Editor in Chief Bill McLoughlin is joined by the editorial team to discuss what issues have moved to the forefront as 2019 draws to a close and what they expect to take center stage as we move in 2020.

Leather Italia’s Michael Campbell reflects on his start in the furniture industry and how his career developed from working a furniture retail showroom to eventually launching and heading up Leather Italia. The key tenets over the years, he says, have been to lead by example, to guard against complacency and to stay focused.

Whether it’s finding and retaining good employees, wrestling with rapid shifts in technology or fending off the market share advances of today’s e-commerce giants retail furniture leaders have no shortage of challenges. Four leading retailers took the stage at Furniture Today’s Leadership Conference last week and revealed that their number one challenge is . . . 

To kick off the opening of its 2019 Leadership Conference Furniture Today offers an inside look back at 2018’s Retail CEO Panel featuring insights from Haverty’s Clarence Smith, Nebraska Furniture Mart’s Irv Blumkin, Brian Woods from Jerome’s and City Furniture’s Keith Koenig. Find out their biggest challenge . . . and how they plan to deal with it.

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