Is it too early to talk about Christmas yet? Well, for Gallery Direct, this month kicks off the festivities with their Christmas Collection, including new 2023 lines that were recently showcased at the Autumn Fair – just to get you in the mood and to start planning for the festive period.
Moving from the topic of Christmas, you’ll notice a running theme throughout this month’s edition, with sustainability taking centre stage. Parker Knoll talks about their latest collection and how it has an evolved sustainable focus, while Buoyant Upholstery shares just how the business is striving towards a greener future and what sustainable practices are currently in place. Furthermore, GNG speaks about the sustainable benefits behind its latest Komfi developments and Martin Seeley, CEO at MattressNextDay, shares an update on the retailer’s sustainability credentials and why this has become a core component of the business.
We also have another insight from Bye Bye Bed’s on mattress component fraud, as well as a look into the pitfalls of ‘fast furniture’ from The Furniture Recycling Group and why the need for a circular economy culture is more important than ever before. In keeping with circularity, sustainability expert Joanna Knight talks about the importance of reuse and circularity with a look at best practice when it comes to waste prevention. Meanwhile, NORNORM reveals how their launch in the UK has been so far and why the IKEA-backed office furniture subscription service aims to be a catalyst of change to circularity in the workspace.
As for our regulars, Mike Crowshaw, Managing Director at leading foam and fibre converter, Peak Converters, takes the BFG Big Interview spot and talks about his admiration for his father, how he almost swapped a furnishing industry career for the slopes and what activity he has done more than 50 times away from work. In our Retail Focus interview, JYSK talks about recent investments, providing a career path in retail and an update on their sustainable achievements, while our Green Retail feature focusses on the sustainable efforts of furniture brand Loaf.
Our Cover Star this month, Simba, reveals all behind their new contract collection, while we also spoke to ecommerce home and garden furniture retailer Out & Out on their recent milestone anniversary. The edition also features Pickawood, who shares an update on progress since launching in the UK as well as why they’re an innovator in the custom-made furniture field, and Flitch, which talks about their new online interiors platform and how business has been since its launch.
Furthermore, Kettle Home provides an update on recent developments, Silentnight talks about the new Rest Assured collection, Protect-A-Bed outlines how to maximise sales and Siren reflects on the year so far while sharing an insight into future plans.
To wrap things up, our Big Question this month is focused on what’s unique about a retailer, while Furniture Sales Solutions talks about the art of Quiet Confidence in sales. Our Letter from China is back following the recent Furniture China 2023 event with some helpful tips on purchasing post-show.
Cover stars: Front – Simba, Back – The Salvation Army