Big Furniture Group Magazine May 2024 now live

This month, yet another bumper edition, marks a major milestone for our Cover Star, DUXIANA, as the brand continues to expand in the UK and presents a preview of its new products at the upcoming Spring Furniture & Beds Show. We visited their new store in Stamford to find out more while also sitting down with Kevin Slade, Director of Growth at DUXIANA, in our latest Big Interview. He talks about how his role has developed since joining DUX, future plans and why the customer experience is vital for retailers. Our attention also turns to the aforementioned show where we feature what to expect to see from a number of exhibitors presenting new products and services, while we also preview the Long Point show too, with a handy map of Long Eaton.

In terms of investments, we spoke to Peter Harding, MD at Fairway Furniture, who shared a deeper insight into the ongoing refurbishment at their flagship Plymouth store, while Nicolle Hockin, MD at Devonshire Living, reflected on how the last 12 months have been at the business, future plans and top performing products. We spoke with Louis Mitchell, Director at The M6 Bed Warehouse, who talked about the expansion of the business, and Stephen Goknel, Founder of bedding brand Luff Sleep, on how the Bamboo Pillow is an industry game-changer.

There’s an insight into how to implement a furniture ERP & EPOS system in three steps, as well as top platforms to use when considering payment and bookkeeping solutions. Furthermore, Stravito talks about the growing popularity of Generative AI in the furniture industry, while in other areas of tech, Nathan Morgan, at Koble Designs, shares an insight into smart furniture, Pathfinder debunks the myths on CAD/CAM technology and VetiGraph outlines why precision is key when it comes to cutting upholstery fabric. In keeping with sofas, Sweet Dreams unveils the next generation in upholstery and ScS talks trends.

Meanwhile, TRL Furniture has expanded with the appointment of five new agents, while our Meet the Agent features Nadine Shadwell who shares her insight and why POS is paramount. As for other regulars, Green Retail highlights the latest updates from Linthorpe Beds and DFS, while Sarah Bianchi, CEO, at Arighi Bianchi, talks celebrating their 170th anniversary year in our Retail Focus feature. The Bed Expert and Letter’s from China and Vietnam also return with more insights, while the team behind the MFS and JFS explore just why trade shows have long been pivotal platforms.

We also introduce McGimpsey, a perfect transport partner, while DispatchTrack explores complexities of furniture delivery and Gallery Direct returns with another product insight, this time focussing on dining in style. Hypnos is creating a British Wool Legacy, Furniture & Choice reveals fashionable furniture, NOVA talks outdoor furniture, Door4 looks at performance-powered brand marketing and to wrap things up, Furniture Sales Solutions shares a tale of desperation, disinterest, frustration and hope.

Read it here.

Cover stars: Front – DUXIANA; Back – TRL Furniture

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