Editorials

  • 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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    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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    Floor Covering News

    Press Release

    USG expands tile, flooring salesforce

    Chicago—USG Corp.’s Tile and Flooring Solutions group is reorganizing and expanding its team to better support its customers and its expanding portfolio of innovative products and solutions. Steve Bjorklund was

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    Creating Your Space introduces new features

    San Rafael, Calif.—Creating Your Space is introducing a host of innovations for 2018. These introductions include programmatic advertising, YouTube advertising, a “More Like This” feature as well as an e-commerce

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    T&L Distributing partners with Tarkett

    Houston—T&L Distributing has entered a distribution partnership with Tarkett. Through this collaboration, T&L Distributing will immediately begin offering Tarkett’s resilient residential and commercial products, including Tarkett’s Johnsonite brand, to its

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