Everybody wants to gain some sort of insight into the future, to get some sort of realistic inkling as to what business will look like next month, next year and beyond. So, we set out to provide some answers along these lines to help floor covering retailers to better plan for the future. To provide these answers, we called on the floor covering industry’s consummate number cruncher, Maharishi and researcher who for years has published a litany of reports on the floor covering business and its various sectors, as well as reports on kitchen and bath products, building materials, building services and more industries they we can list here.
Of course, we’re referring to Stuart Hirschhorn, research director at Catalina Research, and frequent guest on TalkFloor.com. It was our mission to get a feel for the economy and its various elements, where it’s going for the rest of the year and what in turn this will spell for the floor covering business. You can listen to this interview in its entirety on the Floortrendsmag.com website under TalkFloor podcasts. But here are some excerpts of that conversation.