Resilient: LVT, WPC battle for commercial market share

May 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Resilient: LVT, WPC battle for commercial market share

May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Lindsay Baillie   It’s well documented that WPC continues to take market share from other resilient flooring options—as well as competing hard surfaces—specifically in the residential market. Now we are witnessing a battle for share in commercial applications. This trend shows no signs of slowing down as flooring executives, such as Thomas Baert, president, CFL Flooring, predict WPC and other rigid products will continue to expand...

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Suppliers look to fill voids on Main Street

May 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Suppliers look to fill voids on Main Street

May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan   Small businesses, which includes Main Street, are the lifeblood of the U.S. economy. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, businesses with fewer than 20 employees make up 89.6% of all U.S. enterprises and create two-thirds of new jobs. By some estimates, nearly one-third of commercial hard surface flooring volume is tied to the Main Street segment, positioning it as a significant area...

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HD Expo: Products adapt to fit hospitality, restaurant trends

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May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Megan Salzano   Las Vegas—The evolution of the hospitality industry remains apparent through dramatic changes in product, design and specification, but flooring’s role as a foundational element to every built environment remains constant. In fact, designers who spoke with FCNews overwhelmingly agreed that one of their pivotal goals at the show was to see what’s new underfoot. “We definitely look at flooring,” said Nicole Schneck, an interior...

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Contract: State of the industry—LVT, ceramic, carpet tile dominate field

May 31, 2019 | Comments Off on Contract: State of the industry—LVT, ceramic, carpet tile dominate field

May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By K.J. Quinn   It’s “Groundhog Day” for the commercial flooring business. Similar to the Hollywood comedy in which a cynical TV weatherman finds himself reliving the same day over and over again, industry members expect many of the trends and economic indicators that impacted the business the past two years to continue into 2019. Which means hard surfaces—led by LVT and WPC products—will sustain double-digit growth...

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A look back at 2018’s top introductions

May 6, 2019 | Comments Off on A look back at 2018’s top introductions

April 29/May 6, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 24 By Lindsay Baillie and Ken Ryan   In a marketplace plagued by “me-too” products, it is up to manufacturers to develop standout flooring. Whether it’s carpet, hardwood, laminate, tile or resilient, suppliers have had to step up their game in style, design and performance to excite flooring dealers and customers alike. In 2018, the industry saw a plethora of new products enter the scene. Following is an...

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Main Street lined with profit opportunities

March 27, 2019 | Comments Off on Main Street lined with profit opportunities

March 18/25, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 21 By K.J. Quinn   It can be a lucrative business and provide a bit of a buffer against fluctuations in the bellwether residential replacement and new home construction arenas. But truth be told, the Main Street market—sort of a hybrid between specified commercial and small-scale remodel—is a different animal. It not only requires the right portfolio of products to meet the diverse needs of small local businesses such...

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Multi-family sector: Are dealers leaving opportunities on the table?

January 14, 2019 | Comments Off on Multi-family sector: Are dealers leaving opportunities on the table?

January 7/14, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 16 By K.J. Quinn   There is a silver lining for dealers and builders serving the multi-family housing market. Despite published reports that project a slowdown in 2019, numerous economic indicators provide cause for optimism that the market will drive most construction activity in the decade ahead. Multi-family housing permits rose 4.6% to a seasonally adjusted rate of 480,000 in November compared to the same month in 2017, according...

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Commercial: Retail sector lags behind improving economy

July 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Commercial: Retail sector lags behind improving economy

June 26-July 2, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 1   By Reginald Tucker What do Sears, Kmart, J.C. Penney, Macy’s, Payless, Toys ’R Us, Walgreens, Michael Kors and Gymboree have in common? They are among the scores of big retail names that announced massive store closings last year. Sears (358 stores in 2017; 63 in January this year alone); J.C. Penney (138 stores); Macy’s (68 stores); and Payless Shoe Source (900 locations), to name a few....

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Commercial: Corporate, hospitality specifications drive sales

July 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Commercial: Corporate, hospitality specifications drive sales

June 26-July 2, 2018: Volume 34, Issue 1   By K.J. Quinn   A flurry of activity in key end-use sectors—corporate, hospitality and education, among them—drove the bulk of commercial flooring specifications in 2017. FCNews research shows total specified commercial flooring sales grew to $6.62 billion in 2017, a 3.5% increase over 2016’s $6.396 billion. Performance of the respective product categories varied widely, as each sector encountered macro issues impacting demand. Sales of hard surface...

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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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