NAHFA’s Next Gen NOW Market Events

Power lunch, endorsed education and semi-annual bash

Roseville, CA, October 10, 2014 — The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) is hosting a Lunch with Leaders event, Sunday, October 19, at the High Point Market for Next Gen NOW members and industry leaders and influencers.

Next Gen NOW members will have the opportunity to share a one-on-one working lunch with seasoned professionals in select showrooms during which they’ll learn best practices, expand upon their knowledge of the industry and/or a specific segment of the industry, and make connections that will help them in their pursuit of progressing the home furnishings trade. Industry leaders participating in the lunch include Lee Goodman, Jerome’s Furniture, Kim Shaver, Kim Darden Shaver Communications, and Kim Yost, Art Van Furniture.

“The Next Gen NOW Lunch and Learn session have been a huge success,” said Sharron Bradley, NAHFA’s CEO. “Our goal with this community is to help facilitate its members’ growth and involvement within the industry however we can, whether that be arranging lunches with well-respected leaders or providing an opportunity to network. ”

Next Gen NOW members can learn more at ngnow.org or by contacting Cindi Williams at (800) 422-3778 or cwilliams@nahfa.org.

Join Next Gen NOW members Sunday evening from 6:00—8:00 p.m. at the FurnitureDealer.net hangout at 311 S. Elm Street. There’s free parking, free WiFi, adult beverages and comfortable seating inside and out.

Members invite buyers to attend the following Next Gen NOW sponsored education during market as well.

NAHFA Retailer Resource Center, 1st Floor, Plaza Suites
Amazon Marketplace 101: Selling on Amazon
John Reisen, Sr. CMM – Lawn & Garden & Brent Avila, Sr. CMM – Home, Amazon
Sunday, October 19, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.; Repeats Monday, October 20, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Retail has evolved and eCommerce has grown in popularity among consumers with high growth expected to continue. Many shopping experiences begin online with significant influence on offline sales. New opportunities exist for small retailers to reach more customers through eCommerce avenues. Learn how Amazon reaches a broad audience of unique visitors and your potential customers. Find out the how Amazon can support your bottom line. This presentation will cover how retailers can take steps to begin selling on Amazon’s platform.

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.

About Next Generation-NOW:
Next Generation-NOW is a community of young, passionate, vibrant home furnishings professionals that represents the future of the home furnishings industry. Working together, this community helps develop the next group of industry leaders through educational events, social networking, and peer guidance and gives a voice to the distinctive needs of future generations in the furniture industry. For more information, visit www.nextgenerationnow.net.

NAHFA Announces October 2014 High Point Seminars

October 10, 2014, Roseville, CA — The North American Home Furnishings Association has announced its seminar schedule for Oct. 18-23 High Point Furniture Market.

Free to market attendees, all seminars are held in the Retailer Resource Center on the first floor of Plaza Suites at 222 S. Main Street.

The NAHFA hosts seminars during Las Vegas and High Point Markets in dedicated Retailer Resource Centers, which are 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 and technology.

“Our Retailer Resource Center is a great place for retailers to brush up on an issue they’ve been struggling with, gather information on products and services, and take a quick break in the café,” 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 and RRC are designed around that idea.”

The seminars are sponsored by Furniture Wizard. Seminars at Fall Market are offered Saturday, Oct. 18 through Tuesday, Oct. 21. A complete listing of the dates and times of NAHFA’s seminars is available here.

NAHFA’s High Point RRC Filled with Business Service Providers – October 2014

Roseville, CA, October 6, 2014 — The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) provides High Point buyers a one-stop marketplace filled with service providers offering money-saving tools to improve their businesses. The Retailer Resource Center (RRC), located on the first floor of Plaza Suites, hosts 30 vendors who offer products and services ranging from advertising and marketing, financial, consulting, and design, to technology, training, and warehouse distribution. The RRC is open Saturday, October 18 through Wednesday, October 22.

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

ACA – Advertising Concepts of America
Best Buy For Business
Bristlecone Financing
Clear Destination
Cory 1st Choice Home Delivery
Crexendo
CrossCheck
Custom Design Software
Diakon Logistics
Dispatch Track
Fisher Printing
FurnitureDealer.Net
Furniture Wizard
FurnitureCore / Impact Consulting
JRM Sales & Management
Knorr Marketing
Mail America
MicroD, Inc.
Moso Graphics
Myriad Software
NAHFA Warehouse Store
Profitability Consulting Group
PROFITsystems, a HighJump Product
Risk Assurance Partners, LLC
RM Innovations
Service Lamp Corporation
Spectrum Marketing
STORIS
Synchrony Financial
Tidewater Finance Company
Tropic Survival Advertising & Marketing
United Steel Storage, Inc.
VividWorks

Buyers are invited to start their day with a complimentary continental breakfast (Saturday-Wednesday, 8:00-9:30 a.m.) and refuel in the afternoons with hot dogs and snacks (Saturday-Tuesday, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m.). Stop by anytime to relax and refuel with gourmet lattes, mochas and cappuccinos.

NAHFA’s Membership Representatives will be on site October 18-22 in the RRC (located by the Retailer Lounge) 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 Hosts Seminar at Midwest Furniture Show

Roseville, CA, September 5, 2014 — The North American Home Furnishings Association will exhibit and sponsor a seminar at next week’s Midwest Furniture Show at the Schaumburg Convention Center, Schaumburg, Ill.

On Wednesday, 10-11:30 a.m., Ashley Furniture’s Geoff Weed will facilitate the seminar, “Eight Great Closings,” presented by Phillip Gutsell, president and owner of Gutsell & Associates. Gutsell consults with home furnishings retailers on marketing, advertising, motivational sales training and strategic planning. View more details here.

“We’re excited to participate and host Phil’s seminar at the Midwest Furniture Show,” said NAHFA’s executive vice president, Mary Frye. “Phil often draws a crowd to his seminars in our Retailer Resource Centers in High Point and Las Vegas and we’re sure attendees in Schaumburg will be just as pleased with his presentation.”

NAHFA attends, sponsors and hosts regional events such as this to gather local retailers for educational opportunities and networking. The NAHFA membership team will be visiting retailers in the Chicago area and be on site during the show, sharing Association resources and information.

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.