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For a better customer experience

Invest in your customers with timely tactics to close the sale. Everything in casual outdoor retail revolves around the customer. By providing the customer with a tailored shopping experience, you drive sales growth. Retail software enhances the... More

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Every other month, join Storis as it shares insights gleaned from its 25 years of experience and industry focus on retail software solutions to make your business tick – for the better.
Kristin Sprague

App Support

When sticking to 2015’s New Year’s resolutions gets challenging, there’s an app for that. Nearly 50 percent of Americans will set New Year’s resolutions for 2015, yet by February, 92 percent of us will have already given u... More

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Kristin Sprague is the Digital Publisher at Progressive Business Media. Her role is to be forward thinking in the digital progression of their clients as well as their publications (Furniture Today, Casual Living, Gifts and Decorative Accessories, Kids Today, Home Accents Today, Home & Textiles Today). An early adaptor to digital marketing, Sprague is committed to educate and inspire by sharing simplified and successful practices on current and emerging trends across the entire digital marketing landscape through this blog. Kristin encourages you to reach out with any digital curiosities or topics you would like to hear about.
Rhonda Whitaker

That's a (bacon) wrap

A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon a tailgate photo contest with Traeger Wood Pellet Grills. Each week was a different theme where contestants tweeted photos of what they cooked and the winner received a Traeger tailgate grill package. Hot dawg... More

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Ronda has been Casual Living's Graphic Designer since 2007 and Furniture Today's Graphics Manager since 2000. She just recently bought a home with grandiose thoughts of entertaining in her back yard and fantasizing she is a gourmet cook. The backyard is a long way from being an entertainment mecca but with this blog she's looking forward to trying new recipes to share while improving her novice grilling skills.
Jamie Sorcher

The Circle Game

I have to admit it is a bit surreal to return 20 years later to the industry where I kick-started my editorial career - home furnishings - a business that I have always had a passion and curiosity about, and one that has always had a special place... More

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Jamie Sorcher, senior editor at Casual Living, is a multimedia reporter as well as a word nerd, lifestyle expert and tech enthusiast. In broadcast, Sorcher has earned recognition as a go-to techie during more than 1,000 TV and radio interviews and originated the role of the Gizmo Girl on ESPN's Cold Pizza. She has written for publications as diverse as ShopSmart, Premiere, Home, Ty Pennington at Home, Sound & Vision, amNewYork, Robb Report, Consumer Reports, Maxim, Unlimited, Cafemom.com, The Huffington Post, Etown.com and ElleGirl.com. A graduate of Lehigh University with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism, Sorcher has studied at the London School of Economics and the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.
Ray Allegrezza

It's been an amazing ride

How many times in my life have I been told that life is about the journey, not the destination? Enough to have it resonate as a statement of truth for me. But ironically, as I write my final column as the editor in chief of Furniture/Today, I am... More

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For those of you who don’t know me, I’m the editor-in-chief of Furniture/Today, sister publication to Casual Living. In that role, I oversee the editorial content of our publication and our Web site, www.furnituretoday.com, I create content for the paper and the Web site, I pen a weekly column, maintain a blog, create the content for an annual Leadership Conference, and try to stay as plugged in as possible to every aspect of the residential furniture business.


Cinde W. Ingram

A new look at digital opportunities

The outdoor furnishings and grill industries have been experiencing radical changes in recent years. Foot traffic is down in stores while online research continues to rise and smartphones are becoming more important to the consumer’s shoppin... More

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Cinde W. Ingram: Casually Speaking
Hi, this is Cinde W. Ingram and I'm the Editor in Chief of Casual Living and Garden Decor. Each week I hope to use this blog space to stay in touch with our readers. I want to know what you think about new products, markets, the retail climate and, most of all, Casual Living. Let me know what's going on. Check out my latest below.