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HIGH POINT, N.C., October 5, 2020 — With just a little over a week to go until the opening of the Fall 2020 High Point Market, exhibitors are weighing in the status of their showrooms. To date, 70% of active exhibitor profiles have confirmed their doors will be open for the event.  Attendees wanting to see which showrooms have confirmed open can […]

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HIGH POINT — With just a little over a week to go until the opening of the October High Point Market, 70% of active exhibitor profiles have confirmed their doors will be open for the event. To see which showrooms have confirmed they will be open, attendees can visit the exhibitor section of the High […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to a directive from President Donald Trump, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is initiating a Section 301 trade investigation into Vietnam, focusing on its alleged use of illegal timber and other practices that may harm U.S. commerce. A key aspect of the investigation will focus on Vietnam practices […]

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“Cabana” highlights festive fabrics with a cheerful assortment of upbeat color combinations. NORWALK, Ohio – Custom upholstery manufacturer Norwalk Furniture has identified four color trends for upholstery fabrics that look to brighten interiors for consumers during ongoing uncertainty in 2020. From lively hot pinks and cerulean blues, to bright mustards and crimson tones, to energetic […]

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What should shoppers know about mattress fabrics when purchasing a bed? This primer offers suggestions for retailers on how to educate customers about important qualities, constructions and designs to consider Whether consumers shop in-store or online, it’s still the fabric that gives them their first impression of a mattress. Mattress fabrics can hint at answers […]

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SHANGHAI — Despite taking place just six weeks after the 45th CIFF Guangzhou, rescheduled for July, this last edition of CIFF has been deemed a success by show organizers, with 1,000 exhibitors occupying 250,000 square metres exhibition space and attracting 118,409 industry professionals. The September event  represented the entire furniture industry chain, overlapping with the […]

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LUBBOCK, Texas – Furniture retailer Walter Harrell Spears passed away Sept. 12, at the age of 91. Spears was born Sept. 10, 1929, in Ardmore, Okla., to Harbison and Evelyn Spears. He graduated from Baylor University in 1950. In 1951, he married Martha Isbell in San Antonio, Texas. Spears and his uncle, James Spears, founded […]

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WASHINGTON – The National Retail Federation is supporting legislation that would establish standards clarifying what is required to make websites and mobile apps accessible to the visually impaired under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Online Accessibility Act, introduced by Representatives Ted Budd, R-N.C., and Lou Correa, D-Calif., would expand the ADA’s coverage to include […]

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Standard time returns Nov. 1, and so does the debate about moving the clock twice a year Mary Best Editor in Chief One of the days of the year I dread most is the first Sunday of November when I have to reset my clocks from daylight saving time to standard time. While moving clocks […]

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HIGH POINT – International Market Centers has tapped nine designers to work on its virtual High Point Market Showhouse, emphasizing their “diverse backgrounds, design experiences and global perspectives,” according to a release. In a webinar called The House that Diversity Built on Oct. 8, participating designers discussing the cultural influences and product perspectives that went […]

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HIGH POINT — Samantha Fonseca, an industrial design student at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, has been named the International Society of Furniture Designers’ Foundation Pinnacle Scholarship recipient for the upcoming academic year. The scholarship, used to offset tuition and other fees for the senior, was established in 2010 by the organization’s board of […]

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Industry groups stop marking Columbus Day in October. As a retailer, will you follow suit? Fourteen hundred ninety-twoColumbus sailed the ocean blue.He had three ships and left from Spain;He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain… Many Americans recited that nursery rhyme as children. But as with so many things we learn as kids, the story […]

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Aerofoam Will Manufacture, Sell Eastman House, Chittenden & Eastman Brands NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Leading bedding producer Eclipse International has transferred its Eastman House and Chittenden & Eastman license in Malaysia to Aerofoam, a latex producer and mattress manufacturer with a long history in Southeast Asia. The new partnership will position the two brands as […]

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NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Eclipse International has transferred its Eastman House and Chittenden & Eastman license in Malaysia to Aerofoam, a latex producer and mattress manufacturer with a long history in Southeast Asia. Established in 1969 in Malaysia, Aerofoam produces the latex used in its pillows and mattresses. Currently, the company produces Therapedic and its […]

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KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Organizers of the Export Furniture Exhibition have rescheduled their next show to early next year in hopes that travel restrictions will be lifted, thus allowing buyers from around the world to attend. The 16th edition of the show had originally been postponed from this past March to Aug. 27-29 due to […]

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TORONTO — Leon’s, a Canadian retailer of furniture, mattresses, appliances and home electronics, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Leon’s Furniture Ltd., has opened its latest showroom in Calgary, Alberta, today. The new Calgary store at CrossIron follows the recent opening of the new store in Kelowna, British Columbia, on Aug. 13. “While online sales […]

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HUDSON, N.C. – Fabric company Outdura has added a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty on all of its outdoor upholstery fabrics, making it the first in the outdoor industry to do so, according to the company. “At Outdura, our staff has worked very hard to successfully improve our quality control during the manufacturing process and to increase […]

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Rendering of the Sunpan showroom’s new reception area. HIGH POINT — Transitional and contemporary furniture company Sunpan is planning to showcase its lineup of new and inline products at the upcoming High Point Market in a newly expanded showroom in Showplace. “We absolutely cannot wait for customers to visit our newly expanded showroom at High […]

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ROSEVILLE, Calif. – The Home Furnishings Assn. has promoted Shannon Williams as the organization’s new chief operating officer. Williams previously acted as vice president of strategy and performance. “At HFA, we have a strong leader in Shannon Williams,” said Mark Schumacher, HFA CEO. “Like me, Shannon joined the association in June 2018, initially as director […]

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Google will now expand its free shopping listings to merchants worldwide starting in mid-October, including Canada and Mexico, as well as Europe, Asia and Latin America. In April, Google started allowing merchants in the U.S. to sell for free on its site starting with the Google shopping tab and then expanding […]

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NEW YORK – Bedding veteran Bryan Umiker has joined Casper as vice president of wholesale. He will oversee Casper’s North American wholesale business, responsible for developing and bringing on new partners, increasing distribution and geographic expansion in the U.S. and Canada, and strategically building and sustaining long-term retail partnerships to broaden Casper’s customer base, the […]

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BASSETT, Va. – Bassett Furniture reported a 16.3% drop in consolidated sales during the third quarter ended Aug. 29, an impact that reflected double-digit sales declines across its retail and wholesale segments largely resulting from supply chain disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Consolidated sales totaled $91.6 million, compared with $109.4 million in the third […]

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NEW YORK – According to research from BDO – an international network of business advisory firms – 2020 is likely to set the record for the highest number of retail bankruptcies and store closures in a single year. The BDO report shows that the COVID-19 pandemic has greatly accelerated the rate of retail bankruptcies with […]

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Therapedic’s virtual showroom tour takes retailers through the company’s four new collections. PRINCETON, N.J. – Top 10 bedding producer Therapedic International will make its virtual showroom tour available again to introduce its collections to dealers and prospective dealers. The company, a long-time High Point exhibitor, plans to re-enter the High Point Market with a new […]

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Mattress manufacturer MLily USA has entered into an agreement to double the size of its Las Vegas Market showroom. The new 20,000-square-foot showroom will allow the company to showcase nearly 30 mattresses and its complete lineup of pillows. The new space allows the company to better showcase its growing product line while […]

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