1 of 3 - John McDevitt, Former 3M Corporate Economist discusses the state of the economic recovery, the number behind Friday’s jobless numbers, his expectations for the consumer, the replacement market, housing and last week’s face-off between Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke and Chairman of the House Banking Committee, Paul Ryan.
Michael Zmijewski, president of Mr. David’s, talks about the industry-wide installation situation, the average age of Mr. David’s installers, and the unique way the company calls on these seasoned installers to mentor younger installers, assist them in managing the jobsite as well as recruiting. Also discussed is how the company approaches recruitment.
Tom Jennings, vice president of development, World Floor Covering Association (WFCA), talks about retail salespeople and the installation knowledge level in that community. Jennings discusses the advantages to salespeople of having a working knowledge of installation in terms of helping to reduce problems and ensuring a high level of consumer satisfaction.
Scott Levy, president of Arley Wholesale, talks about the Arley’s positive performance in 2019 and the importance of having the right products, the right people, and the right customers. Levy also discusses trends in the pricing of ceramics nationwide, noting that pricing is down as a result of Spanish producers.
Stuart Hirschhorn, research director for Catalina Research, looks at sales to date in the industry and shares his outlook for the rest of 2019 sales. He notes that because of oversupply in 2018, he expects sales at the producer level this year to be no better than flat in dollar volume and off in square foot sales. At the retail level, he expects an increase of 2-3% as the result of working off inventory.
Chad Ogden, president and CEO of industry-specific software provider QFloors, talks about the various elements of QFloors software and how retailers usually adopt these elements into their operations, with the majority of retailers adopting the core features all at one time. Ogden also talks about the educational elements available to assist retailers’ proficiency.
Doug Chadderdon, president and CEO of Great Floors, a chain of 22 retail and commercial showrooms across the Pacific Northwest, talks about efforts to build traffic and how media expenditures have changed with the bulk of budgets going towards digital advertising.
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.