Retailing

Home furnishings and lighting retailers face many challenges in this ever-changing economy. From new consumer expectations to online competition, today's retailers work hard to ensure their customers have access to on-trend products and great customer service. In this section, you'll find all things retailing — news, features, analysis and tools — needed to make your retail business a success.

Tagging Along

Chinese tariffs have created plenty of tough issues for retailers in our industry, the most obvious of which is increased prices. A less apparent consequence of these pricing changes is dealing with…

Cultivate Your Tribe

I am an avid Seth Godin fan. If you don’t know who he is, Google him. He’s an inspiring marketer who teaches through an everyday blog, disruptive marketing books, speaking engagements and coursework…

Bet on These Trends for 2020

Maison & Objet — the twice-yearly lifestyle show for decoration, design, furniture, accessories, textiles, fragrances and tableware — is one of the best trend-spotting events worldwide. At the…

The Next Lighting Revolution

In many states across the U.S., homeowners can save nearly $160 annually by simply replacing a dozen standard 100-watt light bulbs with LED versions that also last 30 times longer and eat up 80…

The Future Comes Home

Ask any technophile (and for that matter many consumers) about the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) — the annual trade show organized by the Consumer Technology Association — and they’ll tell you that…

EQ3 Announces Expansion in the U.S. Market

EQ3, the Canada-based retailer and manufacturer of modern furniture and home decor, today announced its expansion in the U.S. with three new retail locations – two in Chicago and a flagship in New…

Idea Board: Total Smart Home

Sharp Spaces Indoor spaces keep getting smarter and smarter with new introductions made to grow and adapt as lifestyles change. From the new smart furniture company, 37˚C Smart Home, comes a…

What the Beauty Industry Can Teach the Home Goods Industry

If there's one company thriving in this retail environment, it's beauty and personal care retailer Ulta. The company reported a strong fourth quarter yesterday, and it's one of the few companies that…

Something for Everyone

In the fall of 2017, after working as an interior designer for eight years, Lynn Makiej opened the retail store MAK & CO. with husband, John, in Andover, MA, one of Boston’s northern suburbs. The…

How to Make a YouTube Video on a Budget

Our consumer research from last year found that when faced with a problem designing their homes, 46 percent of respondents said they go to YouTube for instructional videos. As the second largest…
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