons Reports Fourth Quarter Sales Up 19.9%  - 3/11/2008

Domestic segment sales growth due to increase in conventional bedding average unit sales price and units sold.

Murray Feiss Launches Advanced Website  - 3/11/2008

Improved site boasts better design and increased functionality. Includes both dealer and consumer centric areas.

Kacey Fine Furniture Exec Fishbein Taken Off Life Support  - 3/10/2008

Energetic face of Kacey Fine Furniture, was taken off life support Friday after receiving treatment for a back injury.

Filippo Simonetti Resigns as CFO of the Natuzzi Group  - 3/10/2008

Mr. Salvatore Gaipa has been named Chief Financial Officer.

Havertys Reports Comparable Store Sales Decrease of .4%  - 3/10/2008

Chain reports that their President's Day advertising and promotional mix received excellent response.

IHFRA Installs Jim Craven CHR As President  - 3/10/2008

Craven, currently President of the IHFRA affiliate Tennessee Furniture Travelers, will serve as President of the International Home Furnishings Representatives Association for the coming year.

Rick Armstrong Named Chairman of Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers, Inc. Association  - 3/10/2008

Outgoing Chairman John Crites, noted that the American lumber industry is shrinking, but that the AHMI sustainability program has produced results.

BDI Moves To Larger High Point Showroom  - 3/10/2008

Line of home theatre furniture, tables, shelves and mirrors will move to renovated space located in IHFC's Design Center.

Furniture Hall Of Fame Framed Portraits Now Available  - 3/10/2008

The American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. is an international, industry-wide effort organized to honor those individuals whose outstanding achievements have contributed to the continued growth and development of the U.S. furniture industry.

Howard Miller & Ty Pennington Announce Partership  - 3/10/2008

Furniture manufacturer and home décor expert announce their first product launch, Howard Miller Home Storage Solutions by Ty Pennington.

Elite Leather & Nathan Turner Collaborate On High Point Introduction  - 3/10/2008

The Nathan Turner for Elite Leather collection will be unveiled at the Elite Leather showroom during High Point Market in April, 2008.

Fire at Dutailier Glider Plant Yields Minor Damage  - 3/5/2008

Firewalls and fire alarm kept damage to a minimum. No injuries reported.

Four Hands Honored for Excellence in Urban Business  - 3/5/2008

Award recognizes the company's innovative actions that serve as an agent for change in inner-city Austin, TX.

America's Research Group's Buying Index For March Drops 2 Points  - 3/5/2008

Consumers have less money to spend due to credit card debt, home debt, gas prices and higher heating oil bills.

IHFC Building Announces Fresh Exhibitors & Showroom Expansions  - 3/5/2008

Showroom complex boasting 3.5-million sq. ft. will also feature complete floor renovations and Interhall expansion.

Team National Factory Direct Taps MicroD for Custom Order Furniture eCommerce  - 3/5/2008

System helps customers to visualize fabrics on frames so they feel more confident in placing orders online.

IHFRA To Honor Bruce Miller With Pillar Of The Industry Award  - 3/5/2008

Award to be presented at the 14th Annual Furniture Industry Awards Gala this Spring in High Point NC.

CPSC Approves New Flammability Standard for Mattresses  - 3/5/2008

Mandatory standard approved. Rules do not address how manufacturers will meet the standard. Rules preempt state laws.

Veneman Furniture To Move Into Larger High Point Showroom  - 3/5/2008

Trend-setter in outdoor furniture design takes larger space at Hamilton Market.

Kathy Ireland Worldwide & World Market Center Each Donate $100,000  - 3/5/2008

Four major charities will share a $100,000 gift that Kathy has designated to celebrate record-setting sales.

ViewIT Technologies receives the 2008 Platinum ADEX award  - 3/5/2008

Three dimensional room planning software, 3Dream.net, receives award in the technology category; signs up over 100 new retail clients in Las Vegas.

WithIt Hosts 1st Annual New York Design Scene Grand Tour Weekend  - 3/5/2008

The Metro/Northeast chapter of WithIt (Women in the Home Furnishings Industry Today), will host the first annual New York Design Scene Grand Tour Event, May 17 through May 20.

NHFA announces April High Point Market Seminar Lineup  - 3/4/2008

Seminars will cover a wide range of industry-related topics designed to provide attendees with new ideas and strategies for their businesses.

1800mattress.com To Keep NYC Showrooms Open 24/7  - 3/4/2008

A key feature of the new business model will be 24/7 delivery in Manhattan, so if a consumer finds the right mattress during the night, the mattress can be delivered and setup in their bedroom within 2 hours.

Lighting Designer Nova Names Susan Lewis VP Sales  - 3/4/2008

Lewis will oversee and build the sales organization and help direct marketing strategies as NOVA expands into home accents and furnishings.

World Market Center Previews Next Season's Furnishings Trends  - 3/4/2008

Seven home furnishing trends that dominated the recent Las Vegas Market are featured on a video guide hosted by Tym DeSanto.

Post Show Report MAISON&OBJET & MEUBLE PARIS  - 3/4/2008

MEUBLE PARIS received 25,759 visitors including 8,966 foreigners.

Brand Communications, Inc., Expands Staff  - 3/4/2008

North Carolina-based public relations agency specializing in the home industries, announced that it is growing its business with two new hires and two staff promotions.

The Great Escape: Developing an Exit Strategy  - 3/4/2008

Here’s a common question on the minds of home furnishings entrepreneurs when they think about retirement: “How can I eventually get out of my business and not lose my shirt?”

Tradewins Furniture Announced High Point Market Introductions  - 3/4/2008

Coronado Bungalow collection will debut at the April High Point Market.

Harden Moves To 200 Steele Building Showroom In High Point  - 3/3/2008

7,800-square-foot space will be open year-round to interior designers following the bi-annual tradeshow.

Lane Furniture Veteran Joins Pilgrim Furniture City  - 3/3/2008

David Bassett has joined Pilgrim Furniture City as Managing Partner for their state-of-the-art 80,000 square foot showroom in Milford, CT.

Lynch Sales Opens Additional Canadian Office  - 3/3/2008

Don and Carol Ashford, newly appointed Divisional Managers for all of Canada will work out of the London, Ontario office.

Hellenic Rug Announces High Point Introductions  - 3/3/2008

Company will feature their full Candice Olson line during the upcoming High Point Furniture Market including the 10 newest additions which address an upscale urban feel.

Bernie & Phyl’s Furniture Plans to Open New Store in Hyannis, MA  - 3/3/2008

Largest independently owned furniture retailer in Massachusetts announces plans to open a new 12,000 sq. ft. store in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

Brand Source's Bob Lawrence To Be Honored By City Of Hope  - 3/3/2008

Golf & Tennis event at Coto de Caza, CA, will raise money for City of Hope, a leading research and treatment center for cancer and other life-threatening illnesses.

Porto Announces Its 2008 “CHAIRity” To Benefit Habitat for Humanity  - 3/3/2008

Fine home furnishings store in Raleigh and Chapel Hill announced its second gala fundraiser, which will be held in their Raleigh location on October 18.

Monthly Survey Of Furniture Business From Smith Leonard Accountants & Consultants  - 3/3/2008

Recap of retail business conditions, the latest consumer confidence studies and economic indicators for the furniture industry.

Top 25 Retailer RoomStore Opens Grapevine, Texas Showroom  - 3/3/2008

32,400 square foot showroom features pre-packaged and professionally coordinated room packages.

Wickes Liquidation Begins  - 3/1/2008

38 Wickes Furniture, Inc. stores in California, Illinois, Indiana and Nevada will liquidate over $75 million of inventory.

Select Comfort Announces Separation of Chairman and CEO Roles  - 3/1/2008

Ervin Shames has been appointed chairman. Bill McLaughlin will continue as president and chief executive officer.

"Killer Couches" Report Assists Those Opposing Chemical Fire Retardant Use In Furniture  - 3/1/2008

The report is certain to fuel the growing movement that seeks to ban the use of fire retardant chemicals in furniture and bedding.

aspenhome Introduces 10-Day Land Delivery Program  - 2/29/2008

Program enables U.S. retailers to order from its extensive list of open-stock, aspenhome inventory made either overseas or in the U.S., delivered coast to coast in 10 days or less.

Klingman Furniture Company To Move To New Location  - 2/29/2008

Lynch Sales hired to sell out the entire stock from the Klingman’s store located at the Centerpointe Mall.

Ekornes Launches Web Based Retail Sales Training Program  - 2/29/2008

The new Web site includes an interactive space planner tool, product presentations and training sessions.

Furniture Classics Limited To Open 12,000 Sq. Ft. High Point Showroom  - 2/29/2008

Expanded space will allow them to consolidate their Furniture Classics and Two Palms Casual brands in one location.

Ergonomics Journal To Publish Research On Benefits Of Sleeping On A New Mattress  - 2/29/2008

Report links greater sleep quality and comfort as well as reduced back pain, stiffness and shoulder pain to sleeping on a new mattress.

Brazilian Furniture Fair Expected to Attract Importers from More than 60 Countries  - 2/26/2008

More than 415 exhibitors will exhibit at the show to be held March 24-28 in the southern Brazilian city of Bento Goncalves.

Belle Meade Signature To Open Market Square Showroom  - 2/26/2008

14,000 square foot showroom on the third floor of Market Square is a first for this new luxury casegoods and upholstery manufacturer.

Working Together: Older & Younger Employees  - 2/26/2008

The over-40 crowd wonders why the 25-year-old wants to be promoted to manager during his first week of employment (and leave at 4:55 p.m. daily). Meanwhile, the under-30 group believes a more seasoned coworker’s computer crashed simply because he is old.

Furniture Brands Rejects Sun Capital Bid  - 2/25/2008

Furniture Brands International Inc. rejected an unsolicited bid by Sun Capital Securities Group LLC to buy the furniture maker, saying it is committed to its strategic plan.

American Furniture To Return To 90% Production After Fire  - 2/25/2008

Company says all ten lines are expected to be fully operational by March 1, 2008, and most will run two shifts per day.

Havertys Reports Earnings for 2007  - 2/25/2008

Earnings for the year ended December 31, 2007 were $1.8 million, compared with $16.0 million per diluted share for 2006.

Bauer International Renews Licensing Agreement With PGA of America  - 2/25/2008

Bauer International will show its entire line of furnishings for resorts, hotels, golf facilities & club houses in High Point at Market Square.

Groovystuff Initiates Third Party Audi By Rainforest Alliance  - 2/25/2008

Dallas based manufacturer Groovystuff has begun the formal process to achieve FSC chain-of-custody certification for post-consumer reclaimed wood products in 2008.

Dick Lennon Joins Retailbuyers.com As Sales Representative  - 2/25/2008

Lennon will work to broaden participation by retailers and manufacturers on the growing overstock, clearance, and discontinued merchandise website.

imm cologne Show Attracts Over 100,000 Visitors  - 2/24/2008

US visitors explain why they visit the show. Depth of international design trends information cited.

Rug Supplier Rosemary Hallgarten Joins Child-Labor Free Certification Program  - 2/21/2008

Rosemary Hallgarten Inc. recently joined forces with the nonprofit RugMark to promote fair manufacturing practices in South Asia’s handmade rug industry.

Sun Capital Makes Bid For Shares of Furniture Brand's Common Stock  - 2/21/2008

Sun Capital is a shareholder and competitor with extensive holdings in the home furnishings industry.

Sleep America Selected as Finalist for National Better Business Bureau Award  - 2/21/2008

the BBB International Torch Awards recognize companies in North America that maintain outstanding dedication to upholding ethical business standards and promoting trust in the marketplace.

La-Z-Boy Reports Lower Sales, Higher Net Income  - 2/20/2008

Third quarter retail sales down 18.4%, upholstery sales down 3.8% and casegood sales down 16.6%.

Aaron Rents, Inc. Reports Revenues up 14% for Quarter and 13% for Year  - 2/20/2008

During the fourth quarter the Aaron's Sales & Lease Ownership division opened 56 new Company- operated stores and 29 new franchised stores.

PROFITsystems Holds Second "Colossal Meeting" In Las Vegas  - 2/20/2008

Topics included “Re-imagining Your Business to Improve Retail Sales”, “Harnessing the Power of the Internet”, “The Bright Future of Independent Business”, “What’s New - What’s Next”, and more.

Green Manufacturer NaturesCast Inc., To Debut Line At Grammy® Awards  - 2/20/2008

Member of the Sustainable Furniture Council (SFC), will introduce participants to its chic, modern Club Chair and Club Stool as well as a matching Club Side Table.

Jerome’s Furniture, San Diego Named as WHFA 2008 Retailer of the Year  - 2/19/2008

Jerome’s Furniture was selected as Retailer of the Year based on their contributions to the home furnishings industry, service to their community and their personal business achievements and company leadership.

NHFA And HGTV To Host "Consumer Awareness Campaign" High Point Seminars  - 2/19/2008

Seminars and webinars will inform retailers about the $20-million consumer education and awareness program to be launched in the summer.

5 Rules to Help You Remember Your Customers' Names  - 2/19/2008

Knowing names increases your confidence, makes others feel great and is a competitive advantage in business.

STORIS Announces Release 8.5  - 2/18/2008

Version offers many features including enhanced processing of international and domestic shipment of goods for improved supply chain management.

Oriental Accent, Inc. Expands its High Point Showroom  - 2/18/2008

Texas based source for source for fine hand-painted porcelains and handcrafted furniture & accessories expands its Market Square showroom to 8,000 square feet.

Furniture Maker To Bring More Than 800 Jobs To Danville, Va.  - 2/18/2008

The company is a key supplier to Swedish home furnishings retailer IKEA.

Intrest In SFC Swells At Las Vegas Market  - 2/18/2008

Sustainable Furniture Council touts successful Vegas seminars and hundreds of serious inquiries.

Retailer Mattress Giant Names Moroch Partners Agency of Record  - 2/18/2008

Their Hispanic strategy will be handled by Moroch’s sister company, iNSPIRE!.

20-20 Technologies Completes its Acquisition of the Icovia business  - 2/15/2008

The company will be renamed 20-20 Icovia Inc. and will combine Icovia's 2D product and customer base with 20-20's 3D offerings.

Furniture China Exhibition Expands, Improves Services and Visual Presentation  - 2/15/2008

The 2008 edition of Furniture China will host about 2,000 exhibitors. Growth coincides with its transition from an export show to a regional trade platform.

Keith Koplan, Koplan’s Home Furnishings Appointed WHFA President  - 2/15/2008

Mr. Koplan will focus on enhancing the long-term value of WHFA.

Wolf Furniture Implements Energy Saving Plan  - 2/14/2008

Pennsylvania based retailer reduces hours of operation at eight locations in order to save 15% in annual energy consumption from lighting alone.

America’s Research Group's Furniture Buying Index Drops In February  - 2/14/2008

This is the fist time the index has dropped below 70 since November 2001.

Stanley Furniture Names Steve Bullock Senior VP of Operations  - 2/14/2008

Mr. Bullock will be responsible for all three manufacturing sites, as well as purchasing and engineering.

Retailer ABC Home Introduces Home & Planet  - 2/14/2008

ABC says its program that includes organic furnishings, lighting and personal care products is the, "ultimate curation of Pure and Organic elements for the home."

Design Green Alliance Las Vegas Pavilion Reports Excellent Traffic  - 2/14/2008

"Green" destination and home to 27 sustainable manufacturers reports that it is looking for larger showroom space.

PROFITsystems Promotes Zaepfel  - 2/13/2008

Phyllis Bosco Zaepfel has been promoted to vice president of retail solutions provider PROFITgroups.

Three Join Hooker Furniture in Operations, Merchandising, Administration  - 2/13/2008

Sundararajan, Milner and Jacobsen fill Executive Vice President - Operations, Vice President - Merchandising, and Director - Human Resources positions.

Selva America Hires Managing Director & US Sales Coordinator  - 2/13/2008

Manufacturer of elegant Bedroom, Dining, Occasional, and Accent Upholstery boosts its marketing presences in the US.

IHFC Building To Create Open-Air Venue For Decorative Accessories  - 2/13/2008

High Point building creates temporary showcases for exhibitors of decorative accessories and home accents in a dramatic, Soho-style environment.

Furniture Brands International Hires Jon D. Botsford  - 2/12/2008

Mr. Botsford joins the company from Steelcase Inc., where he served most recently as Senior Vice President, Secretary and Chief Legal Officer.

Landmark Group launches uniQue Retail Concept Stores  - 2/12/2008

Company plans to open an additional ten uniQue showrooms targeting the lifestyle conscious professional across the GCC by the end of 2010.

Should You Monitor Your Employees Email?  - 2/12/2008

Your office, management and line employees may be sending ineffective, inappropriate or illegal messages. This can mean big trouble for furniture retailers.

Mattress Firm Opens Seven New Stores in January  - 2/11/2008

The new stores are located in Orlando, Dallas, New Orleans, Raleigh, San Antonio, St. Louis and Hilton Head, S.C.

Dan Graham Named Decorize CFO  - 2/11/2008

Mr. Graham is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Freedom Financial Group, Inc.

Retailer Conn's, Inc. Reports Net Sales Increase Of 8%  - 2/11/2008

Increase driven by electronics category. Furniture sales increased 1.6%. Same store sales figures not available.

Havertys Reports January Sales Decline  - 2/11/2008

On a comparable-store basis, January sales decreased 8.4%.

Bereavement Etiquette For Your Furniture Businesses  - 2/11/2008

It can be hard for people to know what to do to comfort a co-worker or business associate who has experienced a loss.