A lifetime achievement for Bob Wagner
The North American Association of Floor Covering Distributors recognized Bob Wagner of Fishman Flooring Solutions in Baltimore, Md., as the recipient of the 2017 NAFCD Lifetime Achievement Award. The award recognizes an individual who has shown exceptional leadership and made outstanding contributions that have led to expanding the vision of the floor covering distribution channel.
Wagner currently serves as president and CEO of Fishman Flooring Solutions.
His experience in the flooring installation business dates back to the mid-1970s, when he was trained as a floor covering installer while in high school and worked in his family’s flooring installation supply business. According to the association, Wagner is actively involved in industry affairs and is a past president of NAFCD.
“Bob Wagner has given a significant amount of time and energy to not only NAFCD over the years but other industry organizations all in an effort to enhance the industry for all,” said NAFCD Executive VP Kevin Gammonley. “He is an effective and passionate voice in the promotion of the value of the wholesale distributor in the channel. He has been a committed volunteer leader who always has the industry’s best interest at heart.”
In his current capacity, Bob oversees more than 210 employees working in 35 locations who, since May 2012, own 100% of their company.
Search terms reveal bug problems
New data suggests that selling mosquito-mitigation products in Virginia or selling fly swatters in Nebraska make good business sense. And across the board, any product that fights bed bugs has a head start toward the cash register.
Tracking and tallying internet search terms and social media content, Terminex — the termite and pest control services company – has determined that the 2017 “Pest of the Year” is the bed bug. This announcement is accompanied by the release of the first edition of the Entomologists’ Almanac, which also features the top pests mentioned in social media posts.
“At Terminix, we have seen a steady increase in bed bug infestations since the 1990s, so we are not surprised bed bugs are the most-searched pest of 2017,” said Paul Curtis, director, technical services at Terminix. “We are excited to release the first Entomologists’ Almanac because this data shows something we see every day at Terminix: People are searching for information about pests online.”
The pest of the year was determined by Terminix based on its research of the highest per capita online search volume of any pest this year. Americans searched for information about bed bugs more than 7.3 million times during 2017.
Terminix dug into social media data to uncover a regional view of pest problems. Here are the top pests by state, based on the overview of social media:
• Virginia, mosquitoes;
• Idaho, beg bugs;
• Nebraska, flies;
• Washington, spiders;
• Connceticut, rats;
• Arizona, termites;
• Hawaii, cockroaches;
• D.C., mice;
• Oregon, ants;
• Massachusetts, hornets.
Eye on Retail: Walmart alters name
Walmart is ending a 48-year habit by removing word "stores" from of its legal name.
The discounter on Wednesday announced that it is changing its legal name from Wal-Mart Stores to Walmart Inc., effective Feb. 1, 2018. The move reflects the chain's growing emphasis on e-commerce and its positioning as a retailer with integrated online and offline operations.
"Our customers know us as Walmart and today they shop with us not only in our stores but online and with our app as well,” said Doug McMillon, Walmart president and CEO. “While our legal name is used in a limited number of places, we felt it was best to have a name that was consistent with the idea that you can shop us however you like as a customer."
In a blog post on the company's website, McMillon said the change not only reflects the company's strategy to win the future of retail, but is also a bit about returning to the company’s roots.
"You might be surprised to learn that when Sam Walton opened the first store in 1962, the name on the front of the building was simply, 'Walmart,'" McMillon wrote. "A few years later, we incorporated as Wal-Mart Inc. and amended the name to Wal-Mart Stores Inc. when we went public in 1970."
Walmart operates under nearly 60 different banners around the world — including e-commerce sites — and has more than 11,600 stores and clubs in 28 countries. It will continue to trade on the NYSE as WMT.