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US Supreme Court Overturns Quill

BREAKING NEWS: US Supreme Court Overturns Quill Today the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its decision in the South Dakota v. Wayfair case–South Dakota (and brick-and-mortar retailers everywhere) won. This means states can require retailers to collect sales tax regardless of physical nexus–all retailers are equal. Here’s the Court’s decision. It was a 5-4 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, joined by Justices Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Samuel Alito and Neil Gorsuch. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Stephen Breyer, Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan dissented. The HFA has been working on leveling the playing field for furniture retailers

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Home Furnishings Association
How to Better Assist Mattress Shoppers Online

By: Kristy Esch, Senior Marketing Manager, PERQ Mattress shoppers tend to start research online. Help guide consumers along with useful, personalized information on your retail mattress website to win them over. Try to give people reasons to feature the products you sell on their guides on how to choose the best mattress as this will attract people directly to your site! Mattress shoppers Bryant and Cassi Magnus researched new mattresses online for six months, evaluating different styles, brands and consumer reviews to see which was the right queen mattress for them. The couple wanted a bigger bed to accommodate their

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Doug Clark
City Furniture invests in electric trucks

HFA member City Furniture became the first furniture retailer in the U.S. to announce the pre-order of five all-electric Tesla semi trucks, marking the next step in the company’s innovative “green” approach to all facets of its business. “We expect all-electric trucks to change the playing field in the years ahead,” said City Furniture chief operating officer Andrew Koenig. “Based on the ROI we’ve already seen by converting most of our delivery fleet to alternative fuel vehicles, we anticipate the Tesla semis will bring major savings in energy costs and maintenance, while taking performance and reliability to a level that

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Policy Matters
Doug Clark
AHFA Opposes Consumer Reports Recommendation

The American Home Furnishings Alliance was among members of the ASTM Furniture Safety Subcommittee voting against changes to the voluntary furniture stability standard recommended by Consumer Reports magazine here last week. At a May 4 meeting of ASTM’s F15.42 subcommittee, Consumer Reports was invited by subcommittee chairman Richard Rosati to present results of product stability testing the magazine conducted earlier this year and published online in March. (The results appear in the May print edition of the magazine.) The testing included 24 products from 10 companies. In a follow-up report published online May 3, the magazine added test results for

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Doug Clark
IMC, America’s Mart announce merger

IMC and America’s Mart Combine Forces International Market Centers and AmericasMart in Atlanta have entered into an agreement to form the world’s largest owner and operator of premier showroom space. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The combined corporate entity, which will operate under the name “International Market Centers,” will own and operate nearly 20 million square feet of permanent showroom space in Las Vegas, High Point, N.C., and Atlanta, creating the world’s largest permanent mart operator for furniture, home decor, rug, gift and apparel. The individual Markets and their respective venues will continue to operate under existing

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Policy Matters
Doug Clark
HFA Member Sheely & Trump talk business

The White House is on the phone. When the call came to HFA member Sheely’s Furniture and Appliance in North Lima, Ohio, last month, the nervous operator immediately paged Sherry Sheely, the company’s COO. “The White House is on the phone,” the operator told Sheely. “You mean the White House as in Washington?” Sheely asked. “Yes!” “Who is it?” Sheely asked. “I don’t know!” the operator replied. “What do they want?” Sheely asked. The operator sounded frantic. “I don’t know! What should I do?” Sheely told her to relax. “It’s not like we’ve done something wrong,” she told her. “Put

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