Michael Fiacco and his wife at the HFA Retailer of the Year Celebration.
Mark Schumacher
Lessons from the Road – Old Brick Furniture & Mattress Co

Several companies grew during the pandemic, finding ways to expand amid stiff headwinds and once-in-a-generation challenges. Old Brick Furniture & Mattress Company, the HFA 2023 Retailer of the Year (stores with more than 50 employees), takes pandemic growth and expansion to another level. I have to give you the back

Biltrite Family with HFA 2023 Retailer of the Year Award, standing in furniture showroom
Mark Schumacher
Lessons from the Road – BILTRITE Furniture

You Can’t Do Business Like That In my travels as HFA’s CEO, I have been blessed to see many different ways to sell home furnishings. I have always said you could give separate store owners the same store footprint and the same product lines and you would end up with

Mark Schumacher, HFA CEO, and Matt Pridemore, Owner, Badcock Home Furniture & More with 2023 HFA Emerging Star Award
Mark Schumacher
Lessons From the Road-Matt Pridemore

Matt Pridemore’s Life-Changing “Call” Last week I found myself traveling to Valdosta, GA to present one of the Home Furnishings Association’s Retailer of the Year awards. Matt Pridemore is HFA’s 2023 Emerging Star Award recipient. He owns many Badcock Home Furniture and More franchise stores (his first was the store

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Home Furnishings Association
Human Resources Portal for Home Furnishings Retailers

The Home Furnishings Association has just released a groundbreaking tool to help simplify HR Management. The HFA Human Resource Portal is your indispensable resource for managing and growing your business. This tool provides members with important content in all areas of HR, from compliance & risk management advice and benefits

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Mark Schumacher
HFA Thanks Departing Board Members

When I started at HFA, the first picture I saw of David Gunn he was wearing a western shirt and a cowboy hat. This bigger-than-life Texan had an intimidating appearance. When I met him, however, I realized his heart was bigger than life—the heart he has for the home furnishings

Baby standing in front of dresser with one drawer opened.
Home Furnishings Association
Significant Tip-Over Changes in 2023

Of all the advocacy discussions and debates we weighed in on in 2022 that impacted our industry, legislation surrounding furniture tip-over and clothing storage units for children topped the list.  Our industry has consistently pushed for a mandatory standard for clothing storage units for over a decade, with child safety

Home Furnishings Association
HFA member got fired up with Synchrony

This past summer, Synchrony piloted a new Summer Application Incentive for the month of August. The goal was for HFA Members that were on the HFA Synchrony program from August 2021 to August 2022 and had beaten their store’s August YOY credit application volume by 25% would win a store

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Mark Schumacher
Finish Strong

On my 30th wedding anniversary eight years ago, my wife gave me a bracelet engraved with one of my favorite motivation phrases: finish strong. I apply that to my life as a whole and my work. I bring this up because we all need to finish 2022 strong. It has

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Mark Schumacher
One in the Win Column: Ocean Shipping Reform Act

Often when we talk about our government relations action team (GRAT) and our advocacy efforts, it is always about works in progress. We focus on those issues that are at hand, and that need a resolution of some sort. Finally, we have the chance to discuss something we worked on

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Profit Chain
Managing Supply Chain Risk in Times of Uncertainty

Robert Kennedy proclaimed in a speech many years ago, “There is a Chinese curse which says, ‘May he live in interesting times.’ ” As current events continue to unfold, it would seem as though we are living in increasingly interesting times. Recent announcements by many auto manufacturers that production lines

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