Carpet: Manufacturers raise the bar on performance, style

July 13, 2018 | Comments Off on Carpet: Manufacturers raise the bar on performance, style

July 9/16, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 2 By Mara Bollettieri   The industry’s leading carpet suppliers are not standing idly on the sidelines watching as hard surface continues to seize more market share. In order to keep the category competitive, many mills are leveraging technology to boost carpet’s performance attributes. Industry observers believe today’s consumer is more educated when it comes to the various flooring options available. More importantly, she understands the difference between value-priced...

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Carpet: Hard surface onslaught keeps growth in check

July 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Carpet: Hard surface onslaught keeps growth in check

June 26/July 2, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 1 By Ken Ryan The uphill battle against unrelenting growth in hard surfaces across multiple segments kept the U.S. carpet market in check in 2017, with overall sales and volume essentially flat for the year. FCNews research shows sales inched ahead 0.6% to $8.83 billion while volume (which includes area rugs) was up a scant 0.4% to 11.25 billion units. Rug sales grew about 3% in 2017, the...

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Xpress Global Systems: Going the extra mile

June 1, 2018 | Comments Off on Xpress Global Systems: Going the extra mile

May 28/June 4, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker In today’s hypercompetitive distribution economy, it’s no longer enough to simply move products from point A to point B. In order to gain an advantage, wholesalers must also go above and beyond by offering value-added services to manufacturers and retailers alike. That’s precisely the edge that Xpress Global Systems, formerly Crown Transport, claims to offer its partners across the supply chain. “We’re the largest...

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Carpet: Fiber report—Color, cleanability and durability get the nod

May 18, 2018 | Comments Off on Carpet: Fiber report—Color, cleanability and durability get the nod

May 14/21, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 24 By Ken Ryan Today’s carpet products are developed with the consumer firmly in mind as mills gather research to ascertain what’s on their customers’ wish lists. More often than not, it is luxuriously soft carpet that combines stylish design, vibrant colors with durability. That’s a tall order to deliver, but consumers have shown a desire to spend top dollar for these goods, and mills are working hard to...

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Carpet: Playing at the high end pays big-time dividends

May 3, 2018 | Comments Off on Carpet: Playing at the high end pays big-time dividends

April 16/23, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 22 By Ken Ryan Carpet mills are taking advantage of the new reality in flooring—with carpet relegated primarily to the bedroom, consumers are willing to spend more to make that soft surface area really stand out. Indeed, carpet mills are finding that even in a shrinking market for soft surface, there is money to be made by playing at the high end. Some examples: Anderson Tuftex Anderson Tuftex had...

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Mills find a niche with custom rug programs

March 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Mills find a niche with custom rug programs

March 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 20 By Ken Ryan   As hard surface products continue to take market share residentially, carpet mills are facing some choices: hope the pendulum swings back to broadloom, or get in on the action. Many of them chose the latter, offering custom area rug programs as an add-on sale to hardwood and other types of hard surfaces. In fact, for some mills, business has been flourishing in this era...

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Carpet: From stain and soil protection to cleaner homes

February 26, 2018 | Comments Off on Carpet: From stain and soil protection to cleaner homes

February 19/26, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 18 By Ken Ryan   Carpet that offers stain and soil protection is no longer merely a trend but a standard feature offered by mills throughout the industry—albeit with new iterations being added continuously. Today’s push is also about providing a healthier home environment, with some companies highlighting products that offer hypoallergenic and antimicrobial properties. Flooring executives say this trend was borne out of extensive consumer research. For example,...

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Anderson Tuftex turns heads in Surfaces debut

February 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Anderson Tuftex turns heads in Surfaces debut

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Ken Ryan and Reginald Tucker   Putting the brands together just makes sense because this is how people live in their homes. That’s how Katie Ford, director of brand strategy, describes the thought process behind the combination of the Anderson and Tuftex brands to form one company. Rest assured, this is not just a merger of brands for simplicity’s sake. “We have reconceptualized both brands, updated the...

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Surfaces Carpet Coverage: Despite hard surface surge, mills double down on soft

February 15, 2018 | Comments Off on Surfaces Carpet Coverage: Despite hard surface surge, mills double down on soft

February 5/12, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 17 By Ken Ryan   Traditional carpet mills invariably face this decision: Do we ride the hard surface tide and introduce our own products, or do we stick to our knitting and stay soft? Surprisingly many are choosing the latter, and they are not apologizing for it. While Dixie Group, Phenix Flooring and Marquis Industries expanded their hard surface assortments at Surfaces—while Engineered Floors officially entered the category—many are...

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FCNews exclusive: Bob Shaw—The interview

January 25, 2018 | Comments Off on FCNews exclusive: Bob Shaw—The interview

January 22/29, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 16   The year was 2009. The economy was in a freefall. Carpet was losing market share to hard surface. You’re nearly an octogenarian with enough money in the bank to last multiple lifetimes. You’re golf game remains respectable. Conventional wisdom dictates that the last thing you would ever do is launch a carpet mill. But conventional has never been a word in Bob Shaw’s vocabulary. Quite the contrary....

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