Have you ever noticed that some companies and some people don’t seem to be impacted by the doomsayers?
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One of the reasons wood flooring has become so popular in recent years is that customers love its natural warmth and beauty, as well as its distinctive qualities.
The big buzz about a possible $100 billion buyout of Home Depot two months ago got me thinking about the kind of value the company actually represents.
It’s been two years since we’ve surveyed the nation’s leading facility managers, and while the economic landscape—and more specifically, the commercial marketplace—has dramatically changed some aspects of their work, some things never seem to change.
In 2001, Anthony Minite was given the seemingly impossible task of combining Bentley Mills and Prince Street.
A dip in oil prices and at least temporary relief for both retailers and manufacturers from a long succession of price increases.
The fast food industry got it a long time ago with its suggestion that customers get an order of fries with that burger. Savvy flooring retailers are employing a similar technique.
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.
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.