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    What we know about today’s ‘plugged in’ consumer

What we know about today’s ‘plugged in’ consumer

June 29; Volume 30/Number 1 By John Weller, vice president, FloorForce In the last 24 months over 10 million consumers looking for flooring online were delivered to retailers with FloorForce websites. Monitoring online consumer behavior takes the guess work out of building better websites and increases consumer conversions from online searches to in-store purchases. FloorForce has gathered some key statistics regarding the behavior of flooring consumers from 2013 to 2015.

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    Social media: Visual platforms, mobile devices continue to gain traction

Social media: Visual platforms, mobile devices continue to gain traction

June 29; Volume 30/Number 1 By Nadia Ramlakhan More and more retailers are realizing the importance of making an initial connection with potential customers online as the impact of social media continues to skyrocket. To maximize the full potential of these digital platforms, business owners have shifted marketing efforts toward popular outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Houzz. Not surprisingly, Facebook is still leading the way with 81% reach

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    Commercial: Carpet tile, LVT provide momentum in recovering market

Commercial: Carpet tile, LVT provide momentum in recovering market

June 29; Volume 30/Number 1 By K.J. Quinn Innovation and changing dynamics are impacting flooring choices in the commercial market, and key economic indicators are finally pointing in the right direction. According to industry experts, sales grew in 2014 across certain commercial segments for the first time since the recession. Carpet tile and luxury vinyl tile (LVT) were the shining stars as the A&D community covets both products for their

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    Laminate: Category continues to hold its own amid pressures

Laminate: Category continues to hold its own amid pressures

June 29; Volume 30/Number 1 By Nadia Ramlakhan While the laminate segment seems to be the category most vulnerable to the onslaught of LVT and, more recently, WPC (wood plastic composite or wood polymer composite), it is still holding its own. Yes, the gains of the mid-2000s are long gone, but rumors of the category’s demise are greatly overstated. In fact, FCNews research reveals the segment has posted the slightest

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    Ceramic: Growth in dollars, market share while volume is flat

Ceramic: Growth in dollars, market share while volume is flat

June 29; Volume 30/Number 1 By Amanda Haskin Despite 2014 marking the fifth consecutive year of growth for the ceramic tile category, U.S. tile consumption was basically the same as it was in 2013. Volume sales were a shade under 2 billion square feet (1.99 billion), up just 0.5% from 1.98 billion square feet in 2013. However, ceramic performed much better in dollars, checking in at $2.38 billion, up 6.2%

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    Hardwood: Rise in housing starts drives continued recovery

Hardwood: Rise in housing starts drives continued recovery

June 29; Volume 30/Number 1 By Ken Ryan What some executives had hoped would be a breakout year for the hardwood segment—following double-digit growth in 2013—2014 instead turned out to be a solid year of steady progress. The most significant positive factor in 2014 was continued recovery in the overall economy, which created consumer confidence and an uptick in housing starts, executives said. Housing starts for both single- and multi-family

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    Resilient: LVT shows no signs of slowdown as catalyst for growth

Resilient: LVT shows no signs of slowdown as catalyst for growth

Multi-family, innovative designs, meeting consumer demand maintain boost June 29; Volume 30/Number 1 By Jenna Lippin The resilient category continues to surge with no sign of stopping the momentum it has maintained in recent years. Major and smaller manufacturers alike have been investing more money into their resilient innovations, and, with many bringing manufacturing to the U.S., suppliers are becoming more efficient in meeting the needs for the numerous customers

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    Carpet: Tough first quarter slows residential

Carpet: Tough first quarter slows residential

June 29; Volume 30/Number 1 By Ken Ryan If you had asked a carpet manufacturing executive for his 2014 outlook back in the fall of 2013, his prediction would have been overwhelmingly bullish based on the strong push the category made in the latter half of the year. As we now know, 2014 was the carpet version of the “best laid plans of mice and men;” instead of a momentum-building

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    Scoring flooring

Scoring flooring

Industry Stats for 2014 June 29; Volume 30/Number 1 While the flooring industry continues its recovery from the prolonged recession, the satisfying gains it posted in 2013 in value and volume slowed somewhat in 2014. A harsh winter that greatly hindered first quarter sales, coupled with inconsistent new home construction throughout the year (single-family housing starts were 11% lower than initially forecasted), left the industry with growth of 3.6% in

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Al’s column

HOME NUMBERS: Unless you skipped the first five pages of this issue, you’re already aware this is FCNews’ annual statistical issue and is filled with numbers and information defining how the flooring industry did in 2011—as a whole as well as by category along with other pertinent figures. So it is only fitting we look at how the housing market did, since it is such a major factor in how

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Floor Covering News

Press Release

WFCA, ESR Commercial become partners

Dalton, Ga.—The World Floor Covering Association (WFCA) has developed a new business partnership with ESR Commercial, the country’s largest trade association real estate broker. With more than 35 years of

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Novalis taps Ehrlich as VP of sales, marketing

Toronto, Canada—Novalis Innovative Flooring has tapped industry veteran Steve Ehrlich as vice president of sales and marketing for its North American operations. Ehrlich most recently directed new business activity at Invista

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Crossville unveils 2018 Color Trends look book

Crossville, Tenn.—Crossville has released its 2018 Color Trends look book, forecasting the use of black and rich, shadowy hues in commercial and residential design in the coming year. In addition

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