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Gail Doby, Erin Weir DENVER — Interior design professionals Gail Doby and Erin Weir are taking the business of coaching to a new venue, launching season one of their “Creative Genius” podcast. Doby and Weir are the design professionals behind Gail Doby Coaching & Consulting, through which they and their team coach designers to develop […]

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NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Retailer CB2 has recalled 400 of its Trace bookcase units due to a risk of collapse that can injure consumers. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said that the bookcase frame can collapse and potentially fall on consumers when the unit is fully loaded. The company has received 11 reports of the […]

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ARCADIA, Wis. — Ashley Furniture Inds. is again celebrating National Manufacturing Month this month, this year with an educational virtual tour for 2,000 middle school students. The students — from Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin — will tour Ashley’s advanced-manufacturing facilities in Wisconsin and see a variety of career opportunities available within the company […]

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SAN PEDRO, Calif. — The U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded the Port of Los Angeles a $9.88 million Port Infrastructure Development Program grant, to help pay for improvements at interchange at Harbor Boulevard/Front Street and the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro. “Support for this federal grant came from all levels of government,” said […]

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NEW YORK — NY NOW has decided to cancel its in-person Winter 2021 Market originally scheduled for Feb. 7-10, 2021, due to the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Government restrictions and the current closure of the Javits Convention Center, along with other regulations, have made it impossible to stage the NY NOW Winter Show in-person. “We […]

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Flexsteel completely renovated its High Point showroom entrance to highlight strong-selling products. DUBUQUE, Iowa – Full-line manufacturer and importer Flexsteel Inds. has signed on for the recently announced First Tuesday initiative to attract retailers to High Point the first Tuesday of each month. “The First Tuesday initiative is a great idea,” said David Crimmins, Flexsteel’s […]

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I have personally attended more than 102 High Point furniture markets (with a few missed during time out for military service), at least 25 San Francisco shows and 30 Las Vegas markets in my 65 years involved in the home furnishings industry both as a retailer and manufacturer. The industry is grappling with what COVID-19 […]

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NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Crate and Barrel has recalled about 2,100 of its Danish Tall Bookcase units due to a collapse hazard that can result in injuries to consumers. The retailer has received five reports of the bookcase’s legs breaking, although no injuries have been reported. As the unit can collapse when it is fully loaded, […]

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SALT LAKE CITY – All orders from Overstock, an e-commerce home furnishings retailer, will now include free shipping. The new benefit applies to all purchases, requires no subscription or annual fee and does not have an item size or price cap, according to the company. In March, Overstock initially started offering free shipping in response […]

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Mt. Arlington, NJ – The pandemic has led to unique challenges including a pressing issue facing home furnishings retail; the delay of inventory needed to fulfill open sales orders. This is exacerbated by increased demand. Logistical challenges stem from less efficient work environments due to capacity limitations, travel restrictions, and repurposing of raw material for items […]

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AMSTERDAM — AkzoNobel gave a strong showing in its fiscal third quarter, ended Sept. 30, despite a dip in revenues. Revenue drop 5% year over year, at €2.28 billion, but was up 1% in constant currencies. Operating income was €326 million for the quarter, up 32% over last year’s €247 million, and net income rose […]

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WASHINGTON — With retailers eyeing an expanded holiday shopping season this year, a recent survey from the National Retail Federation and Prosper Insights & Analytics shows that consumers’ overall spend for the holidays may be relatively flat to last year, but a significant number plan to shift more dollars to purchases rather than travel this […]

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E-commerce shoppers can now return unwanted items, including home furnishings and decor, to more than 2,000 FedEx locations nationwide. SANTA MONICA, Calif. – E-commerce returns company Happy Returns has partnered with FedEx to offer in-person service at more than 2,000 FedEx locations nationwide. The new service started in Los Angeles and will spread nationwide by […]

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CLASS Recycling Team (LtoR): Jeff Veach, Bo Y, Kevin Currence, Navin Pradhan, Aimie Volkov, Florine Taylor and Mark John Keen. HIGH POINT — Culp’s sewn mattress cover operation, known as CLASS, has achieved landfill free status at its High Point manufacturing plant, meaning the facility will no longer send any waste from its production operations […]

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The new Avens Chaise from Model No. is fully-customizable, made with sustainable materials, and retails for $1,999. OAKLAND, Calif. – Model No., a company that makes 3D-printed custom furniture, has launched a new sustainable furnishings line after a year of ethically sourcing materials and manufacturing partners, as well as building out its supply chain. The […]

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While overall sales are expected to rise only 1%-1.5%, e-commerce could grow by 25%-35% Retail sales during this year’s winter holidays are forecast to rise an anemic 1% to 1.5% over last year, with overall sales from November to early January totaling $1.147 trillion and $1.152 trillion, according to an annual forecast from Deloitte, a […]

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Online shopping will drive holiday sales more than ever this year. We’ll help you prepare for Cyber Monday and get you ready to greet online shoppers throughout the winter sales period In this unusual year, when time seems to both drag on and rush by simultaneously, it’s easy to lose sight of the fact that […]

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Charles Hall’s new waterbed is called Afloat. Charlie Hall FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — Almost 50 years after being awarded a patent on his pioneering waterbed design, Charles Hall has been awarded a patent on his re-invented waterbed. Hall developed a waterbed design in 1968 and was awarded a patent on that design three years later. […]

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NORTHBROOK, Ill. – Crate and Kids has decided to launch its fall catalog exclusively on social media site Pinterest in order to encounter customers where they are already discovering inspiration and creativity. “We want to meet our customers where and how they want to shop,” said Alicia Waters, Crate and Kids vice president of growth […]

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TOKYO – For its 30th edition, Interior Lifestyle Tokyo will take place again from May 19-21, 2021, at the Tokyo Big Sight complex, also known as the Tokyo International Exhibition Center. Show organizer Messe Frankfurt Japan said it has been working closely with local authorities to allow the event to take place under safe protocols […]

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LEXINGTON, Ky. – Digital programs have rapidly gained in importance during the COVID-19 pandemic, and successful mattress retailers must be tapping into this “digital acceleration,” Tempur Sealy International says. TSI has identified four emerging consumer trends that it has incorporated into its new Retail Edge Rebound program, an expansion of the company’s Retail Edge retailing […]

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This bed is part of Driftwood, the newest Dick Idol collection at Woodbrook Designs. It is made with solid white oak and shown in a finish called Harvest Brown. HIGH POINT — Woodbrook Designs latest licensed collection with famed outdoorsman and artist Dick Idol ventures into a casual contemporary aesthetic for the first time, offering […]

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PRATO, Italy – As Italian mattress manufacturer Magniflex prepares for the launch of its new GiNO brand designed to target millennials, the company has unveiled a fun, hip website established to entice consumers to engage with the brand early and to drive foot traffic into retail stores.  The website, located at GiNOItalianMattress.com, offers a playful personality that includes classic […]

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Annual report also touts increase in units collected and comprehensive residential coverage ALEXANDRIA, Va. – As the Mattress Recycling Council (MRC) completed its fifth year of operations in Connecticut, the industry-led nonprofit’s latest annual report to state officials highlighted year-over-year improvements in the Bye Bye Mattress program’s recycling rate, an increase in the units collected […]

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Some of those who stopped by the WithIt event included (LtoR): Brad Clinard, High Point Financial Design; Cathy Smith, WithIt; Thomas Smith, Emily Severson and Kimberley Wray, FurnitureDealer.Net; Lorri Kelley, Lorri Kelley Advisors; Cathy Valent, Springs Creative; Ruth Olbrych, Zaar Collective and Amy Van Dorp, WithIt. HIGH POINT – WithIt, a women’s leadership development network […]

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