Retail Education

Lighting and home furnishings retailers of all sizes in all locations around North America face similar problems and have similar concerns. They need to know the latest industry news and have access to the latest product introductions, always keeping up with what's new and what's next. In this section, retailers will have access to news and feature stories to keep them up to date on this evolving industry.

Is Buy Now, Pay Later For You?

Every consumer entering your home furnishings retail establishment likely has a credit card on hand to make a large purchase and then pay over time. Most larger furniture stores have their own credit…

Retail Guide: Create A Store Employees Love

If you’re like most retailers, you’re always looking for ways to improve your employees’ satisfaction levels and keep them motivated. After all, a satisfied employee is more likely to provide better…

Picking the Best Retail Location for Your Business

With retail space costing an average of $20.85 per square foot, where you set up shop is important. Pick the wrong location and you risk being tied into a years-long lease, failing to drive…

Retail Guide: Keep 'Em Coming Back

According to a recent Salesforce retail survey, loyalty is a brand differentiator, and retailers are exploring ways to drive up the lifetime value of customers. As the retail landscape continues to…
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BIG PICTURE THINKING LEADS TO PROFIT

Designers talk incessantly about how to manage selling product and ensuring the sales are going through their firm. Social media forums, seminars and market talks are rife with the angst and nail-…
Image by Muhammad Ribkhan from Pixabay
Image by Muhammad Ribkhan from Pixabay

7 Tips for Effective Email Marketing

Whether you’re a brick-and-mortar retailer — with or without a website, although a website is a calling card these days — or have a focus on e-commerce, it’s important to stay connected to your…
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Image by Bob Dmyt from Pixabay

How is Your Support System?

Industry associations, buying groups, Facebook groups, business coaches and more. There’s no shortage of support systems in the home furnishings industry, whatever your role. The question is: Are you…
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Image by TheDigitalWay from Pixabay

6 Steps to Protecting Your Customer's Information

When data breaches hit large retailers, such as Target, we hear about it. Smaller businesses can have even more challenges when it comes to data security. As a retailer, it’s likely you accept credit…
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Image by Wokandapix from Pixabay

Resilience In Retail

This month’s word is RESILIENCE: the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.  If ever there has been a year where resilience has been required, it’s been this one. With COVID shutdowns and…
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“People come to us for color,” says Teddie Garrigan, co-owner of Coco & Dash.

The Impact of Decorative Pillows on Retail Sales

Tossed. Carefully positioned. As support. On a bed, sofa or accent chair. Pillows, those lovely pieces of textile surrounding deliciously soft insides, can be a quick fix for updating a room or a…
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