The Las Vegas Market. It’s the “Big Show” of the furniture world, or at least since High Point, but let’s face it, Las Vegas Market has a lot going for it, namely great furniture showcases and discussion panels. This year will be a pivotal one for the furniture industry. As I am writing this post I’m listening to a roundtable of “experts” on CNBC talking about indicators that the economy is starting to come back. A variety of sectors will impact furniture sales including housing, remodeling, hospitality and banking. Examples are Ryland homes reported closings up 30% and Hilton is reporting a rise in occupancy rates across brands. Manna Distribution Services representatives are meeting with furniture manufacturers and retailers at the Las Vegas Market to get the pulse on the industry and talk logistics.
In addition to being on the ground in Vegas, we’ll be watching comments online, there are more than a thousand followers of the World Market Center profile on Twitter also the topic #LVMkt is a collection of Tweets about the Las Vegas Market.
At the High Point market in April furniture makers were raising prices for the first time since the recession. Higher prices from Asian manufacturers and trans-pacific shipping costs were the reasons they gave for the price hike.
Meanwhile, Manufacturing.net reported furniture retailers are looking for ways to better serve the customer with added value and remain competitive. That is the ideal retailer to speak with Manna as they are looking to reduce lost sales due to remorse returns and painfully slow transit times domestically to the consumer. Manna’s high speed, white glove delivery can keep furniture retailers competitive while helping to reduce back room costs. To schedule an appointment and discuss better transportation options for furniture manufacturers and retailers email info AT Manna DOT com