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The Chicago Office Show: NEOCON, June 2019

Neocon was upbeat and well attended again this year. Our discussions with clients and prospects during our 48 hours in Chicago confirm that most are doing well in this up-cycle, despite the headwinds of Chinese tariffs and the unavailability of labor. Unanimous sentiment was companies are looking to expand and grow.

Quote of the market #1: “Pivot to growth,” was the strategy one acquaintance shared with us.

A few trends of note that we ...

HD Vegas Hospitality Show Update

We spoke with over 60 CEOs during our 48 hours in Vegas and the comments felt polarizing this year. For some, attitudes were dampened by the recent Chinese tariffs. They felt decline in attendance and trepidation as key players in the hospitality sector exited the show. Several commented that HD-Vegas is becoming a regional show for the west coast players while BDNY is becoming the major show. Keep an eye on this.

However, most participants ...

Spring High Point Market - April 2019

An Industry in Transition:                                                                     April 4 – 9, 2019 – Spring High Point Furniture Market

Our team spent six days at the Spring High Point Furniture Market talking with industry CEOs, a bi-annual highlight. Talk of industry changes, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), real estate movements and new product introductions were in full swing. The general sentiment was that the furniture industry is in transition and management teams need constant vigilance and a ...

Starting the Year Strong – The Winter Market Lineup

Our team kicked off 2019 with a flurry of travel. January’s tradeshow gauntlet was in full force with back to back shows for three consecutive weeks. The Vegas market this week was the highlight. A staggering number of industry CEOs believe this was their best year in Vegas ever. We also made a recent trip to Grand Rapids, Michigan which continues to be a region of significant impact on the furniture industry. Three of the ...

2018 Furniture Industry Reviewed - 2019: A look ahead

December 2018

The global furniture industry remains strong and has exhibited a multi-year growth trend. Consumer confidence, availability of disposable income for discretionary furniture purchases, and a generally strong stock market continue to drive positive industry performance. This year’s tax rate reductions have provided additional cash flow for corporations and higher dividends for investors.  The tax cuts are also making large corporations enthusiastic about mergers & acquisitions. As a result, we are seeing more ...

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