Latest bamboo, cork intros stir visual interest

April 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Latest bamboo, cork intros stir visual interest

April 2/9, 2018: Volume 33, Issue 21 By Lindsay Baillie   Touting qualities such as durability, comfort underfoot and water resistance, cork and bamboo products provide the industry with eco-friendly flooring suitable for both residential and commercial applications. Following is an overview of some of the newest cork and bamboo innovations that promise to captivate consumers not only with updated visuals, but also with reasonable price points. Bamboo Hardwoods Bamboo Hardwoods’ new Symphony line features...

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Cork: Retailers position product as environmental option

October 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Cork: Retailers position product as environmental option

August 14/21: Volume 32, Issue 5 By Lindsay Baillie   Cork continues to present itself as an environmentally friendly product with a multitude of benefits and performance characteristics. In addition to being a “green” product, cork provides warmth and comfort underfoot, sound and noise reduction as well as long-term performance. The product’s green story is especially important for retailers looking to position cork as an alternative to other types of flooring. Where retailers position cork...

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Cork: Retailers position product as environmental option

August 22, 2017 | Comments Off on Cork: Retailers position product as environmental option

August 14/21: Volume 32, Issue 5 By Lindsay Baillie   Cork continues to present itself as an environmentally friendly product with a multitude of benefits and performance characteristics. In addition to being a “green” product, cork provides warmth and comfort underfoot, sound and noise reduction as well as long-term performance. The product’s green story is especially important for retailers looking to position cork as an alternative to other types of flooring. Where retailers position cork...

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Scoring flooring: Industry stats for 2016

July 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Scoring flooring: Industry stats for 2016

June 26: Volume 32, Issue 1   The flooring industry in 2016 continued its recovery from The Great Recession. While growth rates pale in comparison to the mid-2000s heydays, the industry last year continued to post steady gains across the board with increases of 5.1% in dollars and 3.8% in volume. This comes on the heels of 4.4% growth in dollars and 3.2% in volume in 2015; 3.6% growth in dollars and 1.8% in volume...

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Cork: Product positioning is key to optimizing sales opportunities

August 29, 2016 | Comments Off on Cork: Product positioning is key to optimizing sales opportunities

August 22/29, 2016; Volume 31, Number 5 By Reginald Tucker The benefits and performance attributes of cork are well documented: The product provides comfort underfoot, sound/noise reduction and impact resistance. Plus, its reputation as a renewable resource makes it an environmentally friendly product category. However, the product cannot sell itself; it requires product knowledge, creativity and a consultative sales approach. Following are some tips from cork manufacturers. “The most successful dealers are the ones who...

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Power of brands: Flooring brands still pack a big punch

August 29, 2016 | Comments Off on Power of brands: Flooring brands still pack a big punch

August 22/29, 2016; Volume 31, Number 5 By Ken Ryan A flooring brand isn’t like an automobile moniker, at least not to the naked eye. Virtually every vehicle on the road is adorned with a logo or a name, or a distinct style that defines its make and model. With flooring, the average consumer may not know the brand of carpet or hardwood floor installed in her home. But does that make the power and...

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Amorim takes enhanced approach to composites

March 14, 2016 | Comments Off on Amorim takes enhanced approach to composites

Cork core offers differentiated bells and whistles March 14/21, 2016; Volume 30, Number 19 By Steven Feldman Porto, Portugal—In a world that has become flooded with different variations of waterproof flooring products, retailers are finding it difficult to find discernible differences between the new products and names in which manufacturers are branding them. The one commonality: to grab their share of a market pioneered a few years ago by USFloors with its CoreTec franchise. At...

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CARE forms California council on carpet recovery

February 12, 2016 | Comments Off on CARE forms California council on carpet recovery

Sacramento, Calif.–The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) has announced the formation of the California Council on Carpet Recycling (Carpet Council), an 18-member advisory group, selected to provide guidance to CARE on California’s carpet recycling efforts. According to CARE, the Council represents diverse stakeholders from across the state and carpet recycling industry, including carpet retailers and installers; collectors, haulers and processors of recycled carpet; manufacturers of products made from recycled carpet; as well as non-governmental organizations...

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SURFACES 2016 COVERAGE – Carpet: Mills look to compete with rise of hard surface

February 8, 2016 | Comments Off on SURFACES 2016 COVERAGE – Carpet: Mills look to compete with rise of hard surface

February 1/8; Volume 30/Number 16 By Ken Ryan Las Vegas—Carpet mills are not standing pat amid the fierce competition from hard surfaces. The response from mills in attendance at The International Surface Event [TISE] is to push back in a number of ways—mostly by stepping up efforts on the style and design front. Other strategies entail adding custom rug programs, creating carpet looks that mimic or complement hardwood or outright expanding offerings to include hard...

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California Carpet Stewardship assessment to increase on April 1

February 2, 2016 | Comments Off on California Carpet Stewardship assessment to increase on April 1

Sacramento, Calif.–The Carpet America Recovery Effort (CARE) and CalRecycle announced at a public meeting an updated assessment fee of 20 cents per square yard on all carpet sold or shipped in California, effective April 1, 2016. The rate is an increase from the previous assessment of 10 cents per square yard, to be collected as a non-tax item at the point of sale, throughout the sale and distribution chain, to the final customer. “The assessment...

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