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Doug Clark
Retailers can submit tariff comments

Furniture retailers can submit comments on another proposed increase in tariffs set to take effect Oct. 1. Meanwhile, Americans for Free Trade, a coalition of more than 160 business groups including the Home Furnishings Association, has asked President Trump to delay new tariffs and increases scheduled for the rest of the year. “These tariff rate increases … come at the worst possible time, right in the middle of the busy holiday shipping period,” an Aug. 28 letter from the coalition said. Earlier this summer, President Trump declared the United States would put 10 percent tariffs on $300 billion of List 4

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Policy Matters
Doug Clark
CPSC testing triggers Kirkland’s recall for tip-over hazard

Two chests of drawers sold by Kirkland’s have been recalled because of safety concerns. “The recalled chests are unstable if they are not anchored to the wall, posing serious tip-over and entrapment hazards that can result in death or injuries to children,” the Consumer Products Safety Commission said it a recall notice  Aug. 28. “The dressers do not comply with the performance requirements of the U.S. voluntary industry standard (ASTM 2057-17).” Kirkland’s will refund the purchase price or install tip-restraint devices, according to CPSC. This is a significant action, which should alert Home Furnishings Association members not to sell clothing

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Robert Bell
HFA members are ready for Dorian. Are you prepared for your natural disaster?

Hoping to avoid disaster, Home Furnishings Association members from Florida to North Carolina have one eye on their showroom floor and the other on weather updates this week as Hurricane Dorian slowly churns its way north. In Wilmington, N.C., it was a busy Tuesday morning for HFA member Mike Serafina and his Local Living Furniture staff despite the store being empty of customers. Instead of selling furniture, Serafina and his crew were lifting and stacking inventory atop wooden pallets and stacks of wood, hoping for the best but preparing for Dorian’s worst. “We know it’s coming – it’s just a

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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
Shop Talk
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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Shop Talk
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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