GOVERNMENT LINKS
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC):
The federal government’s chief destination for COVID-19 information, plus guidance for businesses and employers.
COVID-19 Page
Resources for Businesses/Employers
FAQ and 14-day Monitoring Worksheet
World Health Organization (WHO):
A FAQ page from the United Nations’ global healthcare agency.
Q&A on Coronavirus
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA):
Downloadable PDFs on steps businesses can take to help ensure employee safety.
Guidance for Preparing Workplaces
Prevent Worker Exposure
U.S. Department Of Labor:
What businesses need to know to remain in compliance with federal work rules.
Family & Medical Leave Act Q&A
Fair Labor Standards Q&A
U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA):
How to apply for low-interest disaster loans and measures for reducing workplace exposure.
Small Business Guidance and Loan Resources
Economic Injury Disaster Loan Program Info
INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS
The National Retail Federation (NRF):
A clearinghouse for retailer resources, from the industry’s largest trade association.
NRF Coronavirus Resources for Retailers
Home Furnishings Association (HFA):
COVID-19 Recovery Resources
Payment Protection Program Loan Info Webinar

Tempur Sealy to Introduce Virus-Killing Mattresses Next Year

Alan Wolf Comments Off on Tempur Sealy to Introduce Virus-Killing Mattresses Next Year

Tempur Sealy plans to employ an antimicrobial and antiviral technology to select Sealy, Tempur-Pedic and Stearns & Foster mattresses in 2021.

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The Impact of the Coronavirus and Why I Can’t Wait for 2021

Joe Higgins Comments Off on The Impact of the Coronavirus and Why I Can’t Wait for 2021

Here’s another interesting effect of the coronavirus that we didn’t expect or at least use in our estimates for economic expansion or contraction: COVID-19 has greatly reduced the time we spend on the highways.

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The Impact of the Coronavirus and Why I Can’t Wait for 2021

Joe Higgins Comments Off on The Impact of the Coronavirus and Why I Can’t Wait for 2021

I have been following America’s economy for more than 60 years and have documented some extraordinary events over that time, but nothing prepared me for what I have witnessed in 2020.

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Improving Your Showroom Appeal During the Pandemic, Part 2

Lyn Falk Comments Off on Improving Your Showroom Appeal During the Pandemic, Part 2

As we continue to navigate our way through business during COVID-19, we have to remind ourselves that it’s imperative to make sure our shopping environments are always safe, informative and upbeat, whether we’re in a pandemic or not. It just makes long-term sense to operate this way.

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How to Become a Recruitment Dynamo

Gordon Hecht Comments Off on How to Become a Recruitment Dynamo

It was just ten short years ago when businesses had the upper hand in hiring, and finding good employees was as easy as putting up a “Help Wanted” sign or posting something on social media.

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Bye-Bye Black Friday?

Alan Wolf Comments Off on Bye-Bye Black Friday?

In his keynote address at the 2020 Virtual Convention, AVB Merchandising VP Chad Evans suggested that COVID would quell the Black Friday queues that traditionally circle box stores on Thanksgiving.

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Improve Your Curb Appeal During the Pandemic

Lyn Falk Comments Off on Improve Your Curb Appeal During the Pandemic

COVID-19 has certainly altered the retail shopping landscape, at least for the time being.

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Mattress Sales Bounce Amid the Pandemic

Alan Wolf Comments Off on Mattress Sales Bounce Amid the Pandemic

Replacement sales of home goods have soared during the health crisis, as consumers spend more time at home and imperfections in their appliances and home furnishings become more apparent.

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The U.S. Economy in the Age of Covid-19

Joe Higgins Comments Off on The U.S. Economy in the Age of Covid-19

It is a new way of life in America since February of 2020 and I am trying to make predictions about the U.S. economy while I shelter in place here at my home in Washington. Our economy is opening up, but the news has not made it any easier to gaze into the old crystal ball and tell you what is going to happen.

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Colders Giving COVID the Cold Shoulder

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Tom Balistreri and his team at Colders Furniture and Appliance in Milwaukee embraced a new maxim when the COVID crisis first hit these shores: “We need to be flexible; we need to be resilient; and we need to persevere!”

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NEWS BRIEFS
Batten Down the Hatches: Looking to avoid a repeat of the looting and destruction that followed the police shooting of George Floyd last spring, retailers are implementing heightened security measures in the event of civil unrest after next week’s presidential election. CNBC
Furniture Follow-up: While the final tallies are still out, attendance at this month’s 9-day 2020 High Point Market is estimated to be off by as much as 60 percent and international visitors were reportedly “non-existent,” although order writing was described as “strong.” Home Furnishings Business
Song Sung Blue: Lee Kun-hee, the controversial Samsung chairman who built a low-end brand into a global tech powerhouse, died Sunday at the age of 78. The New York Times
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