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February 2016 Issue 

February 2016 Cover

Growing Green

Consumers desire for eco-friendly home furnishings is trending upward, but marketing the green tale needs to grow. The sustainable furnishings segment continues to make strides, and as headlines scream of flammable chemicals and other things hiding in furniture, consumers are turning an interested eye toward more eco-friendly goods.

Statistically Speaking: The Aging Consumer

On average, 10,000 people turn 65 years old each day. By 2030, one in five people will be 65 and over. Now facing decisions on where and how to spend the aging years, a majority of early Baby Boomers want to stay in their homes. This could become a necessity as the growth in numbers outpaces the traditional resources available to seniors.

Coach's Corner: Retail Resolutions

This is the one-year anniversary article for the Coach's Corner, and it has been an exciting and eventful year for our nation, its economy and our customers.

What Sells: Soup's One

As today's world gets busier and busier, families are finding their way back to the dinner table to reconnect at the end of the day and share experiences over a warm meal.

Perspective: Find the Right Product Mix

Last year, the team at Martin Roberts Design re-planned and re-merchandised more than one million square feet of retail space in 30 or so stores around the country. As a retail designer, I've helped hundreds of store owners rethink their showrooms.

Editor's Note: Trash Trek

All last fall a section of the laundry room became trash central. As time passed, the room was nearly taken over with empty plastic two-liter soda bottles and paper toilet paper tubes all for the sake of an elementary school First LEGO League Challenge.

Publisher's Letter: Time to Act

Durable, well-made furniture with a longer lifespan is a healthy choice for the environment since it does not have to be replaced as frequently.

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