Retail Education

Lighting and home furnishings 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 section, retailers will have access to news and feature stories to keep them up to date on this evolving industry.

Coco & Dash
Coco & Dash, Dallas, TX

Retail Strategies for Customer Retention

The relationship with your retail customer doesn’t end when the sale is made. It doesn’t start there either. Successful home furnishings and lighting retailers know a lot goes into making that…
lighting for health
Layering light sources adds visual interest to a room, but it also helps reduce eye strain and set the mood of a space, helping inhabitants relax and unwind.

How Lighting Technology Advances Affect Consumer Health and Wellness

Lighting, often called the jewelry of the home, can transform the aesthetics of a space, but it also has a major impact on health and wellness. Research has shown color temperature can affect sleep…
Randall Whitehead Lighting for Apartment Living
Interior Design: Turner Martin; Photo: Randall Whitehead

Optimizing Lighting for Apartment Life

Many people live in apartments and don’t have the ability to add permanently installed lighting. This doesn’t mean that you can’t have good apartment lighting, it simply means you need to be a little…

Retail Road Trip: Phoenix

Lightform Lighting Lightform Lighting stocks a unique mix of modern lighting fixtures from approximately 150 manufacturers. The Scottsdale showroom serves high-end residential and commercial…
JBanks timbers
Vanderslice and her design associates create resort-focused retreats for residential and commercial clients on a global scale.

How J. Banks' Joni Vanderslice Manages Interior Design and Retail Businesses

When it comes to interior design, Joni Vanderslice, President and Owner of J. Banks, does it all. She’s been at the helm of Hilton Head, SC-based J. Banks for more than 30 years, which covers…
(Photo: iStock)
(Photo: iStock)

POS: Keeping Up With Retail

For retailers in any industry, a point-of-sale (POS) system is essential to making the sale, taking payment and keeping track of inventory — often across multiple stores or platforms such as a…
dining table and chairs
(Photo: denisismagilov / stock.adobe.com)

Today’s Affluent Consumer: What the Research Tells Us

Affluent consumers are evolving, but having more money doesn’t necessarily mean owning more things. Research has shown that many affluent consumers care about design, and they’re also interested in…
Adobestock sofa
(Photo: scaliger / stock.adobe.com)

Create a Luxury Home Furnishings Retail Experience

When you hear the term “luxury,” images of opulence, haute couture and flashy displays of wealth might come to mind. But these days, luxury doesn’t look just one way, and luxury consumers aren’t just…
Phillips Collection planters
Neutral colors and simple shapes, as seen in the selection of planters from Phillips Collection pictured above, allow the plants inside to stand out.

Today's Planters Bring Style to Trending Natural Design Elements

As the outdoors continues to move in, the desire to bring more natural elements indoors and out continues to climb. Because today’s tech savvy consumers are exhibiting a newfound appreciation of…
pexels blank notebook
It's up to you to tell the story of your brand and connect with your ideal consumer. (Photo: Pexels user Tirachard Kumtanom)

Who Defines Your Brand?

Branding. It’s what differentiates one company from the next. It’s also what connects us to our customers. “Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room,” says Amazon's…