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2023 Industry Trend Guide

Customers have evolved. Meeting your customers everywhere they engage with brands requires crafting a nimble, seamlessly connected technology ecosystem. Success requires digital transformation. The 2023 Trend Guide dives into Market Factors Impacting Retail, the State of the Home Furnishings Industry, and 10 Key Technology Trends to guide digital transformation. We also provide strategies for success throughout the guide and firsthand data from your home furnishings peers.

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  • Streamline Your Distribution Centers with Cross-Docking

    Streamline Your Distribution Centers with Cross-Docking

    A Cross-Docking solution provides retailers with opportunities to reduce warehousing costs, increase warehouse efficiency, and improve their customer service. In the Cross-Docking Guide, discover which variations of the Cross-Docking process work best for your operations and how to utilize Cross-Docking to streamline your logistical operations.
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  • The Guide to Factoring Freight

    Factoring Freight in Home Furnishings Retail

    The costing tools within your technology can be a valuable resource to monitor variable costs, manage accounting with accuracy, price to ensure margin attainment, and devise partner strategies. Read the guide to learn how retail freight and costing tools can provide a competitive advantage in a competitive market.
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  • Hire Technology: A Team Player - Guide Icon
    Hire Retail Technology: Your Team Player
    Elevate your incomparable team members by employing strategic retail technology to support their success. Technology can help the valuable members of your team perform more efficiently when conducting their jobs as well as support fast onboarding of new hires. Read the guide to discover how technology can be your team’s MVP.
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    Reputation Management’s Value
    A Reputation Management strategy provides retailers with the ability to shape their online identities. In our infographic, we discuss why a Reputation Management Program is valuable to your business and how POS integration is key to building a plentiful collection of reviews.
  • The Guide to Furniture Financing
    The Future of Furniture Financing
    Offering financing options expands the consumer market for retailers and helps more customers furnish their homes in the way they desire. Retailers can help make the shopping journey less stressful and more satisfying using technologies for financing. In our guide, discover 4 financing technologies for a seamless credit offering.
  • Special Order Guide
    Special Order Guide
    Technology can help your customers create custom pieces. Software solutions empower retailers to build Special Order programs to expand their merchandise assortment. Learn 5 benefits Enhanced Special Order will bring to your business.
  • Bedding Logistics Educational Guide
    Logistics and Delivery Fulfillment
    Providing your customers with up-to-date delivery fulfillment information on availability, timing and cost can be the deciding factor of where they purchase. In the Ultimate Guide to Logistics and Delivery Fulfillment, learn how home furnishings retailers are focusing on new technologies.
  • The 12 Step Guide to Designing a Furniture Website
    Design Your Furniture Website
    With more furniture retailers having a presence on the web, it’s crucial to set your website apart. eCommerce has a significant role in creating a seamless customer experience. This guide highlights 12 steps that will help retailers develop a successful eCommerce website for home furnishings.
  • STORIS Customer Experience Management Infographic
    STORIS NextGen CXM Sales Dashboard
    In this infographic, discover 15 Customer Experience Management Sales Dashboard Views to take your sales team to the next level. Learn about tools to optimize the effectiveness and productivity of your sales team from anywhere on your showroom floor and beyond as they build long-term customer relationships.
  • The Contactless and Safe Shopping Guide
    The Contactless and Safe Shopping Guide
    Behind the front lines of your retail business is technology. Creating safe shopping environments through digital, self-service, and reduced-contact technologies is vital for successful showroom practices. Learn 8 ways technologies will support a contactless shopping experience and a safe retail environment.

Infographics

  • STORIS' Ultimate Inventory Guide

    The Ultimate Inventory Guide

    STORIS helps retailers achieve 99% inventory accuracy and improve KPIs. In our Ultimate Inventory Guide, we provide insightful takeaways for control.
  • STORIS Physical Inventory Guide

    Achieve Inventory Accuracy

    This inventory guide provides tips for a smooth Physical Inventory including preparations, step by step instructions, and insights for year round success.
  • STORIS Guide on the Holistic Approach to Your eCommerce Website
    Technology for the Furniture Customers’ Complete Path to Purchase
    The ultimate goal of your website is to convert a virtual visitor into a loyal customer. In our infographic, we dive into specific web features to help your site succeed serving your customers along the various stages of a multi-channel journey.
  • Customer Experience Management Infographic
    Customer Experience Management (CXM)
    Successful CXM is a game-changer for retail operations & sales associates alike. CXM is designed to establish brand loyalty & increase the lifetime value of a customer. Discover how to help your team build relationships with multi-channel shoppers.
  • Business Intelligence Guide
    Fuel Your Business Intelligence
    BI improves decision-making, increases operational efficiency & delivers a competitive advantage. In our guide, discover the benefits of BI including data accessibility, visualizations, mobility, & security.
  • In-Store Technology Transforming the Customer Experience
    Kiosk: In-Store Technology
    The Kiosk is here to elevate the in-store customer experience by merging the attributes of online shopping that customers love into the world of brick and mortar retailing.
  • Value of a Discount Guide
    Maximize the Potential of Sales
    The ability to offer discounts to your customers can be an integral part of a retail pricing strategy. Offering a potential customer the opportunity to save money is a proven way to capture their attention.

White Papers

  • 10 Steps for Software Implementation Success Guide Icon
    10 Steps for Software Implementation Success
    When you partner with STORIS, you get more than just software. In our guide to Implementation Success, we highlight 10 steps for an achievable implementation.
  • STORIS Bring Success to Your Business Infographic
    Why You Need the Latest Technology
    Do you ever wonder about the impact on your business when inadequate software is utilized for years? Find out what revenue you could be leaving on the table.
  • STORIS Guide to Gaining the Greatest ROI from Your ERP Software
    Gain the Greatest Return On Investment
    Discover the positive impacts a leading retail furniture solution can have on your bottom line in “Gain the Greatest ROI from Your ERP Software.”
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    15 Must-Have Buying Tools for Merchandisers
    Your merchandising strategy directly influences revenue potential. In this guide, we highlight reports to dive into product performance.
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    Just In Time Inventory Management
    JIT inventory management allows you to maximize your on-hand inventory and capitalize on sales using key timing factors as the basis for strategic decision making.
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    Advanced Warehouse Management System
    Advanced Warehouse Management provides your warehouse staff with powerful tools for logistics and distribution. Learn about the positive impacts.
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    EDI: Electronic Data Interchange
    Retailers have the ability to streamline communications with strategic partners including vendors and manufacturers. Find out more about the benefits of EDI.
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    Forms Designer
    Having a branded presence across your documents gives your company a polished, professional look. Learn how to easily design customized forms.
  • Computer Icon
    Intuitive Software That’s Easy to Use
    In our guide to user friendly software, we help you recognize key software features that make software intuitive and improve productivity.
  • Cloud Icon
    Data Mining Now in the Cloud
    Data Warehouse is one of the most powerful data mining tools in Business Intelligence. Learn more about how Data Warehouse can help you uncover BI.
  • Upgrade
    Keeping Technology Fresh With Upgrades
    Technology is integral to the shopping experience. Learn why having regularly enhanced technology can help you best engage with your customers.
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    Benefits of Integrating Accounting & POS
    Discover why using an integrated accounting & POS system can help your business achieve benefits including improving accuracy & saving time.
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    5 Reasons To Prioritize EMV
    Many retailers face the fear of falling victim to a credit card breach. Here we highlight 5 eye-opening reasons why you should implement EMV in your retail store.

Past Industry Trend Guides

  • The 2022 Home Furnishings Industry Trend Guide
    2022 Industry Trend Guide
    As market conditions continue to change, it is time for home furnishings retailers to master all channels: eCommerce, mobile, social, and today’s in-store. The 2022 Trend Guide provides strategies to help retailers adjust as swiftly as the world changes.
  • STORIS' 2021 Home Furnishings Industry Trend Guide
    2021 Industry Trend Guide
    How does your business shape the customer journey and earn the attention of digitally savvy customers? In the 2021 Trend Guide, we provide actionable tactics from analyzing the holistic retail environment and state of the home furnishings industry.
  • Icon for STORIS' 2020 Home Furnishings Industry Trend Guide
    2020 Industry Trend Guide
    As retail heads into a new decade, we review the State of the Industry and a 2020 Vision Plan. Discover the most in-depth guide yet, packed with 20 furniture industry-specific trends to help craft your 2020 retail strategy.

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