Guest Column

  • Guest column: Flooring plays critical role in today’s training facilities

    June 5/12, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 26 By Garnet Sofillas   Today’s health clubs look drastically different from the traditional gym of 30 years ago. In the 1980s through the early 2000s, mainstream clubs had it all: selectorized machines, cardio equipment, aerobics, group X, massage and tanning. Nowadays, functional training is the focus and many traditional gyms are eliminating equipment to create dedicated, functional training spaces. “The focus is now

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    Guest column: Bridging the gap

    June 5/12, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 26 By Laurie Baatz   One of the most common issues plaguing the installation of flooring today is moisture in concrete. Yet, the chronic headache has not helped to change the behavior of the teams involved. Sound familiar? The architect or interior designer writes the project’s flooring specifications. The construction documents state that moisture testing be conducted following ASTM F2170. Specifications also state the

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    Guest column: Lack of action is the No. 1 impediment to success

    April 24/May 1, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 23 By Vinnie Virga   If you were able to ask Tony Robbins, Zig Ziglar, Jim Rohn or any other world-class personal performance speaker to identify the greatest inhibitor to success, they would probably say “fear of acting.” I would agree. When it comes to establishing and growing a successful business, every decision counts – even if you procrastinate and don’t take action,

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    Guest Column: When renting space is preferred over buying

    March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By Vinnie Virga   (Second of two parts) In my previous column, “Upgrading your store’s location,” I discussed the advantages—and timing—of upgrading a retail location (FCNews, February 27/March 6). In the second installment, I will review the benefits of renting a space when buying is disadvantageous or not an option. If you are going to rent, and it isn’t in a strip

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    Guest Column: Upgrading your store’s location

    February 27/March 6, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 19 By Vinnie Virga   (First of two parts) I have visited hundreds of flooring retailers, and the impression I keep leaving with is location is the difference between a thriving store and one that is flailing. Where you are situated is just as much a factor as inventory, payroll and other line items on your financial statement. With the economic outlook brighter

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    Guest Column: Best practices in digital image management

    February 27/March 6, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 19 By Phil Kenyon   The use of the Internet and mobile devices as a means of researching products is increasing on a steep exponential curve. This is particularly true in the flooring industry—where there is a strong correlation to fashion and design and, hence, a heavy emphasis on visuals. Now, more than ever, retailer/manufacturer websites represent a major portal for your customers

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    Guest Column: Perform annual business checkups

    January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Vinnie Virga Once a year there is a process you can use to help ensure you are managing your expenses well, taking a fresh look at how you operate and maintaining a staff and showroom floor that reflects your changing business trends. Step one: Take two days off in a row and don’t do anything related to your business. On the

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    Guest Column: Note to small retailers—Think hard but fast

    January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By Vinnie Virga History, as we know has a habit of repeating itself, and that’s what’s happening again in the floor covering industry. Some or the larger vendors are aggressively raising their margins at the expense of small to medium sized retailers while providing strong competitive advantages to large dealers and national companies. This could have a negative impact on independent flooring retailers and one that should

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    Guest Column: Don’t fear the big boxes

    December 5/12, 2016; Volume 31, Number 13 By Vinnie Virga Many flooring retailers tell me they cannot compete with the likes of home centers and liquidators.  In my experience, these retailers are either listening to the whining of their salespeople (read: excuses for not closing sales) and/or they are not regularly shopping their competitors and don’t understand how they operate. Following are a few helpful ideas and strategies to increase

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    Guest column: How to stand out in your family-run business

    Expert advises maintaining your identity while contributing to the greater good November 21/28, 2016: Volume 31, Number 12 By Jacqueline Tabbah There is a fine line between respecting your family’s business that they’ve built from the ground up and being an innovator. This line can oftentimes feel like a tightrope, but once you make it to the other side, you will achieve a rewarding and meaningful career. Your first experience

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    Floor Covering News

    Press Release

    Daltile Gallery hosts hundreds at annual NeoCon luncheon

    Chicago—Daltile’s Chicago Design Gallery recently welcomed over 500 architects, designers and other customers to its annual “Parked At NeoCon” lunch event. Held every year during the international NeoCon commercial design

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    Milliken to increase prices for commercial carpet

    Spartanburg, SC—Milliken will initiate a 4% to 6% price increase for its commercial soft surface flooring to take effect August 7. The initiative includes its North American portfolio of commercial

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    NeoCon 2017 sees increase in attendance

    Chicago—NeoCon yet again proved that it is the world’s premier platform for commercial design as it took over The Mart from June 12-14. Registered attendance rose 7% over the 2016

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