Alexa, open invoice factoring

Alexa now has a new Invoice Factoring skill.Alexa just got a whole lot smarter. Earlier in the month we introduced our Accounts Receivable Factoring skill which would tell you exactly how much it will cost to factor an invoice, and it was so popular it even got written up on the Small Business Trends blog. So DSA Factors is proud to introduce our newest Alexa skill, Invoice Factoring. Simply tell Alexa to open invoice factoring, and then start asking anything you have questions about.

You can ask simple questions such as what is factoring, or more complex questions about recourse vs. non-recourse, purchase order financing, credit checks, submitting invoices, and virtually anything else. Of course, you can’t expect Alexa to be able to give you the personalized service that you have come to expect from DSA Factors. Furthermore, Alexa can only answer questions about general knowledge and not about your accounts. That is why you can still give DSA Factors a call anytime at 773-248-9000 and one of our principals will be available to speak with you over the phone.

DSA Factors Named Best Micro Factoring Company for 2016

DSA Factors Named Best Factoring CompanyRecently DSA Factors has been named the Best Micro Factoring Company by Factoring Club for 2016. While this comes as no surprise to us that we would receive such an honor, its always nice to get the recognition that we deserve. Thank you Factoring Club.

According to Factoring Club, DSA Factors is the best factoring company to use if you have annual sales of $200,000 or less. It is true, at DSA Factors we have no minimum volume requirements.  Most factoring companies require you to factor $500,000 or $1,000,000 every year, and even if you don’t reach these volumes will still charge you fees based on these volumes. DSA Factors understands that not everyone is huge, and we would never charge you fees for invoices that you don’t have.

At the same time, DSA Factors also handles larger volumes as well.  If you do several million dollars a year in sales, DSA is still here to help you out. No matter what your volume is, when you factor with DSA you will always get a low flat rate fee for all of your receivables, outstanding service, and same day funding.  So if you are in need of some improved cash flow, give DSA Factors a call today and we can be funding you tomorrow!

Baby Boomers Fueling Recliner Sales

ReclinerIn a recent report in Furniture Today it was found that Baby Boomers ages 51-69 account for 40% of all recliner sales and 49% of all money spent on recliners.  The 72 million Baby Boomers account for 30% of America’s adult population and spent roughly $35 billion on furniture in 2014.

The Boomers get divided into two groups, younger boomers age 51-59 and older boomers age 60-69.  For younger boomers the top three items that they plan purchase this year are motion sofas, mattresses, and recliners, while for the older boomers they are recliners, stationary chairs, and outdoor conversation groups.

Overall, with the exception of recliners, baby boomers are buying less furniture than other generations.  However, just like with recliners, Boomers tend to be spending more money on these items than other generations are.  While Boomers only buy 27% of all lamps, they account for 41% of the money spent on lamps.  The other big categories include occasional tables, framed wall decor, entertainment furniture, and master bedrooms.  While boomers only have a 20% share of master bedroom sales, they account for 32% of all the money spent on master bedrooms.

When it comes to colors of the furniture, Boomers favorite neutral colors are grays, whites, and beiges.  Their favorite vibrant colors are reds and blues, with a little less interest in oranges, greens, and yellows.

Most importantly three quarters of all Boomers prefer to do their furniture shopping in brick and mortar stores over online stores, and great customer service is something that they look for in a furniture store.  However, this doesn’t mean that they don’t use the internet while shopping for furniture.  Nearly half of all Boomers will research a product online before purchasing it in a store.  The most popular form of research is Googling a particular item, something which 36% of Boomers do.  22% of Boomers will read product reviews.  Another 17% will read up on the product on the manufacturer’s web site, while only 10% rely on furniture ads they’ve seen online.

If your struggling to stay on top of developments in the furniture, accessories, or giftware industries why not give DSA Factors a call today at 773-248-9000.  Let us factor your accounts receivable so that you have more time to do whats important to help your company grow.

Bigger is Better – Top Furniture Retailers Seeing Higher Sales

Higher SalesAccording to a recent report in Furniture Today, the top 10 furniture retailers saw an 11% increase in sales in 2014 over 2013, while the top 100 retailers experienced sales increases of 8.3%.  This is the fifth straight year that the top 100 have experienced sales growth.  Overall furniture sales have grown from $50.5 billion in 2013 to $52.8 billion in 2014, a 4.5% increase overall.  This means that the top 100’s gains has come mostly at the expense of smaller furniture retailers.

It isn’t just sales that are growing, but also locations as well.  The top 100 retailers opened a combined 711 stores in 2014, a 7.4% increase in the number of locations, with the top 10 leading way with a 22% increase in new stores.  2013 saw only 321 new stores open for the top 100.  While many of these are actual new stores, many of them also came thru acquisitions.  Mattress Firm alone added over a hundred new stores thanks to acquiring two other chains that were in last years top 100 list.
The top 100 retailers were able to account for 79% of all sales for US furniture stores.  They accounted for 37% of overall furniture sales nationwide.  This takes into consideration not just furniture stores, but any other stores, whether brick and mortar or online, or catalogs that sell furniture such appliance stores, department stores, rental stores, warehouse clubs, and many more.
Leading the way in the top 100 were the specialty stores.  There are 27 specialty stores in the top 100, and they combined for net sales increases of 10.4%, while conventional furniture stores saw net sales increases of 6.5%.  Even more amazing is that these 27 stores accounted for 45% of sales for the top 100.  It was the 10 bedding specialists in the top 100 that were able to account for most of these gains.  Bedding specialists saw a net sales increase of 15.6% while they added 555 new stores, an increase of 14.2%.
The top 10 stores are as follows:
  1. Ashley Furniture HomeStore
  2. IKEA
  3. Williams-Sonoma
  4. Rooms To Go
  5. Mattress Firm
  6. RH
  7. Berkshire Hathaway [furniture division]
  8. Pier 1 Imports
  9. Raymour & Flanigan
  10. Sleep Number
With the big names taking a higher share of sales volume away from the smaller stores, it is more important than ever that you are able to get your products into their stores in order to grow your business.  To get into these stores you need to be able to give them terms on large orders.  Let DSA Factors factor your receivables and improve your cash flow so your business can grow.  With our help you no longer need to worry about cash flow or credit, and can instead focus on sales.  Give us a call today at 773-248-9000.
This data is based on furniture, bedding, and accessories sales.

DSA Factors is Ready to Help a Rebounding American Furniture Industry

According to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) recent report titled “Made in America, Again: Why Manufacturing Will Return to the U.S.”, we can expect to start seeing furniture manufacturing returning to the United States.  In fact BCG believes that furniture is just one of seven “tipping-point” industries that will start moving manufacturing jobs from China back to the US.  The list of industries includes the automotive, electrical equipment and appliances, furniture, plastics and rubber, machinery, fabricated metal products, and the computer and electronics industries.  These industries account for approximately $2 trillion in sales annually and account for 70% of all Chinese imports.  Additionally this can lead to the creation of 2 to 3 million jobs in the United States.

According to BCG, Chinese wages have been rising at 15-20% per year, while the Yuan RMB has been appreciating against the US Dollar.  The once enormous labor gap cost will shrink to less than 40% by 2015.  As a result the industries mentioned above which have a relatively low labor cost, compared to high costs of shipping, materials, security, delivery responsiveness, and quality control, will begin to move manufacturing of products back to the US for sales throughout the Americas and Europe.  The Chinese will not be closing their factories as they will still have a competitive advantage in Asian markets, but their competitive advantage will disappear in North America and most likely in Europe as well.

BCG does mention that Mexico will still have a much lower labor cost than either China or the US, and some manufacturing jobs will almost certainly go to Mexico.  However the vast majority of manufacturing should be coming back to the US due to our larger skilled workforce and for logistical and security reasons in these tipping-point industries.  The clothing and textile industries, however, most likely won’t be returning due to their high percentage of labor costs which will allow the Chinese to keep their competitive advantage.

These changes are already becoming apparent.  From 2001 to 2004 Chinese imports grew by about 20% per year.  However, there have been dramatic decreases in recent years with imports flattening out and even declining in 2009, not just for Chinese imports but for imports from all low-cost nations.

At DSA Factors we are proud to support the American manufacturing industry and are ready to help out anyone, big or small, who is bringing manufacturing back to the US.  We are located in Chicago and have been serving the furniture, bedding, giftware, housewares, trucking, staffing, and many other industries since 1986.  We have helped many companies to grow over the years and will work with you to grow your business.