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.

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Have you checked out these photo editing apps? Read on to learn more about them.

3 Best 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…
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Elements mails “LightStyle by Elements” to local residents and promotes the content on social media. But customers and designers can also pick up a copy in the showroom.

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…
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This year, Walmart and other retailers tried a few new strategies to compete with online retailers and bring customers to their stores. (Photo: Mike Mozart of TheToyChannel and JeepersMedia on YouTube via Flickr)

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…
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(Photo: Matthew Henry)

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-…
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Dive into these sea-colored vases and get some great styling tips.

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…
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The new Amazon Echo Show is just one reason. (Photo: Amazon)

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…
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Modshop will exhibit for the first time at this January’s Las Vegas Market.

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…
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(Photo: Seigle’s Cabinet Center)

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 newest furniture brands are available online
Amazon's newest furniture brands are available online.

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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(Photo: Pexels)

4 Tips For Writing Strong Product Descriptions

When it comes to uploading product details to your site, it’s easy to simply copy and paste the manufacturer’s description to a page and hit publish. While making a habit of this will no doubt save…