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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.
  • Outdoor Elegance

    Anyone still doubting the power of social media should consider this. Earlier this year, Doug Sanicola of Outdoor Elegance appeared on a local TV station's morning program where he spent less than two minutes doing a "text to win" Father's Day promotion in which the 500th person to send a text would win a Fornetto wood fired pizza oven. Within minutes, the television station received more than 30,000 text messages. More

  • Service First

    "We'Re Not Order Takers. We'Re Here To guide our customers and make sure that they make the right choices," said Greg Martin, co-owner of Kolo Collection with his wife, Michelle More

  • Getting the Big Sale Down to a Science

    Running a successful annual sale means controlling as much as possible, even in a retail market that is ruled by something no one can control: The weather. More

  • 25th Annual ARTS Awards finalists announced

    DALLAS - Dallas Market Center and ART, the creative home furnishings network, have announced the 25th annual ARTS Awards finalists. More

  • Telescope introducing specialty retailer support program

    GRANVILLE, N.Y. - Outdoor furniture manufacturer Telescope Casual Furniture announced it will debut a specialty retailer support program at next week's International Casual Furniture & Accessories Market in Chicago. More

  • Solair introduces Retail Awning Display

    Solair

    GLEN RAVEN, N.C. - Solair Shade Solutions is introducing a new display option for dealers looking to transform their in-store awning sales experience for customers. More

  • Retailers respond to Pride Family Brands' new introductions

    Pride Family Brands

    FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - As luxury cast aluminum outdoor furniture manufacturer Pride Family Brands announces final plans for the 2013 Casual Market, reviews are already in on many of the company's new product introductions. More

  • Pride expands multi-platform retailer marketing materials

    Pride Family Brands

    FT. LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Luxury cast aluminum outdoor furniture manufacturer Pride Family Brands announced the expansion of its retailer marketing materials to encompass multiple platforms including print, electronic, online and traditional. More

  • Casual Living awards iPad prize to survey respondent

    Tropic Aire

    Mary Beth Singleton, design and sales director at Tropic Aire Patio Gallery, was selected as the winner of the iPad Mini prize after she answered a few questions in Casual Living's recent Reader Survey. More

  • 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

Casual Living Conference

Casual Living Conference

Join us for the Casual Living Conference on 18-20 Feb. 2015 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Hotel in Orlando. Register today and join casual/outdoor business leaders for two exciting days of mission-critical content, all-star speakers, innovative ideas and great networking opportunities. Details