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Doug Clark
HFA promotes industry COVID-19 safety alliance

The Home Furnishings Association has joined other furniture industry groups to form the Alliance4Safety. The initiative provides a roadmap for businesses to operate safely during a pandemic. “From the beginning of this crisis, we have stressed to government leaders at all levels that home furnishings retailers sell products that are essential to the comfort and well-being of Americans spending more time in their homes,” said Mark Schumacher, executive vice president of the HFA. “We also made it clear that furniture stores operate safely for their customers and employees. Whether a company manufactures, imports, designs, sells or delivers home furnishings, it

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Robert Bell
Rotmans anticipates third-quarter sales equal to last year’s

Massachusetts had some of the strictest COVID-19 shutdown orders in the country earlier this year. Not only was Home Furnishings Association member Rotmans forced to close its doors in Worcester, Mass., but it also couldn’t sell online because its warehouse was forced to shutter, too. But summer has been a different story. Since reopening on June 11, Rotmans has come roaring back. Like many furniture retailers, Rotmans benefited from the pent-up demand from customers eager to update their homes after being forced to work from them for more than three months and counting. Steve Rotman, president and CEO of Vystar

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Doug Clark
Disruptive actions against China coming, speaker tells HFA

Many more punitive actions against China are coming soon, and some could disrupt important supply chains for the furniture industry, Washington, D.C., lawyer Michael Borden warned in a Home Furnishings Association webinar last week. “Watch out,” said Borden, who leads the Government Strategies group for the global law firm Sidley Austin LLP. “I know that members of this association have international supply chains, and that’s an understatement. I’ve been told by Trump campaign officials and administration officials to expect an announcement of punitive action against China and Chinese companies every three to four days between now and Election Day.” Borden

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Robert Bell
After 5 years with Art Van, Samsen is independent again

When it rains, it pours. New Home Furnishings Association member Doug Samsen might push back on that old chestnut because, for Samsen and his employees, 2020 has been more like a monsoon.  First came the news in March that his Art Van store in Genoa, Ohio, was in peril after the furniture chain filed for bankruptcy. A few weeks later, the novel coronavirus shut down his business entirely, along with most other retail operations in Ohio.  Samsen could have thrown up his hands in resignation. Instead, he rolled up his sleeves and went to work.  “Let’s just say it’s been

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Doug Clark
Crisis forces historic changes at Simon’s and other retailers

Six months ago, “It’s Safer at Simon’s” wouldn’t have made much sense as a marketing slogan for a furniture store. Today, it’s highly effective, according to Jared Simon of Simon’s Furniture, Mattresses & Appliances in Franklin, Mass. Since the Home Furnishings Association member began advertising safety during the COVID-19 crisis, “We’re doing more business,” Simon said. The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation wants to hear about experiences like that. It has launched an initiative to collect and archive documentation of the industry’s response to the pandemic. Some of that response will show manufacturers that began producing personal protective

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Doug Clark
HFA urgently pushes for RESTART Act

The Home Furnishings Association in May became a key, early supporter of the RESTART Act. Now, perhaps just in time, the proposal is gaining momentum. The Small Business Majority, a national advocacy organization, and other business groups have joined the push to include this new lending program in the next congressional recovery package. The House and Senate versions of the bill are picking up more co-sponsors of both parties every day – 52 in the Senate and nearly 100 in the House. HFA has been closely connected to the RESTART Act from its inception: The primary Senate co-sponsor, Sen. Todd

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