NAHFA Congratulates Wogie Badcock for being Among Finalists for NRF Retail Award

Roseville, CA, August 7, 2014 — The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) congratulates Wogie Badcock, executive vice president of public affairs and chairman of the board for Badcock Furniture & More, Mulberry-FL for being among the Retail Champion finalists honored by the National Retail Federation (NRF) as part of its Retail Advocates Summit and fly in, July 30.

David French (left) and NRF congratulates (left to right) Ann Wingrove, Wogan Badcock III, Ruthena Fink, Art Potash and Teresa Miller (and of course our emcee (right) Dave Ratner)! Thank you for your dedication to retail advocacy.

David French (left) and NRF congratulates (left to right) Ann Wingrove, Wogan Badcock III, Ruthena Fink, Art Potash and Teresa Miller (and of course our emcee (right) Dave Ratner)
Source: National Retail Federation Flickr

“Wogie is not only a great advocate for the members of the NAHFA, but for retail as a whole,” said NAHFA CEO, Sharron Bradley. “He is a member of the NAHFA’s government relations action team and has worked for decades with previous associations to raise the voice of retailers in the states in which his company and dealers do business and in Washington, D.C. We applaud his nomination for Retail Champion. It is a well-deserved honor.”

The NRF celebrated the nominees for their grassroots advocacy and engagement on federal, state and local issues at the Retail Advocates Summit. Retailers met with congressional staff to discuss issues such as internet sales tax, patent litigation reform, data security and rules of overtime. They also heard from NRF speakers and enjoyed the Retail Champion gala. The NRF established the America’s Retail Champions program this year to honor retailers who make their mark on public policy debates and decisions. A total of 44 retailers ranging from mid-size store owners to online sellers were nominated for the national recognition based on their willingness to speak up on the retail industry’s priorities.

Badcock is known in the home furnishings industry for his personal advocacy efforts and he encourages staff across the 79 corporate stores and 228 dealer-owned stores in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, George and Virginia to get involved as well. Badcock & More stores are either members or involved in the NAHFA and NRF as well as the retail associations and chambers in their states.

“We try to make it easy for our dealers to be involved in government affairs,” Badcock said. “That’s what my department deals with; we tell them when they need to take action and what they need to do. You want to be involved in the state issues as well as the federal issues. You find gray areas and try to make them black and white.”

About the North American Home Furnishings Association: 

The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) was founded in 2013 with the merger of the three largest home furnishings retailer associations in the U.S. The NAHFA is the nation’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,800 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several foreign countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide its members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by partnering with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the NAHFA visit www.nahfa.org.

NAHFA/SEHFA & Tupelo Market Host Lunch & Learn Seminars

Roseville, CA, August 5, 2014 — The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA), the Tupelo Furniture Market and the Southeastern Home Furnishings Association (SEHFA) are sponsoring Lunch & Learn seminars during the Tupelo Furniture Market, August 14-16, 2014, featuring John McCloskey and John Egger of Profitability Consulting Group (PCG). PCG has worked with more than 900 retail furniture stores throughout the world to make their businesses more efficient and profitable. McCloskey and Egger bring decades of experience and insight geared specifically to the home furnishings industry to each of their seminars.

The NAHFA/SEHFA booth will be located in Building 6, Booth #6037. Market attendees will be able to visit with the principals from PCG in the booth before and after the scheduled seminars. The NAHFA hosts educational events all across the country, both at furniture markets and regional events, as a way to help retailers improve their business practices and network with peers.

“We’re excited to partner with SEHFA and the Tupelo Market to bring this Lunch & Learn event to attendees,” said NAHFA’s executive vice president, Mary Frye. “One of the Association’s goals is to provide retailers the tools they need to improve their businesses and our offering programs like this during markets is just one way we’re able to so. These Lunch & Learn sessions are not only a great way to grab a bite to eat and learn something at the same time, they’re also a good opportunity to get free consulting from PCG and network with peers.”

Below is the schedule for the Lunch & Learn series. Two, hour-long seminars are offered each day in the Magnolia Room, Building 2, followed by a free, 30-minute consultation with McCloskey and Egger.

Thursday August 14, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Magnolia Room Building 2

Program 1 – Sales and Profitability – John Egger, CEO, Profitability Consulting Group
This one-hour session will focus on increasing overall sales and the profitability on existing sales. PCG will show how proper measurements will help you manage and improve your sales and give you several ideas you can implement right away to increase your bottom line.

Program 2 – Operations and Profitability – John McCloskey, President, Profitability Consulting Group
This one-hour session will focus on increasing your overall bottom line by reducing operational costs. PCG will show how making many small changes to your processes can lead to large cost savings.

Friday, August 15, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Magnolia Room Building 2

Program 1 – Delivery as a Profit Center
This one-hour session will focus on running a profitable delivery department. Home delivery services make a profit and all they have to work with is their delivery fee; if they can do it, so can you. Come learn how.

Program 2 – How to Get, Sell and Keep Customers in a Tough Economy
This one-hour session will focus on the difficulties of bringing in new customers and retaining old ones during difficult economic times. PCG will show how to work with the value-driven customer who is constantly seeing offers for rooms full of furniture for low prices and turn them into your loyal customers.

Saturday, August 16, 11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Magnolia Room Building 2

Program 1 – Sales and Profitability – John Egger, CEO Profitability Consulting Group
This one-hour session will focus on increasing overall sales and the profitability on existing sales. PCG will show how proper measurements will help you manage and improve your sales and give you several ideas you can implement right away to increase your bottom line.

Program 2 – Operations and Profitability – John McCloskey, President, Profitability Consulting Group
This one-hour session will focus on increasing your overall bottom line by reducing operational costs. PCG will show how making many small changes to your processes can lead to large cost savings. 

About the North American Home Furnishings Association:

The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) was founded in 2013 with the merger of the three largest home furnishings retailer associations in the U.S. The NAHFA is the nation’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,800 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several foreign countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide its members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by partnering with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the NAHFA visit www.nahfa.org.

NAHFA Rallies Members to Support MFA

Roseville, CA, July 28, 2014 — The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) sent a letter to Representative Robert Goodlatte, (R-VA), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, again this week reminding him why home furnishings retailers support the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA).

This is the second such letter the Association has sent in its support of the online sales tax. This month the Association also rallied members to send their own letter to their representatives along with House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), former Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA), Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH). The NAHFA also encouraged members to reach out to their local media via a link on the Alliance for Main Street Fairness’ website.

“The internet sales tax issue has gained more momentum and attention this year and we encourage our members to keep reaching out to their legislators and share their views,” said NAHFA’s CEO, Sharron Bradley. “Our calls to action give them quick links to write letters to the appropriate members of Congress and to sign off on the letter sent directly from the NAHFA. We also strongly encourage members—and the industry—to meet with their legislators when they’re on recess next month. Our unified voice is strong, but personal phone calls, letters and meetings with constituents are even more powerful.”

The NAHFA works on a myriad of issues important to retailers and joins with other industry and national organizations in raising awareness on the laws and regulations that affect home furnishings retailers and business as a whole.

About the North American Home Furnishings Association:

The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) was founded in 2013 with the merger of the three largest home furnishings retailer associations in the U.S. The NAHFA is the nation’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,800 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several foreign countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide its members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by partnering with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the NAHFA visit www.nahfa.org.

Call for Speakers for NAHFA’s RRC at High Point Market

Roseville, CA, July 22, 2014 —The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) is now accepting submissions for speakers in its Retailer Resource Center (RRC) at the High Point Market, October 18-23. Seminars are scheduled October 18-21.

The Association hosts complimentary seminars for home furnishings retailers in its RRC at both Las Vegas and High Point furniture markets to help educate and inform the industry.

Popular seminar topics include: digital/online and mobile strategies; social media; advertising and marketing; sales and sales training; retail operations and logistics; retail trends and merchandising; and attracting and retaining good employees.

Seminar information is published throughout the NAHFA market materials, in RetailerNOW, in Market publications, and it is distributed to all industry media. The seminars are also featured in on-site signage.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, August, 8. Visit the Association’s website, nahfa.org, under the events/education tab to complete the online submission form or Contact Kristyn Areson at NAHFA for submission information, kareson@nahfa.org.

 

About the North American Home Furnishings Association:

The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) was founded in 2013 with the merger of the three largest home furnishings retailer associations in the U.S. The NAHFA is the nation’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,800 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several foreign countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide its members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by partnering with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the NAHFA visit www.nahfa.org.

NAHFA’s Las Vegas RRC Filled with Business Service Providers

Roseville, CA, July 18, 2014 — The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) provides Las Vegas buyers a one-stop marketplace filled with business service providers offering money-saving tools to improve their businesses. The Retailer Resource Center (RRC), located in Building B, space 1050, hosts more than 40 vendors that offer products and services ranging from advertising and marketing, financial, consulting, and design, to technology, training, and warehouse distribution. The RRC is open July 27-31.

Companies exhibiting in the Retailer Resource Center:
indicates NAHFA Preferred Vendor

ACA – Advertising Concepts of America
Association Insurance Services
Best Buy For Business
Bristlecone Financing
Clear Destination
Cory 1st Choice Home Delivery
Credit Source Finance
Crexendo
CrossCheck
Custom Design Software
Diakon Logistics
Dispatch Track
EasyPay Finance/a>
Furniture Training Company
Furniture Wizard
FurnitureCore by Impact Consulting
FurnServe
GE Capital
Genesis Finacial
Genesis Software Systems
Guardian Protection Products
Impact Consulting
JRM Sales & Management
Knorr Marketing
Mail America
MicroD, Inc.
Moso Graphics
Myriad Software
NAHFA Warehouse Store
Profitability Consulting Group
PROFITsystems, Inc.
Quarz
Risk Assurance Partners, LLC
Service Lamp Corporation
Speedy Delivery, LLC
STORIS
Tidewater Finance Company
Trekstone Financial
TruckSkin,LLC
United Steel Storage, Inc.

Buyers are invited to start their day in the Buyers’ Club with a complimentary breakfast (Sunday-Wednesday, 8:00-9:30 a.m.) and refuel in the afternoons with hors d’ oeuvres and cupcakes (in celebration of NAHFA’s one year anniversary), Sunday – Wednesday, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. The Buyers’ Club is sponsored by Myriad Software.

The NAHFA’s Membership Representatives will be on site July 27-31 in the RRC (located adjacent to the Buyers’ Club) to answer questions and provide information about becoming an NAHFA member or to help existing members get the most out of their membership.

About the North American Home Furnishings Association:
The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) was founded in 2013 with the merger of the three largest home furnishings retailer associations in the U.S. The NAHFA is the nation’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,800 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several foreign countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide its members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by partnering with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the NAHFA visit www.nahfa.org.

NAHFA and Inland Empire Furniture Dealers Partner for Golf and Education

Roseville, CA, Monday, July 7, 2014— The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) is partnering with the Inland Empire Furniture Dealers for golf and education, August 20-21, at the Circling Raven Golf Club, Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort in Worley, Idaho.

Attendees will enjoy the golf tournament at the renowned Circling Raven course followed by an awards dinner on Wednesday and delve into a morning of education on Thursday. This half-day includes breakfast, a session on Eight Great Closings, a session on Mattress Selling Solutions and winds up with a Problem Solving Roundtable lunch.

“The Association is committed to working with our members to encourage regional networking opportunities and golf events are very popular,” said Mary Frye, NAHFA’s EVP. “Bringing members together to network and have fun is always a good thing. We’re also tying in some educational sessions to mix in a little business with the golfing fun. It really is a win/win situation. ”

Registration for the full deal (golf, dinner, and educational sessions) is $129, the fun deal (golf and dinner) is $119 and the real deal (education for one-two attendees) is $19 ($10 for each additional person). To register visit nahfa.org and click on Regional Events under Events/Education. (Direct link here)

About the North American Home Furnishings Association:

The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) was founded in 2013 with the merger of the three largest home furnishings retailer associations in the U.S. The NAHFA is the nation’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,800 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several foreign countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide its members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by partnering with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the NAHFA visit www.nahfa.org.

NAHFA Announces Summer 2014 Las Vegas Market Seminars

Roseville, CA, June 25, 2014 — The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) has announced its schedule for the 2014 Las Vegas Winter Market Seminars, July 27-30, 2014. The NAHFA educational seminars, which are free to market-attendees, are held in the Retailer Resource Center (RRC), Building B-1050.

The NAHFA hosts seminars during both Las Vegas and High Point Markets in the RRC—a place designed to give retailers access to information, vendors, workshops, and speakers that can help improve and grow their businesses. Sessions topics include everything from sales and sales management to social media, operations, promotions, technology, and more.

“The seminars we offer in the Retailer Resource Center give retailers the opportunity to either brush up on an issue they’ve been struggling with or delve into an area they know nothing about, said NAHFA’s CEO, Sharron Bradley. “One of the Association’s goals is to provide retailers the tools they need to improve their businesses and our seminars are designed around that idea.”

The seminars are sponsored by Furniture Wizard. Seminars are offered Sunday, July 27 through Wednesday, July 30 during the Summer Las Vegas Market.

For more information about the NAHFA’s Retailer Resource Center or the seminars, please click here or call 800-422-3778.

About the North American Home Furnishings Association:
The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) was founded in 2013 with the merger of the three largest home furnishings retailer associations in the U.S. The NAHFA is the nation’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,800 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several foreign countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide its members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by partnering with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the NAHFA visit www.nahfa.org.

NAHFA Celebrates HFNC 2014 Success

Roseville, CA, June 16, 2014 — The North American Home Furnishings Association’s (NAHFA) second annual Home Furnishings Networking Conference (HFNC), June 1-3, 2014 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, in Phoenix, Arizona was a huge success.

Nearly 400 attendees enjoyed more than 36 educational sessions, four key speakers, facilitated networking, and an Exhibitor Showcase. The Exhibitor Showcase featured 49 exhibitors. One hundred and fourteen unique retail stores were in attendance, many of whom were either first time attendees or retailers who hadn’t attended conference in several years. This year’s event grew by over 50 attendees and nearly doubled in retailer attendance over last year.

The HFNC 2014 received rave reviews.

“The Home Furnishings Networking Conference was over-the-top great! Our Emcee, Greg Schwem, was wonderful at keeping the energy high, and poked a bit of fun at us all. I can’t imagine that role being better handled,” said Rick Howard, Sklar Furnishings, Boca Raton, Florida, and NAHFA president. “The closing party was also a lot of fun, and a very fitting way for everyone to say goodbye each other.”

“I want to thank the NAHFA for its superb and diligent effort to put on one of the most informative and fun conferences I have attended in years,” said Libby McCurry, McCurry Furniture, Warrior, Alabama. “As store owners, we not only got to meet and network with so many wonderful and inspirational individuals, but were also able to bring extraordinary ideas back to our businesses. The speakers, vendors, food and fun were all excellent.”

“…This one has topped the rest! The main speakers and breakout sessions were engaging and didn’t just ‘fire you up.’-I left with a list of very useful and achievable To-Dos,” said Jesus R. Capo, El Dorado, Miami Gardens, Florida. “We are already looking forward to next year’s event.”

“The HFNC 2014 was a home run by every definition,” said Howard Haimsohn, Lawrance Furniture, San Diego, California, and NAHFA’s chairman.

“We have done nothing but rave about the speakers and the conference to all our people, and are already urging them to go to next year’s event,” said Judi Lebensburger, Ashley Furniture Industries.

The NAHFA’s 2015 Home Furnishings Networking Conference will Celebrate Dreamers in Orlando’s Walt Disney World, May 17-19.

We are thrilled with the success of this year’s conference,” said NAHFA CEO Sharron Bradley. “We’d like to thank our sponsors, speakers, presenters and staff for making this such a hit. We’d especially like to thank all of the retailers who attended—members and non-members alike. We wouldn’t have a conference without them. We hope to see everyone next year in Orlando.” 

About the North American Home Furnishings Association:

The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) was founded in 2013 with the merger of the three largest home furnishings retailer associations in the U.S. The NAHFA is the nation’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,800 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several foreign countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide its members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by partnering with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the NAHFA visit www.nahfa.org.

For more information, contact:
Cindi Williams
(916) 960-0277; cwilliams@nahfa.org

STORIS Announces 2014 User Conference

June 5, 2014 –
MOUNT ARLINGTON, NJ – STORIS, a leading supplier of Retail Software Solutions and Services for Big Ticket retailers, has introduced their 2014 User’s Conference (UC14), ‘The Difference is You.’ The conference will be held at the Wyndham Hamilton Park Hotel in Florham Park, New Jersey, this fall from Wednesday, October 8th, through Friday, October 10th.

The UC14 promises to be a highly educational and enjoyable event featuring over 35 seminars for STORIS Users to choose from, covering a wide range of topics and varying levels of participation. The focus of the conference is on STORIS Users and the difference they make as STORIS reflects and celebrates its 25 year anniversary. Additionally, STORIS is hosting a ‘Welcome Cocktail Reception’ and other networking opportunities with STORIS experts and retail peers.

“This year’s User Conference provides the opportunity for STORIS Clients to share suggestions, gain insight into product development and ultimately take advantage of the educational seminars to maximize their utilization of STORIS’s products and services,” states Doug Culmone, Chief Operating Officer. Despite no shortage of fun-filled networking events, the focal point of the conference will revolve around education. Conference seminars cover functional and technical topics as well as collaboration and business training focused sessions. A ‘Consultant’s Corner’ is also available for clients to seek assistance and engage with our experienced training and client services specialists throughout the conference.

“We are optimistic this will be the best conference STORIS has hosted to date. This is an exciting event STORIS users will not want to miss,” said Patti Caruso, Marketing Specialist and a coordinator of this year’s conference.

The UC14 registration is currently available via the STORIS Client Portal. Space is limited; therefore clients anticipating to attend this year’s conference are encouraged to register as soon as possible.

For 25 years, STORIS continues to be the leading provider of Retail Software Solutions and Services to Big Ticket retailers of ALL sizes. STORIS’ Vision9 software solution provides retailers with a single business solution including point of sale, supply chain, customer care, accounting, business intelligence and more.

NAHFA and Pilgrim Furniture City Golf for a Cause

Roseville, CA, May 8, 2014— The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) is partnering with Southington, Connecticut member Pilgrim Furniture City to promote its 10th annual golf tournament, August 5, 2014. Pilgrim Furniture City owners Mike and Debbie Albert have been hosting their golf tournament since 2004 with proceeds always benefiting local agencies and food banks.

“This year the proceeds will go to the Channel 3 Kids Camp,” said Debbie Albert. “It’s a local camp for children who would not ordinarily get to go to camp. The Kids Camp is planning to build a 64-bed cabin for special needs children and we want to help make that happen.”

The tournament is held at the Lake of Isles Golf Course, a Troon Experience, at the Foxwoods Casino, North Stonington, Connecticut, August 5, 2014, 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

“Partnering with the NAHFA just made perfect sense,” Albert said. “And we hope this will help us easily fill the field and be able to obtain more sponsorships so the Kids Camp can quickly get their cabin built.”

“While this is the tenth year for the Pilgrim Furniture City tournament, Association members in the New England region have also held a tournament for the last six years.  This year seemed like the right time to join forces for one tournament.  Even die-hard golfers in the industry have to eventually tend to their businesses!  The Association is committed to working with our members to promote regional events and golf events are popular,” said Mary Frye, NAHFA’s EVP. “Bringing members together to network and have fun is always a good thing—and it’s made even better by being able to make a difference in the lives of children. It really is a win/win situation for everyone involved.”

To register for the golf tournament, click here.

About the North American Home Furnishings Association:

The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) was founded in 2013 with the merger of the three largest home furnishings retailer associations in the U.S. The NAHFA is the nation’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,800 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several foreign countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide its members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by partnering with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the NAHFA visit www.nahfa.org.