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Listen to Laura

Listen to Laura

Just as one of the more popular quotes going around these days is that “A good crisis should never go to waste” we are also hearing people saying, “The good times are about to end,” as they are feeling that the pandemic-induced boom in home furnishings will soon be...

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Shows And The No-Shows

Shows And The No-Shows

OK, first things first: industry trade shows and market events are not going away. They will be different and will serve new purposes when they return as the pandemic starts to wind down and we return to something resembling normalcy. But in the meantime, we remain in...

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The 5 Key Takeaways From the Pandemic

The 5 Key Takeaways From the Pandemic

Not that we are out of the Covid era -- perhaps we will never -- but as the pandemic world enters its second year, we are coming to understand how our world is different and which of those differences are going to be part of our existence going forward for at least...

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Prospicience

Prospicience

OK, kids, get out your dictionary -- who am I kidding, hit the spell check button -- and look up this one. It may not show up…but it should, especially this year. Prospicience, at least as my friendly online word-of-the-day feature defines it, is “the action of...

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Optimistic Color, Optimistic Outlook

Optimistic Color, Optimistic Outlook

Most of you know that I navigate the world with Color on my mind. As a Global Trend Ambassador for Maison & Objet, this is where I live. As I watched the inauguration of President Joseph Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, (how good it feels just to write that...

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Will 2021 Be A Groundhog Year?

Will 2021 Be A Groundhog Year?

OK, so it’s a new year. What else is new? It’s human nature to think that the new year will mark a turning point in whatever it is you’re thinking about: pandemic, politics or your eating and exercise habits.  If only it were that easy… Yes, we now have vaccines and...

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Where’s the Business in 2021?

Where’s the Business in 2021?

Ugh, what a year. Nothing quite worked out the way anybody thought and the number of surprises, shocks and unexpected consequences continue to pile up on a near-daily basis. We know things are not the same and will probably not return to quite the way they were…ever....

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Yes, You Can Break The Retail Rules

Yes, You Can Break The Retail Rules

When we all come out of this holiday shopping season, chances are we will have learned an awful lot about the business of retailing and what are the new ground rules of being successful. Things like curbside pick-up, BOPIS (the horribly named...

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The 5 Key Takeaways From the Pandemic

Not that we are out of the Covid era -- perhaps we will never -- but as the pandemic world enters...

Prospicience

OK, kids, get out your dictionary -- who am I kidding, hit the spell check button -- and look up...

IHA Announces Updated Digital Marketplace and New Virtual Industry

Association working in partnership with Brandwise, The NPD Group, Springboard Futures and...