Top selling tips for cork, bamboo

August 8, 2019 | Comments Off on Top selling tips for cork, bamboo

August 5/12, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 4 By Megan Salzano   Cork and bamboo flooring have unique features and benefits, which, if promoted properly, can entice a variety of consumers. First, however, flooring store owners have a number of topics they must become familiar with in order to be successful with these products—from sustainability to installation to showroom placement. With those topics in mind, several major manufacturers in these respective flooring categories gave FCNews the...

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Wood: Canadian players carve out their own niches in the market

July 12, 2019 | Comments Off on Wood: Canadian players carve out their own niches in the market

Suppliers leverage capabilities in finishing, service and logistics   July 8/15, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 2 By Reginald Tucker   With all the talk of tariffs in recent months, much of the focus has been on hardwood flooring manufacturers from China and Southeast Asia. But you can’t overlook the impact that suppliers from Canada have had—and continue to have—on the U.S. market. Given their long reputation for producing some of the clearest, cleanest maple flooring...

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Wood: Price hikes, look-alikes squeeze profit margins

July 1, 2019 | Comments Off on Wood: Price hikes, look-alikes squeeze profit margins

June 24/July 1, 2019: Volume 35, Issue 1 By Reginald Tucker   While several major hardwood flooring manufacturers reported modest sales increases in 2018, many will admit that profit margins were a bit tighter than they would have liked. That’s due in large part to numerous price increases enacted last year in response to rising lumber and energy costs. On top of that, portions of the category—particularly entry-level products—faced pricing pressures from the surging popularity...

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Getting with the ‘Times

June 13, 2019 | Comments Off on Getting with the ‘Times

Canadian manufacturer ups the ante on waterproof wood June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Steven Feldman   The waterproof flooring category is by far the fastest-growing segment of the floor covering industry, and one of the latest innovations within this category has been something referred to as composite engineered waterproof wood flooring. In layman’s terms, it’s a real wood veneer attached to a waterproof rigid core, which—according to the National Wood Flooring Association’s...

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NWFA honors individual, group achievements

May 31, 2019 | Comments Off on NWFA honors individual, group achievements

May 27/June 3, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 25 By Reginald Tucker   Fort Worth, Texas—The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) held a special ceremony here at its annual convention last month to recognize individuals and organizations alike for their contributions to the industry. These ranged from service awards honoring important achievements to master craftsmen who showcase their installation skills all the way down to the next generation of wood flooring professionals. Following is an overview...

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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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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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Wood: State of the industry—Key sectors fuel greater buying activity

April 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Wood: State of the industry—Key sectors fuel greater buying activity

April 15/22, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 23 By Reginald Tucker   Like other hard surface sectors facing intense competition from the likes of LVT/WPC/SPC, hardwood flooring also felt pressure in terms of both market share and profit margins. But thanks to strong end-use activity in 2018, the category continued to post respectable numbers despite the onslaught of so many wood look-alike products. It’s not just the widely held belief that real hardwood remains the most...

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NWFA 2019 preview: Stage is set for hardwood’s premiere event

April 8, 2019 | Comments Off on NWFA 2019 preview: Stage is set for hardwood’s premiere event

April 1/8, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 22 By Reginald Tucker   The National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) is looking to corral wood flooring professionals from all segments of the industry to attend the group’s annual conference and expo, which is set to take place May 1–3 at the Fort Worth Convention Center. Visitors are encouraged to participate in a host of educational sessions, networking events and group activities while perusing the scores of exhibitor booths slated...

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