Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Is Carpet "Dead" Or Is It "King"?

Jim Gould
In the last few weeks conflicting opinions about the status of the carpet segment in the flooring industry have appeared on this blog and elsewhere. Some industry pundits say carpet is "going out of style" (Chris Ramey); that its "market share has stabilized" after a decline (David Wootton); while others say carpet is "king" (Lew Migliore) and carpet is "gaining share" (Stuart Hirschhorn in Part 1 of his 2 Part post).

What's notable about this is that all of these opinions came from my associates at the Floor Covering Institute. Obviously, there is a diversity of opinion among my own colleagues.

By the same token, I believe that they represent the diversity of opinions in our industry on many issues. For example:

(1) Are distributors growing stronger as they pave a new path or are they dinosaurs?

(2) Is green a fad or a major trend that will change our industry forever?

(3) Will more governmnet regulation protect our industry from unfair practices or will it merely bury us in paperwork?

We began this blog several months ago, not to pontificate to the industry, but to open an unbiased forum in which YOU could participate - for you to bring up issues you felt were important.

After publishing a recent report on the Lacey Act Amendments of 2008, I received a note from a top industry executive saying, "It's about time our industry had an independent voice rather than sources that are pitching their own agenda." That statement meant a great deal to me because one of my goals in forming the institute was to create an independent entity with a broad base of knowledge and expertise coming from executives that have performed as leaders in our industry. While our consultants are members of the institute, they are individuals with their own ideas, opinions and companies.

As advisors to the industry, we have no agenda except to see the floor covering industry succeed and thrive and we will continue to speak independently.

Please take a minute and let us know what is on your mind. Post a comment here or send me an email. You'll probably receive responses from more than one of our associates and don't be surprised if they approach the issue from different angles, perhaps even reaching different conclusions. Hopefully a healthy discussion will ensue.

Jim
jgould@FloorCoveringInstitute.com

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1 comment:

  1. Well, that is a good healthy discussion. But for me, personally, carpet is not dead. There are still a lot of people who likes carpets as an added look in an area of their house.

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