Retail Education

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.

Photo by Igor Miske on Unsplash
Photo by Igor Miske on Unsplash

7 Tips for Considering E-commerce at Retail

With more than a year of consumers adapting to purchasing online and delivery or curbside pickup as a result of COVID-19, if you haven’t yet added e-commerce, now is the time to be considering this…
Henck Design
Christina Henck, Henck Design, opened a physical showroom in Philadelphia this summer to support her design business, and it has exceeded her expectations.

Christina Henck Banks on Design With New Retail Space

Necessity is the mother of invention — and growth — as in the case of Christina Henck, founder of Henck Design, which now incorporates a new home furnishings retail showroom in Philadelphia. “I would…
Jamie Merida Bountiful Home
Understanding the coastal community where Bountiful Home and Jamie Merida Interiors is located has helped Merida offer a style that resonates with his customers.

Jamie Merida Brings Bountiful Home

If you’re a regular reader of Furniture, Lighting & Decor, you’ve seen Jamie Merida’s name. He’s been a panelist on our virtual seminars, and we’ve talked with him about how he’s built his brand…

COVID-19 Holiday Retail Strategies

Business analysts anticipate several ways holiday retail will be different this year. Shoppers, for example, likely won’t wait until Black Friday as the start of the holiday buying season in an…
TEXTUR
Greg Terrill says TXTUR furniture is designed to be upcycled over and over again, with credits for customers returning furniture, and discounts on upcycled, refurbished pieces.

TXTUR Takes Sustainability to the Next Level

In an era where sustainability continues to resonate with environmentally conscious consumers, a furniture company has emerged to address this growing concern with a unique business model in the…
Image by Photo Mix from Pixabay
Image by Photo Mix from Pixabay

Furniture Retailers Expect Sales Surge to Continue, Survey Finds

Furniture retailers expect sales to accelerate through the fourth quarter of 2020, according to a survey by Piper Sandler in partnership with the Home Furnishings Association. The bullish outlook…
Laurence Carr
Designer Laurence Carr says delivery timelines from local suppliers are currently more reliable.

American-Made Advantages in the Coronavirus Era

For retailers and designers, keeping their clients happy comes down to reliability: ticking off the boxes as the design process moves forward, and delivering a final finished space, furnishings and…
Home Collections Furniture’s Lael Thompson shares tips on good final-mile delivery.
Home Collections Furniture’s Lael Thompson shares tips on good final-mile delivery.

Tips for Last Mile Delivery

Much has been written about the importance of the final mile in successfully (and profitably) completing a furniture sale. Delivering big-ticket products of large size and unusual shapes and…
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Image by StartupStockPhotos from Pixabay

What's Your Plan? Your Plan B?

These are unusual times we’re living through. I don’t think I have to go into the specifics. Right now, the world can feel a little bit uncertain. In that uncertainty, however, there is always…
Universal Furniture High Point Market Seminars
Universal Furniture's Lineup of Seminars during High Point Market

Universal Furniture Sets Educational Lineup for High Point Market

While High Point Market will be a bit different this fall with extended dates, attendees organized by region and the requirement of masks, Universal Furniture is working behind the scenes to deliver…