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

Colders Giving COVID the Cold Shoulder

Andy Kriege Comments Off on Colders Giving COVID the Cold Shoulder

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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Small Businesses Could Be Facing COVID Crisis Crossroads

Alan Wolf Comments Off on Small Businesses Could Be Facing COVID Crisis Crossroads

As Congress still wrangles over the next stimulus package and COVID flares up in new parts of the country, economists, executives and independent owners are expressing their concern for the well-being of small businesses.

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BrandSource to Members: Consider an SBA Disaster Loan

Alan Wolf Comments Off on BrandSource to Members: Consider an SBA Disaster Loan

While Congress wrangles over the next phase of pandemic relief, BrandSource reminds members that there are still plenty of federal funds out there just waiting to be dispensed.

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Serta’s Sales Chief Details Ongoing Production Delays

Alan Wolf Comments Off on Serta’s Sales Chief Details Ongoing Production Delays

In an open letter to retailers this month, Serta Simmons’s Chief Sales Officer Derek Miller said the company is committed to absorbing cost increases caused by the global pandemic.

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Electrolux CEO Cites Changes in Consumer Behavior

Alan Wolf Comments Off on Electrolux CEO Cites Changes in Consumer Behavior

The spread of COVID-19 has done more than put a crimp in vendors’ second-quarter earnings.

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Serta Holds the Line on Price Increases

Alan Wolf Comments Off on Serta Holds the Line on Price Increases

Despite what it describes as extreme and costly disruptions to the bedding industry’s supply chain as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, Serta Simmons said it would absorb the higher costs it has incurred rather than pass them along to retailers.

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Chain Stores, States Set Mask-Wearing Mandates

Alan Wolf Comments Off on Chain Stores, States Set Mask-Wearing Mandates

The U.S. moved closer to a national mask mandate this week as some of the country’s largest retailers including Walmart, Best Buy, Target, Kroger, Kohl’s, CVS and Walgreens joined three more states — Alabama, Colorado and Montana — in making face coverings a must indoors.

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Serta Simmons Develops COVID-Killing Mattress

Alan Wolf Comments Off on Serta Simmons Develops COVID-Killing Mattress

Serta Simmons Bedding has partnered with Swiss textile chemistry firm HeiQ to create a mattress that can reportedly kill the COVID-19 virus.

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Lessons About COVID-19 Learned from My 90-Year-Old Dad

YSN Staff Comments Off on Lessons About COVID-19 Learned from My 90-Year-Old Dad

The following reflection is reposted with permission from BrandSource member Michael Grossman, President of Kensington Furniture.

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PPP Deadline Extended to Aug. 8

Alan Wolf Comments Off on PPP Deadline Extended to Aug. 8

In a rare instance of swift bipartisan cooperation, the federal government has extended the deadline to apply for loans under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) until Aug. 8.

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NEWS BRIEFS
Springing Back: Despite declines in sales and earnings, Tempur Sealy said it clearly ended the second quarter on a high note, with orders accelerating into July. Tempur Sealy
Oh, Brother! Home improvement twins Drew and Jonathan Scott, a.k.a. the Scott Brothers of TV reality show fame, will participate in FurnitureToday’s upcoming virtual Bedding Conference in partnership with Restonic. FurnitureToday
Yakety Yak: Data speeds in the “death zone” on Mount Everest, where the altitude is too high and the air is too thin to support life, are faster than in most American neighborhoods. Slate
EDUCATION CALENDAR
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