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Our team frequently contributes to industry publications offering analysis and insight on emerging trends in the global home furnishings marketplace. Stump consistently engages with strategic buyers, private equity firms and family offices to identify the next generation of investors for the furniture industry. The Stump team's demonstrated levels of knowledge and experience in the marketplace is unparalleled.

M&A in a Family-Owned Business
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M&A in a Family-Owned Business

by Stuart Stump Mullens
Stump & Company has been honored to represent hundreds of family businesses over the last 50 years and find that several factors impact family businesses disproportionately to financial or corporately owned businesses.

M&A in a Family-Owned Business

Stump & Company has been honored to represent hundreds of family businesses over the last 50 years and find that several factors impact family businesses disproportionately to financial or corporately owned businesses.
MMR_feb22
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Retail’s Omnichannel Transformation Drives LMM M&A

Bo Stump, a Partner at Stump & Company, and Jason Somerville, the Founder and Managing Partner at Global Wired Advisors, help put these trends into context.
MMR_feb22

Retail’s Omnichannel Transformation Drives LMM M&A

Bo Stump, a Partner at Stump & Company, and Jason Somerville, the Founder and Managing Partner at Global Wired Advisors, help put these trends into context.
Resale Revelation
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How Shipping Delays Turned Used Furniture Into a Hot Commodity

Interior designers and homeowners are turning to antique, vintage and even contemporary resale furnishings for quicker delivery.
Resale Revelation

How Shipping Delays Turned Used Furniture Into a Hot Commodity

Interior designers and homeowners are turning to antique, vintage and even contemporary resale furnishings for quicker delivery.
Bo Stump
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A look at private equity in the furniture industry

by Bo Stump
Bo Stump dives into the increasing role private equity has played in the evolution of the residential furniture industry and M&A transactions.
Bo Stump

A look at private equity in the furniture industry

Bo Stump dives into the increasing role private equity has played in the evolution of the residential furniture industry and M&A transactions.
Furniture Industry News
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2021 Disruptions to the Home Furnishings Industry

by Stuart Stump Mullens
Stuart Stump Mullens discusses the ongoing E-commerce boom and how it's changing the Home Furnishings landscape.
Furniture Industry News

2021 Disruptions to the Home Furnishings Industry

Stuart Stump Mullens discusses the ongoing E-commerce boom and how it's changing the Home Furnishings landscape.
Residential Furniture
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Why is furniture hot right now?

by Stuart Stump Mullens
Our residential furnishings industry is enjoying a surge in demand, and a lot of people don’t understand why (and wonder if it is here to stay). Here’s our take on it.
Residential Furniture

Why is furniture hot right now?

Our residential furnishings industry is enjoying a surge in demand, and a lot of people don’t understand why (and wonder if it is here to stay). Here’s our take on it.
Stump & Company
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What’s all the fuss about Mexico?

by Tim Stump
So, our team traveled to Tijuana to check it out in a (almost) post-Covid world. And here’s what we learned.
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What’s all the fuss about Mexico?

So, our team traveled to Tijuana to check it out in a (almost) post-Covid world. And here’s what we learned.
Stump Interview in Axial
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Stump Interview with Axial

Axial interviewed Stump's second generation partners, Stuart Mullens and Bo Stump to get their first hand perspectives on furniture sales trends.
Stump Interview in Axial

Stump Interview with Axial

Axial interviewed Stump's second generation partners, Stuart Mullens and Bo Stump to get their first hand perspectives on furniture sales trends.
M&A Transactions Stump
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A Furniture History Lesson

by Tim Stump
Our most recent transaction, the sale of Braxton Culler, Inc., is a classic win-win Stump deal, with clear synergies for the buyer and a terrific steward for Braxton’s compelling legacy.
M&A Transactions Stump

A Furniture History Lesson

Our most recent transaction, the sale of Braxton Culler, Inc., is a classic win-win Stump deal, with clear synergies for the buyer and a terrific steward for Braxton’s compelling legacy.
E-commerce
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The E-Commerce Revolution

by Stuart Stump Mullens
COVID-19 has perhaps accelerated the adoption of online consumer purchasing by 10 years. The massive growth rates in 2020 of some of the largest e-commerce platforms selling furniture are staggering
E-commerce

The E-Commerce Revolution

COVID-19 has perhaps accelerated the adoption of online consumer purchasing by 10 years. The massive growth rates in 2020 of some of the largest e-commerce platforms selling furniture are staggering
Tim Stump
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Profile: The Stump Companies

Nearly 50 years ago Charlotte businessman Ralph Stump founded The Stump Companies with a clear mission to provide owners of the furniture industries with real estate transactions and trusted, smart and confidential financial leadership overseeing mergers and acquisitions.
Tim Stump

Profile: The Stump Companies

Nearly 50 years ago Charlotte businessman Ralph Stump founded The Stump Companies with a clear mission to provide owners of the furniture industries with real estate transactions and trusted, smart and confidential financial leadership overseeing mergers and acquisitions.
Stump & Company
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Confronted with supply chain pressures

by Bo Stump
“Never let a good crisis go to waste” is a famous quote often attributed to Rahm Emmanuel, but in reality it was first said by Winston Churchill (and we assume by many other less-famous individuals in the past).
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Confronted with supply chain pressures

“Never let a good crisis go to waste” is a famous quote often attributed to Rahm Emmanuel, but in reality it was first said by Winston Churchill (and we assume by many other less-famous individuals in the past).
Dollar Bill
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Blog: 2021 – change, scale & opportunity

by Bo Stump
Ashley’s recently announced $1 billion capital investment over 18 months is a blockbuster that all of us in the furniture industry should take notice of. It is clear evidence of the need to remain agile, constantly improve and anticipate the numerous seismic changes coming around the next corner.
Dollar Bill

Blog: 2021 – change, scale & opportunity

Ashley’s recently announced $1 billion capital investment over 18 months is a blockbuster that all of us in the furniture industry should take notice of. It is clear evidence of the need to remain agile, constantly improve and anticipate the numerous seismic changes coming around the next corner.
Stump Team 2020
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2021 is Expected to be a Boom Year for Mergers and Acquisitions

2020 will go down in history as an epic year of frustration, disappointment, hardship and much more. In the business world, however, we have seen an amazing stock market rally, encouraging data on a quick macro-economic recovery and positive signs for a stronger 2021.
Stump Team 2020

2021 is Expected to be a Boom Year for Mergers and Acquisitions

2020 will go down in history as an epic year of frustration, disappointment, hardship and much more. In the business world, however, we have seen an amazing stock market rally, encouraging data on a quick macro-economic recovery and positive signs for a stronger 2021.
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An Outlook on the Furniture Industry

by Bo Stump
The furniture industry, like many others, has experienced rapid changes this year. Most notably: Consumption Patterns. The existential COVID-19 mandate to work (or for many, live) at home all day, every day, has been a boon to home and home office furnishings suppliers, as many consumers realized they needed a better home office, while others took the opportunity to upgrade dining and living areas.
Desk.jpeg

An Outlook on the Furniture Industry

The furniture industry, like many others, has experienced rapid changes this year. Most notably: Consumption Patterns. The existential COVID-19 mandate to work (or for many, live) at home all day, every day, has been a boon to home and home office furnishings suppliers, as many consumers realized they needed a better home office, while others took the opportunity to upgrade dining and living areas.
Reflections on 2020 and a look forward to 2021
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Reflections on 2020 and a look forward to 2021

by Bo Stump
On February 24th we attended Billy Joel’s monthly concert in NYC’s Madison Square Garden and never considered that COVID could become an issue here, despite it beginning to circle the globe. By mid-March the US was shut down, the stock market was plummeting, and unemployment was skyrocketing.

Reflections on 2020 and a look forward to 2021

On February 24th we attended Billy Joel’s monthly concert in NYC’s Madison Square Garden and never considered that COVID could become an issue here, despite it beginning to circle the globe. By mid-March the US was shut down, the stock market was plummeting, and unemployment was skyrocketing.
Stump team member
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Four factors feeding record furniture sales

by Stuart Stump Mullens
In their latest earnings reports, many home furnishing retailers are reporting record-breaking quarters. This is a historical anomaly for the industry — to be leading the charge out of a recession (though a welcome one). We see four primary influences driving these results, some that should continue as tailwinds to the industry and others that are helpful in the moment but will likely abate with time
Stump team member

Four factors feeding record furniture sales

In their latest earnings reports, many home furnishing retailers are reporting record-breaking quarters. This is a historical anomaly for the industry — to be leading the charge out of a recession (though a welcome one). We see four primary influences driving these results, some that should continue as tailwinds to the industry and others that are helpful in the moment but will likely abate with time
Mergers & Acquisitions
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An Outlook on the Furniture Industry

by Bo Stump
2020 has proven to be the most challenging and perplexing year of the new century. A global pandemic went from 0 to 6 million cases in a matter of months, with hundreds of thousands of casualties. The crisis sparked rapid job layoffs, business closures, plummeting GDP numbers, and a collapse in equity markets.
Mergers & Acquisitions

An Outlook on the Furniture Industry

2020 has proven to be the most challenging and perplexing year of the new century. A global pandemic went from 0 to 6 million cases in a matter of months, with hundreds of thousands of casualties. The crisis sparked rapid job layoffs, business closures, plummeting GDP numbers, and a collapse in equity markets.