Inside FCNews

  • Retailers recall top intros of 2017

    November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Lindsay Baillie   FCNews asked retailers to name the top flooring introductions of 2017. It should come as no surprise that the responses covered a broad range of products across the spectrum—LVT/WPC, wood, laminate and carpet. Some of the products identified were updated designs and looks from intros of 2016, while others were completely new launches. Following is an overview of

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    Best of Surfaces deadline fast approaching

    November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13   Hicksville, N.Y.—Time is quickly running out for manufacturers to enter the 2018 Best of Surfaces competition. The deadline is Dec. 29, and there is no cost to enter. Now in its seventh year, the competition—cosponsored by Floor Covering News and Informa, owners and operators of The International Surface Event—has quickly become a benchmark for product and program excellence. The Best of

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    2018 Award of Excellence contest kicks off

    The FCNews Award of Excellence contest, now in its 22nd year, has become the premier manufacturer recognition program in the floor covering industry. Why? Because they are voted on by customers whose only motivation is to recognize those who perform flawlessly in every aspect of their business. Co-sponsored by Informa, the owners of The International Surface Event, the Award of Excellence is a way for manufacturers’ customers to honor the

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    Flooring dealers weigh pros, cons of pending tax reform

    November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Ken Ryan   Flooring retailers are cautiously optimistic that a tax reform bill currently working its way through Congress will ultimately benefit their businesses by providing much-welcomed tax relief. Of course, the devil is in the details, and there are many issues still unresolved as House and Senate members hammer out a final measure that could be signed into law by

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    Greenbuild 2017: Short but select group of flooring exhibitors come with an agenda

    November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 By Steven Feldman   Boston—Flooring companies were few and far between as 700 exhibitors convened here earlier this month at Greenbuild, billed as the world’s largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. But those who did make the trip to Beantown came with a purpose. From demonstrating a commitment to sustainability and transparency to the concept of biophilia, a select group of

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    Spotlight: Karndean Designflooring makes it easier to sell more

    November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 By Lindsay Baillie   For retailers navigating the sea of LVT products, diversity is the key to success, experts say. This differentiation can be found in product design and development as well as experiences with a particular manufacturer. Karndean Designflooring aims to provide retailers with opportunities to increase their business via exclusive designs, top-notch customer service and creative marketing materials. “At Karndean, we

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    Marketing Online: Make the most of social networking

    November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 By Lindsay Baillie   Most retailers understand the importance of developing a digital marketing campaign and having a strong social media presence. However, simply being on social media is not enough. In order to social network on these platforms retailers have to create and engage in conversation. If used correctly, experts say, the online world provides multiple avenues for retailers to connect with

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    Carpet: Innovations deliver performance, style refinements

    November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 By Ken Ryan   From breakthroughs in new categories of carpet to innovations in soft luxury, carpet mills brought excitement to the flooring market in 2017. Following is an overview. Engineered Floors: Apex SDP Founded on its PureColor solution-dyed fiber process (SDP), Engineered Floors’ Apex SDP raises the bar for a superior fiber in commercial use with performance characteristics similar to nylon. “We’ve

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    NeoCon East: Vendors showcase broad range of products, designs

    November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 By Lindsay Baillie   Philadelphia—With roughly 5,000 attendees and more than 150 exhibitors, NeoCon East provided the commercial interiors community another opportunity to engage on the East Coast during the fall season. The two-day show, which took place here at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Nov. 15–16, featured four keynote speeches, more than 25 CEUs and countless opportunities for attendees to network and learn

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    Resilient: Suppliers pull curtain back on their variations of WPC/rigid core

    November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 By Ken Ryan There are many conflicting representations of what constitutes WPC (waterproof core, as we call it) and rigid core (solid polymer core) in this explosive resilient subcategory. The nascent Multilayer Flooring Association, which is tasked with setting the standard, recently met and agreed the multilayer flooring category is separated into two primary categories—WPC and SPC. But within those acronyms lie many

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    Aspecta by Metroflor translates Declare labels

    Norwalk, Conn.—Metroflor has published all the Declare labels for its Aspecta LVT commercial range in five languages: Spanish, French, Italian, German and Dutch. Rochelle Routman, Metroflor chief sustainability officer, who

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    NeoCon celebrates 50 years of tomorrow’s design

    Chicago—Registration is now open for the 50th edition of NeoCon, the world’s leading platform and most important event of the year for the commercial design industry. NeoCon 50 will take

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    Couristan bolsters sales team

    Fort Lee, N.J.—As Couristan prepares for an explosive 2018 and the launch of several new collections at Surfaces 2018, the company has hired two leading residential floor coverings sales executives

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