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Doug Clark
Furniture orders surge in September, Smith Leonard says

Orders for residential furniture in September surged 7 percent over September 2018, making it the strongest month of 2019, according to Smith Leonard’s latest survey of manufacturers and distributors. “And remember that September 2018 orders were 9 percent higher than September 2017,” the High Point, N.C., accounting and consulting firm noted in its executive summary. “The September results were better than we expected overall, but certainly not for all,” Assurance Partner Kenneth D. Smith wrote in additional comments, noting that 64 percent of survey participants reported a boost in orders. Retail is performing well “Even with the September increase, the

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Policy Matters
Doug Clark
California retailers must watch new labor laws

Home Furnishings Association members in California must pay attention to new state labor laws taking effect Jan. 1. The laws will affect recruiting and hiring; discrimination, harassment and retaliation protections; leaves of absence and benefits; workplace safety; arbitration; privacy; and wage and hour matters. CalChamber has provided a white paper detailing these changes. The new laws include: AB 5 classifies more workers as employees rather than as contractors. AB 9 extends from one year to three years the statute of limitations for filing claims of workplace discrimination, harassment and retaliation. AB 25 provides that employee data, such as information gathered for purposes

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City Furniture's newest store in the Miami community of Doral will be a dual-branded effort with Ashley HomeStore.
Shop Talk
Robert Bell
City Furniture opens first dual-branded store with Ashley HomeStore

HFA member City Furniture is gladly sharing the spotlight at its latest store opening. The company’s newest store in Miami’s Doral community is a dual-brand: City Furniture and Ashley HomeStore. It’s the latest step in City’s $100 million expansion program that has added a Miami Modern showroom in midtown Miami and the company’s first two Orlando-area City Furniture superstores. This store includes the KC Café & Wine Bar, the City Marketplace store-within-a-store concept and more. City Furniture President Andrew Koenig said the dual-brand is another example of City changing with the times. “We’re continually innovating and listening to our customers

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Jordan's president and CEO Eliot Tatelman and one of the guests touring the store's Enchanted Village.
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Robert Bell
Jordan’s celebrates the holidays with adopted families  

On a recent Sunday morning, HFA member Jordan’s Furniture turned its Avon, Mass., store into a winter wonderland for adopted children and their families. In celebration of National Adoption Month, local families and their recently adopted children showed up at Jordan’s on Nov. 24 for an invitation-only chance to explore the store’s annual Enchanted Village. The village included a Polar Express movie ride, an ice-skating rink and a special laser show. The 8,000-square-foot Enchanted Village attraction includes dozens of mechanized figurines and animals in a traditional New England holiday scene. “The place looks spectacular and everybody is having a great

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Policy Matters
Doug Clark
Wall Street Journal quotes HFA members on tariffs

An article in The Wall Street Journal about the impact of tariffs on furniture retailers included comments from Home Furnishings Association members Matt Schultz and Ed Menapace. The report by Katy Stech Ferek, published Nov. 11, was headlined, “Furniture retailers start to feel tariff pain more acutely.” “’This has been very challenging for the furniture industry as a whole because of the huge exposure that it has to China,’ said Peter Keith, a Piper Jaffray analyst who added that the discretionary nature of furniture purchases means the industry faces more potential for tariff-related financial difficulties than many other businesses,” Ferek

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Policy Matters
Doug Clark
HFA welcomes Netflix focus on tip-over danger

The Home Furnishings Association welcomes the Netflix documentary series “Broken,” which shines light on unsafe products, including ready-to-assemble furniture that can tip over on children. “People should know that children have been injured, and in some cases killed, by bedroom furniture that’s fallen over when children have tried to climb up drawers or pulled on it in other ways,” Sharron Bradley, the association’s chief executive officer, said. “Parents should always fasten this kind of furniture to fixed surfaces such as walls or floors to prevent accidents.” Netflix says, “This investigative docuseries shows how negligence and deceit in the production and

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