Surfaces 2009

It seemed to be business as usual at the Surfaces Convention this week. Mannington had moved from the main showroom to a prime spot in the Venetian hallways, and Armstrong had moved from the Hotel of Mandalay Bay to a nice spot just off the main hallway in the Venetian. The net effect of their booth moves and others were a plus for the convention.

The attendees were supposedly over 50% off from last year, however this was not evident to me. It is probably true that the decision makers were there. There’s no doubt that many areas upstairs in the main showroom seemed empty, however, there were many booths upstairs that always seemed very busy.

Downstairs the story was a bit different, with lots of small booths and a grid layout that kept even the most seasoned attendees a little bit lost. The traffic was very steady and very good. Our booth was downstairs, showing primarily residential sheet vinyl and hardwood flooring, and we were extremely pleased with the show.

The show definitely had a California slant for attendees. This would seem normal since Las Vegas is so much closer to the west coast versus the east. Besides west coast dealers, there seemed to be lots of attendees from Canada. This surprised me, but customers from anywhere are good to see. The Canadians seemed very interested in our programs and hopefully will do some business.

The Chinese were definitely there in force, but only seemed interested in selling, not buying. I priced several 12 mil, high-gloss laminate products, and always got a similar answer. The prices ran $.95 to $1.20 landed in Dalton, Georgia. They had no US warehouse, and basically no customer services. They spoke broken English, but I think they tried to explain they had good German manufacturing equipment and their locking systems did not infringe on anyone’s patent.

All in all, Surfaces is an excellent industry show. They have made a go of it without the support of Shaw or Mohawk. Our industry needs an annual show, and I wish these two industry giants would support it. I would also like to see Surfaces move to an east coast location like Orlando or Atlanta, but Las Vegas is fine. Las Vegas is always a fun place to visit, and I guess the powers that be think it is the best location, and maybe it is. A Las Vegas show is a whole lot better than no show at all.

If you missed Surfaces 2009, you missed a great show. I only hope next year will be bigger and better. We’ve got to work hard and work smart to get through this difficult year. Do your business a favor and don’t miss out next year.

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International Builder’s Show

International Builders' ShowWe’re having a very busy week at Carpet Express with five of our key salespeople at the International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. We have shown at the IBS for the last 11 years, and it always proves to be an exciting time.

The Internation Builders’ Show rotates between Las Vegas, Dallas, Orlando, and Atlanta, with one big show every year about this time. The last two shows have been in Orlando, Florida, and we have been fortunate to find several very good and very large new customers. I hope this year in Las Vegas will be this successful. The builder show is also an excellent spot to visit with our existing customers from around the country, as well as meet lots of new customers and friends.

Business remains reasonably strong at Carpet Express, despite continued bad news in the financial and housing sectors. The country seems to have a positive attitude with our new president, which hopefully will translate into better business for all of us. Unfortunately, there are no quick fixes for our housing industry and we all are just going to have to work harder and smarter.

I’ll be back in Las Vegas at the Sands convention center for the Surfaces floor covering trade show in about 2 weeks. Mike and I attend this show every year, and it is really the best way to stay in touch with the entire floorcovering industry. Las Vegas is always a fun place to conduct business and see a show. You just have to be careful not to get caught up in all the hoop-lah.

Here’s to a better year for everyone in ’09, and good luck to president Obama!

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Free Passes to the 2009 International Builders’ Show

Free tickets to Vegas? Not exactly. But they are free passes to the Internation Builders’ Show, which is in Las Vegas. If you’re in the area around January 20-23, then you’ll want to be sure and stop by our booth at the show. Here’s a link to the ticket application:

http://www.BuildersShow.com/CarpetExpressInc

Hope to see you there!

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2009 International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas

We’ve been getting a number of requests for passes to the 4-day International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas. The show will be January 20-23, 2009. In order to help out our customers and potential customers, we decided to give you the link here:

http://www.BuildersShow.com/CarpetExpressInc

Just fill out the application for your free passes. We hope to see you there!

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The 2008 International Builders’ Show

International Builders Show in Orlando, FloridaThe “2008 International Builders’ Show” held February 13 – 16 in Orlando, Florida was a tremendous success for Carpet Express. This was the 10th consecutive year we showed and also our best. The enthusiasm builders showed toward our floor covering products and prices would make you think we were in a building-boom instead of a nation wide housing slump.

Hardwood Flooring and laminate were our most requested products, but our carpet programs and specials were also well received. Many builders looking for engineered hardwood could not believe we were selling Bruce’s 3″ Turlington CW at $1.59 sq. ft. and Bruce 5″ Lock & Fold CW at $1.99 sq. ft. WOW! We had never seen this much excitement or had so many orders placed on the spot at the show.

Hardwood Flooring, Laminate Flooring, and Carpet were our featured programs at the Carpet Express booth at the 2008 International Builders ShowOur nail down strip, plank, and exotics were also very popular. The 3/4″ solid Brazilian Cherry, 3/4″ solid Hickory, and 3/4″ solid oak hand scraped ranging from $3.99 to $4.99 sq. ft. were a big hit. These season builders understood a tremendous value when they saw it.

Beautiful hardwood flooring in-stock and ready to ship to your building site is a great way to make a happy customer. As one builder said, “We’re going to be doing a lot of business for a long time, and I’m not just blowing smoke. Please send those samples ASAP.”

Hardwood Flooring at The International Builders' Show was a great success.The “International Builders’ Show was great. If you missed us there, please call (800) 922-5582 or email to take advantage of these great deals.

The International Builders’ Show would not be complete without celebrities and a lot of hoopla. With the “Daytona 500” only three days away and 45 minutes from the convention center, many drivers visited their sponsors’ booths at the show. Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, and Tony Stewart all drew huge crowds. The floor covering business was great, but it is always fun to take a little time to enjoy the show.

If you’ve never visited the International Builders’ Show, you should. It is a great experience. With our seniority, we will gladly supply free tickets for our customers and friends for the 2009 Builders’ Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. We hope to see you there!

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