Day: September 7, 2020

Vegas market generates ‘heavy order-writing’

Vegas market generates ‘heavy order-writing’

Colin Wong, left, West Coast sales director for MLily USA, gives sales presentation in the showroom to Isabelle and Steve Sayler (in white shirt), owners of Modern Home Furniture in Everett, Wash. Also pictured is Charlie Wong of MLily.

By Larry Thomas
Special to Home Accents Today

LAS VEGAS — Amid business conditions described with superlatives such as “robust,” “off the charts” and “gangbusters,” a subdued and lightly attended Las Vegas Market generated heavy order-writing from the buyers who did show up, and it gave exhibitors and market organizers hope that furniture markets were not becoming an anachronism.

The event, which was the home furnishing industry’s first major market since the onset of the pandemic, took place without the usual fanfare of parties, celebrity appearances, ribbon cuttings and high-profile product launches. Alcohol was banned from the World Market Center campus, and the few showrooms that did serve food had to use pre-packaged snacks and box lunches.

And of course, everyone had to wear a mask covering their nose and mouth, with reminders on signage throughout the property and “mask monitors” who roamed the campus.

Officials with International Market Centers, which owns the WMC, AmericasMart in Atlanta and about 60{6e11cad7ac0545e2324fbf6d445e3b83c9482a898fa074d95dae34b306dc1610} of

The Sherrill Companies offers virtual fall showroom tours

The Sherrill Companies offers virtual fall showroom tours

HIGH POINT – The Sherrill Furniture Companies is offering virtual showroom tours for the fall market cycle for Sherrill Furniture, Hickory White and Precedent.

The company said its vice of sales or showroom creative director will take visitors on the tour through the showroom virtually through the Go To Meeting platform to discuss new product, fabric, assortment and styling. A live Q&A will follow the walk through.

To register for the virtual tour, buyers, designers and industry professionals can email [email protected].

The company is also still holding in person tours at Premarket and the October market. However, these tours will be available by appointment only.

The virtual tour dates are as follows:

  • Sherrill Furniture: Monday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. EST
  • Hickory White: Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 1 p.m. EST
  • Precedent: Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 1 p.m. EST

I’m Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue

City Furniture to add 500 new employees by end of year

City Furniture to add 500 new employees by end of year

TAMARAC, Fla. – Top 100 retailer City Furniture is planning to hire more than 500 new employees by the end of the year. With sales up significantly, the company said the most intense demand is for upgrading family rooms, living rooms, establishing home offices and creating comfortable outdoor living areas.

“Families coping with the COVID environment suddenly need their homes to multitask as workplace, school and staycation refuge,” said Andrew Koenig, City Furniture president. “By making their online or in-store shopping process fast, easy and safe with great values, we’re on track for our highest-ever annual sales in our company’s history.”

Koenig said most of the new jobs will be in South Florida, with about 200 in sales; another 250 in warehouse, delivery and customer care; and 50 corporate positions, including IT and e-commerce.

Also, in order to expand the team, the firm has transitioned almost completely to virtual interviewing, including offering online assessments and using a team hiring approach that Koenig said is yielding high-quality new hires.

In today’s economy, fast action to transform operations is essential, according to Koenig. This spring, City Furniture streamlined the customer experience by incorporating contactless payments and adding contactless delivery; adding faster checkout