Editorials

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  • My take: The numbers don’t lie

    June 26-July 2, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 1 By Steven Feldman   After literally months of combing through industry statistics and making countless phone calls, the 2017 statistics are in. As you have already read, unless you habitually begin your read with this column, FCNews pegged floor covering industry sales for 2017 to be a shade under $22 billion as well as 19.736 billion square feet, resulting in gains of

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    My take: How to achieve a reasonable work/life balance

    June 11/18, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 26 By Steven Feldman   Just got back from NeoCon. Somehow, I fit five days of business meetings/appointments into two-and-a-half days. Actually, I know how. No lunch, bathroom breaks only when I felt I was about to burst and meeting with people pretty much nonstop from 9 a.m. until well into the evening. Unfortunately, this type of schedule is often the norm. There always

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    My take: Award of Excellence—Behind the winners

    May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Steven Feldman   Now that the 22nd Annual Award of Excellence winners have been announced, we can dig a little deeper and try to provide a little commentary on the results. In what seems to be the case each year, there were some surprises interspersed between the usual suspects as you will find on page 22. But with the voting surpassing

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    My take: The power of 10

    May 14/21, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 24 By Steven Feldman A few months ago at the Alliance Flooring/CarpetsPlus Color Tile convention in Tucson, Ron Dunn, co-CEO, presented his views on the importance of hiring the right people for your business. But it’s not just about hiring; it’s about retaining and getting the most out of the people who work for you. Everyone who walks through your door has the power

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    My take: Catching up with a true entrepreneur

    April 30/May 7, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 23 By Steven Feldman   You have to hand it to Thomas Trissl. Time never stands still with this man as he is always looking for the next big thing, always thinking about being innovative. So many people talk the talk; Trissl walks the walk. The consummate entrepreneur. “Modesty, propriety can lead to notoriety, you could end up as the only one.” That

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    My take: If we can’t control guns, how about bullets?

    April 16/23, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 22 By Steven Feldman   When I took over this column from FCNews founder Al Wahnon more than seven years ago, I promised that the subject matter would from time to time go beyond the world of flooring, because, after all, our lives transcend this industry. This is one of those times, because something has been on my mind for quite some time. Controversial?

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    My take: Learning a little more about millennials

    April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Steven Feldman Whatever and wherever you read, it’s hard to escape the word “millennial.” Retailers across all industries are continuing to increase their focus on selling to this generation, ages 23-37, who are rising in the ranks at work, getting married and having kids. They are playing a significant role in shaping our nation’s economic landscape. While baby boomers still control the

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    My take: The ins and outs of innovation

    March 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 20 By Steven Feldman   Innovation. It’s more than a buzzword; it’s basically a blueprint for survival in the face of competition. Talk to any manufacturer, and most will tell you their ability to innovate is what sets it apart from the pack. Whether it’s a product like Air.o from Mohawk; a new locking system from Unilin, Välinge or Innovations 4 Flooring; a novel

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    My take: Not all shows are created equal

    March 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 19 By Steven Feldman   As March nears its close, so, too, does show season. The grueling road trip begins for many with the Shaw and Mohawk regionals in early January, followed by Carpet One/Flooring America, Surfaces, Abbey Carpet, CarpetsPlus/Color Tile, Fuse Alliance, FCICA and who knows what else I’m failing to mention. NWFA, Starnet, National Floorcovering Alliance and FCA Network are all that

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    My take: Best of Surfaces entries that just missed

    February 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 18 By Steven Feldman   This issue celebrates the Best of Surfaces winners, the awards competition co-sponsored by Floor Covering News and Informa Exhibitions, owners and operators of The International Surface Event, for the past seven years. The competition highlights innovation, technology, sustainability, style and design, and best large and small booths on display at the industry’s premier event. It is structured in such

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    Floor Covering News

    Press Release

    Touch of Color donates carpet tile to Habitat for Humanity

    Harrisburg, Pa.—Touch of Color Flooring, headquartered here, recently reached out to the local team at Habitat for Humanity ReStore to make a donation of over 14,590 square feet of carpet

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    IWBI launches global concept advisories, taps Shaw’s Virgo

    New York, N.Y.—The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) has formed a network of global concept advisories to explore, better understand and, ultimately, more accurately quantify the impact of specific health

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    Havwoods presents high performance underlayments

    New York, N.Y.—Havwoods International, a UK-based hardwood flooring supplier, is now providing options to absorb, block, break and isolate sound with three different underlayment products—Provent underlay, Unda-Tech Silver Backed underlay

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