July Digital Edition

July issue

Don’t miss the July digital edition of Casual Living, focusing on furnishings and accessories made in America. Writer Gary James spotlights companies building big business with a domestic manufacturing model, while contributor Laurie Rudd showcases some of the best in homegrown product design. And our exclusive Made in America research report illustrates the power of U.S.-made products. July Digital Edition

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  • The Chicago Pre-Market Top 10 Countdown

    Casual Living Editor in Chief Waynette Goodson and Features Editor Jennifer Bringle team up to bring you the Top 10 moments that they will remember from the 2017 ICFA Preview Show.

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Exterior Design

Exterior Design cover July

See our new publication!  Exterior Design promises to showcase the best, most innovative product design across all key categories of outdoor.  With a unique vision and a focus on fashion, design, luxury and style, it's a must-see magazine for forward-thinking designers and high-end retailers. See the latest issue!


  • Las Vegas Market

    July 30, 2017 - August 3, 2017

    World Market Center Las Vegas

    Las VegasNevada US

  • All American Furniture Expo

    August 2, 2017 - August 3, 2017

    Utz Building, York Expo Center


  • Next Conference

    September 25, 2017 - September 27, 2017

    Nationals Park




  • Alex Milstein

    One Stop Shop

    Alex Milstein

    July 27, 2017

    How one study can help you plan your social media strategy

    Still trying to figure out social media? Seems like everyone in the furniture industry is. Every day new research is published about what people do and don’t like from brands on social media. A few months ago, Sprout Social, a social media management company, found six of the top reasons consumers unfollow brands on social media. A new study from Sprout Social focused on behaviors consumers do and don’t like to see from brands on social media. Its findings can help you better plan your social media strategy. What to do: Honesty (86%), friendliness (83%) and helpfulness (78 ...

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  • Brian Eskew

    The Barbecue Lifestyle

    Brian Eskew

    July 17, 2017

    Meet the Challenge

    Why would a retailer who is already carrying elements of the outdoor room, such as furniture and fireplaces, object to selling grills and outdoor kitchen equipment? For some, there’s limited space on their showroom floor. There may also be concerns about gross margins and the real profitability of selling grills and outdoor kitchen equipment. � In addition, there may be some apprehension that stems from not thoroughly understanding grills and outdoor kitchen equipment. In particular, how are they, as a retailer, going to facilitate designing and constructing an outdoor kitchen? All of these are valid questions. As a sales professional ...

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  • PBM Strategic Insights

    Strategic Insights

    PBM Strategic Insights

    July 18, 2017

    Crowdsourcing: A different way of doing business

    When companies crowdsource, they use an external group of people (a crowd) to obtain a needed service or idea. Different than outsourcing, crowdsourced work comes from an undefined public rather than a specific group. While first officially coined in a 2006 article by Wired magazine, the earliest example can be argued back to the mid-1800s with the collection of words for the Oxford English Dictionary when a group known as the Philological Society contracted more than 800 volunteer readers to collect words from all available books and document their usages. Click here to get complete details.

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    Scene in Chicago

    Business wasn’t the only thing on the menu at the ICFA Preview Show. Market attendees also found time to mingle and relax at several social events.

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