Executive forecast: Carpet—Mills focus on the finer things in fiber

December 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Executive forecast: Carpet—Mills focus on the finer things in fiber

December 10/17, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 14 By Ken Ryan   Even as the overall residential replacement market has declined in recent years, there continues to be positive news emanating from the higher end of the carpet segment, primarily so-called “better goods.” This middle to upper-end segment offers dealers improved margin opportunities while giving their consumers what they desire—luxurious soft goods in their homes. This trend is expected to continue into 2019. Mark Clayton CEO...

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Carpet: Mills raise ante on performance, product design

November 30, 2018 | Comments Off on Carpet: Mills raise ante on performance, product design

November 26/December 3, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 12 By Ken Ryan   Innovation came in many forms in 2018. For some carpet mills it was about new tufting technology. For others, it was room visualization tools. In one case, it was about partnering with social influencers of the feline persuasion. It all added up to a year of excitement in a soft surface category that is looking to make headlines of its own after years...

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Dealers give Shaw’s Bellera stellar reviews

November 19, 2018 | Comments Off on Dealers give Shaw’s Bellera stellar reviews

November 12/19, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 11  By Ken Ryan   Few things excite a flooring retailer more than an exciting new product that is easy to sell, resonates with customers and generates a nice profit. Shaw’s Bellera High Performance Carpet fits that bill, according to dealers who have enjoyed early success with the 2018 launch. “I give it an A+,” said Steve Weisberg, president of Crest Flooring in Allentown, Pa. “I love the product...

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Carpet: Mills leverage versatility, resiliency of nylon

October 22, 2018 | Comments Off on Carpet: Mills leverage versatility, resiliency of nylon

October 15/22, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 9 By Ken Ryan   While there is no doubt polyester has gained significant share in residential carpet over the last decade at the expense of nylon, the latter is still arguably the preferred fiber among flooring retailers, particularly nylon 6,6, which is noted for its resiliency. Nylon has been used as a primary carpet fiber since the early 1960s, and its continued popularity reflects the material’s multipurpose use...

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Carpet: State of the industry—Higher-end, patterned products find a home as segment looks to rebound

September 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Carpet: State of the industry—Higher-end, patterned products find a home as segment looks to rebound

September 3/10, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 6 By Ken Ryan The higher-end residential carpet segment is growing in the low single digits in 2018, buoyed by a more robust economy that has given consumers the confidence to invest in better, higher-end goods. While sales have risen an estimated 2% compared with the same period in 2017, unit volume is down roughly 4%-5%, executives say, as raw material increases continue. This has led to multiple price...

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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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