My take: Best of Surfaces call for entries, judges

November 19, 2018 | Comments Off on My take: Best of Surfaces call for entries, judges

November 12/19, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 11 By Steven Feldman I know many of you are wrapped up in your Thanksgiving Day plans as you read this, and some are focused on putting up their Christmas trees on Black Friday. But it’s also time to start thinking about Surfaces, because—believe it or not— we’re only two months away from the flooring industry’s premier event. Future columns will focus on the most comprehensive education program (co-sponsored by...

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My take: Distributors don’t have it easy, that’s for sure

November 2, 2018 | Comments Off on My take: Distributors don’t have it easy, that’s for sure

October 29/November 5, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 10 By Steven Feldman   I have always admired floor covering wholesale distributors, and not because I count many of them as good friends. For the most part, they are regular guys; they like to eat, have a few beers and go to sporting events. They don’t take themselves too seriously. They work hard. They are accessible. And yet, their role in the supply chain is probably the...

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My take: What all the money in the world won’t buy

October 22, 2018 | Comments Off on My take: What all the money in the world won’t buy

October 15/22, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 9 By Steven Feldman   We all work hard for a living. Hard could mean long hours. Hard may mean physically grueling or mentally taxing. Hard could mean responsibility. You get the point. Why do we do it? To achieve better lives for us and our families. For some, that could mean financial security. It could be the American Dream, giving your kids more than you had growing up....

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My take: It’s never too early to be thinking about Surfaces 2019

September 24, 2018 | Comments Off on My take: It’s never too early to be thinking about Surfaces 2019

September 17/24, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 7 By Steven Feldman For the past seven years, Floor Covering News has sponsored the flooring component of the comprehensive TISE (Surfaces) education program. Once again, we will be a co-sponsor in 2019, this time under the banner Converge. It is inarguably the strongest, most comprehensive package this industry has to offer. And the best part: It’s free if you register by a certain date. Honestly, the education alone...

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My take: An achievement well deserved

September 10, 2018 | Comments Off on My take: An achievement well deserved

September 3/10, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 6 By Steven Feldman   I rarely devote an entire column to one individual but given this issue of FCNews features our seventh Al Wahnon Lifetime Achievement Award winner, it is both timely and relevant. Now, no Lifetime Award winner is any more significant than another; each is different in his or her own way and has made unique, significant contributions to the industry, their communities and the world....

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My take: How a brand stands the test of time

August 27, 2018 | Comments Off on My take: How a brand stands the test of time

August 20/27, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 5 By Steven Feldman In this day and age, it seems like everyone has a startup idea. In fact, according to Fast Company, “It’s estimated that more than 500,000 new businesses are started every month in the U.S. alone—that’s more than 11 million people starting something on the side or quitting their day jobs to launch the next high-growth startup like Facebook.” But for every landscape-altering giant such as...

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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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