Policy Matters

Hearing covers furniture tip-overs

A founder of Parents Against Tip-Overs pointed to common ground she shares with responsible furniture manufacturers and retailers during a congressional hearing June 13. “The compliant industry folks want a mandatory standard,” Crystal Ellis told members of the House Consumer Protection and Commerce subcommittee. “It’s something we agree on. We

California considers CCPA changes

The California Consumer Privacy Act is scheduled to take effect Jan. 1, but legislators are still making changes that can affect Home Furnishings Association members in the Golden State. There’s positive movement on some fronts. AB 846, addressing customer loyalty programs, passed the Assembly by a vote of 50-1 on

Congress leaves marketplace fairness to states

The Amazon marketplace is losing some of its attraction, Andrew Youderian, owner of the ecommerce community eCommerceFuel, recently reported, according to Forbes retail contributor Kiri Masters. Youderian conducts an annual survey of merchants and this year found “for the first time ever in our survey (that) non-Amazon sellers grew faster

HFA opposes Massachusetts bills

The Home Furnishings Association has asked Massachusetts legislators not to approve House and Senate bills restricting the use of certain flame retardants in upholstered furniture and mattresses. An identical measure was passed in the final hours of the 2018 legislative session but vetoed by Gov. Charlie Baker in January. There

New York acts on tip-overs

Photo above: Erica and Aaron Fried (courtesy HarperSmiles) A tip-over tragedy inspired Harper’s Law in New York state, which places legal obligations on furniture retailers who sell new clothing storage units. The legislation was approved by large margins in the New York Assembly and Senate May 30 and is expected

U.S. hits China for mattress dumping

American mattress producers that lodged an anti-dumping complaint against China applauded the U.S. Department of Commerce for its preliminary determination May 29 to impose import duties. “We are thrilled that Commerce has confirmed that Chinese producers are relying on significant dumping margins to unfairly compete in the U.S. market with

Furniture from Mexico faces tariffs

Photo above: Leaders from Mexico, the United States and Canada sign a free-trade agreement among their countries in November 2018. New tariffs on furniture imports from Mexico will impact retailers who are already feeling the effects of the trade war with China, analysts say. “They’ve got to raise prices,” said

CPSC’s Feldman calls tip-overs a ‘serious issue’

The subject of furniture tip-overs “is receiving the agency’s highest attention at this time,” Consumer Products Safety Commission member Peter Feldman told industry leaders in Washington, D.C., last week. Feldman, nominated by President Donald Trump and confirmed by the Senate last year, is the newest commissioner on the five-member CPSC.

Partisan politics holds up tax fix

Photo above: U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) speaks with Eric Blackledge of HFA member Blackledge Furniture on Capitol Hill May 14. An important tax correction continues to pick up bipartisan support on Capitol Hill, but it’s not out of the political swamp yet. Home Furnishings Association members heard reasons to

Home Furnishings Association members talk tariffs in Washington

Unseasonably cool weather greeted Home Furnishings Association members visiting Washington, D.C., last week, but one topic heated Capitol Hill conversations: Tariffs. “In no scenario does it help our industry to have tariffs,” Larry Zigerelli, president and CEO of FFO Home in Fort Smith, Ark., told a senior aide to Senate

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