Lighting Retail Education

Lighting retailers of all sizes in all locations around North America face similar problems and have similar concerns. They need to know the latest industry news and have access to the latest product introductions, always keeping up with what's new and what's next. In this Lighting Retailers section, retailers will have access to news and feature stories to keep them up to date on this evolving industry.

Mosaic-tiled bathtub from West Coast Mosaic
Imagine bathing in this tub from West Coast Mosaics.

Mosaic Moments at KBIS

This year, the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) launched the Salon by KBIS space, a new section of the show dedicated to artisan, small-batch and international companies with something…
NRF Lars Peterson
IKEA U.S. President Lars Peterson spoke on how diversity and inclusion initiatives have been good for business and retaining talent.

Retail Voices

Just two years ago, industry headlines were rife with store closings, bankruptcies, mass layoffs and even media reports of zombie retailers. “I would say that retail is back, but that would be wrong…
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How to Woo Value Shoppers

Who doesn’t love a good deal? Very few people, according to the National Retail Federation’s (NRF) Consumer View quarterly survey. For the fall 2018 edition, the NRF surveyed more than 3,000 U.S.…
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4 Social Video Tools That Make Editing Easy

According to research from Wyzowl, 83 percent of business owners surveyed think that video gives them a good ROI. If you can get over the growing pains of incorporating video into your marketing…
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Holiday Sales Miss Expectations: What the Latest Numbers Mean for Retailers and Designers

The U.S. Census Bureau released some startling numbers on the recent holiday season shopping numbers, and they didn't provide a lot of optimism for economists and the stock market. The bureau found…
Michael Alan Furniture & Design
Michael Alan Furniture & Design in Lake Havasu City, AZ, offers design services in a retail environment that includes curated one-of-a-kind pieces.

The Whole Experience

When design is in your blood, it’s hard to imagine doing anything else. For Chris Cooley, owner of Michael Alan Furniture & Design in Lake Havasu City, AZ, a lifetime career in interiors began at…
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3 Barriers to Offering Speedy Shipping and What You Can Do About Them

When Gallery Furniture in Houston opened for business in 1981, the home furnishings store offered same-day delivery based on the need to make room for more product. “If he didn’t deliver the…
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What Your Email Stats Can Tell You About Your Customers

Your email data may be one of the most useful marketing tools hiding in plain sight. By going through it regularly, you can learn so much about your customers' habits, interests and preferences,…
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3 Pinterest Content Ideas to Try Out

For interior designers and retailers alike, Pinterest can be a great channel to reach potential clients who are planning for their current and future spaces. In fact, 60 percent of pinners have used…
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At Michael Alan Furniture & Design in Lake Havasu City, AZ, owner Chris Cooley creates an experience for customers by shopping for one-of-a-kind pieces like those shown here.

Simple Experiences

For two sisters on a Friday night, nothing beats tapas and a trip to one of three local HomeGoods stores. In December, I flew to D.C. to visit a few showrooms for the upcoming Retail Road Trip, and I…