Inspiration? Walmart finally getting it right online

Walmart finally woke up and smelled the coffee. Furniture cannot be sold online like paper towels or Fancy Feast cat food. Walmart’s new senior vice president of e-commerce home division, Anthony Soohoo, admits that furnishings and décor are inspired purchases.

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Panels, decorative surfaces remain key materials as ambitious Ashley eyes continued expansion

Ashley Furniture has a good handle on what’s hot and what trends will affect the furniture industry in the years ahead. As director of materials development, Rick Bryson is up to the challenge of providing the most current finishes and technology to the process.

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Salon success

It all started more than a decade ago in an 1,800-square-foot space in the small city of Fitchburg, Wisconsin, a quiet suburb south of Madison. Eager to start their new venture, small business owners Sarah and Trent Lange swiftly renovated their new space into a high-end hair salon called ECCO Salon.

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Room to Run

An exciting decade lies ahead for manufacturers of composite panel-based residential and office furniture, kitchen cabinets, store fixtures and organizational units. This issue of Surface & Panel offers plenty of support for that view. In the Ahlstrom-Munksjö feature that begins on page 56, Executive Vice President of Décor Norbert Mix points out that while Europe and North America have similar populations...

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It’s all about timing

The timing could hardly be better for the panel processing industry. Sales of recreational vehicles are setting records just as the smooth, clean, simple lines of European and contemporary styling are making their way into RVs in a big way. That adds up to more sales for businesses that specialize in composite panels and decorative surfaces, which are essential elements in contemporary design, and the trend isn’t likely to abate any time soon.

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