Surfaces’ education conference now free with registration

October 12, 2010 | Comments Off on Surfaces’ education conference now free with registration

DALLAS—One of the enduring qualities of Surfaces is its educational conference program. Over the market’s 21-year history some of the best and brightest businesspeople from within and outside the industry have shared their knowledge with attendees and the 2011 edition promises to be no different. But there is a major change—actually two—for the upcoming show. People who register for the exhibits prior to Dec. 16 ($15) will have free access to the conference program. After...

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Industry's top selling products vary by region

October 11, 2010 | Comments Off on Industry's top selling products vary by region

Most products cross all boundaries when it comes to popularity—big screen TVs are in demand in New York as much as they are in California or Florida. But when it comes to home decorating items like flooring, where a person lives in the U.S. plays a major role not only on the types of products bought but the particular styles used to spruce up the home. For example, houses in the Northeast are often decorated...

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fcb2b annual meeting: Record numbers embrace new industry web system

October 11, 2010 | Comments Off on fcb2b annual meeting: Record numbers embrace new industry web system

ATLANTA—The Floor Covering Business to Business Association (fcb2b) hosted its annual meeting here at the Renaissance Concourse Hotel from Sept. 8 to 9. Approximately 60 attendees from multiple companies were present, many of whom where first timers, said Pamela Bowe, executive director. The association, comprised of manufacturers, distributors, association members, industry groups and software providers from all levels of the business chain, work together to make product purchasing more efficient and cost-effective. (more…)

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Mannington to increase resilient flooring prices

September 27, 2010 | Comments Off on Mannington to increase resilient flooring prices

Salem, N.J.—Mannington has announced it will implement a 5% price increase on all “better” and “best” collection residential resilient sheet products, effective on shipments starting Nov. 29. (more…)

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State of the carpet industry: Category 'stable' as market share gains continue

September 27, 2010 | Comments Off on State of the carpet industry: Category 'stable' as market share gains continue

Sales of carpet, like that of just about any other product, remain sluggish during the first eight months of 2010 though in comparison to most floor coverings the sector continues to gain market share as end users search for products they believe add more value for their money. While the year so far has been described by many carpet executives as that of a roller coaster, going into the final quarter of 2010 they believe...

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U.S. Department of Commerce hosts day with carpet industry; sustainability, exporting, future among topics

September 27, 2010 | Comments Off on U.S. Department of Commerce hosts day with carpet industry; sustainability, exporting, future among topics

DALTON—With a less than impressive economy this year, the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration embarked on a series of tours across the country, aimed at bringing government and industry together to promote local business. The event here, themed SMARTer Textiles: Enhancing U.S. Competitiveness of the Carpet Industry by Addressing Sustainability Challenges in Local Supply Chains, was a gathering of approximately 80 carpet mill executives, policy makers, politicians and members of the press at Shaw...

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Revolutionary spray adhesives making installation quicker, easier, safer

September 27, 2010 | Comments Off on Revolutionary spray adhesives making installation quicker, easier, safer

Adhesives and floor coverings go together like peanut butter and jelly, though flooring glue is considerably harder to spread. That was, until recent technological advances allowed for a viable spray application, making for a greener, safer product and installation process that contributes to healthy indoor air quality. When one hears the term “spray adhesive” the old method of high pressure systems that distributed glue all over the floor, walls and installer comes to mind. Glue...

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Who and what is driving traffic to retail stores?

September 27, 2010 | Comments Off on Who and what is driving traffic to retail stores?

To some ears, traffic is a dirty word and conjures anxiety, stress and the occasional bout of road rage. For retailers, it is the magic word, essential for a profitable business. For them, something like the 12-day traffic jam outside Beijing last month would have been a dream-come-true, with dollar signs behind the wheel of each car in a seemingly endless stream of revenue. However, not every person is in the market for floor covering,...

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FCNews expands social media presence to YouTube

September 27, 2010 | Comments Off on FCNews expands social media presence to YouTube

HICKSVILLE, N.Y.—Floor Covering News has expanded its industry leading role in showcasing how to use today’s latest social media tools for business with the launch of its own YouTube channel. Located at youtube.com/fcnewsmag it is also accessible through our recently revamped website, fcnews.net. Being involved with social media is nothing new for FCNews. We were among the first to take advantage of the Internet—initially for research and news gathering and then with our own website...

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Beaulieu makes changes to keep up with demand

September 24, 2010 | Comments Off on Beaulieu makes changes to keep up with demand

Dalton, Ga.—As part of its ongoing effort to become the Supplier of Choice by providing its customers with the softest carpets possible at the best possible pricing, Beaulieu announced today that it will be closing its Royston spun yarn facility in Royston, Georgia, on November 26, while increasing production of softer BCF products at other locations. (more…)

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