Industry Conferences & Events

Designer Experience

Designer Experience
August 22-24, 2018

This creative forum will feature the area’s enduring legacy as a center for textiles, furniture-making and manufacturing as well explore its renaissance and new-found appreciation for a farm-to-table focus on organic dining and wining. Designed to inspire, educate and entertain, the event will deliver five custom-designed, accredited educational experiences as well as excursions to the best food and culture North Carolina has to offer.

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NEXT Conference
September 24-26, 2018

This is more than just a conference: This is an idea share, a meeting of some of the most forward-thinkers in our industry and beyond … the leaders, up-and-comers and early adopters who will be shaping the future of home furnishings.

With content emphasizing technology and the future of retail, we will also explore the future of work and leadership, and provide invaluable business insights that will move this industry ahead.

This event is designed to be an interactive, high-engagement forum which will encourage and explore fresh ideas.

And though the future is impossible to predict, the NEXT CONFERENCE will provide a foundation to help attendees prepare for it, understand it and lead through it.

Progressive Business Media is proud to launch the Impact Awards to honor individuals and companies who have truly impacted the lives of others.


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Material Changes Conference

Material Changes Conference
November 14, 2018

As the leading voice in the home textiles industry, Home Textiles Today is excited to present a conference for forward-thinking suppliers and retailers trying to stay ahead of the curve.

With topics covering the latest textile innovations and technological advances, to supply chain transparency and compliancy demands, the Material Changes Conference is a must-attend for anyone shaping the future of their business.

It’s a day of in-depth learning from leaders in their respective fields, as well as a rare opportunity to connect firsthand with innovative resources and industry colleagues alike.

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Furniture Today Leadership Conference
November 27-29, 2018

Each year Furniture Today’s flagship conference brings together more than 450 of the furniture industry’s most influential leaders. This one-of-a-kind networking and educational event delivers powerful speakers addressing critical industry issues along with forward looking panels and presentations, each carefully curated to provide industry leaders with the insights and information they need to guide their businesses successfully into the future. FT’s Leadership Conference is where leading retailers and manufacturers come together to build a stronger industry.


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Furniture Today Bedding Conference
May 7-9, 2019

Furniture Today’s Bedding Conference, held each May, is a must-attend event for bedding professionals. The conference attracts an A-list of bedding retailers, producers and suppliers, who gather for three days of educational sessions, networking, social events and the presentation of the Retail Giants of Bedding awards. Furniture Today’s bedding editor, David Perry, is the editorial director of the conference, which provides a unique opportunity for bedding leaders to gather in a non-market setting to discuss ways to improve performance in the mattress arena.

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Logistics Symposium
Date: July 17-18, 2019

Furniture Today’s annual Logistics Symposium tracks the critically important issues involved in the global movement of furniture. From key issues impacting ocean freight and the movement of goods through overseas and domestic ports to trucking goods across the country and finally to the consumers’ doorstep, FT events provide the most up-to date information and analyses that retailers, manufacturers and suppliers need to run their business more effectively. In 2019, the event will be held in Hickory, NC along with the HFMSE show.

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Home Furnishings Manufacturing Expo

Home Furnishings Manufacturing Solutions Expo in Hickory, NC
July 17-18, 2019

Progressive Business Media (PBM) and Exposition Development Company (EDC) are launching the Home Furnishings Manufacturer Solutions Expo (HFMSE), a trade show showcasing solutions for home furnishings manufacturers. HFMSE will be the only trade show of its kind in the U.S. serving the $150 billion home furnishings industry. The Expo will provide attendees with innovative and timely solutions for their home furnishings business including manufacturing equipment and innovative machinery, warehousing, technology, financial and logistics services.

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Gifts & Decorative Accessories Retailer Excellence Awards Gala
Date: TBD

Be part of the fun as we honor retailers, manufacturer’s reps and vendors for excellence in their categories over the past year.

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