Casual Living Blogs

Alex Milstein

Boosting outdoor furniture sales through online reviews

We all know consumers research products online before they come to the store, but what exactly are they looking at? Our October Casual Living Outdoor Consumer Survey has the answer: consumer reviews. It found that 75% of consumers read online re... More

About This Blog

A Numbers Game is all about research in the casual industry. This blog will focus on exclusive Casual Living research you can use to help your business grow and thrive. Not only will you gain insights into popular trends and the wants of consumers, we also offer actionable tips and advice to help you use these numbers to your advantage.
Ben Street

'Tis the Season

Those of us in the North look at grilling as a seasonal endeavor—unless you want to dig your grill out of the snow while braving the cold in the dark at 6 p.m. Grillers in the South have the opportunity to grill comfortably all year round in... More

About This Blog

The Barbecue Lifestyle explores all facets of the grill and outdoor kitchen industries, offering retailers insight and strategies for building business through these categories.
Waynette Goodson

Dwelling On It: Finding Inspiration Everywhere

Every editor likes to think that the magazine they work for is the best magazine on the planet. And of course, Casual Living is the best magazine on the planet. But I have to admit that there are some very good magazines that are now covering the ... 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.

Norman Hamilton has joined Casual Living magazine as publisher

The Art of Networking

    Networking: noun 1. the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions 2. the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business Have you ever gone to a cocktail party and left ear... More

About This Blog

Norman Hamilton is the former Publisher of Casual Living magazine. Currently he represents Dale Carnegie Training of Central & Eastern North Carolina. www.greaternc.dalecarnegie.com. He can be reached at nbhamilton1949@gmail.com or 336.207.3997
PBM Strategic Insights

What retail can learn from MTV's latest reinvention

Music video pioneer, MTV, has undergone numerous rebirths over its 36-year history and currently finds itself in the midst of another. Launched in 1981 with the music video “Video Killed the Radio Star,” the channel redefined musical ... More

About This Blog

Welcome to PBM Strategic Insight’s blog where we will talk marketing research. This may include general overviews about research and its benefits, studies we have done ourselves, or studies we come across that piques our interest (and, hopefully, yours too!). Please share your thoughts and insights and contribute to the discussion.

Alex Milstein

How to avoid common e-commerce mistakes

During High Point Market, Blueport Commerce CEO Carl Prindle started his seminar about avoiding common e-commerce mistakes with this idea:  Shopping hasn’t changed, but the best way to shop (and sell) has. Prindle was referring to the ... More

About This Blog

One Stop Shop blog is your number one source for furniture industry tips, advice and how-to’s. From social media guidance to breaking down trends in the industry, One Stop Shop offers solutions and ideas that will help retailers and manufacturers succeed in business. Alex’s millennial tendencies and love for listicles runs deep, but not as deep as his passion for providing useful, helpful and informative solutions.

Have something you want Alex to write about? Contact him on Twitter @FTalexM or by email at AMilstein@furnituretoday.com
Waynette Goodson

ā€œDā€ is for Design

Strolling the halls of Chicago’s ICFA Preview Show last month, it was impossible not to feel the heavy influence of designers on the outdoor category. The 14th floor of The Mart is known as the designer’s level, and it’s where w... 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.

Image of Jennifer Bringle

Is Amazon the New Sears?

I was surfing LinkedIn the other day and stumbled upon a fascinating article from The Atlantic shared by Summer Classics CEO Bew White (thanks for the tip, Bew!). The piece drew a thought-provoking comparison between Amazon and Sears. Not the Sea... More

About This Blog

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.

Storis

Casual Conversations

Every year at Casual Market, retailers are invigorated—not only by the introduction of beautiful new collections, but also by the strategic ideas shared with fellow peers. The dyna-mic nature of retail and how to handle challenges presente... More

About This Blog

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.