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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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Filling the New Retail Void

Filling the New Retail Void

I was never very good at high school chemistry but I do remember hearing about the principle that wherever there is a void, things will come along to fill it. I’m sure it has some fancy technical name but as I said, science was never my strong suit. But whatever it’s...

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How Will You Be Living in 2030?

How Will You Be Living in 2030?

While most of us in the home furnishings industry are struggling to figure out what the next month will look like for the business, the people at the IFDA have a much more forward looking mission: to see what the home of 2030 will look like. IFDA -- the International...

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The Sale Is Dead: Long Live the Sale

The Sale Is Dead: Long Live the Sale

In case you hadn’t noticed, one more curious development has shown up this year on the shopping scene. The good old fashioned sale, which had largely worn out its welcome and become an irrelevant promotion for most retailers, has been replaced with of all things, a...

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Success Today Means Getting Personal

Success Today Means Getting Personal

Joe Derochowski is a friend, colleague, and also Vice President and home industry advisor for The NPD Group. He’s truly one of the most intuitive, insightful people I know (please don’t tell him I said that, it would make him impossible to work with). Joe often refers...

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You Gotta’ Have Stores

You Gotta’ Have Stores

It’s not exactly retail rocket science, but it’s no longer a question that needs to be asked: Any business that is trying to sell stuff to shoppers pretty much needs to have physical stores.  The jury is no longer out on this one.  As if you needed more confirmation,...

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Download the

2020 Home Style Compass Report

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...

Where’s the Business in 2021?

Ugh, what a year. Nothing quite worked out the way anybody thought and the number of surprises,...

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...