Spring High Point Market - April 2015

It was another whirlwind 8 days in High Point, NC. Things seemed to start off slow last week - yet despite torrential rains (and 2 tornado warnings), we emerged with a much sunnier picture of the industry than we've seen since the go-go days of the mid-2000s.

Sales are up, retailers are looking and buying, and consumer demand should have plenty of legs left going forward. We walked through over 250 showrooms and were blown ...

M&A Briefing: Quarter 1, 2015

March is the best time of the year. Spring weather has arrived, the fairways have green grass, the NCAA basketball tournament has begun, and the Masters is right around the corner.

For the furniture industry, spring marks the beginning of a fantastic run of markets: Southeast Asian markets, April High Point, HD-Vegas in May and Neocon-Chicago in June. Huge times for all sectors of the furniture industry to see customers, present new products and to ...

Las Vegas Winter Market - January 2015

We enjoyed our 50 hours at the Winter Las Vegas Furniture Market, and we will call it a big success. The halls were full and the exhibitors were upbeat (except during the NFL games Sunday). While the rest of the world seems to be struggling, the US is doing okay, and most folks think the next few years will be good for our industry. So Vegas is getting stronger as a result. The hot topic ...

High Point Furniture Market - October 2014

We had a terrific and upbeat six days walking through the International Home Furnishings Market complex, and seeing much of the 12 million square feet of exhibition space spread over 180 buildings, hosting over 2,000 companies and more than 75,000 attendees. The weather was perfect, and the energy was high.

Quote of the Market #1: when asked about how attendance was this market, one CEO suggested we "quit asking that question and start ...

Las Vegas Summer Market - July 2014

Our summer visit to the Las Vegas Market reminded us why we love this industry, with such great people to meet and talk with. Yet we still shake our head at the crazy amount of high fixed cost permanent shows we must attend. With temperatures well over 100 degrees and attendance expectedly poor, we had plenty of time to meet with our clients (indoors) and get an update. Most companies are enjoying good business, with ...

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