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Home Furnishings Association
How Investing in Technology Can Save Your Furniture Business

Afraid to invest in new technology? To stay relevant in this digital age, it’s vital for furniture stores to choose a tech solution with proven ROI to improve the online shopping experience and attract new furniture customers. More than 40 percent of furniture store owners admit they need a new website or online tools, yet they’re hesitant when it comes to investing in technology and don’t even know why they need something different, says Sales Manager Doug Stump of PERQ, an online guided shopping software solution. “I’d say 100 percent of stores I talk to have no idea how their

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Home Furnishings Association
Will brick and mortar retailers see more marketplace fairness in the near future?

Just a quick HFA Government Relations update- a big one. South Dakota is expected to file a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court seeking for the case (Quill v. North Dakota) to be heard, and in turn, overturn the physical presence rule. Given the gridlock in Congress with respect to Marketplace Fairness legislation, establishing a national framework for online sales tax collection, this presents the most immediate opportunity for fairness for brick and mortar retailers. The HFA has joined with peer industry groups in drafting an amicus brief in support of the Supreme Court hearing the case. Many industry/retail groups are expected to

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Jef Spencer
Tips on Using Hand Trucks, Carts and Dollies Properly

Back injuries are a common problem caused by carrying or moving loads. While using delivery trucks can make the task easier and faster, it becomes impractical when loads just have to be transported a short distance. This is where material handling carts and equipment come into the picture. With these tools, workers can transport light or heavy loads faster, without worrying about back injuries or gas consumption. Safety Measures As with carrying loads by hand and with vehicles, handling loads with hand trucks, carts and dollies can pose hazards if they are not used properly. Avoid accidents by following these

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Home Furnishings Association
Home Furnishings Association Announces New Member Program with PERQ

Roseville, CA (September 18, 2017) – Today the Home Furnishings Association (HFA) and PERQ announced a strategic partnership to provide PERQ’s technology platform to HFA retail members at negotiated discounts. Enjoy the PERQ’s PERQ’s technology platform provides a web engagement tool that helps retailers win the website experience the same way they try to win the showroom experience, through personalized, one-to-one interaction. Consequently, PERQ’s interactive experiences generate excitement and engagement. This is done by providing the kind of shopping assistance today’s consumers expect from every website they visit. Most importantly, they facilitate a higher conversion of website visitors to in-store

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Home Furnishings Association
Promote Workplace Safety with These Truck Loading/Unloading Tactics

There are so many things to be aware of when loading and unloading a truck many people don’t know or chose to ignore. From 2005-2010 in Washington State alone, there were 12 fatalities due to truck loading/unloading. Workplace injuries and even fatalities are 100% preventable by implementing the following safety truck loading and unloading techniques: Be Aware Of Trucks Backing Into The Loading Zone Always be aware of your surroundings, especially when giant trucks are involved. If a truck is backing up, get away from the loading zone as it is very hard for the driver to see behind the

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Home Furnishings Association
Identify Workplace Hazards w/ OSHA-Compliant Signs & Labels!

According to OSHA’s Specifications for Accident Prevention (29 CFR 1910.145), employers must indicate and define potential hazards around the workplace. Safety signs and labels are easy and effective ways to communicate warnings and comply with OSHA standards. Here are the top five common workplace safety signs and labels that will help you comply with OSHA regulations: Exit Route Signs Place Exit Route Signs along pathways leading to exits and post directional evacuation markings every 100 feet. Fire Safety Signs Make sure fire extinguishers are present and clearly marked by posting Signs. Electrical Hazard Signs & Labels Warn employees about electrical hazards with conspicuous Warning

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