Furniture Stores – FYJ 5 http://fyj5.net/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 14:12:54 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://fyj5.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-1-150x150.png Furniture Stores – FYJ 5 http://fyj5.net/ 32 32 Retail sales fall more than expected in December | Economy https://fyj5.net/retail-sales-fall-more-than-expected-in-december-economy/ Fri, 14 Jan 2022 14:03:00 +0000 https://fyj5.net/retail-sales-fall-more-than-expected-in-december-economy/ Retail sales fell 1.9% in December, below expectations as shoppers purchased fewer electronics, furniture, sporting goods and clothing, the Census Bureau reported Friday. Economists had predicted a decline of 0.1%. For the whole of 2021, sales increased by 19.3% compared to the level of 2020. Analysts had expected a pullback from November’s revised 0.2% monthly […]]]>

Retail sales fell 1.9% in December, below expectations as shoppers purchased fewer electronics, furniture, sporting goods and clothing, the Census Bureau reported Friday.

Economists had predicted a decline of 0.1%. For the whole of 2021, sales increased by 19.3% compared to the level of 2020.

Analysts had expected a pullback from November’s revised 0.2% monthly increase, when consumers shopped early ahead of the Christmas season, worried about the availability of key items.

Adobe Digital Insights released its survey of online shopping during the holiday season earlier this week and found that there were 38 days from November when online sales reached $3 billion per day.

Vericast, which combines online activity with geographic location to analyze consumer spending habits, found customer confidence in the last month of 2021.
“For the most part, our customers were pretty bullish in December,” says Dave Cesaro, executive director of customer strategy. “But they are squeezed on the margins.”

Buyers understand that grocers, furniture stores and other retailers have to pay higher wages and prices for their products, Cesaro says, while understanding the delays caused by problems in the global supply system.

The omicron variant of the coronavirus emerged just as many retailers had optimized their businesses to deal with the new environment, he adds.

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Restaurants, in particular, have been upended by the spread of the highly transmissible variant. “They were really, really optimistic that things were going to be okay and, surprise, this thing called omicron happened.”

Product shortages and rising prices also weighed on spending, with consumer price inflation rising 7% in December.

Meanwhile, the fourth quarter earnings season has kicked off on Wall Street, with major banks posting strong numbers. JP Morgan Chase, for example, beat analysts’ estimates on a modest increase in revenue. CEO Jamie Dimon expressed confidence in the economy despite omicron’s surge.

“The economy continues to do well despite headwinds from the Omicron variant, inflation and supply chain bottlenecks,” Dimon said in the company’s press release. “Credit continues to be healthy with exceptionally low net charges, and we remain bullish on U.S. economic growth.”

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CLIVE DANIEL HOME WINS THE NATIONAL AWARD FOR BEST SHOWROOM https://fyj5.net/clive-daniel-home-wins-the-national-award-for-best-showroom/ Wed, 12 Jan 2022 17:30:00 +0000 https://fyj5.net/clive-daniel-home-wins-the-national-award-for-best-showroom/ Florida showroom Clive Daniel Home was honored as the nation’s best furniture store at the 32nd ARTS Awards. Tweet that “To be selected as the top showroom nationwide is an incredible honor,” said Daniel Lubner, CEO of Clive Daniel Home. “The award is a testament to our team’s commitment to fulfilling our mission and our […]]]>

“To be selected as the top showroom nationwide is an incredible honor,” said Daniel Lubner, CEO of Clive Daniel Home. “The award is a testament to our team’s commitment to fulfilling our mission and our relentless dedication to excellence and innovation.”

The previously awarded ARTS Awards Clive Daniel Home with the best new showroom in the United States price in 2012 after its opening. The showroom has also been named Best Showroom by the Sand Dollar Awards, Pinnacle Awards, ASID Florida South, Collier Building Industry Association and others. For more information on At Clive Daniel’s furniture offers and interior design services, please visit them online or contact Amy Cummins, Marketing Specialist, at 239-261-4663 or [email protected].

ON CLIVE DANIEL’S HOUSE
Founded in 2011 by a father-son duo Clive and Daniel Lubner, Clive Daniel Home is from southwest Florida premier destination for luxury home furnishings and custom residential and commercial interior design services. Since its inception, the brand has won more than 400 design excellence awards, including Best New Showroom in the United States. With an 85,000 square foot flagship in Naples, a 70,000 square foot showroom at Boca Raton, and a 65,000 square foot showroom in development at sarasota, Clive Daniel Home offers an unparalleled mix of contemporary, traditional and casual designs.

Contact: Amy Cummins
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America’s Most Iconic Office Furniture Designer Opens Woodlands Store https://fyj5.net/americas-most-iconic-office-furniture-designer-opens-woodlands-store/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 22:00:00 +0000 https://fyj5.net/americas-most-iconic-office-furniture-designer-opens-woodlands-store/ The most recognizable name in office furniture design in America is opening a stylish new boutique in the Houston area. Herman Miller, the iconic global leader in innovative design and furnishings, will be opening a new store The Woodlands, the company said. This new Herman Miller Houston The space will be located in Market Street […]]]>

The most recognizable name in office furniture design in America is opening a stylish new boutique in the Houston area. Herman Miller, the iconic global leader in innovative design and furnishings, will be opening a new store The Woodlands, the company said.

This new Herman Miller Houston The space will be located in Market Street and will offer performance seating options and office essentials, with an approach for those who now work from home. The store is scheduled to open on Tuesday, January 11.

Herman Miller Houston’s 1,775-square-foot store will have dedicated ergonomics specialists to help shoppers discover solutions tailored to their individual needs, according to a press release.

Buyers can test and compare the brand’s home office lineup and the various features of its award-winning performance seating portfolio, such as breathable suspension materiality and backrest adjustments, as well as customizable finishes and stylish details. .

Those outside of The Woodlands can explore the online store’s offerings and use a one-on-one personalized video calling feature.

A push towards physical stores is part of Miller’s branding strategyKnoll Global Retail – comprised of Herman Miller, Knoll, Design Within Reach, Fully and HAY – the company notes.

“People deserve to feel supported, dedicated and motivated throughout their workday, and an optimal environment is essential for that,” said Debbie Propst, president of Global Retail for MillerKnoll, in a statement. “We listen to our customers and continue to expand our network of points of sale to ensure that everyone can receive advice and support to create their ideal workspace. “

Herman Miller Houston; 9595 Six Pines Drive, Suite 1060, The Woodlands; Monday to Saturday: 10 am-7pm; Sunday: 11 am-6pm.

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Business Roundup: Local Businesses Offer a Mix of New and Old Entrants in 2022 | News https://fyj5.net/business-roundup-local-businesses-offer-a-mix-of-new-and-old-entrants-in-2022-news/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 13:00:00 +0000 https://fyj5.net/business-roundup-local-businesses-offer-a-mix-of-new-and-old-entrants-in-2022-news/ Jenna Hetzell loves coffee. She loves it so much that she makes her own “slow roast,” especially for that morning buzz that addicted coffee lovers demand. “It has a deep flavor,” said the West Kingston roaster who supplies wholesale coffee to individuals, businesses and restaurants in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Slow roast is its own […]]]>

Jenna Hetzell loves coffee. She loves it so much that she makes her own “slow roast,” especially for that morning buzz that addicted coffee lovers demand.

“It has a deep flavor,” said the West Kingston roaster who supplies wholesale coffee to individuals, businesses and restaurants in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Slow roast is its own design and may be unique among coffee roasters, Hetzell said, noting that his research among other roasters nationwide may have found only one other person doing it. in its own way.

Like a secret sauce, she won’t reveal the exact recipe, but a taste confirmed her description of how this cup of coffee settles on the taste palette.

“Along with a smooth finish that tastes great with every sip, it has a low acidity that is gentle on the gut,” she added with each pour and with that touch of comfort for those whose craving of a good cup of coffee is often tempered by rumbling acids afterwards.

His company is called Seaworthy coffee roasters (seaworthycoffeeroasters.com) which offers roasted coffee for sale online and is also available in some local stores including the South County Bread Company (socobreadco.com) at 333 Main Street, Wakefield. However, there is no coffee in the roast.

Hetzell, 33, who started the business two years ago with his father, Chad Hetzell, 54, says the main benefit of his coffee is the slow roast.

They offer a variety of blends and recently opened a local pickup point at South County Bread Company for individual orders placed online by customers.

It kicked off just as COVID was plaguing South County and was only sticking to online orders.

In the past year, it has expanded to deliver different coffee products to various retail outlets, such as Island Deli, South Coast Organic & Bulk Foods, Jennifer’s Chocolates, Sweenor’s Chocolates, all in Wakefield; Roch’s Fresh Foods, Coffee n ‘Bagel Connection and Crazy Burger, all in Narragansett; Peter Pots pottery, white pine wellness and new wave cuisine in West Kingston / Kingston as well as spots in Charlestown, Jamestown and Ashaway.

“I love coffee and I love everything about its roasting. It’s a hands-on process where I have the opportunity to combine science and creativity and if I’ve done my job right the result is something people can look forward to every day, ”said Hetzell, who has been a roaster since. five years. years old and passionate about coffee all her life.

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Shepherd’s Race (shepherds.run), at 4780 Tower Hill Road, is a destination winery, resort and event venue located on scenic 36 acres of land in bucolic Rhode Island. Our mission is to connect our guests and our community to the culture, artisans, crafts and terroir of our unique region.

Shepherd’s Run was once the summer home of Rush Sturges and Elizabeth Hazard Sturges. The original mansion was designed in Norman Romanesque style by Thomas Pym Cope and the gardens were designed by famous landscape architect Beatrix Farrand.

Located in a historic mansion, Shepherd’s Run has 10 rooms available for overnight rentals. Additionally, these rooms can be booked with any event space for a one-of-a-kind exclusive redemption experience.

Each room has been appointed with custom furnishings and designed with a fresh take on traditional New England art. Its exclusive suite offers two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room and a private balcony that overlooks our western vineyard.

He takes a unique approach to winemaking. “In our opinion, wine should be both local and global. It’s a way of connecting us to the ground beneath our feet as well as to crops thousands of miles away, ”according to its website.

“With this philosophy at the heart of our winemaking process, we will not only offer selections grown on the estate, but also regional and global offerings. The terroir of each vineyard is unique and we aim to express it through our process. We believe that the wines of the world can unite us. Who won’t raise their glass to that?

Plus, as New England’s newest event venue, it can accommodate gatherings of all sizes. From intimate parties to large-scale 300-person weddings and celebrations, Shepherd’s Run offers a range of indoor and outdoor event spaces.

North Kingstown

Give new life to old parts. This is the motto of The white elephant (thewhiteelephantri.com) on 7535 Post Road, a furniture store that recently moved from East Greenwich to North Kingstown. It brings an embodiment of the old to the new with the refurbishment and finishing.

Housed in a 1700s house, the rooms bring extra life to the furniture and homes of the customers who buy them. The inventory changes and there are unique pieces available to suit all tastes of customers who love antiques, collectibles, and just something special that only their eye knows is right for the home.

Caitlin Musso is the owner. She remarked in an interview noting that the sights and smells bring back for many people a return to a place and a time far from their present life.

“We had a woman who saw a set of encyclopedias, and she had to go and open one of the books to smell it because she had the same set growing up,” Musso says. “Because we have unique pieces, our inventory is constantly changing, so it will always be different each time you walk in. We mix the new with the old. “

The North Kingstown branch of the People’s Credit Union Now hosts three works of art that will be featured in a silent art auction to be hosted by the Narrow River Preservation Association (NRPA) in fall 2022.

All are welcome to visit the branch lobby at 7490 Post Road, North Kingstown to view the artwork during opening hours.

Two original works of art by Richard Barker Grant, President of NRPA, are on display. These pieces are watercolors that are incorporated into the mica that Grant himself mined in Maine which is separated and pasted in watercolors. Each piece is supported on a tile and framed by a wooden molding.

Also featured is a large photograph of Bill Krul. The vibrant image of bougainvillea, is artistically swirled by Krul, a retired plant science professor who donated a large collection of photographs to the fundraiser.

The works of art that will be included in the auction can be viewed at narrowriver.org/art. As local artists donate their extraordinary work, the site will include more photos and descriptions of the pieces available.

People’s Credit Union is hosting artwork from the auction for public viewing.

Three original oil paintings of the Narrow River (Pettaquamscutt) are on display at the People’s Credit Union Wakefield Branch at 150 Tower Hill Road in Wakefield. Over the next few months, each of the UCP branches will be presenting illustrations of the fundraiser.

NRPA said it was extremely grateful for the support and partnership from People’s Credit Union,

Narragansett

In Narragansett, The Bike Stop Café at 148 Boon St., is again open for dinner Thursday through Sunday. Owner Casey Montanari said she resumed eating in person in early December after being closed due to the pandemic since March 2020.

“It would have been nice to open for the summer, but there was just this staffing issue that hampered that possibility,” she said, referring to the problem that many businesses faced with a shortage assistance for full-time and part-time positions.

All staff are vaccinated at the cafe and she said she has never had a single positive case of COVID among staff members. All protocols are followed for the protection of staff and customers, she added.

At the moment, the restaurant is open Thursday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. mac and cheese and more.

“It feels really good to be open again, to have a kind of return to normal and to see our customers again. I missed them, ”she said, although many have continued to frequent the cafe thanks to a strong take-out business she has operated since the start of the pandemic.

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Avataar raises $ 45 million to improve consumer shopping experience with full-scale 3D product review – TechCrunch https://fyj5.net/avataar-raises-45-million-to-improve-consumer-shopping-experience-with-full-scale-3d-product-review-techcrunch/ Fri, 07 Jan 2022 08:01:10 +0000 https://fyj5.net/avataar-raises-45-million-to-improve-consumer-shopping-experience-with-full-scale-3d-product-review-techcrunch/ The vast majority of e-commerce customers prefer to preview the product before making the purchase. This is the reason why Amazon has always struggled to put fashion and home decor items online. A startup based in San Francisco and Bengaluru is trying to solve this problem and has just raised a new round of funding […]]]>

The vast majority of e-commerce customers prefer to preview the product before making the purchase. This is the reason why Amazon has always struggled to put fashion and home decor items online. A startup based in San Francisco and Bengaluru is trying to solve this problem and has just raised a new round of funding to expand its operations.

AI and computer vision startup Avataar announced on Friday that it had raised $ 45 million in its Series B funding. The round was led by Tiger Global and existing investor Sequoia Capital India participated. The six-year-old startup has raised around $ 55.5 million, some of which was funded by the founder and CEO in the early years, across all funding cycles.

Avataar helps direct-to-consumer brands and e-commerce marketplaces shape their consumer journeys with 3D rendering of products. Businesses can integrate Avataar’s plug-and-play technology into their system, which then allows customers to view products in actual size and to feel in their living room using the phone’s camera.

The startup is currently working with a number of companies, including the two major e-commerce markets in furniture, major appliances and other categories, said Sravanth Aluru, founder and CEO of Avataar, in an interview with TechCrunch. He declined to share the names of clients, citing confidentiality agreements. (Some companies such as Samsung and Pepperfry have publicly acknowledged their collaboration with Avataar.)

In a demo, Aluru dragged and dropped multiple products – sofas and desks – into her living room from a partner ecommerce marketplace app and changed the color and SKUs without having to reposition the items. virtual in the house. Items can also be interactive. A virtual interpretation of a refrigerator allows users to open and close the door, for example.

Brands don’t need to make major changes to be able to tailor Avataar’s offerings. As long as the product images are in resolution of at least 1080p, Aluru said, Avataar can stitch a virtual and 3D version of it. For consumers too, if they are using an iPhone or Android smartphone launched in recent years, there is a good chance that their phone has the computing and graphics power to support viewing and interacting with virtual objects. , did he declare.

“Since the camera is the home screen, you see a significantly higher engagement time and brands see more than 3.5 times the sales conversion,” he said. The startup relays engagement information to partner brands who then further personalize their offers to better serve customers.

Aluru said an increasing number of companies are starting to adapt the technology as they recognize the benefits it can offer. This trend should only grow from here.

Without revealing the brand names, he said some smartphone companies have used Avataar technology to conduct virtual launches. “We are now integrated on most platforms. If you see 3D on a high volume service, it’s probably because of us, ”he said.

The founding team of Avataar. From left to right: Mayank Tiwari (CBO), Sravanth Aluru (CEO), Prashanth Aluru (board director), Gaurav Baid (CPO). (Image credits: Avataar)

By 2025, nearly 75% of the world’s population and almost everyone who uses social and communications apps will be frequent users of augmented reality, Snap said in a recent report, for which he collaborated with Deloitte. . The report states that there are already more than 100 million customers who buy using AR.

Aluru said the startup is preparing to be at the forefront as the Metaverse makes inroads and engages with several key players in the space.

“The metaverse is already there, but not evenly distributed. Avataar.me is leading the way in bringing scale creation capabilities to leading brands to enable commerce – a very promising application in AR / VR environments, ”said Shailesh Lakhani, Managing Director of Sequoia India, in a statement. .

“Sravanth, Gaurav and Mayank have been a pleasure to work with and Sequoia Capital India is delighted to reiterate its commitment to their B Series.”

The digital and digitally-influenced market is expected to reach $ 18 trillion by 2025, providing a monetization opportunity of over $ 50 billion over the next decade for the underlying platforms leading to the passage of the 2D to 3D trade, based on industry estimates.

“For the first time in history, we are now able to detect, understand, augment and manipulate the physical reality of consumers using a live camera feed. While our patented AI / CV capabilities are applicable to the overall evolution of the metaverse, we started by focusing from the outset on redefining consumer shopping experiences, ”said Aluru.

“The platform will transform the shopping experience for consumers at home on their mobile devices, through AR glasses / wearable devices, or even in a physical store exploring an endless aisle of a digital catalog. “

Evan Feinberg, Partner at Tiger Global, said in a statement, “Consumers continue to seek a better e-commerce experience, and the innovative technology created by Avataar provides a powerful plug and play solution to its customers to meet this demand. As the digital world shifts from 2D to 3D, Avataar and its talented management team are well positioned in this rapidly growing market.

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After, Inc. and PermaPlate® Partner to Provide QuickCover® Powered PermaPlate Furniture Protection to Online Furniture Retailers | national news https://fyj5.net/after-inc-and-permaplate-partner-to-provide-quickcover-powered-permaplate-furniture-protection-to-online-furniture-retailers-national-news/ Wed, 05 Jan 2022 12:01:25 +0000 https://fyj5.net/after-inc-and-permaplate-partner-to-provide-quickcover-powered-permaplate-furniture-protection-to-online-furniture-retailers-national-news/ NORWALK, Connecticut, Jan. 5, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) –– After, Inc., the leading customer experience technology company providing software and services to the world’s leading manufacturers, retailers and merchants, today announced its partnership with PermaPlate Furniture, the furniture protection plan division of PermaPlate ®. PermaPlate® recently extended its warranty administration solutions to provide furniture coverage to […]]]>

NORWALK, Connecticut, Jan. 5, 2022 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) –– After, Inc., the leading customer experience technology company providing software and services to the world’s leading manufacturers, retailers and merchants, today announced its partnership with PermaPlate Furniture, the furniture protection plan division of PermaPlate ®. PermaPlate® recently extended its warranty administration solutions to provide furniture coverage to online furniture and home furnishings retailers.

Furniture and household goods e-commerce generates $ 55 billion in revenue in the United States, according to Statista estimates from September 2021 – 12% of total retail e-commerce and the fastest growing sector, beating fashion and electronics. Given PermaPlate’s reputation for delivering a world-class experience to its customers, it chose to partner with After, Inc., which has been providing the best after-sales service to global retailers and manufacturers since 2005.

“Over the past fifteen years, After, Inc. has helped some of the world’s biggest brands like Electrolux, Ford, Harley Davidson, Toro, Husqvarna, Canon and Bass Pro Shops transform their warranty programs,” said Nate Baldwin, CEO of After, Inc. “Now we’ve used this knowledge and expertise to help our customers optimize their product registration, service contract sales, analytics and program management, and we’ve built the platform- QuickSuite form. A key difference in our QuickCover® technology is that it does not compete with manufacturers, retailers or TPAs ​​- like PermaPlate Furniture – who have their own service contract programs. Instead, it provides the technology they need to maximize their own online protection plan sales. We are thrilled to partner with PermaPlate Furniture to offer its Furniture Protection Plus plans powered by QuickCover®.

“After, Inc.’s QuickCover® technology was the obvious choice for PermaPlate Furniture,” said John Nisson, president of PermaPlate®. “After knows how crucial the customer relationship is for manufacturers and retailers. They also understand the fundamental nuances and market demands for manufacturing limited warranties, and how to provide customers with the best aftermarket experiences. After aligns with PermaPlate Furniture’s strategic expansion plans to provide innovative solutions to online furniture retailers. Its QuickCover® platform will allow any online furniture retailer to easily implement and offer PermaPlate furniture protection plans with confidence within minutes using native APIs of e-commerce platform like Shopify. and Magento.

ABOUT AFTER, INC.

After, Inc. (afterinc.com) is a pioneer in the warranty service industry. Since 2005, After, Inc. has partnered with some of the world’s leading brands to help transform their warranty business, improving customer satisfaction after purchase, increased product reliability, branding deeper and additional income and profit opportunities. The company launched QuickSuite, in 2021, a modular set of SaaS technologies to help manufacturers, retailers and online sellers build closer relationships with their customers and generate lifelong satisfaction, loyalty and revenue after point of sale. sale.

Headquartered in Norwalk, Connecticut, with offices in New York, After, Inc. is part of Galway Holdings Group, a financial services distribution company focused on data analytics, technology transformation and innovative risk sharing solutions. . Learn more: https://www.afterinc.com/.

ABOUT PERMAPLATE FURNITURE

PermaPlate® is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is an industry leader in the manufacture of appearance protection products and in providing world-class warranty administration services to thousands of retailers in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

PermaPlate Furniture (www.permaplatefurniture.com) occupies a unique position in the Appearance Protection Guarantee industry, leveraging nearly 44 years of rich company history and customer service expertise from over of 27,000 furniture stores and online retailers in the United States and their valued customers.

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Mercato Place wants to be the 2.0 of sample markets https://fyj5.net/mercato-place-wants-to-be-the-2-0-of-sample-markets/ Mon, 03 Jan 2022 15:07:09 +0000 https://fyj5.net/mercato-place-wants-to-be-the-2-0-of-sample-markets/ Managing samples, from acquisition and storage to replenishment and replication, can be a hassle for any busy interior designer. Today, a new online platform designed to streamline the process is entering the market. Meet Mercato Place. Developed by Thoroughbred Fulfillment, a Zeeland, Mich.-Based marketing services provider, the sourcing tool leverages the company’s existing (and large) […]]]>

Managing samples, from acquisition and storage to replenishment and replication, can be a hassle for any busy interior designer. Today, a new online platform designed to streamline the process is entering the market. Meet Mercato Place.

Developed by Thoroughbred Fulfillment, a Zeeland, Mich.-Based marketing services provider, the sourcing tool leverages the company’s existing (and large) pool of partner brands and leverages its in-depth knowledge of the industry. “We’ve been in this business for a long time serving furniture companies, retailers, architects and designers,” says Ray Sayers, President of Thoroughbred Fulfillment and Founder of Mercato Place. “Channel partners and furniture companies are actively looking for an alternative channel to distribute these samples to designers. “

Ray Sayers, founder of Mercato Place and president of Thoroughbred Fulfillment.

Photography courtesy of Mercato Place

With supplier relationships and compatible distribution channels already in place, it was natural for Sayers and his team to rise to the challenge. The close proximity of the distribution center to some of the biggest players in the industry, namely MillerKnoll and Steelcase and their portfolios of design brands, will certainly be a competitive advantage. “We wanted to keep track of the niche that we have,” Sayers told AD PRO.

Kravet Contract, Fil Doux, Designtex and HBF Textiles are among the more than 20 brands involved in the official launch. In the portal, designers and architects can access information on textiles and wall coverings presented by partner brands. Once users are ready to order samples, they can do so from multiple vendors knowing that they will deliver them all in one box, saving them time and simplifying tracking. Creating a profile and sourcing from Mercato Place are free for design professionals. (The site does, however, collect information that can be shared with partner brands.)

Thoroughbred Fulfillment’s 150,000 square foot distribution facility in Zeeland, Michigan will also be the basis for the new Mercato Place concept.

Photography courtesy of Mercato Place

While demonstrating the portal, Sayers says the site is designed “to give the designer as much information as possible” about the products available through Mercato Place. From the categorical lists, users can go directly to the specific product or landing pages of a channel partner. Contact details for each supplier’s regional sales representative are also readily available.

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10 things that will be more expensive in 2022 https://fyj5.net/10-things-that-will-be-more-expensive-in-2022/ Sat, 01 Jan 2022 15:00:01 +0000 https://fyj5.net/10-things-that-will-be-more-expensive-in-2022/ One thing is certain: 2022 is going to cost you dearly. Between inflation and persistent supply chain problems, the prices of consumer goods are rising almost everywhere. “I really don’t think there is a way out,” said Julie Ramhold, consumer analyst at DealNews.com. But that doesn’t mean you can’t shop smarter for the things you […]]]>

One thing is certain: 2022 is going to cost you dearly.

Between inflation and persistent supply chain problems, the prices of consumer goods are rising almost everywhere.

“I really don’t think there is a way out,” said Julie Ramhold, consumer analyst at DealNews.com.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t shop smarter for the things you need and want.

Here is a list of some of the top items that will cost more in the coming year, and what you can do about it now.

1. Housing

For some, buying a home has been one of the biggest challenges of the pandemic, even as mortgage rates have reached record highs. Sadly, 2022 could be another year of new highs as house prices continue to appreciate two to three times faster than a year ago – in all cities, according to CoreLogic deputy chief economist , Selma Hepp. “An expected increase in mortgage rates next year will present other challenges,” she added.

Pro tip: Higher rates could help dampen housing demand a bit, which could lead to less dramatic growth in house prices and fewer bidding wars, potentially making it easier for some buyers to get started. And with the increase in rental prices, it will always be a good time saver.

2. Food

A grocery store in New York City on December 7, 2021.

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Going to the grocery store will start to eat up your budget very quickly. It’s not just staple foods like eggs, meat, and milk that are getting more expensive; Coca-Cola and PepsiCo also announced price increases, thanks to more supply chain and labor issues. Even Oreo cookies, Ritz crackers and Sour Patch Kids will cost more in 2022, Mondelez CEO Dirk Van de Put recently told CNBC, starting with a 7% price hike at the start of the year. .

Pro tip: It will be difficult to avoid getting ripped off at the grocery store. Watch for weekly sales and refuel when you can, Ramhold advised. And while cutoff coupons may seem out of date, many stores have digital deals or member discounts that will save you money. A credit card with grocery rewards can also help you with your weekly spending.

3. Clothing

Americans are finally ready to say goodbye to their sweatpants, but now won’t be the best time to shop. Even though clothing sales are expected to fully recover this year, with many shoppers looking to refresh their pandemic-era wardrobes, supply chain pressures will push retail prices up 3.2% on average, according to a McKinsey Business of Fashion report – and 15% of fashion executives plan to raise prices by 10% or more in 2022.

Pro tip: Before you buy anything new, turn your old clothes into cash. You can log in person or online through sites such as Tradesy, Poshmark, and thredUP.

4. Heating costs

Heating bills could give you a cold sweat this season. According to the US Energy Information Administration’s Winter Fuels Outlook 2021 report, nearly half of households that heat with natural gas will spend an average of 30% more than they did last winter. Propane users will spend 54% more, while heating oil users could see their bills increase by 43% and electricity users would have to spend an additional 6%, according to the report.

Pro tip: Consider a home energy audit to spot and repair potential leaks and find areas for improvement, like waterproofing drafty windows, to get started. In some states, utility companies may even offer the service for free.

5. Gas

A gas station in Los Angeles on December 10, 2021.

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After gasoline prices jumped 58.1% in the past year, it’s hard to imagine paying even more at the pump. And yet, in some states, including Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Illinois, and Kentucky, gas prices are expected to rise further “very soon” due, in part, to higher prices. wholesale, according to GasBuddy.com.

Pro tip: Depending on where you live, there can be big price fluctuations between gas stations. Even if the price difference per gallon doesn’t seem significant, it can still run into the hundreds of dollars a year.

6. Dinner at the restaurant

Restaurants have been under pressure since the very start of the pandemic and staffing issues won’t go away anytime soon. As a result, most have had to increase wages to attract workers in addition to paying more for food, which means menu prices will rise as well.

Pro tip: Look for weekly specials or dining deals, like two-for-one burger nights. Sometimes getting more for your money is a good way to add value, even at a higher price.

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7. Cars

New car prices are at an all time high, while prices for used cars and trucks, which were once a good way to strike a deal, have caused inflation to explode, rising by 31.5%. 4% year over year, which makes this a particularly difficult time. to buy an automobile.

Pro tip: You might not be able to lower the price, but dealerships pay more for used cars, which means you might get more on a trade-in or lower than market price on a buy-back. rental.

8. Computing and electronics

Computers, televisions, and video game consoles have all been hit hard by the continuing chip shortage and that means there’s a lot less inventory, even if you’re willing to pay a premium – which a lot of. people have since become virtually impossible to buy a video game console during the gaming boom fueled by the pandemic.

Pro tip: Some of the year’s best sellers arrive around Presidents Day and Super Bowl Sunday, when retailers mark last year’s models to make room for this year’s offerings. Otherwise, mark what you can when it’s in stock, Ramhold said. These prices are unlikely to come down even when supply finally catches up with demand.

9. Furniture

Sheltering at home has sent most people on a renovation spree, but even small upgrades won’t come cheap. According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, furniture prices could increase by more than 10% in the coming year due to rising freight rates per container. Not to mention the cost of building materials for larger makeovers.

Pro tip: Proper decluttering and a fresh coat of paint can give a much needed boost until some of the shipping delays and supply issues abate for those larger items.

10. Medical care

Payment for health care was an issue long before the pandemic. Now, healthcare costs are up 8.4% from 2020, according to a medical index released by consulting firm Milliman, making the cost of care out of reach for many Americans.

Pro tip: Do not delay going to the doctor. One way to keep costs down is to use tax-efficient accounts for medical spending, especially health savings accounts or flexible spending accounts. To be able to use an HSA, you must be enrolled in a high deductible health plan, or HDHP. The premiums then increase tax free and you can invest that money to keep up with or beat health care inflation.

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Warren activist posts video, claims his ex-fabricated story – Macomb Daily https://fyj5.net/warren-activist-posts-video-claims-his-ex-fabricated-story-macomb-daily/ Thu, 30 Dec 2021 23:10:03 +0000 https://fyj5.net/warren-activist-posts-video-claims-his-ex-fabricated-story-macomb-daily/ A live Facebook video posted early Wednesday morning by Warren activist Jerry T. Bell disputes information Macomb County Commissioner Michelle Nard reported to Warren and Clinton Township police on Monday, alleging he had threatened her and stole her car. Bell describes his relationship with Nard in the 43-minute video and says he wants to make […]]]>

A live Facebook video posted early Wednesday morning by Warren activist Jerry T. Bell disputes information Macomb County Commissioner Michelle Nard reported to Warren and Clinton Township police on Monday, alleging he had threatened her and stole her car.

Bell describes his relationship with Nard in the 43-minute video and says he wants to make sure his side of the story is out.

Warren police have been looking for Bell since December 28 in connection with Nard’s allegations and executed a search warrant at his Ready Avenue home in Warren on Tuesday afternoon. Bell wasn’t there, but Nard’s vehicle was parked in the driveway.

Bell contacted Warren Police Commissioner William Dwyer on Wednesday evening and again Thursday morning and said if an arrest warrant was issued against his arrest he would surrender. No warrant had been issued Thursday at 5 p.m.

Nard’s mother died in Flint on Sunday and Bell said Nard asked her to drive her to various stores on Monday so she could buy clothes for the funeral and do other errands, including picking up medicine for her – even at the pharmacy.

“I was trying to support her for a time when I thought she needed it,” Bell said. “She just lost her mother and I knew she was very upset by the loss.”

He said everything seemed to be going well until they made their final stop at the Gratiot Avenue shoe store.

“I didn’t feel like she was in distress,” Bell said. “We got to our last store and she got out of the car with me, walked into the store and suddenly ran behind the counter and told the store clerk to call the police. Suddenly she said I had pulled a knife at her. Wow. Why should I do it? “

Bell said he asked Nard what she wanted and if she needed the money and that she told him she didn’t want to get in his car with him. Bell said he then exited the store, got into his vehicle and drove to his residence. He left the car in its driveway with the keys under the steering wheel and texted Nard to let her know where it was, he said.

“Michelle claimed to love me so much, but if I didn’t do what Michelle wanted me to do, she threatened to call the judge and have me locked up,” Bell said. “If I put my things away to leave, if we had a disagreement and I wanted to go out, she would threaten to call the cops and press charges against me and have me locked up.” This is what happened two days ago. This is what happened in September.

Warren activist Jerry T. Bell is currently on probation due to previous charges against him by his former fiancee Michelle Nard.Photo courtesy of Warren Police

Bell said that on the morning of December 27, he removed several of his personal items from Nard’s house and returned them to his residence and expressed his desire that they remain separated indefinitely.

Bell is currently on probation after pleading guilty in 37th District Court to misdemeanor charges of stalking and domestic violence on November 12 in an incident involving Nard that took place in September. Originally, Bell was charged with the misdemeanor of domestic violence and six counts of felony, including kidnapping and felony in that case, but Nard called for all felony charges to be dropped. . Bell signed a plea agreement that required him to complete 52 weeks of abuser intervention counseling and be on probation for five years.

A contactless control is currently in place between Bell and Nard. Nard had asked during the hearing on November 12 that he be lifted, but Judge Michael Chupa ruled he must remain in place until Bell has completed 12 counseling sessions and has shown proof of the completion in court.

Bell and Nard have had an ongoing relationship since May 2021. Bell introduced Nard as his fiancee at a Warren city council meeting earlier this year and said in the Facebook video that he gave her an engagement ring $ 2,600 earlier this month and that a wedding on April 8, 2022 was scheduled.

“We loved each other,” Bell said. “I loved her and I thought she loved me. We were a couple moving forward and expecting to get married on April 8th. “

Nard admitted that she accepted Bell’s proposal and the ring, but said she had no plans to marry him. She said she accepted the offer to “keep him motivated” to attend classes and probation sessions.

Although the couple were not to have any contact until Bell had completed the required number of counseling sessions, Bell said Nard actually picked him up from Macomb County Jail the night he was released. and that they had been together for almost two days since November. 12.

Nard confirmed that she brought Bell home the night of her release from prison and that he and her 8-year-old daughter spent Christmas Day with her and some of her family at his residence on Hudson Avenue . But she denies that Bell has been living in his Hudson home in recent weeks, as he described it.

Bell said he has helped paint and do other renovations to the house over the past few months and the couple have purchased furniture together for the house, including a refrigerator and television.

“She has a house, I have a house, and she bought the house next to her original house, where we live,” Bell said. “We were working on this house. Michelle doesn’t want you to know that. She acts like she hasn’t done anything wrong and like we never spend time together, which we did.

Nard said on Wednesday she did not regret asking for the felony charges from the September incident to be dropped.

“The incident is still under investigation,” Dwyer said. “We are interviewing people and the detectives continue to gather information. “

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Goodwill expects donations to increase this week https://fyj5.net/goodwill-expects-donations-to-increase-this-week/ Wed, 29 Dec 2021 12:38:00 +0000 https://fyj5.net/goodwill-expects-donations-to-increase-this-week/ NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) – Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has moved employees to its busiest locations to meet the annual increase in year-end donations. From December 26 to 31, the number of donations at Goodwill Donation Express centers in central and western Tennessee increased by almost 50% compared to other days of the year. The […]]]>

NASHVILLE, Tenn (WTVF) – Goodwill Industries of Middle Tennessee has moved employees to its busiest locations to meet the annual increase in year-end donations.

From December 26 to 31, the number of donations at Goodwill Donation Express centers in central and western Tennessee increased by almost 50% compared to other days of the year. The push is caused by people cleaning their closets, attics and garages to make room for holiday gifts.

To cope with the rush, Goodwill is moving staff to its busiest locations, but donors can still encounter queues during peak hours.

“We thank our generous donors for their understanding and patience at this time of year. We are counting on this increase to help us get through the months when people tend to donate less frequently, ”said Leisa Wamsley, vice president of property donations at Goodwill.

Since the start of the pandemic, Goodwill has offered a contactless donation process. Donors arriving at Goodwill Express Donation Centers are asked to place their donation bags and boxes in waiting wheeled bins.

Attendants are available to help you with furniture or other heavy or bulky items. Employees wear masks and practice social distancing, and donors are encouraged to do the same.

Other things to keep in mind when donating to Goodwill include:

● When decluttering your home, consider the one-year rule: If you haven’t worn, used, or played it in a year, it’s probably time to donate it.
● Please remove the hangers from the clothes. Goodwill is unable to accept hangers as donations.
● Goodwill cannot accept some items, such as household chemicals and old tube TVs. A list of certain other items that can and cannot be accepted can be found on the Goodwill website.
● The Goodwill donation receipt form includes a 10% discount voucher for Goodwill stores.
● You can track your donations for tax and other purposes on mygoodwilldonation.org.

There are 45 Donation Express centers located in central and western Tennessee, and most are open seven days a week.

The opening hours of Goodwill Donation Express centers vary by location. Please only leave your donations when an attendant is on duty. Locations, times and more are available online at www.giveit2goodwill.org.

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