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Trade group, with HFA, calls tariffs ‘a losing proposition’

Doug ClarkMar 5, 2019
Policy Matters - Government Relations

A free-trade coalition including the Home Furnishings Association urged President Trump to continue pressing China for a trade deal without raising tariffs.  “We are encouraged by your decision to avoid a tariff increase on March 2 and allow negotiations to continue ahead of a planned summit with Chinese President Xi


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Retailers have an edge that Amazon can’t supply: BOPIS

The HFA TeamMar 4, 2019
Current News

Brick-and-mortar furniture retail still has room to thrive, even in a world where 55 percent of U.S. households have Amazon Prime accounts, a study by IHL Group suggests. According to the study, 75 percent of retail business will still be driven by physical stores in 2022. But to stay relevant furniture retailers will need to adopt technology of their own to


CPSC sends a strong warning about furniture tip overs

Doug ClarkMar 1, 2019
Current News,Policy Matters - Government Relations

In a strongly worded letter Feb. 27, the Consumer Products Safety Commission warned furniture retailers not to sell clothing storage units – mostly bedroom dressers – that don’t meet ASTM safety standards.  ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, is a private organization that develops voluntary technical standards for a


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HFA asks members to push for important tax correction

Doug ClarkFeb 28, 2019
Current News,Policy Matters - Government Relations

The Home Furnishings Association is calling on members in eight states to urge their U.S. senators to support an important tax bill.  The legislation, which would fix a drafting error in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, is expected to be introduced in March by Sens. Pat Toomey (R-Penn.)


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Senate committee seeks comments about consumer data privacy

The HFA TeamFeb 27, 2019
Policy Matters - Government Relations

Most businesses, including furniture retailers, collect information about shoppers. Now, Congress is considering legislation to regulate the use and protection of consumer data.  The U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs is asking for comment to help it craft a possible bill.  “I am particularly interested in what


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