El Paso, TX. USA - October 23,2020: Free Covid-19 screening took place at the University of Texas at El Paso campus as the Covid-19 surge reaches nearly 27,000 cases. Four additional mobile morgues have been requested to help with the increasing Covid-19 death spike.
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The Home Furnishings Association urges furniture retailers to tell their state and local elected leaders that their businesses are safe, essential and strong contributors to economic recovery. “The COVID crisis isn’t going away soon,” Mark Schumacher, the association’s CEO, said in an email to more than 1,300 HFA members. “In

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Home Furnishings Association members who borrowed $50,000 or less through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) received good news last week. The Small Business Administration has granted easier loan forgiveness. Those small borrowers won’t be penalized if they reduced the number of employees or trimmed payroll. HFA has asked for more.

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Schewel’s Home in Lynchburg, Va., has completed a detailed Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response Plan – and shared it with the Home Furnishings Association. The document was required by the Virginia Safety and Health Codes Board. But its protocols are similar to federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration guidelines that

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The Home Furnishings Association and more than 100 other business groups continue pushing Congress for easy PPP loan forgiveness. So is Bobby Leon, owner of HFA member Chesnick Furniture in Victoria, Texas. And he helped win over his congressman. Congress has failed to advance any new COVID recovery legislation since

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The coronavirus pandemic and the ensuing shutdown of stores will have a direct impact on every furniture retailer’s bottom line this year. It will also affect how they manage their businesses moving into 2021.  At a recent Home Furnishings Association COVID-19 live webinar, HFA members Peter Theran and Bobby Watson

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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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Rotmans anticipates third-quarter sales equal to last year’s

Massachusetts had some of the strictest COVID-19 shutdown orders in the country earlier this year. Not only was Home Furnishings Association member Rotmans forced to close its doors in Worcester, Mass., but it also couldn’t sell online because its warehouse was forced to shutter, too. But summer has been a

Walker Furniture
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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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Liability protection in flux with new relief bill, analyst says

Although Republicans in the U.S. Senate, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, insist that liability protections are a top priority in the next pandemic relief bill, Home Furnishings Association members can expect some wiggle room in that hardline stance over the coming weeks, a senior economic analyst told retailers recently.

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