The Home Furnishings Association’s inaugural CEO Summit concluded today with participants focused on action. Next steps will happen before the second annual gathering in October 2020. The event, which began Sunday evening, convened 50 of the nation’s top furniture retailers for discussions and networking in Pebble Beach, Calif. They set aside their normal roles as competitors, concentrating instead on common challenges and solutions, according to Mark Schumacher, executive vice president of the HFA. “Great things happen when we bring retailers together,” Schumacher said. “It does not matter their size. It does not matter what part of the country they come
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The Ashley Homestore website includes an important safety page. The retail giant and Home Furnishings Association member offers statistics about tip-over accidents and instructions for anchoring chests and dressers securely in place. Consumers – whether they’re Ashley customers or not – are invited to request free tip-restraint kits. Those are positive steps toward addressing a problem that has received intense regulatory and legislative attention during 2019. But most furniture retailers aren’t taking those steps. Nor are they delivering other safety messages, according to the American Home Furnishings Alliance. HFA asks Consumer Products Safety Commission to set mandatory stability standard. AHFA
Smaller furniture retailers take heart. Even the country’s top retailers share many of the same staffing problems you have. At the second day of the Home Furnishings Association’s CEO Summit in Pebble Beach,Calif., those Top 100 retailers spent this morning discussing ways and days to better use their staff. Mark Schumacher, executive vice president of the HFA, and Keith Koenig, CEO of City Furniture, led a lively morning discussion with Scott Hill, CEO of PERQ, and David Kain of Kain Automotive, exploring ways retailers can better use employees on the showroom floor and, more importantly, in their customers’ living rooms.
The country’s top furniture retailers say they’ve given away too many sales to big, online vendors, and it’s time to win them back. That was the consensus reached during the first business session today at the Home Furnishings Association’s CEO Summit in Pebble Beach, Calif. The event attracted 50 owners, presidents and chief executives of Top 100 furniture retailers, who collectively operate thousands of brick-and-mortar stores. The CEO Summit was convened to address challenges that impact HFA members of all sizes, with the intent of finding solutions all can implement in their own stores. Participants shared a remarkable determination to
The Home Furnishings Association has announced 23 finalists for the Association’s annual Retailer of the Year, Emerging Star and Trailblazer awards, the most coveted and influential retail honors in the furniture industry. The finalists, who range from Top 100 stores to local, family-owned retailers, were among 31 retailers nominated by their peers, manufacturers, vendors and furniture reps. The winning retailers will be selected by a panel of judges across all walks of the furniture industry. Sharron Bradley, CEO of the HFA, said those judges will have their work cut out in the coming weeks. “It’s an impressive list of finalists,”
The Home Furnishings Association today convened its inaugural CEO Summit in Pebble Beach, Calif. The three-day event brings together owners, presidents and chief executives of 50 of the Top 100 home furnishings retailers for discussions about significant industry issues. The setting is an iconic golf resort on the Pacific coast, but the agenda is focused on business. Participants will share ideas about best responses to international trade challenges, eCommerce and other industry disruptions. The goal is to generate knowledge, and potential actions, that can be shared throughout the HFA membership. The topics addressed at the summit “will have ripple effects
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