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Consumer interest in suburban living offers opportunity for flooring retailers

By Ken Ryan Nearly a third of Americans are considering moving to less densely populated areas in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to...

Home buying demand eclipses pre-COVID-19 levels

By Ken Ryan There are some bright spots on the housing front that might bode well for the flooring industry at large. A newly released report...

Web exclusive: Latest stimulus bill ‘tests the waters’

By Reginald Tucker When the House of Representatives passed a new $3 trillion stimulus package late last week, the overarching goal was to help states...

A solution-dyed world of color, features

By Ken Ryan Over the past few years, carpet manufacturers have migrated to solution-dyed (SD) products in response to consumer demand for multiple colors and...

Wood: Innovations propel category to new heights—under water

By Reginald Tucker Who said hardwood and water don’t mix? Manufacturers are looking to dispel old notions about hardwood flooring’s ability to resist moisture incursion...

Web exclusive: Retailers emboldened as builder confidence rises

By Ken Ryan Flooring retailers looking for a bit of good news to rally behind can take solace in a May 18 Housing Market Index...

Women in flooring: Amy Manley, Shaw

Breaking the glass ceiling When it comes to women in flooring, Amy Manley stands out. She has risen through the (male-dominated) ranks since 2009, ultimately...

Ready or not, it’s back to business

By Steven Feldman America is reopening for business, state by state, county by county, with rules and restrictions seemingly varying by the mile. What’s not...

Flooring sector well positioned for a rebound

An estimated 30 million small businesses serve customers throughout the U.S. They comprise restaurants, dry cleaners, dog groomers and independent flooring stores. But unlike...

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