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The Home Furnishings Future You Didn’t See Coming

Posted by Brandon Weaver on Thu, Feb 26, 2015 @ 09:11 AM

For many consumers purchasing furniture requires no small chunk of change, and since people always need beds, recliners, couches, and entertainment centers, you usually have to compete on price and promote interest-free or nothing-down financing.

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Tags: Home Furnishings, NAHFA, Multiple Check, Hold Check, Brandon Weaver

Home Furnishings: Day One at NAHFA’s 2015 Winter Las Vegas Market

Posted by Charles Dortch on Mon, Jan 19, 2015 @ 11:09 AM

*Visit CrossCheck at Booth 28 in the Retail Resource Center and enter 
for a chance to win a Bose Bluetooth speaker* 

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Tags: Charles Dortch III, Home Furnishings, NAHFA, Las Vegas Market, Jason Lindell

CrossCheck at NAHFA's Winter Las Vegas Market - Home Furnishings

Posted by Tom Lombardo on Mon, Dec 22, 2014 @ 07:00 AM

*Visit CrossCheck at Booth 28 in the Retail Resource Center and enter
for a chance to win a Bose Bluetooth speaker*

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Tags: Charles Dortch III, Home Furnishings, NAHFA, Las Vegas Market, Multiple Check, Tom Lombardo

CrossCheck and Conferences in 2015

Posted by Brandon Weaver on Thu, Oct 30, 2014 @ 10:00 AM

As a payments industry leader for 31 years now (our birthday was last week!), we regularly attend industry conferences across the country. Here is a list of 2015 events that we are considering attending. We are proud to be members of these associations which allow us to be on the forefront of payments industry trends and how to best increase sales, reduce risk, save time, and money for merchants just like you. Here’s a sneak peek of where you can find us in 2015:

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Tags: Electronic Transactions Association, ETA, NADA, NAHFA, Las Vegas Market, MWAA, WSAA, Events, Conferences, Brandon Weaver, HFNC

Home Furnishings Trends for 2015: What’s In and What’s Out

Posted by Brandon Weaver on Fri, Oct 24, 2014 @ 12:00 PM defines ‘trend’ as something being “currently popular” – and is especially applicable in the fashion and design industries. By their very nature, trends come and go and it’s your job as a manager to anticipate what customers want when ordering inventory, and ultimately maximizing sales to your bottom line. This is true whether you run a retail store or independent home furnishings outlet. As we near the end of 2014, let’s take a look at what is likely to trend in 2015:

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Tags: Home Furnishings, NAHFA, Multiple Check, Hold Check, Brandon Weaver

Home Furnishings: Your Showroom is Your Marketing

Posted by Tom Lombardo on Tue, Oct 21, 2014 @ 06:00 AM

Slideshow transcription:
  • 1. Showroom Rotation Is Just Like Writing a Blog
  • 2.  The venerable Jerry Epperson, who has been commenting on the furniture industry for decades, suggests that you re-arrange your showroom every three weeks.
  • 3.  That way, every time a customer returns, she might find things she didn’t see last time.  Essentially, rearranging your show room creates a relationship with your customer before they even become a customer.
  • 4.  This slideshow is our effort to do exactly the same thing with you.
  • 5.  We serve a lot of furniture stores.  In fact, we had a booth at the North American Home Furnishings Association tradeshow.  Charles was there:
  • 6.  Since you matter to us (yes, you personally) we try to create blog articles and slideshows that you’ll find useful.  Which is sort of like you rearranging your showroom to impress your prospects.
  • 7.  So let’s look at your showroom as if it were your blog.  What do you do first?
  • 8.  “Know thyself,” as Socrates taught us.  Who are you as a furniture store owner or manager?
  • 9.  Does this describe you?
  • 10.  Or are you more like this:
  • 11.  Or, being totally honest, are you like this:
  • 12.  As you know, customers respond to sincerity more readily than anything else.  It’s YOUR store, so it has to reflect who YOU are.  So once you have a clear self-image that you can believe in…
  • 13.  …you need to identify a few main types of customers.  We call these “personas”
  • 14.  Since everyone is unique and since you learn a lot of peculiarities about your customers, given the highly personal nature of your sale, you’ll probably come up with too many of them at first.  Optimally, you want five or six.
  • 15.  For our purposes in this slideshow, we’ll look at just two.  Men and women.
  • 16.  Thanks to technology, we’re the first generation since Socrates that can accurately describe the differences between men and women.
  • 17.  Men are like this:
  • 18.  (Ummm…the enabling technological innovation making this revolutionary insight possible is the emoticon. Did we forget to mention that?)
  • 19.  They work. Women are like this:
  • 20.  Men first.  Few things make a furniture salesperson smile as broadly as a mature man who finds himself on his own for the first time in decades.  He wants your help, he makes decisions relatively quickly, and he pays full price up front.  Furniture nirvana.
  • 21.  Unfortunately he can remember only one piece of furniture from his old life:
  • 22.  So you have to help him see other furniture.  Do you want him to see this:
  • 23.  Not an easy question, is it?  An open space invites people to move around.  It also makes it easy for him to look at each piece.  But will that sell furniture?
  • 24.  That’s the essence of defining a persona.  It’s not just about who he is.  It’s about what he wants, and helping him figure that out.
  • 25.  Maybe this is easier for a man to understand:
  • 26.  The antlers will draw him across the room  And while he’ll probably ignore the couch (it has tassels) he might want any one of the other pieces on display.  Without a doubt, he’ll appreciate the effort that went into the presentation.
  • 27.  If you have a restoration work room, be sure to include that on the tour.
  • 28. Tools are always interesting…
  • 29.  …but the tour is what matters.  If he knows you’ve thought about him, he’ll feel like you want him to be your customer.  In Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, John Gray writes that “Men are motivated when they feel needed…”
  • 30. If you’ve set up your showroom to make him feel that way, he’ll respond.
  • 31.  Only, he may not respond the first time he sees your showroom.  Marketing like this takes a little time.  Ultimately you’ll end up with better relationships and more sales….
  • 32.  …but each customer may need to see things arranged differently a few times before they sit down with you.
  • 33. 888-937-2249
  • 34.  So now let’s think about women.  The emoticon joke makes a good point: women will have a much broader range of reactions to your showroom.  You’ve probably seen this before: one day your prospect looks like this:
  • 35.  And the next day, sitting on the same couch and looking at the same price, they look like this:
  • 36.  The complexities only begin there.  Since women have a broad range of reactions, try to create evocative presentations.
  • 37.  You never really know what’s going to appeal to someone until you watch them respond to it.  How does this make you feel:
  • 38.  Are you at a cool hipster party meeting fascinating people late at night?  Or are you in someone’s cold, dank basement?
  • 39.  If you can create a space that raises questions like those, try to create another at the opposite end of the spectrum:
  • 40.  Are you visiting with tasteful world travelers who will regale you with fascinating stories?  Or are you at your in-laws tract home, bored out of your mind?  Watch your customer, and their reactions will tell you where your sale lies
  • 41.  John Gray tells us that “…women are motivated when they feel cherished.”  When you go out of your way to give your prospect a broad array of experiences, her main take-away is that you care about her home.
  • 42.  The term is “Relationship Marketing”  And you can test it right now…
  • 43.  Do you appreciate this slideshow?  Do you feel that we care about your business?
  • 44.  If we wanted to tell you how we can help you close sales and increase profits…  Would you listen?
  • 45.  You wouldn’t be here unless the answer was “Yes”  But before we tell you about a service we offer that can literally increase your revenue, lets take one last look at your showroom as your blog.
  • 46.  Your showroom seems passive, like a blog article on a webpage…  …but in reality it can work really hard for you.
  • 47.  It can create a relationship with a prospect before you even greet them.
  • 48.  If a prospect feels like they know you, they will trust you.  If a prospect feels like you care about them, and you took the time to think about them and please them…
  • 49.  …they will want to do business with you.
  • 50.  And that’s where we can help.  Because once your customer has made a decision, they want their furniture in their house -- right now.
  • 51.  Why make them wait?  You know that over the course of the recession Americans closed 400 million credit card accounts.  You know that one in five people increased their use of checks
  • 52.  And you know the reason is fiscal responsibility.  Everyone from Millennials to Boomers has become more financially responsible.  They don’t want financing and they don’t want a credit card.
  • 53.  They want their furniture.  If they’re at your competitor and they don’t have the funds for it, your competitor loses the sale.  But you work with us…
  • 54.  …because you know we care about you.  And we have a service that lets you give your customer what we call “in-home layaway”  It’s not financing…
  • 55.  …but it lets your customer take their purchase home today…  …While guaranteeing your revenue.  Let us tell you how it works.  Learn more here, and we’ll be in touch:
  • 56.  Commonly known as "hold check," this service is designed to provide customers a flexible payment schedule and increase sales for your business. Consumers can write 2 - 4 checks for the total purchase amount, up to 30 - 45 days, and all funds are guaranteed by a check service provider  Approval of out-of-town, out-of-state, even checks from Canada and US territories  Checks are approved quickly and easily at the POS via Internet, phone or terminal
  • 57.  CrossCheck, Inc. 1440 North McDowell Rd. Petaluma, CA 94954  888-937-2249  
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Tags: Home Furnishings, NAHFA, Multiple Check, Hold Check, Tom Lombardo

What's the true value of a Belgian Waffle at NAHFA's Vegas Market?

Posted by Charles Dortch on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 @ 03:44 PM

Each morning in the Retail Resource Center at the Las Vegas Market the team at the North American Home Furnishings Association serves breakfast. This includes freshly squeezed orange juice from the juiciest oranges you've seen in your life. The juice is actually squeezed while you wait!

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Tags: Home Furnishings, NAHFA, Las Vegas Market

Alert! CrossCheck at NAHFA Summer Home Furnishings Las Vegas Market

Posted by Charles Dortch on Mon, Jul 28, 2014 @ 12:24 PM

Despite overcast skies, intermittent rain and the threat of a possible monsoon, the Summer Las Vegas Market is once again in full swing.

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Tags: Charles Dortch III, Home Furnishings, NAHFA, Las Vegas Market

CrossCheck Exhibiting at the Home Furnishings Networking Conference

Posted by Andrew Donahey on Fri, May 16, 2014 @ 10:12 AM

CrossCheck will be exhibiting at the Home Furnishings Networking Conference in Phoenix, Arizona June 1-3, 2014. This can’t miss North American Home Furnishings Association event is intended for home furnishings professionals and allies intent on growing their business through the sharing of ideas in meetings, educational sessions, keynote presentations and activities.

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Tags: Charles Dortch III, Home Furnishings, NAHFA, Jason Lindell, Associations, Multiple Check

In the Chips at the Retailer Resource Center, Las Vegas Market

Posted by Charles Dortch on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 @ 01:00 PM

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?

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Tags: Home Furnishings, NAHFA, Las Vegas Market, Events

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