By Tina Jepsen
As a 25-year veteran of the design and retail industry, Bill McLoughlin has been in the thick of design innovations, trends, and tide shifts. He’s seen the way technology has changed the retail experience, and how Millennials are altering the industry sells products. Bill has followed companies and trends both timeless and ephemeral, bold and classic, pricepoint-friendly and high-end.
But it’s not these trends that excite Bill.
On the contrary, learning the stories behind the products he features in Furniture Today is what fuels his work. “In the 25 plus years I’ve covered retail, the thing I’ve enjoyed most is the people; hearing their stories, learning about their companies and sharing insights on the business,” he says.
Bill’s design-focused journalism career began with a stint as the Senior Managing Editor for HomeWorld Business. From there, he moved up the ranks to Executive Editor. In 2014, with close to two decades of editorial experience under his belt, Bill joined the team at Furniture Today, the industry’s self-proclaimed “Bible” for retailers, manufacturers, and marketers.
185,000 monthly readers flock to the Furniture Today website to read articles by Bill, particularly his blog, Furniture Everyday. On those web pages, Bill lends his perspective on this growing industry, along with some cold hard truths and hilarious anecdotes sprinkled here and there. Bill’s not only a respected source, but he’s also a phenomenal writer.
Aside from leading the charge at Furniture Today, you can also find Bill speaking on industry panels and leading keynote sessions. His unique perspective from the eyes of both a journalist and a design-aficionado ensure he’s on the “must-see” list at industry events like Las Vegas Market and High Point Market.
What’s next for Bill McLoughlin? We’re happy to report that Bill will represent Furniture Today at the High Point Market panel discussion “How to Adapt to a Changing Industry” on Monday, October 15th from 11-12:30 PM. During the talk, he’ll dig deep into the topics of technology, trends, and consumer demands with other industry insiders like Patti Carpenter, Thomas Wolosik, Christopher Grubb, Andrea Guardiola, Barrie Livingstone, and John Erdos.
If you’re headed to HPMKT, don’t miss the chance to talk with Bill and hear about what he thinks about the future of furniture design.