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Home Furnishings Association
Action Alert: Stop Repeal of Debit Swipe Fee Reform

Swipe Fee Reform is on the Chopping Block. Act NOW! Call your Representative and make a difference! The House Financial Services Committee passed the Financial CHOICE Act (H.R. 10) out of Committee. The next step is for members of the House to vote on it. Contact your Representatives ASAP (they’re home in their districts the week of May 8). Tell them how debit swipe fee reform has helpedyour business and your customers. Urge your Representatives to tell House leadership you oppose the repeal of the Durbin amendment/swipe fee reform in H.R. 10. Make sure they understand this reform benefits you, your customers, THEIR constituents,

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Anatomy of a Fall

Anybody that comes in even the briefest of contact with the world of occupational safety knows that fall protection is a hot topic. There are blogs, social media groups, and even entire companies dedicated to it. Falls have been at or near the top of the list for occupational fatalities for years. Rather than getting better over time, the number of fatalities due to a fall is rising. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistic’s most recent data, occupational fatalities due to a fall to a lower level rose 11% from 2013 to 2014. So why do falls remain this

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Spill Control & Cleanup for Facility and Customer Safety

Spills may be inevitable, but the way you handle them is up to you. Whether your facility uses chemicals, solvents or just plain old water in everyday business there are many options available to your staff to take quick action to prevent accidents. Slips on the showroom floor by a customer or employee can disastrous for a company, both legally and by damaging reputation. Make sure you have the proper procedures and supplies to address spills quickly, efficiently and safely. Showroom liquids spills like water and drinks are the most common and only require proper “wet floor” warning signs during

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Home Furnishings Association
Gaining Customer Loyalty with Clienteling

While driving home from work a couple of weeks ago, I realized my husband’s birthday was in a few days. What do you get a guy that has everything? I stopped by our neighborhood Ace Hardware store, a place my husband goes on the weekends just for fun! My hopes were not high, I had absolutely no idea what my husband had or what he could possibly need. A nice elderly sales associate greeted me and asked if I needed help. I explained my situation and within 5 minutes, he pulled up my husband’s project list and identified tools on

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7 Quick Tips to a Safer Parking Lot

Did you know one in five automobile accidents occurs in a parking lot? Though there are often reduced speeds in these areas, fender benders are more likely to occur in parking lots than on open roadways. This, of course, can create a negative customer experience tied to your business just because it happened in your parking lot. So, how can you limit the number of accidents that occur in your own lot? Follow these seven tips: 1. Control the flow of traffic with a well laid out parking lot. 2. Discourage speed demons. Install speed bumps to discourage “cut through” traffic.

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Announcements
Home Furnishings Association
HFA Addresses BAT at High Point Market

High Point, NC, April 22, 2017 — The Home Furnishings Association (HFA) held an invitation-only meeting today, the first day of the Spring High Point Market, to talk about the Border Adjustment Tax proposal that’s the centerpiece of the House Republican comprehensive tax reform plan being spearheaded by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.). The meeting, held at the String & Splinter, was led by members of the Association’s Government Relations Action Team (GRAT). Team members Wogie Badcock, Badcock Furniture & More, Mulberry, Fla., Eric Blackledge, Blackledge Furniture, Corvallis, Ore. and Jim Kittle, Kittle’s Furniture, Indianapolis called for the

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