Ask anybody who went to Chicago to attend NeoCon this year if the show was a good one and the first thing they’ll talk about were the lines at the elevators, and how treacherous it was navigating the aisles and hallways of that massive building.
There’s no question that bamboo is a star in the sustainability arena. That’s because it grows very quickly -- some bamboo can grow up to two feet per day, and when you cut it down new shoots grow back again almost immediately from its root system. All you have to do is sit on the porch.
At each of the events I’ve attended since last November, regardless of the attendance numbers, the mood of retailers, contractors, installers, designers, installers and even manufacturers has been noticeably upbeat.
Innovation is an interesting thing and it comes in many different forms. The definition of innovation involves the creation of better or more effective products, processes, services, technologies and ideas.
The economy and specifically the state of the recovery seem to be a favorite topic for many of us. Sometimes, with so many versions of the same economy being bantered about by so many talking heads, it’s tough getting a reading on a version that’s credible and convincing.
It has been several years since I last attended the Atlanta International Area Rug Market, and since I skipped Domotex Hannover this year I had a great opportunity to get back in the area rug sphere and check out firsthand how much the domestic rug business has changed over the past few years.
It wasn’t so many years ago that the talk around the industry was if you were a distributor your days were numbered. The entire species was supposed to go extinct before too much longer. Well, if you attended the 2011 NAFCD convention in Nashville you know the news of the sector’s demise was a gross exaggeration.
We’re on our way back from a trip to Viken, Sweden, and Valinge Innovation’s Expo 2011 along with a chance to see the company’s new R&D Center. The trip couldn’t even be dulled by the assault of the mystifying Charles de Gaulle airport. What were they thinking anyway?
In the November 2019 issue of Floor Trends, find out how flooring manufacturers are using creative marketing to connect with consumers. Also in this issue, see some of the latest wood flooring products from Bruce Hardwood and American OEM.