The home and small office furniture segment is going through a metamorphosis of sorts, one that has been accelerated by the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. but that has its roots in consumer lifestyle transitions and professional workstyle transformations that have been progressing for a generation.
The merger of Bestar and Bush Industries occurred in time for the combined enterprise to address a market aligning with its core competencies, including e-commerce and product development, and ready to tap key product categories, including the home office furniture segment, such that the company anticipates adding 30 to 40 employees to its workforce in the coming weeks, said Mark Weppner, svp/marketing, design and engineering for the company.
The 15th anniversary Summer Las Vegas Market, rescheduled to run August 30 to September 3, will feature the grand opening of The Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas, a 315,000-square-foot exposition facility that will house the market’s gift and home temporaries, in addition to more than 4,300 furniture, home décor and gift resources in 5.4 million square feet.
The High Point Market Authority has released its style report for Summer/Fall 2020, and is now accepting submissions for the 2021 Style Spotters team.
Las Vegas Market is now accepting submissions for its proprietary First Look trends program.
A survey of the gift, home furnishings and apparel industries commissioned by International Market Centers has determined that, although the COVID-19 crisis has affected all retail sales across the U.S., store owners and operators are looking toward reopening and recovery, and expressing a near-term need for new products.
Two’s Company has launched a direct-to-consumer platform in partnership with its retailers in an effort to help boost business amid the pandemic. The new hybrid platform can be found at www.shoptwoscompany.com.
In its second week, High Point Virtual Market gave the furniture industry access to programming, product discovery and a sense of community as they have dealt with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to host International Market Centers.
Keter North America, a global manufacturer of outdoor furniture and a range of leisure and storage products, has recently begun production of high-quality, reusable face shields at its plants in Anderson, Indiana, and Milton, Ontario, Canada. Both facilities have the capacity to produce about 50,000 face shields a week.