My take: Issues and answers from the Fuse Alliance conference

April 22, 2019 | Comments Off on My take: Issues and answers from the Fuse Alliance conference

April 15/22, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 23 By Steven Feldman   Last month I had the opportunity to attend the Fuse convention in Orlando. This group of commercial flooring contractors, under the auspices of executive director Geoff Gordon, continues to grow and become more professional and profitable by the day. One of the highlights at general session was a segment that Gordon had initiated where members were asked about some of their pain points—the responses...

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My take: Random ramblings three months into 2019

April 8, 2019 | Comments Off on My take: Random ramblings three months into 2019

April 1/8, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 22 By Steven Feldman   It’s hard to believe we’ve passed the quarter mark on 2019. Time flies when you’re having fun. Or getting older. So three months into 2019, here’s what’s on my mind, which these days is going in more directions than a 2-year-old after drinking a Red Bull. I think Brian Carson was the perfect choice to lead AHF Products given his strong manufacturing background… Trust me...

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My Take: The NFA—The best of the best

March 25, 2019 | Comments Off on My Take: The NFA—The best of the best

March 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 21 By Steven Feldman   So I just got back from Whistler, a ski resort town nestled in the foothills of the Coast Mountains in British Columbia. It’s two hours north of Vancouver, a place where tranquility serves as a juxtaposition from the bustling city life. It also served as the backdrop for the National Floorcovering Alliance’s spring meeting. On the third day of the gathering, inside the Westin...

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My take: The Domotex USA post mortem

March 11, 2019 | Comments Off on My take: The Domotex USA post mortem

March 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 20 By Steven Feldman   I awoke on the morning of Feb. 28 to a torrential downpour. I took a peek out my downtown Atlanta hotel room window and watched as traffic began to build. It was the morning of Domotex USA’s much anticipated debut. Was this going to prove an ominous harbinger of things to come at the Georgia World Congress Center? Two and a half days later,...

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My take: Dancing for kids with cancer

February 22, 2019 | Comments Off on My take: Dancing for kids with cancer

February 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 19 By Steven Feldman   So, I was talking to my son the other day, which is a miraculous feat in and of itself. It’s not that he isn’t a great kid; he certainly is. But, he’s 20. For those of you who have teenagers or 20-something year-olds, you can probably relate. Life spent with face buried in phone. Selective hearing. Unable to commit to plans more than 30...

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My take: Page 25 from my Surfaces diary

February 7, 2019 | Comments Off on My take: Page 25 from my Surfaces diary

February 4/11, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 18 By Steven Feldman   Dear Diary,   So here we are again, adding yet another page to this diary that began 25 years ago. Yes, 25. Silver anniversary. Time does fly. I remember walking around the Sands Convention Center in 1995 like it was yesterday with only two thoughts: Get me the hell out of here, and I can’t go back to the horse racing industry soon enough....

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My take: Nine retail trends to consider for 2019

January 28, 2019 | Comments Off on My take: Nine retail trends to consider for 2019

January 21/28, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 17 By Steven Feldman If you go online and search for “retail trends in 2019,” you will find hundreds of trends and predictions. Since FCNews’ focus is on the retailer, and this second issue of 2019 coincides with Surfaces, the premier retailer event in our industry, I thought it would be timely to highlight nine trends that might be of interest to our readers. Facebook becomes a retailer. Amazon...

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My take: Ten more retailer resolutions for 2019

January 11, 2019 | Comments Off on My take: Ten more retailer resolutions for 2019

January 7/14, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 16 By Steven Feldman   Let me begin this first column of 2019 by wishing our readers a Happy New Year from all of us at Floor Covering News. Here’s hoping 2019 brings you everything you wish for yourselves both professionally and personally. As I’ve done the past few years, I thought it would be appropriate to use this first column of 2019 to reprint a portion of something...

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My take: Another visit from St. Nicholas

December 21, 2018 | Comments Off on My take: Another visit from St. Nicholas

December 24/31, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 15 By Steven Feldman   Back by popular demand, round 3… ’Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house We were walking on RevWood, which isn’t laminate like Faus. The stockings were hung by the chimney with care, In hopes our advertisers would give us more share. The FCNews team all snug in their beds, Dreaming about 2019 and what lies ahead. Dustin and Nadia, listing those...

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My take: Journalists who paid the ultimate price get their due

December 14, 2018 | Comments Off on My take: Journalists who paid the ultimate price get their due

December 10/17, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 14 By Steven Feldman   I’ve been thinking a lot about Time magazine’s choice for 2018 Person of the Year. Titled “The Guardians and the War on Truth,” the magazine feted multiple members of the press—all of whom have either been killed or imprisoned in service of telling hard truths. As journalists ourselves here at FCNews, the announcement led me to reflect on what we aim to do every...

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