Editorials

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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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    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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    Floor Covering News

    Press Release

    Karndean to host Korlok launch party

    Export, Pa.—Karndean Designflooring invites area architects, designers, retailers and homeowners to celebrate its new rigid core interlocking floor and find out why “everything clicks with Korlok” at the company’s U.S.

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    CCA Global Partners to host annual charity golf tournament

    Manchester, N.H.—CCA Global Partners is preparing for its 15th Annual Alan Greenberg Charity Golf Tournament which benefits the Floor Covering Industry Foundation (FCIF). The event will be held Sept. 19 at

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    Shamrock names new plant manager

    Memphis, Tenn.—Shamrock Plank Flooring has named Terence Bittmann plant manager. In this position Bittmann will collaborate with Jack Shannon, Jr., president, and Jeremy Keel, director of operations, on improving Shamrock’s

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