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.

CODARUS to Open To-The-Trade Showroom in Laguna Design Center

This October, CODARUS, a multi-line showroom and national sales organization, continues its expansion into the West Coast opening a nearly 10,000-square-foot to-the-trade showroom in the Laguna…
This kitchen in the Clive Christian Furniture showroom in Chicago redefines luxury shopping.

Creating an Experience in Chicago's Clive Christian Showroom

If there was one word on everyone's lips at the American Lighting Association conference in Vancouver, Canada, last week, it was experience: how to create an experience to bring customers to the…
The stage filled up quickly on Tuesday morning as the 2017 Lighting for Tomorrow winners were announced.

Lighting for Tomorrow 2017 Winners Announced at ALA Conference

The winners of the 2017 Lighting for Tomorrow awards were announced today at the annual American Lighting Assn. (ALA) conference at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver, Canada. This year's Lighting…
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Read Loretta Love Huff's guide to ending employee disputes in your showroom. (Photo: Markus Bormann -

9 Steps to Terminating Turf Wars

Conflict burns a deep hole in your bottom line, pushing your profits down the drain. You’ll never see the line item on your financials, but it’s there: production or project delays, cost overruns,…

Finalists Announced for 29th ARTS Awards

Dallas Market Center, producer of the ARTS Awards, and ART, the creative home furnishings network, today announced the finalists for the 29th annual ARTS Awards. The ARTS Awards, presented each…
Is Snapchat worth it for your furniture or lighting showroom? (Photo: AdamPrzezdziek via Flickr)

Should Furniture and Lighting Showrooms Be on Snapchat?

Snapchat has come a long way from being a flash-in-the-pan social platform. Earlier this year, the disappearing photo/video app opened for public purchase with an average of 158 billion daily users,…
Manufacturers like JANUS et Cie (pictured here) will showcase their finest casual and outdoor furnishings at Casual Market Chicago.

The Ultimate Guide to Casual Market Chicago

Next week, buyers from all over the country will head to Chicago's Merchandise Mart for Casual Market Chicago. The massive trade show, which runs from Tuesday Sept. 12-15, will showcase new offerings…

Dallas Market Center Launches DMC Cares

Dallas Market Center (DMC) launched a new hurricane relief program — DMC Cares — yesterday to help aid those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. The market center's goal is to create $1 million in support…
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3 Signs Your Showroom Website is Outdated

It's common knowledge that first impressions make the biggest impressions. Before the internet, most consumers made their first impressions of home furnishing and lighting showrooms when they walked…
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Palette & Parlor owners John and Ivy Simon set their site apart from the pack with strong content.

Breaking Through the Noise

It’s near midnight and John and Ivy Simon are still hard at work. While their Chapel Hill, NC, store closes at 6 p.m., most evenings the husband-and-wife team can be found bent over their laptops,…