Call for Speakers for NAHFA’s RRC at High Point Market

Roseville, CA, July 22, 2014 —The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) is now accepting submissions for speakers in its Retailer Resource Center (RRC) at the High Point Market, October 18-23. Seminars are scheduled October 18-21.

The Association hosts complimentary seminars for home furnishings retailers in its RRC at both Las Vegas and High Point furniture markets to help educate and inform the industry.

Popular seminar topics include: digital/online and mobile strategies; social media; advertising and marketing; sales and sales training; retail operations and logistics; retail trends and merchandising; and attracting and retaining good employees.

Seminar information is published throughout the NAHFA market materials, in RetailerNOW, in Market publications, and it is distributed to all industry media. The seminars are also featured in on-site signage.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, August, 8. Visit the Association’s website, nahfa.org, under the events/education tab to complete the online submission form or Contact Kristyn Areson at NAHFA for submission information, kareson@nahfa.org.

 

About the North American Home Furnishings Association:

The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) was founded in 2013 with the merger of the three largest home furnishings retailer associations in the U.S. The NAHFA is the nation’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,800 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several foreign countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide its members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by partnering with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the NAHFA visit www.nahfa.org.

NAHFA’s Las Vegas RRC Filled with Business Service Providers

Roseville, CA, July 18, 2014 — The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) provides Las Vegas buyers a one-stop marketplace filled with business service providers offering money-saving tools to improve their businesses. The Retailer Resource Center (RRC), located in Building B, space 1050, hosts more than 40 vendors that offer products and services ranging from advertising and marketing, financial, consulting, and design, to technology, training, and warehouse distribution. The RRC is open July 27-31.

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

ACA – Advertising Concepts of America
Association Insurance Services
Best Buy For Business
Bristlecone Financing
Clear Destination
Cory 1st Choice Home Delivery
Credit Source Finance
Crexendo
CrossCheck
Custom Design Software
Diakon Logistics
Dispatch Track
EasyPay Finance/a>
Furniture Training Company
Furniture Wizard
FurnitureCore by Impact Consulting
FurnServe
GE Capital
Genesis Finacial
Genesis Software Systems
Guardian Protection Products
Impact Consulting
JRM Sales & Management
Knorr Marketing
Mail America
MicroD, Inc.
Moso Graphics
Myriad Software
NAHFA Warehouse Store
Profitability Consulting Group
PROFITsystems, Inc.
Quarz
Risk Assurance Partners, LLC
Service Lamp Corporation
Speedy Delivery, LLC
STORIS
Tidewater Finance Company
Trekstone Financial
TruckSkin,LLC
United Steel Storage, Inc.

Buyers are invited to start their day in the Buyers’ Club with a complimentary breakfast (Sunday-Wednesday, 8:00-9:30 a.m.) and refuel in the afternoons with hors d’ oeuvres and cupcakes (in celebration of NAHFA’s one year anniversary), Sunday – Wednesday, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. The Buyers’ Club is sponsored by Myriad Software.

The NAHFA’s Membership Representatives will be on site July 27-31 in the RRC (located adjacent to the Buyers’ Club) to answer questions and provide information about becoming an NAHFA member or to help existing members get the most out of their membership.

About the North American Home Furnishings Association:
The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) was founded in 2013 with the merger of the three largest home furnishings retailer associations in the U.S. The NAHFA is the nation’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,800 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several foreign countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide its members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by partnering with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the NAHFA visit www.nahfa.org.

NAHFA and Inland Empire Furniture Dealers Partner for Golf and Education

Roseville, CA, Monday, July 7, 2014— The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) is partnering with the Inland Empire Furniture Dealers for golf and education, August 20-21, at the Circling Raven Golf Club, Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort in Worley, Idaho.

Attendees will enjoy the golf tournament at the renowned Circling Raven course followed by an awards dinner on Wednesday and delve into a morning of education on Thursday. This half-day includes breakfast, a session on Eight Great Closings, a session on Mattress Selling Solutions and winds up with a Problem Solving Roundtable lunch.

“The Association is committed to working with our members to encourage regional networking opportunities and golf events are very popular,” said Mary Frye, NAHFA’s EVP. “Bringing members together to network and have fun is always a good thing. We’re also tying in some educational sessions to mix in a little business with the golfing fun. It really is a win/win situation. ”

Registration for the full deal (golf, dinner, and educational sessions) is $129, the fun deal (golf and dinner) is $119 and the real deal (education for one-two attendees) is $19 ($10 for each additional person). To register visit nahfa.org and click on Regional Events under Events/Education. (Direct link here)

About the North American Home Furnishings Association:

The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) was founded in 2013 with the merger of the three largest home furnishings retailer associations in the U.S. The NAHFA is the nation’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,800 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several foreign countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide its members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by partnering with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the NAHFA visit www.nahfa.org.

NAHFA Announces Summer 2014 Las Vegas Market Seminars

Roseville, CA, June 25, 2014 — The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) has announced its schedule for the 2014 Las Vegas Winter Market Seminars, July 27-30, 2014. The NAHFA educational seminars, which are free to market-attendees, are held in the Retailer Resource Center (RRC), Building B-1050.

The NAHFA hosts seminars during both Las Vegas and High Point Markets in the RRC—a place designed to give retailers access to information, vendors, workshops, and speakers that can help improve and grow their businesses. Sessions topics include everything from sales and sales management to social media, operations, promotions, technology, and more.

“The seminars we offer in the Retailer Resource Center give retailers the opportunity to either brush up on an issue they’ve been struggling with or delve into an area they know nothing about, said NAHFA’s CEO, Sharron Bradley. “One of the Association’s goals is to provide retailers the tools they need to improve their businesses and our seminars are designed around that idea.”

The seminars are sponsored by Furniture Wizard. Seminars are offered Sunday, July 27 through Wednesday, July 30 during the Summer Las Vegas Market.

For more information about the NAHFA’s Retailer Resource Center or the seminars, please click here or call 800-422-3778.

About the North American Home Furnishings Association:
The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) was founded in 2013 with the merger of the three largest home furnishings retailer associations in the U.S. The NAHFA is the nation’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,800 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several foreign countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide its members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by partnering with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the NAHFA visit www.nahfa.org.

NAHFA Celebrates HFNC 2014 Success

Roseville, CA, June 16, 2014 — The North American Home Furnishings Association’s (NAHFA) second annual Home Furnishings Networking Conference (HFNC), June 1-3, 2014 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, in Phoenix, Arizona was a huge success.

Nearly 400 attendees enjoyed more than 36 educational sessions, four key speakers, facilitated networking, and an Exhibitor Showcase. The Exhibitor Showcase featured 49 exhibitors. One hundred and fourteen unique retail stores were in attendance, many of whom were either first time attendees or retailers who hadn’t attended conference in several years. This year’s event grew by over 50 attendees and nearly doubled in retailer attendance over last year.

The HFNC 2014 received rave reviews.

“The Home Furnishings Networking Conference was over-the-top great! Our Emcee, Greg Schwem, was wonderful at keeping the energy high, and poked a bit of fun at us all. I can’t imagine that role being better handled,” said Rick Howard, Sklar Furnishings, Boca Raton, Florida, and NAHFA president. “The closing party was also a lot of fun, and a very fitting way for everyone to say goodbye each other.”

“I want to thank the NAHFA for its superb and diligent effort to put on one of the most informative and fun conferences I have attended in years,” said Libby McCurry, McCurry Furniture, Warrior, Alabama. “As store owners, we not only got to meet and network with so many wonderful and inspirational individuals, but were also able to bring extraordinary ideas back to our businesses. The speakers, vendors, food and fun were all excellent.”

“…This one has topped the rest! The main speakers and breakout sessions were engaging and didn’t just ‘fire you up.’-I left with a list of very useful and achievable To-Dos,” said Jesus R. Capo, El Dorado, Miami Gardens, Florida. “We are already looking forward to next year’s event.”

“The HFNC 2014 was a home run by every definition,” said Howard Haimsohn, Lawrance Furniture, San Diego, California, and NAHFA’s chairman.

“We have done nothing but rave about the speakers and the conference to all our people, and are already urging them to go to next year’s event,” said Judi Lebensburger, Ashley Furniture Industries.

The NAHFA’s 2015 Home Furnishings Networking Conference will Celebrate Dreamers in Orlando’s Walt Disney World, May 17-19.

We are thrilled with the success of this year’s conference,” said NAHFA CEO Sharron Bradley. “We’d like to thank our sponsors, speakers, presenters and staff for making this such a hit. We’d especially like to thank all of the retailers who attended—members and non-members alike. We wouldn’t have a conference without them. We hope to see everyone next year in Orlando.” 

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.

For more information, contact:
Cindi Williams
(916) 960-0277; cwilliams@nahfa.org

Industry Associations Continue Joint Efforts On Prop 65 Relief

June 3, 2014 —

 

Successful NAHFA/AHFA Meeting in Sacramento Yields Proposed Solutions to Product Labeling

SACRAMENTO, CA – Representatives from the North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) and the American Home Furnishings Alliance (AHFA) met with officials from the California Office of Environment and Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) May 19 to discuss Proposition 65 product labeling challenges within the home furnishings industry.

“AHFA and NAHFA have been working with California officials, legal experts and our respective member companies on Prop 65 issues for more than a year,” notes AHFA CEO Andy Counts. “Our two associations have been in regular, sometimes weekly, conversations about best practices for our member constituencies.”

During the May 19 meeting, the parties discussed the possibility of a “general retail warning” that could appear in California stores to meet Prop 65 requirements. The law requires stores to warn consumers when a product contains a chemical “known to the State of California to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm.” There are more than 800 such chemicals on the Prop 65 list, and more are added every year. The consumer warning must be “clear and reasonable” and be available to consumers prior to exposure – in other words, prior to purchase.

A few industries have been successful with “general retail warnings.” For example, Starbucks posts a Prop 65 warning for acrylamide on the doors of retail establishments or at the sugar/creamer station, rather than on every coffee cup. But acrylamide is a chemical that occurs naturally in the process of roasting coffee beans – so it is present in all coffee. The furniture industry, on the other hand, uses chemicals that may be present in some products but not in others within a single retail environment.

“A general retail warning would help solve our industry’s challenge of notifying consumers about the presence of a particular chemical in some products,” notes Bill Perdue, AHFA’s vice president of regulatory affairs, who attended the Sacramento meeting on AHFA’s behalf. “But a warning on a furniture store door would not necessarily be product-specific.”

Therefore, to augment the general warning, the two associations discussed the possibility of language that might appear on a purchase receipt. Receipts for furniture purchases are generally retained by the customer for warranty purposes, unlike hangtags or other point of purchase materials, which are often discarded after delivery.

“Working with AHFA in these talks and meetings with OEHHA is important,” says NAHFA CEO Sharron Bradley. “I’m encouraged by our progress and hopeful that OEHHA will continue to be receptive.”

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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.

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Jackie Hirschhaut, AHFA, 336/881-1016
Lisa Casinger, NAHFA, 800/422-3778,ext. 305

NAHFA and Pilgrim Furniture City Golf for a Cause

Roseville, CA, May 8, 2014— The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) is partnering with Southington, Connecticut member Pilgrim Furniture City to promote its 10th annual golf tournament, August 5, 2014. Pilgrim Furniture City owners Mike and Debbie Albert have been hosting their golf tournament since 2004 with proceeds always benefiting local agencies and food banks.

“This year the proceeds will go to the Channel 3 Kids Camp,” said Debbie Albert. “It’s a local camp for children who would not ordinarily get to go to camp. The Kids Camp is planning to build a 64-bed cabin for special needs children and we want to help make that happen.”

The tournament is held at the Lake of Isles Golf Course, a Troon Experience, at the Foxwoods Casino, North Stonington, Connecticut, August 5, 2014, 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

“Partnering with the NAHFA just made perfect sense,” Albert said. “And we hope this will help us easily fill the field and be able to obtain more sponsorships so the Kids Camp can quickly get their cabin built.”

“While this is the tenth year for the Pilgrim Furniture City tournament, Association members in the New England region have also held a tournament for the last six years.  This year seemed like the right time to join forces for one tournament.  Even die-hard golfers in the industry have to eventually tend to their businesses!  The Association is committed to working with our members to promote regional events and golf events are popular,” said Mary Frye, NAHFA’s EVP. “Bringing members together to network and have fun is always a good thing—and it’s made even better by being able to make a difference in the lives of children. It really is a win/win situation for everyone involved.”

To register for the golf tournament, click here.

About the North American Home Furnishings Association:

The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) was founded in 2013 with the merger of the three largest home furnishings retailer associations in the U.S. The NAHFA is the nation’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,800 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several foreign countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide its members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by partnering with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the NAHFA visit www.nahfa.org.

NAHFA’s HFNC 2014 on Track to Double Dealer Attendance

Roseville, CA, May 5, 2014 — The North American Home Furnishings Association’s (NAHFA) second annual Home Furnishings Networking Conference (HFNC), June 1-3, 2014 at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass Resort & Spa, in Phoenix, Arizona is on track to double the retailer attendance.

“With the NAHFA’s second annual Home Furnishings Networking Conference less than a month away, we have already exceeded retailer attendance records and we are on pace to double last year’s numbers,” said Rick Howard, Sklar Furnishings, Boca Raton, Florida, and NAHFA president. “This will be the most valuable educational and networking event of the year. I urge all home furnishings retailers to join us and see why many of the most successful retail furniture companies will be there.”

Two highlights of the HFNC are industry icon and Gallery Furniture founder, Jim McIngvale, on the Main Stage Monday June 1st followed by the best idea roundtable discussion. Offered as a problem solving session this year, participants will present a problem, concern, opportunity or what if scenario at group tables and listen as other retailers respond with their thoughts, experiences and ideas. The roundtable discussions are a retailer favorite year after year. The HFNC will include more than 36 educational sessions, four key speakers, facilitated networking, and an Exhibitor Showcase.

Conference registration is $499 for retailers. The room rates at the Sheraton Wild Horse Pass are $149 until May 9, 2014. Visit www.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 www.nahfa.org.

Jerry Epperson’s Industry Outlook Podcast Now on NAHFA.org

Roseville, CA, May 5, 2014 —The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) is pleased to announce that Jerry Epperson’s podcast of what would have been his April High Point Market Industry Outlook is available exclusively on nahfa.org.

Jerry Epperson’s Industry Outlook has become a staple of the NAHFA’s Retailer Resource Center seminars; due to unforeseen events he was unable to present last month and Mann, Armistead & Epperson, Ltd. has graciously produced a podcast of his seminar exclusively for the NAHFA.

“Jerry is an industry icon and his insight and analysis of the industry are important resources for us all,” said Sharron Bradley, NAHFA’s CEO. “Attendees missed his seminar in April and we’re happy that Jerry’s made it possible to make it available now.”

To listen to the podcast visit nahfa.org and click on “Listen Now” under the description of the podcast on the home page, or simply click here.

 

About the North American Home Furnishings Association:

The North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA) was founded in 2013 with the merger of the three largest home furnishings retailer associations in the U.S. The NAHFA is the nation’s largest organization devoted specifically to the needs and interests of home furnishings retailers, with more than 1,800 members representing more than 7,000 storefronts across all 50 states and several foreign countries. Association offices in the East, West, and Central United States provide its members with programs, resources, services, and a unified voice in government relations by partnering with home furnishings industry suppliers, vendors, affiliates, and other organizations. For more information on the NAHFA visit www.nahfa.org.