A pioneer in the industry’s digital media, Dave Foster launched the industry’s first news and information websites, culminating with TalkFloor.com, the industry’s first site offering both audio and video interviews and industry news as it happens. Now with BNP, Foster will continue to travel the industry interviewing its movers and shakers and offering his thoughts in this blog.
Like everybody else I’ve always looked at CARE, the Carpet America Recovery Effort, as forward thinking on the part of the carpet industry in its mission to divert post-consumer from the nation’s landfills.
If you want to get a reading on what the consumer is thinking in this post-recession and the painfully slow recovery era, you need to talk with Gary Johnston, Marketing Communications Brand Manager at Invista.
Certified Floorcovering Installers (CFI) hosted its 19th annual convention in Nashville earlier this month, providing us an opportunity to talk with CFI Chairman Jim Walker. He’s the guy that most people in the industry picture when they think of installation.
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.