Executive forecast: Industry leaders look forward to robust year ahead

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November 27-December 11, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 13 By Ken Ryan   Words like “sluggish” and “tepid” to describe growth in the flooring industry are being replaced by “healthy” and “sustainable” as some of flooring’s top executives see an industry that is now accelerating to a respectable cruising speed as we approach 2018. The catalyst driving this momentum is winning products—the still-booming LVT market and across-the-board innovations in other segments. We expect 2018 will be...

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Retailers recall top intros of 2017

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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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Spotlight: Karndean Designflooring makes it easier to sell more

November 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Spotlight: Karndean Designflooring makes it easier to sell more

November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 By Lindsay Baillie   For retailers navigating the sea of LVT products, diversity is the key to success, experts say. This differentiation can be found in product design and development as well as experiences with a particular manufacturer. Karndean Designflooring aims to provide retailers with opportunities to increase their business via exclusive designs, top-notch customer service and creative marketing materials. “At Karndean, we see flooring differently,” said Emil...

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Resilient: Suppliers pull curtain back on their variations of WPC/rigid core

November 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Resilient: Suppliers pull curtain back on their variations of WPC/rigid core

November 20/27, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 12 By Ken Ryan There are many conflicting representations of what constitutes WPC (waterproof core, as we call it) and rigid core (solid polymer core) in this explosive resilient subcategory. The nascent Multilayer Flooring Association, which is tasked with setting the standard, recently met and agreed the multilayer flooring category is separated into two primary categories—WPC and SPC. But within those acronyms lie many variations, perhaps subtle differences in...

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Marquis: The best is yet to come in hard surfaces

November 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Marquis: The best is yet to come in hard surfaces

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Ken Ryan   It is not uncommon these days for a mid-sized carpet mill to get involved in hard surfaces and try to catch the wave that is the LVT/WPC/rigid core movement. What is uncommon is for that mill to have genuine success to the tune of double-digit growth year over year. Marquis Industries made the leap into the luxury vinyl world nine years ago. Rather than...

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Distribution: Wholesalers reap rewards of the red-hot LVT/WPC categories

November 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Distribution: Wholesalers reap rewards of the red-hot LVT/WPC categories

November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Ken Ryan   Most would agree that year-over-year growth among flooring distributors isn’t what it once was, especially in relation to pre-2006 recession rates. Today distributors are eking out much smaller gains, around 3%-5%, with those that choose the right product mix enjoying the most success. “You could be doing all the right things, but if you don’t have the right product it doesn’t matter—you won’t be...

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Distributors applaud Raskin’s eye for design

November 13, 2017 | Comments Off on Distributors applaud Raskin’s eye for design

Founder’s knack for styling, hot trends raises the bar November 6/13, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 11 By Ken Ryan   Some flooring distributors openly worry that LVT and its subsegments WPC and rigid core—popular and successful though they may be—are becoming another commodity category with low barriers to entry. Others are concerned about what they view as a “sea of sameness” that permeates the landscape. There are some companies that will never be confused with...

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Spotlight: Southwind provides retailers with the complete package

October 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Spotlight: Southwind provides retailers with the complete package

October 23/30, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 10 By Lindsay Baillie   Southwind Carpets, a division of Cherokee Carpet Industries, has been known for providing a range of residential and Main Street commercial carpets to dealers throughout the U.S. and abroad. Since its hard surface division launched in 2015, the company has added LVP, WPC and hardwood collections to its portfolio—providing retailers with the complete flooring package. Southwind’s leap into hard surfaces occurred when the company...

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Resilient: LVT—A five-tool player that’s finding comfort in virtually all segments

October 27, 2017 | Comments Off on Resilient: LVT—A five-tool player that’s finding comfort in virtually all segments

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Ken Ryan   In baseball, a five-tool player excels at all the fundamentals. In flooring, that five-tool “player” would be LVT—a rare product rich in features and versatility suitable for virtually all commercial and residential segments—from Courtyard Marriott hotel rooms to residential basements. LVT (including WPC and rigid core products) has been growing at a double-digit rate for the past several years, during which time it has...

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Resilient: LVT—A five-tool player that’s finding comfort in virtually all segments

October 17, 2017 | Comments Off on Resilient: LVT—A five-tool player that’s finding comfort in virtually all segments

October 9/16, 2017: Volume 32, Issue 9 By Ken Ryan   In baseball, a five-tool player excels at all the fundamentals. In flooring, that five-tool “player” would be LVT—a rare product rich in features and versatility suitable for virtually all commercial and residential segments—from Courtyard Marriott hotel rooms to residential basements. LVT (including WPC and rigid core products) has been growing at a double-digit rate for the past several years, during which time it has...

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