American Furniture Hall of Fame Inducts Four New Members

HIGH POINT, N.C., Oct. 19, 2014 — Four industry leaders have been inducted into the American Furniture Hall of Fame. Joining the current 94 Hall of Fame members are Hershel Alpert, former president of Alperts, Inc.; Bernard Castro, founder of Castro Convertibles; Harry M. Cornell, Jr., chairman emeritus of Leggett & Platt Inc; and Jena Goldman Hall, president and CCO of Jena Hall Associates.

The international banquet was attended by leading retailers, buying group members, interior designers, manufacturers, suppliers and other foundation members.

“Each year, it is humbling to learn about the great personal accomplishments and contributions to our industry made by the individuals inducted into the Hall of Fame,” says Bill Kimbrell, president of the American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation. “They are role models in every sense of the word and it is a reminder that our industry is full not just of ingenuity and leadership, but of generosity to others expressed in time, talents and resources. We are pleased to honor them.”

 

Hershel AlpertHershel Alpert (b. 1932 d. 2010) began his career working for his father’s furniture store. When his father sold the business, Mr. Alpert and his brother founded Alperts Inc., a furniture showroom and warehouse in Seekonk, Mass. After it was sold to General Cinema Corporation, Mr. Alpert continued as president, growing the business to 15 stores in four states. In 1985, Mr. Alpert, his brother and another partner bought it back. Mr. Alpert served as president and CEO for the next 35 years, during which Alperts was awarded the Brand Names Foundation Retailer of the Year and the Retailers Association of Massachusetts Retailer of the Year. He served as president and chairman of the National Home Furnishings Association and its Foundation, and in 2005 was named NHFA Retailer of the Year. In 2007, the partners sold the business with the stipulation that its 155 employees would retain their jobs. Rather than retiring at age 75, Mr. Alpert founded Alpert Consulting and served as a faculty member and Senior Executive in Residence at the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth.

Bernard CastroBernard Castro (b. 1904 d. 1991) and his wife, Theresa, started with $400 in 1931 and built what would become Castro Convertibles, a manufacturer and retailer selling more than five million convertible sleeper sofas through its own 48 stores on the East Coast. An Italian emigrant who worked as a furniture apprentice while earning a degree in Interior Decoration, Mr. Castro invented many patented convertible mechanisms and gave consumers up to a million choices with 100 styles, thousands of fabrics and 10 bed sizes. The company had two large upholstery plants and a separate steel mechanism plant. An advertising genius, the specialty stores became destination showplaces for interior design trends. Mr. Castro generously donated his time and resources to the home furnishings industry and his community. He received the prestigious Horatio Alger Award and an honorary doctorate from Mercy College, among many other honors. A true American patriot, he was a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary, a supporter of the Florida National Guard and an honorary Green Beret.

Harry Cornell Jr.Harry M. Cornell, Jr., chairman emeritus of Leggett & Platt Inc., built a small regional company into a Fortune 500 giant. He transformed the company from five plants and $7 million in annual sales into a $4 billion company with 130 plants in 18 countries. His many milestones include the initial public offering of Leggett & Platt common stock in 1967 and the 1979 listing on the New York Stock Exchange. As a supplier that manufactured component parts, created the machinery to make them and produced the raw materials, Mr. Cornell expanded Leggett & Platt into eight industries. A past president of the American Innerspring Manufacturer’s Association, he received the Award of Exceptional Service from the National Association of Bedding Manufacturers and CEO Awards from Financial World for five years and The Wall Street Transcript for three years. At the University of Missouri, his alma mater, the Business School was dedicated in 2002 as Cornell Hall, where he funds the Cornell Leadership Scholarship and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law. In 1998, he was named Citizen of the Year in Carthage, Missouri, home of Leggett & Platt.

Jena Goldman HallJena Goldman Hall, president and CCO of Jena Hall Associates, has created licensed programs including Jena Hall’s Inspirations from the Old Country for Broyhill Furniture as well as developing products and integrated marketing for American Leather, Johnston Casuals, DMI-Wynwood, Pennsylvania House, Vanguard Furniture, and aspenhome where she served as Executive Vice President of Merchandising and Design. She has curated the launch and design of the HGTV Home Furniture for Bassett Furniture. In addition, Ms. Hall has created numerous merchandising concepts for retailers including JCPenney, Robb & Stucky, Macy’s, Domain, Ethan Allen and Thomasville Interiors. A five-time Pinnacle Award winner, she is credited with introducing innovative features and functions formerly reserved for custom made and contract furniture into the mainstream furniture market. The  founding  president of  WithIt,  the  women’s  leadership and development network, Ms. Hall is a tireless advocate of City of Hope and the Anti-Defamation League. She has served on the High Point Market Authority Board and Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library Advisory Board. She has received the WithIt Founders Award and Lifetime Achievement Award, the American Furniture Hall of Fame Industry Fellow and the City of Hope Spirit of Life Award.

 

Under the new selection system, the inductees were determined by the combination of a vote of the membership and a points-based rating system of each nominee by the Foundation’s Industry Fellow Selection Committee. The voting period began June 30 and ended July 31.

Platinum level sponsors are headlined by AICO/Amini Innovations; Ashley Furniture Industries; La-Z-Boy, Inc., Leggett & Platt, Inc.; and Zenith Global Logistics.

Gold sponsors: Akzo Nobel Coatings, Inc.; Art Van Furniture, Inc.; Berkshire Hathaway Furniture Companies; Casana Furniture; FEI Marketing; HSM Solutions; Palliser Furniture Ltd.; Planned Furniture Promotions; Tempur Sealy International Inc.; and Vaughan-Bassett Furniture, Inc.

Silver sponsors: A.R.T. Furniture, Inc.; American Leather; Culp, Inc.; El Dorado Furniture, Inc.; Flexsteel Industries, Inc.; Grand Home Furnishings; Haverty Furniture Companies, Inc.; Klaussner Furniture Industries Inc.; Raymour & Flanigan Furniture and Simmons Bedding Company.

Copper sponsors: aspenhome; Badcock Furniture & more; Carpenter Company; Castro Convertibles; Century Furniture; City Furniture; CR Laine Furniture Company, Inc.; Furniture World; HomElegance, Inc.; International Market Centers; Rooms to Go; Samson Holding; Stoney Creek Furniture; Therapedic International; Wolf Furniture/AFC; and Zuo Modern.

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The American Furniture Hall of Fame Foundation, Inc. is an international, industry-wide organization founded to honor those individuals whose outstanding achievements have contributed to the continued growth and development of the U.S. furniture industry, as well as to research, collect and preserve our cultural, economic and artistic history. Membership includes eligibility to vote for inductees into the American Furniture Hall of Fame, and the opportunity to help preserve the history and heritage of the industry. The organization is based in High Point, North Carolina at 202 Neal Place, and can be reached at 336.882.5900.

MicroD’s new Platform OmniVue Raises the Bar for Merchandising and eCommerce

The leader in online solutions for furniture and home furnishings is introducing next-generation merchandising and ecommerce website solutions that leverage the latest in digital technologies to improve the shopping experience and support the common goals of manufacturers and retailers.

October 17, 2014 — Charlotte, NC – MicroD Incorporated, the global leader in integrated, web-based home furnishings marketing and sales solutions, is introducing its next-generation OmniVue online merchandising and eCommerce platform for furniture manufacturers and retailers. By delivering leading-edge responsive design, eCommerce, customized themes, and other industry-focused technologies and techniques, the comprehensive new website solution promises to revolutionize the way consumers shop for and purchase home furnishings online.

According to Manoj Nigam, CEO and President of MicroD, “Keeping our continued focus and dedication to bring effective technology solutions to the home furnishings Industry, we are excited to launch this revolutionary new web platform for the industry. As eCommerce is becoming paramount to success in our industry, we are dedicated to helping our clients seize new opportunities to better engage with consumers, enhance collaboration among manufacturers and dealers, and sell more furniture.”

The new OmniVue platform leverages mobile-friendly, Responsive Web Design to provide shoppers with best-in-class navigation and convenience while shopping on tablets and other mobile devices. The platform also enables manufacturers and retailers to deploy more dynamic and customizable websites that better communicate their unique branding and product strategies. Making use of the latest HTML5 language, MicroD’s W3C-compliant sites significantly improve Search Engine Optimization (SEO) at the platform level. Early adopters of the OmniVue platform have reported benefits from the many industry-focused features such as Image-Rich Navigation, the Advanced Dealer Locator, and Find it Now tools. MicroD has also expanded compatibility with third-party plugins such as PowerReviews®, and will debut an updated HTML5 Room Planner tool for use on the iPad® and other tablets.

To support online sales, the OmniVue eCommerce platform supports a significantly improved shopping experience with a more robust and flexible Shopping Cart, including Account Creation, support for Shipping Zones, Ship to Store, and Discount and Coupon Codes, plus many other capabilities. MicroD sites are also able to integrate with Retail Management Systems to share pricing, on-display status, as well as sales tax and shipping information.

“With OmniVue, we have taken online furniture merchandising and eCommerce to a whole new level,” explained Ron Gordon, MicroD’s Senior Vice President of Technology. “Not only does this platform leverage the latest in online technologies, it includes the specific tools that furnishings manufacturers, retailers, and consumers need to significantly improve the online shopping and buying experience.”

About MicroD
More than 85% of the top 100 furniture retailers and brands trust their online efforts to MicroD. Nearly 2,500 solutions are in use by furniture retailers, suppliers and manufacturers throughout the United States and Europe. More than 650 manufacturers are connected through EXIM Commerce™ to exchange close to 100,000 EDI documents each day with leading retailers. For more information, visit www.MicroDinc.com.

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iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.
PowerReviews is a registered trademark of PowerReviews, Inc.

For more information, contact:
Mona Nigam
Executive Vice President
Phone: 704-927-3181
Email: monanigam@microdinc.com

PROFITsystems to Unveil Real-Time Data Analysis Tool at High Point Market

The Sales Analyzer enables retailers to access and analyze real-time sales data, empowering owners and managers to quickly understand current store performance, identify inefficiencies, and spot opportunities to achieve higher sales.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – October 15, 2014 – PROFITsystems, a leading provider of retail management software solutions, today announced the company will be unveiling its new Sales Analyzer tool at the High Point Market. The tool is embedded within PROFITsystems’ Retail Inventory and Point of Sale Management software, RETAILvantage, and empowers home furnishings retailers to sort and filter sales data in real time.

“Sales are driven by measurable objectives and incentives. Our new Sales Analyzer tool gives business owners and managers the flexibility to access the right information at the right time to improve sales processes, marketing, margins, and even make decisions regarding inventory and financing,” said Janice Johnson, RETAILvantage Product Manager.

“Whether you’d like to keep track of your progress against sales goals, assess the success of a promotion, or understand most popular payment terms and cash flow, the Sales Analyzer allows you to create customized views of sales data and track KPIs by simply dragging and dropping data fields in any of the thousands of combinations a Pivot table allows. In addition, you can save views to your personal dashboard, build visual charts, export detailed data to a delimited file, and even print summarized data,” Johnson added.

The Sales Analyzer will be available to all PROFITsystems current and new clients early 2015. To learn more, visit the PROFITsystems booth (#22-23) at the NAHFA Retailer Resource Center, Plaza Suites or request more information at www.profitsystems.com

About PROFITsystems
PROFITsystems is a complete software solution for the modern home goods retailer. Key components of their solutions for retailers include enterprise software, consulting, performance groups, advanced education, group-buying freight programs, eCommerce and business intelligence. PROFITsystems features real-time inventory management, customer relations management, point-of-sale, and accounting systems. For additional information on PROFITsystems, please visit their website at:
 www.profitsystems.com.

Media Contact
Guadalupe Pagalday
719 433 7036
guadalupe.pagalday@accellos.com

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NAHFA Announces Home Furnishings Networking Conference 2015

Save the date May 17-19, 2015 Orlando, FL2015 Home Furnishings Networking Conference

Roseville, CA, October 15, 1014 — The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) will host its third annual all-industry networking conference, May 17-19, 2015 at the Disney Coronado Springs Resort, Orlando, FL.

“The 2014 conference had a record retailer attendance of 120 stores,” said Sharron Bradley, NAHFA’s CEO. “The conference committee’s goal is to double that store attendance in Orlando.”

NAHFA is partnering with the Disney Institute for a segment of the conference. The Disney Institute is recognized worldwide for its professional development and external training. NAHFA 2015 conference attendees will enjoy access to portions of this award-winning training plus a full conference agenda. “Being able to tap into the Disney Institute is a key advantage of this year’s conference, stated Andrew Tepperman, Tepperman’s, Windsor, ON, Canada. “ I’ve tried over the years to participate in the Institute but found it too cost prohibitive on my own. Now I get the Institute and so much more, it’s an incredible value.”

“This will mark my 40th year going to conference,” said Dave Harkness, Harkness Furniture, Tacoma, WA. “NAHFA has stepped up the speakers and content and I find it even more compelling. The Orlando conference will be the best of all worlds as we’ll be exposed to one of the finest cultures in any industry—Disney. Finding out what they do and how they accomplish superb customer experiences is something I really want to learn and incorporate into my business.”

The HFNC will include educational sessions, key speakers, facilitated networking, and a product showcase. Room rates at the Coronado Springs are $164 per night/double occupancy with extended stay options available at the group rate. Visit theHFNC.com for more details and registration.

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 nahfa.org.

NAHFA Hosts Membership Meeting at High Point Market

Roseville, CA, October 14, 2014— The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) will hold its annual membership meeting, Sunday, October 19, 7:30 a.m. at NAHFA’s Retailer Resource Center (RRC) on the first floor of Plaza Suites. All NAHFA members and media are invited; a continental breakfast will be served.

NAHFA’s president, Rick Howard, Sklar Furniture, Boca Raton, FL will speak to the achievements of the Association and to ongoing initiatives and priorities that will benefit members and the industry. Howard will also pass the gavel to the incoming 2015 president, Mary Cramer, Cramer’s Home Furnishings, Ellensburg, WA. Cramer will share his vision and goals for the coming year.

The Association will recognize Howard Haimsohn, Lawrance Contemporary, San Diego, CA as he steps down from the board. Haimsohn was instrumental in working on the merger of the three associations that became the NAHFA in 2013 and has served the retail associations for more than 30 years in many capacities, including president of the former NHFA and WHFA.

“Howard’s exceptional leadership has influenced the progress of NAHFA,” said Sharron Bradley, NAHFA’s CEO. “It’s been a pleasure and an honor to work with Howard over the last 13 years. We’re grateful for his service to the Association and to the industry.”

Attendees are invited to stay to hear Jerry Epperson’s State of the Industry presentation directly following. 

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 nahfa.org.

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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ALL INQUIRIES CONTACT:
Carolyn Crowley, President, Myriad Software
(800) 676-4243 x1119 | carolyn@myriadsoftware.com

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.

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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
336.881.1016

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
cathy_lloyd@dalygroupcreative.com
336.707.4462

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 www.cleardestination.com

For further information, contact:
George Nimeh
gnimeh@cleardestination.com
(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 www.surya.com/social-responsibility.

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 www.surya.com.

Media Contact:
Kathleen Bowley
kathleen.bowley@surya.com
706.625.4823 ext. 213