The Furniture Channel’s wealth of home furnishings insights is now available post-Summit.
By Alan Wolf, YSN
For the first time at a BrandSource Summit, the group presented an extensive, furniture-focused educational track exclusively for home furnishings members called Furniture Channel.
Developed by Seth Weisblatt, AVB’s director of home furnishings merchandising, Furniture Channel kicked off at last month’s show with a series of one-on-one interviews with top manufacturing execs and industry experts, including Michael Campbell, CEO of Leather Italia; Larry Furiani, VP of Dealer Relations for Coaster Company of America; and Ashley’s Rick Coppola, who heads North American sales for the company.
For those who missed any of the 19 sessions, fear not: Each of the presentations is now available for on-demand viewing on Vimeo.
Other Furniture Channel highlights include:
- Insights from Steve Riley, former furniture buyer at Nebraska Furniture Mart
- A roundtable discussion of hot-button issues like availability and price increases with the staff of FurnitureToday, the iconic industry publication
- Post-COVID predictions for the real estate market from Feinblum Real Estate Services
- Plus presentations by Tempur Sealy, Kalora Interiors, MLilly Mattresses, Porter Designs, Guardsman, Perq, Storis and more.
“The Furniture Channel is an attempt to speak to the heart and soul of our industry — the mom-and-pop retailers who are fighting to remain a valued shopping destination on behalf of their families and communities,” Weisblatt explained. “The goal of the Channel is to provide retailers insight into the industry in short chunks, help them make sense of the chaotic environment that the furniture industry finds itself in, and to identify new partners that will help them accomplish their goals.”
“I’ve never seen such a tough environment for retailers,” Weisblatt added. “This a scary time for many of our stores. But BrandSource and AVB Marketing are here to provide you with the tools to help you stay in front of the ever-changing customer, to stave off the fierce competition, and to help ensure your profitability as an independent retailer.”
Be sure to tune in to Furniture Channel here.
BrandSource, a unit of YSN publisher AVB Inc., is a nationwide buying group for independent appliance, furniture, mattress and CE dealers.