Carpet

    Spotlight: Southwind provides retailers with the complete package

Spotlight: Southwind provides retailers with the complete package

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Lindsay Baillie   Southwind Carpets, a division of Cherokee Carpet Industries, has been known for providing a range of residential and Main Street commercial carpets to dealers throughout the U.S. and abroad. Since its hard surface division launched in 2015, the company has added LVP, WPC and hardwood collections to its portfolio—providing retailers with the complete flooring package. Southwind’s leap into hard

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    In Style: Kane Carpet finds success in high-end rug biz

In Style: Kane Carpet finds success in high-end rug biz

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Lindsay Baillie   Despite the increase in hard surface sales, carpets and rugs continue to hold significance in flooring showrooms across the United States. Kane Carpet, a trendsetter in broadloom since 1947, is helping dealers increase margins and soft surface sales with its high-end carpets and rugs. The company also aims to provide retailers with upsell opportunities through its service, style and

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    Stanton Carpet launches new B2B site

Stanton Carpet launches new B2B site

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Lindsay Baillie   Stanton Carpet is looking to simplify the way it transacts with retail customers via a new B2B website—stantonb2b.com. The site makes it easier for retailers to find products, submit requests to create a rug, view dropped products and order swatches, among other features. The new B2B site, which launched Oct. 9, is something Stanton has been working on for

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    California recycling bill signed into law

California recycling bill signed into law

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Ken Ryan   The two major carpet mills and industry trade associations gave a thumbs down to California’s new carpet recycling law, which will require manufacturers selling carpet in the state to implement a stewardship program that sets a carpet recycling goal of 24% by 2020. At stake here, observers say, is the risk of losing carpet sales in a state of

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    Scotchgard brand proves its staying power

Scotchgard brand proves its staying power

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Lindsay Baillie   3M recently tested the power of Scotchgard Protector to determine the brand’s overall cachét. The results positioned Scotchgard as one of the top “protector” brands on the market—ranking higher than others in both consumer awareness and desirability. Furthermore, Scotchgard Protector—a brand that has been around for years—continues to fulfill market needs while gaining consumer trust and loyalty. “Perceptions of

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    Carpet: State of the industry—Higher-end goods boost residential end of the market

Carpet: State of the industry—Higher-end goods boost residential end of the market

August 28/September 4: Volume 32, Issue 6 By Ken Ryan   After a slow start to 2017, the residential carpet category gained some traction in the second quarter, resulting in a 2% rise in sales over the year-ago period, with units up 0.5% overall in the first half. Executives cited sales of better goods, an uptick in consumer confidence and price increases that have firmed up the marketplace. The U.S.

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    Tuftex dealers thrive on West Coast styling, sales support

Tuftex dealers thrive on West Coast styling, sales support

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By K.J. Quinn   The West Coast has earned a reputation over the years for being at the forefront of carpet styling. Tuftex, Shaw Floors’ premier residential brand, is among the California mills taking the lead creating fashionable designs based on regional preferences and trends. “Being on the West Coast gives them an edge for us, not only because they are local but also

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    Exclusive interview: Jackson takes Tuftex on the road less traveled

Exclusive interview: Jackson takes Tuftex on the road less traveled

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2   Santa Fe Springs, Calif.—It’s been three years since Doug Jackson took the reins of Tuftex, the premium carpet division of Shaw Industries. While Tuftex has always enjoyed a reputation of high-end, trendsetting, West Coast styling—first as a stand-alone mill, then as a division of Queen Carpet before the latter was purchased by Shaw in 1998—the company today still maintains its longstanding identity while

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    Carpet pushes back against hard surface

Carpet pushes back against hard surface

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Ken Ryan   Carpet’s share of the overall flooring market has dropped from 50.9% of dollars in 2006 to 41.5% in 2016, according to FCNews estimates. While the downward trend has not been dramatic, it has been steady and consistent. Carpet mill executives don’t need to look at statistics to know what is happening in the marketplace. The big ones (i.e., Mohawk and

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    Carpet: Category cedes ground, but still maintains lead position

Carpet: Category cedes ground, but still maintains lead position

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Ken Ryan   The carpet industry, facing the onslaught of exponential growth in hard surfaces in both the residential and commercial sectors, saw scant growth in units in 2016 while overall dollars fell. FCNews’ research shows carpet sales slid down 1% in 2016 to $8.78 billion compared with $8.87 billion in 2015. However, total volume—which includes carpet and area rugs—gained 1.2% to 11.22

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    Scoring flooring: Industry stats for 2016

Scoring flooring: Industry stats for 2016

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1   The flooring industry in 2016 continued its recovery from The Great Recession. While growth rates pale in comparison to the mid-2000s heydays, the industry last year continued to post steady gains across the board with increases of 5.1% in dollars and 3.8% in volume. This comes on the heels of 4.4% growth in dollars and 3.2% in volume in 2015; 3.6% growth in

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    Area rug: State of the industry—Custom programs, hard surface surge bolster category

Area rug: State of the industry—Custom programs, hard surface surge bolster category

May 22/29, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan   For the third year in a row, the U.S. rug business will outperform carpet. FCNews research puts area rugs sales at $2.5 billion in 2016, up an estimated 3.5% from the year-ago period. Buoyed by the surge in hard surfaces and the popularity of custom rug programs, the category has provided manufacturers with additional selling opportunities. Most traditional broadloom

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    Fiber report: Soft, durable and cleanability lead checklist

Fiber report: Soft, durable and cleanability lead checklist

May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 By Ken Ryan Advancements in technology and manufacturing have allowed carpet mills to make significant improvements in fiber construction. The result: carpets that are soft, durable and resistant to stains and soils. Mill executives say today’s demanding consumers are driving these innovative breakthroughs. “Performance-based fibers seem to be a big trend,” said Ayme Sinclair, marketing director, Stanton. “The biggest influence is an increased

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    Retailers cite standout intros of 2016

Retailers cite standout intros of 2016

April 24/May 1, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 23 By Lindsay Baillie When asked to identify the best flooring introductions of 2016, retailers cited a bevy of wood, laminate, carpet and LVT/WPC products. One highly regarded product was Mannington’s Adura Max, which received praise from multiple retailers for its new visuals. Other notable 2016 introductions touched on key product innovations spanning wood, laminate and resilient lines, soft carpets/rugs and industry-wide updates

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    Carpet: Weighing the merits of common dye methods

Carpet: Weighing the merits of common dye methods

April 10/17, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 22 By Ken Ryan   As most flooring dealers know, there are two ways that fibers are colored, and each method produces different characteristics. One way to color fibers is to dip them in a vat of dye after they are extruded. This method, proponents say, yields bright colors and allows manufacturers to create smaller quantities of dyed fibers. In this method, known as

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Boa-Franc receives highest honor at the Grand Prix Québécois de la qualité Awards

Saint-Georges, Quebec, Canada–For the second time in a row, Boa-Franc has received the highest award bestowed by the Quebec government on businesses and organizations that successfully apply best business practices.

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Holly Beck of Decor8 to speak at Domotex 2018

Hannover, Germany—Domotex is packing even more interior design and lifestyle inspiration into its 2018 show with a guest appearance by Holly Becker, founder of Decor8—a design blog with a global following

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Gerflor USA adds new patterns to Taralay Impression

Chicago—Gerflor is helping bring design dreams to life with a renewal of its resilient printed sheet flooring collection, Taralay Impression. With a totally revamped wood collection, including seven new whimsical patterns,

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