Guest Column

  • 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

    Read More

    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

    Read More

    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

    Read More

    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

    Read More

    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

    Read More

    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

    Read More

    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

    Read More

    Guest column: Adapting to survive in today’s changing world

    November 7/14, 2016: Volume 31, Number 11 By Vinnie Virga Once upon a time it was easy to be successful at marketing to consumers. You ran a great ad in the Sunday paper, came up with a really creative radio or TV spot, opened your doors and voila, it rained business. The key to succeeding in today’s media-saturated world is a little different. In the past, if you did a

    Read More

    Guest column: Offering a different take on the old ‘PK’ session

    October 24/31, 2016: Volume 31, Number 10 By Mike Nichols We’ve all seen it. A great sports team is exposed and gets beat by 50 points. You may have experienced this with your own college alma mater or high school. Have you ever wondered what the coach does at the first practice after such an embarrassing defeat? Typically, the coach encourages the team to go back to basics, the fundamentals

    Read More

    Guest Column: Matting- The last step in the installation process

    March 14/21, 2016; Volume 30, Number 19 By Adam Strizzi We hear it all too often in the professional cleaning industry: A building manager has a new floor covering installed (invariably carpeting right off the lobby floor), which after a couple of months looks just as bad as the carpet he recently replaced. Carpet cleaning technicians are brought in after about the third month and they tell the building manager that

    Read More

    Floor Covering News

    Press Release

    CFI Convention promises a plethora of programs

    Forney, Texas—The CFI Convention and Expo is back with a punch this year taking place August 16-18 at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla. The three-day educational event, designed

    Read More

    Domotex Deutsche Messe to house new creative product showcases

    Hannover, Germany—In 2018, Domotex will have a stronger focus on interior trends and lifestyle that will frame floor coverings in the broader context of ideas and innovations from the worlds

    Read More

    Melissa Quick to head product development, marketing for AVA brand

    Toronto, Ontario, Canada—Melissa Quick has joined Novalis Innovative Flooring as the new commercial product and marketing manager for the AVA LVT brand. “Melissa brings over 30 years of experience with

    Read More