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Hall of Fame class includes Jake Jabs

Jake Jabs is one of four industry leaders who will be inducted into the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame during the High Point Market Oct. 20. Jabs is president and CEO of Home Furnishings Association member American Furniture Warehouse in Englewood, Colo. The others in the Hall of Fame’s 2019 class are Clement “Clem” M. Lange, co-founder and chairman of Best Chairs Inc./Best Home Furnishings; Paul Maitland-Smith, founder of Maitland-Smith Ltd. and Theodore Alexander; and Jim McIngvale, founder and owner of Gallery Furniture. The American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation Inc., is an industry-wide organization founded to preserve

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California considers CCPA changes

The California Consumer Privacy Act is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, but legislators are still making changes that can affect Home Furnishings Association members in the Golden State. There’s positive movement on some fronts. AB 846, addressing customer loyalty programs, passed the Assembly by a vote of 50-1 on May 28. It would strike out a provision in the law that bars retailers from charging customers more if they ask to have their personal data deleted. Under the law’s definitions, that could apply to purchasing history or other information used in loyalty programs that reward regular customers with special

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From technology to delivery, furniture is the next retail sector ripe for disruption

Over the last several years, the home goods sector of retail has grown and developed, changing the way consumers shop for furniture. Retail giants Walmart and Target have expanded their offerings, and technology, through various partnerships or private label lines — both in store and online. And Amazon added three furniture brands to its list of private labels offering home decor in the last two years —  Rivet, Stone & Beam and, most recently, Ravenna Home. The expansions are for good reason, too. Between 2013 and 2018, the home goods markets in brick-and-mortar and e-commerce grew 20.9 percent and 88.7 percent, respectively, according to Euromonitor. As the

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Kurlancheek finds a new home

Photo: Ronne Kurlancheek and her dog Dolly in her new store. The day after a powerful tornado destroyed her business in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., last June 13, Ronne Kurlancheek’s employees gave her a pair of ruby slippers and a stuffed Toto in a basket. “They will be on the counter in my new store when I open,” Kurlancheek said last week with satisfaction in her voice. Her experience since the tornado has been like a year in Oz, the owner of Home Furnishings Association member Kurlancheek Home Furnishings acknowledged. Through it all, she was grateful. “As long as no one got

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Greg Rich wants to help customers enjoy life more

Gregory Rich carries conversations in unexpected directions, which makes him an entertaining radio host and a creative furniture entrepreneur. So, listeners of “Drink in the Style,” broadcast on KTNF-AM 950 in St. Louis Park, Minn., recently heard Rich speak sympathetically about O.J. Simpson, the former football star accused and acquitted of a bloody double murder. Most Americans might believe that Simpson, in a fit of jealous rage, stabbed to death his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, in June 1994. The next year, after a lengthy televised trial, a jury found Simpson not guilty. No one else

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Congress leaves marketplace fairness to states

The Amazon marketplace is losing some of its attraction, Andrew Youderian, owner of the ecommerce community eCommerceFuel, recently reported, according to Forbes retail contributor Kiri Masters. Youderian conducts an annual survey of merchants and this year found “for the first time ever in our survey (that) non-Amazon sellers grew faster than Amazon sellers on average.” One reason why is the rapid change in online sales-tax collection requirements enacted by dozens of states since the 2018 South Dakota v. Wayfair Supreme Court ruling. ‘An unmitigated disaster’ “The sales tax situation in the United States right now is an unmitigated disaster,” Youderian

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