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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Natalie Reddell, founder of Commander in Chic, shares her eye-catching designs on her Instagram page.

4 Furniture and Design Showrunners Share How They Do Things a Little Differently

In today’s world, where everyone has the ability to become a superstar on YouTube or Instagram, doing something just a little different offers the ability to have an impact. These four companies have…

BrandJump Launches MAP Software

E-commerce channel management company BrandJump today announced the soft launch of its new pricing tool. This new feature — which will be incorporated into BrandJump’s existing suite of services –…

Meet the Lifestyle and Lighting Retailers from our Raleigh, NC, Retail Road Trip

Port of Raleigh  Just off of Route 40, as you arrive in downtown Raleigh, you’ll find Port of Raleigh. Peppered with home accents, home goods and gifts you really, truly won’t find anywhere else in…
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A Color Explosion

About seven years ago, while preparing to give a keynote speech at High Point Market, interior designer Julia Buckingham had a bit of an ah-ha moment. While trying to put a succinct name to her…
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E-commerce Lessons Learned

Adding e-commerce to a website can be a daunting task. We spoke to two retailers in the infancy of their e-commerce experience to see what lessons they’ve learned since starting up.  Filament Home…
Garden City Furniture rebranding
Garden City Furniture's new truck skins reflect the retailer's rebranding efforts.

Garden City Furniture Rolls Out New Logo Design

As part of a multi-year refresh and renovation, retail strategist Connie Post has created a new logo package for Garden City Furniture that is rolling out across the marketplace thanks to eye-…
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7 Tips for Making Your Business More Fun

Are you having fun in your business? When you enjoy something, you are happier (and that makes the people around you happier as well). On the other hand, if you find a task painful, you generally…
Shaw Hospitality
Shaw Hospitality's Community Broadloom rug collection was on display among other new products at the HD Expo hospitality show.

Do You Know What's Next for Home Design Trends?

Market season is upon us, and we know what that means. It’s time to ask the all-important question as we visit showrooms: “What’s new?” We know we can count on seeing it: new vendors, new styles and…
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Return to Sender: How Retailers Can Minimize Returns

Customer convenience is one major perk of e-commerce. With a few clicks and some payment information, consumers can get almost anything delivered straight to their door in a matter of days. And they…
ICFA retailer education
Left to right: Gary Drummond, Dan Polanski, Heather Woods

ICFA Revamps Pre-Casual Market Retailer Education Program

How can brick-and-mortar stores compete with the massive selection and ordering ease of online stores? The marketing experts at ACE Hardware say, throw a party. ACE is a 95-year-old hardware…