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An ‘ass-backwards' idea that might transform your business
Donald Cooper
Written by Donald Cooper   

ImageMost businesses create a new product or service and then try to write some sort of advertising to sell it. Just for once, try my ‘ass-backwards' approach to creating amazing, customer-owning products, services or experiences.

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The bottom-line value of becoming a legend
Donald Cooper
Written by Donald Cooper   

ImageWhatever industry you're in, the businesses that populate them fall into three basic categories, which mimic the ‘good, better, best' philosophy almost retailer understands and adheres to. First, there are the hundreds of mediocre, run-of-the-mill, undifferentiated businesses. They're a commodity with no pricing power and, usually, not much of a future.

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Social media - where are you?
Alixe McRae
Written by Alixe MacRae   

ImageThe defining instrument that brought about the victories of the Arab Spring and the media credited for electing Barak Obama as President of the United States seems off the radar screen of most home goods retailers. Even the wannabees throughout our society know that a social media presence of some kind is required for any kind of success.

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Why so many suits and so few skirts?
Alixe McRae
Written by Alixe MacRae   

ImageI read all of the appointment notices published by Home Goods Online and, in recent months, they have all reminded me of when I graduated from university with a degree in business.  I applied to one of Canada's largest carpet companies and at the end of the interview, the head of personnel (as it was then called) told me that while my interview was the best he had heard and that my experience and education was excellent they didn't hire women other than secretaries.

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TCHFM: the place to start
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Written by Michael J. Knell   

ImageThe past twelve months have been tough for Canadian furniture retailers. As they start off 2012 with the industry's annual pilgrimage to Toronto's International Centre for the Canadian Home Furnishings Market, they know the next twelve are going to be just as tough. But, before hanging our heads in despair, there are a couple of things that every member of our industry, regardless of where they work in the supply chain, should remember.

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The six most effective ways to be your own game changer
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Written by Joe Carroll   

Image"There are no good or bad industries to be in today. There are good and bad companies within all industries." This statement was made by John Case, former president of The La-Z-Boy Chair Company at the recent Furniture/Today Leadership Conference.

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