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    New multi-family housing rides rollercoaster in 2017

New multi-family housing rides rollercoaster in 2017

January 8/15, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 15 By K.J. Quinn   Builders and residential contractors experienced a rollercoaster ride serving the multi-family housing market in 2017, observers reported, as this volatile business saw demand fluctuate by quarter and macro issues impede growth. “When the final data come in, we expect multi-family starts to be down almost 10% over the course of 2017,” said Robert Dietz, senior vice president and chief

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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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    Wood: New engineered platforms provide momentum

Wood: New engineered platforms provide momentum

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By Reginald Tucker   The U.S. hardwood flooring category continued to hold its own against the intensifying pressure of competing categories—namely LVT/P, WPC and even laminate—all of which continue to make strides in replicating the look, texture and heft of genuine wood. FCNews research shows sales in 2016 reached $2.23 billion, a 5.1% increase over 2015’s upwardly revised sales of $2.12 billion. Volume growth

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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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    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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Marketing mastery: Creating profitable referral relationships

May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 By Jim Augustus Armstrong   (First of three parts) “How many realtors send you referrals?” I was on the phone with a dealer from Texas, trying to determine where his sales were coming from. He mentioned he worked with some realtors who sent referrals. His answer: “five.” “How much revenue did these five realtors generate for you last year?” “About $100,000.” “That’s an

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    Ten people making a difference

Ten people making a difference

May 8/15, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 24 Some adjectives used to describe the leaders who made the cut in this year’s list include “visionary, bold, enthusiastic and innovative.” Then there are those who just seem to have a natural proclivity for developing creative ideas that generate results. In another camp you have those talented leaders who inspire others day in and day out, challenging them to continue raising their game

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WFCA’s new membership structure resonates with industry

Dalton—World Floor Covering Association has reported both new memberships and renewals are on the rise following the association’s recent move to a tiered membership structure, according to Freida Staten, vice president marketing and communications. “The WFCA kicked off 2017 with the greatest number of post-TISE membership sales in our history,” said Staten. “TISE is an important platform for us, as it is where we pick up the lion’s share of

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    Tile industry launches Why Tile initiative at Coverings

Tile industry launches Why Tile initiative at Coverings

Orlando, Fla.—The tile industry has united in a marketing and education initiative designed to inspire consumers and provide information on all of tile’s benefits. The campaign, called Why Tile, is being introduced to the industry here at Coverings. Why Tile is an industry effort with input sought from various industry organizations including the Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA), the National Tile Contractors Association (NTCA), the Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF),

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Coverings celebrates top young professionals in 2017 Rock Star program

Arlington, Va.—Coverings, the largest international tile & stone exhibition in North America, honored its industry “Rock Stars” for the show’s third class of the emerging leaders program. Honorees were recognized for their individual contributions to the tile and stone industry during a Rock Star Luncheon on April 4 during Coverings. A panel comprised of seasoned and established industry professionals reviewed the nominations submitted by active and experienced tile and stone

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    For Gilford-Johnson, it’s full steam ahead

For Gilford-Johnson, it’s full steam ahead

March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Ken Ryan   Florence, Ind.—Gilford-Johnson Flooring, a top 20 distributor with a marketing footprint that stretches from the Great Lakes to South Florida, welcomed hundreds of vendors and retailers to its spring meeting here earlier this month. The event covered a range of topics, from the integration of Gilford and Johnson to the spate of new products and programs available to its

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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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    Industry locked and loaded for Surfaces 2017

Industry locked and loaded for Surfaces 2017

Dealers seek new products; suppliers ready to deliver January 16/23, 2017: Volume 31, Number 16 By Ken Ryan Surfaces is to flooring what the Super Bowl is to football—the biggest event on the grandest stage. As such, dealers are getting their game faces on in preparation for two and a half days of fast-paced action. For instance, Jeff Katz, owner of Dolphin Carpet & Tile in Miami, said he will

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    Training the workforce of tomorrow

Training the workforce of tomorrow

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 In this Internet age, successful RSAs need to understand the language of lead generation By Danielle Brooks Today’s retail floor covering salespeople require different competencies and skills compared to 15, 20 or even 30 years ago. While the core fundamentals of selling skills and customer service are still relevant, a change in the way consumers research and shop for floor coverings has forced

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    FCNews asks: What’s keeping top executives awake at night?

FCNews asks: What’s keeping top executives awake at night?

January 2/9, 2017: Volume 31, Number 15 By Ken Ryan If you are a CEO or a high-level executive in the flooring industry, there is no shortage of issues on your mind. From government over-regulation to the dearth of installers to the vagaries of consumer buying habits, executives have a lot to think about. Many, however, have learned not to sweat the small stuff or be too concerned about things

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CTEF to hold CTI, ACT demonstrations at TISE

Pendleton, S.C.—The Ceramic Tile Education Foundation (CTEF), which provides education and installer certification for professionals working in the ceramic tile and stone industry, will be conducting ongoing demonstrations of the

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Retail Lead Management builds new integrations with flooring ERP systems

Columbus, Ohio—Retail Lead Management has recently completed the development of its initial integrations with two flooring ERP systems: RollMaster and RFMS. The company is also scheduled to launch its Qfloors

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Scott Group Studio names new co-CEOs, chairman

Grand Rapids, Mich.—Scott Group Studio, a leading designer and manufacturer of custom, handmade luxury carpets, has named John Hart and Tim Hill as co-chief executive officers. Hart has a 20-year

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