Editorials

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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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    My take: The night that gave us cause to remember

    April 24/May 1, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 23 By Steven Feldman   On Thursday night, April 21, two of our industry’s own, Jeff Lorberbaum and Howard Brodsky, were feted at the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers’ inaugural Footsteps to the Future Gala for their companies’ contributions in building smart homes for America’s wounded veterans. It was a lavish event where many individuals from our industry came out to pay tribute

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    My take: United we fail—How to avoid a PR nightmare

    April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Steven Feldman By now, unless you’ve been asleep under a rock for the past two weeks or on a year-long mission to Mars, you’re well aware of the situation involving the passenger on United Airlines who chose not to “voluntarily” give up his seat that led to a PR nightmare for the airline. Now, I could easily provide some entertainment here and

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    My take: The next big thing is more than a century old

    March 27/April 3, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 21 By Steven Feldman   Everyone is always seeking “the next big thing.” It’s the way of the world. In the mid-’90s it was laminate. Years later it was Konecto and click LVT. Then came the soft carpet craze. More recently it was USFloors and WPC. These days everyone is trying to build a better WPC mousetrap, whether that means rigid core or

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    My take: Who moved my cheese?

    March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Steven Feldman   There is a famous cheese store in my town. Well, famous to the people who live in the area or who used to live there. Now, what does cheese have to do with flooring? Absolutely nothing. And potentially everything. Retail is retail, and there are lessons to be learned wherever you seek them. First, a little background. The Cheese

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    My take: A holy ‘Alliance’

    February 27/March 6, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 19 By Steven Feldman   It had been a number of years since I last attended an Alliance Flooring/CarpetsPlus Color Tile/Carpetland convention. No slight to the group. It was always just a matter of timing. After Carpet One and Flooring America and Shaw Flooring Network and Surfaces and Abbey, by the time late February rolled around, I was spent. Plus, I try to

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    My take: Invista’s Bhullar offers retailer resolutions for 2017

    February 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Number 18 By Steven Feldman   Readers of this column are well aware of the respect and admiration I have for Pami Bhullar, Invista’s director of retail development. Every time I have the privilege of hearing him speak I come away with valuable information to share with FCNews readers. It has become something of a ritual for Bhullar to come up with 10 resolutions for

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    My take: Random ramblings from Surfaces 2017

    January 30/February 6, 2017: Volume 31, Number 17 By Steven Feldman Another year, another Surfaces in the books. No. 23 for me. Amazing how the show never gets old. We all dread in the days leading up to the show the exhaustion that is certain to ensue, but somehow we become human versions of the Energizer Bunny until we board the plane ride home. So here is what I was

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    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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