Style Spotters to Preview New Spring Market Products on March 6

The High Point Market Authority has teamed up with the Interior Design Community to host the new 2015 team of Style Spotters in a Google Hangout, scheduled to be broadcast live on Friday, March 6, at 4pm (Eastern). The Hangout will preview new products for the upcoming Spring High Point Market, which takes place April 18-23.

During the 30-minute discussion, the conversation will focus on new products featured in the Preview Guides, a series of three guides mailed to registrants prior to Market. While these guides will not hit desks until mid-March, advanced digital copies will be available for download at www.highpointmarket.org in advance of the Hangout. The Style Spotters will also discuss their trend predictions and observations and answer questions submitted by live viewers.

The Hangout will be hosted by Laurie Laizure (@CustomizedWalls), CEO of CustomizedWalls and Founder of Interior Design Community, www.interiordesigncommunity.com. With over 37,000 members, Interior Design Community is the largest free community of interior designers online. They offer free advice to help design businesses grow through networking, learning, and sharing. The Community began in Google+, but has since expanded to include a website, blog, e-newsletter, and webinars.

Style Spotter Emeritus, Michelle Jennings Wiebe, commented, “This Hangout will encompass lots of exciting firsts. It’s the first time the 2015 Style Spotters team will do something together; the first time we’ve used a Google Hangout for a High Point Market preview; and the first time we’ve teamed up with the Interior Design Community. I’m really looking forward to it!”

For details on how to watch the broadcast of the Hangout, visit www.highpointmarket.org/event/google-hangout. After this event concludes, the recorded video will be available for viewing through the High Point Market Authority’s You Tube Channel, as well as on the Interior Design Community’s website.

Several additional opportunities will be available to preview new products in advance of High Point Market. The wildly popular Twitter Chat, scheduled for Wednesday, March 18 at 6:00pm and hosted by Decor Mentor, will unveil two Pinterest boards – one containing all the new product photos received from exhibitors before the deadline and a second curated board of top picks selected by the Decor Mentor team. In addition, look for a new product slideshow on High Point Market’s website and, beginning the week March 9, Rue Magazine will publish a Daily Feature highlighting select new products.

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’s new DataLink service standardizes product data

Will provide retailers content for online, in-store use

Clint Engel — Furniture Today, January 15, 2015See original article on furnituretoday.com

ROSEVILLE, Calif. — The North American Home Furnishings Assn. is launching a service that it said will allow home furnishings retailers to access supplier product data in an easy, standardized format they need to compete with e-commerce giants.

NAHFA DataLink, developed for the retailer association by RM Innovation, enables seamless streaming of manufacturers’ product data to retailers, providing rich, relevant digital content they can use on their websites, e-catalogs, point-of-sale systems, in-store digital signage and more, officials said.

Product suppliers in any home furnishing category can use the system to have their product catalogs digitally standardized for free, regardless of the size or format of existing files. NAHFA said the DataLink already is loaded with hundreds of thousands of home furnishings SKUs including area rugs, accessories and several furniture catalogs.

Retailers will be able to stream their suppliers’ product data for “a nominal monthly fee based upon the amount of product SKUs needed,” the association said. The program is available to all retailers, but NAHFA members will receive a discount.

“Furniture retailers have forever been frustrated trying to access manufacturers’ data — photos, pricing, measurements and style — in a standardized format,” NAHFA said in a release. “That meant online home furnishings shoppers frequently did their research and shopping with national e-commerce giants. With NAHFA DataLink, local retailers can now supply the same photos and information shoppers are looking for, to buy locally.”

NAHFA CEO Sharron Bradley called the service “a game-changer for home furnishings retailers,” adding, “This will help level the playing field between brick-and-mortar retailers and e-commerce giants.”

NAHFA DataLink will automatically update supplier catalog data, eliminating discontinued products and adding introductions as they become available. It’s easy to use and frees retailers “to continue building their brick-and-mortar stores,” Bradley said.

At the Las Vegas Market, the association’s leaders plan to meet with suppliers to explain the service and encourage their participation. NAHFA said the system is secure for product suppliers, keeping vendors and their representatives in control of their content and how much of it individual retailers have access to.

Retailers, meanwhile, also can control how much of the data they choose to stream and use.

Retailers interested in learning about NAHFA DataLink can speak to NAHFA representatives during market at the Retail Resource Center, World Market Center B-1050, or call (800) 422-3778.

“We’re always looking for innovative ways to support NAHFA members and the industry,” Bradley said. “That’s why we’re so excited about NAHFA DataLink.”

For more in-depth coverage of the new program, see Furniture/Today’s Las Vegas Market opening day issue.

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

HighJump Releases Retail Advantage In-store Fulfillment Solution

MINNEAPOLIS (Jan. 12, 2015) – HighJump, a global provider of supply chain management software, announced today that it has released its newest solution, HighJump™ Retail Advantage for in-store fulfillment. HighJump Retail Advantage helps retailers and grocers optimize fulfillment processes to meet the demands of omni-channel customers while increasing profitability. It drives the movement of goods from receipt, to the backroom, to the store shelf and to replenishment, along with the unmatched flexibility to efficiently fulfill orders while considering a customer’s unique way of doing business.

With HighJump Retail Advantage, customers have extensive, real-time visibility and control functionality for the entire store operation. The solution seamlessly integrates with store point of sale (POS), planograms, order management and ERP systems. Its additional functionalities include:

  • Cycle counting and inventory adjustment controls to maintain store inventory accuracy
  • A single pool of inventory per product to which all channels have access, and fulfillment prioritization rules among online, home delivery, store requirements and wholesale orders
  • The ability to handle unique fulfillment requirements such as temperature-sensitive control to maintain freshness in grocery stores, or image display to locate products
  • Configurable, value-added services management for activities such as labeling, kitting and assembly to support efficient work queue control and monitoring
  • Store receipt processing with support for ASN and PO receipt processes with directed put-away for streamlined work flow

“Retailers are thinking outside of the distribution center, and are looking to their brick-and-mortar stores to manage inventory for fulfillment in ways formerly limited to the distribution center,” said Ross Elliott, chief strategy officer, HighJump. “HighJump Retail Advantage is unique because it takes into account store-specific needs while leveraging the key functionalities used in a warehouse – all with our market-leading adaptability that allows the solution to be configured to any business need.”

One of HighJump’s core solutions is the adaptable HighJump Warehouse Advantage warehouse management system (WMS). Because the WMS and HighJump Retail Advantage are architecturally similar, customers can deploy the same platform for both dedicated fulfillment center operations and in-store fulfillment activities.

About HighJump Software Inc.
HighJump is a global provider of supply chain management software and trading partner network technology that streamlines the flow of inventory and information from supplier to store shelf. We support more than 14,000 customers in 77 countries, ranging from small businesses to global enterprises. Our functionally rich and highly adaptable solutions efficiently manage customers’ warehousing, manufacturing, transportation, distribution, trading partner integration, delivery routes and retail stores. For more information, visit http://www.highjump.com.

HighJump is a trademark of HighJump Software Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

Media Contact
Katie Wolfe
HighJump
1-800-328-3271 x1186
katie.wolfe@highjump.com

Las Vegas Market Partners with 10 Industry Associations at Winter 2015 Market

National Associations Host Educational and Networking Events in Conjunction with January Event —

LAS VEGAS – (January 5, 2015) – At Winter Las Vegas Market, January 18-22, many of the nation’s top associations and buying groups will convene to network, learn, and shop a fresh selection of the newest cross-category products available. Representing the home furnishings and gift industries, as well as the interior design community, many associations are hosting educational seminars, tours and other networking events on-site to provide added value to their current members and expose these associations to potential new members.

“Las Vegas Market provides a convenient and efficient location for industry associations to host member events and offer educational opportunities, all at the most comprehensive, cross-category marketplace in the US,” said Dorothy Belshaw, president of gift and home décor, International Market Centers. “We are committed to partnering with these associations to help them deliver value to their members while also providing them with exposure to our broad network of potential new members both during market and year-round through our web site and other channels. “

For Winter 2015, Las Vegas Market is partnering with the following organizations:

TRIB Group
Las Vegas Market will host the TRIB Group’s next Think Tank during the Winter Las Vegas Market on Monday, January 19 & Tuesday, January 20, 2015. Meetings will be held at the market in the mornings, leaving the afternoons open for showroom visits.

TRIB Group, The Rental Industry Buying Group, is the oldest and largest member-owned and run non-profit buying cooperative specifically for the RTO industry in the nation. TRIB Group has a strong membership, representing stores throughout the United States. For more information: http://tribgroup.com.

FMG (Furniture Marketing Group)
FMG will once again hold its Annual Member Symposium in Las Vegas Jan 15-17, 2015, so members can coordinate their attendance at the Symposium with their trip to Winter Las Vegas Market.

FMG is the largest volume furniture buying cooperative of independent retail furniture dealers in the nation. FMG currently represents over 780 storefronts with cumulative annual sales approaching $3 billion. For more information: www.fmgbuyinggroup.com.

North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA)
NAHFA has a permanent showroom for its Retailer Resource Center (RRC)in Building B-1050, which features 30+ business service providers offering tools and services for retail success; as well as a full roster of education seminars during every Las Vegas Market. See the full schedule here.

NAHFA was founded in 2013 with the merger of the three largest home furnishings retailer associations in the U.S. The NAHFA is North America’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 countries. For more information: www.nahfa.org.

Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resource Professionals (AHVRP)
AHVRP will present a seminar on Sunday, January 18, 2-3:30pm, titled Healthcare Gift Guide: Top Picks for Hospital Gift Shops

Discover the hidden treasures and multitude of sparkling hospital gift shop products at Las Vegas Market! Association for Healthcare Volunteer Resources Professionals (AHVRP) retail committee chair Mary Plathe, volunteer services manager for Orange City Area Health System, will pre-scout the very best and brightest offerings from our most exciting vendors. Then health care gift guru Mary Plathe will guide us through her finest gems and jewels! RSVP now, as groups are limited to 20 buyers: sjones@imcenters.com.

AHVRP a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association is the premier professional membership society for healthcare volunteer services, retail operations and related support services disciplines. For more information: www.ahvrp.org.

Day Spa Association (DSA)
The Day Spa Association will enhance its buying trip to Las Vegas Market with a special Lunch Power Hour with DSA entitled Think Beyond Spa! Personal Care + Wellness Retail on Monday, Jan. 19, noon-1:30pm.

Join Day Spa Association for lunch and a dynamic insider view of what is driving the expansion of the spa and personal care products market. Allan Share and Patti Biro will share insights that target both buyers and suppliers and reveal the next big opportunity! The personal care and wellness retail market is poised for expanded growth – not only in the spa setting – but across all retail channels. Open to all retailers and vendors in the spa, personal care and wellness lifestyle market. Bonus: All attendees receive a complimentary one-year membership to the Day Spa Association/International Medical Spa Association.

DSA provides benefits to spa operators to help them grow into professional businesses. One of the leading trade associations in the spa, esthetic and wellness world, DSA members receive a full benefit package including: world trade show calendar, national reports on industry topics, legislative direction, free trade magazines, educational discounts and a comprehensive insurance offering. For more information: www.dayspaassociation.com.

Museum Store Association (MSA)
The Museum Store Association will host Docent Tours as well as a networking reception during the upcoming Market.

Curated Docent Tours – Top Museum Store Product
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2-3:30pm

Tour the top museum store product at Las Vegas Market! Museum store expert Chacho Herman, museum store manager at San Diego Museum of Art, will pre-scout the very best and brightest offerings from our most exciting vendors. Then Chacho will lead a “docent” tour of his wonderfully curated collection! RSVP now, as groups are limited to 20 buyers: sjones@imcenters.com.

Networking Reception with Cocktails
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 6-7:30pm
Network with fellow museum stores. Mingle with industry peers. Gaze over the Las Vegas skyline. Enjoy light refreshments and cocktails before your evening out in Las Vegas! Existing and prospective MSA members and vendors are welcome. Buyers, enter for your chance to win one scholarship*, which includes free air and hotel to next Las Vegas Market, August 2-6, 2015.
*One recipient selected; must be present to win. Drawing held Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015; entries must be received by Jan. 20, 2015 at 7 pm. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited. Odds depend on number of entries. Rules available on request. Retail value=airfare from your US city + three nights + tax at host hotel.

MSA is a nonprofit, international association dedicated to advancing the success of nonprofit retail professionals and nonprofit institutions. For more information: www.museumstoreassociation.org.

Zoo & Aquarium Buyers’ Group (ZAG)
Las Vegas Market has partnered with the Zoo & Aquarium Buyers’ Group to host a buying tour on Monday, Jan. 19, 2-3:30pm titled Conservation Commerce: Tour Top Zoo & Aquarium Store Product

Money follows mission: do your zoo and aquarium store products reinforce your conservation mission statements? Expert Tommy Lee Brown, retail manager and buyer at Saint Louis Zoo, will pre-scout the very best products that (both directly and indirectly) help conservation efforts. Then Tommy will lead a “conservation commerce tour” of his favorite finds! Learn how products can be signed, displayed and bought to bolster your mission. Your gift shop is not a separate entity, but an extension of the zoo or aquarium. It has the power to educate and even change lives! RSVP now, as groups are limited to 20 buyers: sjones@imcenters.com.

ZAG is a non-profit, volunteer run organization for merchandise buyers from zoos, aquariums, nature centers, butterfly houses and other wildlife facilities, institutions and attractions. For more information: www.zaggift.com.

International Furnishings and Design Association (IFDA)
IFDA members will get an exclusive behind the scenes “Tastes and Trends” Tour at Las Vegas Market. Industry trendsetter Global Views will share its latest trends and best-sellers. See what’s coming next in home furnishings and design. Sip wine and network with industry colleagues. Positively posh, decadent and divine…that’s Global Views. RSVP to shanti@modascapes.com by Jan. 5. Private event for IFDA interior designers.

IFDA is an international association for the entire furnishings and design industry with chapters across the United States and in Japan as well as members around the world. For more information: www.ifda.com.

Parable Group
The Parable Group is a leader in developing strategic print and digital marketing that connects brands, products and services to faith-based consumers everywhere. For more information: www.parablegroup.com.

Purchasing Power Plus (PPP)
PPP connects the hospital gift shop industry nationwide, providing members with seasonal product recommendations, identifying market trends and recommending new suppliers and companies. PPP currently serves approximately 710 hospitals across the nation. For more information: www.purchasingpowerplus.com.

Las Vegas Market is committed to providing ongoing support to industry groups across all product categories. If you want to collaborate with us at future markets, please contact Sarah Jones, sjones@imcenters.com or Leigh Chastain, lchastain@imcenters.com. Las Vegas Winter Market runs from January 18-22, 2015. For more information, please visit www.lasvegasmarket.com.

About Las Vegas Market and International Market Centers, L.P.
Las Vegas Market is the most comprehensive furniture, home décor and gift market in the United States, presenting a unique cross-section of 2,200+ resources in an unrivaled market destination. With two markets each year, retailers and designers can shop a broad assortment of product from thousands of manufacturers of furniture, mattress, lighting, decorative accessories, floor coverings, home textiles, tabletop, general gift and more — delivering the most complete, cross-category wholesale tradeshow for the furniture, home décor and gift industries in the United States.

For more information, visit www.lasvegasmarket.com. Find us on Facebook and Twitter.

Las Vegas Market is produced by International Market Centers, L.P. (IMC), the world’s largest operator of premier showroom space for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. International Market Centers owns and operates 11.4 million square feet of world-class exhibition space in High Point, N.C. and Las Vegas. IMC’s mission is to build and operate an innovative, sustainable, profitable and scalable platform for the furnishings, home décor and gift industries. For more information on IMC, visit http://imcenters.com/.

For more information, please contact:
Eden Bloss
(336) 821-1548 | ebloss@imcenters.com

Crystorama Expands Dallas Market Showroom

Libby Langdon & Crystorama Lighting
Lighting Leader will Host Reception Featuring Designer Libby Langdon —

December 30, 2014 – Westbury, N.Y. – Crystorama Lighting, a leading source of chandeliers and other decorative lighting, has expanded its showroom by nearly 1,500 square feet for the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market being held Jan. 14 to 20.

The showroom, now totaling more than 4,300 square feet, is located in Space 3503 of the Dallas Trade Mart. The additional space will enable Crystorama to showcase a large assortment of new lighting designs being introduced this market as well as a broader range of best-selling merchandise. As part of the expansion, Crystorama also is doubling the size of its “Libby Zone,” a focused presentation of transitional lighting products created in partnership with designer, author and TV personality Libby Langdon.

Crystorama’s expanded showroom also includes a large bar for entertaining as well as a lounge area and conference room.

“We are re-merchandising the space so that the entire showroom flows seamlessly from one display area to the next,” said Brad Kleinberg, president. “A number of our retailers rely on us for ideas for their own showrooms, so we always work hard to keep our presentations fresh and on trend.”

The expanded showroom design will feature several freestanding brick walls as well as creative displays that mix rustic elements, such as corrugated tin combined with elegant crystal chandeliers.

Crystorama will host a reception for customers and news media in its showroom during market from 4 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 14. The reception will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and the company’s signature chocolate fountain.

The ribbon cutting for the company’s new space will happen at 4:30 p.m., followed by the presentation of Crystorama’s annual Rep of the Year award at 5:00 p.m. Guests also will have a chance to meet designer Langdon as part of the event.

About Crystorama
For more than 50 years, Crystorama has been a leader in the lighting industry, recognized for distinctive lighting creations that are exceptional in quality, design and craftsmanship. Drawing upon its depth of knowledge and expertise and inspired by fashion and art, Crystorama continues to innovate with modern shapes, materials and colors.

Crystorama chandeliers are featured in such prestigious institutions as the U.S. Supreme Court, Constitution Hall and the Palace Theatre, as well as hotels, resorts and homes that range from urban lofts and country estates to suburban neighborhoods. The family owned business is headquartered in Westbury, N.Y., and serves retailers and contract distributors nationwide. For more details, visit www.crystorama.com.

For press inquiries or interview requests:
Evan Jacobson
publicrelations@riversagency.com
919.932.9985

Feizy Gives $25,000 to Support the Global Fund for Children

Partnership with charity works to improve education in impoverished countries, end child labor —

DALLAS, TX – Dec. 22, 2014 – Feizy Rugs, in partnership with The Global Fund for Children (GFC), has expanded its commitment to supporting marginalized children around the world by improving access to education and healthcare, thereby improving their standard of life.

The company has donated $25,000 to GFC, an organization that has impacted the lives of more than 9 million vulnerable children worldwide. GFC is dedicated to transforming the lives of children on the edges of society—trafficked children, refugees, child laborers— to help them regain their rights and pursue their dreams. This organization works in many of the world cultures where Feizy creates its stunning products.

“We are fortunate this holiday season to be celebrating what has been a truly wonderful year for the company and we want to extend that good fortune to others,” said Leah Feizy, Executive Vice President of Feizy Rugs. “Our amazing customers have made this gift possible and it is in their name that we are donating these funds.”

“The Global Fund for Children in honored to partner with Feizy Rugs, and we are so grateful to their customers for inspiring this generous holiday gift,” said Susan Goodell, GFC’s Chief Executive Officer. “This donation enables GFC to provide education, care, and support to thousands of vulnerable children.”

Feizy Rugs is providing its customers with the opportunity to choose which region they would like to support by sending them to a special page on GFC’s website, where they will be able to pledge their gifted funds.

“Feizy wants to give our clients a voice in how to make a positive difference in a child’s life,” said Ms. Feizy.

To learn more about the partnership between Feizy Rugs and GFC, go to http://support.globalfundforchildren.org/Feizy.

About Feizy Rugs
Feizy Rugs® is one of the country’s largest manufacturers of fine hand knotted, hand tufted and fashion-forward machine made rugs. Following a family tradition of four generations, Feizy Rugs has been bringing beauty to room designs and building on the foundation of exceptional quality standards established by company founder and CEO John Feizy in 1973. With headquarters in Dallas, Texas, Feizy Rugs is a five-time ARTS Award winner and first and only Oriental rug manufacturer to have been inducted into the Accessories Resource Team’s ARTS Awards Hall of Fame.

About The Global Fund for Children
The Global Fund for Children finds and invests in innovative grassroots organizations serving the world’s most vulnerable children. GFC supports these organizations with financial resources, management training, capacity-builing expertise, and technical assistance to help them achieve their vision, become sustainable, and reach even more children in need. Since 1997, GFC has awarded $33.2 million in more than 600 grassroots organizations in 78 countries, touching the lives of more than 9 million children.

R&A Marketing Celebrates 30 Years of Helping Furniture Retailers

COLUMBUS, Ohio, December 17, 2014 – 2014 marked the 30th anniversary of R&A (R&A Marketing). For over 30 years R&A (based in Columbus, Ohio) has been a dynamic advertising partner to independent furniture retailers all across the country. R&A focuses on what they call “Complete Marketing Solutions,” which combines the multitude of tools that are available today to help deliver both top-line and bottom-line results. Along with celebrating their 30th anniversary in 2014, the year was also distinguished by many great accomplishments for both R&A and their clients.

R&A Marketing Round Table 2014

On December 8th and 9th over 20 retailers representing over 40 store fronts attended a networking and educational event called the R&A Round Table. Kyle Doran, President of R&A, had this to say about the networking event: “The Round Table was designed to help furniture retailers and current R&A Marketing clients understand and embrace the new trends, challenges, and important issues that the home furnishings industry faces as it continues to evolve”.

The Round Table started off by looking at strategy shifts made necessary by Social Media – creating interest, harvesting intent, and nurturing leads into customers. YELP was also discussed (as well as multiple other review sites), in particular how to prevent it from making your business take a big GULP on its reputation. R&A also showed their clients that Store Tech is cheaper than they think, and it makes Ms. Jones’ life easier when she buys from them.

The Round Table concluded with a dynamic collaboration session of four different round tables focusing on four unique topics. Each round table was tasked to share their best practices and contribute ideas that could benefit other attendees in the following areas: Staffing & Recruitment, Promotional Offers/Tactics, Specialty Competition, and Websites.

R&A Introduces The R&A Club

R&A Marketing considers mutual trust, respect, and inspiration to be the cornerstone of their successful relationships with their clients. Through dedicated service and collaborative work they have achieved great things and even better partnerships. R&A believes that being in business for 30 years is a result of the loyalty and the commitment that their clients give to them every day.

In celebration of their clients, R&A has introduced the R&A Club. Once a client joins R&A Marketing, they are officially welcomed as a member of the club. Other milestones that can be reached within the club are the one-year club, five-year club, ten-year club, and the R&A Hall Of Fame. Larry Mark (FWDG, Beaufort, SC) had this to say about R&A: “Since signing up with R&A, almost all our months were better than the previous year, and most of them significantly better. Since our local economy is not substantially better than it was last year, the only major change I can attribute the increase to is R&A. Plus it sure is nice having someone else address all the social media management for us, as well as all other media”.

During the Round Table, R&A celebrated their club members while inducting three new members to the R&A Hall Of Fame. One of the newest members of the R&A Hall Of Fame is Star Furniture. Star Furniture (based in West Virginia) has been a client or R&A since 1989. Clayce Spurlock from Star Furniture had this to say about R&A: “My family has been doing business with R&A Marketing for over 20 years. R&A helped us when we were a single store doing under $500k in sales, and R&A has been our partner every step of the way. Even with a down economy, we have met and exceeded our goals. R&A handles 100% of our marketing, and they are the professionals we count on.”

R&A Opens Satellite Location In Charlotte, NC

R&A Marketing is proud to announce the opening of their satellite location in Charlotte, NC. The opening of this location means R&A has the ability to provide an enhanced customer service experience to our clients based on the east coast. “With Charlotte being a main hub for travel all across the country (especially on the east coast), it only made sense to have an R&A presence there” said Kevin Doran, CEO of R&A.

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Editor’s Note: Kevin & Kyle Doran (owners) are available for interview. They can be reached at 888-225-0776 ext. 103 or kevin@ramarketing.com and kyle@ramarketing.com. Pictures of the Round Table and any other pictures you may need are available upon request. If you wish to receive pictures please email kevin@ramarketing.com

R&A Hall Of Fame Members:
Star Furniture (West Virginia), Client since 1989
Rick Doran, Employee since 1987
Janine Doran, Employee since 1987

About R&A Marketing
R&A Marketing is a full service-advertising agency focused on helping the independent furniture retailer. Since 1984 we have been helping independent furniture and mattress retailers across the country grow their business through comprehensive marketing plans tailored to meet their specific needs to give their company an opportunity to sell more.