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Furniture retailers wear lots of hats – from supply chain manager to merchandiser to designer to salesperson. Having a reliable, simple-to-use point-of-sale system can help. But with so many options and price points, selecting the right POS for your unique needs can be a challenge. That’s where Furniture Wizard can

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Doug Clark
Charlie’s House showcases Crowley’s commitment to safety

When Greg Crowley celebrated his Home Furnishings Association Trailblazer Award with family, friends and employees at his Liberty, Mo., store back in February, Brett and Jenny Horn were there to add their congratulations. What a sad but ultimately fulfilling journey the Horns have had since their 2-year-old son Charlie died

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Doug Clark
HFA won’t open Las Vegas Resource Center

COVID-19 restrictions and necessary safety protocols have led the Home Furnishings Association to decide not to open its Resource Center at Las Vegas Market Aug. 30 to Sept. 3. “We appreciate the extraordinary measures International Market Centers will implement to make the Las Vegas Market a safe and healthy experience,”

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Doug Clark
HFA promotes industry COVID-19 safety alliance

The Home Furnishings Association has joined other furniture industry groups to form the Alliance4Safety. The initiative provides a roadmap for businesses to operate safely during a pandemic. “From the beginning of this crisis, we have stressed to government leaders at all levels that home furnishings retailers sell products that are

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Doug Clark
Crisis forces historic changes at Simon’s and other retailers

Six months ago, “It’s Safer at Simon’s” wouldn’t have made much sense as a marketing slogan for a furniture store. Today, it’s highly effective, according to Jared Simon of Simon’s Furniture, Mattresses & Appliances in Franklin, Mass. Since the Home Furnishings Association member began advertising safety during the COVID-19 crisis,

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Robert Bell
Registration opens for fall High Point Market

The High Point Market Authority has opened online registration for the Fall 2020 High Point Market, scheduled for Oct. 13-21. The authority is also debuting a microsite,, to outline safety measures pertaining to the fall market in response to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Previously announced as a 9-day market

Walker Furniture
Robert Bell
In new sales environment, retailers must keep customers informed

You know the disruption the pandemic is causing for with your suppliers, but do your customers? Chances are probably not. A pair of retailers told an HFA Live COVID-19 Webinar audience that it’s important to notify customers up front about possible delays in delivering their orders.  Katie White, a fourth-generation family

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Cate Gallagher
Digital tools bring sales success in new reality

It seems we are working our way out of the introduction phase of life during a pandemic and entering the phase where we start to adapt. The past few months have brought some sales challenges to light based on how customers want to do business moving forward: digitally. It is

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Robert Bell
Jordan’s opens its first store in Maine

There wasn’t the usual long line of shoppers waiting outside whenever Jordan’s Furniture opens a new store. But given the current pandemic, the crowd that showed up for the grand opening of the store’s new store last month in South Portland, Maine, was nice to see. Store officials did not

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HFA’s Boyst and Solution Partners honored for service to industry

As director of partnerships for the Home Furnishings Association, Jordan Boyst connects furniture retailers to service providers with a track record for success. So, recognition for Boyst as a dynamic young leader in the industry is a testament to the work he does to help HFA members. Boyst, 36, recently

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