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Furniture companies can apply for tariff exclusions

The office of U.S. Trade Representative has published instructions for companies that want to apply for tariff exclusions on List 3 imports from China, which include home furnishings products. It’s not a simple process. USTR will open a web portal (http://exclusions.USTR.gov) on June 30 to file exclusion requests. The deadline to submit an exclusion request will be Sept. 30, 2019. Exclusions will be retroactive to Sept. 24, 2018, when 10 percent tariffs were enacted, and are good for one year. Tariffs on List 3 products recently were increased to 25 percent. According to the notice, the exclusion request must include the

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Leopold’s Furniture: 160 and going strong

A lot of furniture stores celebrate 10-year anniversaries.  If they’re lucky enough, they’re still around to celebrate their 50th anniversary. Only a small handful can boast of 100 years. And then there’s Leopold’s Furniture, which later this year will mark its 160th year of selling furniture in Brecksville, Ohio. That’s right – 30 U.S. presidents ago and two years before a civil war broke out, Henry Leopold, a German immigrant, opened his own furniture store. Today the store is run by two men, fifth-generation owner Mark Lutz and sixth-generation owner Chad Leopold. There’s no official documentation pointing to Leopold’s being

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Retailers talk logistics at conference

El Dorado Furniture operates in South Florida but ships to customers up the East Coast as far as New York, according to Danny Capo, the company’s Distribution Center director. It could do more e-commerce, selling to consumers in other parts of the country, he added, if it could overcome a persistent problem: Getting its products assembled and set up in purchasers’ homes. Capo and George Cartledge III, president of Grand Home Furnishings in Roanoke, Va., sat on a retail panel last week at the 2019 Logistics Conference held in Wilmington, N.C., by the American Home Furnishings Alliance Specialized Furniture Carriers.

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Is it time to join a performance group?

Twenty years ago, Home Furnishings Association member Randy Coconis joined a performance group – nine other furniture retailers like himself – with the hopes of making the family business more efficient and profitable. It remains one of the best business decisions he’s ever made. “I just love being in the same room for three days with a group of smart, successful furniture retailers,” says Coconis, owner of Coconis Furniture in South Zanesville, Ohio. “Every time we meet, I walk away with three or four ideas that I try to implement back home.” This time of year, many furniture retailers are

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HFA calls for mandatory stability standard

The Home Furnishings Association is urging the Consumer Products Safety Commission to pursue expedited rulemaking to achieve a rigorous safety standard for clothing storage furniture stability. “Your agency has documented the dangers associated with accidental tip-overs of bedroom dressers, chests of drawers and similar units,” HFA CEO Sharron Bradley wrote in a letter to CPSC Acting Chairwoman Ann Marie Buerkle (center in photo above, flanked by other commissioners) today. “The time has come to take decisive action.” As the leading trade association for furniture retailers in the United States, HFA has supported CPSC’s “Anchor It!” campaign since it was launched,

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Six months after hurricane, Badcock store opens in Florida

Photo: HFA member Sonja Rhinehardt outside her temporary Badcock store in Pensacola, Fla. The morning after Hurricane Michael flooded and flattened Panama City and much of the surrounding Florida Panhandle, Home Furnishings Association member Sonja Rhinehardt ventured out to check on her two Badcock Home Furniture & more stores. “It broke my heart,” she said, when she learned that both stores were destroyed. “I knew the hurricane was going to be tough to rebound from for the community, but seeing my stores is when I realized things were going to be tough on me personally.” Six months later, Rhinehardt is

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