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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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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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What you need to know about complying with the EPA’s formaldehyde rule

EPA Formaldehyde Rule: The Environmental Protection Agency published its rule covering formaldehyde emissions in composite wood products in 2016. Most of the main requirements were scheduled to be implemented by December 2017. These requirements were delayed until December 2018 by the Trump Administration. Consequently, The Sierra Club and Earth Justice filed a lawsuit in California seeking to vacate that extension ruling following that delay. The court ruled in Sierra Club’s favor in mid-February. This established a new implementation timeline. Current California regulations only apply to products distributed in California. The new EPA rule applies to retailers nationwide. Most importantly, retailers

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Home Furnishings Association
Steps to Create the Best Furniture Website to Increase Sales

Transform your retail store website From online catalog to an extension of your sales staff with these furniture website tips that are sure to increase sales! Is your furniture store website delivering quality leads, capturing details on every visitor, and assisting consumers in their research so they move closer to making a purchase? If not, it’s time to turn your website into a great salesperson with these furniture website tips. Ditch the Digital Brochure Approach Interactive technology on a website makes the online consumer experience engaging and personalized, much like the fancy websites of big box stores and e-commerce heavyweights.

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Home Furnishings Association
Prop 65 Changes Effective Aug. 30, 2018

It’s the most far-reaching consumer “right to know” law in the nation and it has been revised, via Article 6, with changes that are effective August 30, 2018. What is Proposition 65? It’s a law that requires California businesses with 10 or more employees to provide a clear and reasonable warning before knowingly and intentionally exposing individuals to chemicals known to cause cancer and/ or reproductive toxicity. The law only requires businesses to warn of the exposure. The Governor is required to keep a list of all substances known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm. The

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