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Doug Clark
Cal/OSHA Update: More “paperwork” required for larger furniture retailers

It’s not a suggestion anymore. Cal/OSHA, California’s occupational safety and health agency, now requires that many employers file summaries of work-related injuries and illnesses electronically by December 31. Furniture retailers are among the covered businesses. The rule applies to companies with 250 or more employees, except for those exempted here and those with 20 to 249 employees in categories listed here. Home furnishings stores are included. The form is 300A, an annual summary of incidents. The filing covers the 2017 calendar year and requires employers to list the numbers of work-related deaths, injuries, skin disorders, respiratory conditions, poisonings, cases of

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Shane Spiller
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Robert Bell
Spiller Furniture turns 70, stronger than ever

To outsiders, Tuscaloosa, Ala., is known for its barbecue joints and national football champions, but where local residents are concerned, there’s an even bigger landmark. For 70 years HFA member Spiller Furniture has been a fixture in this college town, furnishing homes and dorms and slowly growing its footprint in other parts of the state and Mississippi. “Doing anything for 70 years is tough, but selling furniture in this day and age? That’s really hard,” says HFA member Shane Spiller, the third-generation owner of Spiller Furniture. “But as hard as it is, I enjoy the challenge.” Spiller Furniture has 14

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Doug Clark
Bob Wo leaves a rich legacy

The “Celebration of Life” for Bob Wo is sure to be a big event in Honolulu Sunday. In his 95 years, he accomplished much to celebrate. Robert Ching Wo died Sept. 13. He left a large family, a successful business and a long record of philanthropy. Among those lasting achievements, he and his brother, Jim, created The Wo International Center at Punahou School. The school provides global education opportunities for K-12 students. After World War II, the Wo brothers – Bob, Jim and Bill – transformed their family’s C.S. Wo general store into a full-line furniture store. Home Furnishings Association

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Policy Matters
Home Furnishings Association
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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Tech
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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Tech
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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