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Furniture First Symposium: Innovation for Furniture Dealers

Posted by Jessica Beaudry on Wed, May 09, 2018 @ 11:45 AM

furniture dealersFurniture dealers and home furnishings industry stakeholders located within the United States will assemble for business enhancing education and community building at the Furniture First Symposium 2018. Furniture First is a “purchasing cooperative with more than 223 stockholder members, representing over 484 furniture stores in 47 states.” The event will take place May 14 – 16 at the Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., providing ample business opportunities including:

  • Sessions that address marketing tactics, operations, merchandising and new product production
  • Relater roundtables and “best idea” sessions that offer formal networking and peer-to-peer knowledge sharing
  • Socializing at special events such as the Cocktail Reception, Dinner & Best Idea Award, and closing Beach Party on May 16

Sessions Overview

Following a Welcome Orientation, Special Charity Networking Activity, and Welcome Reception & Dinner on May 14, sessions will begin May 15. Furniture First sessions provide strategies and solutions for key issues affecting the home furnishings market. Retailers will also be presented with new products from vendors. Below is a sampling of Furniture First Symposium 2018 one hour sessions.

furniture dealersIn Industry Insights: trusting Data to Make Advertising Decisions, Strategic Partner Manager Matt Targett of Google Marketing Solutions will reveal Google’s home furnishings data and pinpoint a number of specific digital marketing trends that will assist furniture dealers in “uncovering opportunities.”

Retailers will learn practical approaches to securing business and consumer data in Digital Security: Protecting Your Business from Cyber Attack by James Bone of Global Compliance Associates. Topics covered consist of Bitcoin, protecting data from ransomware, and insights on the market for stolen data. Bone will also emphasize the importance of safe internet use and the value of understanding human behavior to safeguard against attacks. 

During half-hour breakout sessions, attendees may select one presentation for each time slot. Titles include Enhancing Consumer Engagement Online, The Benefits of Performance Groups, A Peek into Consumer Trends, and Tools 2B First Open Forum.  

Furniture Dealers Design a Profitable Future

Furniture First Symposium 2018 allows furniture dealers to receive support from peers and industry experts in a casual but focused atmosphere. Attendees will work together to solve common business challenges and receive guidance from industry experts. To learn more and register, visit the event website.

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Tags: Home Furnishings, Events / Conferences