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Waynette Goodson

Six Shows: Six Months

One thing that has made the biggest impression upon me in my six months in this business—you all work very, very hard! This furniture industry is tough, particularly traveling and working all the markets. I’m proud to say that I’... More

About This Blog

Waynette Goodson is both the editor in chief of Casual Living and its brand ambassador. Her goal is to become a thought leader in the world of outdoor furnishings and design. Thus, she focuses on sharing insightful information to help you increase your business. Waynette will keep her finger on the pulse of the industry and wrap it all up in one handy blog, casually speaking.

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SEO: How fake information can hurt you

Last year, an oh-so-21st-century controversy erupted after the election. The source of the dispute? An epidemic of fake news stories that were shared again and again on social media, so much that they were even rumored to have affected the outcome... More

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Bridget Driscoll, the News and Online Editor for Casual Living, delves into the world of Online Marketing and how it affects the outdoor furniture industry. From SEO to e-commerce sites, Bridget will share her knowledge on all things digital. 

Waynette Goodson

Fashionable Fabric

I grew up in Shelby, N.C., the center of a cotton-growing area by the 1930s. That meant it was also a mill town. People left their lives on the farms to get jobs in the city. And mill villages sprang up for all the new residents. In the ’70... More

About This Blog

Waynette Goodson is both the editor in chief of Casual Living and its brand ambassador. Her goal is to become a thought leader in the world of outdoor furnishings and design. Thus, she focuses on sharing insightful information to help you increase your business. Waynette will keep her finger on the pulse of the industry and wrap it all up in one handy blog, casually speaking.

Ronda Whitaker

Hut, two, three ways to use tailgating and social media to boost sales

According to Webster’s Dictionary, “tailgate” is an adjective “relating to or being a picnic set up on the tailgate,” which is the board or gate at the rear of a vehicle. Well, we think tailgating is much more fun tha... More

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Ronda Whitaker has been Casual Living's graphic designer since 2007. In her new home, she loves to cook and enjoys grandiose thoughts of gourmet entertaining in her back yard. Ronda’s backyard is a long way from being an entertainment mecca, but with this blog she's looking forward to trying new recipes while improving her novice grilling skills.
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How Will Retail Change in 2017?

This past year has been an eventful one for the retail industry. From the chaotic election cycle to weather woes, retailers have gotten their fair share of curveballs. And new technologies—everything from mobile shopping apps to chip card re... More

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Jennifer Bringle, features editor at Casual Living, is our guru of product introductions and retail and style trends. While helping Casual Living to stay tuned in to the various markets and latest retail issues, Jennifer keeps her focus on what’s new, what’s hot and what’s not.

Bruce Bjorkman

A Sizzling New Year

It’s an annual rite: Every new year brings a plethora of lists. Top health trends, decorating fads, the hot colors. While many of these lists are little more than entertainment, some can provide real insight for your business. If you&rsquo...; More

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Bruce Bjorkman writes a monthly column for Casual Living called The Barbecue Lifestyle, a perfect outlet for his years in the grill industry. Currently Bruce is director of sales and marketing for MAK Grills, and he is always ready to tackle the next hot topic. Contact Bruce at bruce@makgrills.com.
Storis

New Year, New Tech

When using business software, it’s easy to get comfortable with the familiarity of a routine. Sometimes we don’t even stop to think, “When was the last time I updated my software with new enhancements?” How long it’... More

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Every other month, STORIS shares insights gleaned from its 25 years focused on retail software solutions to make your business tick – for the better. STORIS is a leading provider of retail software solutions to the home furnishings industry. STORIS offers a comprehensive suite of business solutions to help retailers streamline operations, improve profitability and outperform their competition. Contact STORIS at sales@storis.com or by visiting its website at www.storis.com.