WFCA’s Humphrey promotes the independent
In an interview with homechannelnews.com, Scott Humphrey, the CEO of the World Floor Covering Association, described some of the keys to success for the independent flooring retailer.
“Perseverance, creativity and diversification are gigantic for the independent retailer,” Humphrey said. “It’s important to understand the things that got you where you are today, aren’t necessarily going to keep you there.”
Top competition to the largely mom-and-pop membership of the WFCA, not surprisingly, is the big box. “The big boxes sell more flooring by accident then most people sell on purpose,” he said. And they have picked up about 12% market share over the past seven years.
Major goals of the WFCA, he said, are to bring stability to members, along with training and legislative advocacy. Regarding the latter and the tax advantages Internet retailers, Humphrey said: “The Marketplace Fairness Act is a big issue for us.”
The WFCA is a non-profit association.
Bird-B-Gone’s Ian Rowsby sets out on 2,650-mile trek
Ian Rowsby, director of sales at Bird-B-Gone, has embarked on a 2,650-mile trek across the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
“Since I first read about the trail 10 years ago I’ve wanted to hike the PCT, and now seems like the perfect time,” Rowsby said.
The PCT is a 2,650-mile stretch of rugged terrain that consists of temperatures ranging from below freezing to 115 degressFahrenheit, 50 mountainous passes, serene wilderness and harsh desert climates. The journey will begin in Campo, California, on the border of Mexico and ends in Manning Park, British Columbia, Canada.
Rowsby will have food packages delivered to a number points along the trail. “You burn about 5,000 calories per day, so it’s nearly impossible to get enough food," he said.
This trek is not Rowsby’s first adventurous pursuit. Born and raised in the U.K., he raced motorbikes professionally until the age of 27. He then moved to the United States. After completing his degree (B-tec in Entomology), Rowsby pursued a career in the pest control industry, focusing on bird control.
The Bird-B-Gone family will be tracking Rowsby along his journey via GPS. “It’s inspiring to witness a friend and colleague follow through on a long held dream and begin a new chapter of life,” said a colleague of Rowsby’s.
April unemployment rate falls to 6.3%
Data released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics today shows the April unemployment rate at 6.3%, the lowest level since September 2008.
Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 288,000 in April. Job growth had averaged 190,000 per month over the prior 12 months.
In April, employment growth was widespread, according to the Bureau, led by gains in professional and business services, retail trade, food services and drinking places, and construction.
Also in April, employment in construction grew by 32,000, with job growth in heavy and civil engineering construction (+11,000) and residential building (+7,000). Construction has added 189,000 jobs over the past year, with almost three-fourths of the gain occurring in the past six months.