My take: The tariff issue is a nightmare for us, too

August 10, 2018 | Comments Off on My take: The tariff issue is a nightmare for us, too

August 6/13, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 4 By Steven Feldman We at FCNews have a responsibility that we take very seriously. Simply put, we believe our job is twofold: First and foremost is to help make the floor covering retailer more profitable and professional through education and information that may have an impact on their business. Second is to be that seamless conduit of information from the supplier—our advertiser—to the distributor and retailer. Sometimes we...

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My take: FCIF seeks to generate additional contributions

July 13, 2018 | Comments Off on My take: FCIF seeks to generate additional contributions

July 9/16, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 2 By Steven Feldman   The Floor Covering Industry Foundation—or FCIF, as it is often referred. I think many of us on the FCIF board take for granted the number of people who do not fully understand the scope and importance of this nonprofit organization. In a nutshell, when an unexpected catastrophic medical event impacts a family, the FCIF is there to help. And to put things in perspective,...

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My take: The numbers don’t lie

July 11, 2018 | Comments Off on 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 3.85% and 3.2%, respectively. While...

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

June 18, 2018 | Comments Off on 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 seems to be more that...

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My take: Award of Excellence—Behind the winners

June 1, 2018 | Comments Off on 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 2,200 ballots this year, we...

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My take: The power of 10

May 18, 2018 | Comments Off on 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 to impact your business. The...

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My take: Catching up with a true entrepreneur

May 4, 2018 | Comments Off on 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 line is from Sting’s Englishman...

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

April 24, 2018 | Comments Off on 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? Maybe. So strap in, kids....

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My take: Learning a little more about millennials

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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 lion’s share of disposable...

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My take: The ins and outs of innovation

March 26, 2018 | Comments Off on 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 dyeing process; or some new...

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