Serta Simmons Bedding (SSB), the nation’s largest mattress manufacturer, will sit out the summer and winter home furnishings Markets in Las Vegas.
Two of the top tech and appliance retailers, Best Buy and Apple Stores, are starting to reopen locations across the country as restrictions ease and consumers clamor for access to retail stores.
GE is selling its iconic, 129-year-old lighting business to home automation leader Savant Systems.
There’s no question that the nation’s furniture and mattress dealers have felt the effects of the health crisis more than most independent retailers.
Last year Electrolux’s Frigidaire brand and Grand Appliance and TV presented an interesting challenge to AVB Marketing: create a campaign to lift sales of the vendor’s new air fryer ranges, and do it quickly.
A new set of service-call guidelines endorsed by the BrandSource Service Committee has been posted on YourSourceNews.com.
The Senate is considering a bi-partisan proposal to change how and when Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans could be spent.
No doubt dealers’ transactional websites kept their businesses going during the state-mandated lockdowns.
Whether by choice or government stipulation, most BrandSource members have implemented safety measures to help prevent customers and staff from contracting coronavirus.
Frictionless transactions are the goal of all e-commerce sites, and a new on-the-spot consumer credit program from AVB can help make members’ online sales downright seamless while giving them payment parity with national chains.
Got an appointment? You can now add appliance sales associate to the list that includes your doctor, your barber, your accountant and your dog groomer.
The Small Business Administration (SBA) and the U.S. Treasury Department have released an 11-page application for borrowers seeking loan forgiveness under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).
Rule No. 1 of marketing, and retail in particular, seems to always be the same: If something works, then run it until you beat the snot out of it and watch it die.
JCPenney’s lenders are giving the bankrupt retailer two months to come up with an acceptable turnaround plan or face either a sale of the business or liquidation.
Although everyone is surely stir-crazy at best by weeks of mandatory lockdowns, consumers are still leery about resuming their pre-COVID lifestyles even after stay-at-home orders are eased.
BrandSource dealers are generally reporting solid sales amid the health crisis, limited only by product availability.
Despite a solid showing by BrandSource members, the majority of the nation’s retailers took it on the chin last month as the full effects of the COVID crisis took hold.
Never in its 40 year history has the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (the Food Bank) experienced need on the scale wrought by the current health and economic crisis.
As states relax their shelter-in-place regulations and consumers reemerge from their homes, dealers must be ready to conduct business in the new retail environment.
As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of home appliances — products that sanitize our clothes and cookware and keep our food safe — Whirlpool Corp. is uniquely positioned to help in the fight against coronavirus.
BrandSource member Ken’s Appliance and Mattress in Grand Island, Neb., conducted a National Nurse’s Day giveaway that culminated this week with the winners announced in a drawing on Facebook Live.
BrandSource member Jennifer Lingenfelter was perplexed. On one hand, the President of Logel Appliance in Upstate New York was hearing reports of a meat shortage that could put a crimp in family meals.
AVB will hold the second in a two-part webinar series tomorrow (Tuesday, May 12) on conducting business in the “new normal.”
Mark Wayman left Martinsville, Ind., in the 1980s to pursue a career teaching music. He never dreamed that his journey would come full circle and that he would be back running the family business selling furniture and appliances in the town he grew up in.
No question the world has radically changed in the last two months, and furniture retail is no exception.
The United Appliance Servicers Association is holding a virtual service industry summit and question-and-answer session this Tuesday, May 12, at 7:00 p.m. ET.
As states began lifting stay-at-home directives and sidelined stores started reopening, AVB presented the first in a two-part webinar series this week to help BrandSource members resume showroom operations.
The nation’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 crisis is likely to be an uphill climb and will probably vary by location.
Urner’s, the 101-year-old BrandSource dealer in Bakersfield, Calif., reopened two of its three locations on May 1.
L.H. Brubaker Appliances & Water Treatment is a family-owned appliance chain in Eastern Pennsylvania with three stores and 67 employees, and owner Don Frank Sr. takes the health and safety of his staff and customers very seriously.
AVB CEO Jim Ristow has long stressed the importance of e-commerce capabilities in a rapidly changing retail world.
Flexsteel, Norwalk Furniture and Craftmaster fired up idled manufacturing plants this week as home furnishings dealers begin reopening their stores.
BrandSource members who carry consumer electronics in general and TVs in particular had reason to be cheerful last month.
Today’s retail world may seem like a frightening chapter in a fairy tale. Here’s some thoughts on how to deal with the storybook characters you may have on your store team.
BrandSource dealers are a diverse bunch, and the business conditions they are facing during the COVID crisis are as varied as the regions they serve.
For major appliance manufacturers, the impact of the global pandemic can be seen in factory closures and reduced consumer demand.
The world may feel like it is on pause right now, but it’s the complete opposite for the countless nurses tirelessly working day-in-day-out to keep people alive amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Given its long track record of helping others, it should come as no surprise that Grand Appliance and TV’s response to the pandemic, through its charitable Grand Foundation, has been just that: grand.
With many members’ showrooms either closed or limiting hours and traffic, websites in general and live chat in particular have become crucial conduits to the consumer.
Kanto is a BrandSource vendor that specializes in TV mounting solutions ranging from wall mounts to mobile carts for both commercial and residential use.