My take: Page 24 from my Surfaces diary

February 15, 2018 | Comments Off on My take: Page 24 from my Surfaces diary

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Steven Feldman   Dear Diary, Another January, another Surfaces. How is it possible that 24 years have flown by this quickly? And how is it that each year we gear up for months for what has to be the most grueling week of the year, yet the show seems to be over in a nanosecond? An adrenaline rush, indeed, in every sense of the word. The festivities...

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My take: Here’s what I’m thinking about today

January 25, 2018 | Comments Off on My take: Here’s what I’m thinking about today

January 22/29, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 16 By Steven Feldman   The year officially begins on Jan. 1, but it is not until the minute that the Mandalay Bay door police yield to the stampede of Surfaces attendees that I feel the year is in full swing. And with that, this is when I am often asked for my thoughts on the year ahead. So, to answer that question…. I’m thinking that barring any missile...

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My take: Ten retailer resolutions for 2018

January 16, 2018 | Comments Off on My take: Ten retailer resolutions for 2018

January 8/15, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 15 By Steven Feldman   Let me first begin this first column of 2018 by wishing our readers a Happy New Year from all of us at Floor Covering News. Here’s hoping 2018 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 2018 to reprint a portion of...

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My take: Another visit from St. Nicholas

December 19, 2017 | Comments Off on My take: Another visit from St. Nicholas

December 18/25, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 14 By Steven Feldman   Back by popular demand, round 2 … ‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house We were praising our advertisers – not FloorFolio or Kraus. Almost all our accounts had stepped up their game; Those who did not we will not mention by name. For most in our industry 2017 was strong; Those who struggled may have done something wrong. So many...

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My take: What does tax reform mean for small business?

December 8, 2017 | Comments Off on My take: What does tax reform mean for small business?

November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Steven Feldman   Tax reform. You’ve been hearing about it since pre-election 2016. Now it is virtually assured as it moves from rhetoric to reality. I’m not here to debate the pros and cons of it, especially considering a final bill has not yet landed on the President’s desk. But as the publisher of the industry’s leading trade magazine, I felt it was our duty to...

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My take: There’s a lot to be thankful for

November 27, 2017 | Comments Off on My take: There’s a lot to be thankful for

November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 By Steven Feldman   The holiday season is now in full swing, and hopefully all our readers had a joyous Thanksgiving and kept the weight gain in check. You know, Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on everything for which we are thankful, something we should be doing regularly, not solely on the fourth Thursday of November. Anyway, I thought it would be fun to share some of...

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My take: Catching up with an old friend

November 13, 2017 | Comments Off on My take: Catching up with an old friend

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Steven Feldman   For 14 years Bruce Zwicker led Haines, formerly known as J.J. Haines, the industry’s largest distributor. Under his watch the wholesaler experienced unprecedented growth, both organic and through four acquisitions. I recently caught up with him, six months removed from his retirement from the company. He’s been enjoying life—traveling, family, the normal stuff—while looking for the next challenge. We talked about the past, present...

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My Take: Installation—It’s time for the call to action

October 27, 2017 | Comments Off on My Take: Installation—It’s time for the call to action

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Steven Feldman   We forever talk about the shortage of installers, to the point of often dubbing this the “installation crisis,” but how many of us are doing anything about it? I mean, many retailers throughout the country are finding innovative ways to recruit, train and retain mechanics, but unless you’ve spent the last decade burying your head in the sand like an ostrich, you would agree...

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My take: My updated list of ‘most annoying’ travelers

October 27, 2017 | Comments Off on My take: My updated list of ‘most annoying’ travelers

September 11/18, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 7 By Steven Feldman   There are times when we all get writer’s block. This is one of those times. Maybe the ADHD is setting in. More probable is that my difficulty in focusing is due to a couple of hurricanes that ravaged parts of two of our most populous states, followed by the 16-year anniversary of 9/11. So I apologize if my head is not in the game...

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My take: Who says there’s no news in flooring?

October 27, 2017 | Comments Off on My take: Who says there’s no news in flooring?

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Steven Feldman   It’s a pretty rare occurrence these days when a big story breaks in the flooring industry. It’s not like 20 years ago when every five minutes Shaw, Mohawk, Beaulieu and/or Armstrong were making significant acquisitions. So with that, consider this issue of FCNews somewhat of a throwback. In most weeks, the presentation of our Al Wahnon Lifetime Achievement Award would be in the lead spot. But...

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