Executive editor Darius Helm analyzes this year's survey and discusses the challenges commercial contract dealers face, like competition from amateurs, a lack of experienced craftsmen, direct selling and compressed construction schedules.
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Editor Beth Miller explores the changing area rug retail landscape that is forcing manufacturers and retailers alike to devise new strategies to create a balance between brick-and-mortar stores and the e-commerce channel as steady gains continue.
Editor Beth Miller provides a sneak peek into the upcoming Surfaces event taking place in Las Vegas, Nevada—including its comprehensive education program—and discusses the show with attendees from prior years.
Publisher Kemp Harr reports on the annual BDNY hospitality show held in New York City and reports on the presence of major hotel brands as well as the flooring companies promoting their range of products.
Executive editor Darius Helm reviews the Greenbuild show in Boston, focusing on its high profile speakers—including Bill Clinton and Neil deGrasse Tyson—flooring exhibitors and developments in standards and certifications.
Harlan Stone, president of the Multilayer Flooring Association, provides a breakdown of the rigid LVT category, which brings together the best of LVT and laminate flooring. Stone discusses the rationale behind the SPC and WPC classifications.
Publisher Kemp Harr speaks with Randy Merritt about his 41-year career with Shaw Industries. Merritt discusses his time at Shaw, his expectations for the company following his departure, his guiding principles and the flooring industry's future.
Publisher Kemp Harr discusses the U.S. construction industry outlook, reports on the Total Solutions Plus meeting for the tile sector and the NAFCD distributor meeting in Colorado Springs, and weighs in on Mohawk's decision to buy Godfrey Hirst.
Donna Wood, president of Bullock + Wood Design, details the employee-focused goals set forth by the Meridian Credit Union project. The firm relied on Interface to provide biophilic elements to create an environment promoting health and well-being.
Editor Jessica Chevalier highlights Mr. David's, a commercial flooring dealer with nine locations. Brothers David and Leonard were teenagers when they entered the flooring business. Today, they have 52 salespeople and offer a wide range of services.