Articles by Kimberley Wray

Sustainable Growth

February/March 2018— Consumer interest in sustainability—either in furniture or your store’s operation—is on the rise. Drought, floods, hurricanes and raging wildfires: Beyond an estimated $400 billion in damages, the extreme…


Breaking Free

February/March 2018— We all have the same 24 hours in a day. Here’s how to make the most of what you’ve got. Horace Mann once called education the great equalizer,…


Invitation to Dine

October 2017— Predictions on formal dining’s demise are premature. Retailers should pull up a chair and prepare to feast. Remember that time not so long ago when industry oracles were…


Endless Summer

September 2017— As outdoor furniture numbers swell, the rush to ride the wave is on. Change is in the air for the outdoor category, and it’s not just the approach…



Time to Get to Work

February/March, 2017— Manufacturers are rethinking, reimagining the home office category With a few notable exceptions (think Nebraska Furniture Mart and Mathis Bros.), home office departments are shrinking in independent home…