Retail Merchandising

Merchandising is an important part of the lighting and home furnishings business, both for manufacturers and retailers. From case studies, to new techniques, to tried-and-true strategies, this page will provide info you need to showcase product in the most attention-grabbing way.

Exterior of a Toys R Us store
Photo: Mike Mozart via Flickr

3 Big Lessons from the Latest String of Bankruptcies and Closures

Last week, the retail industry — and the hundreds of people still humming "I don't wanna grow up, I wanna be a Toys R Us kid" song — got a nasty shock when toy retailer Toys R Us announced it would…
Hive pendant in gold from Vermont Modern hung in a living room with a violet wall and purple couch
New light fixtures like Hive from Vermont Modern can help turn a rental from sad into spectacular. 

Home Sweet Apartment

While there are plenty who dream of white picket fences and rooms their families can grow into, a growing number of folks are perfectly happy forking over 30 percent of their income each month in…

How Shipping Can Make — Or Break — An Online Sale

You can thank Amazon for setting consumer shipping expectations. For those enrolled in Amazon Prime, free shipping — free two-day shipping to be more specific — is the norm, and while that's not true…
Brick and mortar storefront
Photo: Konstantin L - stock.adobe.com

3 Big-Box Strategies to Borrow and Improve

Although they are inherently different, independent showrooms and big-box retailers like Restoration Hardware, Target and West Elm compete for consumers’ business, and it can sometimes feel like an…
City street in Washington, DC at the Adams Morgan retail area
DC Adams Morgan retail streetscape. (Photo: Brett VA via Flickr)

How to Take Advantage of 2018's Expected Retail Growth

Monday started off with good retail news from the U.S. Census Bureau. Preliminary estimates from the Bureau show that retail sales went up to $3.53 trillion in 2017, up 3.9 percent from 2016.…
Handley floor lamp with three black iron rod as a base with ivory shade
Let’s hear it for the brass!

Back in Brass

Long gone (and thankfully so) are the days when the single-minded pursuit of maintaining “the perfect home” rested squarely on the flawlessly dressed shoulders of the lady of the house. But while our…
Enchant area rug with geometric pattern from Loloi Rugs
Good things come in black and white.

Black and White On Rugs All Over

Timeless, dramatic and about as effortlessly chic as it gets, black and white knows how to make an entrance … or a living room or a bedroom or a … well, you get the picture. Here at Lighting &…
Exterior of the World Market Center, home of Las Vegas Market
Take notes. There's lots to see at Las Vegas Market in the World Market Center. (Photo: Jennifer Morrow via Flickr)

The Complete Guide to the Best Retailer Seminars at Las Vegas Market

It's hard to be bored at Las Vegas Market, let alone in Las Vegas. With so many great showrooms to tour and so many cocktail parties to attend, your schedule probably looks completely booked. But if…
Outside of Luxe Lighting Company on Greenwood Avenue in Seattle, Washington.
Inside Luxe Lighting Company, the lights are always on.

Showroom Spotlight: Luxe Lighting Company

Good things come in small packages. Wedged between a Portuguese wine shop and yarn store on a busy stretch of Greenwood Avenue in Northwest Seattle, Luxe Lighting Company is case and point. It’s warm…
Hooker Furniture by Kingsdown
Mattresses ship directly from Martinsville, VA.

Hooker Furniture Partners With Kingsdown

Hooker Furniture this week announced a new partnership with bedding manufacturer Kingsdown for an exclusive mattress collection. The Hooker Furniture by Kingsdown collection features step-up models…