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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

GRAT BLOG One in the Win Column-Ocean Shipping Reform Act_HFA
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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Home Furnishings Association
Q1 2022 HFA/Piper Sandler Furniture Retailer Survey

The Q1 Furniture Retailer survey completed by Piper Sandler in partnership with the Home Furnishings Association (HFA) shows sales were flat to down for Q1. Sales were +1%/-5% on a mean/median basis. Transactions during Q1 declined -12% to -15%, while ASP was up mid-teens %. Online sales for retailers lagged

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Chris Andresen
CPSC tip-over proposal: Your input is needed

Recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) denied an industry request, co-signed by HFA, to extend the comment period for their clothing storage unit tip-over safety standard. Public comments are due to the CPSC by April 19, 2022. It is critical that the furniture retail voice is represented as they

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Outward Inc.
HFA Solution Partner: Outward, Inc.

Outward, Inc. is happy to be one of the Home Furnishings Association’s newest Solution Partners, providing its members with product photography tools and services to improve the way they do business. Retailers need high-quality product photography We understand that retailers must put their best foot forward when promoting their product

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Chris Andresen
CPSC proposal on tip-over safety

On January 19th, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) voted unanimously, 4-0, to advance its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPR) on a mandatory safety standard for Clothing Storage Unit tip-overs. The text in the CPSC proposal was initially published in July 2021, but the Commission did not receive a staff

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Mark Schumacher
The 3-10 Approach to eComm 

Recently, we held a webinar relating to optimizing eComm, and it was a perfect example of the need for what I call the 3-10 approach. Just looking at eComm alone, there are so many aspects of it that you need to get right to be successful. How are you tracking

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Jonathan Schulman
Customer loyalty comes from being brilliant

If you are an avid reader of my blog – thank you for your loyalty – you’d know that my family went to Switzerland over the Thanksgiving break. Ever been to Switzerland? It’s ludicrously expensive for everything! We bought a pint of water for seven American dollars – Insane. When

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