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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Retailers recall top intros of 2017

December 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Retailers recall top intros of 2017

November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Lindsay Baillie   FCNews asked retailers to name the top flooring introductions of 2017. It should come as no surprise that the responses covered a broad range of products across the spectrum—LVT/WPC, wood, laminate and carpet. Some of the products identified were updated designs and looks from intros of 2016, while others were completely new launches. Following is an overview of the new products that stood...

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Commercial sector stalls, then rebounds, in 2016

October 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Commercial sector stalls, then rebounds, in 2016

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Reginald Tucker   The U.S. non-residential construction industry finished strong in 2016, with key end-use segments posting some of the highest numbers since the market began to rebound in the spring of 2015. That’s according to newly released U.S. Department of Commerce figures that show non-residential construction spending reached a seasonally adjusted annual value of $430.1 billion in December, nearly the same as November 2016 but up 9.2%...

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Commercial sector stalls, then rebounds, in 2016

July 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Commercial sector stalls, then rebounds, in 2016

July 3/10: Volume 32, Issue 2 By Reginald Tucker   The U.S. non-residential construction industry finished strong in 2016, with key end-use segments posting some of the highest numbers since the market began to rebound in the spring of 2015. That’s according to newly released U.S. Department of Commerce figures that show non-residential construction spending reached a seasonally adjusted annual value of $430.1 billion in December, nearly the same as November 2016 but up 9.2%...

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Commercial: Strong end-use sector activity drives contract flooring purchases

July 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Commercial: Strong end-use sector activity drives contract flooring purchases

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1 By K.J. Quinn   A continued increase in hard surface consumption led to another year of growth in the commercial market sector in 2016. FCNews research showed the commercial market sector generated $6.396 billion in flooring sales—down slightly from 2015 but up nearly 20% from 2011. Tipping the scales is carpet, which generated roughly $3.923 billion in sales, accounting for just over 61% of the commercial market. Observers estimate...

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NeoCon preview: Commercial products take center stage

June 9, 2017 | Comments Off on NeoCon preview: Commercial products take center stage
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Armstrong realigns commercial, residential sales management operations

March 9, 2017 | Comments Off on Armstrong realigns commercial, residential sales management operations

March 13/20, 2017: Volume 31, Issue 20 By Reginald Tucker   Joe Bondi Armstrong Flooring has initiated the process of uniting its commercial and residential business operations. Specifically, the realignment entails the integration of the company’s residential and commercial sales, marketing and product management teams. The move also combines the resilient and wood manufacturing operations. Under the new structure, several key executive positions have changed. Joe Bondi, formerly senior vice president—North America Residential, will now...

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Mohawk Commercial rolls through first 11 weeks of fantasy league

November 28, 2016 | Comments Off on Mohawk Commercial rolls through first 11 weeks of fantasy league

November 21/28, 2016: Volume 31, Number 12 Eleven weeks into the NFL season, defending champion Mohawk Commercial remains atop the FCNews’ Fanstasy Football for a Cause league standings, but the race is heating up. The MoComm Machine has lost just once and has already raised $3,500 for its cause, Susan G. Komen. The powerhouse leads FCNews in the standings by a mere half-game. It’s another three games back to Salesmaster and Coverings, which have raised...

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