Saturday, July 28, 2012

The Online Effect on Retail Industry

Internet has overcome the barriers of time and space. The competitive age leaves consumers with very less time to spare for shop hopping to find the right kind of products. Retailers have realized the need to come up with e-commerce portals to cater their clients living in the fast lane. E-commerce sales are sales of goods and services where an order is placed by the buyer or price and terms of sale are negotiated over an Internet, extranet, Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) network, electronic mail, or other online system. Payment may or may not be made online.

The e-commerce service gives the consumer to check and compare the products various manufacturers and decide on their choice of product without having invest time in travelling to the showroom. A large section of consumers find this convenient.  The idea seems to have worked too. As per statistics by the US Dept. of Commerce, e-commerce comprised a 75.2 percent of the total sales of furniture and home furnishings in 2009.

Retailers online thrive to improve the consumers buying experience online. There is a segment of software industry innovating applications for the purpose. Buyers can view the products in different dimensions to be assured of the quality. Ashley furniture in its online retail portal offers additional views feature which gives an enlarged look of the image of its furniture from various angles. (Give Ashley image)

Design Within Reach (DWR), a furniture retailer which with the aim to make modern design ‘accessible’ launched the DWR 3D Room Planner, an innovative online tool that allows users to design their own iconic rooms using DWR’s vast collection of furniture. This application has the potential to turn website visitors into potential clients, while, clients can judge suitability of the furniture they decide to buy online. (Give dwr pic)

The biggest cause of concern for consumers buying online is trustworthiness while conducting a transaction. Consumers are willing to pay online only after the assurance of a reliable deal. Hassle- and delay-free services, product delivery and after sales services add to the comprehensive list of services.

Social networking and blog sites are the new marketing tools to inform the buyers about products and offers by furniture industry players, retailing online or from stores located geographically. The web binds the entire globe together and those keeping away from the benefits offered by the internet are sure losing out on the experience and sales as well.

Mr. Booth about the growing phenomenon of online retailing says, “The internet allows the retailer to connect with the consumer faster and better than ever before. Being in connection with the consumer is the key which leads to sales. Retailers that are not texting, tweeting or posting are missing the opportunity to engage the consumer.”

The demographics of consumers have changed. He adds, “The Gen X and Gen Y now combine to be the largest segment of the US population. This has major impact on retailing and presents major challenges to overcome. Challenges that can only be met with the right product-product that is of design and value. The “new customer” made up of the Gen X and Gen Y has no defined spending patterns. It is for these challenges that being in connection with the consumer and capturing market share becomes pertinent.”

Read more on the current issue of Furniture & Accessories USA

Friday, July 27, 2012

ISPA Supports Connecticut Legislature's Decision on Recycling Law

The international Sleep Products Association (ISPA) issued a statements regarding the Connecticut General Assembly’s decision to adjourn for the year without passing used mattress recycling legislation.

According to ISPA, collecting, dismantling and recycling discarded used mattress can be a complicated process. After inferring the fundamental physical problems that a new statewide system may encounter, the Connecticut legislature decided not to enact a mandatory used mattress recycling law. ISPA opposed the bill when it was introduced because it would have imposed unreasonable costs and burdens on mattress manufacturers, retailers and consumers. ISPA supports the decision not to enact a mandatory state recycling law.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

ANSI Approves New Test Standard For Storage Units

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has approved the new edition of ANSI/BIFMA X5.9 Storage Units – Tests standard, and copies of the new edition are available from BIFMA. The BIFMA File/Storage Subcommittee worked to revise this new edition of ANSI/BIFMA X5.9 with changes to unit loads, drawer cycles, door drop cycles, numerous test clarifications for consistency, and several changes that harmonize with other BIFMA standards.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Philippe Starck Designs Broom for Emeco

Withstanding their long relationship Phillip Starck and Emeco presented stackable chair named Broom during NeoCon 2012. Made from 75 percent reclaimed polypropylene,15 percent reclaimed wood fiber and 10 percent glass fiber, the chair are suitable for indoor as well as outdoor use. The chairs are available in six bright colors, dark grey, natural, green, orange, yellow and white. All the colors are suitable for outdoor use except orange.

Reaad about more such products in Jul-Aug issue of Furniture & Accessories USA

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Ashley Furniture Homestore Donates For Habitat

Ashley Furniture Homestore is joining the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity by donating to Habitat at the Hattiesburg Ashley Homestore on July 20. 

This  allows for Ashley Furniture Homestore to promote non-profit organizations that are positively impacting the community.  Guests who choose to donate $20 or more to the Hattiesburg Area Habitat for Humanity will also receive largest discount offer of the year on any purchase made that day along with coupons for local restaurants. Each $20 donation will also be matched by Ashley Furniture Homestore.

Hattiesburg’s Ashley Furniture Homestore is privately owned by brothers Bo and Adam Pennebaker who institute the tenants of servanthood and continuous improvement throughout their organization. “It’s an honor to have the opportunity to promote Habitat for Humanity’s wonderful mission of changing lives through affordable housing,” Bo Pennebaker said of the store’s Community Night.  “Our entire team looks forward to these events as we all learn more about the great works that are happening throughout our community.”

Monday, July 16, 2012

Edgar Blazona: Blazes Ahead

A person embodying talents of a builder, architect and a designer, Edgar Blazona has left a trail of achievements behind which is no less than a manuscript for any upcoming designer. Family was always a support; both his parents were in the construction business and shared an eye for design.

Edgar who is now known for his outstanding modern structures and furniture designs began his dream career at the age of 22, however, designing became his source of income when he was just 19. He explains, “When I was about 19, I got my first apartment. I had no furniture, or anything for that matter. I decided what every bachelor needs is a dining table and chairs. After going to some of the big name retailers where I just couldn't afford anything, I decided I would have to make it myself. I got a welder and taught myself to weld. I made a dining chair and small dining table. Shortly after, while cruising around San Francisco, I found a cool gallery selling handmade objects and art. After talking to the owners for a while, I told them about my tables and chairs. They wanted to take a look so I came back a few days later to show them my work. They offered to sell it for a pretty big price; a lot more than what it cost me to make it. And within 3 days, the pieces were sold. I realized that there was a way to make money in furniture.”

Read more in the upcoming edition of FAU

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Randy Wells Appointed As The New VP Of Stanley Furniture

Randy Wells has been named to the newly created position of vice president of marketing and and brand development for Stanley Furniture Co.

In his role, Wells will oversee  the development and reach  of the company’s Stanley brand. Wells reports to Glenn Prilaman, president and CEO. Well’s appointment marks the completion of an executive team that is responsible for the development, designs, overseas manufacturing and logistical support of the company’s adult product lines.

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

High Point Market Announces Olioboard Contest

The High Point Market has partnered with, the interior design online 2D and 3D moodboard creator, to develop a new contest to select a ninth Style Spotter. This is the first time that Market has opened up the social media program to more than eight tastemakers.
At each High Point Market, the award-winning Style Spotters program selects home fashion trendsetters to showcase top Market products and trends on Pinterest, a website that lets users organize and share photos on virtual pinboards. The Spotters present exhibitors with signs that promote their selection and offer a QR code and URL for the Market Pinterest board. Market attendees also participate by voting on the pinboards and products, by generating “likes” or by re-pinning.

Wednesday, July 04, 2012


The report analyzes the US market for Outdoor Furniture in US$ Million by the following Material Types: Metal, Plastic/Resin, Wicker/Rattan, Wood, and Others. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2009 through 2017. Also, a six-year historic analysis is provided for this market. The report profiles 159 companies including many key and niche players such as Agio International Ltd., Brown Jordan, Casual Living, Gibraltar Furniture, Grosfillex North America, Hanamint Corp., Homecrest Industries Inc., Home Casual LLC, Kingsley-Bate, Ltd., Leisure Furniture & Powdercoating, Inc., Lloyd Flanders Industries, Inc., Mallin Casual Furniture, Meadowcraft, Inc., Modern Outdoor, O.W. Lee Company, Inc., and The Coleman Company, Inc. Market data and analytics are derived from primary and secondary research. Company profiles are primarily based upon search engine sources in the public domain.

Tuesday, July 03, 2012


The 9th International Design Award, organised by Hettich and REHAU, focuses on the theme of “Beyond the edge!” and is open for registration.

In the latest International Design Award to be launched, Hettich and REHAU invite design and architecture students across the globe to take a different look at home and work environments and enrich them with intelligent furniture that tomorrow’s user wouldn’t want to be without. Taking into account the product portfolios of Hettich and REHAU, the competition is looking for furniture designs that involve established processes and technologies.

With immediate effect, students can register for the competition on the official website and post their designs by 31 January 2013. An international panel of expert judges will then examine and assess all designs.