Myriad Software to launch web-based PointCentric™ at High Point Market

Myriad Software will be launching its new product, PointCentric™, the only web-based retail furniture software designed to use anywhere, on any device, at the upcoming High Point Market

SAN DIEGO, CA — October 1, 2014 — Debuting this month at High Point Market, the largest home furnishings industry trade show in the world, PointCentric™ by Myriad Software is the first web-based retail furniture software built specifically for the Cloud and accessible on any device—no app required. PointCentric, the much-anticipated successor to Myriad’s Eclicktic™ retail software, is a comprehensive mobile tool for sales, inventory, vendors and customers that operates in real time, across all platforms.

Available for wide release in early 2015, PointCentric features touch screen navigation and seamless integration with web applications, plugging in real time data from vendor websites, delivery modules and manufacturer’s catalogues. Designed for use on all devices, PointCentric only requires a browser and its mobility allows retailers to stay with their customers from start to finish, tradeshow to markets, regardless of hardware.

The company designed PointCentric with the next generation of retailers in mind. Unlike other apps and software, this next generation development does not require additional products or apps to function. “Technology is moving too fast. An SQL backend is critical, and allowing our clients to run the software on any type of device is HUGE,” said Carolyn Crowley, President of Myriad Software. “Touch navigation and mobility were key factors in the latest development.”

With nearly 25 years in the industry, Myriad understands that customer engagement, real-time data, cost management, and mobility are essential to their client’s success and profitability. PointCentric touches on all of these factors and more—offering software for any device, loads of customization options, a clean interface, and a keen eye on the user experience. Both inclusive and interactive, Myriad’s latest creation is the next step in retail technology, providing a high tech hub to track business activities anytime, anywhere.

Founded in 1990, by Carolyn Crowley and Russell Higgins, Myriad Software is best known for Eclicktic, a windows-based software system designed to manage sales, inventory, accounting, special order tracking, and customer history for more than 200 clients in over 11,000 retail locations. Partners with legacy companies like Bassett and La-Z-Boy, Myriad continues to be the #1 software solution for the mid-sized retailer in the Home Furnishings industry, consistently developing innovative and intuitive software solutions for small and large companies alike.

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Carolyn Crowley, President, Myriad Software
(800) 676-4243 x1119 |

CA Governor Signs New Furniture Labeling Law

September 30, 2014 —

SACRAMENTO, CA – California Governor Jerry Brown signed a new furniture labeling law today requiring manufacturers to identify upholstered products that contain added flame retardant chemicals.

After weeks of negotiations with California officials, the American Home Furnishings Alliance succeeded in having the law amended to include a definition of “flame retardant chemical” to give manufacturers more clarity in complying with the measure.

Without a definition, AHFA maintained the bill was not enforceable and provided no meaningful guidance for California consumers.

California Senator Mark Leno introduced Senate Bill 1019 in March in an effort to provide consumers in his state with easily accessible information on whether upholstered furniture contains flame retardant chemicals or not.

The proposal followed the release of the state’s new flammability standard, Technical Bulletin 117-2013, which replaces an open flame test for upholstered furniture with a smolder test. Upholstery products can pass the new test without using flame retardant chemicals, which were added to upholstery foam in the 1970s in order to meet the previous open flame test in California. Although the new standard can be met without the use of flame retardant chemicals, the law does not prohibit their use.

Leno wants California shoppers to be able to distinguish furniture that contains added flame retardants from furniture that does not contain these chemicals. His bill requires manufacturers to modify the TB 117-2013 compliance label, which is currently required on all upholstered furniture offered for sale in California.

In the new section of the label, manufacturers must specify whether the product “contains added flame retardant chemicals” or “contains NO added flame retardant chemicals.” This is done by checking a box on the label next to the appropriate statement.

AHFA is developing a prototype label for its member companies to consult when ordering labels for merchandise shipping into California beginning January 1, 2015.

However, there is no effective date written into the Leno legislation. AHFA has requested clarification from state officials on the exact implementation timeline for the new labeling requirement.

“At this time, we are advising our members to plan for compliance beginning January 1, 2015 – concurrent with the implementation of TB 117-2013,” explains Bill Perdue, AHFA’s vice president of regulatory affairs.

AHFA worked with a coalition of furniture associations to draft several amendments that were successfully added to the Leno bill. In addition to the definition for FR chemical, these included:

  • Removing a provision that would have required point-of-sale signs for any covered product shipped to California. The signs, like the label, would have had to include the “does contain/does not contain” statement.
  • Removing a provision that would have allowed the state to charge manufacturers with perjury if they checked the “does not contain” box on the label and their product was later found to contain an FR chemical.

Other members of the home furnishings coalition that worked on the amendments included: the North American Home Furnishings Association, the Polyurethane Foam Association, the Upholstered Furniture Action Council and the California Furniture Manufacturers Association.


The American Home Furnishings Alliance, based in High Point, N.C., represents more than 200 leading furniture manufacturers and distributors, plus over 150 suppliers to the furniture industry worldwide. AHFA is the industry’s representative on Capitol Hill and elsewhere throughout the United States on legislative and regulatory matters that impact the import and manufacture of residential furnishings.

For more information, contact:
Jackie Hirschhaut

Somerton Dwelling Promotes Kevin King to National Sales Manager

Somerton DwellingCorona, CA., Sept 30, 2014 — Somerton Dwelling announced the promotion of Kevin King, current Assistant Sales Manager, to the newly created position of National Sales Manager reporting to Dave Pinamonti, president of Somerton Dwelling.

Somerton Dwelling Kevin King“Kevin is a vital part of our team and we are thrilled to reward his hard work and dedication with this very deserving promotion,” stated Pinamonti. “In his new position, Kevin will be managing the day to day operations of our domestic and international sales organization. He will also be overseeing territory development, as well as helping forge and foster strong relationships between Somerton Dwelling and our valued customer base.”

King started with Somerton Dwelling in 2008 in the customer service department as a customer service representative. He brings to Somerton Dwelling fifteen years of retail and wholesale experience plus an extensive customer service management background. He resides in Southern California with his wife and two dogs.


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Somerton Dwelling is a US Sales & Marketing Corporation specializing in the design and marketing of fashionable, functional home furnishings. With a focus on small and average size homes, Somerton Dwelling specializes in Dining, Sleeping, Living, Working and Viewing environments.

Somerton Dwelling has its corporate office and distribution center in Corona, CA, and an additional East Coast warehouse facility located in Stoneville NC.

For more information, contact:
Cathy Lloyd

Clear Destination Uses HERE’s Cutting-Edge Mapping Technology to Guarantee Quicker Home Deliveries

MONTREAL, Sept. 23, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ — Clear Destination, a provider of home delivery solutions, signed a licensing agreement with HERE to integrate its powerful mapping data. HERE’s geolocation and geomapping technology provides the most accurate and rich road data on the market, so it can predict traffic jams and inform truck drivers of any other obstructions that slow down home deliveries in large urban centers.

“This ultimately means that customers will no longer have to spend most of their day waiting for a home delivery,” says Christian Lafrance, CEO of Clear Destination. “At the point of purchase, customers can choose a short 1- or 2-hour time window, knowing they won’t miss the delivery, and knowing their merchandise will arrive when they were told it would.”

This allows companies that sell or supply large items, like home furnishings and appliances, to guarantee a highly optimized delivery service. The ClearD dynamic routing engine guides trucks through the fastest roads, taking into account complex variables like left-turn limitations, traffic lights, public transit lanes, truck-free zones, weight and heights restrictions on streets and bridges, ferries, and much more. These timesaving features allow truck drivers to get to customers’ homes at the promised time.

Clear Destination is currently offering its home delivery solutions with integrated HERE mapping data to the North American market.

About Clear Destination

Clear Destination provides groundbreaking solutions that combine advanced mathematical algorithms and software engineering to completely automate every step of the home delivery process. From route planning for trucks to tracing and tracking all delivery data, Clear Destination makes home deliveries quicker, easier and much more efficient. Focusing specifically on large items like furniture and appliances, Clear Destination’s home delivery solutions are available to retailers, vendors and transportation companies in North America, Europe and Australia. To find out more about Clear Destination, visit the website at

For further information, contact:
George Nimeh
(514) 883-5253

Surya van pool to knock estimated 100,000 miles off the road by end of October

CALHOUN, Ga. — Sep. 12, 2014 — Surya is pleased to announce that it has saved its employees hundreds of dollars in fuel and maintenance costs and thousands of miles on the road since the launch of a company-sponsored van pool at the beginning of June. To date, 14 employees living in the Atlanta area and surrounding suburbs are actively participating in the van share program, which is partially subsidized by Surya as a benefit to employees with high mileage commutes to the company’s Calhoun, Ga., headquarters.

Surya has contracted with vRide, a shared ride platform, to provide the van, which is regularly serviced and maintained by vRide to help ensure safety and reliability. As of Aug. 31, the van pool has logged approximately 8,500 miles, significantly fewer miles than the 60,000+ miles that would have been driven by van share members individually during the same period.

“In addition to reducing fuel costs and carbon pollution, ridesharing allows employees to relax on their way to work rather than face the stresses of traffic congestion,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “We realize the commute from Atlanta to Calhoun can be challenging and are excited that so many of our employees are taking advantage of the program. Surya is a great place to work and the convenience of a shared ride will make us an even more attractive employer for talent residing in Atlanta and surrounding areas.”

Surya van pool participants in front of the van used for the daily commute between Atlanta and Surya headquarters in Calhoun, Ga.

Surya van pool participants in front of the van used for the daily commute between Atlanta and Surya headquarters in Calhoun, Ga.

Surya is planning to add more van pools once it relocates to its new corporate headquarters in Cartersville, Ga., currently slated for late 2015. The additional vans will run from the Chattanooga, Tenn., area as well as nearby locations such as Rome and Dalton, Ga., where a number of Surya employees reside.

To learn about Surya’s commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility, visit

About Surya
Surya is the premier one-stop source for coordinating home accessories for a broad range of lifestyles and budgets. An expert at translating the latest apparel and interior design trends, Surya artfully combines color, pattern and texture to offer more than 30,000 fashion-forward products, including rugs, pillows, throws, wall decor, accent furniture, lighting, decorative accents and bedding. The brand also provides innovative display, merchandising and training solutions to support retailers in successfully promoting and selling home accessories. Surya currently exhibits in Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, High Point, Las Vegas, New Delhi, New York, Toronto and Tupelo. To learn more, visit

Media Contact:
Kathleen Bowley
706.625.4823 ext. 213

Twin-Star’s Celebrity Status Soars

Delray Beach, Florida, Sept 12, 2014 - Twin-Star International, an award-winning home furnishings manufacturer of quality furniture, bath vanities, thermoelectric wine coolers and electric heaters, is quickly gaining celebrity status with a host of nationally televised product placements featured in several top home and remodeling TV programs.

HGTV’s hit Love It or List It recently featured the “Raines” high-gloss white vanity from Twin-Star’s Luxe Bath Works line of bathroom furniture on the episode entitled “Blended Families”. The 30” two-door and two-drawer vanity offering additional storage space is highlighted in the renovation of a 1,000 square foot house. The segment will air again on September 15. On Love It or List It, the home owning family has to decide between keeping their newly renovated current home (“Love It”) or buy a new home and sell their current one (“List It”). This is done with the help of hosts Hilary Farr, designer, and David Visentin, Realtor. Hilary handles design and renovation on the current home, and David finds the couple potential new homes.

Twin-Star’s ClassicFlame Pro “Builder Box” fireplace aired last spring in two episodes of The Vanilla Ice Project! on the DIY network. Clips from the show can be viewed on the Twin-Star Facebook page. A Builder Box is a kit that can be installed into a wall, which can then house an electric fireplace insert. Robert Van Winkle, better known as rapper Vanilla Ice, loved the ClassicFlame electric “Florida fireplace” that can be used with or without heat to cozy up the family room. In The Vanilla Ice Project, Vanilla Ice demonstrates his expertise in real estate and home renovation by renovating houses along with a team of handymen.

Earlier this year, a pair of “Raines” bath vanities from LUXE Bath Works appeared on the show Flipping Boston in an episode dedicated to helping the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings. The homeowner was thrilled with the Raines vanities and said that his new bathroom now looked like a “hotel bathroom.” The clip from this show can also be viewed on the Twin-Star Facebook page.

What does the future hold? According to Twin-Star’s Director of Marketing, Brian Brigham, “the Twin-Star Tresanti thermoelectric Cabernet Wine Cabinet will be appearing in the upcoming comedy “Wedding Ringer” starring Kevin Hart and Kaley Cuoco set for release in 2015. And our ClassicFlame “Elysium” Wall Fireplace was recently requested for the October 3rd episode of the new Raycom syndicated show “Fix It & Finish It” where host Antonio Sabato Jr. travels the country helping people renovate and update their homes. Stay tuned, more Twin-Star stars are coming!”

Connect with Twin-Star:
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About Twin-Star
Founded in 1996, Twin-Star International, Inc. of Delray Beach, Fl., is changing the way people entertain. Twin-Star, an award-winning home furnishings manufacturer of quality furniture, combines the latest trends with function and style to create unique pieces that enhance the lives of their customers. They use the finest hardwoods, wood veneers and finishes available, chosen specifically to match the character and need of each individual piece. A member of the Sustainable Furnishings Council, Twin-Star is known for their ClassicFlame® Fireplaces, the finest furniture in the electric fireplace industry, and their line-up also includes Duraflame®, Chimney-free® and Pro Electric Fireplaces, Tresanti® Media Consoles; Tresanti® Refrigerated Wine Cabinets; Tresanti® Kitchen Islands and Beverage Curios; Black & Decker and Luxe™ Bathroom furniture. Find out more at

For more information, contact:
Cathy Lloyd
The Media Matters, Inc.

Northwest Furniture Express Announces Expedited Service Options

Morganton, NC – August 28, 2014 - Northwest Furniture Express (NWFX) a specialized furniture carrier serving the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada, announced today the addition of two levels of expedited services which began September 1.

The NWFXpedite is a 5 business day delivery business to business for shipments originating in North Carolina and Southern Virginia to our service area in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.

Other options, such as NWXtreme are also available. The Extreme Expedite is 3-5 day service into most of the major business centers within the region. Time definite services are also available. “We are very excited about the new service offerings”, says Eric Clarke, NWFXpress CEO. “This further enhances our service commitment to the Northwest Region and gives our customers additional options when they need product in a hurry or have fast approaching delivery deadlines they are trying to meet.”

NWFXpress is the Dealers Choice for Transportation Service among the leading retailers in the Pacific Northwest and Western Canada.


For more information:
Eric Clarke, NWFXpress 828-439-4190

Surya to Unveil Extensive New Outdoor Offering at Casual Market

Brand to showcase more than 700 new outdoor products in an array of styles, colors, sizes and price points

CALHOUN, Ga. — Sep. 8, 2014 — Home accessories brand Surya is set to introduce a significantly expanded outdoor product offering at the 2014 International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market, to be held Sept. 16-19 at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago. Featuring a range of coordinating accessories across multiple categories along with high-performance materials, the new offering will make it easy for end consumers to achieve a complete and cohesive look for their outdoor living spaces.

In addition to debuting several hundred products within its existing outdoor categories (rugs, pillows and poufs), Surya is launching a number of new categories, including outdoor lighting, mirrors, ceramic planters, garden stools, hurricane lamps and candle holders in a variety of rich textures and finishes. Styles range from global-inspired designs and overscaled tropical motifs to solids, stripes and geometric patterns – all available in vibrantly-hued warm and cool color palettes for convenient mixing and matching.

New introductions from Surya Outdoor include global- and tropical-inspired designs, along with coordinating solids, stripes and geometric patterns, in a variety of rich textures and color palettes.New introductions from Surya Outdoor include global- and tropical-inspired designs, along with coordinating solids, stripes and geometric patterns, in a variety of rich textures and color palettes.

The brand’s new pillow and pouf collections are constructed of premium fabrics, including Sunbrella, to bring style and comfort to outdoor spaces while providing superb weather resistance and durability. Several innovative rug constructions, such as a crocheted look typically seen only in indoor rugs, will be on display, as will a new outdoor collection from HGTV design personality Candice Olson.

“As consumers spend more time outside, they are looking for accessories that will enable them to create inspired outdoor living spaces that complement their indoor spaces,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “As with our indoor offerings, our goal in expanding our outdoor line is to simplify the shopping experience by providing a single resource for coordinating outdoor accessories. In addition to offering a broad range of fashion-forward products, we will provide sales and merchandising tools to help retailers grow their outdoor business. We look forward to extending our reach in this important segment.”

Surya has created a dedicated team to promote and sell its expanded outdoor line, including casual furnishings industry veteran Jim Levine, who was recently brought onboard to head the outdoor initiative, and a group of regional sales representatives who will target specialty outdoor retailers throughout the United States.

Market visitors are invited to explore the colorful new outdoor line at Surya Outdoor Booth 7-4123 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 16 through Thursday, Sept. 18 and from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 19.

Click here for a preview of Surya’s new outdoor introductions.

About Surya
Surya is the premier one-stop source for coordinating home accessories for a broad range of lifestyles and budgets. An expert at translating the latest apparel and interior design trends, Surya artfully combines color, pattern and texture to offer more than 30,000 fashion-forward products, including rugs, pillows, throws, wall decor, accent furniture, lighting, decorative accents and bedding. The brand also provides innovative display, merchandising and training solutions to support retailers in successfully promoting and selling home accessories. Surya currently exhibits in Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, High Point, Las Vegas, New Delhi, New York, Toronto and Tupelo. To learn more, visit

For more information—
Media Contact:
Kathleen Bowley
706.625.4823 ext. 213

Art Van Furniture Announces Emergency Flood Damage Relief Program for Michigan

Art Van FurnitureWARREN, Mich. (August 12, 2014) — Yesterday’s torrential rains and widespread flooding have impacted homeowners across Southeastern Michigan, destroying and damaging furnishings, flooring and other contents in their homes. Beginning today, Art Van Furniture is offering to help families with the “Art Van Furniture, Mattress and Flooring Flood Damage Relief Program” for Michigan.

Art Van Furniture will extend its best pricing, the Employee Family Purchase program pricing, to flood victims. Guests simply bring photos of damaged furniture, mattresses and flooring or an insurance check into any Art Van Furniture store inMichigan. It’s good for a one time purchase and will need to be approved by a store manager or sales manager.

In addition, the Art Van Clean Team is offering aid as well. Those homeowners who need help can call the Art Van Clean Team which will waive the deductible for insurance claims and offer a 30% discount for other cleaning needs.

“It is important for everyone in the community to come together during these types of emergencies that cause such huge unexpected hardships for so many of families,” said Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman of Art Van Furniture. “Art Van Furniture plans to do whatever we can to help alleviate the financial burden on families, and give back to our neighbors who have supported us for 55 years.”

While the metro Detroit area was hardest hit by the storms, the program is valid statewide, offering assistance to all Michigan homeowners who were impacted by this season’s severe weather conditions. The “Art Van Furniture, Mattress and Flooring Flood Damage Relief Program” for Michigan expires in six months.

About Art Van Furniture
Art Van Furniture is the Midwest’s largest furniture retailer and America’s largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates 37 stores throughout Michigan, six stores in Chicagoland, one store in Toledo, Ohio, one store in Fort Wayne, a full service e-commerce website, plus 45 freestanding Art Van PureSleep bedding stores in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Michigan. Visit for more information. 


For more information, contact:
Diane Charles
Director of Corporate Communications
Art Van Furniture
(586) 983-3022 – office
(586) 850-7332 – cell

Mac Hoak of Mecox to Receive ARTS Awards Academy of Achievement Honor

Mac HoakDALLAS – August 13, 2014 – Dallas Market Center today announced that Mac Hoak, founder and owner of Mecox, will receive the prestigious Academy of Achievement honor at the 26th annual International ARTS Awards.

“Under the guidance and vision of Mac, Mecox energized the home industry with its style and quality,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “Mecox has been instrumental in setting precedent for retail excellence for the past 18 years, and we look forward to honoring Mac.”

The ARTS Awards, presented each January during the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, recognizes top manufacturers, retailers, product designers, interior designers and sales representatives from across the world in 25 different categories. The winners will be revealed during a gala event on Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Hilton Anatole Hotel. The Academy of Achievement honor is awarded each year to recognize companies and/or individuals that have made significant contributions to the industry.

Mecox boasts a unique selection of home and garden furnishings unmatched in quality, texture and form, and is dedicated to providing the tools necessary to achieving an overall balance between the indoor and outdoor living environment.

Hoak and his team of buyers make multiple trips each year to venues around the world from which they source many of their antiques, home furnishings, art and other products. In addition to these one-of-a-kind items, Mecox has its own private label of furniture known for its usage of indoor-outdoor materials such as stone, zinc, concrete and teak. Mecox partners with local craftsman to allow customers to create their own designs or redesign any Mecox product. Items from the store are continually featured in industry publications such as Elle Décor, Architectural Digest, Veranda, and House Beautiful.

Hoak received an undergraduate degree in economics from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from the University of Virginia. In 1984, Hoak moved to New York City and worked in finance for 10 years. In 1995, he moved to Southampton to follow his passion for antiques, design and furniture and in 1996, the flagship Mecox Gardens opened in Southampton, New York.

Mecox Gardens grew a loyal following of home owners, collectors and designers quickly. At the request of many, Hoak began expansion to additional locations. Hoak opened his second store on Manhattan’s Upper East Side and his third store in West Palm Beach, FL. Today, Mecox can be found in eight locations: Chicago, Dallas, East Hampton, Houston, Los Angeles New York City, Palm Beach and Southampton. For more information, visit 

The 26th annual ARTS Awards are sponsored by enLIGHTenment, FANDECKGifts & Decorative Accessories, Giftware News, HFN, Home Accents Today, Home Fashion Forecast, Residential Lighting and the Sustainable Furnishings Council. Follow along with the ARTS Awards process using the #ARTSawards hashtag.

About Dallas Market Center
Founded in 1957, Dallas Market Center is the world’s most complete wholesale marketplace. Within its marketplace of more than five million square feet, retailers from around the globe source products ranging from home furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories and men’s, western, women’s and children’s apparel. With more than 50 markets each year attended by more than 200,000 retail buyers from all 50 states and 85 countries, Dallas Market Center offers hundreds of events and seminars geared toward helping retailers expand business and increase profits. The Dallas Market Center website is available at

About ART
ART is the creative home furnishings network representing manufacturers, retailers, representatives and other individuals and companies interested in promoting and enhancing the market position of the home furnishings industry. Each year ART sponsors programs such as the ART conference, regional educational seminars, the ART card and the ARTS Awards. The ART website is available at

About the ARTS Awards
The ARTS Awards is the premier awards program dedicated to the home industry. Up to 25 categories exist under the headings Manufacturer, Retailer, Product Designer, Interior Designer, Sales Representative, Rising Star, Green and Academy of Achievement. Anyone in the industry can nominate including manufacturers, retailers, sales representatives, designers, suppliers, consultants and other industry officials. Academy of Achievement, Rising Star and Visionary honorees are selected by an ARTS Awards committee each year. Companies that have won an ARTS Award five times are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Hall of Fame members are: BJ’s Home Accents, C.S. Wo & Sons, Distinctive Designs International Inc., Feizy Rugs, Fine Art Lamps, Global Views, Montaage, Natural Decorations Inc., Palecek, Paragon, Robb & Stucky and Schonbek Worldwide Lighting. Visit for more information.