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.

Bedroom with gray task light from Lucas + McKearn
Task lighting, like this table lamp from Lucas + McKearn, can play a big role in aging-in-place — if that's what we should call it. (Photo: Lucas + McKearn)

Should We Call it Aging-in-Place?

By 2036, one in five people in the U.S. will be over the age of 65, according to the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies.  As Baby Boomers begin to exit the workforce and retire, retailers and…
Can you handle the fringe?

Fringe Benefits

Generations of bikers, hippies and cowpunchers can’t be wrong: There’s just something about fringe. Sure, it’s festive. Certainly, it shimmies. But it’s not for the faint of heart, and therein lies…
Sharp lines and sharper designs.

Group Law: Geometric Tables

Remember when your 4th grade teacher would drone on about right angles, line segments and isosceles triangles, and you rolled your eyes because “like in real life when would you ever actually use…
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…
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…
Gregory Heller

Theodore Alexander Appoints New Chief Creative Officer

Theodore Alexander today announced that Gregory Heller is joining the company as Chief Creative Officer. In the newly created position, Heller will direct and coordinate product management…
(Photo: StyleCraft)

StyleCraft Distribution Footprint Surpasses 1 Million Square Feet Worldwide

StyleCraft Home Collection announced this week that it will expand its current headquarters in Southaven, MS to 400,000 square feet of warehouse, office and showroom space. The company now has more…
Tenton console with Gold Leaf finished legs and a marble top from Global Views
These consoles, like this one from Global Views, never compromise on style.

Small Space Consoles

The August issue of Millennial Home focuses on small-space living for good reason: More and more people are downsizing. Millennials and young people in cities live in small apartments, and Baby…
What's trending in your state? (Photo: Joybird)

Top 3 Design Trends in Every State

The latest research on top design trends from Joybird surprised a lot of designers this week. The online furniture retailer's newest findings break down the top three most searched design trends by…
Living Lighting on King finds cool ways to use accent furniture to show off their lighting. (Photo: Living Lighing on King)
Living Lighting on King finds cool ways to use accent furniture to show off their lighting. (Photo: Living Lighing on King)

Real Talk: 'We Sell Lights, But We Love Accent Furniture Too.’

If you want a stable portfolio, financial experts will tell you to diversify, diversify, diversify. Spread out your investments a bit, lest you become someone who loses everything when best-laid…