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Doug Clark
Businesses get another chance at PPP loans

Congress really wants small businesses to keep borrowing through the Paycheck Protection Program. By unanimous consent Tuesday, the Senate agreed to a measure introduced by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.) extending the popular lending program to Aug. 8. Late this afternoon, the House of Representatives took similar action. The PPP hit

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Robert Bell
Retailers discuss delivering furniture and reassurance to customers

Walk into most bars and restaurants and the maskless patrons and workers make it appear our pandemic worries are over. Three furniture retailer delivery experts advised an HFA live Covid-19 Webinar audience last week not to believe that. Carl Nyberg, COO of Home Furnishings Association member HOM Furniture in Minnesota,

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Robert Bell
With summer vacations on hold, outdoor furniture sales take off

Summertime and the living is getting easier for many Americans who don’t have to worry about a zoonotic virus on vacation because they’re staying home and investing those savings into outdoor furniture. Home furnishings Association members say they’re seeing an increase in outdoor furniture sales, as more customers choose staycations

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Robert Bell
Martin Roberts, award-winning retail designer, dies at 78

Martin Roberts, an award-winning designer who helped physically redesign dozens of retail companies as big as Walmart and as small as independent furniture retailers, died May 29 due to complications from surgery. He was 78. Roberts’ clipped British accent and smile were a fixture at the Home Furnishings Association’s Resource

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Doug Clark
Ask state leaders for liability protection

The Home Furnishings Association is pressing Congress for liability protection. Republicans agree, Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Rep. Darin LaHood (R-Ill.) told HFA’s Government Relations Action Team in recent Zoom meetings. [HFA asks for liability protection as stores reopen] But Senate leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has indicated he’s in no

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Robert Bell
Retailers ready for a possible second round of closings

After three months of forced closings, furniture stores are up and running again — and doing a brisk business, too. But there’s no guarantee how long that boost will last as health experts warn a second wave of novel coronavirus is inevitable in the coming months. If stores are forced

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Doug Clark
Todd Wanek joins 2020 Hall of Fame class

Ashley Furniture Industries President and CEO Todd Wanek will take his place next to his father, Ron, in the American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame. Todd Wanek is one of five current or former industry leaders who make up the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020. They will be inducted

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Robert Bell
Shoptelligence CEO offers retailers tips for thriving in e-commerce

It’s no secret the novel coronavirus pandemic has changed how we shop, but at first there was only anecdotal evidence of that. In the Home Furnishings Association’s live COVID-19 Webinar June 4, Shoptelligence CEO Laura Khoury offered real data to to show just how dramatic that change is in the

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Robert Bell
Many HFA retailers report strong Memorial weekend sales

Furniture retailers historically use the Memorial Day weekend as a barometer for sales not just through the summer but for the rest of the year, too. Strong sales over the three-day weekend usually translate into a busy summer and fall, retailers say. So retailers are breathing a sigh of relief

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