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  • HFA asks for clarity on rules for business calls

    A law meant to protect the public from unwanted telephone calls could block furniture retailers from reminding customers about a delivery or some other service. It is the Telephone Consumer Protection Act, a nearly 30-year-old law that has been updated by the Federal Communications Commission. Unfortunately, the current definition of an “automatic telephone dialing system,” […]

  • Shifting sales-tax laws confuse many retailers

    If you ask John Gebhardt whether he’s figured out all the sales-and-use-tax protocols for jurisdictions where customers of Sheffield Furniture & Interiors live, he’ll answer quickly. “No. The rules are changing, and it’s confusing.” Gebhardt handles accounting and human resources for Severegn Furniture Management, which owns Sheffield. The retailer, a member of the Home Furnishings […]

  • Tepperman’s named finalist for its CSR efforts

    HFA member Tepperman’s is a finalist for the Corporate Social Responsibility Award by the London (Ontario) Chamber of Commerce. The organization’s annual London Business Achievement Awards recognize business excellence in several categories. Tepperman’s is recognized for its positive impact on the communities it serves and for tackling sustainability issues. The nomination is “truly a wonderful […]

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  • Retailers must guard employees’ health

    The best way for a business to keep its workforce healthy is simple: “Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday published interim guidance for businesses to plan and respond to the 2019 novel coronavirus. The virus, which has spread rapidly through parts of China, where it originated, […]

  • Some furniture imports from China win tariff relief

    Some furniture imports from China have been excluded from tariffs, the Trump administration announced Feb. 5. The action is retroactive to September 2018 and continues until Aug. 7, 2020. Importers are entitled to apply for refunds of tariffs paid – originally 10 percent and then 25 percent since May 10, 2019. The exclusions apply to […]

  • Stanhope line offers step-up opportunity for Badcock customers

    Home Furnishings Association member W.S. Badcock Corporation has released a step-up furniture line to its 370-plus Badcock Home Furniture &more stores, a move company officials hope will expand its customer base. The Stanhope line, which features heirloom-quality collections, is a nod to the company’s 116-year history. It includes collections in the bedroom, dining room and […]

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  • Making the Final Mile Your Competitive Advantage

    In the environment of consumer experience, your final mile could become your competitive advantage. Patrick Cory will detail solutions for retailers in hiring the right delivery company for your business and allowing you to concentrate more on selling. Many specialized delivery carriers will handle product from the manufacturer to your facility to ultimately the final […]

  • Washington State privacy act earns retailer support

    A data privacy bill gathering support in the Washington State Senate protects the interests of consumers and retailers, according to the Washington Retail Association. The measure is SB 6281. Its primary sponsor is Sen. Reuven Carlyle, a Seattle Democrat who chairs the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee.  Mark Johnson, WRA’s senior vice president of […]

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