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Serta Simmons Bedding Bows Out of Las Vegas Market

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Serta Simmons Bedding (SSB), the nation’s largest mattress manufacturer, will sit out the summer and winter home furnishings Markets in Las Vegas.

How Best Buy and Apple are Reopening

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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.

Savant to Buy GE Lighting

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GE is selling its iconic, 129-year-old lighting business to home automation leader Savant Systems.

Survey: Furniture Dealers Counter Downturn with Home Delivery, Financing Promotions

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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.

How AVB Marketing Raised the Heat on Air Fryer Ranges

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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.

BrandSource Service Committee Serves Up Home Visit Guidelines

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A new set of service-call guidelines endorsed by the BrandSource Service Committee has been posted on YourSourceNews.com.

Senate Proposes PPP Improvements

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The Senate is considering a bi-partisan proposal to change how and when Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans could be spent.

The Top 5 Digital Tools for Winning Online: A Checklist

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No doubt dealers’ transactional websites kept their businesses going during the state-mandated lockdowns.

Sign of the Times: AVB Offers Free Showroom Safety Signage

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Whether by choice or government stipulation, most BrandSource members have implemented safety measures to help prevent customers and staff from contracting coronavirus.

AVB Bows ‘Apply & Buy’ Consumer Credit Program with Citi

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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.

Your Salesperson Will See You Now…

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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.

Feds Release PPP Loan Forgiveness Application

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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).

Making a Splash in a Sea of Sameness

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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 Given Two Months to Avoid Liquidation

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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.

Most Consumers Express Caution Over Post-Lockdown Lifestyle

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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 Members Say Business is Booming

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BrandSource dealers are generally reporting solid sales amid the health crisis, limited only by product availability.

U.S. Retail Takes a Pounding in April

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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.

Don’s Appliances’ Laundry Event Cleans Up for Area Food Bank

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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.

AVB’s Checklist for the ‘New Normal’

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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.

Whirlpool Easing the Anguish of the Global Pandemic

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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.

Ken’s Announces Winners of Nurse Week Promotion

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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.

Meat and Greet: Logel Appliance Supports New York Farmers

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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.

Doing Business in the ‘New Normal,’ Part II

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AVB will hold the second in a two-part webinar series tomorrow (Tuesday, May 12) on conducting business in the “new normal.”

From Marching Bands to Household Brands, Mark Wayman Remains the Conductor

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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.

The Brave New World of Furniture Retail

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No question the world has radically changed in the last two months, and furniture retail is no exception.

Appliance Servicing Summit Slated for Tuesday

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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.

AVB Offers Guidelines on Getting Back to Business

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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.

Retail Group Foresees Gradual U.S. Recovery

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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 is Back in the Saddle

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Urner’s, the 101-year-old BrandSource dealer in Bakersfield, Calif., reopened two of its three locations on May 1.

Coping with COVID: L.H. Brubaker Shares its Safety Guidelines

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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.

Ashley CEO Todd Wanek Urges E-Commerce During HFA Webinar

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AVB CEO Jim Ristow has long stressed the importance of e-commerce capabilities in a rapidly changing retail world.

Furniture Industry Ramping Up Production

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Flexsteel, Norwalk Furniture and Craftmaster fired up idled manufacturing plants this week as home furnishings dealers begin reopening their stores.

April Showers TV Sales on Dealers

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BrandSource members who carry consumer electronics in general and TVs in particular had reason to be cheerful last month.

Little Big Men

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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 Discuss Business Conditions

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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.

Appliance Vendors Navigating Through Choppy Waters

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For major appliance manufacturers, the impact of the global pandemic can be seen in factory closures and reduced consumer demand.

Ken’s Appliance Salutes Nurses with Online Promotion

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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.

Grand Appliance Continues its Tradition of Community Service Through the COVID Crisis

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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.

Live Chat Providing a Lifeline to Homebound Customers

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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 Helps Connect Loved Ones Through Virtual Visits

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Kanto is a BrandSource vendor that specializes in TV mounting solutions ranging from wall mounts to mobile carts for both commercial and residential use.