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“Furnishing the Future” Focuses On Technology, Customer Service

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Renegade Furniture recently reported that more than 200 furniture industry professionals gathered together last week at at their networking event, “Furnishing the Future.” The event, held on July 14 at the Hilton Long Island/Huntington, was a great success, generating lively discussion and tremendous feedback from panelists and attendees alike.

“It was a wonderful event and I feel privileged to be included,” said Landon Smith of Stanley Furniture. “Thank you for what you do. You're a true partner ... and there is no question ... you all are furniture renegades!”

During the networking event, speakers discussed delivery systems and the importance of combining low damage with quicker service, how to compare products in the marketplace and better drive customers’ long-term purchasing habits, and the future of retail and the home furnishings industry. Technology, both in the warehouse and as an enabler of better customer service, was a major point of emphasis, and the afternoon’s two-part panel discussion was a look at technology at its best.

Presenters included:

  • Ray Kuntz, CEO Watkins Shepard

  • Eugene Alleto, CEO Bedgear

  • Howard Dell, President Innovative Delivery Systems

  • Todd Wanek, CEO Ashley Furniture

The afternoon round table panel discussion was moderated by Russell Bienenstock, Editorial Director - Furniture World Magazine, and included the following panelists:

  • Landon Smith, Stanley Furniture

  • Peter Ross, Z Gallery

  • Scott Decubellis, Tuscany 3PL

  • Christian Lafrance, Clear Destination

  • Satish Natarajan, Dispatch Track

The full day event, including lunch and dinner with mentalist Michael Karl as entertainment, also included awards as partners of the year to Jeff Kubrick of Coaster Furniture, Todd Weinstein of Legacy Classic, and Joe Manzella of G&G Delivery, and to Renegade Furniture Management Sara Karp and Sarah Kazen.

"Being able to join together with leaders in this industry - to discuss some of the current challenges, and plan for a very bright future - was extremely gratifying. Many of our participants are already asking when next year's event will take place,” said Felice Collazo, Director of Operations of Renegade Furniture, and the event coordinator.

“Furnishing the Future” was the second annual networking event hosted by Renegade Furniture, a leader in the online furniture industry. The event brings together top executives in the furniture industry for networking, panel discussions, and informative seminars. To learn more about Renegade Furniture and future networking events, please contact info@renegadefurniture.com.

More about Coleman Furniture: Established in 1999, Coleman Furniture pioneered selling furniture online and is an industry leader and trend setter in the furniture industry. They set themselves apart with their advanced shipping technology and White Glove delivery, including free professional in-home delivery and setup for most items. For more information, visit www.colemanfurniture.com.

More about Renegade Furniture: One of America’s fastest growing private companies, the Renegade Furniture Group is a leader in Internet retail in the home furnishing market. With a wide selection of products, they are committed to offering customers true convenience along with the best value for their money. For more information, visit http://www.renegadefurniture.com/.

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