COVID-19

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Doug Clark
HFA pushes harder for PPP loan forgiveness

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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Robert Bell
Cash is critical during a crisis, HFA panelists say

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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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

Rotmans
Robert Bell
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
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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Robert Bell
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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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

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Doug Clark
HFA promotes bill to simplify PPP loan forgiveness

With COVID-19 cases rising sharply in the Galax, Va., area, Larry Blevins is working hard to make sure Guynn Furniture & Mattress Company’s three stores are operating safely. Right now, he said that’s more important than “staying behind the desk doing paperwork.” Blevins is chief financial officer for Guynn Enterprises,

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