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INDUSTRY GUIDES & MANUALS
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PRODUCT & TECHNICAL STANDARDS
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SURVEYS & STATISTICS
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VALUE ADDED SERVICES
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TRAINING & EDUCATION
AHFA University is AHFA's online continuing education center offering the convenience of technical seminars and professional development programs while eliminating travel expenses and reducing time spent out of the office. Go to AHFA University >
AHFA Membership Directory
The AHFA Membership Directory contains contact information and links to all AHFA members, including manufacturers of furniture and their suppliers. The Directory may be printed by page or in its entirety. Also, the database may be searched by product category or by state. Members may update their listing information online at any time. The online Membership Directory and its database are a members-only resource.
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Industry Resource Guide
The AHFA Industry Resource Guide is a searchable database that allows home furnishings companies to research and select a wide array of industry specific products and services. Easily accessible from a link on the AHFA home page (as well as from the link below), the Resource Guide enables executives to conveniently perform targeted searches using either a user-defined keyword search or an alphabetized category and sub-category search. The directory lists all AHFA Supplier Division members. These listings are designated with an AHFA member logo. The guide also includes listings from hundreds of other suppliers of goods and services targeted for use by home furnishings companies.
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Trade Name Directory
The Trade Name Directory is an online resource listing various trademarks, brand names and trade names that AHFA members are using for specified products. If a member notifies us that the name is registered or trademarked, this is noted by ® or beside that particular name. AHFA assumes no responsibility for the authenticity or ownership of any of the listings in the directory, nor does listing a name guarantee or imply any legal protection. Members update their own listings and may do so online at any time.
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EFEC (Enhancing Furniture's Environmental Culture)
EFEC is a voluntary environmental management system created by AHFA in 1999 to help its members develop and maintain strong, proactive environmental programs. EFEC provides a systematic approach for reviewing and improving your company's operations for better environmental performance and improved profitability. In addition, many states now offer specific benefits for companies with an environmental management system in place. These benefits may include less reporting, fewer inspections, permit flexibility, faster permit approvals, government recognition and reduced permit and application fees.
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The Environmental Guide contains detailed information on environmental regulations and legislation of particular interest to the furniture and cabinet manufacturing industries. This site is updated regularly and contains links to many other useful Internet sites for furniture and cabinet industry environmental professionals. It also includes a compliance calendar and state and EPA contacts, as well as a glossary of terms. Adobe Acrobat software is needed to view content within the site and can be downloaded free of charge through the site, which is sponsored by AHFA, the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association, Akzo Nobel Coatings Inc. and 3M.
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INDUSTRY GUIDES & MANUALS
Guide to Antidumping Procedures
On June 24, 2004, the U.S. Department of Commerce published a preliminary affirmative determination that certain wooden bedroom furniture from the People's Republic of China was being sold for less than fair value. This determination triggered various legal obligations for U.S. firms involved in the importation of wood bedroom furnishings, including the posting of a cash deposit or bond of estimated antidumping duties on all entries on and after June 24, 2004.
AHFA and the National Home Furnishings Association together commissioned a Guide to Antidumping Procedures by an international law firm not involved in the wood bedroom case. This resource is designed to help companies comply with their obligations under the antidumping proceeding and to answer common questions raised by importers, domestic manufacturers and retailers regarding this complex matter. The 58-page guide is intended for general information purposes and should not be construed as offering a legal opinion on any specific factual situation.
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Freight Loss & Damage Claims Manual
The Freight Loss & Damage Claims Manual is a printed guide to understanding the principles and procedures for filing loss and damage claims. Written in 1988, the guide is available to members here.
NEW! Responsible Sourcing Manualcomprehensive corporate social responsibility program. The
AHFA’s Responsible Sourcing Manual (released January 2012) provides a step-by-step guide to establishing a
28-page manual is relevant for any company that sources products or components from other countries. Produced in conjunction with UL Responsible Sourcing, a global leader in responsible sourcing program development and supplier assessment services, this manual will help your company comply with the Lacey Act, the California Transparency in Supply Chains Act and internationally recognized conventions on labor and human rights. Cost is $49 for AHFA members; $249 for non-members.
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2012 Country Risk Profiles
This members-only supplement to the Responsible Sourcing Manual highlights the growing need for corporate social responsibility programs. The top five furniture-exporting countries – Mexico, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Vietnam – are profiled by UL Responsible Sourcing, a global leader in responsible sourcing programs and supplier assessment services. These country profiles can help AHFA companies assess potential supply chain risks and provide meaningful internal training for sourcing personnel. AHFA plans to commission additional country profiles and update these profiles as needed.
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Tagging Law Manual
This digest of United States and Canadian provincial labeling laws is updated every other year by the International Sleep Products Association. It covers laws pertaining to bedding, upholstered furniture and other products, but the greatest detail is provided for mattresses. It offers a concise listing of the basic licensing, registration and labeling requirements in each jurisdiction. The online manual is a members-only resource.
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Non-members may purchase a printed copy of the 30-page manual for $200.
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Voluntary Ergonomics Guideline
The Voluntary Ergonomics Guideline assists furniture manufacturing employers and employees in recognizing and controlling potential ergonomic hazards. It was developed by AHFA in alliance with the North Carolina Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Division, and the U.S. Department of Labor, OSHA. The 109-page guideline is organized in five sections: Ergonomics Program Management, Identifying Ergonomics Concerns, Ergonomic Control Strategies, Administrative Management and Ergonomics Program Evaluation. Appendixes include examples of teamwork structures, ergonomic plans, reporting and analysis methods that are currently working for companies in the industry.
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PRODUCT & TECHNICAL STANDARDS
Bar Code Standard
The Bar Code Standard was developed through the work of AHFA's Bar Code Task Group and published in 1994. You do not have to be an AHFA member to view the 36-page standard.
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Serialized Labeling of Furniture
In 2002 the American Furniture Manufacturers Association's Information Technology Board of Directors decided to address the issues of serial numbers for furniture products and serial number labeling. These conventions are the results of about six months of collaborations with AHFA members, FIDX (Furniture Industry Data Exchange), NHFA (National Home Furnishings Association) and HFIA (Home Furnishings International Association.)
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In 2002 the American Furniture Manufacturers Association's Information Technology Board of Directors decided to address the issues that prevented furniture manufacturers from using UPC numbers for their products. These conventions are the results of about six months of collaborations with AHFA members, FIDX (Furniture Industry Data Exchange), NHFA (National Home Furnishings Association) and HFIA (Home Furnishings International Association.)
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Construction & Safety Standards Index
A complete index of furniture construction and safety standards and specifications is provided on the AHFA Standards page. This unique index is organized by product category and lists standards from more than a dozen different government sources. Although extensive and updated regularly, the referenced standards and specifications are not represented as being exhaustive, the most recently issued or legally binding.
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Polyurethane Foam Standard
Published in 1994, the Joint Industry Foam Standards and Guideline is an 82-page document covering all types of foam used in upholstery construction.
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Recliner Chair Guideline
This single-page document details the construction standard and safety language for recliner mechanisms.
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Woven & Knit Upholstery Fabric Standards & Guideline
The Joint Industry Fabric Standards and Guidelines Committee was formed in the mid-1970s to develop standards for woven and knit upholstery fabrics. This 45-page document is the third update to the original standard. Through continuing reviews and refinements, the committee strives to keep test methods and performance criteria updated to reflect field performance of fabrics.
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This monthly membership newsletter is mailed to all member companies. It includes news on upcoming programs and events, a message from the AHFA President, news from Washington, updates on the AHFA public relations program, and updates on AHFA member benefits and programs. The current issue can be viewed online.
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Human Resources Close-Up
This monthly online newsletter is produced by AHFA in conjunction with James W. "Jim" Wimberly of Wimberly & Lawson, Atlanta, Ga. Content addresses pertinent legal subjects in the employment/labor relations arena, along with relevant court and National Labor Relations Board cases. Members can sign up to receive this newsletter by using the administrative tools section of the website and checking Human Resources Close-Up under "Personal Interests Profile."
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Suppliers on Demand
Suppliers on Demand is an online newsletter designed to help manufacturer members find the product and service suppliers they need, when they need them. It is updated quarterly and includes news from Supplier Division members, as well as new product and service announcements. Companies must be AHFA Supplier Division members in order to announce new products or services in this newsletter.
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SURVEYS & STATISTICS
Annual Financial Performance Indicators Report
This confidential survey contains balance sheet and income statement data, as well as financial and operating ratios. Benchmarks are tabulated by product and company size to allow participants to analyze company performance. Current year and historical information. Available to participants only.
Available to participants only
Management Salary Survey
This survey of management compensation is conducted every other year.
Available to participants only
Manufacturers Wage Information
Annual wage statistics for production and management positions from the Department of Labor.
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Sales Reps Compensation Survey
The survey of sales representative compensation within the home furnishings industry is available only to AHFA members. Ninety-seven percent of the respondents were commission independent representatives.
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Quarterly Financial Performance Indicators Report
This report highlights current conditions in the residential furniture industry. Results are based on data from a key group of participating member companies, including shipments, inventory and receivables for wood and upholstered household furniture.
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Non-members may subscribe to the report for $50 a year.
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Compliance and Labeling
AHFA has developed a strategic partnership with Assured Products Group to assist members with managing labeling requirements and the many layers of regulatory compliance associated with today’s ever growing number of environmental and safety laws.
Assured Products Group gives regulators, vendors, retailers and consumers 24/7 access to compliance documentation, including chain of custody, general conformance certificates, Lacey Act documentation and more. All parties can verify product compliance on the web, via smart phone or in the store.
Members receive tailored solutions based on their size, business focus and supply chain challenges. The AHFA member rate for the Assurance & Authentication system and use of the proprietary marks used to label, trace, certify and authenticate products manufactured, produced or distributed by AHFA members is 60 percent off Assured Product Group’s normal rates. More information on Assured Products Group and its services is available at www.apgrp.com, or contact Jim Chester at email email@example.com or 727/244-7682.
Consumer Product Testing
State and federal regulations aimed at protecting the environment are constantly changing. For 25-plus years, Chemserve Lab, a NELAC-, A2LA- and CPSC-accredited lab, has been providing TCLP analysis, hazardous waste disposal analysis, VOC and RCRA metals analysis for soil, wastewater and groundwater. In addition, our CPSIA testing and analysis services address lead content in paints and coatings for wood and leather. Specialty analysis also is available for environmental and consumer product challenges. AHFA members receive a 30 percent discount on all testing services. Contact Jay Chrystal at 603/673-5440 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. AHFA Member Discounts >
Container Shipping to offer support to smaller importers shipping fewer than 500 containers a year. Services provided by GES include freight forwarding, overseas warehousing and consolidation, domestic drayage, customs brokerage, regulatory (CT-PAT) compliance, domestic warehousing/transload, and intermodal transportation (rail/over-the-road trucking). On-line visibility (track and trace) is also available via Globe’s proprietary system, iRADAR®. Details are available at www.globeexpress.com/ahfa.asp, or by contacting Michelle Hall at Globe Express, 678/428-1912 or email@example.com.
Discounted rates on container shipping are offered through Globe Express Services. The program is designed
Credit Card Savings small retail companies, but, increasingly, from larger accounts, as well. Processing fees can add up to tens of thousands of dollars so AHFA negotiated a group program to bring the absolute lowest possible processing rates to our members! For a free comparison of processing rates, members should simply forward a current merchant statement to Elavon's Kimberly Layton at Kimberly.Layton@elavon.com or call 866/638-8614.
AHFA member companies have experienced a growing rate of credit card orders, not just from designers and
Employee Relocation Programs
AHFA members receive discounted relocation services from Excel Moving and Storage, agent for Allied Van Lines. Services include discounted rates on state to state moves, a one-contact relocation coordinator, free valuations, transit enhancements, guaranteed dates, quarterly detailed reports, 24-hour shipment tracking and COD or direct billing options. Members may contact Shannon Roberts at 800-699-7796 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Atlas Van Lines Employee Relocation Program
AHFA offers member companies a special discounted relocation program for employee household moves. The program provides member companies a significant discount on transportation, packing, storing (if needed), supervision of relocation and free full value replacement insurance through City Transfer & Storage, an Atlas Van Lines agent in High Point, NC. For additional information, contact Debbie Prince at 800/334-2648.
Discounted Environmental Services Stratus Environmental Solutions, an AHFA Supplier Division member, offers AHFA members an across-the-board discount of 10% on all project labor. The discount applies to technical and permitting services, including air, water, industrial hygiene, ISO and environmental reporting.
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Fuel Card Program AHFA's fuel card program offers members reduced fuel costs at thousands of truck stops nationwide. Typical rates are actual wholesale plus 2 to 3 cents, with no transaction fees. The program is managed by OTR Fuel Consulting with fuel card processing by T-Chek Systems, a subsidiary of C.H. Robinson Worldwide. The AHFA card is accepted at over 9,000 truck stops in the United States and Canada. Cash can be issued on the card or the card can be used at any ATM PLUS network machine in the United States or Canada. Participating member companies also have access to E-Stop, a fuel price and news information service that provides daily and historical diesel and gasoline prices along with NYMEX energy quotes, petroleum market news and a host of other critical data related to buying, selling, trading or marketing fuel.
To participate in the fuel card program, contact Jeff Beaumont, OTR Fuel Consulting at 540/494-2453.
AHFA members receive a group discount on payroll services through Heartland, the fifth largest payment processor in the United States. Services include web-enabled payroll processing, remote check and report printing capabilities, full tax or tax alert service, new hire reporting, benefit accrual tracking and payments, direct deposits, split wrapped payroll, employee pay card programs and more. A three-year, fixed-price agreement also is available to guarantee payroll processing fees. For more information, call Chad Preuss at 402/502-1514 or send an e-mail to email@example.com.
A variety of public relations services are offered free-of-charge to AHFA members. These include crisis communication consultations, market event planning consultations, market press kit review and assistance, promotion of new products to the consumer media, and direct-to-consumer promotions through AHFA's consumer website, www.findyourfurniture.com. To be included in the Furniture Finder database on this website, members must fill out the Find Your Furniture survey form.
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For more information on publicity assistance, contact Jackie Hirschhaut, vice president of marketing and public relations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voluntary Benefit Plans
Personal Series offers a menu of specialty insurance plans allowing member companies to tailor benefit coverage for their employees. Options include dental, vision, cancer and accident insurance. Employers can offer all or choose various combinations. Email info@CWIResourceGroup.com or call 888/737-4377, ext. 119 for information.
TRAINING & EDUCATION
Leather Education Booklet
Developed by the Joint Industry Leather Standards and Guidelines Committee, this education booklet was designed as a sales tool for manufacturers and sales representatives to use in educating dealers.
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Rule 181 Furniture Packaging
Performance Test DVD
This DVD will assist users in understanding the fundamental principles and benefits associated with Rule 181 package testing. It will also provide packaging specialists and lab technicians the instructional tools needed to apply the Rule 181 protocol in a consistent and standardized format.
Price: $49 + $5 for shipping. Includes the text version of Rule 181 Testing protocol.
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