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    Xpress Global Systems: Going the extra mile

Xpress Global Systems: Going the extra mile

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker In today’s hypercompetitive distribution economy, it’s no longer enough to simply move products from point A to point B. In order to gain an advantage, wholesalers must also go above and beyond by offering value-added services to manufacturers and retailers alike. That’s precisely the edge that Xpress Global Systems, formerly Crown Transport, claims to offer its partners across the

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    Carpet: Fiber report—Color, cleanability and durability get the nod

Carpet: Fiber report—Color, cleanability and durability get the nod

May 14/21, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 24 By Ken Ryan Today’s carpet products are developed with the consumer firmly in mind as mills gather research to ascertain what’s on their customers’ wish lists. More often than not, it is luxuriously soft carpet that combines stylish design, vibrant colors with durability. That’s a tall order to deliver, but consumers have shown a desire to spend top dollar for these goods, and

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    Carpet: Playing at the high end pays big-time dividends

Carpet: Playing at the high end pays big-time dividends

April 16/23, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 22 By Ken Ryan Carpet mills are taking advantage of the new reality in flooring—with carpet relegated primarily to the bedroom, consumers are willing to spend more to make that soft surface area really stand out. Indeed, carpet mills are finding that even in a shrinking market for soft surface, there is money to be made by playing at the high end. Some examples:

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    Mills find a niche with custom rug programs

Mills find a niche with custom rug programs

March 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 20 By Ken Ryan   As hard surface products continue to take market share residentially, carpet mills are facing some choices: hope the pendulum swings back to broadloom, or get in on the action. Many of them chose the latter, offering custom area rug programs as an add-on sale to hardwood and other types of hard surfaces. In fact, for some mills, business has

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    Carpet: From stain and soil protection to cleaner homes

Carpet: From stain and soil protection to cleaner homes

February 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 18 By Ken Ryan   Carpet that offers stain and soil protection is no longer merely a trend but a standard feature offered by mills throughout the industry—albeit with new iterations being added continuously. Today’s push is also about providing a healthier home environment, with some companies highlighting products that offer hypoallergenic and antimicrobial properties. Flooring executives say this trend was borne out of

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    Anderson Tuftex turns heads in Surfaces debut

Anderson Tuftex turns heads in Surfaces debut

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Ken Ryan and Reginald Tucker   Putting the brands together just makes sense because this is how people live in their homes. That’s how Katie Ford, director of brand strategy, describes the thought process behind the combination of the Anderson and Tuftex brands to form one company. Rest assured, this is not just a merger of brands for simplicity’s sake. “We have

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    Surfaces Carpet Coverage: Despite hard surface surge, mills double down on soft

Surfaces Carpet Coverage: Despite hard surface surge, mills double down on soft

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Ken Ryan   Traditional carpet mills invariably face this decision: Do we ride the hard surface tide and introduce our own products, or do we stick to our knitting and stay soft? Surprisingly many are choosing the latter, and they are not apologizing for it. While Dixie Group, Phenix Flooring and Marquis Industries expanded their hard surface assortments at Surfaces—while Engineered Floors

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    FCNews exclusive: Bob Shaw—The interview

FCNews exclusive: Bob Shaw—The interview

January 22/29, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 16   The year was 2009. The economy was in a freefall. Carpet was losing market share to hard surface. You’re nearly an octogenarian with enough money in the bank to last multiple lifetimes. You’re golf game remains respectable. Conventional wisdom dictates that the last thing you would ever do is launch a carpet mill. But conventional has never been a word in Bob

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    Carpet: Does California recycling law threaten category’s future in state?

Carpet: Does California recycling law threaten category’s future in state?

January 8/15, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 15 By Ken Ryan   California is the sixth-largest economy in the world, having surpassed France in 2016 thanks to a robust state economy and strong U.S. dollar; it is now on the verge of eclipsing the United Kingdom for the No. 5 spot. So when Todd Wheeler, owner of Wheeler’s Flooring in Salinas, Calif., says he is afraid the new California recycling law

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    Executive forecast: Industry leaders look forward to robust year ahead

Executive forecast: Industry leaders look forward to robust year ahead

November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Ken Ryan   Words like “sluggish” and “tepid” to describe growth in the flooring industry are being replaced by “healthy” and “sustainable” as some of flooring’s top executives see an industry that is now accelerating to a respectable cruising speed as we approach 2018. The catalyst driving this momentum is winning products—the still-booming LVT market and across-the-board innovations in other segments.

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    Retailers recall top intros of 2017

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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    Carpet: Innovations deliver performance, style refinements

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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    Shaw merges Anderson, Tuftex brands into one

Shaw merges Anderson, Tuftex brands into one

November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 Combined entity to make debut at Surfaces By Reginald Tucker   Dalton–What has been rumored for months is now confirmed. Shaw Floors, parent company of the venerable Anderson Hardwood and Tuftex brands, has announced plans to merge the two with the combined entity to be called Anderson Tuftex. The change is effective Jan. 1, 2018. For Shaw, the deal made sense because both

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    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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Sustainable Surfaces, Hero Flooring receive LGBTBE certification

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