Editorials

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  • My take: What does tax reform mean for small business?

    November 27-December 11, 2018: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Steven Feldman   Tax reform. You’ve been hearing about it since pre-election 2016. Now it is virtually assured as it moves from rhetoric to reality. I’m not here to debate the pros and cons of it, especially considering a final bill has not yet landed on the President’s desk. But as the publisher of the industry’s leading trade magazine, I felt

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    My take: There’s a lot to be thankful for

    November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 By Steven Feldman   The holiday season is now in full swing, and hopefully all our readers had a joyous Thanksgiving and kept the weight gain in check. You know, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on everything for which we are thankful, something we should be doing regularly, not solely on the fourth Thursday of November. Anyway, I thought it would be

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    My take: Catching up with an old friend

    November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Steven Feldman   For 14 years Bruce Zwicker led Haines, formerly known as J.J. Haines, the industry’s largest distributor. Under his watch the wholesaler experienced unprecedented growth, both organic and through four acquisitions. I recently caught up with him, six months removed from his retirement from the company. He’s been enjoying life—traveling, family, the normal stuff—while looking for the next challenge. We

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    My Take: Installation—It’s time for the call to action

    October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Steven Feldman   We forever talk about the shortage of installers, to the point of often dubbing this the “installation crisis,” but how many of us are doing anything about it? I mean, many retailers throughout the country are finding innovative ways to recruit, train and retain mechanics, but unless you’ve spent the last decade burying your head in the sand like

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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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    Floor Covering News

    Press Release

    Armstrong unveils enhancements to flagship residential website

    Lancaster, Pa.—Armstrong Flooring has launched key enhancements to its website with new and improved features to help guide homeowners through all stages of the buying journey—getting started, inspiration and ideas, product information,

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    Cali Bamboo names Jackson president

    San Diego—Cali Bamboo has named Doug Jackson president of the company. Jackson, an industry veteran, draws from over 20 years in the flooring business, most recently as the vice president of

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    Domotex asia/Chinafloor brings back popular features

    Shanghai, China—To commemorate the 20th anniversary of Domotex asia/Chinafloor, show organizers will reintroduce the widely popular InnovAction Flooring Campaign, Materia and cadex educational conferences. “InnovAction is a snapshot of the

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