Installation: Underlayments = solutions + add-on opportunities

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June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Megan Salzano   Sundry products such as underlayments and subfloor levelers are often overlooked by the consumer but play a vital role in the successful completion of any flooring installation. Furthermore, they also provide the retailer with upselling opportunities. As such, it is squarely on the shoulders of the retail sales associate to convey the pivotal role these products play when it comes to the final outcome...

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Laminate: Latest looks aim to excite today’s consumers

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June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Reginald Tucker   In the battle to regain market share lost to red-hot categories such as LVT, WPC and SPC, laminate flooring suppliers have raised the ante in terms of performance—particularly the product’s water- and dent-resistant attributes. But they are also seeking to generate attention—and, by extension, more real estate on the showroom floor—by kicking things up a notch or two in the aesthetics department. To that...

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Dealers continue to see value in Mohawk’s Omnify program

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June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Lindsay Baillie   Almost three years ago Mohawk launched Omnify, an omni-channel solution that aims to simplify digital marketing by capturing and tracking leads while also streamlining social media publishing and search engine marketing. Today, Omnify works in conjunction with many of Mohawk’s other initiatives including its revamped Five Star program as well as Edge, its new go-to-market strategy. Many Mohawk dealers adopted Omnify when the manufacturer...

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Technology: Top 10 tips for choosing the right software

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June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Lindsay Baillie   Selecting the ideal software for a flooring business should not be done in haste. That is according to several software manufacturers that urge dealers to take their time getting to know and understand the ins and outs of each system. New software—whether it is a store’s first system or simply taking the place of an existing program—often requires a dealer to invest time and...

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Installation: Välinge pushes innovation with latest offerings

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June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Ken Ryan   With more than 2,600 patents to its credit and another 5,300 in the pipeline, Välinge Innovation AB continues to burnish its credentials as an R&D company par excellence. “Innovation is in our DNA,” Lennart Thålin, region manager – North and South America, told FCNews. “Lately we’ve launched a few more groundbreaking innovations.” Whether it’s the company’s legacy 5G locking system or a new innovation...

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I4F broadens its scope to cover rigid core platforms

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June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Reginald Tucker   Early glueless locking systems mostly targeted laminate and hardwood flooring categories. But with the rising popularity of rigid core platforms, developers of these systems are expanding their portfolio of technologies to offer licensees and manufacturing partners even more options. To that end, I4F has announced new partner- ship agreements with rigid core flooring manufacturers CFL Flooring and KingdomFlooring. In the case of CFL, the...

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Area rug: State of the industry—Rise of e-commerce, pricing pressures constrain growth

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June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Ken Ryan   If you are just returning from a five-year sabbatical from the flooring industry you might not recognize the area rug business circa 2019. Dwindling are the days when the average specialty flooring retailer devoted racks of handmade, high-end Persian and Oriental rugs for discerning customers. E-commerce has changed the way consumers shop for rugs, and as a result the market has become more fragmented...

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Getting with the ‘Times

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Canadian manufacturer ups the ante on waterproof wood June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Steven Feldman   The waterproof flooring category is by far the fastest-growing segment of the floor covering industry, and one of the latest innovations within this category has been something referred to as composite engineered waterproof wood flooring. In layman’s terms, it’s a real wood veneer attached to a waterproof rigid core, which—according to the National Wood Flooring Association’s...

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New York area flooring contractors pay it forward

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June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Reginald Tucker   New York City—Several New York-based high school seniors, along with a respected member of the local flooring industry, were recognized earlier this month during the 35th Annual Francis J.P. McHale Scholarship Awards luncheon. As in years past, the 2019 scholarship awards were presented to a pair of students whose parents are affiliated with the New York City District Council of Carpenters (Local 2287), along with...

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Gilford-Johnson taps Schollmeyer as president

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June 10/17, 2019: Volume 34, Issue 26 By Ken Ryan   Veteran flooring executive Bill Schollmeyer is returning to his distribution roots as president of Gilford-Johnson Flooring, a top 20 wholesaler based in Jeffersonville, Ind. Schollmeyer most recently worked with Johnson Premium Hardwood Flooring, where he spent 12 years, including the last eight as its CEO. “I’m psyched and really looking forward to the challenge,” Schollmeyer told FCNews. He will report to Jonathan Blue, who...

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