Sex, Social Media, and Technology

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I was really looking forward to Winter Market this year because I knew that there were several manufacturers going big with product launches. They brought their “A” game and I was not disappointed with what I saw. In fact, from a consumer’s perspective, this was the best Market I have ever been to. I didn’t make it to all of the showrooms, as I was only at Market for a brief time, so I apologize for not mentioning some of the exhibits. (more…)

Brand Power!

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When I started in the industry over 18 years ago, Sealy was the clear No. 1 when it came to brand. Serta and Simmons came in at a distant second. Fast forward to today and although I have not seen the latest aided and unaided brand surveys, I am guessing that Tempur-Pedic is No. 1 with Select Comfort making an appearance in the top five.

So who cares?  We all do, don’t we?  Brand is power. Those who have it enjoy the benefits of their investment, and those who don’t are trying to figure out how to compete in the “product for a price” commodity game. (more…)

Do you LOVE what you do?

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With Thanksgiving in our rear view mirror and after attending the Seena Magowitz Foundation Golf Classic raising funds and awareness to find a cure for pancreatic cancer, I have had an opportunity to pause and think about this industry I am in. Here are three reasons why I think all of us in the furniture industry have reason to be grateful for our path in life: (more…)

4 Ways to Test Your Creativity

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So my parents, being the generous people they are, decided to take the entire family to Disney World in Orlando, Florida.  If you have never been, I highly recommend it if you want to feel like a child again.

My Mother and Father in front of Cinderella's Castle

While I was there, I spent a lot of time with my jaw dropped open, just blown away with all of the creative things these guys do – everything from the rides, to the entertainment, to the integration of technology and even the logistics like how they move people in and out of large events. (more…)