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News & Merchandising tips for casual furniture retailers

Retail Profiles and Metro Reports, retail and business news, plus awards in the casual furniture retail industry.
  • Don't Put Those Grills Away!

    As you read this column, the chain stores are going all out to clear out their summer merchandise. Grills and outdoor furniture and accessories are heavily discounted to make room for Halloween and other holiday merchandise. More

  • Outside in Style rebrands

    Karen Galindo thought she knew everything there was to know about her retail business, but felt bored and uninspired when she looked out at the store's showroom last year. As a result, her staff embarked on a rebranding effort that created Outside in Style to replace the retail format her parents had founded 36 years ago in Austin, Texas. More

  • Preview show kicks off 2014 casual season

    Casual furniture dealers were reacting to product introductions and adapting to the showroom locations at the Merchandise Mart in Chicago as the July 16-18 Preview Show provided a peek at products for the 2014 season. It also allowed container buyers the chance to place early orders, get ahead of expected price increases and avoid predicted shipping delays. More

  • StrataShops named to 2013 Inc. 500 | 5000 list

    ELKHART, Ind. - StrataShops, parent company for nine e-commerce furniture and holiday décor stores, including outdoor industry leader, has been awarded a spot on the 2013 Inc. 500 | 5000 list of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. More

  • Agio reports sizzling fire pit sales

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - Outdoor furniture manufacturer Agio is experiencing strong fire pit chat group sales heading into next month's International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market, the company reports. More

  • Art Van set to open Toledo-area store in September

    WARREN, Mich. - Art Van Furniture's expansion march will continue next month with the opening of its first full-line store in the greater Toledo, Ohio, market. More

  • ICFA announces event details for annual awards gala

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    HIGH POINT, N.C. - The International Casual Furnishings Association will host its annual awards gala in an expanded format on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Field Museum in Chicago during the International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market. More

  • ICFA to host retail roundtable in Chicago

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    HIGH POINT, N.C. - The International Casual Furnishings Association will host a Retail Roundtable from 1:30-6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 16, the day prior to the opening of the International Casual Furniture and Accessories Market in Chicago. More

  • ARTS Awards nominations closing July 31

    DALLAS - Only five days remain until the nominations ballot for the 25th Annual ARTS Awards closes. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, July 31. More

  • Pride Family Brands reports strong Preview Show

    Pride Family Brands

    FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Luxury outdoor furnishings manufacturer Pride Family Brands reported a strong retailer reaction to its 2014 collections and marketing programs at the conclusion of the recent Casual Preview Show. More

  • The Rug Market America launches made-to-order program

    Rug Market America

    LOS ANGELES - Indoor and outdoor rug manufacturer The Rug Market America announced the recent introduction of a multi-collection made-to-order program, as well as an expansion of its stocking program from its popular interior wool/silk Maison line. More

  • Three's Company

    While Fortunoff backyard stores heads into Florida, it is actually three companies that are part of the entire business today — Fortunoff Backyard Stores, Florida Backyard Store and The Chair King. More

Detail Oriented: Fire Pits

SUNNY DESIGNSDistinctive swirls, patterns and curves make these fire pits intriguing decorative options for outdoor spaces

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  • National Hardware Show

    May 6, 2014 - May 8, 2014

    Las Vegas Convention Center

    Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Hospitality & Design Expo

    May 14, 2014 - May 16, 2014

    Mandalay Bay Resort

    Las Vegas, Nevada

  • Showtime

    June 1, 2014 - June 4, 2014

    Market Square Textile Tower and other market buildings

    High Point, North Carolina