Just as the global supply chain flashes signs of returning to normal, a new strike now threatens to disrupt the transport of a vast range of goods.

 

This week we diss the pending railroad strike and celebrate those who made their mark in the furniture industry this year.

THIS WEEK’S HIGHLIGHTS

  • Pending railroad strike: What to expect leading up to the pending railroad strike.
  • 40 under 40: Introducing the furniture industry’s 40 under 40.

FOOT TRAFFIC INDEX

Here’s a look at last week’s foot traffic compared to the same time last year.

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FOOT TRAFFIC TRENDS

Industry insights so you can convert your foot traffic into more sales.

Railroad strike

Just as the global supply chain flashes signs of returning to normal, a new strike now threatens to disrupt the transport of a vast range of goods, from agricultural crops to lumber to coal.

 

On Wednesday, 4,900 railroad Union members rejected a tentative contract that the union had negotiated with the railroads.  As soon as Friday, tens of thousands of railroad workers could begin striking across the country. 

 

Rail moves roughly two-fifths of long-distance American freight and one-third of exports.  What’s more, rail is a main aspect of the global supply chain that depends on the coordinated movements of cargo ships, trains, and trucks.

 

Click HERE to learn more about the pending railroad strike.

Furniture industry 40 under 40

New this year, Furniture Today highlights the 40 Under 40, rising stars, and up-and-coming leaders in the home furnishings industry.

 

They celebrate the next generation of furniture industry leaders as they look at what the industry will look like in the decades to come.

 

Congratulations to Doorcounts customers Kyle Deets, Brian Morgan
Alex Ruban, and everyone else for their accomplishments.

 

Click HERE to see the entire 40 under 40 list.

Retail Snippets

New experiences: How to drive revenue by reconnecting mobile and In-person Shopping Experiences.

 

Report: The majority of Instagram users now shop on the app.

 

Reducing friction: How to reduce friction in online and offline transactions.

RANDOM IRRELEVANCE

Pumpkin spice: Starbucks just had its best week everthanks to cold pumpkin drinks.

 

Secret recipe: Why Coca-Cola doesn’t want to tell you what’s in those weird flavors.

 

PDX refresh: Portland airport to install a new, hand-crafted wooden roof.