Market research is essential to help you learn your product’s potential in a given market, your best prospects for success, and the market’s business practices before you first export. Here are some resources to help you get started.
Export.gov - is managed by the U.S. International Trade Administration. The U.S. Commercial Service Market Research Library contains more than 100,000 industry and country-specific market reports, web sites, events and trade directory listings.
North Carolina in the Global Economy - This website, maintained by the Center on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness at Duke University, presents and analyzes up-to-date information about how industrial restructuring in an era of globalization is impacting North Carolina's key industries, including the home furnishings industry.
Mann, Armistead & Epperson, Ltd. - This group of investment bankers specializes in the home furnishing industry. They do monthly, quarterly and yearly research publications on the industry.
Furniture Today – This magazine publishes annual research on the furnishings industry.