IMC webinar to apply COVID-19 lessons to the future

International Market Centers (IMC) is focusing on how to take advantage of lessons learned during the COVID-19 pandemic for use in planning for the future.

Scheduled for 1-2 p.m. on Nov. 11, the session is available to buyers and sellers in the gift, home furnishings and apparel industries.

In “2020: A Year of Huge Obstacles, Tough Lessons and Fresh Starts,” business owners will go over cash planning and management, smart business planning tactics, and strategic partnerships. with Adam Tartt, CEO of consulting, accounting and planning firm CAP3.

“IMC is committed to providing content to help our industry get back to business both during and after the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Dorothy Belshaw, chief customer and marketing officer for IMC. “With this session, we’re able to provide information that will help our customers to successfully weather good and bad times.”

To register for the webinar and learn more, visit this link.

Homemakers Furniture kicks off extended Black Friday

Urbandale, Iowa-based retailer Homemakers Furniture extended its Black Friday, with deals that began Nov. 5 and run through December.

Additionally, the retailer announced new shopping options that accommodate for increased COVID-19 safety measures and customers wishing to shop from home.

“We’re excited to share the incredible lineup of deals we have this holiday season,” said Dave Merschman, Homemakers Furniture president. “Despite inventory shortages throughout our industry, our team has worked hard to put together an amazing and expansive selection of deals we know the community will love.”

Homemakers will continue implementing enhanced safety measures to keep employees and customers safe. These include requiring all employees, and asking customers who are able, to wear masks; frequently cleaning surfaces; placing hand sanitizer stations throughout the store; enforcing social-distancing; placing plexiglass shields at cash registers and the finance office; and contactless pickup options.

“Ensuring the safety of our customers and employees is always our top priority,” said Merschman. “We’ve elevated our safety measures and we’re confident our store is a safe Black Friday and holiday season shopping environment in accordance with health guidelines.”

Thomas Lester is Digital/Managing Editor for Home Accents Today. A graduate of Emory & Henry College’s Mass Communications program, Lester