An Insider's View

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October 13, 2023

Yearning for a trip to High Point Market | Jerry Epperson

High Point Market is more than just a business event for me. As I have said often, it is more like a reunion with hundreds of friends.

September 24, 2023

Listening to a 20-something on furniture, housing and more | Jerry Epperson

I am proud of my 20-year-old granddaughter ... and we had a long conversation this weekend about her plans for graduate school and life ... and her furniture feelings.

September 10, 2023

What’s missing in those private equity deals? | Jerry Epperson

I am sitting at home, and I get a text photo of a door with a sign that a highly recognized upholstery manufacturer in western North Carolina had closed all its operations without notice.

August 28, 2023

Introducing Hans Klaussner to Stuart Love | Jerry Epperson

The sad news about Klaussner’s closing has brought back many memories. Back in 1979 when I was working for ...

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August 14, 2023

Looking for a pick-up in the second half | Jerry Epperson

Is there a perfect word to describe the most recent June quarter’s furniture and mattress sales? Disappointing? Poor?

Consumer confidence down in July.
July 31, 2023

A window into an economy that hurts | Jerry Epperson

Decades ago, I was convinced that being public was the right goal for most larger companies. Given the last decade’s unfriendly takeovers and vulture investors, I cannot imagine ...

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July 16, 2023

Keeping an eye on wood furniture | Jerry Epperson

Upholstery has grown more in the past three decades than wood, it’s true.

June 26, 2023

Baby Boomers still bring something to the table | Jerry Epperson

Until about a decade ago, we “Boomers” were the largest population segment in the United States at 77 million, but we have been surpassed by the Millennials.