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Finding Joy in the Home Furnishings Industry

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Wed, Apr 05, 2017 @ 12:45 PM

Fans of the “The Bucket List” may recall the voiceover of the note sent by character Carter Chambers (Morgan Freeman) to his friend, Edward Cole (Jack Nicholson): “Find the joy in your life, Edward … close your eyes and let the waters take you home.”

In the context of the home furnishings industry, finding joy has everything to do with making a living while providing goods, services and information that positively impact customers and their families in their place of residence.

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The Comfort of Hygge in Home Furnishings

Posted by Jessica Beaudry on Tue, Mar 14, 2017 @ 10:00 AM

Warmth, good feelings and hospitality — a few of the unwritten desires shoppers place on home furnishing checklists. Hygge, the Danish lifestyle practice moving across Europe and into North America, helps dealers read between the lines.

Hygge, pronounced “hue-gah,” is the embodiment of coziness. Notably practiced during bitter Scandinavian winters, the concept extends to all seasons and homes across the globe.

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Six Reasons for Home Furnishings Dealers to Attend 2017 Winter LVM

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Wed, Nov 16, 2016 @ 01:00 PM

CrossCheck returns to the “Entertainment Capital of the World” on January 22 – 26, 2017 for the 2017 Winter Las Vegas Market. The event is the most comprehensive cross-category wholesale tradeshow for the furniture, home décor and gift industries in the United States, presenting a unique cross-section of over 3,000 resources in an unrivaled setting.

LVM (summer and winter) enables home furnishings dealers and designers to shop a broad assortment of products from thousands of companies making furniture, mattresses, lighting, decorative accessories, floor coverings, home textiles, tabletop, general gift and more.

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Tags: Home Furnishings, Las Vegas Market, Multiple Check

Home Furnishings Trends and Payment Solutions Revealed at LVM 2016

Posted by Maria Shayna Tzouvelekis on Wed, Aug 31, 2016 @ 04:00 PM


Dubbed "The Most Comprehensive Furniture, Home Décor & Gift Market in the Western United States," Summer Las Vegas Market (LVM) was held July 31 to August 4. The mega event is produced by the Home Furnishings Association and hosted at the World Market Center, showcasing the latest trends in home furnishings with more than 2,000 industry resources for furniture retailers and designers. 

Payment experts Senior VP Charles Dortch III and Phoenix Sales Director Jason Lindell were greeted by current CrossCheck clients, home design enthusiasts and new furniture retailers seeking payment solutions for their individual and chain home furnishing stores.

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Tags: Home Furnishings, Las Vegas Market

Home Furnishings Starter Packages for Millennial Newlyweds

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Tue, Jun 21, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

There was enormous temptation to abandon this story before it was even written because the opinions of online resources are all over the board. The buying habits of Millennials (born circa 1980 −2000) have been a robust business topic for quite some time, but experts can’t agree on whether or not the demographic is a fully engaged marketing segment. Among the doubters are those who say only the leading edge of the generation is able to impact the furniture market. Ultimately, those concerns proved to be the very reason this article needed to be written because the data shows that Millennials (Generation Y) are, and will continue to be, purchasers of home furnishings as dealers seek new opportunities to increase sales.

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Home Furnishings Stores Can Increase Sales with Travel Themes

Posted by Maria Shayna Tzouvelekis on Thu, Jun 02, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Furniture and home furnishings sales in the United States have slowly increased in recent years, but as always, it will take concentrated efforts to keep the momentum going. March sales domestically brought in $8.79B, up from 2015’s March revenue of $8.506B according to ycharts statistics.

Home furnishings stores must continue to offer styles that cater to the desires of their customers, especially as the country continues to recover from the housing market recession of 2007-2009 that devastated the home furnishings and real estate industries (see our earlier article, “Home Furnishings Industry Rebounding Says Economic Census”).

One approach involves capitalizing on the success of the tourism industry. As the economy rebuilds, travel and tourism — specifically domestic travel spending — have increased exponentially. According to a travel report from Statista, U.S. residents spent $802B traveling the states in 2015. Thus, identifying and utilizing the sentiments that draw people to popular domestic tourism destinations could increase sales to those wanting their interior designs to mimic their favorite vacation spots.

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Tags: Home Furnishings, Multiple Check, In Home Layaway, Maria Tzouvelekis

Design Trends for Home Furnishings Dealers to Increase Sales in 2016

Posted by Joe Gargiulo on Tue, Mar 15, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

Sometimes the beat on the street is far more accurate and interesting than empirical research. In late 2015, the Houzz editorial staff published “25 Design Trends Coming to Homes Near You in 2016.” This fascinating look into the most popular home design trends and decorating ideas for the upcoming year was compiled by reviewing Houzz discussion forums and their “New This Week” series. Here are some of our favorites.

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Tags: Home Furnishings, Check Guarantee, Joe Gargiulo

Top Ten Best-Selling Books for Home Furnishings Professionals

Posted by Maria Shayna Tzouvelekis on Fri, Feb 12, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

With trends constantly changing in the design and home furnishings industry, Amazon helps experts stay up to date with their most popular and top recommended reading lists. These Amazon "best-of-the-month" and/or New York Times "best sellers" are sure to inspire and educate. 

In the words of literary icon Dr. Seuss: 

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

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Tags: Home Furnishings, RDC-Remote Deposit Capture

How to Increase Home Furnishing Sales with Local Repurposed Art

Posted by Maria Shayna Tzouvelekis on Tue, Feb 02, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

Furniture is more about the experience than it is about being utilitarian. People are looking for statement pieces with meaning, and nothing is more in than sustainable, do-it-yourself (DIY) furniture projects. There’s even a DIY network. Home furnishing stores in tune with that trend have a competitive advantage.

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Tags: Home Furnishings, Maria Tzouvelekis, Sustainability

How Home Furnishings Stores Can Keep Up with the Tiny House Movement

Posted by Maria Shayna Tzouvelekis on Sun, Jan 31, 2016 @ 07:00 AM

A tiny house movement is on the rise in America as more and more people downsize their living spaces to save money, use fewer resources or simplify their lives. With small or tiny houses ranging from 100 to 400 square feet in area, home furnishings stores can increase sales by catering to the various price points, functionality and size restrictions of their customers.

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