2005 Outlook: RUG SALES REGAINING MOMENTUM BUT 'GOOD OLD DAYS' ARE GONE
By Lissa Wyman
The rug industry is regaining momentum after three years of sluggish sales, but the business has changed dramatically since the go-go days of the late 90's. Today, issues of pricing,distribution and sourcing are the big challenges facing every level of the business.
LAS VEGAS -- Permit me to introduce myself. I am the person who is questioned, quoted, analyzed, dissected, and pigeon-holed by all those costly marketing surveys. I am a creature who is mysterious, powerful, confused, easily swayed, fast to criticize, and fickle. I am a consumer. Last week I wandered into your world. My assignment was to cover the Surfaces 2005 show as myself -- your ultimate customer.
Report from Surfaces: RUG VENDORS CHALK UP ANOTHER SUCCESS AT SURFACES EXPO
By Lissa Wyman
LAS VEGAS -- Rug vendors chalked up another successful market at the Surfaces Floor Covering Expo here. Retailers crowded the exhibition floor during the entire three-day show, and exhibitors said this was indicative of a new confidence in the country's economy.
Diane Ziegler, right, Rug Decor owner in Hilton Head, SC, was the winner of the Best New Rug Decor Store Award at the Carpet One convention taking place today and tomorrow in Dallas. Ziegler is shown with Rug Decor execs Dave Frazier, director of operations; Scott Hayim, president, and Jon Womack, director of sales.
WORLD MARKET CENTER OFFERS HOTEL DEALS FOR VEGAS FURNISHINGS EVENT
LAS VEGAS -- Home furnishings professionals visiting the first Las Vegas Home Furnishings Market July 25 to 29 can take advantage of special hotel discounts as low as $52 per night, according to the Las Vegas World Market Center.
MANCHESTER, NH -- Russ Smith has been named vice president of new membership for CCA Global Partners. He will be responsible for overseeing membership for Carpet One, Flooring America and International Design Guild.
SORKIN LOSES BATTLE TO SAVE CHINESE SHIPMENT FROM SEIZURE BY US CUSTOMS
WAYNE, PA -- When the US Customs Bureau seizes merchandise, it's not just drug dealers and terrorists who suffer. For the past 20 months, Jerry Sorkin, owner of Distinctive Rugs & More, the suburban Philadelphia retailer, has fought a losing battle to take delivery on a shipment of rugs and antique cabinets he purchased in China in 2003.
FEDERATED DEPARTMENT STORES TO ACQUIRE MAY DEPARTMENT STORES
CINCINNATI -- Federated Department Stores, Inc., headquartered in New York and Cincinnati, has entered into an agreement with The May Department Stores Co., St. Louis, whereby Federated will acquire May.