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GDA Staff -- Gifts & Dec, January 2, 2013
ROSEVILLE, CA - Board members from National Home Furnishings Association (NHFA), Western Home Furnishings Association (WHFA) and Home Furnishings Independents Association (HFIA) completed voting to approve the merger of the three organizations. The new alliance will be named the North American Home Furnishings Association (NAHFA).
News of the merger comes after months of collaboration between the three boards. Members of the organizations, which number more than 2,000 corporate entities representing over 10,000 storefronts, will vote on the merger for final approval.
This collaborative effort brings the industry's finest professionals together under one umbrella to create a new resource for furniture retailers. "This move eliminates confusion, competition and duplication of resources. It's a total win for our industry and particularly retailers," said Marc Schewel, president, NHFA.
The new organization will allow those in the industry to work more cohesively as well as increase negotiating power and cost efficiency. Three offices will serve the organization with locations in the East, West and Central United States. Plans include a new website, enhanced regional interaction, fresh educational offerings, some innovative best practices resources and data and exciting opportunities for impactful involvement in the new trade community.