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Waynette Goodson

The A.R.T. of the Deal

The No. 1 thing that’s keeping most everyone awake in the casual world—whether you’re a manufacturer or a market official or a retailer—is the erosion of the specialty dealer base. At the same time, the No. 1 thing that mos... 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.

Bridget_Driscoll

Is Your Website User-Friendly?

We've all been there: You go to a website, looking for specific information, and can't seem to find what you're looking for. More often than not, the problem is that this information is in part of the website that is either 1) hard to find or 2) b... 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

It’s Elemental

Creating furniture for the outdoors or designing the quintessential “5th room” reminds me of what it’s like to take a yoga class outside—a real challenge compared to practicing indoors. I’ll tell you a secret: I have ... 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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Will Amazon Go Change Retail?

While everyone has seen Amazon as a harbinger of an online-only retail world, the company has recently moved in the opposite direction, opening brick-and-mortar bookstores and now its Amazon Go store in Seattle. The 1,800-square-foot shop—w... 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

Seeing is Believing

One of the truisms of business that I’ve held for decades is this: If you’re not visible . . . you’re invisible! Many retailers don’t have enough fingers and toes to keep track of the number of times a customer has remarke... 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.