It probably comes as no surprise that the slump in the housing market has sent sales of laminate plummeting in the last year, with the biggest drop-off in the first half of this year.
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Most retailers probably wouldn’t make huge changes to their business when sales are strong.
In a recent meeting in Houston, I gathered with a group of key dealers to discuss issues that impacted their success.
If you read July’s feature, The 2007 Retail Survey, you know that there aren’t a whole lot of optimistic retailers out there these days, except maybe in the Pacific Northwest.
After some lackluster years in the early 2000s, the commercial market came roaring back in 2005, and nowhere has the energy of that market been more evident than at NeoCon 2006 and 2007.
The builders felt it first. Then late last year, the ripple effect from the slumping housing market hit floorcovering retailers, as consumers put remodeling projects on hold.
This year marks a significant milestone for J&J Industries as it celebrates 50 years in business and Jim Jolly steps aside as CEO.
According to Jim Curtin at Shaw Living, within 30 days of buying a hardwood or ceramic floor, the average consumer is going to buy an area rug. If she’s already standing in your store, why not sell her a rug right then?
Last month, Armstrong World Industries announced that it’s establishing its own retail distribution network in the Pacific Northwest.
One of the selling points solid wood floors have always had over other flooring choices was that they quite literally never wear out, because they can be sanded and refinished multiple times.