Nov-Dec 2018

Image of a Woman Thinking
Mark Schumacher
The Future of Financing

Innovation pays off for Synchrony and its retail partners As part of Synchrony’s “Envision” conference in Chicago earlier this year, Home Furnishings Association CEO Sharron Bradley and I had the chance to visit the Synchrony offices and Innovation Station. There are apparently four of these “Innovation Stations” across Synchrony that use

2018 Emerging Star Winner Greg Rich
Robert Bell
Cheers, Greg!

Raise your glass to our 2018 Emerging Star winner Home Furnishings Association (HFA) member Greg Rich wasn’t always a furniture retailer. In another life—one that seems blissfully far removed these days—Rich recruited IT workers for large companies. It was a nice-paying gig. It was also one Rich desperately wanted out of. “I

Excited Man
Robert Bell
Supreme Victory in 2018

With little time to celebrate in 2019 First came President Trump’s much-heralded tax reform, which permanently lowered the corporate rate for furniture retailers and other businesses from 35 percent to 21 percent. Next came the Supreme Court’s ruling in South Dakota v. Wayfair Inc., a huge victory for retailers who

Badcock: Retailer of the Year
Robert Bell
“Brother by a different mother”

Rob Burnette might not be a Badcock by blood, but members of the furniture empire think of him as family. The feeling’s mutual. Four years ago, Badcock Home Furniture & More had a problem, one that any freshman business major could spot, but a little harder to fix: Same-store sales

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