My take: Learning a little more about millennials

April 10, 2018 | Comments Off on My take: Learning a little more about millennials

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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My take: Not all shows are created equal

March 14, 2018 | Comments Off on My take: Not all shows are created equal

March 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 19 By Steven Feldman   As March nears its close, so, too, does show season. The grueling road trip begins for many with the Shaw and Mohawk regionals in early January, followed by Carpet One/Flooring America, Surfaces, Abbey Carpet, CarpetsPlus/Color Tile, Fuse Alliance, FCICA and who knows what else I’m failing to mention. NWFA, Starnet, National Floorcovering Alliance and FCA Network are all that remains next month. It’s not...

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My take: Best of Surfaces entries that just missed

February 26, 2018 | Comments Off on My take: Best of Surfaces entries that just missed

February 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 18 By Steven Feldman   This issue celebrates the Best of Surfaces winners, the awards competition co-sponsored by Floor Covering News and Informa Exhibitions, owners and operators of The International Surface Event, for the past seven years. The competition highlights innovation, technology, sustainability, style and design, and best large and small booths on display at the industry’s premier event. It is structured in such a way where only the...

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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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