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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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COOL BLUE HUES

COOL BLUE HUES

It’s six months since I’ve been on a plane. Pre-COVID19 I was accustomed to head up into the air at least every two weeks. I miss the rush of setting off for a trip and the unknown adventure that was found on the other side, whether a trade show, a trend presentation...

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The Spirit of Christmas Future Is Here

The Spirit of Christmas Future Is Here

As this is being written for Springboard Futures, it would seem a good thing to write about the future, recalling A Christmas Carol, the old Dickens's tale and the Spirit of Christmas Future character. Particularly this Christmas because here’s the thing: it’s about...

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It’s the Kitchen, Stupid

It’s the Kitchen, Stupid

We’ve all seen how the home furnishings business has found itself in the sweet spot these days. With so many people being home/working from home/stuck at home and a rearranging of disposable income away from dining out and travel, spending on home is on a dramatic...

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Report From the Live Market Front Lines

Report From the Live Market Front Lines

The strangest thing happened last week: I went to a trade show. After more than seven months of no live and in-person markets and trade shows in the home and gift business, AmericasMart Atlanta held their first real market week since January. It was actually a...

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Show Me The Show- Insights From Warren Shoulberg

Show Me The Show- Insights From Warren Shoulberg

We know the whole business of trade shows and industry market events has taken a huge hit during the pandemic. There basically hasn’t been an in-person B2B event in the home and gift market since early February. Yes, there have been some virtual shows and while they...

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Health & Wellness is Real…At Least It is Now

Health & Wellness is Real…At Least It is Now

We are a funny people, us Americans. We love to jump on a trend and go with it full-tilt boogie ahead. And then we abruptly stop, sometimes for no apparent reason, sometimes because we’ve moved on to the next hot thing. We go from running with it to running it into...

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COVID-Resistant Trend #3

COVID-Resistant Trend #3

There’s been a lot of discussion about how home style trends will change in the wake of COVID-19. Some people believe that trend as we know it, will simply cease to exist. Here at Springboard Futures, our perspective is rooted in value to the consumer. “Evergreen”...

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Walmart…Yes Walmart

Walmart…Yes Walmart

They say if you stick around long enough, you’ll see just about everything. Well, I guess I’ve reached that mark because after watching some of Walmart’s recent actions I have indeed seen everything. For those of you who have been playing this home furnishings...

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What Happens If There’s Another Shutdown?

What Happens If There’s Another Shutdown?

While much of the rest of the world appears to be largely on its way to slowly but surely getting back to something resembling normalcy, the U.S. is most certainly going in the wrong direction-- COVID-19 cases are piling up from coast to coast and setting records that...

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Doth Protest Not Enough?

Doth Protest Not Enough?

The recent spurt by American business of socially responsible messaging and actions following the death of George Floyd and the subsequent national debate over race and policing has been a rare occurrence in corporate history. But maybe this time, just maybe, we are...

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2020 Home Style Compass Report

You Gotta’ Have Stores

It’s not exactly retail rocket science, but it’s no longer a question that needs to be asked: Any...

Springboard Spotlight with Warren Shoulberg- The Spirit of Christmas Future Is Here

Christmas is going to be a little early this year. In fact Christmas is going to be a lot earlier...

COOL BLUE HUES

It’s six months since I’ve been on a plane. Pre-COVID19 I was accustomed to head up into the air...