Month: January 2009

Keep On Top of Industry Trends at Surfaces 2009

Once again, Surfaces 2009 is just around the corner! This year, interactive technology makes it so much easier for you to organize yourself before the show. The digital brochure (an incredible piece of software engineering, I must say) can be downloaded to your phone, and you can make appointments online. As usual, Carol Wilkins, Conference …

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Where Have All the Customers Gone? A Look at the Luxury Market

My information from the retail and wholesale end of the flooring industry is that the middle and lower end of the market is pretty much gone. This started me thinking about the better end of the market… are luxury customers gone as well? To answer this question, I immediate thought of Chris Ramey, president and founder …

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What To Do In An Economic Downturn

Go On The Offense or Defense? Recent McKinsey research indicates that during the last two recessions (1990–91 and 2000–01), growth slowed for nearly every retail subsector in the United States. Of the retailers that existed during both downturns, 93% experienced slowing revenue growth in one of the recessions, and 59% endured it in both. Unfortunately, …

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