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Robert Bell
City Furniture plugs into its passion – what’s yours?

In City Furniture’s journey to becoming carbon neutral by 2040, there is no such thing as a small step. Some steps, however, are bigger than others. City took one of those big steps this week by putting the first all-electric terminal tractor in the Southeast to work, moving hundreds of semi-trailers and containers at the firm’s massive distribution center in Tamarac, Fla. Earlier this year, the Home Furnishings Association member set the complex operational goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2040. Its 2040 Green Promise encompasses the company’s showrooms, warehouses and offices, its statewide delivery fleet and recycling initiatives. The company already leads the U.S. furniture

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Coconis supports autism awareness
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Robert Bell
Coconis family continues support for autism awareness

Anyone who knows HFA member Randy Coconis of Coconis Furniture and his family knows their passion for bringing awareness and support to autism. That passion was never more on display than this summer when Shannon Coconis, Randy’s daughter, received a state award for her work with helping families with autism. A month later the family’s 10th annual “Tee It Up Fore Autism” golf tournament in Zanesville, Ohio, raised more than $70,000 for the National Autism Association. Shannon Coconis, who works part-time for her father at the family business, gave birth to a son in 2003. In 2008, her son was diagnosed with autism. Shannon

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Robert Bell
UShip’s low, fixed costs ease entry into e-commerce game

eMarketer values online furniture sales at $42 billion this year, a number that is expected to rise to $50 billion in 2020. But those numbers don’t impress local brick-and-mortar retailers who shy away from e-commerce because they can’t find reliable shipping with fixed quotes. Thanks to shipping broker UShip, furniture retailers might want to rethink that decision. UShip’s fixed-price, white-glove delivery service helps online merchants solve that problem and enables retailers to compete with Amazon, Wayfair, Walmart and other larger online sellers. Moving oversized items like furniture is old hat to UShip, one of the Home Furnishings Association‘s solution partners. The company

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Robert Bell
Montage offers personalized furniture protection plan

Furniture retailers know protection plans provide large margins and are in demand by consumers who want to protect their investment. For retailers, however, finding the right program for the products they sell has always been a challenge. Montage Furniture Services, one of the nation’s leading protection plan providers, thinks it has the solution. Montage, a Home Furnishings Association solution partner, offers many services to consumers and retailers that both groups can’t find with other protection service companies, says Alan Salmon, Montage’s president and CEO. First, the consumer side. Many furniture protection providers require consumers to notify the provider within a

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Robert Bell
Hours of service proposals add flexibility

Proposed changes to federal hours-of-service regulations could give more flexibility to truck drivers who carry home furnishings products, industry leaders say. “The proposal doesn’t change the maximum allowable driving time, but it gives more flexibility to shift drive time and work shifts to mitigate impacts of certain variables like weather, traffic, detention, etc.,” said Rob Davis, chief client officer for Home Furnishings Association member Diakon Logistics in Warrenton, Va. Davis is a member of HFA’s Government Relations Action Team. The changes were published last week by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration in a notice of proposed rulemaking. “This proposed rule seeks to enhance

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Robert Bell
Smith Village employees are rewarded with keys to store

Photo: Smith Village’s new owners are (left to right): Gary Inners, Mark Warner, William Ream and, front, Colleen Schaffner. The four have a combined 111 years of experience at Smith Village. Home Furnishings Association members Dallas Smith and Susan Smith Hake have retired, but their store, Smith Village Home Furnishings, isn’t going anywhere. The brother and sister, second-generation owners of the Jacobus, Pa., store, turned the business over to four loyal and longtime employees. The store’s new owners are Gary Inners, warehouse manager; William Ream, store manager and buyer; Colleen Schaffner, director of advertising and buyer; and Mark Warner, controller. The new

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