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  • Bill McLoughlin

    Furniture Everyday

    Bill McLoughlin

    November 16, 2017

    Did furniture stores not get the retail apocalypse memo?

    I keep reading about this retail apocalypse thing. Apparently brick and mortar is dead. It’s time to turn all that space into condos or something. Just yesterday I received an e-mail asking if we were working on any year-in-review/looking-ahead stories focusing on the retail apocalypse. It seems there’s a cottage industry of experts just waiting to share their thoughts on this seeming inevitability. Who knew? I was already to call and find out what they knew that I didn’t. Then the U.S. Department of Commerce released its October results, and it seems it might not ...

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  • Clint Engel

    Clint's Notes

    Clint Engel

    November 13, 2017

    Grow or be outgrown? Addressing the urgency to keep up

    The merger last month of two of the nation's largest furniture, electronics and appliance buying groups points to an industry trend that's only going to grow in the years to come. You might actually call the trend, “Grow.” Perhaps, “Grow or be outgrown.” Or you could just call it boring old retail consolidation, which has been going on for years, anyway. But it’s really anything but boring as there seems to be a new sense of urgency behind it that’s likely to drive more of the same and do so in a host of new shapes ...

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  • Bill McLoughlin

    Furniture Everyday

    Bill McLoughlin

    October 26, 2017

    Are you ready for 2018? Stand out or get shut out

    What happens when retail is soft, store traffic is down, competition for consumers is intense and yet the cost of goods is going up? Whatever it is, we’re about to find out. One of the more widely discussed subjects at the recent High Point Market was the prospect of price increases. They’re a reality in the bedding business, and pass-alongs throughout the supply chain seem likely. They’re being broadly discussed in the upholstery business, although it’s unclear how much of that will be passed along to retailers, and it’s fairly certain consumers won’t see ...

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