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Doug Clark
COVID-19 and your workplace: New FAQs

Furniture retailers should strive to follow public health guidelines as they try to make their businesses safe for employees and customers. Those guidelines are extensive. The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently updated its Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19 in workplaces. Here is a summary. What should I

Daniel Lubner
Robert Bell
Lubner tells retailers to start planning for the next disruption

Daniel Lubner was sitting in an Orlando, Fla., hotel bar in September 2017 wondering what was about to become of his business 195 miles south in Naples, Fla. Clive Daniel Home, a Top 100 Retailer, was hours away from being hammered by Hurricane Irma with winds over 100 mph and

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Doug Clark
Even in hotspots, furniture stores can operate safely

Political leaders in Houston and Harris County, Texas, want the authority to impose new lockdowns in response to rising coronavirus cases. Carolyn Blum said such orders shouldn’t apply to businesses like hers. “We are not part of the problem in any way, shape or form,” said the owner of Home

Sharron Bradley
Robert Bell
Sharron Bradley on retirement: ‘Quite a ride, but it’s time’

When Sharron Bradley was tapped to do the unthinkable – merge three furniture retail trade associations into one – she remembers feeling so many emotions: excitement, eagerness and energy, for starters.   But there was never a sense of being overwhelmed – for good reason.    “There wasn’t any time to feel overwhelmed,” she said. “There was

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Doug Clark
Doug Sanicola steps up to chair ICFA

Doug Sanicola had just stepped up to become acting chairman of the International Casual Furnishings Association this month when its board of directors faced “a very tough call,” he said. The next day, it voted to cancel Casual Market Chicago, its annual trade show held in September. Directors tried to

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Doug Clark
HFA panelists see strong sales as Wessel expects slow recovery

Noted economist David Wessel, speaking on a Home Furnishings Association Covid-19 Webinar July 2, forecast a slow recovery – but fellow panelists appeared to surprise him with reports of strong furniture sales now. “I think the industry as a whole, not just furnishings but the whole home category, has come

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Doug Clark
HFA, other groups support fall market schedule

The Home Furnishings Association and two other industry groups today urged their members to follow the High Point Market schedule for October. The High Point Market Authority in May set an expanded format to spread out attendance over nine days, Oct. 13-21. The schedule accounts for an expected reduction in

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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,

owners of Sunnyland Outdoor Furniture
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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