E-letter: Pets and marketing

I often catch myself shaking my head at what we seem to be willing to accept from our celebrities and politicians. Essentially, I am talking about people that make their living by pretending they are something they are not. Year after year, we pay a king’s ransom to people that are nothing more than minstrels, […]

E-letter: Splitting in two

There are some interesting observations to be made around the Yellow Sea, all of a sudden. Taking North Korea first, it appears as if Kim Jong Un may actually agree to defuse tensions. Irrespective, I have never understood what he is. Possibly, in addition to using his friends and family for mortar practice and dog […]

Science and academia take on business

WE GOT AN INTERESTING LETTER from a reader regarding the current controversy around climate change, so we think this time we will reprint our response so people will know some of the debate surrounding the matter from a business perspective. We have omitted his last name and location since he did, originally, only revealing it […]

E-letter: Plain English

Well, our redoubtable prime minister has made it into the world headlines once more, this time for man-‘splainin’ to a woman why she should say peoplekind instead of mankind. Peoplekind is neither in the dictionary nor the social lexicon, so we are left wondering what he meant, especially after a certain amount of backlash sent […]

E-letter: Resolution 2018 is in our hands

RESOLVED: That the future of the floor-covering industry in North America is entirely in the hands of the secondary floor-covering industry in North America.   Well, there it is, 2018, stretching out in front of us like some kind of latter-day Dominion Lands Act for us to claim, develop, sell off, build, plant or do […]

Kick back with us

DEALS HAPPEN IN VEGAS and not just at the black jack tables. If you are attending The International Surfaces Event this month, your objective will be to play your cards right and come back to Canada with a winning hand. That’s why we go every year. As we pointed out 12 months ago, one of the first things […]

E-letter: A Christmas story

Winter has drifted its sheet of sleep over Canada. The first day of winter, they say, is Dec. 21. That is also my wedding anniversary day. It saves on memory stress. Winter is a time for story-telling, and I have one in mind as a departure from some of our more contemporary topic areas. So […]

Go for it

THE LITTLE, STONE GENERAL STORE in the next town over closed down this month. What a loss. In addition to such standard fare as chicken soup and baking supplies, the store sported artisan condiments and fancy sweets as well as a little butcher shop, complete with bespoke meats, cheese and sausages. My dream was to ride […]

E-letter: Design enhancers

Since the advent of desktop computers, the A&D community has been chasing the dream of how best to share their creative thoughts before material gets cut. Even longer than that, flooring retailers have constantly looked for the best visualization platforms to move merchandise, from in-store displays to local newspaper ads. In talking to architects, designers […]

Small business? Go for it!

The little, stone general store in the next town over closed down this month. What a loss. In addition to such standard fare as chicken soup and baking supplies, the store sported artisan condiments and fancy sweets as well as a little butcher shop, complete with bespoke meats, cheese and sausages. My dream was to […]