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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Dealers praise Karndean’s focus on design

May 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Dealers praise Karndean’s focus on design

May 13/20, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Lindsay Baillie   Karndean’s Art Select in Reclaimed Chestnut provides dealers with unique visuals to offer clients. If a manufacturer is going to compete in the resilient flooring category it must possess top-notch products backed by performance, design and service. According to several flooring dealers, Karndean Designflooring is doing just that—and more. With “design” strategically placed in the center of its name, there is no surprise that...

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Wood: Domestics vs. exotics—A matter of taste, economics

May 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Wood: Domestics vs. exotics—A matter of taste, economics

May 13/20, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker   In the perennial battle between domestically produced hardwood and imported exotics, anecdotal information shows homegrown species are continuing to grow in popularity at a much faster rate than their tropical counterparts. At the same time, suppliers of hardwood flooring from South America, Southeast Asia and even parts of Africa said they are seeing a resurgence in demand for some of their products. “In terms...

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Wood: NWFA convention—Industry looks to leverage category’s winning proposition

May 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Wood: NWFA convention—Industry looks to leverage category’s winning proposition

May 13/20, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker Fort Worth, Texas—Although hardwood remains arguably the most aspirational flooring product today, it is increasingly facing intense competition from look-alike products such as LVT, WPC and SPC. The most effective way to recoup market share, proponents say, is to make a more compelling case for retailers and, ultimately, consumers to go for the real thing. That was the prevailing message that came out of the...

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Carpet: Fiber report—Latest soft intros take cues from hard surfaces

May 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Carpet: Fiber report—Latest soft intros take cues from hard surfaces

May 13/20, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan   The growth of hard surfaces is viewed in some circles as an impediment to the health of the broadloom industry. And yet, mill executives say it is hard surfaces that are influencing some of today’s positive trends in soft surface fiber. Indeed, there are many fiber technologies in play today that enable multi-color dyes and tonal carpets to complement hard surfaces to create a...

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Starnet: Spring conference marks Matson’s swan song

May 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Starnet: Spring conference marks Matson’s swan song

May 13/20, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan   Scottsdale, Ariz.—The recent Starnet meeting proved to be a fitting exclamation point on the tenure of Jeanne Matson, whose 13-year reign as president and CEO was marked by steady increase in both members and vendor partners as well as record-setting performance among the co-op partners. The spring meeting, held here at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess earlier this month, was yet one more reminder of...

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Tariff wars: Flooring industry braces for impact of retaliatory hikes

May 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Tariff wars: Flooring industry braces for impact of retaliatory hikes

May 13/20, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Ken Ryan While some flooring executives applaud the hardline stance the Trump administration is taking with China regarding trade, the verdict is unanimous that the tariff increase to 25% on goods sourced from China—including vinyl flooring and raw materials for solid hardwood—will hurt the flooring industry. On May 10, the Trump administration hiked tariffs on $200 billion of Chinese goods to 25% from 10%. Three days later,...

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Ten people making a difference

May 20, 2019 | Comments Off on Ten people making a difference

May 13/20, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25   Success in business or life can be measured in a multitude of ways. However, leaving a positive impression on others may be one of the most rewarding measurements. Whether this is done through overcoming obstacles, strong leadership, incredible talent or endearing persistence, the individuals celebrated in this year’s Ten People Making a Difference list have all left their mark on the flooring industry. FCNews’ Ten People Making...

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Installation: Self-levelers smooth over rough subfloors

May 6, 2019 | Comments Off on Installation: Self-levelers smooth over rough subfloors

April 29/May 6, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 24 By Lindsay Baillie For a consumer to get the most out of her floor, the product must be installed properly. As retailers, installers and contractors know, the success of any installation starts with a properly prepped substrate. To help installers with this important step, manufacturers are developing new self-levelers to shorten prep time and create better working environments for all on the construction site. Here is an...

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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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