NAHFA Announces Retailer of the Year 2015 Winners

Roseville, CA, Tuesday, March 24, 2015— The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) is proud to announce the winners for its 2015 Retailer of the Year award, which celebrates the outstanding achievements and progressive leadership of the nation’s home furnishings retailers.

Shane SpillerShane Spiller (pictured right/above), Spiller Furniture, Tuscaloosa, AL is the NAHFA 2015 Retailer of the Year in the category of businesses with sales volume of $10 million or above. Spiller Furniture and Mattress is a 13-store chain of furniture stores located in West Alabama and East Mississippi. The family owned company began in 1948 by James E. Spiller Jr. and continued to grow under the leadership of his son Mike Spiller and now his grandson Shane Spiller. This retail furniture and mattress chain serves its customers with in-house financing options and a large selection of merchandise. The Spiller Furniture family truly believes in its core values of having dedicated employees that take initiative and have a good attitude while serving its customers needs.

Chris CooleyChris Cooley (pictured left/above), Michael Alan Distinctive Home, Lake Havasu, AZ is the NAHFA 2015 Retailer of the Year in the category of businesses with a sales volume under $10 million. Michael Alan was created by amazing parents Abner & Shirley Schultz in the early 80’s and quickly became a local furniture and design destination. Daughters Chris Cooley & Carrie Hemme working in the business purchased it in 1992 carrying on the family tradition. They say their strongest asset is their Michael Alan Family – a team of 24 members filled with vibrant energy creating amazing culture. Chris’s commitment is to offer the best quality products and service, with a fun and edgy twist!

The 2015 North American Home Furnishings Retailer of the Year awards will be presented on May 17, 2015 at the annual Home Furnishings Networking Conference in Orlando, FL.

“Congratulations to Shane, Chris and to their entire teams,” said Sharron Bradley, NAHFA’s CEO. “They are shining examples of outstanding retailers and both have contributed so much to their communities, the industry and our Association.”

NAHFA members in good standing were nominated by members of the home furnishings industry based on their exemplary service to the industry and to their communities and for providing an exceptional customer experience in their store. A selection committee comprised of two members of NAHFA’s Board of Directors; two NAHFA members; two manufacturers; two service providers/suppliers; and two members of the industry media, reviewed the nominations. “Let me first tell you, what a privilege it was to be included in this process. I learned valuable insights about each of these businesses represented. I am amazed how much our retail families contribute to their communities, industry, and businesses,” said Robert Bolton, Ashley Furniture HomeStores, Beaumont, TX. “Surely each of these nominees are fine models of what we all strive to achieve.”

To attend the Retailer of the Year celebration honoring Spiller Furniture and Michael Alan Distinctive Home or for more information on the Home Furnishings Networking Conference, visit www.theHFNC.com, call 800.422.3778 or email: cwilliams@nahfa.org.

Surya to Debut Rug Line by North Carolina Landscape Artist William Mangum

CALHOUN, Ga. — March 17, 2015 — Surya will launch at April’s High Point Market three rug collections from William Mangum, a nationally- and internationally-acclaimed artist who – for more than 35 years – has captured in his paintings the essence of the American landscape.

From the aura and textures of the Blue Ridge Mountains to sparkling, windswept shorelines, Mangum’s rug designs artfully infuse elements of the natural world into living spaces to create inspired tapestries that celebrate the lives of the inhabitants.

  • Artisan – Overscaled fern and pine motifs are brought to life in this outdoor safe collection of hand-hooked rugs featuring tonal hues in a natural palette.
  • Essential – Hand-woven jute and colors of earth blend harmoniously in this textural collection, echoing the rugged beauty of the ever-changing landscape.
  • Remarque – Impressions of sand and water kissed by dappled sunlight evoke a sense of gentle movement in this collection of hand-knotted wool rugs with viscose accents.

“My goal as an artist is [to] help people to become astute observers of the world around them, to encourage them to pause and appreciate nature’s inherent ability to shape our mood and comfort levels,” said William Mangum, artist. “With these new rug collections for Surya, I wanted to provide an accessible way for people to bring the beauty of the outdoors into their home environments while also complementing the latest home decor and fashion trends. The Surya team has been a great partner in translating my artistic vision into timeless, handcrafted rugs that provide the perfect canvas upon which individuals can express their unique style.”

“As a lifelong student of nature, Bill Mangum possesses the rare ability to see beyond the surface of the landscape to capture its intrinsic beauty in a way that really speaks to the viewer,” said Satya Tiwari, president, Surya. “Likewise, at Surya, we are always looking beyond what has been done before to find new and different ways to bring inspired design into the home. Working with Bill is a natural fit as we continue to expand our product portfolio to reflect diverse styles and themes, and we are excited to share these new collections with our customers.”

Market attendees are invited to explore William Mangum’s rug collections at Surya’s flagship showroom – Showplace 4100 – which will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Surya is also hosting several educational and social events and will serve a complimentary catered breakfast and lunch each day, along with hors d’oeuvres and cocktails each evening.

Click here to view high res images of some of the new 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 has showrooms in Atlanta, Dallas, Chicago, High Point, Las Vegas, New Delhi and Toronto. To learn more, visit www.surya.com.

About William Mangum
With a career that has spanned more than 35 years and over 3,000 paintings to his credit, North Carolina native William (“Bill”) Mangum is recognized as the state’s foremost landscape artist. A recipient of both national and international awards, his work is the subject of eight coffee table books and two films that pay tribute to his keen eye for detail and masterful painting of diverse landscapes ranging from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Outer Banks. Bill has brought his artistry to the furniture industry in the “Artist Inspired Home Collection – CAROLINA PRESERVES” by Klaussner Home Furnishings, which has become one of the industry’s most successful furniture collections, and he has most recently created an inspired rug collection for home accessories provider Surya. This philanthropically minded designer has raised more than five million dollars through his annual “Honor Card” program, assisting outreach agencies aiding the homeless across North Carolina. To learn more, visit www.williammangum.com.

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Klaussner Outdoor Partners with MicroD to Launch Outdoor Living Website

Klaussner OutdoorKlaussner Outdoor takes consumers to the next level with their newest line of customizable outdoor furnishings. A leader in the furniture industry and MicroD partner since 2006, Klaussner provides comfort, style, and durability, as well as quick delivery and exceptional customer service. The new Klaussner Outdoor website delivers easy navigation and practical shopping tools that today’s consumers demand.

March 13, 2015 — Charlotte, NC – MicroD Incorporated, the global leader in integrated online home furnishings merchandising and ecommerce solutions, announces the recent launch of Klaussner Home Furnishings’ new outdoor living website. The all-new site, www.klaussneroutdoor.com, combines colorful images with clean lines to create a user-friendly website showcasing the versatility and durability of Klaussner’s customizable outdoor living solutions.

According to Manoj Nigam, CEO and President at MicroD, “We applaud Klaussner Outdoor for their industry leadership in engaging consumers and taking outdoor living solutions to the next level, offering the customization option so many desire. From every perspective, Klaussner Outdoor raises the bar for all outdoor furniture manufacturers.”

The MicroD website allows consumers to utilize the draping feature to customize the product seat and back cushions as well as accent pillows to suit their tastes. Klaussner Outdoor provides product information and product care instructions specific to outdoor merchandise, and consumers wanting to purchase their products can use the “Find a Dealer” feature that will list only those stores carrying the outdoor line. For consumers who want to be “in the know” when it comes to all things Klaussner, there is a “News” page and a “Q&A” page for common inquiries.

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A screenshot showing the customize feature on the Laurel Sofa. Customers can select which option or area to customize and then click available color/pattern options to see what the product looks like.

According to Gary McCray, President at Klaussner Outdoor, “As a visionary in home furnishing solutions, we wanted our new outdoor living website to effectively represent our brand and showcase our products for consumers. We selected MicroD for the launch of our new outdoor living website because of the positive relationship we have built through many years of partnership.In 2011, MicroD successfully launched our corporate site, and we have complete confidence in their online software and expert designers and developers.”

About Klaussner Home Furnishings
Headquartered in Asheboro, North Carolina, Klaussner Home Furnishings has showrooms in High Point, Las Vegas, and Chicago. As the leading solutions provider for the home furnishings industry, Klaussner’s breadth of product is unrivaled and its service is unparalleled with guaranteed delivery of its domestic products in 21 days or less. Its comprehensive selection and divisions include: Domestic Upholstery, Imported Upholstery, Domestic Motion, Case Goods, Enso Sleep Systems, Comfort Design, and Klaussner Outdoor.

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.

Crow Holdings to Acquire Property at Dallas Market Center

Market Center Management Company to Continue Management

DALLAS – March 11, 2015 – Dallas Market Center today announced that Crow Holdings will acquire the interest in certain real estate at Dallas Market Center owned by CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc. The agreement, which involves more than 5 million square feet of property at Dallas Market Center’s campus, includes the World Trade Center, Dallas Trade Mart, International Trade Plaza, and Market Hall. The acquisition is expected to close within 90 days.

The management company, Market Center Management Company, Ltd., an operating company with a five decade history and owned by Crow Holdings, will continue to manage the Dallas Market Center business, including the tenant relationships and trade shows.

Crow Holdings is the diversified group of investment companies that owns and directs the investments of the Trammell Crow family and its investment partners. Crow developed Dallas Market Center beginning in 1957, and the Crow family has maintained an active role in the management of the market center since its founding. CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc., a real estate investment trust (REIT) that focuses on demographically driven properties, has held a majority interest in property at Dallas Market Center’s campus since 2005. Once the acquisition closes, Crow Holdings will be the sole owner of Dallas Market Center.

“Our company and its shareholders have been quite fortunate to enjoy a terrific and very constructive relationship with Crow Holdings and MCMC through our investment in the Dallas Market Center,” said Stephen H. Mauldin, president and CEO of CNL Lifestyle Properties. “As the life cycle of our REIT draws to a close and we move to monetize our holdings, we remain wholly confident in the current and future performance of the Dallas Market Center as an industry leading enterprise.”

“Our family’s business history begins and remains closely tied to Dallas Market Center,” said Crow Holdings’ Chairman and CEO Harlan Crow. “We value the decade-long partnership with CNL Lifestyle Properties, and the existing management team will maintain unrivalled support for our customers and vision for the business. We look forward to new opportunities to advance Dallas Market Center’s position as the premier wholesale marketplace in the country.”

“Crow Holdings is a strong equity partner with an unmatched understanding and support of our business,” said Dallas Market Center President and CEO Bill Winsor. “The MCMC management team, together with Crow Holdings, has a five decade history of developing and managing more market center square footage on more continents than any other company. We will continue to work together to improve the Dallas marketplace and to create new events, attracting both buyers and exhibitors from around the world.

Our company has been consistently profitable with a legacy of driving annual growth, and the privilege to remain privately held allows for greater flexibility and growth potential, as well as a clear vision of creating business opportunities. Dallas Market Center and Crow Holdings answer directly to exhibiting customers, not to outside investment groups or shareholders. This unique partnership allows us to focus on long-term customer needs over short-term market demands.”

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 dallasmarketcenter.com.

About Crow Holdings
Crow Holdings encompasses multiple operating businesses and signature properties. These operating businesses include Crow Holdings Capital – a registered investment advisor (RIA) comprised of private equity real estate funds and a diversified investment advisory firm – as well as Trammell Crow Residential (TCR) and Crow Holdings Industrial. The company’s signature properties include the Old Parkland Campus, the Anatole Hotel and Dallas Market Center – all located in Dallas – as well as the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans, LA and the International Trade Mart in Brussels, Belgium. Although Crow Holdings’ foundation is deeply rooted in real estate development, the company made a strategic decision in 1988 to diversify a substantial portion of its portfolio into diversified investments. This provided a stable foundation for the company’s current and future initiatives, as well as an opportunity to share its decades of lessons learned with investors, partner families, business partners and associates. The Crow Holdings website is available at crowholdings.com.

PROFITsystems Releases Custom Report Builder and Over 90 Enhancements

Latest release of RETAILvantage contains enhancements requested by home furnishings retailers in addition to a new custom report builder.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado – March 9, 2015 – PROFITsystems, a leading provider of solutions for home furnishings retailers, today announced the release of new capabilities to its Retail Inventory and Point of Sale Management software, RETAILvantage. Over 90 new features and enhancements have been added to the system as a result of regular visits to client locations, proactive customer inquiries, and feedback collected from PROFITsystems performance groups’ members during bi-annual meetings.

“Having the largest customer base in the industry (over 800 home furnishings retailers) has helped us tremendously in understanding various business models and the needs that come with how each retailer operates,” said Janice Johnson, RETAILvantage Product Manager. “We were very excited to kick off our advisory board last year and are now in the process of rolling out UserVoice, a new tool that enables our family of retailers to voice their feedback.”

“Customer insights are invaluable to PROFITsystems not only to be able to regularly enhance our product and provide more value to our clients, but also in informing our long-term vision for our Retail Management Solution,” said Chad Collins, Senior Vice President and General Manager.

Some of the enhancements in the latest release of RETAILvantage include:

  • Analyzer: This new tool allows retailers to build custom reports and track KPIs in real time by simply dragging and dropping data fields. Retailers can save views to their personal dashboard, build visual charts, export detailed data, and even print summarized data.
  • Sales by Collection: RETAILvantage now enables retailers to analyze collection performance and understand how to showcase best-selling collections on the showroom floor.Simply group items and analyze written and delivered sales data by collection.
  • Remote QuickBooks Integration: Retailers can now transfer ledger transactions electronically to a remote install of QuickBooks as well as export the details of the trial balance to share with their CPA.
  • Scheduled e-Commerce Inventory Updates: RETAILvantage now allows retailers to schedule automated inventory exports. The up-to-data inventory data can easily be exported and uploaded to any e-commerce website.

All new features and enhancements are now available to all PROFITsystems current and new clients. To learn more about RETAILvantage, visit www.profitsystems.com.

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Industry Icons Epperson and Koenig added to NAHFA Conference Agenda

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Roseville, CA, Monday, March 2, 2015— The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) is excited to announce that industry icons Jerry Epperson, partner, Mann, Armistead & Epperson and Keith Koenig, president, City Furniture have been added to the agenda for the Home Furnishings Networking Conference, May 17-19 in Orlando, Fla.

Jerry Epperson will share his exclusive report, The Golden Age of Furniture Retailing, with attendees on Monday, May 18 at the lunch hour. While Epperson’s insight and reports are shared widely throughout the industry, this particular report is exclusive to NAHFA’s HFNC. Epperson will discuss the issues keeping home furnishings retailers from enjoying a bigger piece of consumer spending and the messages the industry needs to convey to truly prosper. This session also includes a dynamic question and answer session, bound to spark engaging, all-industry debate.

Tuesday, May 19 during a Luncheon, top 100 retailer Keith Koenig, president of Tamarac, Fla.-based City Furniture will share his inspiring message on business success, personal commitment and community investment.

“We have an incredible lineup of speakers and breakout sessions for this year’s Home Furnishings Networking Conference,” said NAHFA CEO Sharron Bradley. “We’re joining forces with Disney Institute, bringing back a couple of in-demand speakers and now we’re thrilled to have Jerry and Keith join the agenda. This was already going to be an exceptional conference and with the addition of these two industry greats it will push us over the top.”

Registration for the 2015 HFNC, May 17-19 in Orlando, Fla. is open. NAHFA retail members still have time to take advantage of the $100 registration discount good through March 31, and the BOGO (Buy-One-Get-One) offer when registering multiple attendees. Visit theHFNC.com for information on all registration pricing or to participate as a trade show exhibitor. For sponsorship opportunities, contact Cindi Williams at cwilliams@nahfa.org or 800-422-3778 for details.

Dallas Market Says Successful Start to 2015

February 4, 2014 —

Heavy Order Writing, Optimism & Inspiration —

DALLAS – February 2, 2015 – Dallas Market Center inspired the art of commerce at its recent Total Home & Gift Market and Dallas International Lighting Market, as it welcomed an increased number of buyers from multiple regions, unveiled thousands of new resources including a Luxury Gift neighborhood, hosted top headliners, and experienced record-breaking order writing numbers in all categories.

Exhibitors, manufacturers, rep groups and buyers alike noted the optimism and fresh outlook for 2015. The Market showed significant increases in attendance from the southeast, noting a more than 50 percent increase from Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina combined. Buyers also increased by 20 percent in Nevada, Utah and California alone. Mid-America remained strong, as well as Dallas Market Center’s home state and surrounding areas that exceed consumer confidence levels more than any other region.

Convenience took center stage in Dallas through enhanced technology, as hundreds of buyers experienced a new interactive and prompt Fast Pass system, as well as a new DART transportation line connecting buyers directly to Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Dallas Market Center also welcomed the Texas Nursery & Landscape Association (TNLA) as it hosted its first-ever Winter Showcase, offering all aspects of the green industry to a new set of customers.

In showrooms, buyers especially noted the long-standing advantage of strong rep groups, differentiating the Dallas Market Center buying experience through efficiency and building a long-standing relationship with an expert well-versed in product and multiple manufacturers.

Dallas Market Center solidified itself as the market destination not only in product and convenience but also through inspiration. Dozens of events entertained and educated buyers, including exciting presentations with entertainment industry veteran Donny Osmond; gardening and lifestyle expert P. Allen Smith; Bravo TV’s Jeff Lewis in partnership with CODARUS; designer and makeover television personality Libby Langdon in Crystorama Lighting; and Renée Behnke, retail concept founder of Sur La Table speaking with Housewares Training & Information Group (HTI Buying Group).

Highlights of the Dallas January Market experience:

“I opened more new accounts and saw more new customers during this market than any other market before. You can really feel the traffic and the energy here in Dallas.” –Derrick Ricketts, national sales manager, Aidan Gray Home

“Almost 80 percent of the orders taken at this show were new stores we hadn’t seen before. For a small business, it’s fantastic to be able to create so many new relationships.” –Laura Zindel, owner, Laura Zindel Designs

“By every measure, Dallas Market exceeded our expectations. Our goal was to connect with independent retailers from the central and southwest regions of the country and we are delighted with the connections and relationships we formed. We really did feel welcomed in Dallas and we’ll be back!” –Joanne Domeniconi, co-founder and chief discovery officer, The Grommet, Lifestyle Temps

“On-trend displays earned our company, now celebrating its 35th year in business, the Best Visual Presentation Award, and a reporting of double-digit sales growth in Dallas.” –Johan Hekkelman, vice president of sales, Allstate Floral

“I’m not sure we would have been in business for 60 years without the Dallas Market Center. It brings everyone together, we are able to show new goods, talk business and meet with people in just a few days that otherwise would take us a whole year.” –Howard Bernstein, vice president of marketing, Artcraft

“We saw a renewed sense of enthusiasm for our 2015 Seasonal Line and remodeled showroom. We enjoyed a nice increase in showroom traffic both domestic and international with new buyers open to exciting new trends.” –Kay Hoggard, executive vice president, Direct Export

“The show exceeded our expectations. We did 25 percent more sales in Dallas than any other marketplace.” –Tim Goering, operations director, Scripted Simplicity in Lifestyle Temps

“We have been showing here in Dallas since the early 80’s. We just love the show and have had a lot of success. There are a lot of great customers, numbers are up, and traffic is good.” –Mac Cooper, president, Uttermost

“We had a great market and business was up across the board. Traffic was good and there was definitely lots of energy in our showroom throughout the show.” –Tiffany Vaughan, managing principal, The Mix

“The Dallas Market Center does the best job at reaching out to its customer base. We work with several different markets across the US, and we truly have a hand-in-hand partnership with Dallas Market Center.” –Seth King, vice president of sales, Surya

“This January was truly exceptional – expert demonstrations, celebrity appearances and the very best selection of vendors, displays and trend forecasting. Pair this with the nicest staff, comfortable location and expert advice. Hands down, Dallas is the Place to be!” –J Schwanke AIFD, PFCI, AAF and CEO of ubloom.com.

“Walking around Dallas Market Center has been absolutely fascinating. I didn’t realize the range of product…it has been an extraordinary experience.” –P. Allen Smith, television host, designer, gardening and lifestyle expert

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 dallasmarketcenter.com.

NAHFA Announces ROTY 2015 Nominees

Roseville, CA, January 16, 2015 — The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) is proud to announce the nominees for its 2015 Retailer of the Year award, which celebrates the outstanding achievements and progressive leadership of the nation’s home furnishings retailers.

NAHFA members in good standing were nominated by members of the home furnishings industry based on their exemplary service to the industry and to their communities and for providing an exceptional customer experience in their store. Candidates will be considered in two categories—businesses with sales volume under $10 million and those with sales volume $10 million or above.

A selection committee, including NAHFA’s board members, a sponsor manufacturer, an industry supplier, a former award recipient, an active member of IHFRA’s executive committee and a member of the industry press will review the nominations. Winners will be announced during the April High Point Furniture Market.

The 2015 North American Home Furnishings Retailer of the Year awards will be presented on May 17, 2015 at the annual Home Furnishings Networking Conference in Orlando, FL.

2015 Nominees

Under $10 million sales volume
Brian Garrison, Garrison’s Home Furnishings, Central Point, OR
Jeff Selik, Hillside Furniture, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Michael Shuel, Meredith Furniture, Yakima, WA
Chris Cooley, Michael Alan Distinctive Home, Lake Havasu, AZ
Sue and Don Norris, Provencal, Austin, TX
Tom Slater, Ed Slater and Dennis McKim, Slater’s Home Furnishings, Modesto, CA
Adam Peterson, Seat N Sleep, Portage, MI
Elam Swann, Swann’s Furniture & Design, Tyler, TX
Heather Hanley, The Tin Roof, Spokane, WA

$10 million or above sales volume
The Tubman/Burns Family, Circle Furniture, Acton, MA
Keith Koenig, City Furniture, Tamarac, FL
Joshua Hudson, Hudson’s Furniture, Sanford, FL
Todd Lehman, Interiors Furniture and Design, Lancaster, PA
Lee Goodman and The Navarra Family, Jerome’s Furniture, San Diego, CA
Rick Haux, Mor Furniture, San Diego, CA
The Nader Brothers, Nader’s LaPopular, Gardena, CA
Marc Schewel, Schewels, Lynchburg, VA
Shane Spiller, Spiller Furniture, Tuscaloosa, AL
Andrew Tepperman, Tepperman’s, Windsor, Ontario CN

“Congratulations to all of our nominees,” said NAHFA CEO, Sharron Bradley. “Each stands out as an extraordinary example of retail excellence in our industry. We wish them all good luck in winning this prestigious award!”

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.

Clear Destination’s “Ship To Home” Solution Launches Efficient, Amazon-Like Home Delivery Network for Large Household Items

January 14, 2014 —

First North American licensee of Ship To Home is home delivery provider Roy Livraison Spécialisée Inc., whose clients include Sears, Hudson’s Bay, the Brick, and Brault & Martineau

MONTREAL, Jan. 13, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – Clear Destination, Canada’s leading provider of home delivery solutions, has just launched its Ship To Home technology, which consolidates home deliveries of large household items like furniture and appliances. The first North American licensee of Ship To Home is Roy Livraison Spécialisée Inc., the country’s largest home delivery provider, who is using it to offer the quickest, most cost-effective home delivery service to its clients.

The Ship To Home technology creates an extensive network of retailers, vendors and carriers all over Canada, allowing home delivery providers like Roy Livraison Spécialisée Inc. to comingle different retailers’ products in the same truck. This means participating retailers can arrange for fewer trips and faster deliveries, which also results in significant reductions in both transportation costs and gas emissions. That’s why Roy Livraison Spécialisée Inc. told Quebec’s daily newspaper La Presse that they expect their annual revenues to grow from $55 million in to $200 million.

“This could help retailers compete with the Amazons of the world,” vice-president and co-founder of Roy Livraison Spécialisée Inc. Mario Bourque said to La Presse.

“This kind of logistic efficiency inevitably reaps savings for transportation companies, retailers and manufacturers alike,” explains Christian Lafrance, CEO of Clear Destination. “Because large household items also get to their destination sooner, there’s also a huge boost in customer satisfaction.”

Clear Destination’s Ship To Home solution equally benefits retailers, who can either reduce or eliminate their warehouses, knowing their customers’ orders can be sent directly from their store or website to manufacturers, which are then immediately dispatched to transportation services. Because Clear Destination connects the network of retailers, manufacturers, transportation services and logistics providers, large household items can be delivered within narrow 2- or 3-hour time-windows.

The Ship To Home solution is currently available in the North American market. More information is available at shiptohome.com.

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

SOURCE Clear Destination
For further information: George Nimeh, gnimeh@cleardestination.com, (514) 883-5253

Lynch Sales Company Announces Winner of Centennial Trip

[ABOVE:Judson and Chris Lynch, Co-CEO’s, performing the draw from their headquarters in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on 5th January 2015.]

GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (January 12th, 2015) — The owners of Shubert Furniture, located in Manchester, Missouri, have won a drawing entitling them to a week-long holiday in Ireland, courtesy of Lynch Sales Company.

Owners, Jim and Linda Shubert, were delighted when informed by Joseph Connolly, President of Lynch Sales Company, that they were chosen at random for the 7-day trip, in celebration of the Lynch Sales Company’s 100-year anniversary. All retailers who held a Lynch Sale in 2014 were eligible for this luxury themed excursion.

Shubert Furniture has been in business more than 35 years and is a repeat client of the Lynch Sales Company, who orchestrated 5 promotional sale events for Shubert beginning in 2007 in addition to the most recent sale, which was held in 2014. The Lynch Sales Company is a family-owned sales event specialist that was established in 1914 and coordinates promotional sales for the better quality stores in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom and Europe.

For more information, contact:
Daniel Ledo
Lynch Sales Company
Office: (305) 444-3939
daniel@lynchsales.com