The Las Vegas Market has begun and I’m here on site with thousands of home furnishing dealers, store owners, designers, buyers and vendors. CrossCheck Director of Sales Jason Lindell and I are happy to be back this summer. Market week provides us a chance to meet with current and potential clients and reconnect with our pals from the North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA). Though much is the same here - great offerings, a positive vibe, excited buyers…there are a few changes, too. And change is good, right?
It’s almost time for the summer Las Vegas Market and I’m really looking forward to it! Not only will I get a chance to connect with the team from the North American Home Furnishings Association, but we’ll be set up in the new location for the Retailer Resource Center (Building B – 1050). From what I hear, it’s a fabulous new space! CrossCheck will be set up in Booth 28. I’ll be there, along with Director of Sales, Jason Lindell. If you’re going, I hope you stop by to see us. Here are some of things I’m looking forward to:
On the flight home I had a chance to reflect on the Home Furnishings Industry Conference (HFIC) that just concluded in New Orleans. It was an exciting and successful show for furniture retailers, designers and companies like mine that sell to these folks. In addition to some fun (see below), the event provided numerous opportunities and workshops that offered business advice, tips to improve sales and marketing support. Here are a few highlights.
I’m in New Orleans attending HFIC (the Home Furnishings Industry Conference). Today is day one and the conference has gotten off to a very exciting start. This conference is attended by home furnishing retailers from throughout the country and is a great opportunity to network, socialize and learn. Here’s a little more about the first day.
I'm back in the office with my check guarantee sales team after a very busy and exciting Las Vegas Market last week. This furniture market was very well attended by the home furnishings industry and the atmosphere was buzzing with positive, confident retailers. I don't think I've ever come back from a show so excited about the business. Here are some of the things I was excited to see at Market this year:
Charles Dortch, Vice President of Sales, is attending the Winter Las Vegas Market. Here's what Charles had to say about the start of this busy event for the home furnishings industry:
Hitting the Las Vegas Market next month? It's the premier event for the home furnishings industry. The show, held at the World Market Center January 28 - February 1, is a great opportunity to see the latest in home furnishings, gifts and accessories, and meet others in the business.
For entrepreneurs and business owners, visibility and networking are key, but these are just a couple of the many reasons it's a good idea to join industry associations. Local, regional and national industry associations offer a wide range of opportunities that can lead to enhanced business relationships and, ultimately, greater success.
DIY home improvement projects pay big dividends for homeowners, but procuring the necessary materials can be costly and cumbersome. Home improvement retailers and building supply centers can boost sales by offering a wide range of payment options, including flexible check services. As a retailer, this creates a win-win situation for you and for the people who shop in your store. Here is a breakdown of the DIY home improvement projects most often recommended by real estate professionals for their potential to increase the value of a home:
Small Business Saturday is an initiative created by the United States Senate in 2011 to increase consumer awareness of the impact their shopping choices can make in their local communities. Held the day after Black Friday, in which big-box and nationwide-chain retailers hold huge sales to kick off the Christmas shopping season -- often at the expense of local small businesses -- this year's Small Business Saturday falls on November 24, 2012.