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  • Casual Market Chicago exhibitors report strong traffic

    CHICAGO — The unofficial barometer of a busy market to many — the elevators at Merchandise Mart — were busy throughout the 2015 Casual Market Chicago, and many suppliers reported strong traffic in showrooms, increased orders and buyers committed to expansion of the casual category. More

  • Thermal heat signature is newest traffic-counting aid developed by Prodco

    MONTREAL — In business for 19 years, Prodco is known for its work with high-density mall-based retailers, but it’s also made headway into the standalone furniture store arena with clients such as Leon’s in Canada and Columbus, Ohiobased American Signature Furniture. More

  • Four days, 16 plants offer insight into Malaysia

    In late June, I had the opportunity to be part of Furniture/ Today’s first major tour of furniture plants in Malaysia. As an aside, I should note that over the past 10 years, I have attended furniture shows in both Malaysia and Singapore. But during those trips there has never been time to visit the numerous factories in the region. Thus, my curiosity had been building for years about the types of facilities and capabilities that existed in this part of Southeast Asia. More

  • Would President Trump give bedding shipments a boost?

    Dear President Trump: A while back I made some ill-conceived comments in this space about something to do with you and some bedding producer. I may have called you “classless” for calling out that bedding company. That was my mistake. I should have called you “presidential,” your excellency. You are a very smart guy. More

  • Succession planning an ongoing process

    NEW ORLEANS — Doug Stewart, director of training with Mega Group USA, Dale Carnegie instructor and blogger for Furniture/Today and, wrapped up Progressive Business Media’s Future Leadership Conference by assessing the most effective (and ineffective) ways to transition a business from one generation to the next. More

  • Panelists share data do’s and don’ts of data usage

    NEW ORLEANS — While retail businesses churn out data on everything from customer demographics and purchase behavior to RSA and store sales performance, understanding how to employ that data to effectively manage and grow a business can be more challenging. More

  • Using the senses as a five-point selling tool

    NEW ORLEANS — Shopping in a furniture store should be an immersive experience that stimulates the senses and invites consumers to interact with the retail environment, according to a presentation by Jay Howard at Progressive Business Media’s Future Leadership Conference. More

  • Playing add-on: Accessories create more value at retail

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    NEW ORLEANS — A panel of retailers and manufacturers discussed the value of “broadening your scope,” from incorporating more accessories into store displays to offering unique one-of-a-kind finds, during Progressive Business Media’s Future Leadership Conference. More

  • Whereoware’s Flick: Mobile is critical component of the customer journey

    NEW ORLEANS — Mobile surpassed PC Internet usage for the first time in 2014, so engaging with customers on their mobile devices is rapidly becoming more important for businesses. This idea was the central theme of a presentation by Teya Flick, vice president of marketing at Whereoware, during Progressive Business Media’s Future Leadership Conference. More

  • Panel sees more blending of clicks and bricks

    NEW ORLEANS — The traditional line of demarcation between e-commerce and brick and mortar is rapidly disappearing, at least in the minds of consumers. The question now for brick and mortar retailers is not whether to play in the e-commerce arena, but how. More

  • ‘It’s the customer stupid’ and other lessons from

    NEW ORLEANS — The success of Gallery Furniture’s traditional “analog” advertising left the company slow to adapt to changing times and successfully embrace digital technology, according Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, founder of Gallery Furniture. More

Casual Market Videos

Klaussner at Casual Market

Join Senior Editor Jennifer Bringle as she interviews exhibitors and attendees about trends and issues at the Casual Market Chicago. (Videos are sponsored by Richloom.)

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