Saturday, March 31, 2012

ART VAN FURNITURE TO HOST OPEN JOB FAIR

Art Van Furniture will sponsor a massive job fair that includes dozens of major Michigan employers, such as Compuware, DTE Energy, Ford Motor Company, Oakwood Healthcare and Wayne State University. Organized by the American Society of Employers, the event will take place on Tuesday, April 17, 2012. For these brave men and women who have given so much, we owe a great debt of gratitude, and an opportunity to have a job to help them return to civilian life, says Kim Yost, CEO of Art Van Furniture....

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Friday, March 30, 2012

DEFYSUPPLY ANNOUNCED CUSTOMIZATION OF THEIR ENTIRE PATIO FURNITURE

In anticipation of their 4-year anniversary, home furniture e-retailer DefySupply.com announced that their entire patio furniture collection can now be customized. By giving their customers the option to change both the rattan color, and seat cushion color, the site has clearly upped the ante in the market. As explained by their Founder & CEO Brent Gensler: It has become very clear to us that people want customized solutions for their home. We have had tremendous success by providing this...

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MOR FURNITURE OPENS NEW LYNNWOOD SHOWROOM

Mor Furniture for Less, a prominent home furniture retailer in the Pacific Northwest since 1983 is expanding its furniture store offering with a new Lynnwood location. The new Seattle area furniture store is now the company's 24th showroom and joins its largest in Kent, Washington. This is currently the second furniture store in the Seattle market for Mor Furniture for Less and joins others throughout Washington and Oregon, in service for nearly 30 years. The company's first bedroom...

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

NUMBER1DIRECT DECIDED TO MOVE AWAY FROM OFF-SHORE THIRD PARTIES FOR BLOSM

In order to automate and expedite content gathering for their vast product catalog, Number1Direct decided to move away from off-shore third parties in favor of blosm. With 40,000 SKUs coming in from various manufacturers across several industries, gathering and inputting the necessary amounts of data was rather laborious and time consuming. In order to get things running more smoothly, Steve tasked Jeff Minor, CIO & CTO with overseeing the project. As Jeff recalls, “we tried manually...

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ISPA EXPO 2012 EXPERIENCED THE LATEST IN MACHINERY, COMPONENTS, SERVICES AND TECHNOLOGY

With almost 200 exhibitors from 62 countries, the nearly 3,200 mattress industry participants that attended the International Sleep Products Association’s (ISPA) EXPO 2012 experienced the latest in machinery, components, services and technology at this leading biennial event. Held March 14-17 in Indianapolis, ISPA EXPO also featured nearly 60 first-time exhibitors. Jerry Pratt, president of Creative Ticking noted, “ISPA opens doors to the opportunities available in the industry and...

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

NBF WITH A DIVERSE AND EXTENSIVE GROUPING OF HEALTHCARE FURNITURE PRODUCTS AVAILABLE THROUGH ATTAINIA

National Business Furniture (NBF) has made a diverse and extensive grouping of healthcare furniture products available through Attainia, a recognized resource for the planning and development of healthcare facilities. Architects, planners and designers use Attainia’s web-based software program to plan, allocate funds and oversee capital installations in hospitals and medical facilities. The software integrates with CAD programs used in facility design, allowing budget-impacting decisions...

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Friday, March 23, 2012

HERTZ FURNITURE SYSTEMS WAS PRESENT AT TASBO

Hertz Furniture, leading school furniture supplier, attended the 66th Annual Conference for the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO). TASBO is a non-profit professional association offering many essential services to its 5,550 members. As conference participants, Hertz Furniture representatives, including Houston area rep Daniel Goldfine, West Texas rep Shane Ronay, and Eastern Texas rep Gabriel Schwartz, were able to interact personally with current and future customers at...

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Thursday, March 22, 2012

TAKKT FURTHER EXPANDS ITS BUSINESS AND COMMERCE IN 2011

TAKKT Group continued on its growth course in 2011. By acquiring the US direct marketing company for display products, TAKKT further expands its US portfolio and significantly strengthens its e-commerce competence. 2011 financial facts : • Organic turnover growth of 7.3 percent • Gross profit margin improves to 43.3 percent • Share of online turnover exceeds twenty percent for the first time • At 14.2 percent, EBITDA margin reaches the upper third of the target corridor...

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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

A NATIONAL SURVEY OF USED OFFICE FURNITURE DEALERS REVEALED A NUMBER OF INTERESTING TRENDS AND FACTS

A national survey of used office furniture dealers conducted by FurnitureFinders.com, the largest on-line source for new and used office furniture, revealed a number of interesting trends and facts of the state of the industry. The results were extremely positive. Over 81% of respondents said their 2011 business was higher than 2010. The dealers are also optimistic about 2012. Over 75% of respondents said they are expecting a better year than 2011. With the 1st quarter of 2012 coming to a close,...

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JOHN BRYSON, U.S. SECRETARY OF COMMERCE VISITED PAVILION FURNITURE

Miami based Pavilion Furniture was recently visited by U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson. Pavilion was chosen and praised based on its success as a manufacturer of U.S. product and its initiatives in selling U.S. product to the world market. Pavilion has just completed trips to both Panama and Hong Kong in which they worked closely with the U.S. Department of Commerce to establish new contacts to support export opportunities in those regions. Secretary Bryson spoke of recent initiatives...

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PASTELS POPPING UP EVERYWHERE IN THE HIGH POINT MARKET (03.21.2012)

Everywhere there were pastels in the High Point Market. The light and airy appeal of the colors may have first graced the runway, but home lines are following suit to bring a vibrant, yet graceful air to interiors. In fact, many designers have already been infusing pastels into their work, including several rooms at last year’s Hampton Showhouse. The two colors, Sweet Lilac and Tangerine Tango, were a part of Pantone's Spring 2012 Fashion Color Report. Tangerine Tango is the bold and...

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ELK GROUP INTERNATIONAL IS EXPANDING ITS PRESENCE AT LAS VEGAS MARKET

World Market Center Las Vegas announced that ELK Group International, a home furnishings leader made up of eleven brands including the recently announced partnership with HGTV, will expand its presence at Las Vegas Market and relocate to a larger showroom as it gears up for Summer 2012 Las Vegas Market, July 30 – August 3, 2012. The company is transitioning from a 1,336 square-foot showroom located in Building A, Suite 347 and a 2,926 square foot showroom in Building A, Suite 455 to a 10,176-square-foot...

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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

2012 FURNITURE SOCIETY-POWERMATIC SCHOLARSHIPS HAS BEEN AWARDED TO FIVE STUDENTS OF FURNITURE DESIGN

Alfred Sharp, president of The Furniture Society announced five winners of the 2012 Furniture Society-Powermatic Student Workshop Scholarship. These workshop scholarships are awarded annually to enrich the hands-on education of creative students of furniture design. Scholarship recipients were selected by a committee consisting of John Dennison, past conference co-chair, North Saanich, BC; Barry Schwaiger from Powermatic, LaVergne, TN; and Miguel Gomez-Ibanez, former Furniture Society president,...

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JENN-AIR WILL HAVE ITS LARGEST PRESENCE EVER AT THE ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST HOME DESIGN SHOW

Jenn-Air is going to have its largest presence ever at the upcoming Architectural Digest Home Design Show, scheduled for March 22-25,2012 at Pier 94 in Manhattan. In addition to doubling its display area for this 11th edition of the show, Jenn-Air is launching its new DesignVision iPhone application. The first-of-its-kind application lets users select Jenn-Air appliances and instantly see how they will look in their new kitchens. They can also choose finishes, take and share photos, and find...

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Monday, March 19, 2012

FASHION SEATING WITH ITS NEW LOUNGE CHAIR PRODUCT LINE

Restaurant furniture supply company Fashion Seating is presenting its newly expanded collection of lounge furnishings to bar and club owners. Commercial furniture supplier Fashion Seating is presenting a new collection of sleek, swanky bar chairs designed for club, lounge, and hotel lobby settings. “No one understands better than Fashion Seating that it’s essential to have a diverse stock of restaurant and bar furnishings available, so club, lounge, bar, hotel, and restaurant owners...

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JARONíS FURNITURE OUTLET WITH CELEBRATION FOR THE GRAND OPENING OF THEIR LUMBERTON, NJ FURNITURE STORE

Jaron’s Furniture Outlet, a discount furniture store offering quality furniture at affordable prices, is celebrating the grand opening of their Lumberton, NJ furniture store located at 1710 Route 38, at 11 a.m., Sunday, March 18, 2012 with special in-store sales and savings, celebrity guest appearances, giveaways, and more. “We are thrilled to be opening our second furniture store in New Jersey,” said Greg Jaron, founder and owner of Jaron’s Furniture Outlet. “Our...

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Saturday, March 17, 2012

STEELCASE LAUNCHED A YEAR-LONG CELEBRATION FOR ITS 100TH ANNIVERSARY

Steelcase launched a year-long celebration of its 100th anniversary, and its reinvention as a globally integrated enterprise, focused on the future of work. Looking ahead to the next 100 years, Steelcase is launching a celebration called 100 Dreams, 100 Minds, 100 Years as a dialog around the future and innovation necessary to support the changing world of work. Steelcase began its anniversary initiative by asking children from around the world to envision how people will live and work in the...

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ART VAN FURNITURE TO HELP THE TORNADO VICTIMS IN DEXTER

Art Van Furniture planned to help the tornado-stricken victims in Dexter to rebuild their lives with an exclusive furniture and mattress discount program. Art Van Furniture will offer tornado victims mattresses at cost and extend its employee purchase pricing. Guests will need to bring photos of damaged home or an insurance claim into an Art Van store. Their purchases will need to be approved by a store manager or sales manager and are good for a one time purchase only. This will also include...

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Friday, March 16, 2012

BSC LAUNCHING THEIR LATEST NATIONAL CAMPAIGN

Launching their latest national campaign to coincide with “May is Better Sleep Month,” the BSC is reaching out through traditional and new media to tell consumers that quality time with their mattresses is more important than they may think. “In our manic, overworked, overstressed, sleep-deprived world, people aren’t spending enough time with their mattresses, which means they’re falling asleep somewhere else,” says Karin Mahoney, communications director for...

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CCG LED SOLUTIONS EXPANDED TO CLIENTS OF RAPIDLY GROWING LED LIGHTING DEMAND

Demand for LED lighting, estimated to hit $11 billion by 2015, is escalating as commercial property owners, retailers, automotive dealers, and others with large areas to light, seek reduced energy consumption, extended product life span, environmentally-friendly products and accurate color rendition. CCG LED Solutions, founded in 2010, counsels its clients on the right LED solutions to maximize a return on investment, while decreasing light energy costs and the environmental impact. The company...

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Thursday, March 15, 2012

U.S. RETAIL SALES POSTED THEIR LARGEST GAIN

U.S. retail sales posted their largest gain in five months in February, with Americans feeling confident enough to buy more cars and other goods even as they paid more for gasoline. In the latest sign of improvement in the U.S. economy's prolonged recovery from the 2007-09 recession, sales rose 1.1 percent last month, the Commerce Department said on Tuesday, after a 0.6 percent increase in January. The sales gains were broad-based and numbers for previous months were revised higher, suggesting...

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

AROUND $25 BILLION REVENUE FOR US HOME FURNISHINGS STORE

The US home furnishings store industry includes about 20,000 stores with combined annual revenues of about $25 billion. Major companies include Bed Bath & Beyond and Williams-Sonoma. The industry is concentrated: the 50 largest companies account for about 75 percent of industry revenue. Furniture stores and retailers of floor coverings are covered in separate industry profiles. Demand is driven by consumer income. Large companies compete through volume purchasing, breadth of products, and...

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Monday, March 12, 2012

SPECIAL EVENT SERIES AT NEOCON 2012

The 44th annual NeoCon, to be held June 11-13 at Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, provides show attendees a full calendar of special events for networking and unwinding after navigating the largest contract furnishings show in North America. Following is a summary of scheduled special events featured throughout the show: SPECIAL EVENTS • DIFFA/Chicago Believe 2012 GardenGala Marriott Chicago Downtown Magnificent Mile Designers, architects and design industry leaders will show their support...

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

ACCORDING TO GIA, THE US OUTDOOR FURNITURE MARKET TO EXCEED US$5.0 BILLION BY 2017

The research report titled “Outdoor Furniture: A US Market Report” announced by Global Industry Analysts Inc., provides a comprehensive review of the furniture market, impact of recession, current market trends, key growth drivers, recent industry activity, and profiles of major/niche global market participants. The report provides annual sales estimates and projections for the years 2009 through 2017 in value (US$) terms for the United States market. Key furniture materials analyzed...

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Friday, March 09, 2012

NEW WEBSITE BY SELENE FURNITURE

Contemporary Italian furniture manufacturer Selene Furniture is pleased to announce the launch of their new Website selenefurniture.com. The Canada-based Selene Furniture offers the best in custom and highly sought-after modern Italian design home furnishings to modern furniture Toronto buyers. Modern furniture Toronto buyers as well as fine furniture lovers the world over are immediately drawn to the sleek lines, design sensibilities and craftsmanship of Italian-made furniture. Their new Website...

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Wednesday, March 07, 2012

HIGH POINT MARKET HAS PRODUCED A UNIQUE INTERACTIVE VIDEO

Once again on the cutting-edge of technology and social media, the High Point Market has produced a unique interactive video to showcase a buyer’s discovery of the world’s largest home furnishings show and all that it has to offer. The Discovery Video puts a spotlight on the depth and breadth of the High Point Market and its reach around the world. As the buyer in the video learns more about the High Point Market, the viewer can interact with the video itself, discovering embedded...

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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

WHOLESALE FURNITURE BROKERS HAS ADDED 4 GEL MATTRESSES, 3 GEL MATTRESS TOPPERS, AND 1 METAL BED FRAME BY BOYD SPECIALTY SLEEP

Wholesale Furniture Brokers has added 4 gel mattresses, 3 gel mattress toppers, and 1 metal bed frame by Boyd Specialty Sleep to its online stores. Wholesale Furniture Brokers is introducing 8 mattress products by Boyd Specialty Sleep on its US and Canadian online stores. The eco-friendly gel mattresses are a step up from Boyd's original collection of memory foam mattresses. The gel memory foam offers a cooler sleep compared to traditional memory foam, says Matt Holmes, Wholesale Furniture...

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Monday, March 05, 2012

THE RELEASE OF A COMPREHENSIVE US REPORT ON THE OUTDOOR FURNITURE MARKET

GIA announces the release of a comprehensive US report on the Outdoor Furniture market. The US market for Outdoor Furniture is projected to exceed US$5.0 billion by the year 2017, spurred by changing consumer trends in the residential sector, economic revival, popularity of fashionable lifestyle products and higher disposable incomes. In addition, rising concept of outdoor living, particularly lavish outdoor living spaces with new materials, comfortable seating and elaborate lighting steers the...

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Saturday, March 03, 2012

COMPX INTERNETIONAL ANNOUNCED THE FOURTH QUARTER SALES OF 2011

CompX International Inc. announced sales of $33.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to $32.3 million in the same period of 2010. Fourth quarter 2011 operating income increased primarily due to the increase in sales and lower litigation and facility consolidation expenses in 2011 partially offset by a less favorable product sales mix and higher raw material costs in 2011 compared to 2010. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2011 was $1.0 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, compared...

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Friday, March 02, 2012

NEW ALLAINCE TO SERVE FURNITURE DESIGN INDUSTRY

20-20 Technologies Inc., a specialist in 3D interior design and furniture manufacturing software, announced a strategic alliance with Interiorvista Decoracion Digital S.L. 20-20 will market and sell Interiorvista's applications worldwide with exclusivity in the United States and Canada as well as in the United Kingdom. The partnership will deliver a series of initiatives to enhance the sales activities of the design and furniture industries as well as the way their respective products are configured, presented and sold.

"The partnership with Interiorvista is an important step forward in 20-20's recently implemented partnership strategy," said Jean-François Grou, 20-20's Chief Executive Officer. "Interiorvista's leadership and expertise will allow 20-20 to serve our customers better by offering them the extended set of tools they need to engage consumers in an innovative and interactive manner. The added bonus is that our customers will also be able to use this technology to reduce their costs while leveraging their 20-20 catalog assets."

20-20 provides software solutions tailored specifically for the interior design and furniture industries that integrate all functions of the process, from design to manufacture, including a 3D space planning application. Interiorvista specializes in computer generated images (CGIs) and other interactive applications. By combining their respective technologies, 20-20 and Interiorvista can create an environment where kitchens, for example, can be visualized and accessed through a variety of formats including the web, mobile applications and interactive kiosks.

Other benefits of the partnership include the introduction of computer generated images (CGIs) to the interior design and furniture manufacturing industries. This partnership will enable 20-20 to introduce its customers to a new way of making catalogs and related marketing materials - by using lower cost photo-realistic CGIs instead of photography.

"This alliance will truly help Interiorvista add more value to our existing applications and will allow us to address new, untapped markets," said Enrique Pont, General Manager at Interiorvista.

Source: Canada News Wire