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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My take: DuChâteau—Daring to be different

November 30, 2018 | Comments Off on My take: DuChâteau—Daring to be different

November 26/December 3, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 12 By Steven Feldman   It’s been 10 years since DuChâteau pioneered that wide-plank, long-length, oil-finished hardwood flooring that remains so popular today. If it’s true what they say about imitation being the sincerest form of flattery, then co-owner Mitch Tagle must feel like the belle of the ball. I recently caught up with Tagle, and after a few beers and glasses of wine we got to talking...

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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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