I talk a lot about the threat of Home Depot and Lowe’s to floorcovering specialty retailers, but the fact is, there are a lot of other mass merchant and big box retailers that compete effectively against independents.
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The residential flooring business remained fairly healthy through the first three quarters of 2006.
When laminate flooring made its U.S. debut about 15 years ago, profits were a lot easier to come by than they are today.
Cersaie, the giant Italian ceramic and porcelain exhibition, broke several records in its 24th year.
Competition is fierce in the retail sector these days, and all signs seem to be saying, “You ain’t seen nothing yet!”
In every survey we do—the Retail Survey, the Top 250 Design Survey, the Contract Dealer Survey, the Facility Managers Survey—installation is always the top problem, year after year.
The first time I noticed Faus Floors was back in 2000, when that firm showed up at the big ceramic tile show, Coverings.
When times are good, people don’t complain as much as they do when times are bad. The nation’s Top 250 designers are certainly more content this year than they have been for a long time.
These days, 43 years is a long time to stay in business. While many Fortune 500 companies have come and gone in that time, Home Valu Interiors has been able to not only stay in business, but also to evolve and prosper.
The cash and carry outlet concept created by Floor & Decor Outlets of America has been so successful that both CCA Global and Alliance Flooring are now creating their own versions of it.