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Ikea to remove single-use plastic straws in war on plastic

Ikea has pledged to remove all single-use plastic straws from its product range and restaurants by the start of October this year. The move, which will see Ikea no longer offer nor sell single-use plastic straws, forms part of the furniture retail giant’s global commitment to remove all single-use plastic products from its range and restaurants globally by 2020.

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Pier 1 struggles amid retailers ‘replicating’ its aesthetic

According to the company, other furniture retailers have begun copying popular merchandise and selling it at lower price points, leaving Pier 1 in a tight spot.






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Furniture retailer taps former Barnes & Noble head as CEO

Art Van Furniture has appointed a veteran retailer as its next chief executive.






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Furniture chain on hunt for new CEO

Art Van Furniture is looking for a new chief executive.






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Trending Stores: Art Van Furniture, Canton, Michigan

The fast-growing Art Van Furniture unveiled a new look at its just-opened flagship in Canton, Michigan.






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Online sales drives Dunelm’s Christmas quarter

Dunelm has reported like-for-like sales growth in its second quarter, which included the Christmas trading period, driven by a surge in online revenues despite margin pressures. In a trading update for the 13 weeks to December 30, the furniture retailer said total second quarter like-for-like sales increased 3.4 per cent to £255 million, boosted by a 30.5 per cent jump in online sales to £26.2 million.






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Home furnishings retailer puts its customer experience in the cloud

Ashley Furniture is taking steps to unify customer experiences across all of its touchpoints.






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Feather & Black rescued from brink of collapse

The majority of furniture retailer Feather & Black has been rescued from collapse after administrators carried out a successful sale of the business. Under the terms of the sale, Swedish beds manufacturing firm Hilding Anders will acquire 17 out of a total of 20 Feather & Black stores. The three remaining stores – and five concessions within Multiyork stores – will however be closed






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Ikea entering a ‘test-and-learn’ phase

Amid a profit fall, the furniture retailer is focusing on how and where it sells its goods, as well as potential acquisitions.






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Midwest furniture chain expands footprint with two family businesses

Art Van Furniture has boosted its store count by acquiring two longstanding, family-operated furniture companies.






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