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59: Furniture & Bedding Supply Chain Updates and a PrimeTime Preview with Jeff Rose

59: Furniture & Bedding Supply Chain Updates and a PrimeTime Preview with Jeff Rose

Ahead of Virtual PrimeTime in mid-March, we sat down with Nationwide Marketing Group Sr. Director of Furniture & Bedding Jeff Rose to talk about the latest disruptions in the F&B supply chain, and we get a preview of what’s to come at Virtual PrimeTime and beyond for furniture and bedding retailers.

58: Let’s Talk Succession Planning in Retail with JRM Sales & Management

58: Let’s Talk Succession Planning in Retail with JRM Sales & Management

There’s perhaps no conversation that’s more difficult to have for family-run and independent businesses than the one that involves succession planning. In fact, that’s probably why only 30-ish% of family-owned businesses make it to the second generation of ownership. We sat down with JRM Sales & Management founder and CEO Joe Milevsky to talk succession planning and a whole lot more.

57: In the Lap of Luxury Appliances with John O’Halloran

57: In the Lap of Luxury Appliances with John O’Halloran

Nationwide Marketing Group recently named John O’Halloran its Sr. Merchant for the appliance team with a special focus on the luxury category. We sat down with John to get the latest on the space, his plans for expansion and more.

54: Rotmans Plans and Preps for a Major Store Reformatting Project

54: Rotmans Plans and Preps for a Major Store Reformatting Project

Seeing a “store closing” sale pop up in the middle of a pandemic may elicit some sorry thoughts. But for Worcester, MA-based Rotmans, the promotion comes with a catch: They plan to reopen in a few weeks time with a completely reformatted store.

53: On Safe In-Store Shopping Trends with Guardsman

53: On Safe In-Store Shopping Trends with Guardsman

A lot has changed over the past year, and as customers start venturing back into physical stores, special attention must be paid to providing a clean, safe shopping experience. Guardsman, distributors of the COVID killing Monofoil disinfectant, chats about those trends and more.

52: Mike Derro’s Vision for Furniture and Bedding in 2021

52: Mike Derro’s Vision for Furniture and Bedding in 2021

Nationwide Marketing Group welcomed VP of Furniture & Bedding Mike Derro into the fold in mid-October — right before Virtual PrimeTime. We caught up with Derro recently to get to know him a little better and to understand where he sees the category heading in 2021.

51: On Tech, Retail and the All-Digital CES with Steve Koenig of the Consumer Technology Association

51: On Tech, Retail and the All-Digital CES with Steve Koenig of the Consumer Technology Association

Even as the calendar flips to a new year, the ongoing effects of the global pandemic are still being felt. We sat down with Steve Koenig, VP of Research for the Consumer Technology Association, to talk about the role tech has played in enabling so many businesses and industries to continue operating during this time — and we dive into the first-ever all-digital CES that CTA will host in January.

50: Talking Custom Integration and CES 2021 with HTSN’s Hank Alexander

50: Talking Custom Integration and CES 2021 with HTSN’s Hank Alexander

2020 was a whirlwind year for the custom integration space. Hank Alexander, director of HTSN, reflects on the tech trends that the pandemic helped accelerate, and he looks ahead to an all-digital CES 2021.

49: Sherman’s Literally Built a House to Help Train Their Delivery Team

49: Sherman’s Literally Built a House to Help Train Their Delivery Team

The house that Sherman’s built is basically a delivery team’s worst nightmare. But it’s how Paul Sherman, CEO and owner, and Antwaun Banks, delivery manager, train the Sherman’s delivery team before they set foot in a customer’s home.

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