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Larry Thomas

Is this the end of business travel as we know it?

Is this the end of business travel as we know it?

Bill Gates raised a lot of eyebrows a few weeks ago when he predicted that 50 percent of business travel will disappear permanently after the pandemic ends. The significant improvements to video conferencing software have made corporate executives realize that business travel isn’t always a...
Container scarcity is latest supply chain challenge

Container scarcity is latest supply chain challenge

Despite surging demand for home furnishings since last summer, it’s no secret that supply chain problems have plagued the industry and led to increased lead times. There have been fabric shortages, foam shortages, lumber shortages – you name it shortages. But in many instances, factories simply...
Home décor is finally getting the respect it deserves

Home décor is finally getting the respect it deserves

Throughout my career in the home furnishings industry, home décor has been the category that gets no respect. It has been described with derisive names such as “dust collectors” and “costume jewelry,” and is little more than an afterthought in the product mixes developed by a fair number of ret...
No space for a home office? A cloffice may be the answer

No space for a home office? A cloffice may be the answer

Although we try very hard to keep up with all the lifestyle trends affecting the home furnishings industry, I must confess I had never heard of a cloffice until last week.Of course, my spellchecker flagged this newest addition to my vocabulary, but according to Pinterest Predicts, the social media s...
More time at home means more time in the outdoor space

More time at home means more time in the outdoor space

Since furniture factories and retail stores began re-opening in April and May, sales in product categories such as home office and bedding have soared, which is not surprising since most of us are spending a lot more time at home these days.But sales are also booming in one often overlooked furnitur...