Shannon Williams
Home Furnishings Association
Home Furnishings Association Announces Shannon Williams as New CEO

[High Point, 2/5/2024] – Today, the Home Furnishings Association (HFA) announced that Shannon Williams will be its next Chief Executive Officer effective June 1, 2024.   Williams succeeds current CEO Mark Schumacher, who announced his intent to step down from his role last year.  She has worked for the HFA since

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Home Furnishings Association
Q4 2023 Furniture Retailer Survey Results

Demand Moves Toward Stabilization & Growth in 2024 The Q4 Furniture Retailer survey completed by Piper Sandler in partnership with the Home Furnishings Association (HFA) saw Q4 demand (written sales) improve from Q3 to an average decline of -3.6% y/y. December, at +1% (mean) and +4% (median), was not only

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Home Furnishings Association
Home Furnishings Association CEO to Step Down in 2024

[High Point, 10/9/2023] – The Home Furnishings Association (HFA) announced today that Chief Executive Officer Mark Schumacher has decided to step down from his role, effective May 31, 2024. “Since 2020, I have been blessed to work with HFA’s board and staff, guiding us through the COVID pandemic and the

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Tips for Website Accessibility for Online Retailers

Website accessibility for online retailers is crucial because it ensures compliance with legal requirements, opens new markets and customer segments, improves the user experience for all customers, and enhances the brand’s reputation. In today’s digital age, accessibility is not just a moral obligation but also a business imperative that retailers

Retailer of the Year Award Nominations are now open.
Home Furnishings Association
Nominations Now Open for HFA’s Retailer of the Year Awards

[High Point, 9/29/23] – The Home Furnishings Association (HFA) is excited to announce nominations are now open for its prestigious annual awards. The HFA Retailer of the Year Awards celebrate excellence, innovation, and leadership within the home furnishings industry. They highlight remarkable achievements of businesses and individuals who have significantly

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Home Furnishings Association
Saying Goodbye to Bill Cook of Howard Lorton Furniture & Design

As Howard Lorton Furniture & Design celebrates its 96th year, we are saddened by the passing of its President and long-time HFA Member, Bill Cook. Bill joined the Home Furnishings Association in 1984 and was passionate about our industry. He attended almost 100 High Point Furniture Markets and, at age

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Potential 2023 UPS Strike Could Impact Retailers

Prepare for Shipping Disruptions In today’s interconnected business landscape, small businesses heavily rely on efficient and reliable shipping services to maintain their supply chains and meet customer demands. With the potential 2023 UPS strike looming, you must understand the implications and take proactive measures to safeguard your operations. In this

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Home Furnishings Association
Clothing Storage Unit Compliance – A Sturdy Act 2023 Update

Over the last 18 months, HFA has engaged with industry, congressional, consumer safety, parents, and regulatory stakeholders to advocate for a consensus-driven mandatory stability standard for clothing storage units (CSU). Clothing storage unit compliance efforts culminated in the passage of the STURDY Act (Stop Tip-overs of Unstable, Risky Dressers on

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