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Robert Bell
Tepperman’s named finalist for its CSR efforts

HFA member Tepperman’s is a finalist for the Corporate Social Responsibility Award by the London (Ontario) Chamber of Commerce. The organization’s annual London Business Achievement Awards recognize business excellence in several categories. Tepperman’s is recognized for its positive impact on the communities it serves and for tackling sustainability issues. The nomination is “truly a wonderful honor,” says Andrew Tepperman, president of Tepperman’s. “We completely believe that our company’s sustainability is directly linked to the welfare of the communities where we operate, and we make it a business imperative to demonstrate best practices and lead through social impact.” Zero-waste goal From

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Doug Clark
Retailers must guard employees’ health

The best way for a business to keep its workforce healthy is simple: “Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Friday published interim guidance for businesses to plan and respond to the 2019 novel coronavirus. The virus, which has spread rapidly through parts of China, where it originated, has only infected 12 people in six U.S. states as of Friday. The CDC guidance isn’t specific to the previously unknown virus but “may help prevent workplace exposures to acute respiratory illnesses, including nCoV, in non-healthcare settings. The guidance also provides planning considerations if there

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Doug Clark
Some furniture imports from China win tariff relief

Some furniture imports from China have been excluded from tariffs, the Trump administration announced Feb. 5. The action is retroactive to September 2018 and continues until Aug. 7, 2020. Importers are entitled to apply for refunds of tariffs paid – originally 10 percent and then 25 percent since May 10, 2019. The exclusions apply to some categories of products on List 3, which covers approximately $200 million in imports from China. For example, “household furniture of high-pressure laminated bamboo” is now excluded from tariffs. So are “parts of seats … consisting of fabric material (and leather) cut to shape, including

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Robert Bell
Stanhope line offers step-up opportunity for Badcock customers

Home Furnishings Association member W.S. Badcock Corporation has released a step-up furniture line to its 370-plus Badcock Home Furniture &more stores, a move company officials hope will expand its customer base. The Stanhope line, which features heirloom-quality collections, is a nod to the company’s 116-year history. It includes collections in the bedroom, dining room and living room categories with new items planned for rollout in the future. There is also a line of Stanhope mattresses that combine old-world craftsmanship with cutting-edge technology. The new mattresses will round out Badcock’s existing recognizable private-label bedding brands that include Sweet Dreamzzz, Legends and

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Doug Clark
Washington State privacy act earns retailer support

A data privacy bill gathering support in the Washington State Senate protects the interests of consumers and retailers, according to the Washington Retail Association. The measure is SB 6281. Its primary sponsor is Sen. Reuven Carlyle, a Seattle Democrat who chairs the Senate Environment, Energy & Technology Committee.  Mark Johnson, WRA’s senior vice president of policy and government affairs, says the measure contains four key provisions: Shared liability among businesses that handle consumer data. Equal responsibility between retailers and data processors in ensuring consumer data privacy. Enforcement solely by the state attorney general, not by a private right of action.

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Doug Clark
Coronavirus is likely to disrupt furniture industry

Business groups and furniture importers expect the spread of a new virus that originated in China to disrupt supply chains. The U.S. government is taking strong steps to contain the danger. The coronavirus is “a very serious public health threat,” Dr. Nancy Messonnier said Monday. “We are preparing as if this is the next pandemic.” Messonnier directs the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases within the Centers for Disease Control. She gave a media briefing Monday. Also Monday, Dr. Anita Patel, deputy incident manager for coronavirus response for CDC, delivered a similar message to members of the National Retail

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