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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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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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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...