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|Ethan Allen "Taps In" to Touch Screen Technology|
DANBURY, Conn., Nov 23, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. (NYSE: ETH)--the brand synonymous with fashion-forward, quality-made home furnishings and accessories--announces the rollout of new, interactive touch screens to participating Ethan Allen Design Centers nationwide. The touch screens have been designed to further enhance the client experience at Ethan Allen retail locations.
"Ethan Allen has been a design-focused brand for nearly 80 years. Most of our furniture is made to order and approximately 70% of it is made in the United States. We continually look for ways to enhance the client experience and now we're putting the world of Ethan Allen at their fingertips on touch screens in our Design Centers," said Ethan Allen's Chairman, President and CEO, Farooq Kathwari. "We are pleased to bring this new technology to participating Ethan Allen locations nationwide, and we invite everyone to come in to a Design Center and experience it themselves."
With the rollout of the screens, Ethan Allen continues to make significant investments in its technology infrastructure. The touch screens, which were tested over the last year in Design Centers in Danbury, Connecticut, Raleigh, North Carolina and Las Vegas, Nevada were given high marks from clients and design staff. In addition to their use as a full-catalog, content-rich resource, the screens provide a fun, accessible, intuitive means to see products and information differently - changing out fabrics and finishes on upholstery in a flash, for example. The touch screens are also useful for the feedback they provide, enabling Ethan Allen to support and anticipate the needs of its retail locations quickly and accurately.
Design Centers designed for the size of each market, with reduced operating costs and lower investment in display inventory, have been key to recent retail expansion in the company. Displaying less demands displaying smart. The incorporation of touch screens, combined with the company's other technologies, opens market expansion possibilities worldwide.
About Ethan Allen
Ethan Allen Interiors Inc. is a leading interior design company and manufacturer and retailer of quality home furnishings. The company offers free interior design service to its clients and sells a full range of furniture products and decorative accessories through ethanallen.com and a network of approximately 280 Design Centers in the United States and abroad. Ethan Allen owns and operates seven manufacturing facilities in North America, including five manufacturing plants and one sawmill in the United States and one manufacturing plant in Mexico. Approximately seventy percent of its products are made in its United States plants. For more information on Ethan Allen's products and services, visit ethanallen.com
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Ethan Allen Interiors Inc.