Editorials

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  • My take: Who says there’s no news in flooring?

    October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Steven Feldman   It’s a pretty rare occurrence these days when a big story breaks in the flooring industry. It’s not like 20 years ago when every five minutes Shaw, Mohawk, Beaulieu and/or Armstrong were making significant acquisitions. So with that, consider this issue of FCNews somewhat of a throwback. In most weeks, the presentation of our Al Wahnon Lifetime Achievement Award

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    My take: My updated list of ‘most annoying’ travelers

    September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Steven Feldman   There are times when we all get writer’s block. This is one of those times. Maybe the ADHD is setting in. More probable is that my difficulty in focusing is due to a couple of hurricanes that ravaged parts of two of our most populous states, followed by the 16-year anniversary of 9/11. So I apologize if my head

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    My take: Make no mistake—The future of retail is here

    August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Steven Feldman   What does Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods mean to you? Probably nothing. Possibly everything. At the very least, if you are a Whole Foods shopper, you are going to see lower prices. Gone are the days of referring to Whole Foods as “Whole Paycheck.” It happened immediately after the $13.7 billion deal closed Aug. 28. Shoppers realized an instantaneous

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    My Take: Ten ways to maximize your store as your brand

    August 14/21: Volume 32, Issue 5 By Steven Feldman   As you thumb through this edition, our annual Power of Brands, issue, you will find verbiage submitted by some of the industry’s leading manufacturers on what they believe separates their brand from the pack. That is expressly directed at you, the retailer. But I will pose this question: How do you differentiate your brand to consumers? After all, your store

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    My take: Fantasy football for a cause—Round 4

    July 31/Aug. 7: Volume 31, Issue 4 By Steven Feldman As summer fades and the air starts to get crisp, the fall selling season is upon us. Equally important to many is the start of that sacred time of the year commonly known as football season. Regardless of how many times we failed to make our high school team, there’s one football-related game all of us can play: fantasy football.

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    My take: Random ramblings from NeoCon

    July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Steven Feldman   How can 2017 have less than half of it remaining? Time really does fly. Walking around NeoCon last month made me realize just that. There was no way we could be five months removed from Surfaces. Then again, show management is probably saying there is no way it’s been five years since they changed the name to TISE, or The

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    My Take: The flooring industry, by numbers

    June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Steven Feldman   So when the dust settled, FCNews’ exclusive research revealed the flooring industry in 2016 was up 5.1% in dollars and nearly 4% in volume. This is the seventh consecutive year in which dollars outpaced volume, meaning the average selling price of most products continues to rise. Attribute that to some price hikes and consumers buying higher-priced goods. Every category showed

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    My take: Mostly positive news on economic front

    June 5/12, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 26 By Steven Feldman   As 2017 approaches the end of its first half, this seems as good a time as any to check in with our favorite prognosticator, Alan Beaulieu, principal at ITR Economics and one of this country’s most informed economists, to see where we are and where we are going. For years, industries and associations across the U.S.—including the North American

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    My take: Award of Excellence: Behind the winners

    May 22/29, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 25 By Steven Feldman   Now that the 21st Award of Excellence winners have been announced, we can dig a little deeper and try to analyze the results. In what seems to be the case each year, there were some surprises interspersed between the usual suspects as you can find on page 16. But with the voting approaching 2,000 ballots these past two years,

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    My take: It’s not about the product but rather the process

    May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 By Steven Feldman   From time to time I am asked to speak at an industry event. One of the things I like to do is give retailers ways to look at their businesses by using other industries and consumer goods to illustrate key points. One point I always look to drive home is any product that focuses on itself rather than the

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    Floor Covering News

    Press Release

    Carpet One reveals 2017 pink ribbon welcome mat

    Manchester, N.H.—Carpet One Floor & Home released its 2017 collection of pink ribbon welcome mats to support breast cancer research, with 18 new mats that are stylish, humorous or whimsical to

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    Armstrong Flooring raises Airbase dealers to ‘Elite’ status

    Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring has announced that all 12 AirBase Carpet and Tile superstore locations have achieved Elite Retailer status. The retailers serve markets in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, South Jersey and

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    Galleher, 3M provide support for fire relief

    San Francisco—Galleher and 3M are partnering to help those impacted by the fires in California. Both companies are sending food, clothing and supplies to people in need in Napa, Solano

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