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ProtectALL
ProtectALL Makes Things Easier For You

ProtectALL is happy to be an HFA Solution Partner and offer HFA members and their customers a wide range of warranty coverage plans. ProtectALL was founded in 1988 as a specialty bedding sheet producer and has evolved into a leader and innovator in the bedding and product protection plan industries.

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Mark Schumacher
HFA working on your behalf

These are unprecedented times for everyone, and specifically our industry. The customer journey is a bumpy one, thanks to COVID, and it will be quite a while before it smooths out. We have been asked by HFA members, small and large, how the association can directly speak to customers to

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Chris Andresen
Bipartisan infrastructure investment package is positive for retailers

August is not a typically busy month for federal policymakers. However, this August has laid the groundwork for potentially significant and generational legislative victories for President Biden and congressional Democrats. Just this week, the Senate passed a bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure investment package in a strong vote of 69-30. Following

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Chris Andresen
Protection from COVID-19 in the workplace

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) at the Department of Labor recently released its long-anticipated Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) on ‘Mitigating and Preventing the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace.’ Labor Secretary Marty Walsh led this effort while President Biden’s nominee for OSHA Administrator, Doug Parker, is still working

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David Gunn
Hiring challenges don’t mean lowering your standards

Today’s hiring challenges What would you say is your biggest challenge in 2021? Up until recently, I think most of us would have said it was the broken supply chain. But for many of us, that has changed to the hiring challenges of finding and keeping quality employees. No, scratch

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Chris Andresen
More chemical regulations for furniture manufacturing

The furniture industry is no stranger to regulation – we have adapted to comply with hundreds of state and federal regulations. But despite political gridlock at the federal level often slowing down legislative and regulatory efforts, more chemical regulations for furniture manufacturing are on the way. Aggressive regulatory efforts have

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Mark Schumacher
The Economy: When will furniture demand slow down?

The economy. If ever we needed someone with a crystal ball to tell us where this economy is going, now would be the time to find that person. We’ve been dealing with such confounding elements. Demand for home furnishings is still up even though supply is still down. While that

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David Gunn
Lawmakers can’t hear our voices if we don’t speak up

I have been to Washington, D.C. twice to discuss furniture industry issues on behalf of HFA and our members. It’s a trip HFA makes annually to meet face-to-face with our lawmakers and various government agencies to make sure our voices are heard as people who make a living in the

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Riaz Husein
Lean or Six Sigma. Which one is right for you?

In the past few years, the terms Lean Manufacturing and Six Sigma have been tossed around as companies look for proven methodologies in improving operations and reducing expense. Both approaches have been widely adopted in many industries with impressive results. There are two challenges for a small business owner: first,

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David Gunn
The helping hand of friends

As I write this, people throughout the country are dealing with crippling winter storms and need a helping hand. My area in Texas has been hit especially hard. In the six days my stores were closed, most of my employees were without power. City water facilities experienced power failures, generator

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