Nationwide Marketing Group to host first Furniture Forum during virtual PrimeTime

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.— Nationwide Market Group will host its first “Furniture Forum” during the upcoming Virtual PrimeTime, a 60-minute program that builds on the success of its Mattress University.

The live session will be held March 17, at 10 a.m. Central Time during the March 16-18 event. The furniture, electronics and appliance buying group said it will bring together its independent furniture retailers in a roundtable setting, where they’ll have the opportunity to discuss successes and challenges, including supply chain issues, personnel challenges, Covid-19, and the consumer shopping experience.

The furniture forum will take place in a dedicated video call with breakout rooms, each hosted by an NMG moderator, who will take notes that will be compiled with notes from the other breakout rooms and distributed to the entire membership following the event.

The session is free to members but interested participants must first register for Virtual PrimeTime. Signups began Wednesday via an invitation emailed to registered retailers. Space for the event will be limited, so dealers are encouraged to sign up as soon as they receive their invitation.

Nationwide also is bringing back Mattress University for its bedding retailer. The 90-minute session will be split into three 30-minute discussions starting at 10:30 a.m. Central March 16 centered around critical business topics, including:

The consumer’s shopping journey through digital marketing and websites. NMG’s Jennifer Danko will discuss what you need to be doing to maximize your website and digital presence, providing key action items that you need to embrace right now to be successful.

The consumer’s shopping journey inside brick-and-mortar stores. Bob Muenkel, a long-time industry veteran, will discuss the consumer’s in-store shopping experience and how to win at retail.

Product that has changed over the years. Technology is everywhere, including the bedding industry, and NMG’s Director of Bedding Chad Fischer will walk through all the different products that have evolved to bring the most state-of-the-art technology into the bedding world.

Registration for Virtual PrimeTime closes March 12. To learn more, visit

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