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City aims for zero carbon footprint by 2040

Putting its decades-long green leadership to the ultimate test,  Home Furnishings Association member City Furniture this week announced an ambitious goal of becoming carbon-neutral by 2040. City Furniture’s 2040 Green Promise encompasses the company’s showrooms, warehouses, and offices. It also includes its statewide delivery fleet and massive recycling initiatives, according to company President Andrew Koenig. City already leads the U.S. furniture industry with 240,000 square feet of LEED-certified showroom space. It is converting its fleet of delivery trucks to run on compressed natural gas (CNG) instead of relying on diesel fuel. In-house recycling equipment already annually keeps 6 million pounds

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Coaster promises to drive traffic to retail stores

Coaster Company of America’s goal is “to drive traffic to our dealers,” its marketing manager, Carolyn Sham, said in an interview during the April High Point Market.  Coaster, a California-based importer with a network of more than 8,000 furniture retailers, announced a re-branding at the Las Vegas Market in January. Sham said the move has drawn “nothing but good, positive feedback.” The initiative included the creation of three “sub-brands” – CoasterEveryday, CoasterEssence and CoasterElevations, reflecting three levels of price and quality. It continues its popular Scott Living line, promoted by HGTV stars Drew and Jonathan Scott. At the same time, the company revamped what Sham said was a “very outdated

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Mayo’s furniture photography tells stories and starts conversations

Every picture tells a story. And in the middle of Patrick Mayo’s pictures – as out of place as they may seem – sit pieces of furniture made by his family’s company.  Mayo Corporation is a third-generation manufacturer of upholstered and leather furniture in Texarkana, Texas. Patrick Mayo, vice president of sales and marketing and grandson of company founder Linn Mayo, and former sales manager Don McCoy took time during the recent High Point Market to tell the stories of how they created those arresting images of armchairs and sofas in the strangest locations. Take, for example, the leather sofa surrounded by longhorn cattle. Two large, striking photographs

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Selling furniture should be like selling happiness, Bobby Berk says

People recharge their phones every night to prepare for the next day. Their homes should serve the same purpose for them, Bobby Berk told an audience at the High Point Market.  What if there’s no power there?  “If you’re depressed and you wake up in a disaster of a room every day, you feel defeated already,” the designer and star of Netflix’s “Queer Eye” said.  A.R.T. Furniture launched Berk’s new collection in the just-opened Markor Arts Center with rooftop “Skybar and Terrace” parties, book-signings and other events. But the Reality TV personality was down-to-earth in a conversation with moderator Sophie Donelson for High Point Market’s

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New furniture orders increased in January, although not for everyone

New furniture orders for January were 8 percent higher than in January 2018, accounting and business consulting firm Smith Leonard PLLC in High Point, N.C., reported March 29.  “The good news for January was that shipments were up 14 percent over January 2018 and some 75 percent of the participants reported increased shipments for the month,” the firm said in a summary of its monthly survey results. “New orders are critical but shipments and subsequent collections pay the bills.”  “The not so good news is that everyone was not participating in these good results. In January, only one-half of the participants reported increased orders for the

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UFAC discusses next step in furniture safety

What’s a tag worth? It might be “the best liability insurance policy you could buy for the price,” Don Coleman says.  The tag comes from the Upholstered Furniture Action Council, the 40-year-old nonprofit organization dedicated to fire safety. Coleman, UFAC’s president, is now leading efforts to address new problems. The UFAC board of directors met in High Point, N.C., April 5 to talk about the anticipated launch later this year of its “UFAC Plus” program. It’s the next step following the council’s initial efforts to promote home furnishings products that are tested and certified to be more resistant to smoldering

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