Patricia Bowling is vice president of communications for the American Home Furnishings Alliance, a trade association whose members include manufacturers, importers and suppliers for the international residential furniture industry. She has covered all aspects of the business over the last 34 years, including product trends, manufacturing and retail news, and regulatory issues impacting furniture design, production and sales. Her location in High Point, N.C. — the center of the American furniture industry — helps her stay up-to-date on current issues, including the many factors affecting furniture deliveries during the pandemic.

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