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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.

The Family Jewels

Sapphires, rubies and emeralds — oh my! It’s no wonder the precious (and semi-precious) palette has popped up everywhere from fashion runways to floral arrangements this year—and pretty much every…

Top 3 Apps for Editing Photos

Nothing kills an image like poor lighting or a blurry background, and in an increasingly digital world where most consumers will judge you first by your social media profiles and website, you can't…

How to Publish Your Own Shelter Magazine

Elements Lighting and Home, an 18,000-square-foot showroom on Long Island in New York, is filled with pretty things — lighting from all the top brands, furniture and accessories too. Retail customers…

What You Can Learn from Walmart's Black Friday Strategy

Ten years ago, no Thanksgiving meal ended without a few Black Friday horror stories: alarms going off at 4 a.m., the long lines in front of Walmart and Best Buy and the fights to score the big gifts…

4 Tips for Choosing the Right Music for Your Showroom

If your showroom is an experience, you want it to be a harmonious one, with all aspects combining to strike all the right chords with your customers. Especially in an industry that’s so visually-…

Ace of Vase

Astrologers may disagree on the exact timing of the Age of Aquarius (apparently lyrics from the 1967 musical “Hair” spout a bunch of hooey), but in true Aquarian fashion, a growing tribe of…

3 Reasons Why 2018 Is the Year of the Smart Home

The year 2018 is expected to be the year of the smart home — the year consumers finally embrace the true smart home movement — and there's good reason to see why. LED bulbs are coming down in price…

5 Reasons to Say "Viva Las Vegas Market"

Forget about Gwyneth Paltrow’s “Clean Sleeping” regimen; most of us just need sleep and more of it—with or without an $80 copper pillowcase. A solid eight hours of shuteye helps improve memory and…

Share of Showroom

Rent takes a big bite out of profits, but what if there was a way to cut that expense and generate new business in the process? Opening your showroom up to a complementary business generates a number…

Amazon's New Furniture Brands and What They Mean for Your Showroom

After months of speculation and a few trade market appearances, Amazon officially entered the furniture game this month with the launch of two new private label brands, Rivet and Stone & Beam.…
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